Thursday, June 30, 2011

Top Five Denzel Washington Characters

Number Five. Eli, Book of Eli.

One of Denzel Washington weakest characters but still good in some ways is Eli, in Book of Eli. Playing a post-apocalyptic nomad, he really brings action back to such epic tales. The twist ending was cool and plays a little on what the overall point of the movie was but in the end no one really cares about what the book is or what's up with Eli, because its Denzel Washington shooting and stabbing people out in the desert. How cool is that?

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

June Project Update!

With less than one week left in The Death Of production, things are both winding down and speeding up for our short film, web series, and all other projects. The summer continues to be a busy one for everything HTTProduction, and we've got updates on all of it plus a new production diary in our newest Project Update!

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Top Five Funniest Will Ferrell Movies.

Number Five: The Other Guys.

Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg play two cops in New York City, both with troubled pasts, that are over shadowed by the hot shots, played by Samuel L. Jackson and Dwayne Johnson, until their chance finally comes up to prove to the world what they are really made of. Overall this movie was not that funny and I really did not like either of Will Ferrell's or Mark Wahlberg's characters. But the reason that this is my number five pick is because this movie has funny concepts, such as hot women are attracted to Will Ferrell's character and he cares nothing for them or that Mark Wehlberg's characters learns things just so he can make fun of people. All in all in has funny parts and it grows on you overtime but in general its not one of his best.

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Review: Green Lantern

Rating: 5/10

Directed By: Martin Campbell
Starring: Ryan Reynolds, Blake Lively, Peter Sarsgaard, Mark Strong, Tim Robbins
Written By: Greg Berlanti, Michael Green, Marc Guggenheim, Michael Goldenberg
Edited By: Stuart Baird
Music By: James Newton Howard
Produced and Distributed By: DC Entertainment and Warner Bros. Pictures

Budget: $200 million
Runtime: 114 minutes
Rated PG-13 for "intense sequences of sci-fi violence and action"

A summer filled with so many films has to have a few disappointments, and Green Lantern may be that disappointment. It isn't bad, though critics say otherwise, but it isn't good either. The reasoning is simple enough: it's no different a superhero story than what audiences have been paying for since 2001, but every year this formula works less and less. Hence, our first look at a DC superhero not Batman or Superman is entertaining but not engrossing enough to hold up against what Marvel has to offer.

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Cult TV

From the dark and surreal to the comedic and campy, cult television shows have entranced millions of hardcore fans for decades. No matter how long a cult show has been canceled, obsessive viewers will devote plenty of their time and money to keep it alive. Untold hours have been spent watching, re-watching, analyzing, and arguing over series, and untold amounts of money have been spent on merchandise and at conventions.

Friday, June 17, 2011

Movie Marketing III: Mystery Box

Film is a mysterious industry, both in production and story value. It use to be that the mystery of how movies were crafted was part of their appeal, but in today's world of the internet few secrets remain about the process of making a movie. What filmmakers do hold on to, though, is the mystery of the screen. High profile films like The Dark Knight Rises or The Amazing Spiderman have a hard time staying ahead of bloggers who would spoil secrets, but sometimes it is those secrets that make a film so great. In this third installment of Movie Marketing, we'll examine keeping Mystery alive and how it relates to the different levels of spoilers.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

House, Season 3

-Contains spoilers for season 3 of house and minor spoilers for season 7!-

When I think of House, season three, I think of one character: Michael Tritter. Tritter is a huge pain in the ass for about six episodes, constantly going out of his way to make life terrible for House. Granted, he has a reason; (House treats him as a clinic patient, and leaves a rectal thermometer up his ass for upwards of two hours). Tritter freezes Wilson’s bank accounts on suspicion of writing false prescriptions (House had actually stolen Wilson’s pad), and threatened to send him to jail for fraud if he didn’t rat out House. Wilson refused, and Tritter went after House through the rest of his employees. When none of them would budge, he took House to court for it. Cuddy falsified records to show House as innocent of the charges Tritter had brought against him, and he went free. The reason I love this story arc is because of the clear message it sends about Greg House: he always gets what he wants. That is a powerful and clear message for the coming seasons, and it sets up a fantastic heartbreak in season 7.

