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Hey guys, sorry for missing some updates lately, it’s just been one of those weeks.

I’m goin crazy here.

Anyways, there’ll be a dry-rehersal of the new film tomorrow in the Club, and also an announcement of other activities.

I’ve come to the conclusion that this film will be a er…CONCLUSION to a “trilogy” of films I’ve made, starting with Box Spies and ending with Silver or Lead.

I dunno, it’s just an idea. It’d actually be pretty effective if done right.

Also thinking of storyboarding the film, but don’t have a big chance of that.

Sorry for rambling, but we’re finally getting on track with the club. Once this trilogy is produced, I’ll be moving on to more serious work. It’s a step in the right direction, I believe- moving from simple Macguffin set ups to important philosophical insights that I might have.

I’m thinking of this one movie where a kid, isolated at his college campus, takes up the task of nightly moonlighting as a “super hero” but to no real avail- nothing bad actually happens. It drives him to depression and even further anxiety as he drives himself deeper into this fantasy, eventually causing his own destruction, or salvation. I guess it’ll just depend on how I’m feeling when I write it.

Anywho, glad to be posting on this site. I really love having this thing. I’ll be putting new videos up soon! Later.

Today, readers, I’m going to make a post about how a place like has gone to hell. Firstly- I hate elitism, even if I imbue it like a Nazi, I can’t stand it when people believe they are right simply because they got their first, or they’ve been their longest, or know more just cause they’ve had more time and experience. If there’s one thing I’ve learned from film, it is that anyone is able to make an intelligent statement, or question, even if it’s a first viewing. That is because everyone, EVERYONE initially takes a subjective, diverse angle on their view of what they’ve just seen.

Now, there’s two kinds of people who can ruin the experience of a forum user on IMDB.

    The first group is the gaggle of imbeciles who think awful movies are worth complaining about. I have never been in the forums for Little Man, White Chicks, the American Pie movies (at least the last three films), or anything with a studio budget but with quality less than a Sci-Fi channel weekly movie (THE CAVE doesn’t count because it’s quality was ON PAR with a Sci Fi channel movie). However, some people will “troll,” which from what I gather means to haunt obsessively, these threads in order to stir up needless bickering just because they have free time. True, it’s fun to make fun of bad movies. But if you’re going to either go on these sites and just hammer away at what is, in general knowledge, bad film making, then you are making worthless statements, such as:

    I dont think this is a good film, but yes is very funny. at least was more funny to me that White Chicks.

Now, that’s not exactly the kind of statement I implied, but while looking up material for my point, I came across that forum thread. Apparently, these people lack so much of a life, that they have to use one sentence a piece to compare crap to crap. I don’t care whether or not White Chicks was better than Little Man- both movies have atrociously stupid, characterless plots all based on stereotypes. Am I joining the gaggle of moronic complaints by making this post?

Yes. I am. However, my point is more constructive than that, as such that I’d like to see more people start threads like this, that actually deal with possible issues based on what they’ve just seen:

    You know what? I couldn’t find a SINGLE thread in this entire forum for this film that had one iota of intelligence. Never freaking mind.

See people? This is what bad movies do- they barely entertain, and then mind numbingly obnoxious people try to complain about them, or try to support them, but have no proof and follow giant, Grand Canyon like fallacies such as “You’re a queer” to fix their arguments into an unmovable position of RIGHTEOUSNESS.

Now, the second group of people that cause these problems are people who take similar statements, similar fallacies, and problematic gestures of stupidity, and bring them unrequested into forums of intelligent debate or friendly discussion. My proof is in the pudding on this one.

I recently went to a thread for the Michael Mann box-office flop, Miami Vice. Now, in all honesty, I love this movie. There are a lot of REALLY cool scenes among what is in truth an over bloated and lengthy piece. However, if I ever wanted to mimic a way a man uses his footage, it’d be Michael Mann- he has some of the best eyes for “cool” since Sergio Leone’s Spaghetti Westerns. The movie was critically panned, however, and left with a mildly disappointing score of 6.1 on IMDB’s poll. I can live with that, however, since this movie was really more of a film maker’s film. The mainstream really wouldn’t get it because they won’t understand everything that goes into something like this. The appreciation is more in the design than in the functionality, similar to Da Vinci’s flying machine.

