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Worst movie of all time?

September 9, 2017 | By | 2 Replies More

For many years, I was under the impression that the 1959 film, “Plan 9 from Outer Space,” was the worst movie of all time.  It is very good at being bad:

But I was just introduced to “Turkish Star Wars,” a move with Spanish subtitles. I don’t know anything about whether this movie ever hit the big screen anywhere, but it is quite entertaining for its many failures. It’s difficult to think of any aspect of film-making that this movie doesn’t fail at.  From Wikipedia:

Dünyayı Kurtaran Adam (The Man Who Saved the World) is a 1982 Turkish science fantasy adventure film also known as Turkish Star Warsbecause of its notorious use of unauthorized footage from Star Wars and other movies worked into the film.

Upon its initial release, the film was panned by critics for its incoherent storyline, poor performances, and use of stock footage and music from other films.

Despite this (or possibly due to this), the film has gained a significant cult following over the years. Louis Proyect of Rec Arts Movie Reviews called the film “classic midnight movie fun.”[2] Phil Hall of Film Threat gave the film a perfect 5 stars, calling it “jaw-droppingly insane … a film that makes criticism moot.”

Here is “Turkish Star Wars” in its entirety:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=4441&v=arpH88Mx3z4

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When women write the screenplay of a movie, look what tends to happen . . .

August 16, 2017 | By | 1 Reply More

The Bechdel Test, applied to some of the highest grossing films. The results are categorized by whether the film was written or co-written by women. To pass the test, #1 – Film has at least two women in it. #2 – Who talk to each other, about and #3 – Something besides a man. Yep, it’s a pretty low bar.

This study shows that when women are more involved as writers, the female characters are more active and interactive.

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What is a genius? Here is a short upbeat message coupled with beautiful animation

August 9, 2017 | By | Reply More
What is a genius?  Here is a short upbeat message coupled with beautiful animation

What is a genius? According to this short video, it is someone who is not afraid to pursue the ideas that most of us disregard out of fear of looking strange.

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Walking while texting bloopers video has a serious ending

July 17, 2017 | By | 2 Replies More

Blooper video turned PSA:

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Experiencing the Beauty and History of Cappadocia, Turkey

June 29, 2017 | By | 1 Reply More

My girlfriend Jen and I are back home, but our hearts are still in Turkey.

As I sit at my computer post-processing photos from Cappadocia, I still can’t quite get my head around the magic and immense beauty from that region surrounding the town of Goreme. Not only was there natural beauty, but also signs of ancient history everywhere we looked. On our first morning there, we saw Cappadocia from the air – a glorious early-morning balloon ride.

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Charles Glenn Continues to Earn the Spotlight

May 4, 2017 | By | 1 Reply More

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch recently featured this article on Charles Glenn, best known these days for singing the national anthem a cappella at Blues games. He has a strong clear voice even now, in his early 60’s. I applaud his successes for many reasons. He is genuinely an upbeat generous man, a dedicated dad with a wonderful sense of humor and unrelenting creativity.

Back in the 1970s, when we were mere teenagers, Charles and I were co-leaders of the 8-piece St. Louis jazz-rock band “Ego.” I was the guitarist and Charles was lead singer (of course), which he excelled at while playing a full set of drums. I’m really proud of what we accomplished. And I continue to celebrate Charles Glenn’s many successes.

[caption id="attachment_28180" align="aligncenter" width="602"] Ego, Circa 1974[/caption]
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Zach the King (of Magic)

April 9, 2017 | By | Reply More

I just stumbled across Zach the King. Delightful video editing and fun vignettes.

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“Mercy,” short violin-piano piece by Max Richter

March 1, 2017 | By | Reply More

I’m loving this musical offering by Max Richter (performed by Hilary Hahn and C. Smythe). So short, sweet and deep.

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On the stealing of jokes and cryptomnesia

December 26, 2016 | By | Reply More

What is a trope? The website TV Tropes explains:

A trope is a storytelling device or convention, a shortcut for describing situations the storyteller can reasonably assume the audience will recognize. Tropes are the means by which a story is told by anyone who has a story to tell.

How often have you watched a new movie or TV show and noticed that it is drenched in tropes? I notice this constantly. TV shows and movies resemble other movies and shows so often that some have written, tongue in cheek, that there are actually only an extremely limited number of plots. Are there only seven plots? Are there only six plots?

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