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I have degrees in Biblical Studies, Film Production, Advanced Cinematography
I have lived in America, Japan and Guanajuato Mexico
I produced an award winning short film
I worked on the crew of an all black cast tv series
I acted in a short film that won a black film festival
I have worked on commercials, short films, a music video, TV Series Sci-Fi pilot, and a feature movie that was released in 2021.
I hosted the SellerThink YouTube channel from April 2013 to April 2022.
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The Prototype (2022)
Story is weak and doesn't resolve well.
I'm someone who wants to see a movie that's been low rated, pull off a better rating when I watch it, because I have a film background and have been trained to analyze movies. I'm looking different aspects in movies than most people are when they're watching a movie.
And though this movie has some really good qualities such as scenery and wardrobe, even some interesting graphics and fighting scenes, it's greatest weaknesses is its story, and that is not forgivable.
Some of the acting is weak and part of that is because the characters for the story are not well developed. When an actor or actress doesn't understand their character, it's generally not possible for them to relay a sense of believability.
This story tries to accomplish to much and wavers between ideas without Really providing the necessary background to make it work well.
Unlike a very successful movie, this attempt doesn't have a well developed or strong rising conflict or resolution to the conflict, but instead feels rushed to conclude.
Additionally because the story is rushed at the end, the ending feels incomplete. It ended with a bump point to what seems like should have been the continuation of the story.
If the ending had been tied up better, it may have worked well enough to give it a passing grade.
Unfortunately, it doesn't pass the story test and therefore gets added to my review list of "Stinky Baby Fart Movies".
World Ends at Camp Z (2021)
A nice lazy weekend end movie
Its not a big budget movie, but its worth watching on a lazy weekend.
The acting is decent, the cinematography is solid, these story is interesting enough.
It had a pretty low IMDB score, so i wasn't expecting much, and as i suspected it is a lot better than most viewers seemed to rate it.
It was what I've come to expect from Canada based or directed productions, having worked on similar pilot films and commercials.
The ending could have been better, and leaves some obvious questions, but resolves well enough I be able to sleep well.
In essence this is a pandemic or post pandemic made movie, built upon a pandemic gone wrong theme that results in a zombie chow down.
I have no regrets having watched it and included it in my list of "Pretty Good Movies"
Secret Headquarters (2022)
Very recommended family-oriented movie
In this generation that's anti masculinity and anti-fatherhood, anti family, I really love seeing movies like this that focus on some of the ways, parents often disconnect from their children and resolve with a reconnection. I enjoyed The Adam Project movie for the same reason.
These are just normal everyday kids of various ethnicities who are friends experiencing life together in a genuine way, without all the artificial social propaganda that kids are not even thinking about.
This movie ranks up there with Agent Cody Banks, the Adam project, and other kids movies that really pull off the family based movie theme in a unique way.
It combines secret agent, super hero, baseball, space and summer camp family themes into one great movie.
There will be some people who watch this movie and not be able to relate to the idea of cross-ethnic Romance, children engaged in violence, or the theme of Father and Son bonding and masculinity, but that is just refkective of the social degeneration of our current society.
From a filmmaker perspective the story is solid, the photography and cinematography is excellent, the action is very well done, the graphics are very well done, the CGI is very well done, the story is believable and most of the acting is believable as well, it's overall a very well made and entertaining movie.
There are a couple scenes where the action with the kids could have been a little bit stronger, and a couple of places where the acting of the adults could have been a little bit stronger but I'm not sure if that was intentional or not. Overall the acting is pretty solid.
I recommend watching the movie.
Dark and Twisted
Earwig is so dark and twisted that you will either love it or hate it.
It reminds me of a 1989 movie I saw with a friend that was so bizarre and dark, that i never forgot it, never want to see it again, but in an odd way love it. That was, The Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Love.
Though Earwig's story is nothing like it, it has that same kind of darkness running throughout.
It pulls off so many technical concepts they teach in film school excellently, to the point I gave it at least a star or two higher than maybe i would if I hadn't gone to film school.
I don't think there is a good way to describe this movies story.
It is very much an artistic movie from a story perspective, with minimal dialogue and there are elements of it that remind of Tim Burton's darker movies.
