Scary Bird

Scary Bird
Bird at Castle Howard - photo by Jeremy Fiest

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Yes, I am a trailer addict...

Thought I would post some trailers for the films I'm currently most excited about. Please, feel free to let me know if I've missed anything super cool, but really these are only a FEW of the films I'm looking forward to. The full list would take much more time.

First up we have 127 HOURS by Danny Boyle. I've see all of his films, and aside from already being an awesome filmmaker, he's one of those that continues to get better with every project. This film looks fantastic, and James Franco looks as though he gives a great performance. 

Next we have TRUE GRIT by Joel and Ethan Coen. I have to say that I am most excited about this film. The Coens are among my personal favorite contemporary filmmakers. The cast, which includes Jeff Bridges and Matt Damon is also quite stellar. I have very little doubt that this will be anything less than great. 

This third choice is another complete package as far as actor and director are concerned. In BIUTIFUL we have Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu directing and Javier Bardem in the leading role. On top of that the trailer looks amazing! However, I do have to say that I prefer the trailer Apple currently has up so you may want to go check it out there at this link: Biutiful - or you can just be lazy and watch this one.

Whoa. This looks nuts.THE BLACK SWAN. I've been a fan of Darren Aronofsky since I saw Requiem for a Dream and then later went back and watched Pi, which I also loved. I would have to say that he is one of the most ambitious and interesting filmmakers today; however, while it was a fine effort, I was not a huge fan of The Fountain. What I'm most interested in is what he will do with X-Men Origins: Wolverine 2. Wow. What a strange, yet, cool choice! All that aside, I have a good feeling about this one:

I think five will do for now. This last choice is THE FIGHTER by David O. Russell. I'm interested in this film on multiple levels. Firstly, I was a professional cage fighter so I have a deep appreciation for the source material, and secondly, because I'm a huge fan of both David O. Russell and Christian Bale. Three Kings is one of my very favorite films, and, of course, Christian Bale is always fantastic; though, it looks like he's, once again, gone above and beyond the call of duty physically for the role - as he did in the machinist - by losing a shit-load of weight. Check it:

Like I said up top, these, of course, are not all the films/trailers I'm jazzed about at the moment, but they do fall at the top of my list. If there's something you think should be on here, please, feel free to post a link. I'm always on the lookout for an awesome trailer. 

Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, October 11, 2010

The Great Wall

If you have brought a ladder, take it home.
It will not help you here, in this land,
where even great men lose their authority
in the shadow of the wall.

I have run miles, and miles, and miles
only to trip on my shoelaces
or the remains of other fallen men.
Though, when I stand, I stand taller than before.
Yet never quite tall enough.

Long ago, I was a fool and plucked out my eye
and tossed it to a bird, but could not see a thing,
as the wall has no patience for shortcuts
on this side of great beauty and pain and lust.

I say to you, “Why climb this Great Wall?”
Fingers bleed as you lick your wounds,
all for another chance to remember
you a blind man among blind men.
Instead, you could sit with me and eat fruit.

The wall was not built by the hands of flesh.
Nor will it grant us pity
Because our tears fill the sea,
and drown us as we scream at the sun.

For the day I see over
is the day I grow to a thousand feet
And jump from star to star
as I watch headless chickens play
and remember the hour that I was lost.

Friday, October 8, 2010

1000 Words

Sure, I absolutely love the power of words. I'm a writer. But the poetic assembly of words into a narrative form is not simply where my great affinity for storytelling lives and dies. If fact, words are not even my primary source of inspiration -- images are.

Why? Because I'm a visual guy. But maybe it's just like they say -- images are worth 1000 words. Actually, yes, I'd argue that it is exactly like they say.

An image can tell an entire story within the moments of a single glance. Think about it. What story built only of words has this sort of simplistic power?


This may be why I'm so attracted to film and comics. In film, I use moving images to tell a story; however, I still see each shot as a still photo. In the moving shots I'll imagine two, three or ten still images as I continue to re-frame the shot. 

In comics, it's the combination of still images and text -- the two of the most fertile forms of communication coming together, in my opinion.

So, each day, as I'm wandering about, I notice a slew of inspiring images everywhere around me. As a writer, I can see an image, and within moments, have an entire storyline plotted out from start to finish. This is why I will spend hours online every now and then doing nothing but searching through images on Google. It's a great exercise if you're in need of a relaxing way to spend your evening.

In that time I'll find a multitude of images that will spark all sorts of grandiose creative stimulation, but I'll only keep the ones that I find exceptionally powerful -- in fact, I have an entire folder on my computer full of such images.

Well, you get the picture, I'm sure. (Pun intended.)

But just for good form, I did a quick search on the internet and pulled these 10 semi-random images. Each one of them told me a story and inspired me in some way. If they don't do the same for you, that's fine. That just means you need to go out and find your own.


Friday, October 1, 2010

Sometimes They Come Back...Again!

I know, crap movie, but the title seemed fitting.

I've been away for most of the month. Sorry about that to my whopping two blog readers. Kidding. I'm sure there are at least three you...right?

Anyway, things have been busy for me. I'm writing for a few projects currently that are keeping me a bit jammed up. That happens. There are times when it seems like I've got all the time in the world and want more to do, and other times when I have far too many things to do and not enough time.

That's the life of a freelance writer/filmmaker/super cool guy.

I love it, though, and wouldn't change a thing. In fact, I'm nearly caught up and preparing to start a couple more projects. I'm working on Dawn of the Ninja right now, but also have a couple more creator owned projects I hope to start on soon. Exciting times.

I was also talking with my 20-year best bud and lover of action figures, John Johnson about doing another film in 2011. The challenge now becomes deciding what film to do. We're thinking horror this time. I also have an idea for a wonderful documentary that I could start whenever, but need to find the perfect subject. If I can get this off the ground by the end of next year, I'll try and post some updates on its progress. If not, this may be the last time you hear of it. I'm hoping for the former, of course.

So, here's the deal. I'm 28-years-old. I've worked with Ray Dillon for about ten years now - though, I took three years off to work in Los Angeles and make my film. We've had may projects come and go. We're continuing to work on a few others even now. I MUST have my own project published before I'm 30. That gives me a year and a half. Sure, I've been published many times in the short story or short comic format, but I'm talking about a GN or a series of some kind.

The good news, with the way things are progressing, I will most likely accomplish this goal very soon.

Last, thought: I think I'm going to start linking to super cool trailers that I find. I'm a junky for such things, and enjoy sharing and talking about them with my friends, so this should be the perfect outlet. Also, I'll continue posting reviews every now and then on the films I see, or comics or novels I read. So, please, keep checking in. I haven't forgotten about you, my love.

Cool photo time:

More to come.