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Voila! The Beast of Bath

October 1, 2013 § Leave a comment

Winner of the Signal Art Centre Film Fest 2013 and shown on 3e to 12,700 viewers, it is The Beast of Bath. Enjoy!

The Beast of Bath on TV

June 18, 2013 § 2 Comments

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I wrote, directed, and drew a film. It won an award (First prize at The Signal Arts Centre Film Festival) and now it will be on TV! Woot! Watch it on your Television or on some similar device this Saturday.

OSCAR! OSCAR! OSCAR!

February 16, 2013 § Leave a comment

AMPAS Monday Nights With Oscar Screening Of "Driving Miss Daisy"

When it comes to awards seasons over in Hollywood (More like Hollyweird!), people often look towards me and ask, “Cethan, what films do you think are a lock to win?” Each year, I nod sagely, thus avoiding giving an answer.

However this year, instead of evading this question and disappearing through the fire escape, I will reveal my personal Oscar picks. If you disagree with any of my choices, I would prefer if you didn’t tell me in the comments below.

Best Actor in a Leading Role

Sylvester  Stallone – Lt. Raymond Tango Tango & Cash

Best Actor in a Supporting Role

Kurt Russell – Lt. Gabriel Cash Tango & Cash

Best Actress in a Leading Role

Kurt Russell – Lt. Gabriel Cash Tango & Cash

Best Actress in a Supporting Role

Teri Hatcher – Katherine ‘Kiki’ Tango Tango & Cash

Best Director

Andrey Konchalovskiy Tango & Cash

Best Uncredited Director

Albert Magnoli Tango & Cash

Best Animated Short Film

“A Killer Chin” in “Tango & Cash & Friends”

 Best Animated Feature

Kurt Russell’s smile Tango & Cash

Best Cinematography

Donald E. Thorin Tango & Cash

Best Costume Design

Bernie Pollack Tango & Cash

Best Documentary Feature

Dancing for Money: A look back on Tango & Cash – Directed by Werner Herzog

Best Documentary Short

“I hate Danish”: A look back on Dancing for Money: A look back on Tango & Cash – Directed by Errol Morris

Best Film Editing

Hubert C. de la Bouillerie,  Robert A. Ferretti Tango & Cash

Best Foreign Language Film

Tango und Cash – Directed by Wim Wenders

Best Live Action Short Film

Tango and Cash Theatrical Trailer

Best Makeup and Hairstyling

Shirley Dolle, Dennis Liddiard, Gary Liddiard, Tango & Cash

Best Original Score

Harold Faltermeyer   Tango & Cash

Best Original Song

“Far From Over from the film “Staying Alive” written and performed by Frank Stallone

Best Original Screenplay

Randy Feldman  Tango & Cash

Best Adapted Screenplay

Randy Feldman Tango & Cash adapted from the novel “Novelisation of Tango & Cash” by Alan Dean Foster

Best Production Design

J. Michael Riva Tango & Cash

Best Sound Editing

Stu Bernstein, Simon Coke, Robert Waxman Tango & Cash

Best Sound Mixing

Charles M. Wilborn Tango & Cash

Best Visual Effects

Jon G. Belyeu Tango & Cash

Best Picture

Lincoln

Cethan’s Christmas Cinematic Choices

December 12, 2011 § 3 Comments

My Christmas Movie Picks:

Rare Exports

Great strange stuff from Finland about an evil Santa frozen in the ice, but I do worry however about any kids accidentally watching it. Christmas is stressful enough without worrying that Santa is going to steal you from you bed and leave a life size replacement doll behind.

Die Hard

There is an eternal question that befuddles the mind of many a Christmas film enthusiast. This question is “Is Die Hard a Christmas movie?” The answer is not as obvious as you may think. It is set during Christmas, but it’s not really integral to the plot. John McClane learns nothing of the true meaning of the season; unless the true meaning of the season is “walking bare foot on broken glass is painful.” However, he does kill a lot of terrorist/robbers who could be described as Grinch-like in their meanness.

It will be one of the great cinematic debates for centuries to come.

(Incidentally, why is Alan Rickman always ruining Christmas? Not only is he upsetting Bruce Willis’s plans in Die Hard, he cancels Christmas in Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves and he gets caught out as a love cheat in Love Actually. Do not invite this man to turkey dinner.)

