Category: Film Focus

Remakes and Reboots and Sequels, oh my! [PODCAST]

The Off Topic gang is back with a takedown on movie remakes, reboots and sequels in disguise. Listen in as Dante, Miguel, Beth and I unleash our frustration, rage, and appreciation for the films that stood on the shoulders of giants, either to fall and shatter, or stand triumphant.

Don’t forget to follow them at:

Beth Accommando: Cinema Junkie
Miguel Rodriguez: Owl & Bear, Monster Island Resort
Dante Moran: Inferno Productionz

Also check out the Film Geeks at the Digital Gym in the Media Arts Center San Diego.

 

 

The Name Game [PODCAST]

Beth, Dante, Miguel and I continue our assault on the absurdity of the medium we love, hate, and love to hate. In this podcast we tackle the bizarre, infuriating, and hilarious practice of creating titles for movie sequels. Have a listen.

Don’t forget to follow them at:

Beth Accommando: Cinema Junkie
Miguel Rodriguez: Owl & Bear, Monster Island Resort
Dante Moran: Inferno Productionz

Also check out the Film Geeks at the Digital Gym in the Media Arts Center San Diego.

 

 

Off Topic: Armond White, Professionalism and the Amateur Film Critic [PODCAST]

Ousted film critic and alleged contrarian, Armond White.

Ousted film critic and alleged contrarian, Armond White.

So I conned a group of friends to get together and discuss the rise of amateur film criticism and the fall of Armond White from the New York Film Critics Circle.

Please visit them at their respective websites:

Beth Accommando: Cinema Junkie
Miguel Rodriguez: Owl & Bear, Monster Island Resort
Dante Moran: Inferno Productionz

Also check out the Film Geeks at the Digital Gym in the Media Arts Center San Diego.

 

 

Late to the party

The calendar reads mid-January and I haven’t written a review since my shattering disappointment in Skyfall back in November. I could list a variety of excuses for this but that wouldn’t preclude them from being just that. I will say…

Sky fail

Daniel Craig and Bérénice Marlohe 'Syfall'

It’s disheartening to know within the first five minutes of a movie that it’s going to be a mundane experience. The opening sequence of a James Bond flick is often a good indicator of how the rest of the film…

Cloud is out of reach.

Hugo Weaving in 'Cloud Atlas'

Despite the hyperbolical entreaties from some, failure to see Cloud Atlas will not hasten the inevitable decay and demise of cinema. While the latest film from The Matrix directors the Wachowskis and Run Lola Run director Tom Tykwer is ambitious,…

Score Card: Halloween

'Halloween'

I find it difficult not to give the number one spot over to that classic slasher film that birthed the infamous killer known as Michael Myers, and tonight is no exception. The rightly-celebrated Halloween theme is as iconic as Bernard Hermann’s Psycho or John Williams’s Jaws. If Alfred Hitchcock can credit Hermann for 33% of the frightening effect of Psycho, Carpenter can credit himself for saving his movie with a terrifying score. Even divorced from the film, those quick, high piano notes overlayed with long, low tones (and that ever present staccato chirp underscoring the whole thing), instill a feeling of dread and foreboding.