Author Archive for Scott Perry

26
Apr
10

Video: Behind of Scenes of the 80’s HBO “Starship” Intro

Check out this bizarre ten minute video on the making of the classic HBO feature presentation intro. This behind the scenes video shows the magic and marvel in model building and how one intro has many special effect elements. check it out!

26
Apr
10

Movie Review: Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans (2009)

” Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans” isn’t a remake to Abel Ferrara’s 1992 film. In fact, it’s far from resemblance. Director Werner Herzog was forced by producers to use the ‘Bad Lieutenant’ title for franchise potential. Still, Herzog’s film has the right mixture for cult status.

The film stars Nicolas Cage in an exceptional performance. Cage’s recent career moves are muddled with duds like “the Wicker Man” or “National Treasure”. The main highlight in “Bad Lieutenant” is watching Cage comedically drift into madness. His character Terence McDonagh has severe back problems. He takes prescription medication to subdue the pain, but its not enough. McDonagh also becomes dependant on cocaine. He arrests people for cocaine possesion and takes it. Eva Mendes plays McDonagh’s prositute/drug friend. She watches McDonagh’s addiction become violent. He also starts hallucinating reptiles and particularly in a scene when McDonagh’s drug buddy murders several thugs. McDonagh tells him to shoot the guy again because “his soul is dancing”! 

” Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans” goes into a series of bizarre twists and turns. The performances are better than expected from Cage, Mendes and especially Xzibit.  The film often goes over the top, but never ceases to entertain. It’s hard to identify ” Bad Lieutenant” as a Herzog film without the iguana scenes. Herzog has made better films with “Aguirre, the Wrath of God’ or “Fitzcarraldo”. There were low expectations going into ” Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans”. I’m happy to report it’s worth a look.

4 out of 5

26
Apr
10

Paul Haggis on Screenwriting

Ever wanted to see an “Inside the Actor’s Studio” style interview for screenwriters? A series titled “The Dialogue” does just that.

“The Dialogue” showcases famous contemporary screenwriters in Hollywood about the craft of writing. Excerpts from the interviews can be found on youtube. This video focuses on Academy Award winning writer/director Paul Haggis who’s famous for “Crash” and “Million Dollar Baby”.

Check out the ten minute video above. You can also purchase the full 90 minute interview on the website here.

26
Apr
10

Movie Flashback: Drunken Angel (1948)

Japanese filmmaker Akira Kurosawa is internationally famous for his samurai films – “Seven Samurai”, “Yojimbo” and “The Hidden Fortress”. They’ve inspired many American filmmakers. Francis Ford Coppola and George Lucas are major fans of Kurosawa’s work and asked Fox to fund “Kagemusha” in the 1980s.

It’s unfair to paint Kurosawa as a genre director. His films are always separate from conventional Japanese filmmaking. “Ran” was a loose adaptation of Shakespeare’s “King Lear” and “Rashomon” was about four people telling inconclusive stories of a single crime. These films are nothing less than masterpieces.

Kurosawa’s early efforts show signs of potential. He directed a film in the 1940s called “Drunken Angel”. The film is set in post-war Tokyo about a small time criminal named Matsunaga who visits an alcoholic doctor to remove a bullet from his hand. The doctor discovers he has tuberculosis, but the Matsunaga ignores advice. He continues his rough life-style and his habits quickly paralyze him.

“Drunken Angel” isn’t the legendary filmmaker’s best work, but its a great addition to his filmography. It was made when Kurosawa was still discovering his style. Most of the film’s depressing Anti-American themes are diluted due to the restrictions made by the U.S. censors at the time. Kurosawa had to follow explicit rules in order to receive a theatrical run in the U.S. “Drunken Angel” also marks the first time collaboration with actor Toshirô Mifune. We later see Mifune in full force as Sanjuro in Kurosawa’s 1961 classic “Yojimbo”. His acting within “Drunken Angel” breathes more life to Matsunaga. Mifune plays the character as both a tough guy and vulnerable. If you’re a fan of Kurosawa’s films this should not be missed.

4 out of five.

26
Apr
10

Crazy About “Inception”

Filmmaker Christopher Nolan and producing partner Emma Thomas appeared at the Warner Brothers presentation in Wondercon this April to discuss their latest film, “Inception” starring Leonardo DiCaprio. Warner Brothers is tight-lipped about the storyline. The studio’s hint to the film is that it’s a thriller set within “the architecture of the mind”.

Nolan is famous for his unconventional noir thrillers like “Memento” or his fresh comic book adaptions like “The Dark Knight”. This time fans are clueless about his latest, “Inception” . The film is slated to release in July and moviegoers don’t have a clue what the film’s about. Wondercon fans were treated to footage from the film and a Q&A.

If there’s one movie to see this summer, it’s “Inception”. “The Dark Knight” IMAX presentation in Seattle will forever stay my mind as one of the best theatre experiences. I have no doubt Chris Nolan will deliver. Check out the interview video from Wondercon.

22
Apr
10

Video: User Watch

Illegally downloading movies off the internet is free, but can it come back to haunt you? College students around the nation are at the mercy to the MPAA. Check out this two minute video by Scott Perry about the dangers and what WSU students have to face when downloading movies online.

05
Apr
10

Video: Mike’s 90 Minute Movie Review of Star Wars Episode 2

Fanboys love to hate George Lucas. He made movie history with “The Star Wars Trilogy” plus three lackluster duds infamously known as “The Prequel Trilogy”.

Many have criticized Lucas for these movies, but none are as detailed or entertaining as Mike from Red Letter Media. His video posts include a 70 minute review of Star Wars Episode 1: the Phantom Menace.  Now he’s completed the epic 90 minute video review of Star Wars Episode 2: Attack of the Clones. It is only a matter of time till Episode 3. Click on the link to watch.




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