Posts Tagged ‘35mm’

Theatrical Viewings:

  1. LOVE (2015) – directed by Gaspar Noé
  2. THE MARTIAN (2015) – directed by Ridley Scott
  3. DIE HARD (1988) – directed by John McTiernan (35mm)
  4. DIE HARD 2 (1990) – directed by Renny Harlin (35mm)
  5. WOMAN IN THE MOON (1929) – directed by Fritz Lang (16mm)
  6. GHOST WORLD (2001) – directed by Terry Zwigoff
  7. STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS (2015) – directed by J.J. Abrams
  8. STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS (2015) – directed by J.J. Abrams (2nd viewing)
  9. SISTERS (2015) – directed by Jason Moore
  10. THE HATEFUL EIGHT (2015) – directed by Quentin Tarantino (70mm)
  11. JOY (2015) – directed by David O. Russell
  12. VERTIGO (1958) – directed by Alfred Hitchcock (70mm)
  13. INTERSTELLAR (2014) – directed by Christopher Nolan (70mm)
  14. 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY (1968) – directed by Stanley Kubrick (70mm)

Home Viewings:

  1. 9 ½ WEEKS (1986) – directed by Adrian Lyne
  2. EYES WIDE SHUT (1999) – directed by Stanley Kubrick
  3. FATEFUL FINDINGS (2013) – directed by Neil Breen
  4. AMERICAN PSYCHO (2000) – directed by Mary Harron
  5. EDWARD SCISSORHANDS (1990) – directed by Tim Burton
  6. BATMAN RETURNS (1992) – directed by Tim Burton
  7. SILENT NIGHT, DEADLY NIGHT (1984) – directed by Charles Sellier
  8. THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS (1993) – directed by Henry Selick
  9. PRANCER (1989) – directed by John Hancock
  10. JINGLE ALL THE WAY (1996) – directed by Brian Levant
  11. JACK FROST (1998) – directed by Troy Miller
  12. THE MUPPET CHRISTMAS CAROL (1992) – directed by Brian Henson
  13. GREMLINS (1984) – directed by Joe Dante
  14. HOME ALONE (1990) – directed by Chris Columbus
  15. CHRISTMAS VACATION (1989) – directed by Jeremiah S. Chechik
  16. IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE (1946) – directed by Frank Capra
  17. STAR WARS: THE ORIGINAL THEATRICAL CUT (1977) – directed by George Lucas
  18. THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK: THE ORIGINAL THEATRICAL CUT (1980) – directed by Irvin Kershner
  19. RETURN OF THE JEDI: THE ORIGINAL THEATRICAL CUT (1983) – directed by Richard Marquand
  20. TURKISH STAR WARS (1982) – directed by Çetin Inanç
  21. EMPIRE OF DREAMS: THE STORY OF THE STAR WARS TRILOGY (2004) – directed by Edith Becker & Kevin Burns
  22. STARCRASH (1978) – directed by Luigi Cozzi
  23. COSMOS: WAR OF THE PLANETS (1977) – directed by Alfonso Brescia
  24. YOUNG@HEART (2007) – directed by Stephen Walker
  25. ZOOLANDER (2001) – directed by Ben Stiller
  26. KING KONG VS. GODZILLA (1962) – directed by Ishirô Honda
  27. KING KONG ESCAPES (1967) – directed by Ishirō Honda

Television:

  1. GREG THE BUNNY, 1×01-1×04

 

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Theatrical Viewings:

  1. TERMINATOR 2: SHOCKING DARK (1989) – directed by Bruno Mattei
  2. UNITY (2015) – directed by Shaun Monson
  3. STREETS OF FIRE (1984) – directed by Walter Hill (35mm)
  4. THE DIARY OF A TEENAGE GIRL (2015) – directed by Marielle Heller
  5. E.T. THE EXTRA-TERRESTRIAL (1982) – directed by Steven Spielberg
  6. ROAR (1981) – directed by Noel Marshall
  7. SINISTER 2 (2015) – directed by Ciarán Foy
  8. MISTRESS AMERICA (2015) – directed by Noah Baumbach
  9. BANG BANG BABY (2014) – directed by Jeffrey St. Jules
  10. SHAUN THE SHEEP MOVIE (2015) – directed by Mark Burton & Richard Starzak
  11. CLASH OF THE WARLORDS (1985) – directed by Willy Milan

Home Viewings:

  1. LOST SOUL: THE DOOMED JOURNEY OF RICHARD STANLEY’S ISLAND OF DR. MOREAU (2014) – directed by David Gregory
  2. THEY LIVE (1988) – directed by John Carpenter
  3. GODZILLA VS. MEGALON (1973) – directed by Jun Fukuda
  4. THE BEAST FROM 20,000 FATHOMS (1953) – directed by Eugene Lourie
  5. DOGS ON THE INSIDE (2014) – directed by Brean Cunningham & Douglas Seirup
  6. ONLY THE LONELY (1991) – directed by Chris Columbus
  7. NO HOLDS BARRED (1989) – directed by Thomas J. Wright

Television:

n/a

Theatrical Viewings:

