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Dolemite is my name!

Good movie, a little too similar in structure to ” Ed Wood” (same writers) and Eddie Murphy is great, but doesn’t really “become” Rudy Ray Moore like I thought he would.
You could barely tell it was the same actor playing all the Klumps in ( The Nutty Professor. The RRM character in this movie sounds like…. Eddie Murphy doing Rudy Ray Moore routines… instead of it sounding like …. Rudy Ray Moore routines.


Eddie Murphy talks really fast while Moore had a very rehearsed feel to his speech pattern.


It doesn’t shy away from the fact that Dolemite was trash.. Uproariously entertaining and exploitative trash….


(Spoilers) Was Durville Martin really that much of a snob? If so, why was he brought back for the sequels?


Did Moore really not catch on that most of his film was being laughed AT in the wrong way? Sure its ok for the audience to laugh at the deliberate jokes, but seeing “Dolemite” movies both on VHS and midnight screenings at the original Alamo Drafthouse ( in the late 90s) the films gets laughed at when its supposed to be serious… the god awfully fake kung fu scenes…. etc..


I can remember reading how some Black writers were annoyed at how popular many blaxploitation flicks became on VHS in the late 90s. Someone wrote ( “its a voyeuristic look at the absolute worst aspects of Black culture”). Maybe it bothered them that once again white kids found “their” hidden treasure.


Ive often heard that when the Rudy Ray Moore movies were, the whole plan was to see them stoned…. they just weren’t that good straight…


For those of you who didn’t know, Rudy Ray Moore was like the Black Ed Wood of the 70s’, or… later on… Tommy Wiseau.


Moore’s movies weren’t as technically incompetent as Ed Woods, but they were just as cluelessly self indulgent.


He was a guy who wanted to be the star of a movie so he made his own way in. He wanted to be a sex symbol in a movie, so he wrote himself as one… ( even though he is quite up to that level).


He wanted to be an action star…. but his fighting skills were laughably/atrociously feeble. BUT, it must be said, Rudy Ray Moores movies were NEVER ever boring. At their worst, that are goofily laughable and never reach the train wreck heights ( depths) of say… The Rooms tuxedo football scene.


I’ll have to watch it again. I suspect there are Easter eggs and cameos I didn’t catch? Who played the wino and his trash can campfire crew?


I wonder if they were tied to the real Dolemite? Did the owner of the white Cadillac really not know they were going to blow it up? And I highly suspect the “ passing of the cane” at the end never happened ( or.. did it? who knows.. I suspect someone is going to call me out on it)

Movie Hanging Execution


Movie Hanging Execution

How to do a fake hanging for a low budget film.

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Movie Making Merit Badge??!?!?


Where was THIS when I was a Boy Scout?








Maybe I could be a merit badge counsellour for this?!?!



Green Screen Airplane Model


<p><a href=”https://vimeo.com/34719856″>A Small Trip To The Making Of Visual Effects – Miniatures Effects</a> from <a href=”https://vimeo.com/toupin”>TOUPIN</a&gt; on <a href=”https://vimeo.com”>Vimeo</a&gt;.</p>


Behind the scenes documentary showing how filmmakers used a combination of old timey models and practical effects mixed in with green screen and cgi.


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I just read  an article in MOVIE MAKER magazine that has my head spinning.

Theres an interview with Steve Bellamy, President of Kodak Film.  Bellamy gave a bunch of reasons as to why independent filmmakers should be shooting on film, not digital.

Well, I don’t know any “filmmaker” today who wouldn’t WANT to be shooting on true film. But its too expensive.

Bellamy said “ No one ever said ‘lets make this film look more like digital’ 

Well thats true, I do EVERYTHING I can to make my digital footage look “cinematic” Filters, de saturation…..  I’ve gotten pretty good at making color digital look like high contrast Black and White, but Im not satisfied with making digital look like color film.

Bellamy said “Film is LESS expensive than digital, no ifs ands or buts”

Well I could give him dozens, if not hundreds of no ifs ands or buts…

He said “camera packages are cheaper with film. Your shooting ratios are lower, your performances are better. People prepare better and storyboard with film— in video they don’t.  Film doesn’t have a video village”

He is SO wrong  on that.  I prep as if it were film. I storyboard. I don’t have a “video village” anyway, my DSLR is used just like a film camera.

He said “When you edit digital, you have four times as much footage to soft through than if you shot film”

He may be right about that, but if I’m editing something I shot myself, I can sift through the footage really fast. In fact some “bad” footage” might capture something I didn’t notice at first.

But of course, his business is selling film.. so of course he’s biased.









Three Identical Strangers review


I just saw “THREE IDENTICAL STRANGERS” at the Alamo South Lamar and I can’t recommend it enough.





It starts off as a cute curiosity, a college freshman finds out that he has a twin. The human interest story hits the papers and the twins find out there was a THIRD brother. And I thought ” Ok this is an amusing story, but how can it full up a feature documentary? I dont wanna ruin it, but holy cow the story gets GOOD! Its one of theses stories that, if it was a drama, you wouldn’t believe it. Ya can’t make this s–t up!





Don’t cancel the Obi Wan film?


Disney has cancelled the Obi Wan movie because “Solo” tanked?



Don’t CANCEL them but…….

Disney is being greedy and rushing out too many Star Wars films too soon. The old ones, even the prequels, were EVENTS that took a long time to make. 2 a year if even takes the “special ness” out of it. And Hollywood should learn WHY certain things succeed or fail. The dark and gritty Batmans were big hits so…. lets make Superman dark and gritty. SLAP! Bad logic!