Archive for ‘Film & TV’

November 18, 2010

Cowboys & Aliens: A New Sci-Fi Movie, Not a Right-Wing Anti-Immigration Strategy

by Matt Forcey

Cowboys & Aliens boldly goes where no cowpoke has gone before.  Is it a new spin on the Western film genre, or a new spin on Sci-Fi? 

Speaking of a spin… wouldn’t you have just LOVED to see this pitch meeting, if only to watch the skill it must have taken to spin this gold out of a tumbleweed?  Imagine the talent of the marketer, so captivating with their presentation, as to attract high-priced talent like Daniel Craig, Harrison Ford, Olivia Wilde and Sam Rockwell, along with the direction and production chops of Favreau, Spielberg and the Ron Howard/Brian Grazer Power Duo.

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November 8, 2010

Week’s 5 Most Popular Stories: Nov. 1-Nov. 7, 2010

by Matt Forcey

 

Determined by your clicks!

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November 6, 2010

Sharks are Friends, Not Food

by Matt Forcey

With many shark species on the brink of extinction, a new community of conservation-minded divers and videographers are working to change our perceptions of an animal long demonized in popular culture.  Like many of my generation, I was scared shitless at an early age by the movie Jaws.  I remain to this day inherently fearful of deep, open water.  I can, at anytime, cause myself anxiety with a simple thought…

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October 17, 2010

Week’s 5 Most Popular Stories: Oct. 11-Oct. 17, 2010

by Matt Forcey

Determined by your clicks!

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October 13, 2010

Christopher Walken Cooking Chicken and Pears

by Matt Forcey

 

There’s really no commentary needed here.  It’s simply a joy to watch this man do… well, anything.  (watch the video after the jump)

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October 12, 2010

Banksy Creates “The Simpsons” Opening. Dark, Political… Surprise.

by Matt Forcey

This past weekend’s “The Simpsons” took their regular opening credits “couch gag” somewhere they haven’t been before.  Dark… actually, very dark and unexpectedly thought pervoking (unexpectedly until you realize who storyboarded it, that is).  Riffing on slave labor-like conditions in Asian factories, that happen to be making “Simpsons” animation slides and dvds, the opening sequence was created by none other than our favorite guerilla street artist Banksy.  (video after the jump) 

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October 10, 2010

Week’s 5 Most Popular Stories: Oct. 4-Oct. 10, 2010

by Matt Forcey

 

Determined by your clicks!

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October 10, 2010

TURF FEINZ Crew – Turf Dancing in the Rain – YAK FILMS

by Matt Forcey

Dedicated to youth-led multimedia production, YAK Films started as a mixed team of  young photographers and filmmakers looking to offer an alternative to what they consider “played-out mainstream media”.  And here at Watch.Read. Repeat., we’re all for supporting that mission.   

Per YAK’s website, their work with urban dance began with the TURF FEINZ crew from Oakland, CA, innovators of the TUF dancing style.  Appraise for yourself the modestly magnificent camera work (and superhuman foot work) in the video below.

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October 9, 2010

Coen Brothers Re-Imagine True Grit. The Dude Replaces The Duke.

by Matt Forcey

In 1969 John Wayne was chosen to play the drunken, irascible U.S. Marshal Rooster Cogburn in the big screen adaptation of Charles Portis’ True Grit.  The role won Wayne the Academy Award (his one and only) and Golden Globe for Best Actor.  Over the years though, many film critics have dismissed Wayne’s performance as over-the-top and hammy, suggesting that these accolades were more an overdue recognition of his forty year career. 

Regardless of The Duke’s performance, the reality is that the whole movie was fairly schmaltzy, like so many movies from that time are when compared to the original author’s manuscript or to today’s explicit, often graphic, cinematic style.  Come this December, True Grit fans (hell, movie fans all) will be reintroduced to what is sure to be a more “authentic” rendition of  the Portis classic.  And, nobody does authentic and graphic quite like the Joel and Ethan Coen. 

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October 2, 2010

How Ink is Made

by Matt Forcey

Sometimes we find beauty in unexpected places.  Set to Brendel’s Piano Concerto No. 5 in E flat major, this video reveals to us the surprisingly elegant process of creating printing ink, from start to finish.  Like a master vintner, the professional inkmaker hand mixes various components and colors to achieve the desired result.

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September 23, 2010

Let the Force Be Your Guide. Star Wars GPS

by Matt Forcey

Vader, Solo, 3PO, Yoda…. yeah, Yoda. Guide you there he will.

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September 21, 2010

‘Catfish’ Keeps You Hooked

by Matt Forcey
 By CHRISTY LIMIRE – AP Movie

The problem with writing about “Catfish” is that you have to write about “Catfish” — and potentially divulge the many twists the documentary has in store.

Still, you’ve got to say something. So this is probably going to be a short review.

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