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Twilight Breaking Dawn Part Two Movie Review

Twilight Breaking Dawn Part Two Movie Review

The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part Two is the second of two romantic vampire films that make up the conclusion of the Twilight Saga that I saw over the weekend. All three main cast members, Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, and Taylor Lautner are back. Solid and possible record breaking business is expected due to it being the only new release over the past weekend. However did it go out with a bang or with a whimper?

Part 2 picks up right after the first one with Bella, after giving birth to her daughter Renesmee, is now a full fledged vampire. Bella finds herself enjoying this new life in a couple of early sequences that show off her speed and hunting skills as she goes one on one with a mountain lion. Bella also learns the differences between the lives of vampires and humans from some coaching by the other clan members. Minor drama aside, all seems to go along well.

However a new crisis looms as her daughter Renesmee has been mistakenly identified as an “immortal child”, a child who has been turned into a vampire, therefore conflicting with the laws of vampire culture. The Volturi, enforcers of the vampire laws, plan to destroy Renesmee, Bella and Edward. In order to survive they must gather other vampires from around the world to challenge the Volturi and possibly fight if they must, for the right to live.

The direction of the movie is pretty fast paced and is over rather quickly with a lot of time spent with events that steered toward its conclusion. The acting is more of the same and you will either like it or not. I fell more-so towards the latter.

The sequence at the end was put together very well and was pretty violent however there is a twist at the end that made everything before it irrelevant and it was pleasing to most of the audience but it kinda disappointed me.

I must say that I was never really into the Twilight Series and I gave the last one a pretty bad score however this one was a lot better and i just resigned myself to the fact that these movies are not for me lol. However fans will be satisfied with its conclusion and I’m sure that they will enjoy it much more than I did.

Twilight Breaking Dawn: Part Two C

Rated PG-13 for violence and some sexuality.…

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Movie Distribution Marketing Fees and Independent Filmmakers Make Love or War

Movie Distribution Marketing Fees and Independent Filmmakers Make Love or War

Movie distribution marketing fees and independent filmmakers make love or war. Through social networking with filmmakers online and meeting up with friends in the business to share war stories at a pub, film distribution money is always a hot topic about making movies. Studio films with Hollywood stars spend tens of millions of dollars to market the release of a movie. That is entirely different than what happens in the independent film scene.

One indie filmmaker Princeton Holt I thought expressed it well, “Indie film distribution is like having kids. Great idea, but maybe not for everyone. It happens to work for us, but we still fight.” Movie distribution companies that cater to releasing indie movies do not run commercials, radio spots, or invest money in an aggressive online SEO marketing campaign to connect with viewers.

The likely scenario is they create an 8.5 x 11 artwork one-sheet poster that is sent out to their movie buyers like a Blockbuster. They add a thumbnail of the one-sheet, movie synopsis, director and main cast credits, and film trailer to their website. The movie distribution company will attend different film sales markets where your movie might or might not have a full size poster displayed at their booth or suite. There is always a catalog for film buyers to browse that contains all artwork one-sheets of titles they have.

There is absolutely nothing wrong with this if they do not overcharge to make sure you never make money. A majority of indie produced films do not have name stars that domestic and foreign film buyers know. Reading emails and talking to friends that have felt they have been burned by a greedy film distributor boils down to not making money from their movie. When the film royalty statement arrives they are shocked at how much in movie distribution marketing fees they are being charged.

One filmmaker shared with me that they were being charged a flat $50,000 marketing fee on an indie release. In some cases there is not a cap on movie distribution marketing fees, which makes it impossible for an indie film to ever get out the red and the producer to be paid. This can be avoided by savvy filmmakers that either have an entertainment attorney, film sales agent, or take the time to educate themselves about what “so-called standard movie distribution agreements” are. I personally think the standard movie distribution agreement is BS.

Every deal is different depending on the quality of the movie and what contract terms can be negotiated. Through working with entertainment attorneys and sales agents I have learned how to hammer down movie distribution marketing fees diplomatically. When I read contracts I have educated myself enough to be able to zero on financially critical deal points that have to be changed in order for me as an independent producer to continue to make money from movies and reality programs. I have learned the distribution business through good and bad experiences.

Self-distribution is cool, but does not have to be your only option. Landing traditional distribution through a reputable film distributor will pay you much more money if your deal points are right than limited self-distribution. Not every movie distributor is out to screw you and good ones understand producers should be paid fairly or they will stop getting films and go out of business.

