Tuesday, August 31, 2010

[MISP] New Visions 2010 - Call for Submissions!

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From the NM Filmmakers Program: 


Greetings NM Filmmakers!

I am pleased to announce the call for submissions for our 5th annual New Visions/New Mexico Contract Awards. 

The NM Filmmakers Program at the State Film Office provides this funding opportunity to independent filmmakers around the state through the support of Governor Richardson and the NM legislature.  This year, we will provide a total of $100,000 toward the projects of our winning local filmmakers.  Each applicant can apply for up to $20,000 for their original short, television or feature, animation, narrative, documentary or experimental project.  New Visions' funding can be used towards research and development, production or post production on your film.  In exchange for this funding, each winner must provide some type of professional service to the state as part of their contract (i.e. free training workshops, internships, presentations, lectures, filmmakers' screenings, etc.).  Once again, we'll be conducting free informational seminars on how to prepare your New Visions proposal, open to all New Mexicans, beginning this week.  All interested applicants are strongly encouraged to attend*:

 

This Thursday, September 2nd – 12:00-1:30pm | ALBUQUERQUE: UNM Arts Lab

 

Saturday, September 11th – 10:00-11:30am | SANTA FE: Center for Contemporary Arts Theatre

 

Wednesday, September 15th – 5:30pm | FARMINGTON: San Juan College (via Skype)

 

*Additional New Visions seminars (via Skype) will take place in Roswell, Las Cruces and Grants – to be announced soon!

 

Space is limited for the Albuquerque and Santa Fe seminars, so please reserve a seat for either session by e-mailing nm.filmmakers@state.nm.us or calling (505) 476-5604.  Applications can be printed online at www.nmfilm.com or picked up in person at the NM Film Office at 418 Montezuma Avenue, Santa Fe, NM. 

 

PLEASE NOTE: The application postmark deadline is Friday, October 8th.  The NM Film Office will not accept hand-delivered, faxed or e-mailed applications this year.

 

See our website fore more details or call/e-mail us with any questions: (505) 476-5611 / nm.filmmakers@state.nm.us.  This year's New Visions' winners will be announced on December 6th with contract work beginning in 2011. 

 

Good luck!

Trish

 

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Monday, August 30, 2010

Re: [MISP] 3D filmmaking's potential

I am sorry

I said the studio would be at ENMU Ruidoso. I meant it will be at ENU Roswell

Dirk

 


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I am putting together a summary of the Film Lincoln County Symposium and will post here and on our website as soon as possible. As far as the 3D efforts at ENMU-Roswell (not NMSU) if you were asking about Alan Trever’s presentation I can give you a little info that he just passed along to me.

 

They are building a fully functional 3D stereoscopic production studio at ENMU Ruidoso. It will include 2 complete stereoscopic rigs. They will be using the full suite of IRIDAS. Dualstream software http://www.iridas.com/stereo/ as well as Cineform’s NEO3D software http://www.cineform.com/neo3d/ .  The system will have realtime 3d editing abilites so students will be able to see 3d as they cut. Alan anticipates having the system up and running some time in October. The funding for this came from the Governor’s allocation of $385,000 to 3 universities in the state. See this:  http://tinyurl.com/2dj4pov

 

Dirk Norris

Chairman

Film Lincoln County NM

www.filmlcnm.org

 

 


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Eric, will there be proceedings from the Symposium published?  And/or, can someone from NMSU point us to more info on the 3D pipeline?

 

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One of the exciting things I hadn't heard about until last Thursday's Lincoln County Film Symposium is the exciting work on a stereographic 3D pipeline that Alan Trever and the gang at ENMU-Roswell and their FTTP program are doing. (And that was just part of the good news.)

 

Alan's always been an early adopter of "digital cinema" technologies and I can't wait to see what their students - and other movie-makers throughout the state - do when they get their hands on these tools.

 

Best wishes, 

 

Eric      

 

 

Re: [MISP] 3D filmmaking's potential

I am putting together a summary of the Film Lincoln County Symposium and will post here and on our website as soon as possible. As far as the 3D efforts at ENMU-Roswell (not NMSU) if you were asking about Alan Trever’s presentation I can give you a little info that he just passed along to me.

