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Intro to Cinematography

Top 10 Coolest Truck Movies

Top 10 Coolest Truck MoviesTrucks are cool so it’s no wonder that they often star in action movies with road chase scenes. There are quite a few good films with trucks in them and many people even draw inspiration for tuning their own vehicles from the incredible monster-machines they see on the screens.

If this is what you are interested in, check out the following 10 movies that every truck enthusiast must see.

  1. Duel (1971).
    The great talent of Steven Spielberg had to start somewhere, and “Duel” was its beginning. It’s a low-budget made-for-TV film that turned out to be so good, it was released in theaters. The storyline is simple and there are very few special effects about, but the thrill and suspense of the movie’s atmosphere are truly outstanding.
  2. Wages of Fear (1953).
    An old French classic that build up suspense in the viewers like no other. It’s a story of drivers who must drive two trucks of nitroglycerin to put out an oil fire and the challenges they face on their way. You can’t keep from getting attuned with the characters’ emotional drama and “feel” their fear and hope.
  3. Sorcerer (1977).
    This movie is based on the previous one, but they are totally different and each is an excellent piece of cinematographic art. “Sorcerer” is an acting masterpiece starring Ron Scheider.Truck Movies
  4. Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior (1981).
    The name says it all, the Mad Max franchise is a mark of an excellent muscle car racing and chasing with a post-apocalyptic world as a background. If you love cars, and speed, and cool action, this is the movie for you. It also offers a plenty of tuning ideas that you can really twist into something incredible with the use of modern tools, like truck LED light bars.
  5. Terminator 2 (1991).
    There is no arguing the fact that “Terminator 2” is one of the best action movies ever made. The scene with a truck driven by T1000 and John Connor’s bike is acclaimed to be the coolest chase scene of all time. It definitely deserves the title.
  6. Big Trouble in Little China (1986).
    This movie has everything, trucks, guns, fights, and magic. Kurt Russel’s acting skills along with an intricate plot and an abundance of action scenes make “Big Trouble in Little China” an outstanding film everyone should see.
  7. Smokey and the Bandit (1977).
    Bandit is a legend of law-skirting trucking and his skills definitely show. If you decide to try some of his tricks, be sure to install high-quality LED bars on your truck to improve night visibility as your safety is most important. You can find reviews of the best bars at
  8. Cars (2006).
    This is a Pixar movie that features cars of all kinds, so not only truck enthusiasts will love it. A great film for a family night that will teach your kids to love for vehicles.
  9. They Drive by Night (1940).
    Although quite old, this movie is incredible. It’s deep and shows the difficulties faced by people who stood at the dawn of the trucking industry.
  10. The Transformers: The Movie (1986).
    We like this old take on Transformers because it warms the heart and engages the viewer better than the undoubtedly cool explosions from Michael Bay.

Three Great Fighter Films

Three Great Fighter FilmsWe really love our movies here so it shouldn’t be any surprise at all that we occasionally publish a list like this. It’s going to be short and sweet this time around, and to avoid any hateful mail or even “constructive” mail meant to explain to us how wrong we are on the topic, I’ll preface by saying the opinions contained herein are our own and not, you know, like universal fact. Movies are like songs or food or drinks – different ones will appeal to different people, and what one likes may be hated by another. We don’t have any of the following films though, not at all.

The One, starring Jet Li as the film’s protagonist as well as antagonist strangely enough, may not feature the most intense fight scenes found on film today. However, it presents a unique concept and, given that, an unbeatable foe. See, Li stars as a sheriff’s deputy who keeps running into these alternate versions of himself, like people from other universes. With each of these that he kills, there is another alternative version which becomes stronger, leading up to a penultimate fight between one very strong, fresh version of Jet Li and the tired, beaten down version which exists in this reality. Thrilling stuff.

There’s nothing elegant or beautiful about the fighting in the movie Fight Club. The film features knock-down, drag-out fights with people getting their bodies broken and losing teeth to fists repeatedly bashing them in the face. It’s bloody and visceral and for that reason alone it deserves a spot on many top fight movie lists. But for those who haven’t seen the film before, it features some of the best unexpected twists to be found in the fighting movie genre. Maybe some of these guys should have practiced with a grappling dummy first to keep from permanently injuring each other?

What list about fighting films would be complete without an entry from Jean Claude Van Damme? It’s hard to pick any single one of his films for this spot, but as a big fan of Blood Sport, I’m willing to drop that name right here. Unlike Fight Club where the fights stop when one person is too beat up to keep going, the fights in Blood Sport go until one of the participants finally drops dead. It’s definitely more intense, even if it doesn’t make as much use of blood or other special effects to paint a pretty picture. This one is infinitely better than watching some fool beat up a COMBAT SPORTS DUMMY.

