Hello again, Old and New
Over the past couple of weeks, I’ve gained quite a few new followers. I’m sure that few have taken the effort to look back to my original post where I explain who I am. I know I wouldn’t. I appreciate your follows. Let me reintroduce myself. I am Matt. I’m a filmmaker. If we were to be specific, filmmaker in training, as I am pretty young. You can see my films thus far...
The Coen Bros & Bechdel: Burn After Reading
For some reason, I really wanted to dislike the Coen’s in 2007 and 2008. Burn After Reading, like No Country for Old Men, was a film that I saw in theaters and thought was just so-so. Yet again, following another viewing of the film, I find it much more enjoyable. I love the films political edge, speaking to the dangers of a Huxley-an Brave New World society, that constantly has the fear of Big...
Assemble a crew Find two actors write a page or two of script All in a week. It’s possible, right?
The Coen Bros & Bechdel: True Grit
When I read reviews of films I find interesting, I make it a point to always read Roger Ebert and Armond White, even though I may not agree with them. Both of their voices are very strong and perhaps as contrasting as two voices can be. Skimming Ebert’s review of Raising Arizona, it was humorous to see him reference the 1969 film True Grit, which I’d be viewing shortly after Raising Arizona. This...
The Coen Bros & Bechdel: Raising Arizona
There was time when I didn’t find Nicolas Cage frightening. I actually kind of liked him. That time was around the release of Raising Arizona, when I was a kid. Actually, I wasn’t born when Raising Arizona was made. So, uh, okay, moving on… Quickly, I’ll say that I didn’t really enjoy this film as much as I remember enjoying it when I was younger. It’s incredibly over the top. The Coen...
Armond White's Review of "True Grit." →
I just saw this! This article is really worth a read. More on it tomorrow…
The Coen Bros & Bechdel: No Country for Old Men
Hey, Spoilers are ahead! Here’s a film that I thought was really overrated when I saw it in the movie theater. I thought it was underwritten and lacked some serious plot. Now watching it in the comfort of my home, I am shocked at how beautiful and sad this film portrays the workings of our current culture and society (Although it is set in the ‘80’s). I was also shocked at how thick...
The Coen Bros & Bechdel: A Serious Man
I absolutely love the Coen Brothers. Well, I should say that I absolutely enjoy most of their films. I have seen all but three of their films (Excluding True Grit, they are The Hudsucker Proxy, Intolerably Cruelty, and The Man Who Wasn’t There.), and of those that I’ve seen, I’ve thoroughly enjoyed all but two (Miller’s Crossing is a bore and The Ladykillers is absolutely terrible.) I’m sure it’s...
Crooked River w/ Sufjan →
Dancing On the Edge: Oh wow, thanks so much. I... →
theother-pennylane: Oh wow, thanks so much. I really appreciate it. Don’t sell yourself short though, I liked your story. Out of curiosity, are you doing anything for the Capitol Area Film Festival? Student submissions are due the first of January. And, no big. :) bloodynational: theother-pennylane: … Usually I don’t like talking submissions to festivals. I’m pretty...
theother-pennylane: bloodynational started following you Hey! Way to be awesome in finding my facebook and then blog this way. I apologize ahead of time for my “catch-all blog” or any writing. To be honest that class of ours was my first screenplay I’ve ever written. So, sorry for my lame writing sometimes. :) Oh, hush! You’re a fine writer. I always enjoyed reading your stuff,...
Jon Brion Working on Score for Miranda July Film →
And, my heart just exploded with anticipation. Someone should probably call an ambulance.
Lilith.: Feature length. →
lilithfilm: The length of a film, especially in the world of horror films, is always a grand debate. A lot of the discussion is rooted in the economics and social function of horror films, especially on how both major and indie studios view the genre. When penning a screenplay, there is an unspoken industry…
On this Edition of "Reviews Too Late for You to...
So, Rachel Getting Married… That’s a good fucking flick, right there.
When the going gets tough, trust your actors. →
This is a very rambly, poorly organized post about my last short, which has taken me time to appreciate. In the end, I’m very thankful to have worked with such awesome actors, who really stole the show. While writing this, I also realized that I’ve completed seven shorts this year. Seven! Hot damn. What a year… Thank all of you tumblr-ers out there for being a part of it. I love...
I just hope everything gets better. Sometimes it seems like there is no hope.– An excerpt from a note written in 2005, found in a diary of a locker within the abandonded old Cass Tech High School building belonging to a student named Stacey. The building is slated to be demolished. Read more here.
I Rarely Act
Now that I’m in better contact with fellow filmmakers, however, that may change. Last week, I was offered a role in a classmate’s short. I took the role (that he kept referring to as “the sadist,” even though he gave the character a name), and I was pretty excited. It feels good to be told “I want you to play this part.” Also, I happened to really enjoy his...
I haven't been on Myspace in probably a year.
Maybe even more. Just a couple minutes ago, I got an e-mail from Myspace (Yes, I still request updates) saying that I had a new friend request. From who, might you ask? Denis Leary. :O Now, I know he may not actually use his myspace page (and I may not really like him all that much), but it convinced me to go back to my myspace page. First off, I have no idea how to use Myspace anymore. At...