 

They are building a fully functional 3D stereoscopic production studio at ENMU Ruidoso. It will include 2 complete stereoscopic rigs. They will be using the full suite of IRIDAS. Dualstream software http://www.iridas.com/stereo/ as well as Cineform’s NEO3D software http://www.cineform.com/neo3d/ .  The system will have realtime 3d editing abilites so students will be able to see 3d as they cut. Alan anticipates having the system up and running some time in October. The funding for this came from the Governor’s allocation of $385,000 to 3 universities in the state. See this:  http://tinyurl.com/2dj4pov

 

Dirk Norris

Chairman

Film Lincoln County NM

www.filmlcnm.org

 

 


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Eric, will there be proceedings from the Symposium published?  And/or, can someone from NMSU point us to more info on the 3D pipeline?

 

dba | David Breecker Associates, Inc.

Santa Fe: 505-690-2335

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One of the exciting things I hadn't heard about until last Thursday's Lincoln County Film Symposium is the exciting work on a stereographic 3D pipeline that Alan Trever and the gang at ENMU-Roswell and their FTTP program are doing. (And that was just part of the good news.)

 

Alan's always been an early adopter of "digital cinema" technologies and I can't wait to see what their students - and other movie-makers throughout the state - do when they get their hands on these tools.

 

Best wishes, 

 

Eric      

 

 

[MISP] PRESS RELEASE: Governor Praises Emmy-Winning NM Productions and Actors

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From the NM Film Office:

 


 

For immediate release                                               Contact: Pahl Shipley, NM Film Office

August 30, 2010                                                                                              (505) 476-5613

 

Governor Bill Richardson Praises Emmy-Winning

New Mexico Productions and Actors

 

Bryan Cranston earns third straight Emmy for "Breaking Bad",

New Mexico's Neil Patrick Harris wins two

 

SANTA FE-Governor Bill Richardson today praised actors Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul, and Neil Patrick Harris for receiving Primetime Emmy Awards last night. Cranston, the star of "Breaking Bad", the AMC series shot in Albuquerque, won his third-straight Emmy for Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series.  Paul co-stars with Cranston on the show and received the Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series.

 

"'Breaking Bad' is a phenomenal show that has become a symbol of the high quality productions that are made in New Mexico," said Governor Richardson.  "I congratulate Bryan, Aaron, and the entire cast and crew, especially the many New Mexicans involved with the production.  I also want to recognize the writers, producers, and directors of the show, as well as AMC for creating and supporting 'Breaking Bad.'"

 

Neil Patrick Harris, a New Mexico native, received two Emmy Awards- for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series for his appearance on the hit Fox series "Glee," and for his role as host of the 2009 Tony Awards broadcast which was named Outstanding Special Class Program.

 

"I am pleased that Neil is being recognized for his amazing talent and versatility," added the Governor.  "But first and foremost he's a proud New Mexican and a tremendous advocate of the state's film industry."

 

Made-in-New Mexico productions and New Mexico Actors received a total of 17 Primetime Emmy nominations for 2010:

 

"Breaking Bad"

Outstanding Drama Series

Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series: Bryan Cranston WON

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series: Aaron Paul WON

Outstanding Cinematography for a One-hour Series

Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series

Outstanding Single-Camera Picture Editing

 

"Georgia O'Keeffe"

Outstanding Made for Television Movie

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Mini-Series or Movie: Joan Allen

Outstanding Art Direction for a Mini-Series, Movie, or Special

Outstanding Casting for a Mini-Series, Movie, or Special

Outstanding Costumes for a Mini-Series, Movie, or Special

Outstanding Directing for a Mini-Series, Movie, or Special

Outstanding Hairstyling for a Mini-series, Movie, or Special

 

Neil Patrick Harris (New Mexico native)

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series: "How I Met Your Mother"

Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series: "Glee" WON

Outstanding Special Class Program (host): The 2009 Tony Awards WON

 

Jesse Tyler Ferguson (New Mexico native)

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series: "Modern Family"

 

Since Governor Richardson took office in 2003 more than 141 major film and television productions have been made in New Mexico, with an estimated economic impact of more than $3.3 billion.  There are 10,000 direct and indirect film-related jobs in the state, and more than 250 businesses and services directly related to the industry.