However, there is a thread of fan’s where one poster has decided to answer questions about plot holes and technicalities (this film is very real, so a lot of things are left out giving the impression that the characters already know how to do their job without Video Professor), and I found this to be a very kind and exceptionally decent thing to do. He actually wanted to help people who enjoy the movie enjoy it more with an intelligent and responsive discussion about what he had noticed out of an admittedly nerdy 10 + viewings of the film. NOTHING WRONG WITH THAT.

So what does he get? Well after reading about ten or twenty entries down the page (it has a very expansive 73+ posts at this very moment), I found problem number 2 on IMDB:

The winy, arrogant elitist idiot who wants to ruin intelligent debate because the movie doesn’t live up to his standards. Here’s a quote from gayrzeee starting with his quotation of another user, who while his math is probably very wrong, is at least proving his point with facts and not “you’re gay.” He says stupid, but he’s making a reference to the way the guy was criticizing the film, not to the guy himself. Course, he’s probably going to take it that way anyways. By the end, he did try to tick the guy off, but out of all the posts gayrzeee has made, who knows if it is possible to stop hating on him at this point. Even I get into a tiff with him further down the thread.


Dear dyslexic *beep*
First, the movie budget was 135M, not 153.
I based all my comments on the facts that the movie sucked, Farrell and Jaime-not-my-real-name-Foxxxxx are way over-rated and overpaid Hollywood faces.
And lastly, I doubt there is any intelligence and any reason to think that a Brokeback dyslexic *beep* guesswork on the DVD sales of Miami Vice is credibe.
Donald Rumsfeld

So, what’s with the irritation here, guys? Why can’t you all just get along and stop yelling at each other on the net. If people were to fight like this in arguments in real life, they’d last for probably all of ten minutes, because past that point your throat is going to start hurting. Seriously.

So, here’s a post, that I put in response to this guy’s fallacies, and unnecessary flaming, trolling, and hating across all boards, in an attempt to show him what he was doing:

It’s amazing to see how this wasn’t even a thread about how good the movie was- just explaining away some problems with the plot that might be hard for some people to get (I’ll admit, it was a very confusing movie with a lot of pretty colors to back up its hard-to-swallowness).

What I don’t understand is why you need to come in and start wrecking everyone verbally. This is a FORUM. The definition for which is pretty much “public place of debate.” Also, cursing at someone and calling them petty insults is simply a fallacy of Bill O’Reilly like proportions. Entertaining, yes, but does it get us anywhere as a society? No.

I got into an argument with a guy on the Gungrave forums, and I tried like hell to avoid name calling and fallacies, but he wouldn’t just give up and go home after I proved my OWN point.

I love IMDB. But how can there seriously be this many people in the world who disrespect the use of Forums like you? Seriously, man. If you want to complain about how bad the movie sucks, write a review. Start a website, or at LEAST go to a thread about “did you like/dislike the movie and why.”

Give your fingers a rest and go do something else with your life.

Now I admit I bit into him at the end of my post, no doubt. However, at that point I wish there was a secret trap door to get rid of all people who troll sites in this fashion, who troll debates in this fashion, and try to cause nothing but stupid, backwards thinking. Liking a movie like Miami Vice isn’t crazy- there were some really great scenes to it. Hell, even liking Little Man can’t be all that bad, as long as you can back it UP.

However, the people on rarely take this into account- if you want to debate, write out a point, prove a point, and then elaborate on it to make it MAKE SENSE. Am I the only person who paid attention in High School English class here? It was certainly more than grammar (something Firefox admittedly corrects for me anyways).

From now on if I see a post like the Little Man things in an intelligent forum, or the Miami Vice flaming in “we’re here to help you” posts, I’m going to mark them as spam or complain to IMDB to moderate it. I suggest everyone else does too. It takes like thirty seconds, and will eventually, if spread correctly, get these trollers out of your hair.

Otherwise, just don’t pay it any mind. I try my best not to, but I really have a hard time over looking blatant, unfunny stupidity.

