Archive for the ‘movie’ Category

Temple Grandin Movie

Wednesday, January 27th, 2010

I’m really excited to see Temple Grandin’s life was made into what looks to be a very good movie starring Claire Danes.

Having volunteered a number of years at a free surf camp for children with autism, I’ve always felt the kids were normal and fine but that the challenges/difficulties/hurdles were with people outside of their circle understanding that the kids perceived things a bit different than us and the challenge of communicating with them lie not with the kids, but with us/them.

This movie could go a long way in helping people not very familiar with autism understand this, and be more accepting of the kids AND their families.

I’m really excited to see this. I’ve said that twice already? That’s how excited I am!

Watch the full trailer here (1:30). It’s way better on full screen!


Wednesday, September 30th, 2009

At some point I’m going to spend a lot of time looking at this photograph.

It reminds me of a creative writing class. The assignment would be to come up with a story behind the picture. Good times.

I think the image is from this documentary.

Via Andrea Inspired

Art and Copy

Thursday, September 10th, 2009

This film looks right up my alley.

ART & COPY is a powerful new film about advertising and inspiration. Directed by Doug Pray (SURFWISE, SCRATCH, HYPE!), it reveals the work and wisdom of some of the most influential advertising creatives of our time — people who’ve profoundly impacted our culture, yet are virtually unknown outside their industry. Exploding forth from advertising’s “creative revolution” of the 1960s, these artists and writers all brought a surprisingly rebellious spirit to their work in a business more often associated with mediocrity or manipulation: George Lois, Mary Wells, Dan Wieden, Lee Clow, Hal Riney and others featured in ART & COPY were responsible for “Just Do It,” “I Love NY,” “Where’s the Beef?,” “Got Milk,” “Think Different,” and brilliant campaigns for everything from cars to presidents. They managed to grab the attention of millions and truly move them. Visually interwoven with their stories, TV satellites are launched, billboards are erected, and the social and cultural impact of their ads are brought to light in this dynamic exploration of art, commerce, and human emotion.

ART & COPY Trailer from ART & COPY on Vimeo.

I think I’ll be making a trek up to Irvine next week to check it out. Carpool anyone?

Michael Jordan of English

Wednesday, September 2nd, 2009

Don KingOn his usage of the English language Don King is often derided as ignorant or uneducated. To me, if you can use a wrong word or make up a word that no one has even heard of, and seamlessly convey the correct emotion, it’s art. Much the same as a sculptor taking a block of marble and carving an angel.

A few examples and other quotes-

“I am the living attestation of the American dream. I am the extolment of this great nation.”

“Don’t besmirchify me.”

“I can’t believe that having said what I said was interpreted as having been what I said when I said it, because I said it where I said it, when I said it, and who I said it to.”

“Mike Tyson has been given every penny he has coming.”

“Martin Luther King took us to the mountain top: I want to take us to the bank.”

“He worked for the day when all people would be clothed in dignity.”

“I can’t believe what I said about myself. What I said in my own private conversations with myself to an ESPN producer are my business, and I had no business saying them to someone else.”

“Don’t try trickeration on me.”

“You never get what you deserve. You get what you negotiate. You got a right to say yay or nay.”

On working long hours-

“You get nothin’ from sleep but a dream”

From others commenting on his very questionable business practices-

“Don King is one of the great humanitarians of our time. He has risen above that great term, prejudice. He has screwed everybody he has ever been around. Hog, dog, or frog, it don’t matter to Don. If you got a quarter, he wants the first 26 cents.”
Randall Tex’Cobb

“One day Don King will asphyxiate by the force of his own exhaust.”
Carmen Graziano

HBO Put out a great movie about his life. I was impressed with the balance it struck. Ving Rhames kills it as Don King. Also with Jeremy Piven, Keith David, Bernie Mac, Lou Rawls, Vondie Curtis-Hall, Darius McCrary.

Language in this clip may be NSFW.

People criticize Don King a lot, often with good reason. A few things I’ve never heard him accused of is being untalented, a hack, or lazy.

His acumen as a marketer and a promoter is breath taking.

Great 4th of July Movie

Sunday, July 5th, 2009

It was unintentional that we watched “Dragon-The Bruce Lee Story” on the 4th of July. But watching the American Dream unfurl for a person who came from Hong Kong as a dishwasher and went on to become a smashing success resonated with the the day.

Some believe this movie adds more myth than fact to his story. They also say that it is a bit corny in places.

I found Jason Scott Lee’s (no relation to Bruce) performance charismatic and thoroughly enjoyed the story. Before filming the movie he lacked martial arts training but was cast because of his background in dance. Judging from the fight scenes he was a quick learner.