The original title of this post was going to be “When Roger Ebert Agreed With Death.” Out of context, however, some readers might have found that a bit insensitive of me (perish the thought).
So, a little about the man pulled from Wikipedia:
Roger Joseph Ebert was an American journalist, film critic, and screenwriter. He was a film critic for the Chicago Sun-Times from 1967 until his death. In 1975, he was the first film critic to win the Pulitzer Prize for Criticism.
My review of Blade 2 in 2002 had generated a bit of flack in how much praise I had given it, but I soon discovered that I wasn’t alone: Roger Ebert had given it 3.5/4.0 stars himself, higher than most of the average user ratings on the site.
I’m not known for going along with the so-called “average film critic” on my opinions, but they are MY opinions and therefore NEVER wrong (likewise, I will never tell you that YOUR opinions are wrong, but that won’t stop me from trying to make you “see the light,” pun intended). While Mr. Ebert and I disagreed on as many films as we both enjoyed, his passion for film was never in question. Paraphrasing the words of Evelyn Beatrice Hall on her critique of Voltaire’s beliefs, I may disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it (and that speaks volumes coming from the likes of me).
This way to your seat, sir… enjoy the rest of the show.
The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.
Here’s an excerpt:
4,329 films were submitted to the 2012 Cannes Film Festival. This blog had 41,000 views in 2012. If each view were a film, this blog would power 9 Film Festivals
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The Angel of Death meets the Man of Your Dreams…!
Taken at Spooky Empire 2012!
They say the best way to learn is by doing, and making an independent film is no exception. Like a writer needs to read, a filmmaker needs to watch. Exceptions that break the mold (The Blair Witch Project, for example) are great examples, but when budgets, actors, equipment, locations, and real life are all obstacles, just finishing a film is an accomplishment.
Houston, Texas filmmaker Bill Hughes is someone who thinks big and works hard to achieve his goals. His first full-length feature, The Color of Blood (available on Amazon.com for rent or purchase), is a great example of doing what you can however you can. The film likely isn’t going to win top awards or rave reviews, but any aspiring filmmaker watching it should be able to appreciate what was done to get the film in the can. Let’s break down what went into The Color of Blood.
Shot at the 2011 MegaCon in Orlando, Florida, I make my rounds on the dealer floor (with a little help from Wilhelm’s scream).
Here’s a new video, where I answer one the most common questions I’m ever asked.
Also includes a bonus Survival Tip! (with footage from Ancient City Con 2012)
A little something I wrote a while ago that I thought would be amusing to see filmed.
Dedicated to US Marines everywhere.