Some of you may know Jered Leto from his career as an actor. He was the object of Claire Danes' affections in My So Called Life, he was physically abused by Edward Norton in Fight Club and he sported corn rows in Panic Room. Some of you may not know that Leto, with his beautiful high cheek bones and blue eyes that you just want to fall into, is frontman for the band Thirty Seconds to Mars.
The origin of this video was brought upon by recent financial discussions. My fiance and I are planning a wedding, I've gone to four days a week at work in order to pursue making videos, so our cash flow is in a bit of a transition right now. Don't get me wrong, we're not living some Dickensian existence where we pick coal up off the street in order to keep warm and cough our consumption into filthy rags...at least not yet. However, after our budgeting, I was feeling a tad discouraged and thought to myself, wouldn't it be great if I could just mine money?
This really is the movie that started it all. Which is probably why it took me all damn month to review this film. I've been trying to crack this for the past several weeks and it wasn't until recently that I was able to really get to the heart of why this movie is so special. While writing the review (and waiting for things to render) I was able to watch Don't you Forget About Me, a wonderful tribute film to John Hughes and it reminded me of why I wanted to review these films in the first place.
A short first impression of the 2011 film, The Green Hornet.
GRIND is the third film CBP ever produced, and the FIRST film we ever finished.
For months now, Denise (My Fiance), has been prodding me to see the latest Resident Evil movie. You see, we're both fans of the video game series (Resident Evil 4 remains one of the best video games I have ever played) and we have seen all of the films together. At best, I was skeptical. I had enjoyed the first film immensely but had watched the slow but definite decline in the series with each progressive release.
I did go in for jury duty and was in fact selected to serve. I had never before served on a jury but found the experience rewarding and interesting. No comic book law men served as judge and the entire experience was less jovial than Night Court. However, I found that the experience was perfect fodder for an animated monologue. What you see in the video is 75 percent true, I leave it to you to decide which 75 percent.
City of Lost Children directed by Jean-Pierre Jeunet is a masterpiece of visual storytelling. A dystopic urban fairy tale that owes much to Fellini and Gilliam. It tells the story of a circus strong man (Ron Perlman) in search of his brother who has been kidnapped by a scientist named Krank who uses children to steal their dreams. This premise is ripe with stunning imagery and the filmmakers certainly do not disappoint. City of Lost Children is a shining example of the great things that can be achieved using the medium of cinema.
I've wanted to do some animated monologues about my family for a while now, and while this is far from a "tribute", I may consider it a prologue. I would also like to take this time to apologize if any of you found this a bit of a departure from the usual silly subject matter of the animations. However, I should point out, that all of my animations are rooted in some sort of reality.