PIMPING IN THE WORKPLACE

December 17, 2009 at 03:50 | Posted in Miscellaneous | Leave a comment
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Everyone loves a little bit of pimping and promoting. Right? Well, this being a blog all about movies and the film industry, I see no reason(s) to not make this entry, since the things to be “pimped” in question are relevant to the topic of this entire blog!

As you should know (or if you don’t, please allow me to educate you on the matter this instant), I work for a film and television production company as a Creative Executive, which has me working on a variety of visual products such as, well – as you would expect – motion pictures and television programmes. I have my, as the title suggests, creative stamp on things, writing and producing at present. The company – Shadowhawk Films – is part of an Entertainment Group, which includes a sister company called United Film Productions International, which is the base for professional production and distribution services, as well as a talent and creative artists agency. Now, these two companies have just entered 2009 so-to-speak, as we now have a fully function Twitter account and two Facebook fan pages for each respective company, so feel free to check them out via the links below, and of course the two websites, which, naturally, have been established since inception.

Shadowhawk Films (Eire) International Facebook Fan Pagehttp://www.facebook.com/#/pages/Dublin-Ireland/Shadowhawk-Films-International/222878421792?ref=ts


United Film Productions International Facebook Fan Page
http://www.facebook.com/pages/United-Film-Production-International/207378245898


Entertainment Group Twitter Page
www.twitter.com/entgroup

www.shadowhawkfilms.com

www.ufpi-management.com

And from there we come to the website I write for. A film website of course – Screenjabber – an online film and television review website, covering all entertainment releases from the cinema, to Blu-ray and DVD. It’s humbling to be one of the few out there who can call himself both a film-maker and film critic. Perhaps I’m a Roger Ebert in the making, only with hopefully a longer career making movies! So definitely be sure to check us out. We’ve got a review of James Cameron’s Avatar, which is released this coming Friday in the UK and USA, so give that a read if you’re interested! I’ll be giving my thoughts in a new blog entry on this monumentally-hyped movie with my expectations before I see it, and then another post when I’m back from a screening.

www.Screenjabber.com

I hope this pimpage is of use to you, and for now take care!

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THE TOP 10 BEST AND WORST FILMS OF THE DECADE

December 12, 2009 at 03:30 | Posted in Best & Worst | 1 Comment
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So I finally remembered about this previously short-lived blog. I only posted three entries, which were pretty fun to write/textually babble, and I was somewhat enjoying my experience in the so-called “blogosphere”. Five months on and all three of my posts from July are, naturally, now irrelevant. There’s a DVD collection update that I guess is somewhat timeless, but I haven’t written about the plethora of films that I have seen on disc since, nor about what has engulfed the big screen on my recently few-and-far-between theatrical ventures, that include the horror hits SAW VI and The Final Destination 3D.

When you work in the movie business, it simply consumes your life. Anybody reading this who, like me, is making a living in this industry knows exactly what I mean. It’s the industry I’ve wanted to be in for my entire life, and want to be in for the rest of my life; I love every second of it, and even though it does indeed involve mountains of hard work and dedication, I wouldn’t have it any other way. I’m sat in front of my laptop all day writing, reading and telecommunicating, so when relaxing in my free time all I want to do is watch a movie or two or work on something filmic that’s personal to me like a script. I never wanted to neglect this blog, but out of honest forgetfulness and sheer lack of time, it just hasn’t been on my mind at all since July. I did try a video alternative to this back in August, but I didn’t like how it turned out, so I put it on hold and it is something that I may come back to in the new year. I have however been micro-blogging with Twitter since just before I began here on WordPress, and that’s pretty addictive. I’ve also become a fully-fledged film critic, writing reviews for Screenjabber.com, which is something I’ve always wanted to do for a large audience, and I hope my readers on that website have enjoyed my two cents on the cinematic disasters and delights that I have had the opportunity to review since August. From here onwards I vow to contribute as regularly as I can to this blog.