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Super 8

Super 8
Rating: 8.7/10

Director: JJ Abrams
Starring: Joel Courtney, Elle Fanning, Kyle Chandler
Written By: JJ Abrams
Music By: Michael Giacchino
Edited By: Maryann Brandon, Mary Jo Markey
Produced By: Steven Spielberg, JJ Abrams, Bryan Burk
Studio: Bad Robot Productions, Amblin Entertainment
Distributed by: Paramount Pictures
Budget: $50 million
Runtime: 112 minutes
Rated PG-13 for brief strong language, some sexuality, and some violence

I was very skeptical about Super 8 when I first heard of it. I was in kind of a JJ Abrams hate stage, primarily because Fringe made it another season on Fox and Lie to Me was canned. Anyways, I went in the theatre with a pouty look upon my lips and my abrasive skepticism on my sleeve. But, with god as witness, I love this damn movie.
-Warning, contains spoilers after the break!-

Friday, June 10, 2011

Summer Project Update!

Summer is running full speed ahead and so are HTTP's summer projects! In addition to the constant stream of opinions and reviews we've been putting on this blog lately, we're also prepping the transition into production of The Death Of as well as brainstorming several other short films. We're staying busy all the time and don't have a single complaint, so let me take a moment to update everyone on what we're doing.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

House, Season 2

Continuing on with the theme of my previous post, we come to the second season of the television show, House. --Be advised that this post contains spoilers from the second and sixth seasons of House--

In the second season of House, the main story arc is one that focuses on the relationship between House and his previous flame, Stacy. House treated her husband Mark in the season prior (he is paralyzed as a result, against House’s best efforts to stop it from happening), and the two reconnected. Their relationship is quite a mess, as both have feelings for the other but refuse to acknowledge the pachyderm in the room. They finally kiss in the episode “Failure to Communicate”, and have resolved (without actually saying it to each other at first because, god forbid, they be wrong about the other person’s feelings) to try again. Stacy decides to leave Mark for House, but he, House, panics, telling her that House cannot make her happy, and that she should stay with Mark, in the episode “Need to Know”. She leaves, and Wilson is furious at Houses need to be self destructive and self loathing. House is affected by this for, I think, the entirety of the series, up to when he and Cuddy get together at the end of the sixth season.

Sunday, June 5, 2011

X-Men: First Class Review

X-Men: First Class
Rating: 9.2/10
Director: Matthew Vaughn
Starring: James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, January Jones, Kevin Bacon
Written By: Ashley Edward Miller, Zack Stentz, Jane Goldman, Matthew Vaughn
Music By: Henry Jackman
Edited By: Eddie Hamilton, Lee Smith
Produced By: 20th Century Fox and Marvel Entertainment
Budget: $120 million
Runtime: 132 minutes
Rated PG-13 for brief strong language, some sexuality, and a violent image
Serving as a prequel to the X-Men trilogy, First Class takes us back to the 1960s to show how it all started. It brings all the thrills and excitement one expects from an action-packed summer blockbuster while giving us an intimate look at the growing relationship between Charles and Erik. In the end, First Class is a solid superhero film well worth the ticket price. -BE ADVISED THAT THIS REVIEW CONTAINS MINOR SPOILERS-

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Too much Product Placement?

Ever since watching Thor and discussing the over use of product placement I can not help but notice every little trademark, logo, or label in anything I watch. The whole reason that I hated Thor was that I believe the over use of product placement was insulting. I felt like they did not want to tell me a story (the whole point of a film) and just wanted to sell me everything thing they could. But now that I have notice product placement in just about everything I see I have to ask the question. Where is the line when it comes to product placement?

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Movie Marketing II: Trailers

Continuing our conversation of how movies are marketing, we turn now to what people have the most contact with: movie trailers. A trailer is the truest form of visual adaptation. Where a product has a poster or albums have singles, motion pictures have theatrical trailers. Trailers, from original teasers to final TV spots, serve as tools of information for the majority of movie goers who do not research films themselves, giving trailers the power to make or break how audiences perceive a movie when they make that decision to buy the ticket. As a case study for this power, I'm going to examine the progression of trailers for the upcoming release Green Lantern.