TDQ Top Ten List: Top Ten Films That Were Totally Not Worth The Hype

admitnoneWe made the mistake recently of watching “The Deer Hunter” after years and years of hearing how great a movie it was. De Niro, Streep, Oscar for Christopher Walken, it had to be great, right? Wrong. Thus, we were inspired to come up with this list, the Top Ten movies that were not nearly as good as the critics would make you believe. Save yourselves the time and take the advice of this list, not another list compiled by an overpaid film critic. You’re welcome.

1)  “The (aforementioned) Deer Hunter”- The wedding and reception portions of this film took longer than my wedding and a good chunk of my honeymoon. Performances were decent, but get to the point, already.

2) “Django Unchained”- We love Tarantino, and that Austrian guy was really good, but this is another example of a movie being at least a half hour too long.

3) “The Big Lebowski”- Not a fan of dream sequences in most films, and dream sequences in bowling alleys are even worse. Unfunny, unentertaining and a waste of Jeff Bridges’ talent altogether.

4) “Blade Runner”- Sorry Harrison Ford fans, but he set the bar so high with “Raiders of the Lost Ark” that it was a total shame that he made this overhyped mess. By far his worst science fiction flick, and maybe his worst movie not co-starring Anne Heche.

5) “Argo”- Don’t feel bad for Ben Affleck boys and girls. He still got his Oscar when this 2 1/2 hour remake of The Beastie Boys “Sabotage” video won Best Picture.
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Woman Files Lawsuit Against Woman For Stealing Her Idea To File Lawsuit Against James Cameron For Ripping Off “Titanic”

Edward Smith

We can assume Captain Edward Smith took his own advice.

Los Angeles—A California woman has filed a lawsuit against another California woman who recently filed a lawsuit against James Cameron alleging he stole her idea for his mega-blockbuster hit “Titanic.”

The suit brought by Michaela Tezanos alleges that a suit brought last month against Cameron by Princess Samantha Kennedy was actually her idea first, and that the 16-page handwritten lawsuit filed by Kennedy that detailed how James Cameron and Paramount used many of her ideas as inspiration for dozens of the film’s most famous scenes, was stolen directly from Tezanos’ journal, which she keeps on her nightstand next to her autographed picture of Titanic captain Edward Smith.
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Kodak Close To Developing Still Pictures That Move, Look Like 3-D Like In “Harry Potter” Films

Early Test Sample

An early moving picture test sample from Cameron Eastman Kodak labs.

Rochester, NY—The Eastman Kodak Company has announced they are moving closer to technology that make still pictures move. Similar to photographs seen in the “Harry Potter” series of films, these new photographs will move, revolutionizing the photo industry.

“Similar to how we now look at old black and white photos and Polaroids, we expect regular still photos to soon be just antiques,” said Kodak spokesman Lloyd Swaggerty. Continue reading

The Kid Stays In The Picture: A TDQ Q&A With Filmmaker Bryan Smith Of “8th Avenue Studios,” Part 2

The Fire Project, 8th Avenue Studios

The Fire Project, 8th Avenue Studios

Here is Part 2 of our TDQ Q&A with filmmaker Bryan Smith:

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TDQ: Apart from the lack of a hundred million dollars or so from a huge studio, what’s been the biggest challenge you’ve faced with “The Fire Project” so far?

Smith: Honestly the biggest challenge with this, or any micro-budget project for that matter, is getting people to take you seriously. Unfortunately, without a multi-million dollar budget, a lot of folks think you’re just “jerking around with a camera.” Luckily, I have a great crew, a supportive family and friends who are willing to act for free. Oh yeah, and trying to manage a shoot schedule with a full time job and two kids under age five makes it tough, too. Continue reading

The Kid Stays In The Picture: A TDQ Q&A With Filmmaker Bryan Smith Of “8th Avenue Studios”

8th Avenue Studios

8th Avenue Studios

This week, The Daily Quarterly spoke to filmmaker Bryan Smith of “8th Avenue Studios.” He talked to us about his upcoming web series, “The Fire Project,” which premieres next month, as well as the struggles of being a small studio and the merits of James Cameron’s films. He also talks about Vikings and the fact that Han Solo did, indeed, shoot first. Here is this week’s TDQ Q&A with Bryan Smith:
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