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Re: “The Great Pooh Bear

We're trying to instill in him an appreciation for the rock n' roll lifestyle at a very early age. So far, it seems to be working — but I think he might be selling illicit breast milk to the other babies in the neighborhood.

Posted by Joe Bardi on 07/15/2011 at 11:57 AM

Re: “The Great Pooh Bear

Thanks, Joe. I think it's cute that you've got the little tyke started out on the Bardi path with Phish apparrel.

Posted by Sal on 07/15/2011 at 11:20 AM

Re: “The Great Pooh Bear

Nice review, Sal. It makes me want to see it with my kid, but he's got a few years to go before it's movie-watching time. For now, I'd settle for him to get the ability to hold his neck straight.

Posted by Joe Bardi on 07/14/2011 at 1:56 PM

Re: “The Tree of Life: Let it just wash over you

Simply can't wait.

Posted by Joran Oppelt on 06/23/2011 at 10:17 AM

Re: “Green Lantern is very dim

This review is quite accurate, Sal. I saw the movie last night and was disappointed with it as well.

There was a whole lot of potential plot there, but much of it was underdeveloped and therefore we didn't really care too much about what was going on. In addition, Peter Sarsgaard had a fairly intriguing performance, but again, his character was drastically underdeveloped.

I'm a Ryan Reynolds fan but he had little to work with and some of his lines might as well have come out of Van Wilder or Just Friends. I still enjoyed the movie a little bit just for its superhero entertainment value. Beyond that, there really isn't much there.

Good review, there's definitely no need to see this again haha.

Posted by Daniel Feingold on 06/17/2011 at 3:06 PM

Re: “Green Lantern is very dim

It seems I made the mistake of viewing this film outside the progressive context of the original Green Lantern comics that the previous commenter cited.

Perhaps I should see it again, as a second viewing may reveal that this is, in fact, a sensitive call for respecting and nurturing the diversity of our shared universe, and not a poorly plotted, acted and directed piece of CGI-driven swill.

Or maybe we can accept that not everyone will like the same films. I like that kind of diversity, too.

Posted by Sal on 06/17/2011 at 2:41 PM

Re: “Green Lantern is very dim

Green Lantern is not derivative of the other films you cite; it preceded them all, telling the story in comics over 50 years ago exactly as portrayed in the film, inspiring much of what has followed that you wrongly assume it now copies. While X-Men 1st Class attempts to recreate an era, the Green Lantern mythos actually was created in the early 60's, blazing trails that are now taken for granted. In the Mad Men era of men dominating women in the workplace, for instance, Green Lantern's alter ego worked FOR his girlfriend. Showing that relationship now may not impress, but 50 years ago it was radical, a first in popular culture, showing a generation of Baby Boomers that life could be different.

It also portrays the universe as being full of life as diverse as we can imagine: plant, mineral, machine, and animals of every type. A universe where we are not the center of it all but probably just another who needs to adapt and live with the rest, to earn their respect. Again, that was all there in 1961, teaching respect for diversity before the civil rights had gotten very far with the same message.

Sorry you didn't care for it, but you're wrong on every point - it rocks, shining brightly on the screen. Only dim critics fail to see that.

Posted by riverphil on 06/17/2011 at 12:18 PM

Re: “J.J. Abrams’ Super 8 isn't Spielberg but it's good

It's definitely worth seeing. (And as with most blockbusters these days, the younger you are, the more you're going to like it.)

Side note: I'm wondering if the projector in the theater I saw Super 8 in was set correctly. I've seen recent stories about theaters not resetting the projectors from 3D to 2D, causing sharp reductions in brightness. The climax of the movie seemed unbearably dark to me. Check it and let me know what you think.

Posted by Joe Bardi on 06/11/2011 at 12:19 AM

Re: “J.J. Abrams’ Super 8 isn't Spielberg but it's good

Very nice review, Joe. I had a feeling this would be a case of Abrams trying too hard to emulate the master, but I appreciate the ambition, and will definitely be seeing it.

Posted by Anthony S. on 06/09/2011 at 11:41 PM

Re: “X-Men: First Class doesn't live up to its title

You might want to read a little more closely. I said I enjoyed it, not that it was good.

Posted by Katy815 on 06/09/2011 at 2:51 PM

Re: “X-Men: First Class doesn't live up to its title

anybody who thinks X3 was any good had zero credentials to review movies

Posted by sideshowamit on 06/08/2011 at 6:22 PM

Re: “X-Men: First Class doesn't live up to its title

X men and superhero movies in general suck. I 'm sure it will be very impressive to look at but have an IQ in the gutter.

Posted by Bill Copper on 06/07/2011 at 1:51 PM

Re: “X-Men: First Class doesn't live up to its title

As a reader of the comic who gave up sometime in the middle of the last decade, and started in the late 80s, I think the movies stink. I like the action, and the fact that Magneto walks around doing whatever it is that Magneto wants. A staircase to Alcatraz, why not the Golden Gate? But ultimately I think they are weak, and need to be left for dead. Oh and get the damn movie people out of the actual book comic business too.
That said, I love Chris Nolan for what he's done for Batman. And, who can complain about The Watchmen, and Sin City (1?)I would love to see hyper real version of Superman, and Batman's The Killing Joke, and Arkham Asylum.