These are truly three great fighter films and you could make an afternoon out of watching them all in a series if you so wished. They are varied and different enough that they wouldn’t be boring by the end since these three films all feature different plot elements, characters, directors and other aspects. They’re similar, yes, but also very different, which is great if you’re looking for a bit of variety from your fighting films. What are some of your favorite fighting movies? Feel free to share your feelings on the subject below.

How to Start Filming Wild Nature

How to Start Filming Wild Nature

Beautiful Scenery

There are many ways to make money. You don’t always have to hold a ‘nine to five’ job to satisfy your money needs. I’ve seen many people building a successful life out of their hobbies. This is what I reiterated to my friend who has his own home based plant growing business. He loves growing plants and spends quite a lot of time with them. His interest has increased manifold in the past few years and he has made many improvements to his green business.

State- of- the -art features need not be confined to high profile businesses alone. He uses efficient indoor grow lights to give his plants more nourishments and health. In fact he’s so happy with the growth of his plants that he has started pondering over the idea of photographing his plants and selling the videos. It seems one of his clients who regularly buys plants from him suggested this idea. It has taken root in his mind and since I’m interested in photography he asked for my help.

There are many ways to make your mark in the film making field. While most of these are based more on chance and luck, I know a few that are effective when done in the appropriate and dedicated manner. Here are five things that can guarantee you a head start in film making.

1. Love for nature is a Must

Having an innate passion for nature and its bounties is vital for building a career in wild nature filming. If you don’t possess this the chances of making it big is not possible. Coming back to nature filming, it’s not sufficient if you love nature, you need to have an in depth knowledge about wildlife, preferably a direct experience on the wildlife present worldwide and some basic geographical knowledge too.

2. Television is your classroom

Though this may seem a far-fetched idea, it is actually a highly effective way to hone your wildlife filming skill. Make it a habit of watching channels like National Geographic and Discovery Animal Planet. Record the wildlife shows that are telecast regularly and study all the aspects of the filming from production, sound, script to scientific content, animal characteristics, music etc. other than the photography, of course.

This is in short like attending a photography course for free. You can create your own style, know your preferences, improve on what has been done already and also keep up with the trends.

3. Educate yourself

Internet is an excellent medium for educating you on any topic you want. Browse through the various websites present on wild life film making. Become a member of all the notable filmmakers’ associations.

How to Start Filming Wild Nature

4. Hone your talent

You need to have basic computer skills like surfing, emailing, using the different software like Adobe Photoshop, video and website editing, desktop publishing etc. Good communication skills and planning your film budget and the production details are some of the other skills you should develop. Camera equipment, sound recording and picture editing skills are important, if you want to do a professional job.

5. Connections are vital

Knowing all the big names in the industry is must to get exposure for your film. Whether you want your name to be known or you are selling any product or trying to land a big opportunity, it helps to network and have the necessary connections. This will tip the scales in your favor mostly.

How to Frame A Shot

How to Frame A Shot

Photographing Campfire

What separates the amateurs from the professionals?  It has to be the equipment, right?

This is not the case.  It is how one uses equipment that sets them apart from the rest.  Off course, no one is going to ask you to make a professional photo session, if all you have is a cheap disposable camera, but nevertheless, it is important to know that photography has plenty of science to it.

The most basic of principles for photography is called the rule of thirds.  It is the quintessential rule that all budding photographers need to know.  The rule of thirds is an imaginary grid that overlays the screen of the camera.  Now, imagine lines that break up the screen into thirds, both horizontally and vertically.  With this, you get nine equal parts.  It is divided up like a tic-tac-toe game.

This grid gives the photographer the most important part of the photo.  The four points in the middle where the lines intersect are where the human eye naturally goes when first looking at a photograph.   It is of best interest to place points of interest within these intersecting areas.  You then use the lines to guide the eye across the image. Continue reading “How to Frame A Shot” »

Old Vs. New Movies

Old Vs. New Movies

Rick Blaine Makes the Move

Without a doubt, cinema has changed.  New and old cinemas hardly have many similarities between each other in regard to plot and style.

Older film was of course in black and white, due to technological reasons.  It didn’t even have sound until the mid 1920’s; however, this is where the art was cultivated and grown.  Film was experimental and far different from anything anyone had ever seen.  We saw the rise of special effects and the artful stretch of the truth that we love to see; called special effects begin to grow.  The 1927 production Metropolis showed a fantastical world of camera illusion.  It was the first full-length science fiction film.

Films in the older days were much longer than most of today’s features.  Older films were two to three hours long; whereas, newer films are normally right around an hour and a half.

