Tuesday, March 5, 2013

World Champs 2012


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Wednesday, March 31, 2010

ThinkingTen—A Writer's Playground

Each weekday morning, a themed writing prompt will be posted. What improvised story ("daily flash") can you create in ten minutes?

ThinkingTen—A Writer's Playground.

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Friday, January 1, 2010

Top 10 Films of the Decade

I love acting, screenwriting, editing, anything film. Plain and simple. To close out the decade, I've committed to making a top ten list of those films that stood out in my mind as classics--the best of the best. There may be better films as defined by the critics, but these are the ones that did it for me.

Would it be cheating if I woke up tomorrow desperately needing to make changes?

I would love to see your top ten; so, get them posted and let's chat about the magic of the screen; let's discuss the power of the medium; hell, let's make a movie of our own. Call me.

1. Pan's Labyrinth (2006)
2. Garden State (2004)
3. Wonder Boys (2000)
4. 500 Days of Summer (2009)
5. Vicky Cristina Barcelona (2008)
6. Into the Wild (2007)

The films that made the above task nearly impossible:

Inglorious Bastards (2009)
V for Vendetta (2005)
Tropic Thunder (2008)
Revolutionary Road (2008)
The Pianist (2002)
You Can Count on Me (2000)
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (2001)
25th Hour (2002)
Gladiator (2000)
Lost in Translation (2003)
Memento (2000)
Purple Violets (2007)
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000)

Two Best Songs, in Film, of the Decade:
"Blowers Daughter" - Damian Rice - Closer
"Falling Slowly" from Once -- Music and Lyric by Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova

A top ten actors-of-the-decade may follow.

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Monday, November 23, 2009

Film Trailer Vault: "The Best of Youth"

Looks amazing--all 6+ hours:



(A hat-tip to the Silver Fox!)

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Tuesday, November 10, 2009

(VIDEO) MakingOf: Director Terry Gilliam Talks About The Miracles of Filmmaking

Heath Ledger's last film was almost lost to The Vault:



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Monday, October 26, 2009

Jeopardy Training (VIDEO): Flu Attack! How A Virus Invades Your Body

Amazing how our bodies work:



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Sunday, October 25, 2009

Film Trailer Vault: That Evening Sun

Hal Holbrook--Oscar time!

Premise: An aging Tennessee farmer named Abner Meecham (Hal Holbrook) returns to his homestead and must confront a family betrayal, the reappearance of an old enemy, and the potential loss of his beloved farm.

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Thursday, October 8, 2009

Classic Films: The Third Man (trailer)

Graham Greene. Orson Well. Yes please.



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Saturday, October 3, 2009

Music Video: Gimme Shelter (acoustic)

Flawless acoustic of Gimme Shelter:



(Original version)
Hit-tip: @RyanCooper

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Thursday, October 1, 2009

The Daily Show - Jon Krakauer (video)

What a heartbreaking story that absolutely needs telling. What to do with the McCrystal connection...

"Jon Krakauer (Into the Wild) explains how the Bush administration exploited Pat Tillman's death for political gain."



Book: "Where Men Win Glory: The Odyssey of Pat Tillman"

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