100% recommended for anyone in film school or interested in filmmaking or cinematography.
Otherwise, it's dark, weird, and strange enough I'd say don't watch it unless your in a good mood and mentally healthy.
First the things most people want to know:
The story takes some snippets from the Matrix, Resident Evil at different places. Switches between English and Korean (mostly Korean), is way to long, and because its non stop high energy action and motion from its opening scene, the final conflict and resolve of the story is nothing more than coming off this speed trip to normal paced reality and a cheesy last second unended conflict scene too suggest it might lead to a sequel or just as a teaser.
Only near the end did it start to get a little boring, mainly because every fathomable cinematography angle and technique ever conceived in film history ran out and had to be recycled.
From a cinematography and filmmaker perspective It is an amazing film to watch, because it uses all kinds of controlled speed manipulation, angles and unedited camera moves that'll make you ponder how it was done. Lots of amazing drone, crane, rail, and angle manipulations I have never seen before.
If you like resident evil, then you know what your getting except this would be the MA-13 or Unrated version.
Some of the acting, mainly by the English speaking cast is poor, what I would expect from a low budget production using inexperienced actors and actresses, but there is nothing low budget about this movie other than the poorly executed and stiff dialog.
A great movie presents a level of believable authenticity, even when not realistic. For the most part Carter pulls this off, despite fighting sequences that would be totally impossible and unrealistic. So it meets that objective.
I gave it a 6 star rating because of the visually interesting cinematography. If i rated it entirely on the story, i might give it a 5 or less because its not very original in concept.
The fact that it was filmed entirely in Korea was a good decision from a filmmaker perspective and it makes sense, because a majority of this movie could not be filmed with live stunt work in the USA due to safety limitations.
It's a decent lazy day weekend movie.
The Lazarus Project (2022)
To the point
This is simply brilliant.
It's the best UK production that I have ever seen, with perhaps the exception of Dr. Who which is a totally different genre of scifi.
The Lazarus Project takes all of the Time Travel movies and TV shows and presents a unique spin on the concept.
The production quality, story acting is movie quality and better then anything I have seen come out of the USA in years.
The Adam Project (2022)
An amazing time travel movie about masculinity.
Every father and son should see this movie together, or alone.
The best of time travel movies mixed with a dash of Star Wars and the meaning and purpose of being a boy, man and father in one amazingly captivating, humorus, sci-fi movie. Just what the world needs in age of anti-male, missing father U. S. culture.
Ghostbusters: Afterlife (2021)
What a sequel should be
As good as the 1984 classic, maybe even better in someways, its a very different story up until the last 25 minutes.
I was afraid Ghost Busters: After Life might be an epic fail like the previous gender swapped "Ghost Busters" retelling sequel, but I was happily wrong.
Great cinematography and a story that makes this a classic unto itself.
In reminded me of at times of the story telling and cinematography styles that made movies like October Sky 1999, Independence Day 1996, Spare Parts 2015 enjoyable.
I was also pleased in the way this story manages to tie into the original Ghost Busters, despite actor Harold Ramis, aka Egon Spengler having passed away in 2014.
The Matrix Resurrections (2021)
As a filmmaker and avid fan of the original three Matrix movies by the Wachowski siblings, The Matrix Resurrections (2021) is honestly everything I suspected it might be. Flavorless.
A Matrix lacking the zest, powerful imagery, passion and energy of the original trilogy. The dialogue drab and boring, the acting subpar, and much like 2020 and 2021, pretty much plain disappointing.
One may ask why, go ahead ask! Oh, no! My writing right now sounds like dialogue from this movie...
I suspected Resurrections would probably lack all of the things that made the original Trilogy successful, once I heard only one of the Wachowski's were writing and directing it. To be successful, it really needed to have the creative conflict, tension and challenge that could only happen in a co-writing partnership that the original movies possessed. Challenging each other on ideas, pushing each other to reach further and go farther creatively, that is what the first three movies had in their story and directing that this new release lacks.