Back in the golden era of Hollywood, roughly between the 1920’s and the 1960’s, film had defined categories.  Some of the biggest genres throughout this time was film noir, musicals, westerns, and political.  Now days, some of the most popular genres are action, romantic comedy, horror, and thriller.

The people in charge of the making most of the older films were the producers or the suits.  Newer films are more controlled by the director (this is also called the auteur theory).

Older films relied heavily on their writing and the competence of the those involved in the production in order to make a great hit; whereas, newer film will use CGI and an over zealous amount of special effects. Continue reading “Old Vs. New Movies” »

Intro to Cinematography

Intro to Cinematography

Cinematography is an Art

Cinematography is the art of motion pictures.  It includes both the technique of shooting and development of film. From the flawless camera shots to the differences of movie styles, cinematography has plenty of components that need to be meshed together in order to make a proper film.

There are four basic elements of cinematography: lighting, movement, film versus digital, and perspective.


In many people’s personal opinion, this is the most quintessential element for both photography and cinematography.  After all, without lighting, we would not have not have either of those mediums, but that goes without saying.

Lighting adds depth, tone and mood.  Noir films use low-key lighting to create a mysterious and dark setting to add to the tension that noir films love to build.  A lot of medical T.V. shows, like Scrubs or House, use flat light to convey a very sterile environment.  Sometimes, directors and cinematographers use a very creative light, like in Steven Spielberg’s 1977 production Close Encounters of a Third Kind, to convey something entirely different from out understanding.

The essential elements are Key light, back light, and fill light.  The key light is the main light directed toward the subject.   The fill light is off to the side of the subject; its goal is to soften the edges and to diminish shadows. The backlight is located behind the subject, normally hung above and out of the view of the camera.  Its goal is to create separation from the subject and the background. Continue reading “Intro to Cinematography” »

Hilary Swank and her socially conscious work

Hilary Swank and her socially conscious workShe may or may not be at this year’s Academy Awards ceremony. If the recent Golden Globes and Screen Actors’ Guild are anything to go by, then perhaps two-time Academy Award winner, Hilary Swank may be missing in action. She was not seen at these recent events. And even if she was there, she may have been deliberately keeping a low profile. She would only unveil her glamour if she was obligated to do so. She has had more than her fair share of being in the limelight, mostly for good reasons. One reason why she may not be at this year’s awards ceremony, honoring the best and most talented actors, photographers, writers and producers, to name a few artists, is that she is more than likely immersing herself in yet another socially conscious movie project.

The engaging actress and faith-based risk taker

Whether as a professional or typical girl next door, Hilary Swank is the type of woman who will readily avail herself to answering a call or two, thanks to the Doorbell Base we live in. Most folks are necessarily cautious and security conscious. Hilary Swank understands this, so she is also likely to be on her guard. But it is also worth mentioning that, perhaps more out of conviction and faith; she is likely to be taking a lot more risks than her peers and ordinary men and women such as you.

Let her phenomenal track record speak for itself then. In fact, it’s worth mentioning that Hilary Swank has never been involved in what discerning critics would categorize as your proverbial dud and well worth a Raspberry or two. Taking just a handful of her projects over a long career spanning more than twenty years now, most of her projects have been successful.

Historic and real life dramas

And if her shows weren’t successful money spinners at the box office, they were at least socially conscious projects which got discerning movie goers and home streamers to think a lot more and engage in intense conversations about the issues that Swank and her team raised. There has been the historic tale of the Suffragettes in foregrounding the historical fight for women’s rights and equality. There’s also been the fight against apartheid in South Africa.

Swank has portrayed women in a brave and heroic light in most of her films. She has also highlighted the brutality practiced by narrow-minded and prejudice filled hate mongers. Before we take a final curtain call in praise of Hilary Swank and her enduring work, let’s just give readers a roll call, particularly those who have not had the privilege of Swank’s most recognizable films.

To name just a few; Red Dawn, The Core, Freedom Writers, Million Dollar Baby and Boys Don’t Cry.

Swank won Academy Awards for Best Actress in the controversial gender-bending Boys Don’t Cry and legendary director, Clint Eastwood’s touching boxing drama, Million Dollar Baby.

Have you noticed the influence of strings in great musical scores?

Have you noticed the influence of strings in great musical scores?This has not been the easiest of posts for us to write because it is mainly about what we argue is an under-appreciated sub-genre of film-making. While we fully appreciate and understand the value that musical scores bring to the silver screen, we also argue without any pretensions or disrespect that audiences in general don’t fully comprehend how much aesthetic value or drama (background) music adds to the visual presentations or acting performances of films.