The film distributors out to prey on first time filmmakers you should flush down the toilet without thinking twice. If your movie is entertaining you will make money as long as you know the deal points to look for. Without writers, producers, actors, directors, and producers distribution companies have no product to sell. This is indie filmmaker Sid Kali typing FADE OUT

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The Cinema From My Living Room

The Cinema From My Living Room

For some years now, my friends and I gather for a movie night every Wednesday. At the beginning, we had to choose the movie and the cinema and that took us about a week to decide, basically the time between the nights.

One day, one of my friends bought a cool 40” HD TV and for a few weeks, the movies looked great on his set. Then another friend purchased a home cinema system and we all moved to his house for the movies. A month or so, one of the guys invited us to watch the football game at his house. When we arrived, we discovered that his TV was gone; actually, it was just moved and the wall was covered with a white screen. Some anxious people later, our friend turned on the projector. Well, I guess I don’t have to tell you what it was like to watch the game on a big wall!

Watching the news at my place, it made me look closer to my TV and all other devices. I remembered my friends’ acquisitions and how much I liked them. Then I decided it’s time for shopping. Not just an item, but I thought a movie night at my place deserves the whole equipment.

I know they went to stores and looked for the best offers; I just didn’t like the idea of wandering around the city. Fortunately, the man’s best friend – the internet- revealed some amazing offers. In fact, there are websites that put together all the clearances around the country. And a lower price only means that I can get myself new quality electronics for less money.

Electronics are always ‘this season’ so I started to look for some hot devices with great prices. And that’s how I got a home cinema system with 30% off; my new TV had an amazing 40% discount. One thing led to another and now I am setting my new projector as well, that I found with 37% less. If you want to know about the quality, ask my friends. They decided we’ll watch all the movies and games at my place!…

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Newborn Baby Filming Tips

Newborn Baby Filming Tips

Parenting is equally essential as preserving the memory of your newborn and you need a good quality movie to be able to get good quality pictures. And to shoot a great movie, you need to have a really good camera with the best features. Buying a camcorder that can suit your purpose is a great challenge as there are several brands in the market with equally different price tags. But the key elements are the features that have to be top drawer for getting a good shoot of your baby.

Check YouTube

Planning is the most important part of filming your newborn as it keeps even professional photographers on tenterhooks. To get a hang of how to photograph babies, you can check out some of the excellent videos displayed on YouTube. You can watch endless footages of funny videos of newborns in various moods and the sounds would come on in perfectly. You can preserve the film for ages and show them around to your kids when they grow up.

Share them

Capturing precious moments of newborns are becoming increasingly popular and becoming an essential part of parenting as well the world over. With the development in technology, it has become easier to film a newborn and make a movie out of it that you can share with other family members, friends and relatives. There are several social networking sites that can be used for uploading the video for everyone to watch.

Shoot in proper light

Among the tips that you need for getting a good film done with a camcorder is the lighting of your shot. Take care to shoot in proper lighting or else, you will end up with grainy pictures. The best way to overcome poor lighting is to shoot outdoors which can provide the right conditions even on a cloudy day. Check out the light and your best bet would be to shoot very early in the morning or late in the afternoon for getting the best results.

Mount on a tripod

There are tripods that are available for $30 and you can use them to mount your camcorder. It secures your camera and you can also perform artistic pans and zooms and include your self as well during the shoot. Do not rely on the digital image stabilization feature as it lowers the video resolution. If you are shooting indoors, open the blinds and allow enough light to stream in. You can also turn on the overhead lights and lamps and also use a shoe mounted light if required.

Avoid digital zoom

Do not use digital zoom as it again would give a grainy video. By increasing the digital zoom level, the cam will crop to the center of the image making the remaining portion extremely large. Your best bet would be to turn off the digital zoom from inside the menu system of your camera. Instead, you can go for the optical zoom that relies on the lens for magnification and rely more on your feet as expert photographers will tell you for filming your newborn.…

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Top 10 Misquoted Movie Lines

Top 10 Misquoted Movie Lines

How many times have you heard someone say, “I’m gonna make him an offer he can’t refuse” or “Mirror, mirror, on the wall, who’s the fairest of them all?” These are lines from movies. People may not even know they are repeating movie quotes. They have simply heard these movie lines so often in casual conversation that the movie quotes become part of everyday speech.

But movie quotes are frequently misquoted.

An example is, “We don’t need no stinking badges!” A lot of people quote that line but they may have no idea that it’s from the 1948 movie “The Treasure of the Sierra Madre.” When a group of Mexican bandits who say they are “federales” corner Humphrey Bogart behind some rocks, Bogey asks to see their badges to prove they really are “federales.” That’s when the leader of the bandits says the famous line. But he doesn’t say, “We don’t need no stinking badges!” What he actually says is, “Badges? We ain’t got no badges. We don’t need no badges. I don’t have to show you any stinking badges!”