In filmmaking, the theory goes, the first fifteen minutes of a movie and the last fifteen, are what makes or breaks a movie, and Resurrections doesn't have the magic. The first fifteen minutes are full of rushed, drab dialogue that fails to pull the audience into the story. If the two Wachowski siblings had wrote it together, I imagine it would have been more thoroughly weaved together in a thoughtful way. Instead, the story pace is off.
Instead of developing the Character backstories for this new sequel, which introduces new characters, replacement characters; Resurrections uses clips from the original movies in mundane and non-creative ways to attempt to fill in the history.
The "bump points", are really flat. Bump points are places within a script created to move the story forward, help increase the rising tension and conflict, and ultimately push the final resolution of the story.
The Matrix Resurrections (2021) feels very pieced together, instead of having fluidity. Reminds me of The Adjustment Bureau (2011). In the The Adjustment Bureau you have Matt Damon being chased continuously through a series of "backdoors". I imagine the The Adjustment Bureau doors concept stemmed at least in part from the original Matrix movie, it worked pretty well for the The Adjustment Bureau, and the original Matrix series, but in this new Matrix movie, it just feels like a messy method to pull along the story, without really developing anything new or original.
The new unrelated characters reusing lines from the past sequels characters feels forced. It was probably an attempt to try to make those watching the movie feel a bit, "De Ja Vu", but it didn't work as intended. The dialogue is often rushed and unauthentic.
I took a short break while writing this review to summarize my thoughts, it dawned on me that The Matrix Resurrections (2021) felt very much like a movie project I was involved with in 2013. At the time I was working on Aurora's pilot. A pilot film to movies is what a demo is to music. You create a pilot of a movie to help sell the idea of the feature movie you want to make. It is essentially a short story covering key aspects of the movie plot. Pilots are generally low budget, using less experienced cast and crews. That is what The Matrix Resurrections (2021) feels like. It feels like a pilot that would be made before even the first Matrix would be authorized for production.
The Remaining (2014)
Cloverfield meets Left Behind
Ever wonder what you would get if you took the movies, Cloverfield, Blair Witch Project and combined them with the Left Behind series of movies? No need to wonder, just watch The Remaining.
The Remaining from a film makers perspective has much to enjoy. From a Faith Based movie reviewer perspective, it just depends on whether you are watching a movie for entertainment value or to be religiously inspired.
In most movies of its genre within the Faith Based movie spectrum, you have several things occur in the typical end times rapture movies. 1. You have the actual event of the rapture when Jesus the Messiah picks up all his followers, causing them to vanish from earth. 2. You have chain reaction of chaos and devastation as fear grips the world, uncertain of where the taken have gone, and encountering the impact of planes, buses, cars, power plants, etc. Imploding due to those operating them going missing. 3. You have an unfolding of the tribulation period of events which included supernatural and globally impacting natural occurring events leading ultimately to the introduction of the Antichrist who reestablishes a form of peace and safety.
The Remaining does similar, but with a totally different interpretation of events and pulling out of later bible prophecy chapters in a way no one has told this story before.
If you are looking for a traditional evangelical presentation of the Rapture, this isn't it. The Remaining takes a lot of "artistic license" in the retelling of this story and the normal progression steps I mentioned.
From a genre point of view, this movie reminded me at times of the movie Cloverfield, in which a group of friends living a normal life encounter an unnatural disaster and depend on each other to survive. In Cloverfield, it's a massive mutant alien monster, in The Remaining, its something more sinister.
As a reviewer, I've watched every "rapture" and "end time", movie I've come across, beginning with the 1970's Left Behind series that once upon a time, caused a major stir within many churches across America. Though The Remaining, takes a lot of artistic license with this story, meaning it doesn't exactly follow the path that similar movies based on this idea have taken, it is absolutely the best I've seen from a cinematic perspective.
It's a dark movie, lots of devastation, doom, gloom, I suppose many would go as far to call it a horror movie for many reasons. But what I found most intriguing is the parts of the Rapture and End times parts of the bible that it's writers chose to incorporate, and their interpretation of them.
If you have no concept of the Rapture and end time events in the bible, then this movie is going to leave you very confused when you try to discuss it with what the majority of evangelical pastors have been teaching. You may also want to avoid this movie, if dramatic events, devastation, horrific creatures bother you.