Now, on to the meat of this post: my personal top ten lists of the best and worst films of the decade. As the hours are shrinking still towards Christmas and 2009 edges towards the beginning of a new decade, not only have I questioned just how fast these last ten years have gone, I have thought extremely hard about the films that have both pleased and truly repulsed me the most since the millennium kicked off. Now, in no particular order, let’s begin…

The Top 10 Best Films of the Decade

No Country for Old Men (2007, written and directed by Joel and Ethan Coen)

The Departed (2006, written by William Monahan and Alan Mak [screenplay] and Felix Chong [original screenplay for Mou Gaan Dou/Infernal Affairs, 2002], directed by Martin Scorsese)

Cache (Hidden) (2005, written and directed by Michael Haneke)

Kill Bill (2003, written and directed by Quentin Tarantino)

Oldboy (2003, written by Jo-yun Hwang, Chun-hyeong Lim, Joon-hyung Lim and Chan-wook Park [screenplay] and Nobuaki Minegishi [graphic novel], directed by Chan-wook Park)

Lost in Translation (2003, written and directed by Sofia Coppola)

Inglourious Basterds (2009, written and directed by Quentin Tarantino)

Sin City (2005, written by Robert Rodriguez [screenplay] and Frank Miller [graphic novels], directed by Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller

Mulholland Drive (2001, written and directed by David Lynch)

El Labertino del Fauno (Pan’s Labyrinth) (2006, written and directed by Guillermo del Toro)

The Top 10 Worst Films of the Decade

Disaster Movie (2008, written and directed by Jason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer)

10,000 B.C. (2008, written by Roland Emmerich and Harald Kloser, directed by Roland Emmerich)

The Happening (2008, written and directed by M. Night Shyamalan)

Son of the Mask (2005, written by Lance Khazei, directed by Lawrence Guterman)

Prom Night (2008, written by J.S. Cardone, directed by Nelson McCormick)

The Adventures of Pluto Nash (2002, written by Neil Cuthbert, directed by Ron Underwood)

One Missed Call (2008, written by Andrew Klavan [screenplay] and Minako Daira [adapted screenplay for Chakushin Ari, 2003] and Yasushi Akimoto [novel], directed by Eric Valette)

The Hottie & the Nottie (2008, written by Heidi Ferrer, directed by Tom Putnam)

Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (2009, written by Ehren Kruger, Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman, directed by Michael Bay)

All I can see is, Jesus Christ, 2008 was the year for some utterly shite movies!

I must give a couple of honourable mentions to two of my guilty pleasures that will probably be making the rounds on many folks’ worst films of the decade lists this Christmas, White Chicks and Christmas with the Kranks. Apologies! I know they’re both utterly stupid, but the comedy in White Chicks is, to me, hilarious, and in the latter, it’s a truly dumb, but warm and festive film with, not only Tim Allen, but a genuine ’90s feel, and personally I only enjoy Christmas flicks if they feel like they were, unless they of course were, from the ’80s or ’90s.  My favourite Christmas films of all time are as follows, and I watch them every December as a tradition/filmic ritual.

Scrooged
The Santa Clause
Home Alone
Home Alone 2: Lost in New York
The Santa Clause
Christmas with the Kranks

I’d love to hear your thoughts on my best and worst lists, and feel free to share your own personal favourites and cinematic repulsions!

PRIDE AND JOY

July 30, 2009 at 20:26 | Posted in DVD Collection Updates | Leave a comment
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As I mentioned in my last e-scribble, today I will focus on my DVD collection. I like to keep things simple, so I will refrain from saying “my DVD and Blu-ray disc collection”. By the way, a question: are blog posts called blog posts? Is each post a blog? If this entire diary is my blog, then is there a specific name for what I write in it? I’m trying to stray away from using the word “post”, hence my little creation “e-scribble”.