To explain what we feel, we take our cue from no less than four films; the black and white classic, Casablanca, the uber-romantic eighties timepiece, Sleepless in Seattle, the sometime gory Jaws and the epic Star Wars enterprise which just days ago began a new chapter and has, quite frankly, taken the world by storm.

Great musical scores made possible through fine craftsmanship

In the very first chapter of George Luca’s science fiction adventure series, John William’s musical march matched the march of the white-armored storm-troopers, an inter-textual play on Germany’s Nazi-era troopers, so much so that it left an indelible impression on first-time viewers.

Of course, this march could never match the outstanding main theme of Star Wars which also helped Mr. Williams win an Academy Award the following year after the movie’s release. That theme was influenced mainly by brass. But a more dramatic influence comes from the barely noticeable strings played out in the background during the Jaws saga of man vs. beast, helping knowledgeable critics recall Herman Melville’s classic duel between Captain Ahab and Moby Dick.

The Violinio reminds interested appreciators of cinematic art through the sub-genre of musical scores, just how intricate the process is of crafting the finest musical instruments known to man. For instance, the process of craftsmanship and the natural materials required to build a violin has not changed over the hundreds of years that violins have been played. And if it wasn’t for these craftsmen’s work, the likes of Mr. Williams and Ennio Morricone could never produce the many scores that they have over the years that they have been writing for film.

Creating just the right number of notes

To find out more about the subtle yet remarkable differences between traditionally wood-crafted violins, years in the making, and electronic alternatives, popular among some of this millennium’s generation of young musicians, you can read more here. In the meantime, while Humphrey Bogard issued his classic one-liner to Ingrid Bergman in the closing scenes of Casablanca, Louis Armstrong continued to tinkle on his piano, playing out the eponymous soundtrack of that overrated romance drama.

Most of us are old enough to remember French-Canadian songbird, Celine Dion’s wonderful cover of one of the greatest love songs of all time, When I Fall in Love, originally sung by legendary crooner, Nat King Cole.

While the star-struck lovers sealed their destinies at the top of the Empire State Building during the closing moments of Sleepless in Seattle, we also need to acknowledge how much violin strings create just the right number of notes in romantic and dramatic scores.

Art nouveau vs. Gunslingers; who dares wins

Art nouveau vs. GunslingersOver the last hundred years or so, particularly since World War Two when film production progressed from layered black and white prints to glorious multi-colored vehicles, action-centered films became more realistic and violent and helped elevate the one-dimensional protagonists to god-like status. Movie goers, even admittedly discerning watchers of predominantly artistic shows which emphasized excellence across the board, loved this because it offered them an escape route from the growing realities of worldly life, particularly with the advent of twenty-four hour live news broadcasts, and helped them imagine living in a world where good always triumphed over evil.

David Lynch vs. Sergio Leone

Because they were the best gunslingers in the (movie) business, these iconic heroes did not need to rely on guides such as to find out how to secure their weapons of choice. Their pistols, magnums, rifles or shotguns did just fine in their capable hands, on the side of their hips or over their well-muscled shoulders. It was mentally unstable villains such as David Lynch’s creation of the Dennis Hopper character, Frank Booth, in the art nouveau piece, Blue Velvet who could not be trusted with a firearm, whether hand-held or locked away. But as it turned out, the inherently insane Booth did not need to rely on bullets to get his message across to his victims.

Also, the drug and alcohol-inspired Hopper’s magnificent acting talents helped strike fear in the hearts of the film’s characters and those who watched Lynch’s mesmerizing cinematic art from beginning to end. Now, while Lynch’s work across Blue Velvet, Wild at Heart and Twin Peaks, among others has been critically acclaimed for decades across the world, Italian director, Sergio Leone has to go down in history as one of the film world’s underappreciated directors and producers.

Angel Eyes vs. Frank Booth

Mockingly referred to as the creator of the original Spaghetti Western, Leone’s art has often been misunderstood. But we have our own sense of appreciation for his instinctive ability to create the genre’s most iconic hero of all time, one Man with No Name played by veteran and award-winning director, Clint Eastwood. This hero’s unusual penchant for loneliness endeared audiences for decades, so much so that it was hardly the fault of veteran actors Lee Van Cleef and Eli Wallach that they could not do enough to cause watchers to squirm more at their callousness and on-screen evil.

Indeed, not even Angel Eye’s (Van Cleef) cold-blooded murder of innocent women and children could match the sadistic madness of Hopper’s Booth who got no further than tormenting the sultry Dorothy Vallens (played by Isabella Rossellini).