You may enjoy watching this movie on a rainy day or summer night with your girl friend or spouse for the kind of snuggle up hand squeezing moments that a movie like this can induce.
I gave this movie 6 IMDB stars out of a possible 10, because there are aspects of this movie that I really like as a filmmaker, though as a Faith Based movie reviewer I equally disliked some of the artistic interpretations its writers have taken.
Language wise, there is very little offensive language, no nudity, no sexual content. The lighting is exceptional, the story pulls you along pretty easily, the rising conflict and resolution works very well.
From a film makers perspective I think the only thing I didn't like was an abrupt ending. It's difficult to know if its ending was abrupt in case they want to write a sequel, which many of this genre of faith based movies for this subject matter tend to do, or if the writers simply couldn't think of a better way to end it.
I placed this movie on my "Pretty Good Movies" list on IMDB, which is a list of movies I can recommend to eventually watch, but didn't make the best movies list.
Dune Drifter (2020)
I liked it (I include a few little spoilers)
Dune Drifter is a pretty good space movie. Reminded me of the first short film I produced.
They even used the same alien costuming I used with the black outfits and the gas masks.
One of the funny things about this movie, is during a wide shot of the protagonist crawling along the ground, two cars passing by in the distance are unintentionally filmed in the scene. Who would of guessed they'd have cars on other planets.
The alien volcanic planet with a toxic atmosphere that the movie ultimately plays out on, had a river flowing in it, weeds growing, and a sky with clouds. One would assume that a planet with lots of water, vegetation and clouds would have a breathable atmosphere. Interestingly, the protagonist never decides to explorer or check on whether the river contains water. Why wouldn't checking the river to see if its fluid is water, be a top priority?
The aliens, reminded me of the putty creatures in the Power Rangers t.v. series.
Other things that stand out are the compatibility of the ship parts despite being completely different kinds of ships, designed by two entirely different species, from different worlds. Yet the protagonist walks right up to this foreign ship, knows where to look and finds a needed part to repair her ship.
It almost feels like a major connecting scene was left out between the time it takes the protagonist to walk to and return from the alien antagonists ship. Before leaving the co-pilots body is intact. Upon return the co-pilots head is shown melted, without any reference or explanation.
Something that seemed highly unbelievable is how the alien weapons were unable to penetrate their alien uniforms, yet a stray shot was able to destroy their ship.
My favorite part of the movie is when the protagonist presses a adrenaline button on their suit and becomes super badass. If the writers had implemented more of these kinds of action moments into the movie, it would have been a much better movie. This particular scene was truly epic and the highlight of the movie.
I gave this movie a 5 Star Rating because the effects were well done, the story overall is compelling and kept me interested, it challenged me to put myself in some of those situations and wonder how I might react or handle them, and it has at least one epic scene.
It's worth a watch if you like space movies and it comes up on your favorite video service.
The Final Cut (2004)
Brilliant Dystopia Movie
This is a genuinely brilliant movie, excellent story and concept right up there with Inception. Very well done cinematography. It has a slow but steady pace through out the movie, that some viewers will probably not enjoy, and the ending is rather lack luster, and could have been written better. In film production, the ethos is, the beginning of a movie and the end of the movie are what people remember most and make or break a movie, and for that reason, with the weak ending, it's understandable that many viewers only gave it six stars on IMDB. Ultimately, however this movie is right up there at the top and for that reason, I gave it 8 stars.
Without giving away the story, this is one of those movies, you're not entirely sure where it is going. A definite must watch for anyone who loves futuristic dystopia movies. The inner darkness of Robin Williams benefited him in this role.
100% Recommended if you haven't watch it before.
Sonic the Hedgehog (2020)
Sonic the hedgehog was on par with most movies made for kids, or Saturday morning TV. The weakness of this movie involved the aspects of the story involving live actors, the cast selection and their resulting acting was just average, those parts of the story were generally boring, even though they were used as bump points to advance the story. Jim Carrey pulled off another lack-luster performance. I was really hoping for a Carrey comeback, but this isn't it, he's just not that funny or interesting anymore. He should probably stick to acting in depressing movies, he seems pretty good at those.
