Okay, let's get into it -
First of all - I got an email from Dan Riesser about a week ago alerting me to the fact that Night of the Punks was up, in its entirety, on the web. You can find it here:
It is very much worth sitting down and taking a look at. Here's hoping Dan has more for us soon.
Next, I'm editing a feature right now - that's scene 39 in the photo up there. Scene 39 is a bear, let me tell you, but it's coming along. I put together a team of three other editors and we're tackling the hell out of this. It's not horror, though, and it's not my full time job (hence the three other editors). But it's good, which is rare enough, so I'm counting that as a victory. Expect more posts about that process.
The movie I worked on last summer as the acting coach to a bunch of cool kids and, for a much shorter time, as a 2nd unit director, finally premiered at SXSW a few weeks ago. I want to talk about film critics and how they review movies. Some of it will be me being sore that they didn't like the movie sometimes, but some of it is about how I judge the movies I watch myself, so I think it's interesting.
Here are a few snippets of reviews:
Imagine a remake of "Meatballs" or "The Bad News Bears" with the raunch quotient dialed up a few spins and you're ready for "Nature Calls," a brazenly foul-mouthed but ultimately soft-hearted comedy of bad manners that could forage for respectable theatrical biz before enjoying heavy rotation as VOD, vid-rental and pay-cable staple. Some may complain about the pic's frequent tactic of trolling for laughs by unleashing F-bombs and similar vulgarity around young children. But then, it's doubtful that too many of the easily offended will wander unawares into this untamed territory in the first place. - Joe Leydon, Variety
Which is great! But then Drew McWeeney at HitFix sez:
Both of these recent films, "Catechism" and "Nature," are built on strong simple ideas that easily could have been used in a big-budget mainstream comedy. They're both driven by character-driven comedy and blatant absurdity, and there's definitely a consistent voice from film to film. I like his sensibilities and there are many things in both of the films that made me laugh. But both films also strike me as deeply undercooked in some essential way, like we're watching a rough assembly instead of a finished edit. They are shaggy to the point of sloppy, and I feel like one more pass at each of the scripts might have teased the great ideas into an actual great execution.
Which isn't so great. And the internet being the internet, you can bet things got even nastier than that. Regardless, we'll talk about this later.
I hope everyone is well - everyone who hasn't abandoned this site, anyway. Much more soon.