If there’s one highly acclaimed movie about the Second World War, it has to be The Flowers of War. Inspired by a novel based on a personal account of the wartime events, the film delves on the experiences of women when China was invaded by the Japanese and how the Nanking massacre occurred.
Directed by Zhang Yimou, the movie featured English actor Christian Bale on the lead role playing the character of a mortician named John Miller who found refuge in a group of women including school girls and prostitues and helped them escape from the Japanese soldiers. Filming took place right in Nanjing, China and lasted for six months.
Geling Yan, the author of the novel that inspired the film, is a Chinese-American who happened to read a personal account of the war by an American missionary named Minnie Vautrin. The missionary was managing a college in Nanjing at that time. Yan, for her part, said she was so inspired by the account prompting her to write a novel based on the perspective of a 13-year-old girl. Read the rest of this entry »
Movies are produced around the world on a regular basis. Some are backed by major film networks while the others are done independently by small groups or individuals with minimal budgets. Regardless, they make the movie industry alive and entertain people of all ages.
Statistics from the popular Internet Movie Database (IMDB) shows that among countries active in film productions, India tops the list. The U.S., Japan, China and France follow in the top 5.
Movie fans always look forward to the next film releases whether in their own country or abroad. Fortunately with the internet, they can now easily keep track of upcoming movies via reviews by professional bloggers and critics. Here are some blogs worth following if you want honest reviews without much celebrity worship. Read the rest of this entry »
6 JanAuthor: guestblog | Filed under: Documentary, Features, Reviews
Social media has indeed made wonders to many people whether in writing or in taking photos. Today, there are a growing number of people active on social networking sites who have become so creative while using Instagram.
If there’s one unique and well though of project on this famous photo sharing site, it has to be that of a French artist named Thomas Jullien. Thomas created a short film that featured 852 Instagram photos not of his own but from the site’s users. The photos covered several important cities including Berlin, Paris, New York and Sydney making the short film into a world tour.
According to Thomas Jullien, his goal was to “create structure out of chaos” and he did achieve that with his crowd source film. He believes that Instagram is a great resource for all types of photos but just lacks structure.
The short stop-motion kind of film was amazingly done and displayed photos of similar tourist spots in four international cities in split seconds such that it brings the viewer to different places around the world. Read the rest of this entry »
27 NovAuthor: guestblog | Filed under: Movie List, Movie Remake, Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Sequel, Thriller
Geeks love movies whether it’s about a high-tech production, one that’s based on a comic hero, an action or adventure film with a futuristic setting or even one with a horror twist. They go for films that let their imaginations work, those that allow them to create their own worlds although not necessarily in the sense of encouraging them to make it a reality.
There have been movies in the past that provided a lot of inspiration to geeks. But then again, there are also many new and upcoming films that have great potential in attracting this set of movie fans who love technology.
The Matrix, a science fiction action film, was a big hit in 1999. Starring Keanu Reeves and Laurence Fishburne, the movie that took place in a dystopian future boasts of rapid twists and turns that were created through a visual effect called “bullet time.” Read the rest of this entry »
Do you dream of working in television, whether it’s as an actor, writer, producer, or even network owner? It might seem like an impossible dream, but thousands of people in the television industry show there’s a solid need for professionals.
Some well-trodden paths could lead you to a TV career, as well as some unorthodox approaches that just might work. Here are seven ways you could break into the TV business. Read the rest of this entry »
As a nation, we are pretty obsessed with pop culture and Hollywood stars. So many of us are always on the watch for who is “up and coming,” the “breakout star,” the new kids on Rodeo Drive.
And while some of these stars win fame for just one or two roles, more have been in the game for quite awhile. It’s just taken us this long to notice them. Read the rest of this entry »
3 MayAuthor: guestblog | Filed under: News
British talent is getting some much needed attention at this year’s Cannes Film Festival as three films backed by the British Film Institute (BFI) will be shown in various Cannes-related events.
The three films got BFI backing through a lottery funding conducted by the BFI itself. Read the rest of this entry »
26 FebAuthor: Myko | Filed under: Action, Animation, Comic Book, DVD Releases
As rare and ridiculous as it seems in today’s frenzied dog-eat-dog world, we’ve all been in that situation where we end up with a free night with nothing to do and nowhere to go. With no other alternatives presenting themselves, we end up ordering some take-out and dropping by the video store or something.
At the video store, however, your options suddenly take a turn for the seemingly endless, with rows and rows of films you haven’t seen yet. Your first instinct would be to reach out for the latest film you missed on the big screen, but why not give those straight-to-video flicks a chance? Not everything on the big screen is gold, y’know. And not everything that goes straight to video is crap. Here are some examples:
If you’re a comicbook fan, you already know how awesome Warner/DC’s animated video offerings are. From the Batman titles like Under the Red Hood, Year One, Gotham Knight, and The Dark Knight Returns to the other heroes such as Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, and of course Superman, DC’s animated offerings are some of the best direct to video titles around.