 

www.nmfilm.com

 

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Re: [MISP] 3D filmmaking's potential

Hello all,

Picking up on the "Dial M for Murder" comment - there were a lot of films from the 50's that were shot in 3D but only ever projected in 2D.  Often, if a movie met with initial success at the box office, the left and right reels were separated to service twice as many screens and, therefore, generate more profits for the studios.

Here is a list of some old features from the recent Classic 3D film fest in NYC.

http://www.filmforum.org/films/classic3d.html

Pete



At 11:42 AM 8/30/2010 -0600, you wrote:
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Given that a number of people on this list are interested in stereo 3D film production, I thought I'd share a thoughtful article from Salon.com.

The key point, I think, is contained in this quote:

"The post-"Avatar" common wisdom about 3-D goes something like this: Digital 3-D makes sense for spectacle-driven, big-budget films of a certain type (action pictures, science fiction and fantasy epics, 3-D animated films aimed at young children and their parents), and not for other kinds of motion pictures. But let's say it one more time for emphasis: That statement has never been tested, at least not in a sustained, purposeful way. Who knows what splendors might arise if it were?"

Looking at Wikipedia's list of current & upcoming 3D films ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/3-D_film#3-D_re-enters_mainstream_cinema_.282003.E2.80.93present.29 ), the most "adventurous" it terms of breaking the 3D mold might be Steven Soderbergh's Contagion  ( http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1598778/ ), but even that is described as an "action thriller."  Looking at the "olden" days of red/blue 3D, the plethora of Westerns spring to mind as rather unusual compared to today, although I suppose most of those were the blockbuster action movies of the day.  Eric Renz-Whitmore mentioned Hitchcock's "Dial M for Murder", which I had no idea was in 3d, and would love to see a restored version uses current 3d display technology. 



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Re: [MISP] 3D filmmaking's potential


Eric, will there be proceedings from the Symposium published?  And/or, can someone from NMSU point us to more info on the 3D pipeline?

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One of the exciting things I hadn't heard about until last Thursday's Lincoln County Film Symposium is the exciting work on a stereographic 3D pipeline that Alan Trever and the gang at ENMU-Roswell and their FTTP program are doing. (And that was just part of the good news.)

Alan's always been an early adopter of "digital cinema" technologies and I can't wait to see what their students - and other movie-makers throughout the state - do when they get their hands on these tools.

Best wishes, 

Eric      



Re: [MISP] 3D filmmaking's potential

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One of the exciting things I hadn't heard about until last Thursday's Lincoln County Film Symposium is the exciting work on a stereographic 3D pipeline that Alan Trever and the gang at ENMU-Roswell and their FTTP program are doing. (And that was just part of the good news.)

Alan's always been an early adopter of "digital cinema" technologies and I can't wait to see what their students - and other movie-makers throughout the state - do when they get their hands on these tools.

Best wishes, 

Eric      


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Given that a number of people on this list are interested in stereo 3D film production, I thought I'd share a thoughtful article from Salon.com.

The key point, I think, is contained in this quote:

"The post-"Avatar" common wisdom about 3-D goes something like this: Digital 3-D makes sense for spectacle-driven, big-budget films of a certain type (action pictures, science fiction and fantasy epics, 3-D animated films aimed at young children and their parents), and not for other kinds of motion pictures. But let's say it one more time for emphasis: That statement has never been tested, at least not in a sustained, purposeful way. Who knows what splendors might arise if it were?"

Looking at Wikipedia's list of current & upcoming 3D films (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/3-D_film#3-D_re-enters_mainstream_cinema_.282003.E2.80.93present.29 ), the most "adventurous" it terms of breaking the 3D mold might be Steven Soderbergh's Contagion  ( http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1598778/ ), but even that is described as an "action thriller."  Looking at the "olden" days of red/blue 3D, the plethora of Westerns spring to mind as rather unusual compared to today, although I suppose most of those were the blockbuster action movies of the day.  Eric Renz-Whitmore mentioned Hitchcock's "Dial M for Murder", which I had no idea was in 3d, and would love to see a restored version uses current 3d display technology.  



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[MISP] 3D filmmaking's potential

Given that a number of people on this list are interested in stereo 3D film production, I thought I'd share a thoughtful article from Salon.com.

