Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Break it Down!

I actually enjoy doing script breakdowns, even though it's not really my job. Going through the script in such fine technical detail helps me visualize scenes and gives me the big and small perspective of a script.

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Alien meets Aliens

I would say PROMETHEUS is a synthesis between ALIEN and ALIENS (ALIENS still being my favorite). I was snickering at the references to both movie, especially Michael Bein's line, "Drake! We are leaving!" In this case it was "David..."

Prometheus, the $130 million horror b-movie

PROMETHEUS is a really great horror b-movie that looks like it cost $130 mil (IMAX 3D is the only way to watch it). The movie may lure you in with philosophical high-brow drama but if that's what you're expecting to the end, then you'll most definitely be dissapointed - if anything that's the movie's greatest trick.

Friday, June 15, 2012

Sneaker Net

Tech related films inherently get dated but I think SNEAKERS is a really solid film that doesn't over-complicate itself over politics, technology, or drama. Just a great balance of memorable characters and performances, suspense, and humor.

Some Salad on Sale

Did I mention the film I co-DP'd, SALAD DAYS, is available on DVD! Get it via the link below. The DVD has a bunch of extra content including a commentary by me - let's just say, I keep it real!

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Thunder, thunder, thunder Thor hoa!

On 1st viewing  I gave up on THOR because I just couldn't buy into the mythology and Natalie Portman being a scientist. But on the 2nd viewing to the end I got past all that and enjoyed the movie. It can get a bit clunky but I liked Lokey's story and realized Portman can be anything if she bats her eyes enough.

Sunday, June 10, 2012


So the web series Mythomania is raising funds for it's 2nd season and they're down to their last week at Kickstarter. Do yourself big a favor, if you haven't watched Season 1, click the link below and watch the entire series on Youtube now, for free! From there I'm sure you'll find yourself wanting more of this crazy-funny-cool world of cartoonist created by writer/director Derek Kirk Kim and produced by Yukie Hashimoto.

Friday, June 08, 2012

Detective Dee

DETECTIVE DEE was entertaining though I was hoping it was going to beat my expectations - I was hoping for a reasonable deconstruction of the fantastic. Which DEE tries to be but much of it is a bit hard to swallow (even without considering that people can practically fly). The prevalence of CG both helps and hurts DEE's case - without it the film wouldn't feel epic but often the CG doesn't blend very well.

Thursday, June 07, 2012

최종병기 활

Finally a movie with a great f-ing ending, A WAR WITH ARROWS (최종병기 활). This film walks that fine line between style and drama with just the right action, with melodrama that actually pays off in the final showdown. Once again I tip my hat to Korean cinema!

Tuesday, June 05, 2012

僕達急行 A列車で行こう

Many of the Japanese movies I watch are over run with melodrama or cheesy comedy- that's not to say that there's any lack of heart or sincerity but at times they feel uninspired or unambitious. That said, Japanese films like TRAIN BRAIN EXPRESS (僕達急行 A列車で行こう) can be really charming with characters that are very specific to Japan.


I really enjoyed the movie THE WOODSMAN AND THE RAIN (キツツキと雨』予告編) on the flight back from Japan. Maybe the comical aspects of Japanese film production and the inspired quirks of shooting a film in rural Japan all reminded me of my experiences as the cinematographer on the Japanese filmTakamine (高峰譲吉).

Saturday, June 02, 2012


So on my way to Hong Kong I saw this Japanese comedy called A GHOST OF A CHANCE (ステキな金縛り)- while I did enjoy certain parts, a film is inherently flawed when it double backs on itself and the main character says, "... why didn't I think of that before!" to plug its own plot holes.

I Don't Get Carter

As hard as JOHN CARTER tried, it just couldn't grab my full attention. Perhaps it would've been a hit in the 90's - it just has a 90's SciFi vibe to it.

Left in the black

Jeez, it takes sooooo long for the film THE WOMAN IN BLACK to get to somewhere interesting but then the ending (spoiler) utterly invalidates the metaphysics of its ghost story. The protagonist can be be damned without knowing why they failed in the end but at least give the audience some insight into the reasoning!

Friday, June 01, 2012

All Greyed Out

I really wanted to like THE GREY but I think it was billed as an action/survival film but the filmmakers mixed in too much melo-drama. Which I don't mind but when you intercut that with antagonizing CG wolves that behave way too unrealistically monstrous for the sake of pushing the action forward and then (spoiler) end it without really showing what's suposed to be the great final showdown... well then I feel a bit betrayed.