Wow. I’m way behind on my “watched in 2011” posts. I’ll remedy that right now.
Watched somewhat recently…
And then I got to see a bunch of Sidewalk movies (the beloved Birmingham film fest was held last weekend).
Then I actually caught several movies at festival screenings: The Innkeepers on Friday, then American Decaf, Holy Rollers, part of Treatment (I enjoyed what I saw), The Robber, and the short I **** With My Voice on Saturday.
On Sunday I saw the short Terrebonne (I wasn’t crazy about it, but the judges-that-be awarded it best narrative short), the lovely Sahkanaga, and the documentary Page One (probably my favorite of the weekend).
I spent a few minutes playing around with a Toshiba Thrive tablet.
It feels flimsier and more sluggish than my iPad 2. But it does Flash video and has a ton of connectivity options. And, more importantly, the 8GB model only costs $399. I’m glad to see a tablet maker try to compete with Apple on price since no one can seem to compete with them on quality.
Now they just need to try a little harder. I wouldn’t recommend a Thrive at $399. But a $249 Thrive would be a lot more interesting.
(If you’d like to read more about the Thrive, check out Engadget’s review.)
Things I’m working on right now…
- Writing some reviews of movies playing at Sidewalk 2011 for Wade’s MagicCityPost.com website. My review of Small Pond went up this morning.
- Working on some music (with the Exhibit(s)) for another Sidewalk thing.
- Trying to finish up editing a music video for “Warm Beer and Sympathy,” a Delicate Cutters song.
- Leaving tomorrow for two Cutters shows in Mississippi. One at Ajax in Oxford, MS, and one at the Ole Tavern in Jackson, MS.
- Day job stuff.
I could really use a nap.
Here’s a photo of a sleepy African wildcat…
He looks sleepy to me, at least. Maybe I’m just projecting.
My band Delicate Cutters recently released our second album, Some Creatures, through Skybucket Records. And we’ve received some cool media coverage. PasteMagazine.com awarded the album a 7.8/10 review, we’re getting actual “terrestrial” radio play in North Carolina on WNCW, and we were featured in a great Birmingham band roundup in B-Metro magazine.
And there’s more–a lot more. I would encourage you to head over to the Cutters website and read all the details.
You’ll also see this retro-tastic photo of Janet at the Cutters site…
I recently got a little press coverage of my own. I was featured in a Birmingham magazine article about Birmingham’s movie business.
According to the InstantWatcher.com website, Interplanetary was the second most popular movie yesterday on Netflix’s “Watch Instantly” streaming video service.
That’s pretty awesome. Many thanks to everyone who put us in their queue!
Last week, someone posted a question on the Cinematography.com message board: “How can ‘B’ movies exist?” The poster went on to explain that “B” movies make him “sad,” as they are such an affront to the tradition of great cinema.
This is a pretty naive question, but I thought I’d post a polite response instead of following standard internet protocol (starting a flame war with the guy who asked the naive question). I replied…
I have financed two “B” movies with my personal credit cards. Okay, the budgets were very low (I’m not rich), so maybe they’re “C” movies.
Neither film was hugely successful, but neither were total failures. The first, Hide and Creep, played on the Sci Fi (now SyFy) channel a few times. It’s now streaming (legally) on YouTube. The second, Interplanetary, will be available soon via Netflix “Watch Instantly.”
Why did I make these movies? Because I love films and I love making films. Both movies were shot on nights and weekends. Most of the cast and crew were people, like me, with more enthusiasm than filmmaking experience.
This might be my favorite iPhone app ever: 8mm Vintage Camera.
…you could be watching Interplanetary on Netflix.
(Or at least adding Interplanetary to your instant queue.)
If you don’t subscribe to Netflix, you can watch Interplanetary via Amazon’s Instant Video.
Watched on July 16…
Watched on July 24…
I enjoyed Captain America: The First Avenger. I would have enjoyed it more if not for the kids (kids too young for a PG-13 movie, by the way) in front of me who would not shut up. I love going to the movie theater, but movie theater audiences tend to piss me off. If you can’t spend two hours without talking or fiddling with your cellphone, please stay away from the movie theater.
This might come in handy while you’re watching Interplanetary on your computer… keyboard shortcuts for Netflix.
This Thing prequel looks like a remake. (I’ll probably go see it anyway.)
From what I’ve seen, this Radiohead “live from the Basement” concert is pretty great.