My bedoom in my apartment is essentially a lair. A film lair. It’s quite a simple lair, consisting of a bed, wardrobes and a desk, as well as an HD television and a PlayStation 3 console. That is pretty much the hulk of any general bedroom… except when you take a look at the walls and your line of sight is filled with DVD cases, bizarre film titles and memorabilia. Posters ranging from Tarantino’s Pulp Fiction to Sly Stallone’s Rocky, framed film cells (original theatrical film print cuttings), and an ocean of DVDs and Blu-rays. Yes, my humble abode. So humble, it contains films with such taglines as, “Where whores meet saws!” (Sergio Martino’s Torso), and, “Whore aboard!” (Umberto Lava’s Night Train Murders).

I’m a fan of cinema from all over the world. A fan of films that have budgets from $10 to $250,000,000. A fan of straight-to-DVD releases to Hollywood blockbusters. If it’s been captured on film/video, chances are I’ll watch it. Anything to build my cinephile mind from strength-to-strength. But I haven’t quite reached the same level of eccentricity as Mr. Quentin Tarantino. Yet.

As horror is my favourite genre, the majority of my collection is rather understandably a complilation of horror flicks, from monster movies and slashers, to giallo thrillers.

Every time I get a nice round figure of DVDs, say ten or more, I will make a DVD collection update and review the films that I have seen. So, let’s kick things off by listing the films I’ve gotten since July 16th (my birthday), to this past Tuesday, July 28th:

Christine
Insanitarium
Happy Birthday to Me
When Evil Calls
An Interview with the Vampire
13th Child
Pumpkinhead: Ashes to Ashes
Pumpkinhead: Blood Feud
Critters
Earth vs. the Spider
Prey
Loch Ness Terror
A Scanner Darkly
Death Wish
Tortured
Shadow of Fear
Volcano
Lucky Number Slevin
Last Action Hero
The League of Gentleman’s Apocalypse
The Kentucky Fried Movie
Borat

Hopefully I haven’t missed any out.

I haven’t been able to watch 95% of them so far, but last night I watched two of the films back-to-back, for a little three-hour comedy session. I started with Borat, starring Sacha Baron Cohen. This was my second time watching, but the first where I actually paid attention to the screen. It has a lot of laughs and a few especially disgusting moments. I’m surprised it was only given a 15 certificate in the UK. I wonder if there is any stronger material that was cut, and if one day we’ll get to see it in a special edition re-release. I wouldn’t be surprised. Second of all was The League of Gentlemen’s Apocalypse, the feature-length adaptation of one of my all-time favourite TV shows, The League of Gentlemen (not to be confused with the 1960 heist film of the same name). Plenty of good stuff, but not a patch on the TV show. I’d highly recommend to any fan of dark comedy to purchase all three series of the programme, then maybe cap it off with the movie if you take a liking. The creators have a new show, Psychoville, which is similarly brilliant. The season finale is tonight and I can’t wait!

That’s all for now. I hope to watch a few flicks tonight. Thanks for reading.

Oh, before I go, I must inform you all to (and I’m being held at knifepoint to say this) check out The Purple View.

Oh and oh, if anyone feels like designing me a new banner, feel free. I’d be very grateful, as mine is God awful.

Agan, in honour of Denise Bradley…

Toodle pip!

ALLOW MYSELF, TO INTRODUCE… MYSELF

July 28, 2009 at 23:00 | Posted in Miscellaneous | Leave a comment
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My first post was a little on the brief side, so I thought I’d elaborate with this fine chapter, so that you actually have a grasp of who I am, apart from a film geek indulging in film geekiness, in his final year of teenagery.

As this blog title may suggest, they calls me Adam. Adam Stephen Kelly to be exact. Why have I mentioned my middle name? Because after miles and miles of thought, I’ve decided that as a writer-director, that’s what I’d like to be credited as. Capice?

With film being my greatest passion in life, it would only be fitting to couple it with my greatest aspiration in life: to make a career out of film-making. A successful one at that. My dream is to bring to life the stories that I tell on those countless spiral notebooks, to incarnate the characters and the actions I scrawl with my army of pens and pencils. And by God, it is a dream I will realise.