And because Leone became a legend (in his own right) for creating classic Westerns, less is known of his gangster tale, Once Upon a Time in America, chronicling the lives of Jewish-born New Yorkers from childhood to extremely violent lives as bloodthirsty hoods.

We argue that Leone’s extremely long gangster epic is art nouveau at its best. Not even Francis Ford Coppola’s The Godfather series comes close.

7 Most Expensive Movie Sets of All Time

7 Most Expensive Movie Sets of All TimeFilmmaking is both art and business – a huge business. From pre-production to post-production, every single step requires budget. Many blockbuster hits cost millions but that does not always guarantee a movie’s success.

A great part of the movie’s budget runs to the movie set. Yes, it is one of the most crucial aspects in creating a cinematic masterpiece that majority of movie-viewers often overlook.

While some movies are set in just a simple room, a building, or a remote location, others necessitate constructing big-budget film sets to bring the story to life – and most producers are willing to make the gamble. But whether the huge price tag is worth it, it’s ultimately for the audience to decide.

Here are 7 of Hollywood’s most expensive sets ever built:

Waterworld (1995)

In order to create a fictional post-apocalyptic world in the midst of the vast ocean, the Kevin Reynolds-directed adventure picture went over budget (about $75 million dollars), mostly for building a 1,000-ton floating atoll somewhere in Hawaii.

With well over $100 million in production cost, this Kevin Costner-starrer was hoped to hit blockbuster level. Unfortunately, the multi-million dollar production didn’t bode well with the audience and has sunk as one of the most notorious flops in Hollywood.

Full Metal Jacket (1987)

The actual cost of this epic war movie was never actually released but the re-creation of the Vietnamese town of Hue was estimated to cost millions (about $30 million at that time). Stanley Kubrick, along with his creative team, reproduced the WWII’s aftermath in a sprawling abandoned dockyard and gasworks that was originally due for demolition. And to make it even more realistic, they brought in a collection of Westland Wessex helicopters and M41 tanks for the set.

Titanic (1997)

Not many viewers know that this mega blockbuster hit movie actually cost over $100 million just for the movie set. The reproduction of the “the unsinkable” cost a staggering $30 million while the 17-milion gallon tank where the ship was housed cost over $40 million. With its unprecedented success, James Cameron could be no happier.

Stalingrad (2013)

Although the set could be easily produced using computer, director Fedor Bondarchuk went the old fashion way to rebuild the World War II city of Stalingrad. Armed with framing nailers, jackhammers, and other power tools, an army of 400 workers aided by a creative team meticulously recreated the war-torn city for over 6 months. With the building equipment alone, one can expect a huge production cost. I’ve checked this site and discovered the cost of different framing nailers. Now, I really wouldn’t wonder why the lavish setting cost a whooping $4 million.

Intolerance (1916)

D.W. Griffith set the bar in production costs in his 1916 epic film – Intolerance. For the movie, Griffith invested millions in building a colossal replica of the Great Wall of Babylon. The 300-foot movie set took up over four city blocks. It was one of the most expensive, grandest movie sets for a long time.

Ben Hur (1959)

This Charlton Heston-starrer is a masterpiece. Alongside its impeccable script, great acting, and revolutionary cinematography was the massive movie set which helped made a larger-than-life movie. The film had over 300 sets which were located in an extensive 148 acres and nine sound stages. At a time when power tools were not yet as efficient as today, carpenters and artists had to painstakingly work on 40,000 cubic feet of lumber and million pounds of plaster to build the largest and most expensive film set at its time. The appreciated cost is estimated to be over $8 million in today’s economy.

The Lord of the Rings Trilogy (2001-2003)

Recreating the settings, such as Hobbiton and Helm’s Deep, in J.R.R Tolkiens’ legendary fantasy novel comes with a huge price tag. The total production cost is estimated to be around $281 million, making Peter Jackson’s LOTR trilogy the most ambitious and most expensive in Hollywood today. New Zealand did a great decision of investing (co-producing) on this project as the movie set has turned into a profitable tourist attraction even after the shoot.

It can’t be denied, the film set has a lasting effect on the overall appeal of a movie but it’s also not the defining factor. The story and cinematography is still king. How about you, what films do you think have the most expensive set? Would love to hear your thoughts.

5 Secrets Every Filmmaker Should Know

5 Secrets Every Filmmaker Should KnowIn an era that is dominated by high-budget films, aspiring filmmakers can easily feel daunted and intimated. But movies like Paranormal Activity (2007), The Castle (1997), Blairwitch Project (1999), Once (2006), and many other low-budget films that have made big in the industry are very encouraging. These movies prove that you don’t need millions to produce cinematic masterpiece that will also do good in theaters.

Here are a few secrets that can help make your feature film look better without extra cost.

