Welcome to the Carnival of Cinema Episode XIV, and, for those of you who haven’t been here before, to my weblog. This is a historic moment in cinema blogging, as it’s the first time this carnival has been hosted anywhere other than Nehring the Edge. (Thank you Scott for letting me sit in the director’s chair for a week!) Grab some popcorn, sit back, and enjoy the show.
My favourite submission comes from Will Chen at Wise Bread. It’s about Frank Capra’s classic 1946 film It’s a Wonderful Life, which many consider to be one of the greatest films ever made. The FBI, however, considered it to be subversive Communist propaganda. For those of you who are still unaware of the evils of capitalism, here’s the film:
“It seemed like every week [during the 1980s], there was a new action movie starring one of the many action heroes of that time”, says Scribble King, “[and] even though [they] all had more or less the same premise (man on his own killing tons of baddies in order to save his wife/daughter/sister) people lapped it up”. A film a week for a whole decade? That’s 520 films! How is one who is uninitiated in ’80s action supposed to make sense of it all? Well, Scribble King opines on which ones must be seen and which ones should probably be avoided, in his 5 minute guide to 80s action heroes.
At CampusGrotto Ted Reimers, lists the Top 10 college movies of all time, and Here in Idaho (actually I’m in London), Kristi gives us a rundown of her 5 favourite film franchises, amongst which are the Rocky films. For the imminent release of Rocky Balboa, the sixth film in the series, Empire magazine is running a competition in conjunction with 20th Century Fox. The entrant who makes the best Rocky tribute video wins a trip to Philadelphia. Some of the entries are quite amusing; if you think you can do better, you’ve got until the end of the month to upload your clip to YouTube.
Now for some film reviews. First off, head over to I am Screaming & Punching Myself to see why Catherine thinks Children of Men is “flat-out, bar none, the best directed film” of 2006. Then go to Nehring The Edge, this carnival’s home, and find out why Scott thinks Snakes on a Plane is a very bad film. With a name like that, what would you expect? Ashok (whose new blog is Rethink) uses Jack Black’s character in School of Rock as an example in a brief discussion about pedagogy, and over at Newsvine, F. D. Bryant has written a short review of Eragon.
Finally, if you’re thinking about studying film, Education Center Online has some very useful resources on film schools. If you’ve already graduated and are contemplating shooting a film in Australia, the Digital Film Crew provides a few links for finding the perfect location. From Zoom-In Online, Annie Frisbie gives us two interviews. One is with film historian David Bordwell, the other with Geoff Gilmore, co-director of Sundance Film Festival. At My Simple Trading System, Praveen discusses the branded interactive features that will be added to DVDs, and, last, but not least, here’s something from me.
Thanks to everyone who contributed to this episode of the Carnival of Cinema. The next episode will be hosted by Scott in a week’s time. You can submit your film reviews and other cinema-related blog posts here.