Sunday, June 8, 2014

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

For the Love of Film Pt. I Film is the life source. Film has always been my favorite art form. One reason I have always made this distinction is the blatant blending of many art forms, often overlooked when people consider film. In the word film, a literal definition alludes to celluloid. While this is certainly a medium I am referring to, it is not the only medium on my mind. I have always loved film.

Since I was a child, I cannot think of what I loved more. My parents met at a move theater. My mother’s first job was at a movie theater. My first job was at a movie theater. The toys I played with as a child were film themed. Of course, I would occasionally deviate from the norm. However, there is nothing better than the movies. I love going to movie theaters. I love watching films at home. I love watching them while typing essays. I consider it a highly functional obsession.We are starting something new here, something better. Stay tuned.

Friday, July 19, 2013

Killing Season (2013)

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This is one of those films that we at UTDF love to talk about, and one which personally makes me happy to write about. I love hearing the smug reviews and automatic nay saying.

There are plenty of explosive and high-energy blockbusters out this summer. Many of them I'm sure are fun and exciting, but I'm mostly a video guy these days. I can barely make it to the theater, because I'm broke as fuck. I saw the Star Trek sequel and it was ba-dass.

I also saw one of the biggest summer disappointments I've ever attended the theater for. I finally went to a 3D movie. If there was not an upcharge, I wouldn't be opposed to seeing every movie in 3D, especially those manufacturer for the medium.

While not a traditional summer release, Killing Season was pretty awesome. I loved both De Niro and Travolta's performances. Travolta's accent is rough at times, but he does really well otherwise. I could give a fuck about what kind of weird shit Danny Zuko may or may not do in his free time. It doesn't change the fact that he's always been a good actor, except in Battlefield Earth.

Either way, it's times like these when I'm glad Rotten Tomatoes reflects a 12%. Anyone who doesn't want to watch a dialouge between De Niro and Travolta is an asshole. Not my favorite movie ever or anything, but I like it.

3.1 Stars

Friday, July 12, 2013

The Big Something (2011)

Never in my life did I think I would watch a film in which a character tries to sell a Cheech and Chong vinyl in the record store I bought my first Cheech and Chong vinyl, Big Bambu. However, The Big Something (filmed in Tracks in Wax on Central) manifests the quirky scenario into a reality of high definition digital celluloid.  

The Big Something provides the audience a fun little tale of murder mystery, Arizona slackerism, and the plight of a twenty-something Travis Tritt fan.

Not only filmed in my favorite childhood record store, but also set in the mystical land of mixed accomplishments and broken dreams, Tempe, AZ. The Big Something utilizes a variety of nicely scouted Phoenix metro locations. The film inspires many, “Hey I use to snake milk crates from there” and “Do doughnuts after washing my car in that parking lot” moments which make the film quite appealing to an Arizona native. Additionally, the desert city atmosphere added a unique sense of personality not found in many films.

In general, I turned my back on the “indie” film market several years ago. Not independent films, but rather the film shot on a shoe-string budget that perfectly fit a niche genre that reeks of watered down Kevin Smith style dialogue, lays out plot and character development in a manner that makes the audience feel as though they are waiting in line at Disneyland, and generally self-admits a more unique way of making a low budget film could simply not be devised. In other words, I find most of the “indie” films of the 2010s to be boring, depressing, and only inspiring empathetic embarrassment. Furthermore, watching a group of four people in turtlenecks drinking wine and pontificating life, religion, and cell phones does not appeal to me, unless it stars David Hyde Pierce or Jeremy Piven. I digress.

While The Big Something feels somewhat like Clerks in a record store, it breaks free from my negative sentiments of indie films and executes the telling of a fresh story from a unique perspective. I’m personally happy this is one of the first digital films I’ve purchased online, and the pick-your-price style of distribution always deserves two thumbs up or twelve tomatoes or something. I can really appreciate The Big Something. All of the cast and crew’s work stands out with above-average quality and deserves a big round of applause. The Big Something has to be one of the first films over the last decade able to inspire my hope in both “indie” and Arizona films.

This article was originally written & published for a different publication in August of 2012.

Monday, June 17, 2013

Corman's World (2011)

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Documentaries generally do not strike me as a fun-filled good time. There tends to be exceptions to the rule, but mostly I have to be in a particular mood to watch a documentary.

I consider myself some sort of independent filmmaker, so Corman's World seemed like a must-see source of information and learning. However, that does not mean that I was ever a passionate Roger Corman fan. Merely that I always appreciated him and understood the indirect influence he has over my life.

