Today I got an email from the Office of Student Activities at Salisbury University. In this letter they informed us of an event known as the Admitted Student Day, where we show off clubs to incoming freshmen and help drive them towards their fun and enjoyable times they have coming at them at Salisbury University. I just want to say how incredibly proud I am of everyone involved in the club, and that its great to see that our efforts, big and small, are finally paying off! Let’s make this the best semester of Future Film Makers yet!

Here’s the whole email:

Hello

You have been selected as one of the outstanding RSO’s on this campus to participate in Salisbury University’s first “Admitted Student Day.” This event will invite out all students for the incoming freshmen class who have been admitted to Salisbury, but are still deciding if they are coming here. It’s our job to impress them and show them all of the awesome clubs we have on campus. We have selected your club as one of the top 25 out of 130 clubs we have on campus and want you to be there!

The event is Saturday April 5th 2008 from 8:30-10:30am (might be done closer to 10am) in Maggs gym. The event will be similar to a Student Activities Fair or Homecoming where every club will have a table to decorate, advertise, give away freebies, and do some sort of activity/game at your table. There will be prizes awarded to the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place tables for best decoration/games.

Remember, we are trying to show these prospective students ways to get involved at SU.

Please email me with any questions and RSVP to us by February 1st, 2008. Thanks!

~Student Activities

Short and sweet, this video is funny as hell. David Lynch is the somewhat-well known cult director of such bizarre art thriller films as Blue Velvet and Mulholland Drive, so let’s just be clear that this is a guy that thinks really deeply about really important subjects, such as the viewing of feature films on portable video accessories such as iPod and their infamous iPhone. Here’s his take on it, keep the volume down if at work:

In a Press Release today, it has been announced that this years Golden Globes have been canceled, and shall neither take place or be broadcast. The reasons for which are, undoubtedly, the ongoing Writer’s Guild of America strike, and the effects it has had on the Screen Actor’s Guild. Because the Writer’s refuse to show up, the SAG refuses to show up as well. They refuse to cross pickets, and they refuse to be involved.

Political victory or inane protest? That’s for you to decide. Here’s the statement:

“The Hollywood Foreign Press Association today announced that the recipients of Golden Globe Awards in 25 categories will be revealed during an hour-long HFPA press conference at The Beverly Hilton to be covered live by NBC News beginning at 6:00 pm PST on January 13. “The 65th Annual Golden Globe Awards” NBC telecast and champagne dinner in The Beverly Hilton’s International Ballroom is officially cancelled.

“We are all very disappointed that our traditional awards ceremony will not take place this year and that millions of viewers worldwide will be deprived of seeing many of their favorite stars celebrating 2007’s outstanding achievements in motion pictures and television,” said Jorge Camara, President of The Hollywood Foreign Press Association. “We take some comfort, however, in knowing that this year’s Golden Globe Award recipients will be announced on the date originally scheduled.””

I found that detailed statement at www.darkhorizons.com, but on IMDB the following statement has also been issued:

In the wake of the ongoing Writers Guild of America strike, NBC and the Hollywood Foreign Press Association have proposed scaling back their coverage of Sunday’s Golden Globe awards from a three-hour ceremony and dinner to a one-hour press conference announcing the winners. Fearful of WGA picketing, and a recent statement by the Screen Actors Guild that none of the 70+ acting nominees would attend the ceremony, the Globes made a mad scramble on Monday to come up with a contingency plan that would allow some kind of network television coverage (and thus save millions of dollars in advertisting revenue) without the fear of picketing or no-shows from high-profile celebrities. To insure that the show would go on in some way, NBC, Dick Clark Productions (which produces the Golden Globes show) and the Hollywood Foreign Press Association have decided to cancel the traditional dinner and ceremony, and instead broadcast a press conference via NBC News (which is not affected by the WGA strike) to announce the winners, and bracket this one-hour special with a number of different news programs centering on the Globes.

So yeah, who knows what is going to happen! I hope they at least let us have the Oscars! After all the dreck that came into theaters this year, the few movies that NEED to be recognized have yet to be brought to a truly wide audience. I sure hope the WGA hurries up and finishes their battle. I’d like things to go back to normal, myself, with the pay increase for the writers if at all possible!

REVIEW: I AM LEGEND

Watching this film earlier tonight, in fact I just got back from it, I decided that it is now necessary to come up with a term (for myself, in any case, I don’t know if there’s another one for it) for movies such as this.