The key point, I think, is contained in this quote:

"The post-"Avatar" common wisdom about 3-D goes something like this: Digital 3-D makes sense for spectacle-driven, big-budget films of a certain type (action pictures, science fiction and fantasy epics, 3-D animated films aimed at young children and their parents), and not for other kinds of motion pictures. But let's say it one more time for emphasis: That statement has never been tested, at least not in a sustained, purposeful way. Who knows what splendors might arise if it were?"

Looking at Wikipedia's list of current & upcoming 3D films (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/3-D_film#3-D_re-enters_mainstream_cinema_.282003.E2.80.93present.29 ), the most "adventurous" it terms of breaking the 3D mold might be Steven Soderbergh's Contagion  ( http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1598778/ ), but even that is described as an "action thriller."  Looking at the "olden" days of red/blue 3D, the plethora of Westerns spring to mind as rather unusual compared to today, although I suppose most of those were the blockbuster action movies of the day.  Eric Renz-Whitmore mentioned Hitchcock's "Dial M for Murder", which I had no idea was in 3d, and would love to see a restored version uses current 3d display technology.  



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Thursday, August 26, 2010

Re: [MISP] wmv export

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According to Microsoft's documentation, MPEG-4 movies will play in both Windows & OSX versions of Powerpoint. If you need higher quality, use AVI, which Quicktime/FCP should support natively.

http://www.microsoft.com/mac/help.mspx?target=7acce321-36fb-48d6-8c76-12cb3a0063ee1033&clr=99-3-0&ep=8&rtype=2&pos=4&quid=0318e9a5-c146-4c04-b4f4-ceb86f6ed398&CTT=Search&MODE=ct&locale=en-US&usid=e1de34a4-fbd7-4849-991f-17665e91c28e

The title of the article, "Best Practices for Working with Windows" pretty much says it all.

Or you could export from PowerPoint for Mac as a movie or PDF to playback on almost anything.

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On Aug 26, 2010, at 10:20 AM, CC Chamberlin wrote:

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> On Aug 25, 2010, at 8:19 PM, Mark McKee wrote:
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>> I'll just put this out there. MS, Apple, Adobe, Google and their ilk would rather destroy the world than cooperate...
>
> I agree with you to an extent. It's the same trouble web designers have had since the browser wars of the 90's. I'm tired of it too.
>
> But keep in mind that they are cooperating on some things. For instance, all four of those companies you mention are using Apple's open source HTML rendering engine, WebKit. Google uses it in Chrome, Microsoft uses it in Entourage and Messenger, and Adobe uses it in AIR. And they're all agreed that standards-based rendering is a good thing moving forward (Adobe begrudgingly so, but then, they're the most threatened by it), and are putting development where their mouth is; when IE9 comes out, we'll have the most unified rendering target we've had since, well, since before there was IE.
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> Just try to balance the frustration in the competing format space with the realization that SOMEONE has to upset the status quo or we're going to be stuck with the same technologies indefinitely. Yes, Steve Jobs is taking potshots at Flash, but then, I don't want to still be using Flash to deliver video in 2020, either - do you? Delivering video through an HTML5 video tag based on a known standard is far preferable to having to rely on a closed-source plugin; it's what us web developers have been wanting for a long time, and paves the way for a more semantic web. Yeah, it makes me change my video production process, but once I get out of a closed system, I can migrate my video to whatever's next more easily, and I'm less likely to have to. It's change, but it's GOOD change.
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> In this light, this might make everyone feel a little better:
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> <http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20100825006629/en>
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> The H.264 group have declared that use of H.264 is free to use for life, instead of expiring in 2015. Presumably, this is aimed directly at making a compromise so that Firefox will come on board (allowing HTML5 to have a single video codec across all major browsers) and video producers won't have to worry about encoding to H.264.
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Re: [MISP] A couple current movie reviews..

Jim, regarding that hoax called "INCEPTION," I couldn't agree more with you. Carolyn and I both fell asleep in the middle as did others I've spoken with. I think it was fodder for pseudo intellectuals to rave about so that others might think they're more intelligent than them. This was as much an illusion of a movie as is Obama as a President. All smoke and mirrors. Hey, the emperor wears no clothes. There, I've said it. It reminds me of that other piece of blabber called "What the #$*! Do We (K)now!?" Yawn! Good for you, Jim.

