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Jathia’s Wager: Open Source Social Movie Making

November 3, 2007

The opening scene in the first draft of Jathia’s Wager shows a group of people is led by an old man to the edge of a dark forest looking outside into a new world: EXT. GRASS FIELD – DAY: A dark forest sits at the end of a perfectly maintained sea of grass. Small clusters […]

Between Two Rivers, my friend and the Saddam Hussein dreamroll

October 30, 2007

18 years ago, in 1989, I left The Department of the Theater Arts in Tel Aviv university and joined a fringe production written by a friend who was studying with me, and served as assistant for director Rami Danon who was already a well known and reputed theater director. The young writer was Ilan Hatzor […]

Movies that changed Cinema: The African Queen – fiction meets reality

October 28, 2007

Some people say hunting elephants was the real type of activity director John Huston had in mind when he decided to do The African Queen. Anyway, right from the start, he insisted this is not going to be just another cardboard decorated studio feature. Ranked by the American Film Institute in 2007 as the 65 […]

The return of Dr. Caligari

October 21, 2007

The first thought that came to my head when I saw the photos of the Film & Visual Media Research Center at the University of London’s Birkbeck College is that someone was crazy enough to color a copy of the cardboard decoration from my favorite horror movie The Cabinet of Dr Caligari, a 1921 silent […]

Movies that changed Cinema: Jaws – the first Blockbuster

October 19, 2007

On June 20, 1975 when Jaws was limitedly released at 409 theaters, followed by a wider release five days later into 675 theaters the word Blockbuster was still never used to describe a movie. American media needed a new word to describe what this movie did to people: Based on Peter Benchley’s best-selling novel and […]

Criticker: Movie taste now shares better

October 16, 2007

The folks from Criticker, reviewed here last Friday, seem to doing lots of extra hours lately and when folks does that I tend to take my hat off as its not easy: following a recent successful launching of a Facebook movie application (screenshot above) Criticker just announced their new movie widget yesterday. Blogoholic movie buffs […]

Snarkerati: Top 50 Dystopian Movies of All Time

October 15, 2007

If you liked my toughest movie characters review From Sam Spade to Harry Callahan: toughest movie characters of all times here is some light Sunday afternoon reading for you to enjoy with your cookies. The Free Dictionary defines dystopia as an “imaginary place or state in which the condition of life is extremely bad, as […]

Criticker: Movies taste better and It’s scientific (kind of)

October 12, 2007

Mike Powell and Juergen Horn are based in the small fishing village of Killala, in Ireland’s picturesque County Mayo. Other than this they are also fearless entrepreneurs and the creators of Criticker, a film recommendation and community website that matches people who share similar taste in film. By using the Taste Compatibility Index (TCI), Criticker […]

Hollywood dinosaurs: social video is behind you!

August 23, 2007

Four Eyed Monsters was the first original feature film ever to be released on YouTube. Developed by Arin Crumley and Susan Buice from a video blog and became public on June 8, 2007 the film seem to be gaining great success in many parameters, mainly in terms of public awareness. With a total view count […]

High Heels on Wet Pavement: Film Noir and the Femme Fatale

August 10, 2007

Defined as “an irresistibly attractive woman, especially one who leads men into danger or disaster” Femme Fatale characters have always been one of the most important aspects of every respectable film noir classics. Michael Mills from wrote this wonderful piece about his Femme Fatale favorites, naming the stunning image of Lana Turner, as the […]