I AM LEGEND is about the best example you will ever get of a “Two-Thirder,”and by this I mean a film that is essentially that- two thirds are brilliantly done, and then the ruin it all in the final third of the picture. For this movie, it’s easy to divide up- it was a 101 minute film, and somewhere around the last 35 minutes everything decided to take a back-seat to “good film making.”

I AM LEGEND
is the story of Will Smith saving existence once again (sorry, my family is ironically enough watching Independence Day upstairs), from some form of world-apocalypse. This time however, he isn’t Will Smith, he’s Robert Neville, a military scientist who believes he knows the cure for infection. Why he’s the one with the key to this, what his background in science is, and why he is in particular immune to this virus are all unknown to the viewer, thus diminishing greatly the chance for this film to be good science fiction. I’m not saying they have to explain every little thing. That would be treating the audience like idiots. Oh…wait. It appears that they decided to do that with the first five minutes of the film in the worst way imaginable- a News Report talk show extravaganza that takes place outside of the continuity of the actual events of the film.

Effortlessly explaining that the cure for cancer was on the rise, the film does make a smart decision to cut to “Three Years Later” and show off Will Smith as The Last Man On Earth. The whole movie is about contrasting images, with the city of New York overrun with grass and wild animals. One of the more amusing scenes is when Neville drives his SUV down the street and music is heard coming from it. Not a speaker system, mind you, just from the car. It has no over powered bass, it is just on at a low volume and can be heard for a great distance in the once noisy City that Never Sleeps.

If you’ve read any other review, you already know that yes, the first forty-five minutes are incredibly interesting, with a “day in the life” story of the omega, going through his amusing paces and doing his best to stay sane talking to mannequins and the like. If you’ve seen Tom Hank’s isolationist portrayal in Cast Away you’ve already seen the best display of man-on-inanimate-object action, but there are moments when this film tops even the great scenes of Wilson the Volleyball and his Oscar Worthy performance. Smith does in fact own the screen the entire picture, even towards the end when it falls apart. So does the dog he works with. The beautiful pooch deserves muchos applause, and her chemistry with Smith was gold. In fact, it’s pretty easy to see where the film falls apart.

When the dog becomes a less prominent character and two humans are introduced, completely out of nowhere, and ruin the story. There are some embarrassingly bad scenes following the addition of the non-infected, and the action slows, grows, and then completely dies in a ball of stupid and meaninglessness. The story is yet again plagued by the idiotic notion that a science fiction story needs to, at some point, compete with God. This humble reviewer is not an atheist, mind you, I am just of the opinion that bringing God into a movie over the course of two lines of dialog is incredibly moot. Furthering this bad mistake was the idea that “everything happens for a reason,” which worked great for the movie Signs because that entire film was an allegory for a man’s loss of faith. This movie was telling a different story and they decided to leave it at the end for something far more dumb and done.

The action was consistently good, with a handicam author that finally knew how to keep things in focus enough that it was more of a tool than a distraction. The scares were exciting, and while they were still resorting to cat scares, they were much more primal and ferocious than the silly things horror movies in general try to pull. You did not see the scares coming. That makes it effective. The direction of Francis Lawrence was generally powerful, sometimes heart breaking, and the editing between the scenes of “flashbacks” and modern time, getting inside Neville’s head, were very potently placed. Any time when the monsters were attacking created a feeling of dread and excitement, and the direction of the creatures was well maintained throughout the scenes of action. Their movements were animalistic, but with a primal edge of stalking prey that allowed the audience to feel fear right along side of Smith. The special effects were even far more decent than a lot of reviews will admit, and worked for the film, not nearly as against it as some trailers will make it seem.

Over all though, not enough of the action was between Neville and the Mutants. Too much of it focused on his day-to-day life. It painted a great character portrait that had no real development by the end, and anything that could be considered growth felt too written in to really count. Tacking on something that easy just makes the film out to be exactly what I’ve coined it: A Two Thirder.

I can’t believe I forgot to post this stuff!

The Future Film Makers Club that I’m currently the president of at Salisbury University finally got some much-needed press with the school newspaper,The Flyer. They ran a tiny (oh yes, feel my bitterness) but very informative and well written article about the beginnings of the club and what we’re trying to accomplish. So now I post a copy of that article and a picture that was taken for it for you, the readers, to enjoy.

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You can read the article here.

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