Later guys.

Big News

Martin Wins Oscar

This man won the Oscar for Best Director, as predicted. It’s about DAMNED TIME.

Here’s an EXCELLENT music video by The Dropkick Murphy’s “I’m Shipping Off To Boston” For The Departed

This movie deserved best picture.

It is the first major production in quite a while to win the Best Picture. In the last two years, only Indy flicks have won the Gold, and previous to that it seemed to be movies more about statements (American Beauty), biographies (A Beautiful Mind), or artistic values (Lord of the Rings, Chicago).

Well, The Departed is the first major studio film since The Silence of the Lambs to win the Best Picture Oscar without any political strings, any “messages” or career-changing statements. The first non-tearjerker, or non-controversial film.

THE DEPARTED is the first film in over 15 years to win on one thing alone- the thing that counts the most: Film Making. It is by far one of the best made films in recent history, and the awards only go to prove it. Vulgarity, violence, acting, screenplay, everything aside- this is just a damn well made piece of cinema, and for that Scorsese deserves the Oscar, and dammit so did Mark Wahlberg!

In any case, that’s my opinion, and hopefully soon we’ll have a new writer for the site.

Until next Oscar season, Academy, STRIKE THAT POSE!!!


Best Motion Picture of the Year
Winner: The Departed (2006) – Graham King
Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role
Winner: Forest Whitaker for The Last King of Scotland (2006)
Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role
Winner: Helen Mirren for The Queen (2006)
Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role
Winner: Alan Arkin for Little Miss Sunshine (2006)
Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role
Winner: Jennifer Hudson for Dreamgirls (2006)
Best Achievement in Directing
Winner: Martin Scorsese for The Departed (2006)
Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen
Winner: Little Miss Sunshine (2006) – Michael Arndt

Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material Previously Produced or Published
Winner: The Departed (2006) – William Monahan
Best Achievement in Cinematography
Winner: Laberinto del Fauno, El (2006) – Guillermo Navarro
Best Achievement in Editing
Winner: The Departed (2006) – Thelma Schoonmaker
Best Achievement in Art Direction
Winner: Laberinto del Fauno, El (2006) – Eugenio Caballero, Pilar Revuelta
Best Achievement in Costume Design
Winner: Marie Antoinette (2006) – Milena Canonero
Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures, Original Score
Winner: Babel (2006) – Gustavo Santaolalla
Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures, Original Song
Winner: An Inconvenient Truth (2006) – Melissa Etheridge(“I Need To Wake Up”)
Best Achievement in Makeup
Winner: Laberinto del Fauno, El (2006) – David Martí, Montse Ribé
Best Achievement in Sound
Winner: Dreamgirls (2006) – Michael Minkler, Bob Beemer, Willie D. Burton
Best Achievement in Sound Editing
Winner: Letters from Iwo Jima (2006) – Alan Robert Murray, Bub Asman
Best Achievement in Visual Effects
Winner: Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest (2006) – John Knoll, Hal T. Hickel, Charles Gibson, Allen Hall
Best Animated Feature Film of the Year
Winner: Happy Feet (2006) – George Miller
Best Foreign Language Film of the Year
Winner: Leben der Anderen, Das (2006)(Germany)
Best Documentary, Features
Winner: An Inconvenient Truth (2006) – Davis Guggenheim
Best Documentary, Short Subjects
Winner: The Blood of Yingzhou District (2006) – Ruby Yang, Thomas Lennon
Best Short Film, Animated
Winner: The Danish Poet (2006) – Torill Kove
Best Short Film, Live Action
Winner: West Bank Story (2005) – Ari Sandel

Slinger’s Oscar Picks!


Ok, everyone, the Super Bowl of films is coming up tomorrow night (there will be a party in the Dogwood Lounge at Salisbury University starting at 7, get there when you can), and I’m going to post the nominations and my choices for you. Two categories in my choices: FAV, and EXP. Favorites versus what I actually expect will win.

