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Film Color Palettes

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A lot of aspects help create a movie’s thumbprint. Acting, writing, foley, and score all come to mind. Another aspect that comes to mind is cinematography. Whether you realize it or not, films have a unique color palette that can invoke any number of feelings. Here are some examples. Continue reading

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The Second Annual TDYLFie Awards

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The end of the year is just around the corner, which means it’s time for a bunch of lazy journalists to do their year-end best and worst lists of 2011. But why should they have all the fun? I’m lazy too. And I already established an award for this last year–the TDYLFie. I’m going to capitalize on that laziness for an easy article. But first, let’s establish some scope. I don’t see nearly enough new releases to make any sort of reasonable “Best/Worst of 2011” list. Thus, this list will be comprised of movies that I’ve seen in 2011, which will run the gamut from era to era, genre to genre, and on and on. In reality, this is more of a list about my own experience watching movies in 2011 than it is about anything that was released in 2011. Moreover–and this is a serious problem that I plan on rectifying in 2012–I don’t have a thorough means of keeping track of what I’ve seen. I can see what I’ve received and rated from Netflix and Facets in 2011, and the rest of this is based on memory of what I’ve actually seen. There’s a very real chance that I’ll miss something. Whadayagonnado? Without further delay, here is the awards program for the 2nd Annual TDYLFies. Continue reading

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Review: Attack the Block (2011)

As you may have heard me mention recently, I scored tickets to the St. Louis advanced screening of Attack the Block (2011) on Wednesday. Much thanks to the people at /Film for making it happen. Since seeing the film, I’ve been racking my brain trying to come up with an appropriate review. There’s a lot of food for thought- the race relations message in the film; the extremely tight script; the magnificent character, Moses and equally magnificent performance of John Boyega bringing Moses to life; the excellent way that director Joe Cornish built suspense on a budget; the comedic relief of Nick Frost, who’s surprisingly a secondary character;  the genius behind the alien design, which allowed them to create a perfectly frightening monster without breaking the effects bank; the perfect balance between story, humor, and thrills; and on and on. After nearly two days of deep thought about it, I think I’ve finally formulated all of the things I’d like to say about the movie. Continue reading

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The Waiting is the Hardest Part: Movies I Can’t Wait to See

When you’re a huge movie fan, you’re liable to find out about lots and lots of projects well in advance of their release dates. This forces you into a very difficult position. You have to wait until it finally reaches theaters. Or when you don’t live in a movie mega-hub like Austin, Los Angeles, or New York, you’re forced to wait until the film hits DVD, Netflix Instant, or any of the other various viewing methods available. Right now, I’m extremely anxious to see an awful lot of films but I have to wait them out. Here’s what I can’t wait to see: Continue reading

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