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Parody

April 11th, 2011 by Marcus Johnson · Uncategorized

I think that parody can be one of the most effective cinematic tactics. To take the serious and fundamental and transform it into something laughable. Here is a mashup of the classic film “Friday”, with Rebecca Black’s most hated song in America, by the same name.

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Spike Lee Films

April 6th, 2011 by Marcus Johnson · Uncategorized

I’ve always been a fan of Spike Lee films. His stories are always full of perception and insight, showing us the many different sides of America. One of my favorite Spike Lee films is He Got Game. This film stars Ray Allen, an NBA player who has surprisingly impressive acting skills. Denzel Washington plays his estranged father, who Allen(Jesus Shuttlesworth) blames for killing his mother. The film shows the ups and downs of Shuttlesworth’s senior year as he goes through the recruiting process. As the top prospect in America, Jesus is pulled in a multitude of directions. His girlfriend, father, high school coach, almost everyone in the city wants Jesus to goto a different college. The film shows both the struggle of the father-son relationship and the underworld of the recruiting process. One of my favorite Spike Lee films and a great watch.

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Films with No Special Effects

March 15th, 2011 by Marcus Johnson · Uncategorized

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The Worst Music Video You’ve Ever Seen In Your Life

March 14th, 2011 by Marcus Johnson · Uncategorized

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Basketball Trickshots

March 14th, 2011 by Marcus Johnson · Uncategorized

I think one of the biggest parts of film is the editing–to make the nearly impossible seem effortless. Here’s an example of some great editing:

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Movies and their Sequels

March 8th, 2011 by Marcus Johnson · Uncategorized

I’m a big believer that movies that get it right enough the first time to have a sequel–usually can’t make the same magic happen twice. 80s films like the Substitute or the Fly were great movies, but their sequels just didn’t live up to the hype. Iron Man 2 is another film that had a sequel that just didn’t do it for me. I liked the sequels in the Matrix series…the Terminator and Star Wars series too…but films that striking are few and few inbetween. I guess what I’m trying to say is that if it has a sequel–you’re probably not going to be as good as the first one.

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Hello world!

February 21st, 2011 by Marcus Johnson · Uncategorized

Welcome to your blog. This is your first post. Edit or delete it, then start blogging!

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