To further embed this misquote into the public consciousness, Mel Brooks brilliantly spoofs it in his 1975 movie “Blazing Saddles.” Corrupt politician Hedley Lamarr rounds up all kinds of ruffians to attack the town of Rock Ridge. Included are some Mexican bandits. When Hedley signs them up, he wants to give them badges, and they say, “Badges? We don’t need no stinking badges!” Since that movie used the “misquoted” quote, it is technically not a misquote, but it is if you go back to the original movie.

Another example of a misquoted movie line is, “We have ways of making you talk.” This quote pops up in everyday conversation, but the actual line from the 1935 movie “The Lives of a Bengal Lancer” is, “We have ways to make men talk.”

So why do movie quotes get twisted into a misquote that is then thought to be the actual quote? That’s the mystery. Perhaps the altered, often shorter version of the original movie quote just has a better ring to it!

So here are my Top 10 Misquoted Movie Lines, in no particular order.

“Badges? We don’t need no stinking badges!”

REAL QUOTE: “Badges? We ain’t got no badges. We don’t need no badges. I don’t have to show you any stinking badges!” Alfonso Bedoya as “Gold Hat”

MOVIE: The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948)

“Play it again, Sam.”

REAL QUOTE: “If she can stand it, I can. Play it!” Humphrey Bogart as “Rick Blaine”

MOVIE: Casablanca (1942)

“Why don’t you come up and see me sometime?”

REAL QUOTE: “Why don’t you come up sometime ‘n see me.” Mae West as “Lady Lou”

MOVIE: She Done Him Wrong (1933)

“Well, here’s another fine mess you’ve gotten us into.”

REAL QUOTE: “Well, here’s another nice mess you’ve gotten me into.” Oliver Hardy as “Oliver”

MOVIE: Another Fine Mess (1930)

“Mrs. Robinson, are you trying to seduce me?”

REAL QUOTE: “Mrs. Robinson, you’re trying to seduce me. Aren’t you?” Dustin Hoffman as “Benjamin Braddock”

MOVIE: The Graduate (1967)

“Me Tarzan, you Jane.”

REAL QUOTE: “Jane. Tarzan. Jane. Tarzan.” Johnny Weissmuller as “Tarzan”

MOVIE: Tarzan The Ape Man (1932)

“Smile when you call me that!”

REAL QUOTE: “If you want to call me that, smile.” Gary Cooper as “The Virginian”

MOVIE: The Virginian (1929)

“We have ways of making you talk.”

REAL QUOTE: “We have ways to make men talk.” Douglas Dumbrille as “Mohammed Khan”

MOVIE: The Lives of a Bengal Lancer (1935)

“Luke, I am your father.”

REAL QUOTE: “No, I am your father.” James Earl Jones voicing “Darth Vader”

MOVIE: Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back (1980)

“I’m ready for my close-up, Mr. DeMille”

REAL QUOTE: “All right, Mr. DeMille, I’m ready for my close-up.” Gloria Swanson as “Norma Desmond”

MOVIE: Sunset Boulevard (1950)…

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Alvin & the Chipmunks 2 Movie Review

Alvin & the Chipmunks 2 Movie Review

Ever since I was in the sixth grade, I have fought against a curious orthodoxy. It seems that roughly half the American population staunchly believes that Cuteness and Smallness are synonymous. Baby shoes? adorable. Bibs? Precious. Little Tykes plastic chairs? Don’t even get them started.

I have never been satisfied with their reasoning. While I fully acknowledge that most babies are cute enough (mine are, anyway), I cannot go so far as to say that every possession they own is adorable. “But they make you think of the baby,” I was always told. The arguments were delivered with passion and conviction.

Certainly, if my old classmates were with me now, they would all be raving about the micro movie stars, Alvin & the Chipmunks. We all sat through the cartoon many years ago, and now the have, uh, graced us at the Box Office. Again. Are they precious? No, sir, they are not. They are rodents who sing in high voices. Last I heard, there was a different term used for that: annoying.

I went to watch Alvin & The Chipmunks 2: The Squeakquel by myself in the middle of the day. You can imagine my deep shame in pronouncing the words “One for the Chipmunks…” My voice trailed off. I slumped in my chair, afraid I might be noticed by a four year old wondering why the creepy man was watching the movie without his kids. When the film started, I hardly cared anymore. All i knew is that I was in pain.

The Chipmunks “Squeakquel” was the opposite of cute. The music is unoriginal and maddening, and the voice-actors are completely unrecognizable, since their voices are sped up anyway. The plot is simple enough: Alvin, Simon and Theodore go to school, become popular, and meet their future lady friends, the Chipettes, who become just as popular. The two trios must face off in front of the student body to decide which band will represent the school in a larger battle of the bands event. The only problem is, Alvin is too immersed in his own popularity to care what happens to his brothers.

