Monday, March 28, 2011


Thought I'd share the $100,000 winner of Taylor Steele's Innersection. Really awesome results from a really ingenious idea for a surf film: Have a photographer match up with a surfer, shoot a section, then compile a video of all those different sections, with a 100 grand incentive to make the most epic 4 minutes of surf aesthetics possible.

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Sucker Punch

In two words: highly disappointed.

But not that surprised. The PG-13 rating was a tell-tale sign.

An erotic action movie needs to be gritty and sexual, not scared of what it's trying to be in order to reach a wider audience. It's exactly why films like Sin City and 300 are both on the IMDB Top 250 list for user ratings and all the resultant copycat films are not (can anyone say The Spirit?).  Sucker Punch pretty much pussied out of everything that gave it any potential for success.

Secondly, the story was pretty much shit. To go off of the above tangent, we didn't feel any real danger in the fantasy world (3rd layer) until the midpoint when they finally establish that death can carry over to the real (actually more like the 2nd layer) world. Take notes from Inception. It is clearly explained: die in the dream world, die in real life (brain-dead technically). So while the action sequences were visually stunning, there was no stress or worry or tense suspense. The viewer was disconnected from the emotion, and the story is to blame for that. Also, how the three layers of worlds connected to each other was not clearly enough defined for the ending to feel fluid. I mean were there even any other girls involved in the mental hospital world? There have to at the very least be loose threads between the worlds. A little ambiguity is fine, but we want to at least be able to guess what just happened. Lastly, if the voice over isn't amazing, get it out. It felt weak and contrived to me. Almost as bad as the dialogue.

Closing thoughts: Zack Snyder should stick to directing. Or making trailers. Cuz they were fucking sweet. Either way, let other people deal with the story.

Shake Me Down

Had a few minutes of spare time (that's a lie, I've been doing nothing for hours) and thought I'd put something up to let people know I have not died just quite yet.

Let's see. What's something interesting. C'mon Danny, think think think. Oh yeah, this is kinda cool:

The future of action gaming. Shit is ridiculous. I remember when Golden Eye had the "best graphics ever".

And how bout a song that is stuck in my head. Praying to see them at Coachella.

More soon. Promise.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Long time no see

Yeah it's a fucking tuesday...whoops. I'm a few days late. Things have been busy, what can I say. But so much has happened. Where to even begin. Frankly, I'm too lazy to transcribe it all to you, but here are some things off the top of my head:

1. Shane Black will be writing Iron man 3 (along with directing). It will be interesting to see how that turns out.

2. The spec market is in a frenzy!!! Best month since 2008, woohoo, good news for me and other aspiring spec writers.

3. In fear of having people threaten my life, I will not be giving my two cents on the whole Alexandra Wallace Youtube UCLA outbreak. I'll just say yeah, shit's offensive and ignorant, but also blown totally out of proportion.

4. Friday night #4: A few days delayed. Sorry for all you drunk souls seeking asylum in my rantings and emo videos...hopefully this helps:

I’ve given up on giving up slowly, I’m blending in so
You won’t even know me:

5. God damn, is there anything Jason Statham can do that won't get me hard?

5. Since my judgement usually leads me to having the worst NCAA brackets of all time, I decided to take my poor opinions out of the picture and base it solely on a coin/dice routine. Let's see if the statistical God's have good faith in me.

6. Oh and I'm on Spring Break. And started a new story. Let's see if I can crank a first draft out before school starts again.

Happy Saint Paddy's Day everyone (If I don't see you by then)

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

NOS! *Cue epic car explosion with Vin Diesel and Paul Walker flying through mid-air*

The Fast and the Furious series is fucking amazing. Period. I don't care how big of a movie snob you are. Just turn off your fucking brain and let the awesomeness take over.
Now obviously 2-4 don't even compare to the original. If you say you dislike the second, third, or fourth, or any combination of the aforementioned, so be it. But if you have anything bad to say about the original, your man card is automatically revoked (You have a vagina? Still revoked).
I almost got out the lube when I saw this new trailer. I'll even watch it for the 10000th time with you guys.

It was just a matter of time before Vin and the Rock faced off in some fictional realm. Goddamn.

Saturday, March 5, 2011


Earlier this year I had a little segment on the power that can be evoked by having just the right combination of sight and sound in a montage or trailer.
Whether you loved the movie or not, there's no denying the pure awesomeness of the trailer for INCEPTION. And if there's any doubt on it's lasting impact, just look at the fact that there's been over 55 re-edited inception-style trailers made in the last year, and even some pretty funny spoofs.
Apparently the score and tone and cutting-style can even make Dora the Explorer look like the next Dark Knight.
So if you have some time on your hands,
Click here for all 55

My personal favorite:

Damn I get hard every time that symphony kicks in.

This site is amazing

Yeah it's two years old, so fucking what. It will still inspire you.

Check it out: Why we write

Friday Night #3: It's no surprise to me I am my own worst enemy

So last week I was unfortunately unable to reach a computer (maybe that was a good thing).  So this week, I'm posting two videos to make up for it.

As promised, my weekly Friday segment of epic music from back in the day when teen angst was all the rage: 

Years before Christian Slater was his own worst enemy on a cancelled Fox series, Lit was doing that shit like it was nothing: 

And, to make up for last week's failure of a post, here's something extra special: