Members of forums post sharp and witty comments I enjoy reading, even if it happens one of my movies is getting flamed. A filmmaker that has thin skin should stay out of forums. It’s like when professional athletes are heckled and cursed at by fans. The difference is that during making a movie there will be no heckling or cursing directed at you while you’re working on set. That’s unless you invite a Guy Terrifico personality friend to the set to watch.
More murders of unfortunate prostitutes follow the death of Martha Tabram. These gruesome murders attract the attention of Inspector Frederick Abberline (Johnny Depp) and Sergeant Peter Godley (Robbie Coltrane) of the White Chapel police. After using his clairvoyant powers of perception while examining some of the victims’ bodies, Inspector Abberline comes to a conclusion that some darker mystery is about. The murders are being done by an educated man who is skilled with surgery. Elsewhere, Ann Crook has been lobotomized and is now deemed insane. She is imprisoned in the asylum. It was presumably done to silence her from revealing a royal family secret.
You can sell DVDs too. Amazon’s Create Space makes this easy. And even though it’s more expensive, I advise you to stay out of the shipping business. Let CS manufacture your DVDs and fulfill your orders on demand. This way, you can focus on increasing your sales, as well as your next movie projects. Not shipping.
I’m sure you’ve heard of them. Sundance. Cannes. Attending these more prestigious film festivals are like a life-long dream for the movie buff in your life probably. They’d probably give an arm or a leg to get to experience going to the prestigious Sundance festival or Cannes or the Venice Film Festival. However, these events book well in advance and can be costly. Thus, they don’t make good last-minute gift ideas. Though, I’m sure your Movie Extra buff would happily take a “rain check” on a gift if it means the promise of getting a pass to one of these festivals later on. Likewise, many bigger cities offer their own film festivals throughout the year. If you live near one of these, your movie buff would definitely love the chance to get to attend one of those as well.
Inception wins here. Of course being my Best Film of the Year, it’s going to also win in its specific genre category. The Movie fires on all cylinders for an almost nonstop joyride, especially for the last half of the film. The last half especially, with the gun fights and chases and fights, etc. prove to be an adrenalin rush of action. Again, this is pretty much the Hollywood-action-blockbuster film perfected.
I loved the first one and the sequel proves no different. Paranormal Activity has been something of a savior for the horror genre I believe. And part 2 makes it a saving grace for Hollywood as the franchise goes mainstream. With good pacing and ‘storytelling’, Paranormal Activity 2, like its predecessor, brings the art of tension and suspense back to a seemingly hollowed out genre. It does a great job of really getting into your imagination and letting it run wild, in turn terrorizing yourself. Really a refreshing movie in the genre, I can’t wait for part 3 this fall.
Finally, you have to search high-and-low to find a theater brave enough to buck Big Hollywood and actually show the movie. But when you do, and if you go see the movie, you’ll be surprised. I’ve seen it twice now – once with my daughter on a Thursday evening (not a prime showing), and again with my son the other day during a Sunday matinee (also not “prime time”). On both occasions, the person at the box office told me it was their number-one attraction (among a dozen offerings). Both times, the theater was packed (on Sunday, there were people sitting in the aisles). And both times, the end of the movie was greeted with serious applause. When’s the last time you had that experience at the movie theater? And again… why don’t the theater executives want you to see this movie?
The movie idea you have could be that career making writing gig that gets a writer noticed or at the very least they will have earned a writing credit on a released film that gets seen by viewers and career makers. Earning a writing credit on a movie that is eventually released is not easy at all. There are thousands upon thousands of scripts that never are produced into a full-length feature film. These scripts quietly collect dust in a writer’s closets. I freely admit I have two earlier scripts I wrote on spec that are slowly decaying in a closet never to be heard of again. Damn The Roach! Damn Land Pirates!