Hey guys... sorry about the lack of updates for a couple days. Believe it or not, I'm working on a cool little project that I want to write about. Honest. That's my excuse.
Anyway, a few days ago I saw a contest at gizmodo with a pretty sweet prize - a Lenovo (IBM) Thinkpad worth $1500. The task? Make a 60 second film noir movie.
I've never actually made a short or anything before. In fact, I'd never really edited video. But what's a better way of learning than jumping in head first? Besides, with the polyphasic thing going, I have time to enter every contest I see (by the way - no oversleeping or tiredness for the past 3 days!).
Making the video was a lot of fun. I had no camera man, so I had to get really creative. First watch the video, and then I'll tell you the funny trivia bits about it.
Anyway, here are some interesting things about the film :
It also occurred to me that I always win these sorts of things. I think it's because I overkill them. I've won first place in three contests that I can think of, all of which gave me expensive electronics. None this good, though.
For you regular readers of this site : I'm going to finish up the Pick Up Artist series soon, and continue the school bus one. Also I have some REALLY cool other entries coming this week.
Wow. This has got to be one of my all time best stories.
On Wednesday night I was talking to my good friend Jonah and was telling him about the show "
I meandered to the application site, downloaded the application, and began to check out the requirements. Guess when the due date for the tape was? Friday at 5pm, which meant that we had one day to create a 3 minute video, fill out the two 11 page applications and get some passport sized photos taken. Not one to back down from a
Last weekend, I decided to treat myself to a movie and went to see the brand new film "The Last Airbender" (TLA). I honestly enjoyed it thoroughly and thought it was well done.
Well, a couple of days later, I went on rottentomatoes(dot)com which is a site that collects reviews from film critics all over the country as well as reviews from regular viewers. It compiles all of the reactions from the film and assigns a numerical grade (0% to 100%) based on all of the responses. Each film's page also offers quotes from and links to all major reviews of the films.
I was expecting TLA to fair pretty reasonably, but to my astonishment, it has achieved a consistent grade of 8%. This number is HORRENDOUS by rottentomatoes' and anyone's standards. I immediately read several of the reviews to find an explanation. Well, there seems to be a collective lynch mob mentality against the film's director M. Night Shyamalan. Many of the reviews seem like a personal attack on him rather than against the actual film. The interesting thing about all of the reviews is that each one finds a different thing to bash about this film. In one case, it's the acting. In another it's the writing, and yet, in another it's the overall film itself. The critics have ripped this movie to shreds and all agree that no sequels should come of it.