I gave Sonic The Hedgehog an IMDB rating of 5 stars. This movie probably should of been done completely in CGI animation, because Sonic the character was really enjoyable, unfortunately his live acting cast were not. I'd like to see more of this Sonic, either with a better chosen cast, or just our 100% computer animation. I'm generally not a fan of cgi movies, but the Sonic character and voice actor work really well together. It's now on my "pretty good movies" list, which are movies that were just above my "stinky baby farts" list.
Star Trek: Short Treks (2018)
Worse than Star Trek Discovery, which is an amazingly difficult challenge to pull off. The only good thing I can say is they are short.
These projects should never have of happened, and certainly not under the family name of the Star Trek Legacy.
I've seen better independent "Star Trek Shorts", but for a series of authorized shorts under the Star Trek license, these are grossly appalling.
I will go as far to say, that I have seen better stories and production pulled off by students in community college film schools, and that is exactly what these shorts remind me of, high budget but poor quality student short films.
Star Trek: Discovery (2017)
Sadly disappointing from day one, from casting to story.
A modern scifi daytime soap opera, "as the universe turns".
I really, really wanted to like it, but no life time Star Trek fan should ever be forced to tolerate this tragedy that has been miss labeled as Star Trek.
Even the amazingly funny and non-Star Trek, The Orville is more Star Trek than this fakery.
Discovery has rightfully earned its place on the "Stinky Baby Farts" movie ratings list.
The Orville (2017)
The Orville is the best starship voyage in 2020, it's too bad that Fox was to short sighted to not renew the series by letting it slip away to Hulu. Opps
Charlie's Angels (2019)
Spice Girls Get Physical
What do you get when you mix a solid TV series and movie and mix it with the Spice Girls? You get Charlie's Angels (2019)
This movie, as it's ratings on IMDB indicate, is below the standard set by the original Charlie's Angels TV series and first movie.
Very girl power themed, which will alienate a lot of viewers, with Spice Girls like characters. Over all it's not completely horrible, but it's just not what someone who has any history with the series, will be expecting.
Some of the CGI car chase scenes are really poorly done with the characters stretching and bodies moving in ways that are highly unrealistic.
The over all story is pretty solid and reasonably decent, with a good twist, and it was nice to see Patrick Stewart back on the big screen.
Young girls and teenagers will probably find this movie entertaining.
The 4400 (2004)
Watching it 13 years later for First time - Amazing.
Finished watching this series yesterday, in 2020.
From a film makers perspective and Sci-Fi fan observation, this is one of the best TV series I have seen overall. It's a bit like The X-Files mixed with the TV show Heroes (2006), with a dash of Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978) and Looper (2012). Really unique.
It lasted four seasons and must have been dropped somewhat suddenly, because the last few episodes try to tie it all up real quick, and it ends leaving questions. I could totally see a sequel reboot of it, and they left the possibility open.
I enjoyed it, because it takes common expectations for this genre of film/tv and messes with it so from the very beginning it misdirects you over and over again.
It was fresh and intriguing, not knowing what was going to happen next. An excellent method of revealed storytelling.
The Cinematography is excellent, the story tight, just a really superior piece of film history.
47 Meters Down (2017)
I Recommend it. Caving Meets Jaws
This is an extremely well done movie, with great cinematography, tight story and great acting.
Underwater film production is some of the most dangerous and challenging to achieve and this film does it.
As a cave explorer, I can fully appreciate so many aspects of this story.
It's a story about two step sisters and an experience that ultimately brings them together.
As a tragic ending story film plot, its it's easy to understand why some people might not appreciate it. It has some seriously intense and thrilling moments that make you hope they never happen to you.
I'll have to admit that the final resolution of the movie took a liberty of creating a double jeopardy that pulls the viewer out of its believability. And that unfortunately is its biggest weakness, because after building a massively real story for two hours, its supply an unlikely ending.
Good Boys (2019)
Perverted Max Keebler for Adults?
This film is an irony, perhaps a tragedy.
From a filmmaker perspective, the cinematography is great, story is tight and characters are well done.
This would have been an iconic film to the degree of the Max Keebler series, had it not been written with wall to wall F-Words, perverted imagery, adult themes, and party drugs.
Why would anyone write an R-Rated Adult themed kids movie is unfathomable.
