For every great film Hollywood has turned out in the past few years, they have made at least ten terrible ones. Take 2012′s Chernobyl Diaries which was marketed as a horror film. The movie was horrible, but not the least bit scary. 2012 also saw the worst remake of the decade, Red Dawn. The casting of Josh Peck from Josh and Drake fame was only one of the bad ideas in this film. 2011 brought us a trio of terrible films, Big Mamma’s House 3, Dream House, and The Green Hornet. All three had big stars yet still failed miserably. 2010 saw the Read more »
2012 was a surprisingly strong year for films. So, without further ado, here’s a list of the ten best films of 2012, in this blogger’s humble opinion:
Beasts of the Southern Wild:
One of the genuinely best movies that has been released in years. It’s an honest portrayal of a little girl surviving the flooding of her home in the Louisiana bayou. At times surreal, always heartfelt, everyone will find a reason to fall in love with this film.
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Miss any movies this year? Here are a few quick reviews of some of the best offerings of 2012.
The Hunger Games
Set in a totalitarian universe where the government rules all, teen tribute Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) must find a way to survive the Hunger Games – a sadistic reality show where young people are forced to fight to the death. Shocking, thrilling and ultimately revolutionary, this movie asks some tough questions through an equally tough heroine.
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For independent film makers finding sponsors for your movie might be the hardest part of film making. Trying to fund a production without having the help or backing of a studio might take a lot of effort. Finding sources of cash flow can be easy if you know where and how to look for people interested in investing in your film.
Depending on the type of movie you are making will depend on how hard financing it will be. I enjoy art house movies and Read more »
Depending on the type of movie being made it may take hundreds of people to put it all together, or it may only take a few dedicated hardworking people to pull it off. The type of movie most of us watch take a tremendous amount of people to make. Every type of movie has to have actors, directors, and film crews, but the movies that make it to the theater require many more people to Read more »
Start with an exceptional script. Next, you’ll need to arrange financing. No script? No money? No movie. Once you secure a signed contract and the money, things really take off. You do not need a big, fancy, corner office, but you do need some place to work and have production meetings, and you’ll want to choose your staff very carefully — executive producer, producer and director are the most important staffers as far as getting the movie actually filmed, promoted and sold. You’ll need to send a staffer off to seek out locations for your movie, and start negotiations with talent. Also at this point, you should be securing production and post production facilities. Once the locations are set, it’s time to arrange for flights, accomodations, rental vehicles, the on-site caterer, set the shooting schedule and you’ll want to check in with City Hall to see what kind of permits you’re going to need. Except for your key personnel, I would wait and hire the production crew in the away venue. Now, you are ready to film your movie.Independent film making is incredibly exciting — the entire industry is. It is a road you will never regret going down.
Though not always given the recognition deserved by mainstream Hollywood media, independent films are made widely available, at least to the television viewing public, by the Independent Film Channel, a long running staple of the indie community. Launched in September of 1994, the IFC airs the completely uncut and uncensored work of independent directors, whether full-length features, animations, shorts, series or documentaries, running on an uninterrupted 24 hours cycle.While most movie channels like HBO, Starz, Cinemax and Showtime will show some of the more popular independent films to hit the market from time to time, the IFC is entirely dedicated to entertaining a niche market of consumers who prefer the more unique, off-brand humor, imagery and story lines as opposed to what studio execs all too often try to pass for filmmaking.Recently, the IFC has made news by presenting their programming with commercial interruptions for the first time in late 2010. Though some viewers expressed concern this would require the channel to compromise its policy on censorship so as to not offend advertisers by risking potentially offensive product associations, content airing on the IFC remains unedited, holding true to each director’s final cut. Read more »
Thanks to limited budgetary discretion, independent films rely largely on word of mouth in order to be seen by even viewers who will later reference them as their favorite films. Give the gift of true cinematic greatness this Christmas by sharing some of your favorite titles of the year with friends and family. Here’s a list of some of our favorite movies, some of which even promote a few timeless Christmas themes like family togetherness, all of which will look great covered in wrapping paper and adorned with a bow.1. The Kids Are All Right (Rated R) DVD Release: November 16, 2010 Offering a comical look at a modern take on family life, the movie explores the happy home of a lesbian couple who adopted with an anonymous sperm donor. All is well their children contact the sperm bank on the eldest’s 18th birthday in order to learn the identity of their birth father. All goes swimmingly until the chemistry between father and mothers becomes too much to resist and questions of sexuality begin to arise throughout the family. This highly enjoyable dramedy is bold enough to explore tough subject matter and smart enough to do so in a cleverly entertaining way. Read more »
There’s a problem in the independent film world. It can be summed in one basic sentence: people don’t buy DVD’s anymore. Whether it’s Netflix, Hulu or a what-have-you host of websites, increasing numbers of global movie watchers now turn to digitized streaming video as their main means of film consumption.Yes, this enables a larger consumer base to see independent film via the internet, but while that may be the end goal in an ideal world, independent filmmaking is still a business and businesses see money to survive. Netflix buys content at a fair price and certainly there are means of legal movie downloading by which filmmakers can be duly compensated, but the independent film industry which is already strapped for cash in terms of budgets is hit particularly hard by piracy and free online movie viewing. Devoid of major studio funds, indie flicks have long relied on DVD sales as a key source of revenue in balancing out the sometime out-of-pocket production costs. The advent of the internet, precipitating the decline in DVD sales has been absolutely wonderful in terms of exposure for the indie scene. Unfortunately exposure doesn’t directly translate into revenue. Read more »
For one week this September, filmmakers from around the globe will gather for the 26th annual Boston Film Festival from September 17th to 23rd. This event will be held at the Stuart Street Playhouse, with its 425-seat theatre. This festival offers a unique opportunity for filmmakers and actors to showcase their work. Attendees get a chance to view new works as well as have access to the artists themselves during question and answer sessions. Each year before the festival filmmakers are encouraged to submit their work, which can be done online, and awards are giving to honor the work of these individuals. Read more »