Thursday, May 29, 2008
So, here are the next steps. We need a name and something official, like a website, that I can use when I'm calling around to find a venue to rent out, so that we look organized and have more leverage to make a deal. I have scoped out some of the local independent theaters and they do rent out space, so this is probably the best place to contact first. Maybe they will even sponsor the festival if I am charming and show how organized we are.
Who has a good name for a film festival, and should we have some kind of theme? I think it would be cool to limit entries to digital formats. We can celebrate low budget guerrilla film making. I'm blanking on good names, though.
Wednesday, May 28, 2008
Mikey O O O signing out
Full Frame Documentary Film Festival (Documentaries) - April (This one is huge)
Pinwheel Film Festival (Short Films) - April (1 day)
Ok, I really can't find many easily and I have to get back to work. Help me out my friends!
Tuesday, May 27, 2008
Thursday, May 22, 2008
This spring, creative minds throughout America will have the opportunity to show off their artistic and comedic talents in support of independent science by entering the third annual Scientific Integrity Editorial Cartoon Contest.
...We're looking for your creative take on the issue of political interference in science and the tasks that await our next president. Submit one-panel or multi-panel print cartoons that address the misuse of science on a specific issue or in general, the affects of this abuse on our society, or your hope for the new administration.
So, obviously I have to use my incredible sketching talents to send an entry in. Any ideas?
Wednesday, May 21, 2008
I ended spending the night in Gainesville, due to storms up here in NC. I'll try to post again before I leave for Rhode Island on Friday, but I have a visitor tonight and lots of work to do tomorrow, so I'm not promising anything.
Tuesday, May 20, 2008
Sunday, May 18, 2008
You know, if there actually were a God, I bet It would be pissed that people always shove all their problems on him. I imagine It would want you to take responsibility and solve your own damn problems and make your own fucking decisions. You're going to anyways, because if there is a God, It does absolutely nothing to influence your life. So you'll take something natural as a sign, and do whatever the fuck you want anyways. So, cut out the middle-man, and just say no, to prayer.
Friday, May 16, 2008
Thursday, May 15, 2008
Wednesday, May 14, 2008
I just watched a clip on W doing a Dr. evel impersonation (front page of yahoo.com), and my first thought was, hmmm what an idiot. Then I thought of my friend Danimal who does a similar impression, and he's not an idiot (at least not all the time).
This got me to thinking, if W was say, a mid-level manager at UPS and your neighbor, would you be friends with the guy. He seems likable, smiles a lot, like to joke around, plays a little golf, and drinks some beers. Plus he seems to hook his friends up, I mean look what he's done for his fellow oil buddies.
I think maybe he just choose the wrong career path. I mean if I was president, I don't think I'd do a good job, but that wouldn't mean I'm a bad person or an idiot. I just shouldn't be president.
Maybe these are just the ramblings of a bored accountant after 3 espresso's, but I think W is a good guy. I'd never vote for him in a million years, but I'd like to go watch a Texas rangers game and get smashed with the guy. I bet he'd be a riot.
Tuesday, May 13, 2008
For Abdel-Qader Ali there is only one regret: that he did not kill his daughter at birth. 'If I had realised then what she would become, I would have killed her the instant her mother delivered her,' he said with no trace of remorse.
Yeah... The article has lots of choice quotes from this guy, like this:
'I have only two boys from now on. That girl was a mistake in my life. I know God is blessing me for what I did,' he said, his voice swelling with pride. 'My sons are by my side, and they were men enough to help me finish the life of someone who just brought shame to ours.'
'I have alerted my two sons. They will have the same end [as Rand] if they become contaminated with any gay relationship. These crimes deserve death - death in the name of God,' he said.
But Ben Stein told me atheistic Darwinist scientists were responsible for all the evil in this world...
Sunday, May 11, 2008
Now, I see remaking a great film on par with remixing a great song or repainting a masterpiece. Sure, other people may be able to paint the Mona Lisa with as much, or more skill than DaVinci, but it will never be a masterpiece. And anyways, what the hell is the point? The masterpiece is already there for everyone to see, why remake it? Now, there are exceptions. Special effects have obviously gotten better over the years, and some older films could benefit from it. I have no problem at all with George Lucas reediting the original Star Wars films to add CGI and give said films a more modern feel. The problem is, currently films have an awful tendency to rest on their impressive special effects and are completely substance free. The Time Machine and Planet of the Apes are two big reasons I hate remakes. The shame is, films like this are so goddamn awful that it completely discourages people from watching the originals, which were great movies. Flawed, maybe, but still an infinite amount better than the remakes.
Now, one more thing before I go. Right now it seems the main driving force behind sequels is laziness. Why bother with original ideas when you can remake a film that has a familiar name already? Just add some CGI and explosions and you're all set. Now, there have been good remakes, and they all seem to have something in common. They took an idea from the original film and developed it's own identity and maintained some originality. I'm thinking of Reservoir Dogs or 12 Monkeys or A Fistful of Dollars or The Magnificent Seven. I mean, let's take The Magnificent Seven as an example. It may surprise you that I included it this list especially since it was a remake of maybe my favorite films of all time, Seven Samurai. Now, there is no point in remaking that film as is, since it is pretty damn near flawless, in my opinion. What The Magnificent Seven did was to just take the basic plot and add it's own characters, and completely different scenery and time, thus making it it's own film. It didn't try to improve the original, it was more of a homage to it. I'm not saying it is anywhere near the brilliance of Kurosawa's greatest film, but it stands on it's own merits as a successful film.
I guess that's all for tonight. Feel free to yell at me in the comments.
Saturday, May 10, 2008
Friday, May 9, 2008
Thursday, May 8, 2008
Tuesday, May 6, 2008
Awas accused on Monday of murdering a supporter and injuring another by running both down with a car after a heated argument over one of America's oldest sporting rivalries.
Hmmmm, so Red Sox fans have the same rights as everyone else, including not getting run over by a car? When did this happen? I figured they forfeited all of their rights as a human being by having such poor taste in sports teams.