The Chipmunks is not a great film, nor a good film, nor a decent film. No, it is simply annoying. Have there been other movies as irritating as this one? Sure there have. But those ones are rarely defended. Alvin, Simon, and Theodore always get doted on by hovering fans who think they are just too precious. Why? Because they are little. Just like paper clips, sticker burs, swine flu, hearing aides, buggers, rats, and all manner of feces. I trust I have made my point.…

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List of Ways to Save Money While Going to Watch Movies – Part 1

List of Ways to Save Money While Going to Watch Movies – Part 1

We all love going to theatres to watch the latest blockbusters. But, we also need to keep a check on our Personal finances at the same time, and be sure not to overspend. Here we discuss a small list of ways to save money, while having fun at the same time.

1) An easy way to save money when you go out for watching movies is – Try to eat something before you leave home, as this will eliminate the need to make impulse buying for food items. Moreover, since you are already full, so you will buy less of food / drinks and will just sit relaxed while watching the movies.

2) Another point which is related to the above idea, is that you can bring your own food to the theatre. But do make sure that they allow this. If they do, then you can enjoy the movie, eat your preferred food and also your personal finances will not be strained. This can prove to be a very easy way to save money.

3) If you are not able to eat before leaving home / are not able to bring your own food into the theatre, then try to look out for “Best Value Deals”. You might just get lucky and save money ….. wish you best of luck…

4) Try to go to the movies in the afternoon, these shows generally offer discount movie tickets as compared to the late night shows. The reason is that, at night, more people are free from tensions regarding jobs, Business & Money, and want to relax, So there is more crowd during night shows. So, some times, the movie ticket prices are high for night shows. This can be an easy way to save money if you can reschedule your movie timings to afternoon shows.

5) If you can, then try to wait for around a month to watch a new movie. When new movies are released in theatres, there is a lot of excitement and a lot of people are coming to watch the movie, so movie tickets can be a bit overpriced also. But, after about a month or so, they can revert back to lesser prices. So, you can save money if you can wait for some time and go to the theatres later.

I Hope you have enjoyed reading this article. As always, comments are Welcome and Encouraged. Cheers……

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Cat on a Hot Tin Roof Fashion Style

Cat on a Hot Tin Roof Fashion Style

My favourite star of all time would have to be Elizabeth Taylor. To be sassy, bold, confident and passionate like her, is to my mind, the epitome of womanhood). For me, the most famous image throughout her long history in the movies, would be her sultry look, wearing the satin slip-dress and leaning on the door frame, in the movie ‘Cat on a Hot Tin Roof’.

Unbelievably, there are only 3 outfits in the whole of the movie and each time I watch this film, I start searching on EBAY for chiffon, white dress or a pencil skirt.

The famous and brilliant costume designer, Helen Rose, is the hero that was responsible for these simply elegant, classic and memorable styles.

Elizabeth Taylor’s emotional strength was inspirational, especially since she made the movie after the tragic death of her beloved husband, Mike Todd in an air crash. Helen Rose had been by her side throughout the making of the movie, and their relationship grew stronger through this bond, leading to the successful moulding of the movie star into an icon- Elizabeth Taylor. Their long career included other collaborations, such as ‘Butterfield 8’.

‘Cat on a Hot Tin Roof’ certainly made our Liz the main focus. Wearing a short sleeved, cotton shirt and a skin tight, pencil linen skirt, with a figure-hugging belt, she made sure that she was noticed in that movie.

To play opposite the ultra electrifying Paul Newman must have been quite a challenge, since Paul’s presence could certainly steal the limelight from lots of other female stars – but, our Liz certainly held her own. Each time I play the movie, my eyes are always drawn to her, however much I love Paul, he just has to take a back seat.

In that movie, Liz had never been more beautiful, she was such a devastatingly stunning woman. With her curvaceous figure and Helen Rose’s expert tailoring, the simple but classic outfits show just what perfection can be created. The simple shirt and the pencil skirt is expertly highlighted with the Hermes orange-hue leather belt – simplicity in its perfection.

The second outfit is her more famous pose, leaning on the door frame in her white slip-dress, expertly tailored around her curves. How can her husband not have noticed her? Any normal woman would show lumps and bumps with such a shiny satin slip – not our Liz, every part fitted to perfection.

The final outfit was a dress that Helen Rose had fought hard for. The studio had preferred a more plain, cotton dress. The result of Helen Rose’s victory was most stunning: a simple Grecian wrap, around sculpting cuts, with the expert pleating being one of the most copied looks of design history. The white chiffon dress was later produced to be accessible to the women of the world, and aptly called, ‘The Cat’.…