Corman's World now happens to be my second favorite documentary of all time. Furthermore, Corman himself proved to be one of the most inspirational filmmaker stories I've had the pleasure of learning about.  

Corman's World was not only educational but also a fun-filled amazing time filled with captivating anecdotes, a moving social standard, and a standard of quality not always found in a Roger Corman movie.

And one last thing, Roger Corman seems like he may be one of the most pleasant celebrities on the face of this planet.

4.0 Stars

Friday, June 14, 2013

The Hangover Part III (2013)

I don’t give a damn what you say, and I’d probably say you’re dumb if you said otherwise: The Hangover III fucking rules! 

Let the critics bash it, “It’s got a… on Rotten Tomatoes.” Shut up, you no fun having asshole. I genuinely appreciate Todd Philips, the cast, and story of this movie. Not to mention the soundtrack. 

Everyone bitched about the outline borrowing of the second Hangover. I have no clue why they are bitching now and I don't care. Is it a matter of expectations? I have expectations when I watch a movie too. I also love it when I film goes entirely against my expectations.

When I walked out of the film, I looked at my friends and said, “The only thing missing was (omitted).” However, on second thought, the film was exactly the way it should be.

Either way, don’t listen to them. Shit, don’t listen to me, but see The Hangover III. You know, I apologize for the foul language.

I decided to discuss a movie that I feel is much more dynamic, skillful, and personally touching than the masses may have you believe.

Meanwhile, I made the decision to do so in a manner that is detached from the general conventions of this organization. First off, because I can. However, what’s most important is I am merely writing this because I truly fucking loved The Hangover III.

Sometimes the best movies are the ones that you don’t like but I love.

4.5 Stars.

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Up Till Dawn Films #002 - Podcast

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Friday, April 5, 2013

The Call (2013)

 The dramatic conclusion rises with tense energy, and the movies concludes. FADE TO BLACK. (chuckling) "What a shity movie," I say to myself out loud. Not with passion or disdain in my heart, but rather an amusement with the ridiculous and a sense of comfort found within familiar cinematic formulas.

 Audiences on currently rank The Call at a 6.7 out of 10 stars. Which by Up Till Dawn Films standards happens to be quite substantial. While am not going to argue with the ranking, I was quite surprised by the average. Both Liz from Nip/Tuck and Christopher Moltisanti from the Sopranos co-starred, so I guess that added some cool points. Yet, Chris was killed within ten minutes, and Michael Imperioli should always get more screen time. Sorry for the spoiler, but you're probably not missing much by attaining the information.

If you're a 911 operator, this is the movie for you. Meanwhile, The Call when considering that it happens to be a WWE Studios film, more than exceeds expectations. However, if you're looking for value in your movie ticket this weekend, Evil Dead or even Jurassic Park in 3D may prove to be a more satisfying spend. Additionally, Oz the Great and Powerful stars James Franco and Mila Kunis, so what's that tell ya?

2.3 Stars

Monday, March 11, 2013

The Lords of Salem (2013) -Trailer

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Monday, February 11, 2013

"Roadracers" trailer

Life of Pi (2012)

Attempting to get through all of the films that received an Oscar nomination for Best Picture has proven to be a somewhat difficult goal.

To watch all nine films, that supposedly comprise of the best films of 2012, with any sort of outward anguish seems like a "first world problem."

However, that does not negate the challenges I've endured in order to get through each of the nominees. Meanwhile, I am noting the same roster that includes Argo and Django Unchained, so it would seem safe to assume that there had to be at least one other gem that might carry the possibility of bringing joy to a often cynical and impatient viewer.

While joy may not be an all-encompassing adjective, I found Life of Pi to be an unexpected pleasure. I almost feel as though I'm glad that I saw the movie prior to ever reading the book. I'm sure the book lives up to its reputation. Yet, I'm limited on reading time, and a shelf over flowing with unread books may topple over me prior to even finishing this brief statement.

Some may shrug Pi off without care or notice. Others may find Life of Pi entirely boring, and so it goes each day. While entitled to an opinion, I would be inclined to doubt this type of viewer's taste and character.

Perhaps, one of the most satisfying aspects weaved within the story of Pi was the unabashed sensitivity to the nature of man and wild. Furthermore, Life of Pi possess a magical way of providing insight into each of its viewer's personal battles, struggles, and conflicts, but all without judgement or pretense.

I feel as though the film provides an experience that could be enjoyed by almost any human on the planet. Life of Pi not only administers a brilliant cinematic experience, but also serves as a mesmerizing tribute to the weary brutality and joyous celebration we all call life.

4.3 Stars.