And the nominees are…


    Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role


    Leonardo DiCaprio for Blood Diamond (2006)

    Ryan Gosling for Half Nelson (2006)

    Peter O’Toole for Venus (2006/I)

    Will Smith for The Pursuit of Happyness (2006)

    Forest Whitaker for The Last King of Scotland (2006)

FAV– My choice is actually Leo DiCaprio, but for The Departed. Sadly, he didn’t get nominated even though that was a CAREER CHANGING PERFORMANCE. I have yet to see Blood Diamond, but I’m sure that’d also probably equal the same effect.
EXP– Forest Whitaker for Last King of Scotland

Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role


    Penélope Cruz for Volver (2006/I)

    Judi Dench for Notes on a Scandal (2006)

    Helen Mirren for The Queen (2006)

    Meryl Streep for The Devil Wears Prada (2006)

    Kate Winslet for Little Children (2006)

FAV: Well, I didn’t much see any movies with female leads this year, so I can’t say for sure. However, based on the story alone, and how important the character is, I’d have to put my eggs in Helen Mirren’s basket for The Queen.

EXP: Helen Mirren’s odds to win are supposedly like 10 to 1.

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role

    Alan Arkin for Little Miss Sunshine (2006)

    Jackie Earle Haley for Little Children (2006)

    Djimon Hounsou for Blood Diamond (2006)

    Eddie Murphy for Dreamgirls (2006)

    Mark Wahlberg for The Departed (2006)

FAV: For me, the choice is easy: Mark E Mark, also know as Marky Mark or Mark Wahlberg, has proven he has some REAL gravitas on the screen. His performance in The Departed is pretty much the character-act “Jack Sparrow” style but for adults. Nothing short of one of the most entertaining characters in film history in years, I would rather have a Dignam-specific spin off than have Scorsese direct the sequels to Infernal Affairs.
EXP:I think I’m pretty accurate in saying my FAV will win on charisma alone, so this award I would expect will go to Mark Wahlberg, since The Departed is probably going to get ripped off on it’s Director and Film awards.

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role

    Adriana Barraza for Babel (2006)

    Cate Blanchett for Notes on a Scandal (2006)

    Abigail Breslin for Little Miss Sunshine (2006)

    Jennifer Hudson for Dreamgirls (2006)

    Rinko Kikuchi for Babel (2006)

FAV:I really have no opinion here, but since Jennifer Hudson is just a n00b from American Idol, I think I’ll go for the under dog.
EXP: Supposedly everyone is throwing their hands in for Japanese newcomer Rinko Kikuchi, and I wouldn’t blame them- the Academy is becoming suspiciously determined to throw awards at minorities in the past few years. Not that I condemn them for that- but people point it out nonetheless. Oscar’s are like Presidential elections for cinema- they change how people perceive the times. When Denzel Washington and Halle Berry both won acting oscars in the same year, they made it pretty clear it was a huge achievement in Black Culture (not like Halle Berry is a part of that, but GO GO DENZEL!). I could be wrong about this- but don’t associate this choice with racism, associate it with Politics (after all, EVERYONE expected Brokeback Mountain to win last year for Best Picture. Supposedly Crash won because everyone assumes the Academy STILL isn’t comfortable with homosexuality).


    Clint Eastwood for Letters from Iwo Jima (2006)

    Stephen Frears for The Queen (2006)

    Paul Greengrass for United 93 (2006)

    Alejandro González Iñárritu for Babel (2006)

    Martin Scorsese for The Departed (2006)

Fifty to 100 percent of the people who read this site will expect me to go with Clint Eastwood. Any other year- you would be 100 percent right. However, this time I have only three words: Scorsese, Scorsese, Scorsese.
EXP: Ok, this one is a little tricky, but my answer still stands- The Departed was the BIGGEST BOX OFFICE SUCCESS of any film nominated for Oscar this year, aside from Pirate’s of the Carribean 2’s single visual affects nod. It’s also Scorsese’s biggest box office draw ever. Hell, when I saw it on campus here at SU and the screen was blurred out beyond recognition (assuming it was unfixable, the event’s services gave up and let it run as it was), at least fifty students still sat in awe, despite the fact their eyes were being more and more messed up with every frame. Scorsese has produced the most exciting, and watchable film of his career, and whether or not that equates to being his best is up for debate, however it certainly shows his INFINITE VERSATILITY- Scorsese is quite possibly one of the best directors of all time, and if his career was to open with Taxi Driver and end with this, the finale would probably be equal to the grand opening. NINE words give this a 100% chance for victory:
SCORSESE HAS NEVER WON THE OSCAR FOR BEST DIRECTOR even though he’s been nominated now, what, SEVEN times?

