26 Aug 2014

Wrote on behalf of Cinema In Focus today. Got picked up by #Noozhawk. Also ran through the points in this video. Had a great time using #screenflow.

9 Aug 2014

Appropriate 404 page for a movie site.

Appropriate 404 page for a movie site.

6 Mar 2014

I didn’t make these in time for our Oscars party, but these were too cool to pass up.

5 Apr 2013

VERTIGO location shots. Used for Cinema In Focus.

8 Nov 2012

2 Nov 2012

I’ve been spending time lately building up a followership for Cinema In Focus’s new instagram channel. Photos were shot by me and adjusted using various filters.

1 Aug 2012


The Passion of Joan of Arc, from 1928, is available online and translated into English here.  It is simply amazing.  Maria Falconetti as Joan gives what is widely regarded as one of the best performances on film, ever.

Truly truly profound and an amazing film. The cinematography, for an early silent film is remarkable. The music is both haunting and beautiful. While the movie is an investment of time, it is well worth watching.

A keeper. -n8

2 Mar 2012

One of my favorite presentations of this song.

14 Nov 2011

Great music to an amazing portfolio.

13 Nov 2011

Absolutely fascinating.

Absolutely fascinating.

9 Nov 2011

This is a fabulous tribute and got me hooked on Buster Keaton.

29 May 2011

The Great Dictator

Yes, this is meme-ish but I watched this youtube clip earlier in the week and it stuck with me.

Chaplin’s speech has some powerful word choices. The score is also a powerful compliment to the scene (furthering my opinion that the soundtrack to INCEPTION is just incredible). Lastly, I remember watching bits and pieces of this as a kid - but never the full movie. It never seemed as funny to me as his other work. Now, as an adult, I can watch it with patience and perspective. I picked it up at the local library (Netflix and iTunes didn’t have it) It is a powerful movie - especially when it is understood in it’s context.

Because of this, I felt it worthy of curating and making a few brief notes.

"Machinery that gives abundance has left us in want. Our knowledge has made us cynical; our cleverness, hard and unkind. We think too much and feel too little. More than machinery, we need humanity. More than cleverness, we need kindness and gentleness. Without these qualities, life will be violent and all will be lost."

    - Chaplin here speaks to the mechanized age. The advent of the airplane and radio - and yet, when he later speaks of “how they have brought us close together” - I cannot help but think of our modern conveniences to frame these words in. The internet. Skype. Cell phones. Wikipedia. Surely our cleverness has grown - perhaps our cynicism and crassness as well?
"Don’t give yourselves to these unnatural men - machine men with machine minds and machine hearts! You are not machines, you are not cattle, you are men! You have the love of humanity in your hearts! "

Not included in this youtube clip:
"Hannah, can you hear me? Wherever you are, look up Hannah! The clouds are lifting! The sun is breaking through! We are coming out of the darkness into the light! We are coming into a new world; a kindlier world, where men will rise above their hate, their greed, and brutality. Look up, Hannah! The soul of man has been given wings and at last he is beginning to fly. He is flying into the rainbow! Into the light of hope, into the future! The glorious future, that belongs to you, to me and to all of us. Look up, Hannah. Look up! "

12 Mar 2011

An interesting similarity of style…

North by NorthwestThe Adjustment Bureau

Just an neat observation. I found “The Adjustment Bureau“‘s poster to be very Hitchcockian.

11 Mar 2011

My dad - if he was a reluctant, stuttering king, giving a speech.
(A funny label he used at an Oscar party)

My dad - if he was a reluctant, stuttering king, giving a speech.
(A funny label he used at an Oscar party)

29 Jan 2011

“Ever heard of chaos theory, Ed? It’s a science, tries to determine underlying patterns in chaotic systems like weather, ocean currents, blood flow sort of things. But it turns out that are few things more chaotic than the beat of a human heart. Its beating up, slowing down. Pretty face, flirty stares. It’s always changing on what’s happening to ourselves out there. It’s an erratic son of a bitch. But underneath all of that bump-da-bump mess, there is in fact a pattern, the truth, and it’s love. Most important thing about love is that we choose to give it, and we choose to receive it. Making it the least random act in the entire universe. It transcends blood, it transcends betrayal and all the dirt and makes us human.”
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