Category Archives: Speculatin’ a Hypothesis

7 Summer Movie Memories: 1997

1997 was quite a watershed for internet movie nerd culture, wasn’t it? The 20th anniversary of Star Wars saw LucasFilm’s infamous reissue of the original trilogy with revamped special effects, functioning as a dry run for the full-on return of Star Wars two years later. It was certainly the beginning of my own internet nerddom, as I had finally had […]

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7 Summer Movie Memories: 1995

It’s that time of year. The sun is blazing and the theaters are packed! I’d like to start a new series, taking a personal look at Summer movie seasons of years past. In each 7 Summer Movie Memories entry, I’ll select seven movies for each year. The retrospective is more a look at the overall season, rather than individual films, […]

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What If “The Adventures of Tintin” Was The Fourth “Indiana Jones” Movie?

Warning #1 – The article below contains heavy spoilers for The Adventures of Tintin and, quite possibly, Indiana Jones & The Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. Many film critics – like Russell Hainline, of the Jacksonville Movie Examiner  – have hailed the new Steven Spielberg film The Adventures of Tintin as the movie we SHOULD have gotten as the fourth […]

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3 Must-See Regional Films from 2011

  What is “regional film”? The term does not have a very concrete, undisputed definition.  Some of my filmmaking peers and myself might categorize a regional film as any that is about the place it’s from. Therefore, we might label a “regional filmmaker” as one who creates films that evoke, speak to, describe, or take place in the filmmaker’s chosen […]

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Blogsploitation, or How I’m Learning to Enjoy Being Exploited

Here’s a lesson: Most movies aren’t very fun to watch when you’re producing and directing an ultra low-budget independent movie. Neuroses abound. Seeing good decision invites inferiority. Seeing a bad decision ignites anxiety. One gravitates more towards cartoons, “Star Tre”k”, and sports- in my case, the faker, the better. It’s only been in the last few months that I’ve been […]

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The Golden Age

FYI- I also recently posted a Film Nerd-ish entry updating folks on The Nocturnal Third over at our production blog. This summer movie season seems to recall a conversation that is one of the cornerstones of Film Nerds. Before this weekend’s Transformathon, the most talked-about film of the season has been JJ Abrams’ Super 8. The most well-regarded films have […]

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Good Movie, Bad World

  So apparently, according these people, the long-rumored Rapture is happening tomorrow. Clearly, these are false prophets and doofuses (doofusi?) that worship their own expectations and bad time management, but it certainly has gotten the collective subconscious dishing, hasn’t it? Just to be safe, though, there is a realization that’s come to convict me pretty strongly recently. Here’s some truth […]

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10 Reasons to Watch Fewer Movies

1.) Greater Appreciation It’s no secret that movie audiences – and therefore, movie media outlets – are bored stupid. Greater attention paid to shock projects and publicity stunts are clear indicators that movies aren’t regarded as “special” anymore. The fewer movies you watch, the greater a commodity they become in your life. 2.) Better Digestion The more you consume, the […]

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The Man in the High Castle

Francis Ford Coppola is wrong. http://the99percent.com/articles/6973/Francis-Ford-Coppola-On-Risk-Money-Craft-Collaboration I highly encourage young filmmakers to check out the above interview with Francis Ford Coppola. He says some wonderful, enlightening things about film as an evolving art form, as well as the possible death of paid artists. As we teeter on the precipice of an entirely open world of shared entertainment and expression, it’s […]

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Death Letter

“And I’m talking to myself at night Because I can’t forget Back and forth through my mind Behind a cigarette” With those lyrics, I entered my 20s. No, I didn’t take up smoking. It was summer 2003, and my favorite band of all time, Five Iron Frenzy, had announced their disbanding and had just released their final album, “The End […]

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How I Spent My Summer Vacation

Note to Film Nerds readers: This  blog entry is particularly “inside baseball”. I simultaneously apologize to and thank the reader for allowing some indulgence. I promise I’ve got a more Film Nerd-ish entry in the works. It seems like I start every blog entry with “boy, I haven’t written one of these in a while.” In March, the company I […]

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Generation Loss

As usual, I’m a little behind on picking up the latest movie news. I read earlier this week about two very strange upcoming projects. The writing team of Bill Collage and Adam Cooper (New York Minute, Accepted) have been hired by 20th Century Fox to write a retelling of the story of Moses, on the heels of their finishing a […]

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SnafuTube

Like Shredder in a trash heap, Film Nerds grasps to the heavens with a spiked hand, and with it drags out of the ash… When YouTube hit the mainstream in 2005, the big question was, “When will YouTube be a legitimate threat to DVD or theatrical film distribution?” I found the definitive answer this week: Never! Late, I know. A […]

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