If I’d give it to anyone else though, it’d be Paul Greengrass.

Best Motion Picture of the Year

    Babel (2006): Alejandro González Iñárritu, Steve Golin, Jon Kilik

    The Departed (2006): Graham King

    Letters from Iwo Jima (2006): Clint Eastwood, Steven Spielberg, Robert Lorenz

    Little Miss Sunshine (2006): David T. Friendly, Peter Saraf, Marc Turtletaub

    The Queen (2006): Andy Harries, Christine Langan, Tracey Seaward

FAV: The Departed, The Departed, The Departed. Every other movie, I’m sure, is either deeper or more historically accurate, or hell even more intelligent and emotionally affecting. My reply? SO WHAT. The Departed is a master of his craft providing the BEST ENTERTAINMENT of the year, and some of the best entertainment since his last Great Win, Goodfellas.
EXP: The Queen is pretty high up there considering the material, in my opinion, and Letters From Iwo Jima has a chance to win since it was pulled out of the Best Foreign Language Feature. Babel won the Golden Globe, but I really don’t think it made box office enough to do good at the Oscars. Brad Pitt is a powerful man in Hollywood though, and he dropped his starring role in The Departed for this movie. So…I’d have to say this is probably the only award that is 100% “Up in the Air”.

Check out the rest of the awards at IMDB.COM with pictures and stuff., but some final notes before I go:

If Children of Men does not win the Best Cinematography award, the Academy should be stripped of its ability to hand out anything more than Honoraries. This film is by far one of the best looking pictures I have EVER SEEN. Its up there with Batman, its up there with Gone With the Wind, hell, it deserves a Best Picture nod, but it didn’t even get close. GIVE THIS MOVIE BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY- IT IS THE FUTURE OF FILM!

I think its safe to say Pan’s Labyrinth will win the Best Foreign Film award. It definitely deserves it for being more than tacky fantasy- there is a real, living, breathing story of cruelty and war in this film. The fantasy elements only double its potency. Had Little Miss Sunshine (supposedly OVER HYPED to the max but I have yet to see it) not been nominated, you would have seen this movie in the fifth slot for Best Film.

Other than that, I don’t much care for the nominations. There’s nothing dreadfully special this year, so I’m pretty much banking on it being Scorsese’s Year

ARGUMENT: Gungrave

Ok, I think everyone knows at this point how much I love the show Gungrave. And like Trigun, it is for reasons COMPLETELY UNRELATED TO THE ACTION IN THE SHOW. I love gunslingers, I love badasses, but I love this show because, amazingly, those two stereotypes are not at ALL what it is about.
gungrave poster
Here’s an argument (it’s going to be pretty long) that me and a guy had on :


This show is FILLED with stupidities. The way guns are used for a start.

The main character keeps switching from one wannabe cool pose to another. Shooting dozens of shots in the same direction and sometimes without moving an inch, or aiming an inch for that matter.

And then the plot. Okay, it is based on a game. But how shallow can you get? The cheap philosophy every time someone opens their mouth. And the hero that doesn’t speak? Is that supposed to make him more mysterious? It can make someone mysterious, but in this case i don’t think he could open his mouth without saying something that wouldn’t make any sense or open yet another plot hole.

Brandon Heat is not an idiot, nor “quiet.” He is internal. I can prove this wuth many factual points, but I’ll just make it clear with one reason alone-

He isn’t an idiot. You claim he is “dumb” whether by intelligence or decision not to speak (as a clarifier I mean that the condition “dumb” or mute) makes him a less intelligent, less rounded character.