Black Christmas

In the subgenre of Christmas Horror movies, Black Christmas stands out from the crowd. It’s influential as the missing link between Psycho and Halloween in the creation of the slasher film, displaying many of the hallmarks of the genre and coining several of its clichés, including 1st person point-of-view, fake out scares and gruesome gore. It also stands apart from other Christmas Horror movies by being half way decent.

It’s a Wonderful Life

You’ve probably seen this movie. I suggest you watch it again and remember its important lessons of deferred dreams, nightmarish alternative dimensions and responsible Capitalism.

The Thin Man

Nick and Nora are a wealthy married couple that spend Christmas swapping presents and witty banter, drinking steadily through the day and solving a murder. Incidentally this is also exactly how I spend Christmas. Find out what it is like by watching this outstanding film, that started a long line of watchable sequels. For more wisecracking detectives at Christmas time, Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang is a worthy alternative in that fancy schmany “Colour” the kids are into these days.

Batman Returns

Universally agreed to be the best Batman film set at Christmas (beating out Batman & Robin), Batman Returns is exactly what a comic book Noel should be. It’s funny, creepy, gothic, a touch bizarre and it features penguins with rockets. Michael Keaton does good work as the Dark Knight and the rogue’s gallery of baddies are suitably villainous.

On reflection, Batman Returns is the best Batman film (awaits emails from angry Adam West fans).

Muppets Christmas Carol

There are many, many versions of Charlie Dickens’ A Christmas Carol (including my own version), but only one has Michael Caine being heckled by ghost versions of the muppets, Waldorf and Statler.

 

and some more!

Elf

The Nightmare Before Christmas

Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang

Gremlins

Arthur Christmas 

Bad Santa

Cork Christmas Carol *Cough*

Romancing The Stone (Yes, not set during Christmas. But it isn’t Christmas if this isn’t sitting in the TV schedule somewhere)

So enjoy some Cethan Approved film viewing. Also if I find out that you watched none of these and instead watched Love Actually, I will be very upset.

Cork Christmas Carol: A Reflection

November 26, 2011 § 1 Comment

Three years ago, I had a stunningly original idea; a version of a Christmas Carol, but set in Cork. So we, the Gifted Babies created “Cork Christmas Carol”, which became a rather lopsided view of the original. I thought since it is the season and what not, I would offer some thoughts on it, looking back on its three year anniversary. Here is the short (enjoy!) and meet me below for some thoughts.

Observations:

  • The opening montage of Cork combined with narration has quite a Woody Allen vibe to it. If he is watching this, Cork would be a great setting for a nebbish character to find love.
  • This is a good recipe for mulled wine, the most valuable message this film imparts.
  • Lucy has a low bar to clear for her best Christmas ever.
  • Typical Wesley! Only appears at Christmas when the women have made the dinner, and worse yet, doesn’t use a fork. This is why no one invites the Ghost Of Christmas Future to parties.
  • If memory serves me correctly, that dinner was delicious.
  • A good way to test your narrator: Write long, run on sentences in the style of Dickens.
  • A better way to test your narrator: Make him recite the long, run on sentences in the style of Dickens in the voice of Patrick Stewart.
  • Everyone keeps their poison next to their cinnamon, right? (Incidentally, the original script had a different death for Lucy in mind: She left the oven on after muling the wine. However accidental death by poison suited the resultant tone better.)
  • When we filmed this, it never snowed in Cork. Of course now we had it quite regularly since and more is expected this year. Way to date the film, weather!
  • I must compliment the entire cast’s performance in this. It’s all good. (All except my acting, which can only be described as “Deer in Headlights”). Great Work, Aida, Hayret, and Jan (who also did camera work, special effects and editing)!
  • Scrooge is watching Carnival of Souls, an excellent film, which (Spoilers) contains one of the first example of the “I was Dead all along” twist ending which has since been run into the ground.
  • That last shot is very nice.

Let me know what you think in the comments below.

A Gifted Babies Film: Memoirs of a Cat Burgler

August 18, 2011 § Leave a comment

A Film directed by Jan Hayes. I provide some writing, puppetry and my sheer acting talent!

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