Posted by highwaysnobbery on 06/03/2011 at 11:45 PM

Re: “X-Men: First Class doesn't live up to its title

I'm excited to see this film, and I've been a big X-men fan way before the movies ever came out. That being said, I haven't really loved any of the movies so far. I thought the first was and second were slow, and the third was just a mess. So, I have very low expectations for this one.

Posted by The Hopp on 06/02/2011 at 11:14 AM

Re: “One night in Bangkok

Great review, Sal. Can't wait to see what The Wolfpack is up to this time.

Posted by Joe Bardi on 05/25/2011 at 5:53 PM

Re: “Bridesmaids is raunchy fun

This looks awesome

Posted by WhySoSyria on 05/17/2011 at 11:07 PM

Re: “Something stinks

Haha, my life is plot-driven and all of my overseas moves are necessary. Seriously, though, I would probably do it again.

Posted by Shannon Bennett on 05/06/2011 at 1:12 PM

Re: “Something stinks

That's funny. I thought the exact same thing when I read that line. I assume Shannon's overseas adventure was much better planned than poor, suffering Ethan's.

Posted by Joe Bardi on 05/05/2011 at 8:42 PM

Re: “Something stinks

I could see you "moving to London with little plot necessity or warning".

:)

Posted by Rabid Nick Refer on 05/05/2011 at 12:49 PM

Re: “Movie millions: Will new tax credits bring the film industry to Florida?


Anyone and everyone is constantly talking about "luring" outside productions and very little is said about those of us who reside in FL (even Tampa) who try to produce here locally. There is talent here, but very few decision makers. Those of us who can actually green-light a film go elsewhere for more reasons than simply tax incentives. Florida is a very "geographically specific" area and unless you want white sandy beaches, 90 degree weather and 95+% humidity, miles of beachside condos, most projects can be shot elsewhere and the end user won't know the difference. Until this new tax incentive (which nobody really understands yet…just ask any film commissioner about it and they’ll look at you like you have three heads) there were better incentives elsewhere, which is why films would use a beach in (wherever) because of many factors, talent, accessibility, tax incentives, logistics, etc.

What the has yet to address with any diligence is the prospect of cultivating the indigenous production(s). The question is not brought up often enough, “where do you buy your groceries? Where do you buy your gas, clothes, etc.? Where do you entertain yourself?” The idea of bringing in big-budget films with the hopes they’ll spend money here is fine, but once those salaries leave, so does the money. The nominal monies that are paid to the extras is a penance compared to what the movie stars make and guess where they spend their money? So if more effort was given to real productions that could take place entirely in Florida, the State overall, would see more significant revenue because the money stays here.

The second issue nobody talks about with outside production is that so little of the entire film actually happens on location. Only the principal photography will happen in any particular state and then everything in post production will go back to California. Why? (say this to yourself in a whisper) “Because that is where it has always happened and everything you need is there.” So when you hear that a particular area gets a film (lured from elsewhere) everyone wants to pat each other on the back because the film’s budget was $X Million. (if even that much) What nobody talks about is that less than 1/3 of that number is actually spent in Florida and virtually NONE of the marketing money is spent here. Those who know film budgets understand that 30% or more of the entire budget is allotted for marketing. (another reason Florida films don’t succeed, but this is another topic)

So lets go back to a Florida production. If 100% of the folks were hired here (or very close to all of them…if you want movie stars, most of them are in California) then those people will get paid a modest salary and that salary stays right here! They buy groceries, gas, clothes, food and movie tickets right in their own back yard. So the commerce is more directly infused into the State. Does anyone see a light bulb going on here? Onward…

Its not necessarily any film commissioner's fault a production does or does not happen here (or anywhere). They don’t earn a great deal of money and they don’t have a lot of resources and are often times treated like the redheaded stepchildren of the various EDC’s and tourism bureaus. The show business goes where it is most conducive and that includes the talent. There are talented people in Florida for sure, but sometimes it is literally less costly to bring in various talents on both sides of the camera. The TV show “Cougar Town” is supposed to take place somewhere around Naples, (they even reference west coach beaches and towns) yet when they show the beach, its very clear there are mountains in the background. Why do they film there? Because everything is there. Its all about the network. If you’re a producer from (anywhere) and you already know your various above-the-line talent on both sides of the camera, possibly working with them before, why would you go through any casting processes or hire the locals? Pretty risky when most (not all) of the people in FL that carry a headshot are not qualified to much more than extra work. Please take note here…I did say not all. It’s the same with crew personnel. Ask someone that claims to be a film producer/director in Florida what “packaging” is and see if they have any clue. Everybody “thinks” they can make a movie. Few actually can and those who actually finish a film, of those, even fewer achieve any success. The numbers prove that the reality of making an uber-successful film is less than standing in a room full of intellectuals and thinking you’re the next “Einstein.” It’s a fact…do some research.

So the more schlock that comes from any particular state, they less that state will be revered as a viable place in which to make a film or television show. This is the vicious cycle that has plagued Florida since the beginning of the film industry. The film industry got tossed from Florida in its infancy and the industry has never forgiven it. It's just business. It’s not personal…well maybe a little bit. 

So those of us who continue to work in the industry and love every minute of it, know why more films aren’t made here. To all those who hope to continue to work in the industry, I wish you the best of luck and keep at it.

Russell Hess
Producer/Distributor
25 year Florida Resident, Actor & Voiceover Artist

Posted by VoiceGuy100 on 06/15/2010 at 11:49 AM

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