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"INCEPTION" and "THE GIRL WHO PLAYED WITH FIRE" - Again, not that my opinion is particularly valuable or well-informed, but both these reviews on current movies appeared on KUNM, and one makes reference to micro-budget filmmmaking, so they might be of some interest.
 
Also, since I'm posting, a recent spot I did to address a movie-going issue, and also to "reach out" to some theatrical distributors: Movie Theater Announcement re cell phone texting
 
Finally, just suggesting an incredible film I recalled the other day, after talking to another filmmaker who also considers it "all time top ten", "SPIDER", starring Ralph Fiennes). Trailer: http://movies.about.com/cs/trailers/v/spidertrail.htm  (BTW, this and the PRESTIGE trailer linked below are two of the best trailers I've ever seen. Of course it helps that they're great films).
 
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Film review "INCEPTION" – KUNM 
       
(Please note that I don't say here that there's nothing to get – just that I couldn't get it)
        Jim Terr © 2010
 
I just had one of the strangest movie-going experiences of my life.
 
Watching INCEPTION, the new Leonardo diCaprio blockbuster, I was constantly trying to figure out if this was a real sci-fi / action film or perhaps a parody of the genre, or of Alice and Wonderland and its many levels and levels, down and down the rabbit hole...
 
I kept thinking of the old joke about the guy – how can I say this on public radio? – who has to pay a few bucks to a stranger in a bar to hold his privates. But it turns out he has a larger bet with someone else that he can make that happen.
 
Likewise, I was trying to figure out if there's some private joke or dare here between the director and his buddies: Can I spend $200 million to make a film that's incomprehensible, and see if no one notices? Perhaps I'm just exposing myself as dense -- but that's the risk in doing an honest movie review – I just couldn't follow this film.
 
The basic premise is intriguing – getting inside people's dreams to extract information and implant notions. And I wanted to see the film because the director, Chris Nolan, made one of my favorite surprise-ending movies, THE PRESTIGE  (trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xPyVBO2rRyg ), about two battling magicians. The difference was that getting to the surprise ending of the PRESTIGE was fun, and in this case I was just marking time, hoping it would all be over soon. You know you're in trouble when you're wishing all the heroes would be killed so you can get out of there.
 
You know you're in trouble when there's not a moment without suspenseful music overlaying the dialogue in a vain attempt to distract you from the fact that it's totally incomprehensible. One of the longest and most mind-numbing action sequences takes place in some vacant alpine ski resort, as indistinguishable guys in white parkas shoot each other with white guns-- who's shooting who? Who knows, and who cares? The only possible explanation for this sequence is that the director had a friend with a condemned ski resort, who needed some cash for a location fee. Or perhaps some mountainous state or country was offering tax rebates or guaranteed loans to the filmmakers, to shoot there.
 
Speaking of filmmaking, this one scored 4,000 on my personal cost-benefit scale, meaning its $200m budget was 4,000 times the $50k budget for which I and any number of people I know could make a more interesting movie. And yes, I've seen plenty more interesting films made for $50k or less. The classic Ambrose Bierce short story and Twilight Zone episode, "Incident at Owl Creek Bridge", covered the mental time-warp element of this film much more quickly and interestingly.
 
Among the many concrete failings of this thing was the idea that the "victim", as it were, the heir to a huge multi-national energy corporation, has to take a scheduled airliner to transport himself and his father's casket to – somewhere or other – rather than using a private jet. Thereby exposing himself to numerous potential kidnappers and brain-robbers. And by the way, neither he nor his father looked like they could balance a checkbook, let alone build or maintain a huge corporation. Poor casting abounds in this film.
 
One of the few really original elements of INCEPTION, as my companion pointed out, is that it had not one black character, not even the stereotypical security expert or computer hacker. Early on in the film, our whispered wisecracks were annoying the folks in the next row forward, but before long they were all asleep, keeled over on one another like a row of dominos. These, I fear, are the best alternatives in watching this spectacular train wreck of a film. This is Jim Terr.
 
