Genre: Film Noir
IMDB Score: NONE
Director: Jennifer Lawrence
Writers: Jennifer Lawrence
Plot/Synopsis: Film Noir Fantasia, a classic Hollywood love story , written and directed by Jennifer Lawrence, takes place in modern day, but is nostalgic of the 1940′s.
For Rick (Kevin Buckley) nothing at his bar surprises him. His life changes forever when the mysterious Lauren (Jessica Lee Lawrence) ignites his fire in this passionate tale. They are drawn to each other through their affinity for the 1940’s, especially the movies and actors of that era. Two kindred souls of the classic age, will their sublime love survive the modern world?
Audio: Fail Plus. The levels seem to be very low when the actors are speaking and very high on the sound effects. What’s really weird is that there are not a whole hell of a lot of sound effects. The soundtrack was nice and very fitting of the type of movie it was. If this film was going for a real Noir feel they should have had a lot of voice overs but it didn’t. It almost seemed like they forget to add it in because there were a lot of points where the actors just stood around and said none thing, the perfect place for the voice overs.
Acting: Fail Plus. The bartender was just a fucking joke with his poor attempts at accents. He actually made me laugh out loud a few times with how poor this attempts were. The lead male wasn’t too bad it seemed that he missed a few ques here and there but I also think that’s due to the lack of voice overs that I mentioned above. The lead female was “eh” at best. She seemed to stumble here and there and really didn’t get the feel of what ladies were like back in the 40′s when Noir was hot.
Visual: Pass. The look is very Noir. Black and white with some grain to it,however, you can tell that it was a new camera and not a old one that filmed this film so it’s more clear and that does take you out of the movie a bit. One thing that really bugged me was how much I needed to mess with the brightness of the movie. It was really freaking dark, so dark you couldn’t even see the first person on scene.
Writing: Fail. The short is missing one of acts of the structure that would be the confrontation or the climax. Due to that it’s hard to really know what’s really going on. I know a dude falls for a chick and loses said chick but there’s no build up to it, it just hits ya. Also there are a lot of old Noir references in the movie and unless you watch a lot of films especially Noir flicks they will be lost on you. I also feel that the bartender was pointless he did not help move the story along like so many bartenders did in old 40s movies.
Final Feelings: Well the movie does Fail but is still better than Brackish by Mad Angel Films (sorry guys) and is boring. It had a few good things about it but not enough to warrant a buy or even a rent.
Entertainment Score: 5/10.
Tech Score: 6.4/10
IMDB Score: 6.5/10 (16 votes)
Summary from IMDB: Floating dead in space, transport ship Genesis becomes an unsolvable mystery. All hands on board have been killed. What began as a simple transport mission for the crew of the Genesis, ends with not only their bloodshed, but the loss of an important military prisoner. The people of earth are in a time of crisis. They are waging war against a far superior opponent, an alien race called the Cnidarians. After a bloody assault on a military ship, the Vendetta, USSM special forces were able to capture their first Cnidarian prisoner, code named 71099. But commonly known through out the fleet as Ediolon, the phantom. Realizing that a military transport would be too obvious of a target to their enemy, the USSM enlisted the freelance ship Genesis, commanded by Nathaniel J Rhys to secretly transport the prisoner to the high security prison located on Mars’ moon Demos. The ship never arrived. General Rothman immediately launches an investigation team, and is determined to get to the bottom of this mystery, for one of the dead was his niece, Kyleigh. He will not let her death be in vain. Even with all its efforts, what happened on this voyage is unclear to the investigation team. All are dead, but how, and why? Has earth lost its chance take an advantage in their losing war? Watch closely and see if you can discover the enigma of this doomed mission.
From me: By def this is a full length film since it’s two minutes longer than a short. So by that all tv shows that are 60mins with brakes are full length and that just pisses me off. Full length films should be no less than 65mins. Ok now that I got that out of the way I guess I should talk about the movie itself. Well it was well done but a few things bugged me about it and we will get there soon enough.l
Audio: 7/10. This was an area that bugged me a bit. The reason being is that some of the people talked so soft it’s hard to hear what they are saying while others are talking a bit to long. Other than that the levels were just fine. The music was ok. It was all original stuff so that’s cool.
