Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Terrance Malick's "Knight of Cups" - Variety Review

Review: Berlin Film Review: ‘Knight of Cups’ - Variety

Variety has a review of Terrence Malick's latest, "Knight of Cups," after a screening at the Berlin International Film Festival.

Christian Bale stars as a successful screenwriter who has lost his way and finds himself adrift in Southern California. The film stars many other noted actors, as well as having Malick's collaborators, including cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki and production designer Jack Fisk.

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Luke, Han and Leia To Be Episode VII Supporting Characters?

Story: The New Star Wars Movie Might Use Luke And Han Less Than We Thought - Cinema Blend

I have a bad feeling about this...

If what's talked about in the below article is the case, then I think it's yet another instance where Hollywood thinks that they need the younger set of actors front and center in a movie like this. They don't think younger folks will turn up otherwise, it seems. Episode VII would be one hell of a blockbuster regardless. But, this feels like a calculation by Disney, instead of allowing at least this first film to give the original characters a chance to star one last time, before then becoming supporting characters in the following two movies.

As a sidenote,this reminds me of "Jaws 2" in 1978. That movie insisted on having a bunch of low-acting-ability teenagers front and center. The message being that the youngun's wouldn't go to see a sequel to "Jaws" unless they had teens in the foreground! The result, as many know, is a film that is hilarious in its ineptitude. My brother and I still laugh at the stupidity that resulted.

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Wednesday, February 4, 2015

New Video! - Amtrak Surfliner Roundtrip (HD)

Video: Amtrak Surfliner Roundtrip (HD): Fullerton to San Juan Capistrano - YouTube

Here is a new video I just got done editing! It is of my July 2014 roundtrip on the Amtrak Surfliner between Fullerton, California and San Juan Capistrano, California. It includes interior and exterior views of the double-decker Surfliner cars going south, and a ride on classic Amfleet cars coming back north.

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