  1. Less light, tighter shots

Medium Close-up and Close-up shots effectively compensate for low-budget production design or film sets. Shooting tight makes feature films look more expensive. Tom Hooper has effectively used this technique for some of his films.

  1. Fill up the background

Empty spaces make your film look low-budget and cheap. Add detail, or perhaps clutter, in dead spaces. Items such as stuffed animals, blankets, furniture, etc. add color, depth, characterization and value to the image. Woodworking tools come handy for the creative team as it can be used to create different wood items for the background. Perhaps, a good investment would be a wood lathe. I was looking for a wood lathe online and came across WoodLatheReport.Com. The site has a good number of reviews that compare different wood lathes.

  1. Maximize camera movement

Add life and energy to each scene by moving the camera. Movement with jibs, cranes, dollies, etc. can make your feature film appear more pro. Even mainstream movies use constant camera motions for their movies.

  1. Background music in every scene

Music helps convey the tone and mood in each scene, and pushes the story forward. It invisibly connects scenes together and makes transitions flow better. Musical score masks dull scenes, mistakes, or abrupt edits, ultimately creating a spectacular output. Many low-budget movies could have been better had right music been laid onto it.

  1. Add depth

Create visually pleasing images by adding depth to each scene. Avoid placing your actor directly in front of the wall as this creates a dull, uninteresting shot. Instead, add depth by using a variety of hues and lights in the background, mid, and fore. Putting items to the walls also adds depth.

  1. Remove unnecessary scenes

One very helpful technique is to cut the fluff. Stick with the story plot. If a sequence, dialogue, or action is not essential for the story, lose it. Keep the viewers hooked to the plot by making it concise, cohesive, and full. You do not want a lengthy movie that has no meat.

  1. Light on a pole

5 Secrets Every Filmmaker Should KnowThis is an essential lighting tool that is light, portable, and quick. It is very versatile and can be used for different lighting needs, either for back or fill light. An extendable pole is even better as it can be adjusted to suit the situation.

Finally (and most important of all) have fun! While your goal is to deliver an awesome film, you should not forget to enjoy the moment. After all, it’s the reason why you’re behind the lens, right?

As a certified film buff and art patron, I’ve always believed that it is how a story is told using light, framing and motion that makes a movie great. The best films are those that stir the imagination, engage the mind and touch the heart, and never the price tag.

What tips and secrets have you got there? Share your thoughts with us, we’d love to learn more from you!

Cheesy Film

Cheesy FilmThere’s something to be said for bad movies. Not every film can be a blockbuster hit, or else how would we even know what the great films were in the first place? It’s like night and day, hot and cold, happy and sad; you can’t really understand the presence or absence of the former until you also understand the presence or absence of the latter. Movies really are a lot like that. B movies are often bad, but there happens to be lots of room for bad cinema in the entertainment world. The great volume of such stinkers which already exist should be enough proof of that point.

Actually, we kind of enjoy making bad movies of our own. We can understand why directors opt for that. It’s a lot cheaper than putting a great movie together, that’s for sure. Typically it doesn’t take as long to make a bad film as it does to make a good one either, so there’s a lot of time to be saved as well. People need to laugh and cry and think and feel – even if they only get little laughs or slightly sad stories or mostly stupid plots from the movies they see. So, yes, there is undoubtedly a place in the world for cheesy film.

Horror flicks are perhaps the easiest “bad” movies to make. With enough gore, anything can become so gruesome that it still affects the viewer in some memorable way, even if the plot, characters and settings are all unbelievably stupid. You could literally have some guy with a pole saw running around, hacking limbs off trees with shaky close-ups on the chopped limbs bleeding sap and you might just have something so bad it’s good enough to make viewers laugh like crazy. It’s not that they’re flimsy weapons either – just check out Pole Saw Report to see them yourself. They really look like murder weapons.

That’s not to say any other genre of film is suffering from a shortage of terrible movies. Comedies, especially romantic comedies, seem to be all about spoofing things these days and making fun of previously conceived notions of what such movies are supposed to be in the first place. It does kind of make sense that they would be “so bad you laugh” what with being comedies and all; in that sense they’re actually very good movies since the end goal was to make the viewer laugh anyhow. If it happens, why does it matter how it happens?

The next time someone invites you out for a movie, go ahead and see it. You’d be surprised how common bad movies actually are, and how many make it into theaters to run alongside the huge hits that rake in hundreds of millions. Again, not all movies can be huge successes – if they were, how would anyone know what the successful movies were and which movies were terrible? Also, not all bad movies have redeeming qualities. Sometimes, a terrible movie is just a terrible movie and best avoided.

