My Guest Blog On “20 Questions Film”

I recently submitted an article on filmmaking to a new up-and-coming filmmaking commentary/advice site, for a contest.  I was an effective runner-up, meaning my article could be posted, but unpaid.  Its subject: What do you do when your first movie turns out to be garbage?

(NOTE: The title and URL was not chosen by me.  By my request, the title was “cleaned up”, as it were.  The site creators were gracious enough to put my requested changes into effect.  Alas, the article’s address is of a more permanent nature.)

You can find the article here.

Cinematic Thoughts #6

“Whenever possible, insert a detail of realism.

What do gun ‘silencers’ really do?  How does the legal process really work in such-and-such a situation?  Is sodium pentothal a real ‘truth serum’?  If the film is of an ‘historical’ genre (like a Western), see if that one-scene character can be replaced with an actual real-life historical figure, without changing the facts about that figure.

Those ‘in the know’ will thank you for it.”

Cinematic Thoughts #5

“Should a film confuse the viewer?  Only if there’s a feeling of ‘reassurance’.

Should a film leave unanswered questions for the audience?  Only if it’s intentional.  How many would-be great films have been ruined by the refusal to ensure that the audience understands what they need to understand?  Any unanswered questions, then, are best clarified to the audience as ‘something you don’t need to know’.  Otherwise, you don’t have ‘ambiguity’.  You have confusion.”

Film Reviews, etc.

I must apologize for my neglect in this manner.  Herein are my reviews and article on FlickRev thus far:

Review for Seth MacFarlane’s comic-Western, A Million Ways To Die In The West:

http://www.flickrev.com/a-million-ways-to-die-in-the-west

Review for The Fault In Our Stars, which, in my opinion, Douglas Sirk would’ve loved:

http://www.flickrev.com/the-fault-in-our-stars

Review for Jersey Boys–in my opinion, one of the greatest films of this year so far:

http://www.flickrev.com/jersey-boys

Review for Transformers: Age Of Extinction…which apparently even fans of the franchise loathe:

http://www.flickrev.com/transformers-age-of-extinction

Review for Deliver Us From Evil:

http://www.flickrev.com/deliver-us-from-evil

My thoughts on the present and future of the Western:

http://www.flickrev.com/bringing-back-the-western

My thoughts on Hollywood’s love of sequels:

http://www.flickrev.com/in-defense-of-sequelitis

My thoughts on Michael Bay’s basic decline in film quality:

http://www.flickrev.com/the-bare-bones-of-michael-bay

My thoughts on Earth To Echo‘s blatant recycling of E.T.:

http://www.flickrev.com/snap-judgment-earth-to-echo

Cinematic Thoughts #4

Of all the musical themes for the Universal Pictures logo, I will always love James Horner’s theme, from the 1990s, the best. The “fanfare”-style theme, to me, sounds far less unique and specific–it’s too close in style to the themes of 20th Century Fox and Warner Brothers.

On THAT note…20th Century Fox has kept the EXACT SAME THEME for what feels like forever–and no one faults them for it.  Why couldn’t Universal do the same?  If it ain’t broke…