Thursday, July 8, 2010

MC2 At The Movies XYZ Discussion Group Therapy?

Informed Industry Discussion:

I Will Survive: The "New Now" Of Television


Members discuss the "New Now" Of Television during a thought-provoking professional development seminar on growing their businesses in this transformative digital era.

By Libby Slate



Wednesday, June 30, 2010

MC2 At The Movies Post 004 I Don't Like Vampire Movies

When Twilight Becomes Eclectic

I Don't Like Vampire Movies

Never Have, and Most Likely, 

Never Will

I say this as groggy teens lie scattered 

around various movie theater lots.

They are waiting to watch a 

Phenomenon of Our Time: 

The Latest Installment of  the  'Twilight Saga'.

For A sneak at the "Eclipse"
(the newest movie) Cheat Sheet, 
Check Out this MTV Page:



This reminds us that the Fang is more memorable than:

"Here's looking at you Kid..."

It has somehow become the New Star Wars: 

In the various articles I've read, 

I rarely see a mention of the writer.

That would be Stephenie Meyer.

Her official website, of course, is here: 

With the Fancy Dark Forest Greenery in the Header.

I hope I don't come off like Rex Reed, 

who made a name for himself
by bashing the popularity of  

The Beatles.

That is not my intent.

I like books, and anything that gets people 
reading,  like the Harry Potter series or 
even this new "blood-sucking" fiction, 
I Think is Good.

I do remember Anne Rice's Interview with the Vampire (1976).

Which was also made into a movie starring

Brad Pitt, Christian Slater and Tom Cruise.

This time out Vampire movies have reach
Critical Mass.


In the interest of Full Disclosure:

I accidently picked up Justin Cronin's "The Passage", 
because of Stephen King's recommend. 

I didn't know it was a Vampire Book. 

I am an eclectic picker of books and did so 
with this selection from Audible. 

It's over 766 pages.

It's the First of a 3 Book Series.

And the rights for Publishing started a bidding war between publishers ended with Ballantine Books buying the rights for $3.75 million. .

It appears there is still a lot of 
Green Blood in these Veins.

Oh, and I am enjoying the Story.

The Wingman writes.

Friday, February 26, 2010

What Bad Films CAN Teach Us.

A Boy And His Dog 

Reprised Once Again

by E.M. Lopez Jr.

Wikipedia Link:

Had This to say about ABAHD:

A Boy and His Dog is a short story written by science fiction author Harlan Ellison in 1969. A revised and expanded version was printed in Ellison's 1976 story collection The Beast that Shouted Love at the Heart of the World, and Ellison continued the story in the graphic novel Vic and Blood which was illustrated by Richard Corben.

The novella was the basis of a movie adaptation in 1974, the post-apocalyptic science fiction film of the same name, directed by L. Q. Jones working in collaboration with Harlan Ellison. The film was also distributed after the initial run under the names Psycho Boy and His Killer Dog, Mad Don, and Apocalypse: 2024, among other titles.

When you consider how gifted an author Harlan Ellison was, you wonder how it could have turned out so badly as a film.

First I push aside the "Louie Factor  (LF)".  

The LF states that as long as every one got paid for the movie, then that redeems it. 

I disagree.

Others say: "Good Film is an Art Form, and Bad Films Are Crap, and not worth our time."  

I also find that too easy an out too.

I believe we can learn from the bad as well as the good.  
Sometimes we can learn more. 

At least I hope so.

We must remember the Sci-Fi Ceiling was pretty low in 1974.  

This was years before Close Encounters, Star Wars and even the current God of SF: James Cameron!

So what can we learn from these early baby steps into Sci-Fi Blockbusters?

I'm going get pretty simple here:

Book Films need words or dialog. Read by a Character Actor that can Emote.  

Talking Dogs don't do it.

That's not science fiction, it's just silly fiction.

That was also my least favorite part in "Up!". 

The Dog Kinda Talking.

The sad part about that is that Japan now has a gadget that can do that.

Like we really need that.

Movies need to be "moving" Pictures.  

Yes, I know, a lot of action movies nowadays think 
that if a little action is good, a lot is better

Use "2012" as a Example of how things can go so terribly wrong.

This kind of thinking has invaded network TV.

You know, like the whiz bang pizazz we get on almost 
all the New HD form-factored commercials

Copy Cats of the Matrix's Armory selection now give us "Pick a Car" or "Pick a Supermarket Freezer" as they whiz by.

I say, it isn't the Bang, it's the smell of the sizzle.

And in the Matrix, the sizzle smells right.  Let's quantify that.

Can Less mean More ?  

Science says Yes!

A new theory in mathematics is saying: "Less can Mean More."

And its called: CS for Compressed Sensing. 

And it's going to revolutionize digital storage.

But don't forget, a dreary future is usually a dreary downer.  

Think back to the original Blade Runner.

Or the Current "The Road."

Let's Not go down that Road.


Monday, August 31, 2009

Why Vampire Movies Are a Pain in the Necking


Why Vampire Movies Are a Pain in the Necking


Why the Obsession of a Splinter of Gothic Romance?




Why the Early Films were Better then the Current Fluff and Non-Sense.

What Next?

Twilight: The High School Musical?


This Blog is Still being Fleshed Out (Pun intended)


Saturday, August 8, 2009

Two Movie Icons passed away this week:

Two Movie Icons passed away this week:

John Hughes and Budd Schulberg


Link To a Blog about Hughes:
================================================= Link to story about Budd Schulberg, the screenwriter that replaced Arthur Miller on

"On the Waterfront"

and the Famous Line by Brando,

"I could have been a contender. I could have been Somebody..."



For more Famous Movie Lines, Check out: