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You Should ‘See This Movie’

14 Apr

So there’s this movie. You should really “See This Movie.” Okay, that was a bad joke. “See This Movie” is the 2005 comedy film written by David Rosenthal. The film follows Jake Berrymore (Seth Meyers) and Larry Finkelstein (John Cho), on their journey to get their “powerful” film into the Montreal World Film Festival. After pulling a few strings and stretching the truth, the duo’s film is accepted into the film festival. However, there’s a catch. The film they so proudly promoted doesn’t exist. Continue reading

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Is “The Walking Dead” Worth a Watch?

1 Nov

Last night AMC premiered, “The Walking Dead” based on a graphic novel of the same name. The series follows Atlanta police officer Rick Grimes after he awakens in a post-zombie apocalypse world. He must fight to stay alive and discover the fate of his family, all while never really knowing what happened. A show of this nature must be believable while staying true to the “rules” of the zombie genre. Director Frank Darabont does a brilliant job at pulling viewers in, and keeping their eyes glued to the television screen. Throughout the episode viewers begin to become acquainted with the characters. The story and character development are superbly executed in a way where the viewer feels as though they know each character by the end of the episode. After about 20 minutes I was gripped and pulled in to the point where I felt as though I was walking right along side Rick Grimes. Each shot clues the viewer into one more aspect of the world in which the survivors must live. The disturbing images and outstanding visual effects make the show feel real and beyond imagination.

In a time where I feel television is shifting from scripted television series to reality shows (such as Jersey Shore), this type of quality programming is just what we need. When I watch premiers of new television series’ I often wonder, “How long do they expect to keep this up.” For instance, ABC’s drama FlashForward had a unsustainable plot, where the characters were trying to determine what happened when nearly everyone on the planet passed out for 137 seconds. This type of plot-line cannot be indefinitely held up and hence viewers stopped watching and the show was cancelled.  After watching the first episode of “The Walking Dead” I was happy to conclude that, that was not the case. The potential for an outstanding series is there. With likable characters, an outlandish story, and a great setting “The Walking Dead” will be a show that I can easily see being a long run television series.

Frank Darabont is the perfect person to direct this type of series. His films such as The Shawshank Redemption and The Green Mile are excellent examples of great filmmaking and storytelling. Frank Darabont once said,

“A director shouldn’t get in the way of the movie, the story should.”

This is the type of filmmaking that directors should adopt, or at least take into consideration. A movie isn’t about a director, his style, or his celebrity status, its about the story that is being presented. One thing I admire about Frank Darabont is how he entered the film industry at the young age of 20. If you know what direction you want to take in life, don’t wait. Just do it. You’ll never know what doors will open up down the road.

If you haven’t yet seen “The Walking Dead” I highly advice you to give it a watch. It’s an amazing show and its characters and locations are surely to make even the least zombie loving individual into an all out fan. Its a great toss up from the wave of reality shows that hit the air. I’ve heard countless people say that reality is the future of television but I can’t help but wonder, “When reality becomes television, then what is reality?”

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