 
 
 
The Girl Who Played With Fire – KUNM review
            Film Review Jim Terr © 8-2010
 
The first film adapted from the hit book series, The Millennium Trilogy, by Stieg Larsson, was a revelation – a fantastic ride - if you don't mind a little sadism, violence and revenge in your Swedish thriller entertainment. 
 
That film, THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO Рand in fact the book series itself Рevidently blindsided the American entertainment industry. THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO had not only a twisted, exciting story of a pair of investigators Рan "unlikely" pair, as the clich̩ goes, investigating a decades-old-disappearance, but a wonderful, unexpected lead female actor, Noomi Rapace (NO-may Rah-PAHS), a spellbinder who would never have been cast in any such American production. In fact, one of the more intriguing aspects of this whole phenomenon is contemplating how badly the rumored American remake will soften the best elements of the Swedish original Рincluding, probably, the choice of lead actress.
 
So now we have the film version of the second book of the trilogy, called THE GIRL WHO PLAYED WITH FIRE. If you saw the first film, I think there's no denying that the new installment lacks many elements that made the first so exciting. Mainly, the element of newness and surprise in these characters, and the deep doo-doo they step in. And the scenes of violence and delicious revenge just don't seem to have the edge of the first film, apart from the added familiarity.
 
Even so, THE GIRL WHO PLAYED WITH FIRE is a first-rate thriller, reminiscent in many ways of the original Bond movies, with a global canvass and odd, terrifying villains. But I don't think I'd recommend it to anyone who didn't see the first, THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO – or at least read the first book - because I think the viewer would be lost.
 
The new story picks up where the old one left off, this time with our young computer hacker heroine, Lisbeth, and her partner, journalist Mikael, investigating a sex trafficking ring which turns out to involve – surprise – Lisbeth's long-lost father.

Call me obsessed, but I couldn't get over how, once again, the distributors chose to use subtitles without a black outline – which costs not a penny more – so that unless you happen to understand Swedish, much key dialogue is lost when the movie scene has white or yellow highlights – which it often does. 
 
Un-outlined subtitles and all, THE GIRL WHO PLAYED WITH FIRE is playing at the Screen in Santa Fe and the Century 14 downtown in Albuquerque.
 
 
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[MISP] A couple current movie reviews..

 

“INCEPTION” and “THE GIRL WHO PLAYED WITH FIRE” - Again, not that my opinion is particularly valuable or well-informed, but both these reviews on current movies appeared on KUNM, and one makes reference to micro-budget filmmmaking, so they might be of some interest.

 

Also, since I’m posting, a recent spot I did to address a movie-going issue, and also to “reach out” to some theatrical distributors: Movie Theater Announcement re cell phone texting

 

Finally, just suggesting an incredible film I recalled the other day, after talking to another filmmaker who also considers it “all time top ten”, “SPIDER”, starring Ralph Fiennes). Trailer: http://movies.about.com/cs/trailers/v/spidertrail.htm  (BTW, this and the PRESTIGE trailer linked below are two of the best trailers I’ve ever seen. Of course it helps that they’re great films).

 

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Film review “INCEPTION” – KUNM
      
(Please note that I don’t say here that there’s nothing to get – just that I couldn’t get it)

        Jim Terr © 2010

 

I just had one of the strangest movie-going experiences of my life.

 

Watching INCEPTION, the new Leonardo diCaprio blockbuster, I was constantly trying to figure out if this was a real sci-fi / action film or perhaps a parody of the genre, or of Alice and Wonderland and its many levels and levels, down and down the rabbit hole...

 

I kept thinking of the old joke about the guy – how can I say this on public radio? – who has to pay a few bucks to a stranger in a bar to hold his privates. But it turns out he has a larger bet with someone else that he can make that happen.

 

Likewise, I was trying to figure out if there’s some private joke or dare here between the director and his buddies: Can I spend $200 million to make a film that’s incomprehensible, and see if no one notices? Perhaps I’m just exposing myself as dense -- but that’s the risk in doing an honest movie review – I just couldn’t follow this film.

 

The basic premise is intriguing – getting inside people’s dreams to extract information and implant notions. And I wanted to see the film because the director, Chris Nolan, made one of my favorite surprise-ending movies, THE PRESTIGE  (trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xPyVBO2rRyg ), about two battling magicians. The difference was that getting to the surprise ending of the PRESTIGE was fun, and in this case I was just marking time, hoping it would all be over soon. You know you’re in trouble when you’re wishing all the heroes would be killed so you can get out of there.

