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King Kelly

In Film Festival on March 12, 2012 at 1:46 am

My initial reaction is similar to the film Shame – beyond my threshold. The films are much different in story and technique, but the same shock value. I struggled to find a reason why these stories were captured on film.

King Kelly was well done. The acting was amazing, the editing was powerful, and the script made me a believer. But I did not benefit from learning about the story.

Some films are simply entertaining, this film is quite uncomfortable to watch. I may reflect later and find value in telling this story, but for now I need to debrief.


Iron Sky

In Film Festival on March 11, 2012 at 6:46 pm

6 years in the making with crowd participation has brought a remarkable comedy to the screen. The director described his visual effects as being as numerous as Transformers on a Transformer catering budget. I personally thought that his visuals were better than Transformer, but that might be because I enjoyed his story more.

I cant wait for his next space battle film.

Beauty is Embarrassing

In Film Festival on March 11, 2012 at 6:39 pm

Wayne White started Q&A by complimenting the film maker for accurately capturing his life’s work. And Wayne’s life is definitely interesting.

God Bless America

In Film Festival on March 10, 2012 at 5:46 pm

If it was intended to be a comedy, then it succeeded. If it’s to be taken seriously as a teaching point, then it missed it’s mark.

spoiler alert

The preaching point of this film suggest that there are unkind people who live in the United States, and the solution is to shoot them. For a movie that want to promote kindness, I believe shooting people would not be the appropriate response. Also, the main leads in this movie eventually find fault with each other and consider shooting each other, which may suggest that there is no one in the United States who shouldn’t be shot. Ultimately there are no useful solutions to unkind people living in the US.

It’s better to approach this movie as a comedy.

Indie Game: The Movie

In Film Festival on March 10, 2012 at 5:37 pm

Indie Game: The Movie

A documentary that follows 4 independent video game creators through their ups and downs of being independent. The filmmaker’s followed 16 developers in hopes to cover the many facets of this industry, but discovered that the story of these four developer said it all.

Each story is filled with tension and reward of staying independent and how their personal lives are reflected in their games so much so that it is difficult to separate the two. Needless to say the emotions of designing, coding, and eventually releasing their games run high.

It was easy to get sucked into this film and ride the emotional roller coaster of independent game development.

2012 SXSW Film Festival

In Film Festival on March 6, 2012 at 8:05 am

Every March during Spring Break is the SXSW Film Festival in Austin, Texas. This year, that happens to fall on Friday, March 9th through Saturday, March 17th.

Of the 106 feature films, 69 are world premieres.

After reviewing the sysnopsis and watching the available trailers, my schedule includes 30 feature films, 8 blocks of short films and 15 panels.

Somewhere in there I’m need to find time to post what I see.

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