12 Minutes: Filmmaking is deceptively time-consuming. Coming out with a story, writing a working script, shooting, editing, it all takes much more time than it looks. A good friend of mine recently produced this short for the 48 Hour Film Project. The end result is a very fun short, all the more impressive because of the restraints. Enjoy!
True Blood – Season 5: violent and profane as a series about vampires should be, given the characters. Of course, by now the visual tone is a given as the violence rarely goes astray from what was established in previous seasons. Storywise, this season is hit-and-miss (also, by now, a tradition); by expanding the universe both within (the Vampire Authority) and without (the Ifrit) the box, some of the unrelated stories feel not much more than gap-fillers; the main story […]
Frankenweenie: the inspiration of this story is obvious, and it is, for the most part, a nice little re-imagining of the story. As this is a Tim Burton’s film, it has the expected mix of bizarre and slightly perverse, which nevertheless feel a bit out of place. Visually, this is an interesting case: while the style is similar to what Burton has showed before previously, the shot selection, camera movements and to some extent the lighting feel “real” (as in […]
Prometheus: while the questions posed here are certainly provocative, the answers provided are not as interesting; nevertheless, they still raise this film above the generic space horror. Everything looks absolutely fantastic, and the cast, for the most part, sells everything well. The one exception is Noomi Rapace, which is a big issue, as she is the one of most to sell.
Let the Right One In: this film contains a series of quiet, eerie, beautifully constructed shots; it is an example of visual efficacy and efficiency. It serves, however, a story that, despite its relative originality, is not all that interesting. (Full disclosure: not a fan of vampire movies.)
The Wolfman: not much in this movie in addition to the excessively showy, but well-done makeup work. The story is just a shred, really; an excuse for very graphical scenes of a wolfman having its teethy fun. I remember when most of the cast worked in decent movies; one has to pay their bills, I suppose.