Visuals: 7/10. For an indie movie and well even main stream movies the cg in this was great. Cg and reality meshed so well it was hard to tell that it was cg in some areas. The make up on the human alien was nice and not some rip off from Star Trek or Star Wars. What I hated was the lighting in the movie. When it was dark it was DARK and hard to make out who was who. That killed the fight between the two chicks.
Writing: 5/10. I can’t really give this area more than a five just for the fact that it was hard to hear some of the lines. What I can say about this is that when the movie ends you are left with more questions than answers. Also this movie doesn’t brake any new ground in the world of Sci-Fi
Acting: 8/10. The levels of the lines spoken lessen the score in this area. With that aside when you can hear everything the acting is really well done. Nothing feels forced, everyone works well with each other. I would like to see some of them in more movies. Movies that are longer to show case just what they can do.
Dir/Ed: 5/10. With the expectation of the dir missing the poor lighting and not noticing the actors were speaking to soft or to loud it’s a pretty well directed flick. The editing was good as well. The fight scene when the lighting wasn’t crap everything flowed very well and the angles used were just right.
Bottom line: It’s a good thing that the dvd has a gag reel, behind the scenes along with cast and crew commentary that makes picking up this movie worth about 7 bucks. The movie itself is just 42mins long after all. I have to say that this movie is way better than a lot of indie flicks I have seen.
In this installment I sit down with Larry Longstreth. He did the short The Greatest Fan Film of All Time
Before we get started tell us a bit about yourself and your production company.
Larry Longstreth started making movies right out of high school and has been doing so ever since. He started with a crappy home video camera, no experience, and no crew. He begged everybody he knew to help him. Now, after having worked with big names and small names alike, from WWE wrestlers to Hollywood FX men, and after having pleased millions of nerdy fanboys worldwide with titles like “The Greatest Fan Film of All Time”, “Batman’s Gonna Get Shot in the Face”, “The Wimp Whose Woman Was a Werewolf”, and “Nintendo: Oldschool Revolution”, Larry and his crew don’t have to beg anybody anymore. At this point, a feature film is only a matter of time.
1) What’s with the eclectic cast of heroes and villains?
The whole point was giving the comic nerds something they’d never be able to see in a way that made it clear that we, the creators, knew our stuff and cared just as much as they do. All of us nerds argue for hours about who would win in a big fight from all these different companies but it was just never going to happen. It’s like having a commercial for both Coke and Pepsi. Not a chance.
2) It’s clear that you’re a fan of comics. How did you pick who goes into the short?
I made a list. I googled every superhero list I could find and I went onto these nerdy message boards and would ask people to list third rate superheroes that we could use. There were some characters who originally had cameos that were cut, like a few Watchmen, Optimus Prime, and Minute Man from “The Specials”.
3) What female character would you give a penis to and why?
I can honestly say that I have never thought of this and I have no idea. I suspect that Power Girl may already have one. (It’s the shoulders.)
4) What program did you use to make the movie?
Jacob Drake (Jacobdrake.com) animated it in Flash and I edited it with Premiere.
5) How long did it take to make something like this?
About a year and a half, with over 1,300 hours of animation. Crazy.
6) I’m a fanboy myself and feel that some of the battles should have ended very differently. What do you tell people like myself who say things like that to you?
Every fanboy has a million reasons why their favorites should win. I was more interested in paying tribute to the lore in general. I don’t care what anybody says. In comic book land, Superman is king. The others can be debated, but if you ask any person on the planet without a whiny nerd bias, they know who started it All. The film started with Superman’s origin because that is literally the origin of comic book superheroes as we know them. As for who beat who in the fights, I knew damn well a lot of nerds would complain, and that’s why a certain character shows up exactly when he does in the film. He represents the never-happy masses. I just tell people to relax and enjoy.
7) Did you pick the Toxie based on the comics, the cartoon from the 90′s or the Troma films?
I picked him based on the fact that he’s probably the biggest loser/outsider superhero there is. The one that makes people roll their eyes. Also, we know Lloyd, his creator, so it was sort of a nod to him.
Slightly off topic, Lloyd told me I could have the rights to do anything with Toxie if I wanted to. At the moment, I don’t… but it’s still flattering.
What was the most daunting task of this project?
Keeping Jacob Drake motivated. He goes from being a ball of fire to being burnt out, which, at times, is exactly what happens to fire.
