Cannibalizing The Audience: How Studios Can Decrease Movie Piracy

How Studios Can Decrease Movie Piracy There’s a great line in the film adaptation of “Watchmen” that almost perfectly sums up my feelings on this issue. After revealing his plot to save the world, Adrian Veidt asks Dr. Manhattan if he understands why the most extreme measures had to be taken. His response, “without condoning or condemning… I understand.” Movie piracy is not a victimless crime. The more and more films are illegally shared and downloaded unquestionably has an adverse affect on the amount of movies that can be annually produced and may even be one of the major contributing factors as to why the divide between small films and giant tent-pole blockbusters is consistently growing. But without condoning or condemning, let’s try to understand the allure of pirating movies – which I submit to you, goes well beyond merely seeing the films for free. I sat in a movie[…]

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Dom’s Top Ten Films of 2014

10. The Babadook “The Babadook” was one of the biggest surprises I had at the theater this year. Going into this Australian indie with very little knowledge of it’s premise, I was roped in by it’s subtle intelligence and understated psychological horror. Essie Davis turns in a powerful performance as a widowed woman whose mind begins to unravel after unwisely reading “Mister Babadook” (the proverbial wolf in sheep’s clothing of children’s books) to her behaviorally challenged son. With shades of both Polanski’s “Repulsion” and Kubrick’s “The Shining,” this is a truly smart monster movie that plays out as a metaphor for the parental rage that you lock in the cellar and quietly feed in the dark. 9. Chef I took “Chef” to be Jon Favareu’s love letter to independent cinema. Having successfully graduated from low-budget filmmaking to mega-blockbusters, Favreau returns to form here in a small movie about a chef[…]

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Shooting with the BMPCC

When it comes to camera equipment, I’m a total sucker for a good deal. The Black Magic Pocket Cinema Camera (BMPCC) was already competitively priced when it was first released at the extremely affordable $999.95 price tag. So when Black Magic decided to slash the price to $500 for the month of July, I was all in. I had previously acquainted myself to all of the camera’s major drawbacks – limited ISO/white balance options, a touchscreen designed menu system without actual touchscreen functionality, absolutely atrocious battery life and generally being a beast when it comes to eating through SD Card memory (which has since been addressed in a recent firmware update by including several more options for Prores codecs.)  Most of these didn’t concern me so much, as there are basic workarounds for all of the above, but being an avid Canon shooter, I needed to know that I would[…]

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Thoughts on Kevin Smith’s, “Tusk”

(minor spoilers ahead) Let me state this right at the top – I cannot recommend “Tusk” to anyone. At the same time, I would never discourage you from seeing it. It’s a strange paradox of a film that is repellant and magnetic in equal measure and you need to know what you’re getting into before attending. The first act is a great set-up, the last two acts, a punchline. And the joke is on the audience. Remember this guy? Of course you do. All of us had a laugh at his expense. Kevin Smith remembers him too. There’s a not so subtle nod in the first few minutes of the movie to him (here, re-branded as the “Kill Bill Kid,” a hapless soul who accidentally cuts off his own leg of with a katana blade practicing swordplay in his garage.) His video goes viral and our lead character – Wallace[…]

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Brief Impressions of the Panasonic GH4

It’s been several months since the release of the groundbreaking Panasonic GH4, which seems to have cornered the market on DSLR videography and has forced some of my favorite YouTube Canon users (like Dave Dugdale and Caleb Pike) into abandoning their EOS gear. Having spent some time with the camera last month myself, I was able to shoot some test footage over the course of a weekend to see what it had to offer. Bear in mind that all of the footage was shot using strictly EF glass (adapted with a very inexpensive Fotasy EF Lens Adapter) and though the footage was shot natively in 4K, it has been downscaled to 1080p. The results are still incredibly impressive. The level of detail in the rocks at 00:47 blows my mind. This camera captures a truly clean image with amazing sharpness. My investment in Canon camera bodies and EF glass will[…]

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“Nicky” Magnolia Film Festival Official Selection & Mississippi Premiere: Press Release

​ Door Eleven Productions Announces Mississippi Premiere of Latest Film, “Nicky” Boston-based Production Company brings short dramatic thriller, “Nicky” to The Magnolia Film Festival on Thursday, February 20 at Hollywood Premier Cinemas in Starkville BOSTON, Mass. – February 6, 2014  Door Eleven Productions, one of Boston’s leading independent film and video production companies, has just announced its latest dramatic thriller, “Nicky,” is an Official Selection of The Magnolia Independent Film Festival and will make its Mississippi Premiere on Thursday, February 20 at Hollywood Premier Cinemas in Starkville. The 32-miniute short film will open The Magnolia Independent Film Festival and marks the company’s second acceptance into Mississippi’s longest running film fest with their sophomore feature, “The Darkness Within,” having screened in competition for “Best Feature Film” in 2010. “Nicky” tells the visceral tale of an emotionally damaged man seeking retribution for his young brother’s kidnapping and the toll his obsession takes[…]

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The Independent Critic: “Nicky” is a Haunting, Honest Short Film

It was hard to watch Nicky, a tremendous 32-minute short film from director Dom Portolla based upon a short story by the film’s lead Ken Flott. There are films that dance too closely to your own psyche’ and your own life experiences that to watch them is like ripping open the wounds from years’ past and picking away at the scabs.

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Film Threat review of Nicky

Review by Amy R. Handler Nothing is quite what it seems in Dom Portalla and Ken Flott’s newest Kafkaesque short film, Nicky—and that’s what makes us view it with one eye on the screen, and the other on the nearest exit. The abduction of his young brother, Nicky, causes an unnamed man (Ken Flott) to seek vigilante justice, years after the boy disappeared. It seems that Nicky vanished one day, right after his older brother’s wedding, and was never seen again. At least not in any tangible way, that is.

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