Now imagine that dream as the Core Dream. It’s a big cloud with lines sprawling out from it in every direction, attaching itself to other smaller clouds. A spider diagram if you will, you know, those things you drew at school when you were collating ideas. They were called “brainstorms”, but that was changed because apparently it offended people with epilepsy. For the benefit of those who agree with me that the aforementioned is somewhere near the height of rediculousness, I will refer to this dream web as a brainstorm. So, this is my brainstorm of film-making aspirations. There’s that nice and fluffy, dreamy cloud in the centre, and surrounding it are such objectives as “Sell first screenplay” and “Write first feature film”. Well, you can tick the box next to the latter, because I wrote my first feature film a long time ago now. With regard to the “Sell first screenplay” cloud, I’m inclined to write half a tick in the box, to put my mind at ease. I am on the eve of sealing a deal that will have me selling a 45-minute “mini-feature” that I scribed. When that’s done and dusted, well, I’ll be on my way to ticking every box that every cloud has to offer in my brainstorm of dreams. You get the idea.

I write and I write and I write and I write. When I’ve written a script that I can personally produce, I direct it too. Film is my life (if you haven’t noticed).

My intention for this blog is to write about anything I feel compelled to write that relates to film, from opinions on actors and actresses, writers and directors, reviews, films I’m looking forward to, DVD collection updates, etc. I really do mean anything flickish. I will most likely also write about anything that’s on my mind that desperately needs to leak out of my fingertips from time-to-time, even if it doesn’t concern the magical world of motion pictures. But we’ll see how things get on. Or more precisely, how I get on in this “blogosphere”.

I will now bid you a fond farewell, but shall close this post with a few tidbitty sentences:

My favourite genre of cinema is horror.

My favourite film of all time is Steven Spielberg’s Jaws.

Twilight is moronic and Robert Pattinson’s good looks are obviously  just a placebo effect. The man’s ugly. Admit it.

This video is absolutely hilarious: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FtG6JOeNFqY

No, “flickish” is not a word.

Twilight is even more moronic than it was two sentences ago.

My next post will centre around my DVD collection, also known as my pride and joy, and the last 20 or so films that I added to it in the last week.

Are you in the Twitterverse aswell as the Blogosphere? Yeah? Really? Wow, we’re so cool. Follow me: AdzFilmmaker

Don’t tell me you’re in the Facebookversespherethang too? Oh my. What are the chances? You’re welcome to add me as a friend, you know, if you feel like being as cool as I am. Just search my full name and click on the handsome young gentleman who graces your screen.

In closing, I would like to honour fantastic up-and-coming actress friend of mine, Denise Bradley, A.K.A. D-Bizzle, in saying:

Toodle pip.

Adzie Padzie.

HELLO, GOOD EVENING AND WELCOME

July 23, 2009 at 04:08 | Posted in Miscellaneous | Leave a comment
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And so I committ myself to yet another creative fragment of the internet. Blogs. I will engage this modern trend with open arms and hope that I can provide nourishing musings and nutritional story on whatever film-wise I feel compelled to scrawl on my endless sheet of virtual parchment.

Before I open this treasure chest – or Pandora’s Box – of insight into my up-and-down life, I shall merely scratch the surface with this introductory passage, which is exceedingly uninformative and dreary, and make a vow to soon produce a chapter of actual significance in friendly acknowledgement of the two fifteen year-old new wave punks who, confined to their basement, have probably bookmarked this literary drool.

In a nutshell, I am an independent film-maker whose passion it is to write and direct motion pictures, and whose dream it is to make a successful career out of writing and directing motion pictures.

My fingertips seem to be failing me as I begin this fourth paragraph, no doubt ceasing in protest of being forced to spin this meaningless web of brain spew, and not a nice fat slice of movie cake, thus I shall bid you farewell for this moment in time, and hope that I can honour (and remember) my vow to write again in some form of actual quality and point, so that I can serve those with the kindness and tolerance to read my yarns colour and imagination and movies.

Farewell and adieu to you, fair Spanish lady…

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