He narrates the entire thing. Him. Mr. Quiet guy in the corner? Did you ever consider that some people have less to say, and some people just take orders. That’s what a good mafioso, or hell student, is supposed to be. Questioning is one thing. The whole theme of his character is blind loyalty and protection. He’s almost the complete mirror antithesis to Vash the Stampede, and usually when he’s quiet it doesn’t make him look cool- it makes him look retarded. Intentionally! He lacks social skills, he lacks self determination. The only thing he has going for him is a keen eye for observation and one hell of a right hook.

Yet throughout the whole show the voice actor has no lack of script to be read! Constantly Brandon analyzes his situations, reflects on them from where he is at the time, and occasionally as a flashback. For instance, in the third episode, he begins to realize what he’s getting into. Intelligently he describes how death can come for anyone at any time. This is his character growing out of the carefree fight-eternal lifestyle. He and Harry just witnessed the slaughter of their closest friends, and will now be imposed to change their lifestyles forever.

And over time? Brandon actually starts talking more once he gets comfortable with the mafia, once he starts separating himself from the brains of the operation and grows some of his own. Brandon is a sensitive person. They keep alluding to these themes constantly in the show. You think his reasons for not seeing Maria after becoming a hitman are shallow? This is certainly not the case. Brandon on the surface believes she has no idea what he does, and he highly dislikes lying! The character is one of the most brutally honest people in the show that if he had anything to sing it’d probably be a Johnny Cash’s “Cocaine Blues”. He can’t hide his identity from her, so he avoids her. Always watching. Wanting to protect the jewels even if he doesn’t know what they are. Ya know, sorta like the suitcase in Pulp Fiction, only its not a plot device, its another character that reacts and changes and attempts to understand him.

I will offer you one more point as to the three-dimensional nature of Brandon, and why judging him as infantile is an unfair statement that needs to be reviewed:
He does what he does to protect the people he swore himself to, even at the cost of hating (and later zombifying and daming) himself.

He’s just as sacrificing as Vash the Stampede, however in a very opposite way. For this, Nightow and the other writers from the staff PROVE that they are some of the most versatile people on the planet. Brandon is realistic, cold on the outside and troubled on the inside. The moment when he slams down his gun and lays the truth out for her [Maria], and gives her away to Asagi is probably the most tragic moment in this anime series, if not any anime series to date. He finally had to come clean to the one person who saw him for something he wish he could be- a man with no blood on his hands. Yet he only smiles, because now she can be free too and find happiness in someone real with less regrets. Someone who doesn’t hate himself and kills without a conscience.

If that one above paragraph of analysis isn’t enough to convince you to stop ratting on this show for being “stupid” then fine, I couldn’t change your mind. I really know that’s not the point of open forums, but it is the point of debate, and seriously man, I’m a film lit major in college. This is what I study, it is my livelihood, and while it doesn’t make me better than you (I wouldn’t assume such a thing since I’ve never met you), it is ample reason enough for me to defend this show and why I believe it is more intelligent than just plain “dumb.” It is not infantile. This show uses imagery in the most poetic sense. The blanket the young versions of Harry and Brandon chase? Consider that the whole metaphor for the show. The last damn episode is one of the most brilliant directional moves I’ve ever seen, with a “dialogue gunfight” that transcends anime completely.

Some people are too naive, always looking for something that don’t exist and digging deep into something shallow. This series is bad, mm…key?
You are imagining things man, trying to analize something very simple, glorifying something stupid, metaphorizing something boring, ignoring something very clear – this show is just another wannabe.
As all wannabes it’s just loud, two dimentional, artificial, ignorant, using all cheap means to pull attention, and most of all lacking the same talent he wants to prove he has.
And of course, as for every annoying wannabe, there is someone who will like him and think the world of him.
But wannabe alway will be only wannabe, and his fans … well, they are just fans of some wannabe, tryng to compensate on something they don’t have by themselves.
Gungrave is a low product of fashion for wannabes, no more.
The fate of the wannabe is to disappear from the collective memory as time goes by. Only small core of “blanket chasing”, pathetic fans will remain, with their idol’s washed out T-sirts and fade posters.
Farewell, suckers.


Wow, this guy is REALLY clever. You all decide. I’m going to bed.