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In and around L.A and sunny SoCal how we’ve changed the last 50 years

February 26, 2014 in Entertainment, Filmmaking/Filmmakers, History, LA, Movies

The filmIt’s A Mad, Mad, Mad World was probably the last big budget screwball comedy featuring the best of the best comedians from the era.   Flash forward 50 years later and some things have changed, others haven’t but George Ann Muller and Peter Scarbo hunted down the locations and reshot them today for scene by scene comparisons.  Its not all L.A but it sure is a lot of SoCal much of which we call our playground now.

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A drive through Bunker Hill in the 1940′s

February 16, 2014 in Downtown, Filmmaking/Filmmakers, History, Vintage

There is no sound so don’t fret.  Just enjoy the scenery.  Los Angeles in the 1940′s in and around Bunker Hill.

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Really cool time lapse of L.A

November 4, 2013 in Entertainment, Filmmaking/Filmmakers, Photography, Which Side?

This showed up in my mailbox earlier today and its too good not to share.  Nearly 14K worth of images went into the making of this video.

The video is the work of RandyGM and RalphFX and you can follow their work and see more videos on their web site, TimeLAX

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Home Movie Day set for Saturday October 12, 2013

October 6, 2013 in Entertainment, Filmmaking/Filmmakers, History, LA, Movies

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I love old home movies, even those that aren’t my family.  They are wonderful documentary’s of our past giving little snippets into how we lived.  Nostalgic at times, foretelling at others.  Its all just one simple capture of a moment in time with live action and often no sound other than the hum, whir and clicks of the projector.  Marvelous stuff.

This year marks the 11th Anniversary of Home Movie Day, sponsored by the Center for Home Movies a local non-profit.  Angelenos are invited to bring their home movies in a variety of formats, from the “super 8″ to VHS to share at the event.  Yes, that precious film of you playing in the sand box and finding kitty was there first can be share with all of Los Angeles at this festival.  Admission to this portion of the days events is FREE.

Following Home Movie Day will be Hollywood Home Movies IV.  This is a curated showing of fims from the golden age of film that is sponsored by the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences.  This portion of the day does have the nominal admission of $5, $3 for students and seniors.

DEETS:  Sunday October 12th.  11AM film drop off starts.  Screenings for Home Movie Day are noon to 4 PM.  Screenings for Hollywood Home Movies IV begin at 7PM.  Both are being held at the  Linwood Dunn Theater, 1313 Vine, Hollywood CA MAP HERE

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Putting The Anger In “Ranger”

July 4, 2013 in Entertainment, Filmmaking/Filmmakers, Movies, Rants

Being an adorer of the western film genre as a whole, I was all set to put aside my misgivings about the Disneyfied Pirates-of-the-Caribbeanification of “The Lone Ranger” and go see it.

But now I won’t, thanks to a TV spot for the movie that made me yell “Whoaaaaa!” Specifically, it was the split second within the commercial that changed my mind so drastic and definitively when Johnny Depp’s Tonto — basically a more stone-faced Native American version of Cap’n Jack Sparrow — turns to the camera just as he’s about to be yanked hard off the top of a speeding train.

As his overly maked-up and crow-covered head swing around toward the lens, I see what’s coming next and futilely yell “Don’t do it!” out loud not at the TV so much as at the director, at the screenwriters, at the producers, at the marketers, at the studio, and of course at Depp… But to no avail he does it anyway. Does what? He cheap-ass smirks at the audience, like so (click to biggify):

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9th Annual LA 3-D Movie Festival This Weekend

December 12, 2012 in Downtown, Entertainment, Events, Filmmaking/Filmmakers, LA, Movies

This weekend, the LA 3-D Club is hosting the 9th Annual LA 3-D Movie Festival at the Downtown Independent Theater. The festival opens Friday, December 14th at 8pm with Robin Hood: Ghosts of Sherwood 3D, a 2012 feature from Germany, directed by Oliver Krekel and starring Martin Thon, Tom Savini, and Kane Hodder.

Short films in competition will screen at 1pm and 3pm on Saturday, December 15th, followed at 5pm by a special presentation of 20th Century Fox’s Maggie Simpson in The Longest Daycare,  a 2012 3-D animated short film starring the youngest family member of  The Simpsons. The screening will be followed by a Q&A with members of the creative team behind the film, including director David Silverman.

The festival’s Closing Night will showcase the feature U2 3D, the 2008 concert film that was shot in South America during the band’s Vertigo tour.  U2 3D will screen for FREE at 8pm on Saturday,  December 15th and will be introduced by 3D Producer and 3ality Technica CEO Steve Schklair.

Sunday, December 16th will be dedicated to remembering and celebrating the life of Ray Zone, LA 3-D Club Vice President and 9th Annual LA 3-D Movie Festival C0-Chair in a free public memorial at the theater. Ray was an author, 3-D film producer, speaker, and award-winning 3-D artist who passed away on November 13, 2012. A reception, hosted by the International 3D Society, begins at 5pm, followed by family and friends speaking in memorial to Ray in the theater. The evening will include displays of Ray’s art, writing, and film work.

If you buy a pass to the festival, you could be the lucky winner of a FujiFilm FinePix REAL 3D W3 digital camera. A Festival Pass is $30 and gets you into all screenings and events during the weekend  and enters you into a drawing to be held at the awards ceremony on Saturday evening at 7pm.

Come out and support a great local organization, a fantastic independent theater and see some amazing indie 3-D films and music videos from all over the world.