9) Do you do work that you get paid for as far as movie making goes?
I have done a few things that paid, but starting with our newest cartoon, I plan on being paid for everything from here on out.
10) What plans do you have for upcoming shorts?
Dolly Oxem’s Traveling Video Circus is a live-action TV pilot we created to pitch in LA and Cleveland. It’s about a talentless comedian who leads a group of directionless hacks in what’s supposed to be this great comedy show. They don’t realize how bad they suck. Here’s the trailer:
On the animation front, I have a meeting this weekend in regards to the business side of things for a new cartoon we’re doing with Jacob Drake at the helm. It’s called “Four Tanks and a Healer” and it’s about a group of people inside an online roleplaying game. You never see the actual people. You just come to figure out who they are as people by who they attempt to be while playing their characters. It’s a brutally funny concept.
3 Random Questions
1) Can vampires have babies?
Yes. Michael Eisner had a few.
2) What sounds more weird? Eat my p*ssy. Eat my tw*t. Eat my c*nt.
To be honest, I just did an interview about a superhero cartoon. This whole question sounds weird.
3) What do you think of the following? *”*I would f*ck her so cruelly and with such unparalleled savagery she would no longer be a bitch. She would just be a quivering form of flesh and gratitude.”
I think shock value has run it’s course, my friend.
With this installment of Interviews By Buck we get to see what of Blinky Productions Inc. has to say about things.
Before we get to the questions why don’t you tell us aboutyourself and what you do.
Hey everyone. My name is Chris .R. Notarile of Blinky Productions Inc. I am a filmmaker and fanboy extraordinaire.
1) Ever have any legal issues with your fan films?
No. I have never been sued or asked to remove my work off line. I have been very careful as well as lucky when it comes to fan films and I feel that it’s like a balancing act. If you can do it right, you won’t fall and break your ass.
2) Where do you stay in the legal gray area of fan films?
I stay in the “until you hire me, I won’t stop making these fan films” area. I tell Warner Bros every time I speak with them that exact line.
3) When will we see the Deadpool and the Batman/Punisher fan film?
As soon as I get me some cash. Fan films aren’t cheap. And when you’re footing all the bills yourself, trying to make a living, you really have to take everything on a case by case basis. Deadpool and Batman vs Punisher are both scripts I have with some serious story and grandiose action. I don’t want to short change my film’s quality because I couldn’t afford something.
4) You do lot of comic book fan films why?
Because they’re fucking cool. Why not?
5) What is your fav non Blinky fan film?
That’s a good question. I would say Robert Tovani’s 2005 Robin. It’s like my style and was pretty effective for being made for nothing. I would also say the 2007 Green Hornet fan film. Also very well shot and edited.
6) Can you introduce the chick who plays PowerGirl?
For those of you who don’t read the credits, the chick who plays Power Girl is not Katee Stackoff but rather Tawnya Manion. She’s very talented and in my opinion the one true Power Girl.
7) How many people did you go thur till you found theperson would could fill PowerGirls ….. shoes?
Just her. Tawnya was the second person to respond to my casting on Craigslist in 2005. And as soon as I saw her pictures, I was set on meeting her. And I did. We met in NYC for coffee, I told her about what I wanted to do and she was hooked. We’ve been a duo ever since.
Any chance of you doing a Rom:The Space Knight fanflick?
As I tell everyone who asks- if you fund it, I’ll film it. I don’t do requests for free.
9) From start to finish how long does it take to make oneof your movies?
That depends on the complication level. Most of my short films take 1-2 days. But when it’s a drawn out script ie- over 10 pages with lots of scenes and characters. It could take anywhere from a week to a month. Especially since no one gets paid, I’m on their schedules and am forced to set my shoots in between people’s day jobs. So yeah, that can definitely drag out the process.
10) If I come to the “great” state of NJ can I room withyou?
Hot chicks are always welcomed as well as prefered. Guys on the other hand, its more about what can you do for me? (Non sexually of course) LOL.
3 Random Questions
1) Mojo vs. Mojo JoJo, who wins?
Mojo Jojo. No question.
2) Alaskan Firedragon; harmless fun or a form of rape?
If it’s from Alaska, chances are it’s gonna rape something.
3) Is the Voltron movie going to suck as much at the newTransformers movie?
Yes. Did we learn nothing from Power Rangers?
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