This movie has eight year olds looking up porn, swinging in sex harnesses, dildos, real sex doll, sex drugs, kids making out in a basement, stealing, buying drugs, black mailing two gay teen girls, all wrapped and twisted around a kids story about friendship, perhaps in order to make it semi-tolerable. It's like giving soda to a diabetic. Its just a bad idea.
As a filmmaker, I watch for film production elements and generally base my ratings on them. This film has these elements, but its not a movie I can recommend anyone watch, and definitely not for kids. This is a gateway film for moral corruption of children.
The Room (2019)
Outer Limits, Twilight Zone, and a dash of M. Night Shyamalan
A really creative Sci-fi about a mysterious room in a house with magic abilities.
It does a good job balancing strangeness with reality, but I think they could of taken it a little further at points.
Reminds me of things I imagined as a kid. Overall a great concept and really interesting, but I'd have liked a little more thrill from it.
This movie could of been really on the edge of the seat suspenseful, but everytime you think it's going to take you to that place, it doesn't quite delivery.
I felt like I was waiting for something shocking or grabbing to occur, but the fact that it ne er does, is a little underwhelming.
The resolution for the ending could of had been written better, It ends with lackluster. I'd have really liked a solid punch that resolved around the house rather than how it actually concludes.
In that regard I feel there was some blur that occurs in the stories objective, it felt like the story ended on the secondary story, rather then the main story of the house. Maybe it was left open for a sequel. If no sequel is planned, then the movies ending failed.
Over all, this movie reminds me a bit like an Outer Limits tv episode, with a dash of Twilight Zone, and a sprinkle of some of M. Night Shyamalan's better work mixed in.
I gave it an IMDB rating of 7, but that may be a little generous.
Right at Your Door (2006)
A disaster movie Mind Screw
Watching Right at Your Door, the same week that PG&E created the 3 Million Resident Power Black Out of 2019 in Northern California, while multiple massive wildfires ironically coincided in Southern California, Los Angeles, creates a perfect back drop to watch this movie.
Overall, this movie crawls along at a slow pace centralized to the confines of mostly one location. It sets you up all along to give you one final mind screw.
By the end of this movie, you'll realize that we have absolutely no power as citizens within California in particular, and all of us better pray this never happens in reality.
Punch-Drunk Love (2002)
Fire the cinematographer
This film has some of the worst camera lighting anomalies of any film that I've seen in the theater or even during Film School. Really strange camera angles and bad lighting made this movie very difficult to watch. I often found myself staring at the reflections and the lighting anomalies, completely distracted from the story.
The film locations are poorly chosen and the script for the story is very mediocre. It was sad seeing Adam Sandler having to appear in such a poorly developed project. This is not a film I could recommend anybody watch.
Goodbye World (2013)
An interesting Off-The-Grid culture sort of end of the world movie.
From a filmmakers perspective, this film has a lot to offer, including excellent Cinematography and an unusual story. One area that this film fails in however, is completing the circle of several of the Characters development. For instance, one Character is introduced and reiterated as the "Christian" several times, but that angle never really develops into something especially significant to that Characters purpose or objective other than being shown as someone who doesn't go with the flow. Some people may not like like its off-the-grid sort of culture theme.
Not recommended for Children or Teens
Igor has enough concerning issues that I'd never recommend it for anyone under 18. As an overall movie and story it is pretty mediocre anyway, without all of the unnecessary negative messages this movie emphasis. This could of been an amazing movie with some story modification and still maintained its "evil" and "Mad scientist" plot.
This cartoon, targeted at children, has a consistent central theme about suicide. That alone is enough for me to not like it. Yet, I also found this film degrading towards women. Women who do not fit into the common social standards due to body size, physical attributes are deemed ugly and shameful in this movie.
While it may depict an alternative reality, the messages of this film that come across the strongest are the devaluation of people due to physical attributes, suicide and how physical appearance contributes to success and failure in ones career choices.
We live in a generation in which self inflicted harm, child and teen suicides, and teens committing violent acts against others are already so prevalent, we shouldn't be encouraging a light halfheartedly perspective or reinforcing it in movies targeted and children and youth.