An action-packed tale of two brothers who take it to themselves to rid their city of the mafia, The Boondock Saints is without a doubt one of the best straight to video films on the market spawning a cult following, a seque,l and a ton of movie merchandise. The film stars Willem Dafoe, Sean Patrick Flanery, and Norman Reedus.
A trippy adventure of self-discovery and much metaphysical existential awareness. With superb casting (James Marsden, Amy Smart, Gary Oldman, Christopher Lloyd, Kurt Russell, Michael J. Fox) and a clever storyline, Interstate 60 is sure to amuse.
As it is, the quality of films that make it to the silver screen and those that go straight to video still remain greatly varied – with hits and misses from both sides. If you’re not going to be watching on the big screen anyway, you might as well give straight-to-video a shot – or even hook up with TV service providers such as GetDirectTV.org.
About the guest author:
Matt is a real homebody who thrives in front of the couch and is an advocate of the equal treatment of film reels and DVDs.
20 FebAuthor: HarperMac11 | Filed under: Reviews
The television market looks nothing like it did 15 years ago. We’ve watched TV units change the basic technology that drives them, and in the process slim down considerably. The energy demands aren’t close to what they used to be, and as the picture itself has widened, it’s also become much, much sharper. In the simplest terms, in-home televisions can now deliver a cinematic quality that was unthinkable in the recent past.
Of the various television types that have made their way onto the market, LCD and plasma TV units stand as the industry leaders in the ongoing battle for consumers. But where you might expect critics and industry experts to have reached a consensus on what TV type is best, you might be surprised to learn that there remains plenty of disagreement. The main reason this debate has proliferated is the widely accepted notion that each TV will have a certain appeal to different consumers, and how the buyer uses a TV will determine which type is best for him.
That’s an accurate assessment, and it underscores the importance of knowing what you’re looking for in a television. Everyone values certain aspects of TV functionality differently, so if you want to make sure you make the right purchase for your personal situation, you’ll need to identify the features that will affect your daily use.
Paying the price for premium picture
Of course, when it comes to gauging picture quality, there’s no debate: Plasma comes out on top. LCD just can’t match the picture clarity and quality of plasma units, and that’s made this TV type popular among gamers and serious cinephiles. And despite past concerns, plasma burn-in and image retention is largely a worry of the past. With these newer models, there’s no risk of such technical failures when you’re properly using your television.
But plasma comes at a much higher cost than LCD, which is its main drawback. Simply put, if you want the best, you’ll have to pay for it.
Find a high-quality middle ground
But if you’re someone who is willing to compromise to save a little money — as many consumers are — then an LCD might be a good alternative to plasma. While not as sharp and stunning as plasma, LCD TV’s provide exceptional, high-definition picture quality that will be a vast improvement over whatever TV you’re currently using. LCD units have closed the visual gap considerably in the past few years, and while keeping prices much lower than plasma.
Considering the TV’s place in your home
One of the big advantages to newer television models is that, with their reduced size, it’s much easier to fit a larger TV into a tighter space. That’s improved the quality of in-home viewing for many individuals and families. But while this slim profile makes TV units much less of a space-related burden, it doesn’t completely nullify their presence.
When it comes to plasma versus LCD, you’ll get the benefit of a lighter unit by going with LCD. That can make your TV easier to transport and mount on a wall. The LCD unit will also consume less electricity than a plasma unit of the same size, so if you’re considering utilities costs or energy efficiency, LCDs may again be the way to go. For the average TV consumer, the benefits of an LCD system may outweigh the benefits of a plasma unit that provides industry-best quality.
Ultimately, though, you’ll have to decide for yourself which option is best. Some consumers won’t be satisfied with an LCD unit when they know a higher-quality picture is out there, and that’s fine. In the end, it’s a piece of entertainment equipment, and you shouldn’t have to compromise on something geared purely toward your personal enjoyment.
Lindsey is a professional writer living in the Indianapolis area and she writes on behalf of Sears and other deserving brands. She specializes in writing guest posts on social media and education. Currently, Lindsey is completing work on her master’s degree.
Distributor: 20th Century Fox
Movie Director: Ang Lee
Main Cast: Suraj Sharma, Irrfan Khan, Tabu, Adil Hussain, Rafe Spall, Gérard Depardieu
Movie Length: 127 minutes
Release Date: 1 January 2013
Yann Martel’s 2001 novel Life of Pi was one of those works of literature that can be considered unfilmable—not only because of the impossibility of putting a teenager and a Bengal tiger in one small boat, but also because of its profound themes that are difficult to translate into the screen. And yet, renowned filmmaker Ang Lee and screenwriter David Magee have done the impossible: The Life of Pi film is manages to capture the most of the novel’s emotional depth. Read the rest of this entry »