Cheesy Film

4 films about boxing that you must look

How much boxing is a popular sport, says a large number of films made about him. Some are actually such a classic, that it is really inconceivable that you call yourself a connoisseur of movies if have not watched them. The film is one of the ways to show what is behind the scenes of a sport like boxing – a lot of sacrifices, effort, training, injuries, success, and defeat.


This film starring Sylvester Stallone is a synonym for movies about boxers and boxing. It made a great movie star of Stallone. The film became so popular that after it gets several of its sequels. Of course, copies and the sequels are never good as the original. The film shows how difficult is the path to success and how much sacrifice requires professional sports, especially if you start from nothing. The script for the film is written by Stallone.

A Million Dollar Baby

This is a film that won four Oscars, including the best of the best movie 2005, as well as Best Actress. The focus of this movie is a girl and her efforts to break into the world of professional boxing. Like any boxing movie, and this one is full of boxing training scenes, which includes sparring and exercises on the punching bag. Some of them can be found on the Punching bag pro. However, the film is also full of emotion. Love towards sport is sometimes stronger than anything, and this film shows that very clear.


The movie describes the life of one of the greatest boxers of all time – Muhammad Ali. In his role is placed Will Smith, who did a wonderful job. Being famous to this extent is certainly a life full of unpredictable ups and downs, but also perseverance. Besides the professional life, the movie is great complemented by details from the personal lives of this boxer, such as his attitude towards the war in Vietnam and the acceptance of the Islamic faith. The film covers the period of his life when he was at the peak of his career, and before he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease.

“Raging Bull”

Perhaps there are nowhere described the ups and downs of one boxer, as in this film in which Robert De Niro has played the role of Jake LaMotta. Jake is a self-destructive, violent man who did not manage to cope with the energy he has, equally in all fields. The success at the professional level, are arranged together with the failure on the personal field. His personal life and his character as presented through many brutal scenes.

Boxing is a frequent subject of films before and after these films. Some had significant success and received remarkable awards. Certainly, they have managed to show the true weight of this sport to the average man and show what is going on outside the ring. The road to success in the professional boxing is hard and full of many obstacles. These are just some of the films that you need to look. Each deals with the topic of boxing in a special way.

Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Iconic Slasher Film

Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Iconic Slasher FilmSome movies are made to make you smile others to make you fall in love but some are made to scare the hell out of you. Texas Chainsaw Massacre is one of them.

Texas Chainsaw Massacre has been untiringly scaring movie-goers for over three decades now. The formula for this slasher movie is just perfect: a scar-faced, blood-thirsty villain armed with a chainsaw and ready to kill, a group of unsuspecting youngsters, an open field somewhere out of civilization, and a disclaimer telling the audience everything they see is real! Other films have repeatedly tried the formula but it just won’t work the same way as this movie does. For effectively frightening people of all ages, this movie is definitely iconic.

First to hit the movie theaters in 1974, this American horror film series already has seven films under its wing (the original, four sequels, a remake and a prequel). And it seems movie-goers haven’t had enough of the story, another adaptation is currently on its production stage and is planned for release next year. By the sheer number of installments and a whooping $203 million at the box office, one can say that it is among most successful horror film series in Hollywood.

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There might have been a lot of other Texas Chainsaw Massacre sequels, remakes and prequels, but for me original film, under the direction of Tob Hooper and written with Kim Henkel, remains the best among the rest. Yes, the modern-day TCM in 3D may have frightened me to the bones, but it won’t surpass the iconic 70s grotesque film. The screenplay was perfectly executed. The lack of modern effects, CGI and other film technologies was never an issue. On the other, it could have been a boon for the film. The absence of such technologies lets you focus on the effective storytelling.

From the opening credits to its end, expect non-stop terror which makes it capable of enduring the test of time. It’s unusual how the film evokes a sense of dread even before the first clip pops in. Perhaps, the title itself plays a terrifying effect in the subconscious. At the opening clip, the film tells the audience that everything they will see is real. It seems to warn viewers of a really horrifying treat that awaits them.

As the film progresses, the suspense and terror escalates to unbearable levels. There is much running, panting, screaming, shouting and bleeding. The graphic visuals are perfectly timed with the harrowing audio. The noise of the chainsaw is enough to scare. I wouldn’t be as terrified if someone chases me with a Hitachi reciprocating saw on hand, the sound is not as dreadful as that of a chainsaw.

Every time you watch the film, it still leaves you with a surreal nightmarish feeling and an unbearable level of suspense. That’s the power of great screenplay coupled with able use of lighting, sound and video. If there’s one horror film that you’d never want to watch alone, it’s definitely Texas Chainsaw Massacre! Nothing beats the original!

