Monday, April 14, 2014

Happy Birthday to Me!

27! Very exciting.

This was a super incredible year - getting married, going on an incredible honeymoon (with real hot lava!), going to the Emmy's, going to St. John's, Maine, Greece, and London! I wrote a pilot, a first draft of a feature, a lot of late night packets, and a ton of sketches, and tried storytelling for the first time - pretty good stuff.

Onward and upward into (my) new year!

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Tribeca Film Festival

Anyone want to go with me? Seems like there are a lot of good films this year...

'Fed Up' Trailer

Someone doesn't want a cupcake on their birthday...

Seriously, this could be a great, mind-blowing documentary, or just a re-hash of old, if still absurd, information. Either way, looks interesting!

[via /Film]

The Evolution of Film in 3 Minutes

This is a fun look at how film has changed from the time of its invention to today. Of course, anything that compresses a hundred years of history into three minutes is going to feel cherry-picked and haphazard (i.e. All Chaplin, almost no Keaton? Don't get me wrong, Chaplin's a delight, but Keaton is great, too!), but I still enjoyed it. If nothing else, it's a great way to remind yourself about all the great movies that you haven't seen yet.

[via GITS]

Friday, April 11, 2014

Lego Movie 2 Director Promises More Women in Sequel

I was a big fan of 'The Lego Movie' and I'm glad that the director of the sequel is determined to get more female characters in the sequel!

Director Chris McKay (getting a promotion after working with the delightful Phil Lord and Chris Miller last time) said to the Daily Mail, "I’m not sure our movie passes the Bechdel test entirely and I think that it's important." Believe me, in the super-high-grossing-animated-movie world, that's a BFD.

He went on, 'For us we have a lot of producers that were female who had concerns and we were always constantly saying to ourselves: "Are we just a bunch of white guys sitting here making this movie from our own myopic point of view? We were constantly responding to that question and that helped us make Wyldstyle a better character and Unikitty a more interesting character. I think it's forcing us to look at how we make a sequel and turn that into something that's more powerful and special... Obviously you have to look at the kind of story you’re trying to tell and the theme, but people don't underestimate the value of hard, cool female characters who have their own agency. That’s the thing we’re not doing enough as filmmakers."

Awesome, right? I don't know about you, but I just got a lot more excited about the Lego Movie sequel...

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Hated the HIMYM Ending? YouTube's Fixed It

I almost forgot that in the middle of the awful series finale, there was a beautiful finale just waiting to break free. Thankfully, one brave (or at least handy with iMovie) YouTuber did the work for us:

Now this I like.

Monday, March 31, 2014

'The Giver' First Trailer!

My friend wrote the adaptation of the mind-blowingly-good and dystopian-future-before-it-was-cool-exploring The Giver. I'm super pumped to go see it. Now you can be, too, because the trailer is below! Bonus: Jeff Bridges and Meryl Streep!