 

You know you’re in trouble when there’s not a moment without suspenseful music overlaying the dialogue in a vain attempt to distract you from the fact that it’s totally incomprehensible. One of the longest and most mind-numbing action sequences takes place in some vacant alpine ski resort, as indistinguishable guys in white parkas shoot each other with white guns-- who’s shooting who? Who knows, and who cares? The only possible explanation for this sequence is that the director had a friend with a condemned ski resort, who needed some cash for a location fee. Or perhaps some mountainous state or country was offering tax rebates or guaranteed loans to the filmmakers, to shoot there.

 

Speaking of filmmaking, this one scored 4,000 on my personal cost-benefit scale, meaning its $200m budget was 4,000 times the $50k budget for which I and any number of people I know could make a more interesting movie. And yes, I’ve seen plenty more interesting films made for $50k or less. The classic Ambrose Bierce short story and Twilight Zone episode, “Incident at Owl Creek Bridge”, covered the mental time-warp element of this film much more quickly and interestingly.

 

Among the many concrete failings of this thing was the idea that the “victim”, as it were, the heir to a huge multi-national energy corporation, has to take a scheduled airliner to transport himself and his father’s casket to – somewhere or other – rather than using a private jet. Thereby exposing himself to numerous potential kidnappers and brain-robbers. And by the way, neither he nor his father looked like they could balance a checkbook, let alone build or maintain a huge corporation. Poor casting abounds in this film.

 

One of the few really original elements of INCEPTION, as my companion pointed out, is that it had not one black character, not even the stereotypical security expert or computer hacker. Early on in the film, our whispered wisecracks were annoying the folks in the next row forward, but before long they were all asleep, keeled over on one another like a row of dominos. These, I fear, are the best alternatives in watching this spectacular train wreck of a film. This is Jim Terr.

 

 

 

 

The Girl Who Played With Fire – KUNM review

            Film Review Jim Terr © 8-2010

 

The first film adapted from the hit book series, The Millennium Trilogy, by Stieg Larsson, was a revelation – a fantastic ride - if you don’t mind a little sadism, violence and revenge in your Swedish thriller entertainment. 

 

That film, THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO – and in fact the book series itself – evidently blindsided the American entertainment industry. THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO had not only a twisted, exciting story of a pair of investigators – an “unlikely” pair, as the cliché goes, investigating a decades-old-disappearance, but a wonderful, unexpected lead female actor, Noomi Rapace (NO-may Rah-PAHS), a spellbinder who would never have been cast in any such American production. In fact, one of the more intriguing aspects of this whole phenomenon is contemplating how badly the rumored American remake will soften the best elements of the Swedish original – including, probably, the choice of lead actress.

 

So now we have the film version of the second book of the trilogy, called THE GIRL WHO PLAYED WITH FIRE. If you saw the first film, I think there’s no denying that the new installment lacks many elements that made the first so exciting. Mainly, the element of newness and surprise in these characters, and the deep doo-doo they step in. And the scenes of violence and delicious revenge just don’t seem to have the edge of the first film, apart from the added familiarity.

 

Even so, THE GIRL WHO PLAYED WITH FIRE is a first-rate thriller, reminiscent in many ways of the original Bond movies, with a global canvass and odd, terrifying villains. But I don’t think I’d recommend it to anyone who didn’t see the first, THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO – or at least read the first book - because I think the viewer would be lost.

 

The new story picks up where the old one left off, this time with our young computer hacker heroine, Lisbeth, and her partner, journalist Mikael, investigating a sex trafficking ring which turns out to involve – surprise – Lisbeth’s long-lost father.


Call me obsessed, but I couldn’t get over how, once again, the distributors chose to use subtitles without a black outline – which costs not a penny more – so that unless you happen to understand Swedish, much key dialogue is lost when the movie scene has white or yellow highlights – which it often does. 

 

Un-outlined subtitles and all, THE GIRL WHO PLAYED WITH FIRE is playing at the Screen in Santa Fe and the Century 14 downtown in Albuquerque.