The 9th Annual LA 3-D Movie Festival
December 14th through 16th, 2012
Downtown Independent Theater
251 S. Main Street, Los Angeles 90012

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Desert Noir 3-D Double Feature: INFERNO and DARK COUNTRY, Sunday 10/28

October 24, 2012 in Downtown, Entertainment, Events, Filmmaking/Filmmakers, Movies

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If you love classic film noir and like it even better in 3D this could be do not miss this Sunday. The LA 3-D Club is sponsoring the screenings that will take place at the Downtown Independent Theater on Sunday October 28 at 7pm.  All the information you could want on the event as well as purchasing tickets online can be done HERE.

Deets:  Sunday 10/28, 7PM.  Admission $6 for current LA3DClub members, $12 for non-members, (admission is waived with USC Student ID). Downtown Independent Theater, 251 S Main, Los Angeles CA 90012. MAP HERE

Once Upon a Time in the West at Aero This Saturday

August 2, 2012 in Entertainment, Events, Filmmaking/Filmmakers, Media, Movies, West Side

Don’t even argue with me: Sergio Leone‘s Once Upon a Time in the West is the best film ever made. Leone got together with fellow Italian filmmakers Bernardo Bertolucci and Dario Argento, studied some of the greatest Westerns (High Noon, The Searchers, etc.), including their locations and iconic shots, and came up with a film that is simultaneously a parody of and loving homage to the Western genre. You’ll see things that are subconsciously familiar, like dusters and Monument Valley, and things that are deliciously unfamiliar, like Henry Fonda as one of the meanest villains ever to grace the screen.

And hopefully you’ll see it all this Saturday, August 4 at 7:30 p.m. at the Aero Theater in Santa Monica, as part of the American Cinematheque film series. Of course, that part about Once Upon a Time being the greatest film ever made is subjective, but don’t seriously call yourself a movie lover or film buff until you’ve seen this classic.

Taking Back Happy Hour

July 20, 2012 in Entertainment, Filmmaking/Filmmakers, Music

As someone who would like to make it illegal to call a bartender a “mixologist,” the genius crew who embedded “It’s Gettin’ Real In The Whole Foods Parking Lot” into my own personal lexicon, have turned their laser sights on and taken dead aim to marvelous effect at the increasingly pretentious side of the cocktail biz. Drink it up!

Hero Complex Film Festival May 18-21

May 1, 2012 in Celebrity, Downtown, Entertainment, Events, Filmmaking/Filmmakers, Media, Movies, Television

Hero ComplexSuperheroes, nasty villains, and zombies will visit us as the Hero Complex Film Festival returns to Los Angeles on May 18-21, at the Regal Cinemas at L.A. Live. Cinema classics will be screened with stars and creators of the movies, such as RoboCop with an appearance by Peter Weller, Shaun of the Dead featuring director Edgar Wright, and A Clockwork Orange with Malcolm McDowell. On Monday, pioneer comic book creator Stan Lee (Spider-Man, X-Men, Fantastic Four, etc.) will be there for a not yet announced screening. Although the $105 festival pass is listed as sold out, individual screening passes can be had for $20, which isn’t much more than a movie ticket on a weekend night nowadays.

See link above for full schedule and details.

Watch This Trailer Because The Parking Tard Gets It In The End

February 8, 2012 in Filmmaking/Filmmakers, Movies

God bless Bobcat Goldthwaite who has written/directed what very well may be the most satisfyingly angriest movie of our times and for all time: God Bless America!

What Did You Do in 2011?

January 17, 2012 in Crafts, Filmmaking/Filmmakers

Because one Angeleno did a lot of stuff, and she documented it with this cool video:

2011 from hey_rabbit on Vimeo.

Via PetaPixel.

A Totally Moontastic Timelapse Of Saturday’s Complete Lunar Eclipse

December 11, 2011 in Events, Filmmaking/Filmmakers

Via the Eastsider LA blog, Silver Lake resident Matt Hartman went up on his rooftop in the pre-dawn chill of December 10 and came down with an awesome sequence of the moon getting rubbed out from behind a thin veil of high clouds:

Baby Let’s Cruise: 1940s Bunker Hill

September 9, 2011 in Downtown, Filmmaking/Filmmakers, History, Vintage

Thanks to the Internet Archive by way of Blogdowntown I found this high-resolution digitization of some amazing footage of 1940s downtown, apparently filmed for use in some unidentified motion picture. Look close and you might see John Fante (or perhaps even Arturo Bandini) walking around.

The clip is made up of several segments, and is literally the next best thing to actual time travel. As best as I can plot it the car follows this route from 2nd Street to Grand, to 5th Street to Flower and back up to 2nd. I’ve already spent too much time scrolling through it frame by frame just entirely mindblown at the slice-of-life details to be discovered in the people and places and passenger vehicles the camera captures in passing, and invite you to get lost in this record of a long-gone Bunker Hill (best viewed full screen in 1080p) :

No Budget Film Festival Tonight

August 25, 2011 in Filmmaking/Filmmakers, Movies

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Heads up: Tonight is the No Budget Film Festival, a nifty experiment in which filmmakers are challenged to make a movie without a budget.  Literally – these aren’t movies made on a shoestring budget; these are made without the shoestrings, period.  Filmmakers only could rely on things they already had, things they could borrow, or things that were donated.

Out of the 50 or so films that were entered in the festival, 15 were chosen for tonight’s screening at the Downtown Independent. And, of course, there will be prizes: the Critic’s Choice Award, as well as the Audience Choice Award, chosen by you, truly.

Tickets are $10 online and $15 at the door.