The Best Home Interiors In Films

How important is the interior where you spend your time? Maybe you’re not even aware how an adequate interior contributes to an atmosphere in which you reside. However, interior designers are aware of that, and they know that the appearance of the interior is very important in films. It should convey and evoke the atmosphere of the film and complement the story. Let’s mention some of the home interiors in films that attract attention.

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“It’s Complicated”

 The kitchen in this film is the center of the story. It’s a real functional kitchen, full of things that are used daily. In fact, this is a great blend of functional and beautiful. Bright colors give a light, make the atmosphere enjoyable and warm. The large table in the middle simply calls on gathering, socializing and shared moments. There are nice integrated details – dark chairs with orange seats, a large chandelier in the middle and two smaller ones over the desk, perfect sorted white dishes on white shelves … A true home atmosphere.

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In this movie, interior inspires with its pink apartment, even those who are not fans of pink. The huge space is decorated with modern furniture in bright pink. The floor is white – in the part that is created for sitting it is covered with white carpet and in the rest of the apartment, with white marble. Maintaining cleanliness of these light areas looks like a challenge, but Cleaning Expert Lab has the right solution for such things. When you know that, then enjoy is complete, especially when you have a wonderful view over the terrace on top of the roof, like this one.

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Almost every part of the James Bond film will leave you speechless when the interior of the villain’s lair is in question. Let’s emphasize this one, which is a combination of nature and modern furniture. This design is unusual and unpredictable. Red pieces of modern furniture are excellent contrast the rock behind them. The rock and flowers that are growing around it are the most powerful detail, that seems to stray into this space and then fit perfectly. This is a very inspiring design – from the floor to ceiling and decorations on it, via the fantastic look from the window.

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The interior in this film is a typical example how it is an important part of the movie, in order to show a story and someone’s character. For some people, this is the style and for another it is a kitsch of Versailles. The interior in this film is rich in details. But kitsch, shine and glamour – that’s what this movie shows.

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When we talk about Coco Chanel, she associate us on black and white combinations. The interior in this film perfectly complements this picture, especially when we talk about her room. It has a lot of black and white patterns and details that are different, yet successfully integrated into one unit.

These are just some interiors that were singled out because of their differences. Whether they attract your attention during the film or not, the fact is that a good home interior design in the film tells its own story.

Actors Who Have Transformed Their Bodies Because of The Film

topgun-597920_1920Acting job became more and more demanding. It is not enough to have talent. It is necessary to have a good look. 60s and 70s of the last century, for the role of strongman in the movies were paid bodybuilders. They were only background actors. And then things changed …

Through its role in “Conan” (1982), Arnold Schwarzenegger changed the course of things. He made it clear that bodybuilders can act, speak up and become real actors. Today, it is the most accepted the second option – a good actor should make an effort and made a large muscle mass, then record scenes for the big screen. To achieve such results in a short time, it’s necessary to have a hard training. Today, almost every actor who cares about itself, has a home gym with equipment that can be found on this website:

For certain roles, from the actors is often required bulky look, that they should form for a short time. In other words, they should be dedicated, persistent and to train 7 days a week. In this way can occur significant changes in appearance. These 3 actors have trained hard to make a good movie.

Mickey Rourke in The Wrestler”

When he got a role in the movie “The Wrestler”, Mickey Rourke had already exceeded 50 years of age. To look good in the ring, it was necessary to gain muscle mass – more precisely, 30 pounds of pure muscles. Besides training with a professional wrestler, Afa the Wild Samoan, he had to spend a lot of time lifting weights. This way, he has managed to achieve two things – to transform his body and to enter in the character of one professional wrestler.

Christian Bale in “Batman begins”

Christian has made the transformation that is really admirable, especially when you consider that only six months before this film he had 100 pounds less. In fact, he was naked skin and bones and had only 120 pounds. For the purposes of the film “The machinist”, he first lost 60 pounds. In just half a year, he managed to double his body weight and to pump up the muscles that we can see in “Batman begins”. In addition to increased nutrition, for such a result was required strenuous daily training. He is a clear example how dramatic results can be achieved in a short time, especially when you employ your power racks.

Will Smith in “Ali”

In this film, Will Smith played the greatest boxers of all time, Muhammad Ali. To do this, he had to make 35 pounds of muscles, especially in the upper body. Because of lifting weights every day, when he reached a desired physical condition, he was able to lift 350 pounds on the bench. Yes, he transforms his appearance, but he also had a good role, and this has resulted in an Oscar nomination.

In the film industry, beautiful bodies are increasingly valued. It is certain that the good look will become an essential prerequisite for getting good roles.