  1. MR. TURNER (2014) – directed by Mike Leigh
  2. NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM: SECRET OF THE TOMB (2014) – directed by Shawn Levy
  3. BIRDMAN OR THE UNEXPECTED VIRTUE OF IGNORANCE (2014) – directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu
  4. GONE GIRL (2014) – directed by David Fincher
  5. 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY (1968) – directed by Stanley Kubrick (70mm)
  6. BIG EYES (2014) – directed by Tim Burton
  7. INHERENT VICE (2014) – directed by Paul Thomas Anderson (70mm)
  8. ROMY & MICHELLE’S HIGH SCHOOL REUNION (1997) – directed by David Mirkin (35mm)
  9. BIG HERO 6 (2014) – directed by Don Hall & Chris Williams
  10. WHIPLASH (2014) – directed by Damien Chazelle

Home Viewings:

  1. BORAT: CULTURAL LEARNINGS OF AMERICA FOR MAKE BENEFIT GLORIOUS NATION OF KAZAKSTAN (2006) – directed by Larry Charles
  2. TOO TALL (2014) – directed by Ivan Petric
  3. SOUTH PARK: BIGGER, LONGER & UNCUT (1999) – directed by Trey Parker
  4. TWINS (1988) – directed by Ivan Reitman
  5. AMERICAN MOVIE (1999) – directed by Chris Smith
  6. HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON (2010) – directed by Dean DeBlois & Chris Sanders
  7. HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON 2 (2014) – directed by Dean DeBlois
  8. UPSTREAM COLOR (2013) – directed by Shane Carruth
  9. THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS (1993) – directed by Henry Selick
  10. GREMLINS (1984) – directed by Joe Dante
  11. JINGLE ALL THE WAY (1996) – directed by Brian Levant
  12. PRANCER (1989) – directed by John D. Hancock
  13. BLADE RUNNER (1982) – directed by Ridley Scott
  14. ERNEST SAVES CHRISTMAS (1988) – directed by John R. Cherry III
  15. THE MUPPET CHRISTMAS CAROL (1992) – directed by Brian Henson
  16. HOME ALONE (1990) – directed by Chris Columbus
  17. CHRISTMAS VACATION (1989) – directed by Jeremiah S. Chechik
  18. IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE (1946) – directed by Frank Capra
  19. NYMPHOMANIAC VOL. I (2013) – directed by Lars von Trier (2nd viewing)
  20. NYMPHOMANIAC VOL. II (2013) – directed by Lars von Trier (2nd viewing)

Television:

  1. THE FLINTSTONES, 6×01-6×14
  2. TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES, 1×01-1×05, 2×01-2×04

Theatrical Viewings:

  1. HELLRAISER (1987) – directed by Clive Barker (35mm)
  2. NIGHTBREED (1990) – directed by Clive Barker (35mm)
  3. INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS (1956) – directed by Don Siegel (35mm)
  4. THE LEGO MOVIE (2014) – directed by Chris Miller and Phil Lord
  5. THE WAR OF THE WORLDS (1953) – directed by Byron Haskin (35mm)

Home Viewings:

n/a

Television:

  1. ROCKO’S MODERN LIFE, 2×05-2×13, 3×01-3×07
  2. THAT ‘70S SHOW, 1×01-1×25, 2×01-2×26, 3×01-3×13
  3. THE SIMPSONS, 4×01-4×22, 5×01-5×22

Theatrical Viewings:

  1. EVIL DEAD (2013) – directed by Fede Alvarez
  2. MULHOLLAND DR. (2001) – directed by David Lynch (35mm)
  3. LOST HIGHWAY (1997) – directed by David Lynch (35mm)

Home Viewings:

  1. WHO FRAMED ROGER RABBIT (1988) – directed by Robert Zemeckis
  2. SUPER SIZE ME (2004) – directed by Morgan Spurlock
  3. AMERICAN MOVIE (1999) – directed by Chris Smith
  4. EVERYTHING IS ILLUMINATED (2005) – directed by Liev Schreiber
  5. INLAND EMPIRE (2006) – directed by David Lynch
  6. SINGHAM (2011) – directed by Rohit Shetty

Television:

  1. BOTTOM, 1×01-1×02

We’re literally three weeks to the day when production on EROTICIDE begins and I can’t wait!

I’m also cautiously optimistic about the shoot as I’ve been down this road before with the AMY’S IN THE ATTIC feature back in 2011 only for plans to fall through.

However, things have been going extremely smoothly so far. Almost too smoothly.

Auditions came and went and I was very fortunate to find three incredible actors who will be bringing my story to life. Our first script read-through/discussion takes place on Tuesday and from there we’ll schedule some rehearsals leading up to the production.

One thing I ought to point out, is that because two of our leads are francophone, I’ve had to make a slight adjustment to the script.

One of my biggest pet peeves about films and in particular, Quebec films, is when actors are forced to speak a language that clearly isn’t their mother tongue. You see this all the time at SPASM or Fantasia, where you have these flicks starring francophone actors who are speaking in English just to make the film more “marketable” to the States. The irony of course is that a lot of these films are made by separatist filmmakers who hate anything to do with English, but don’t seem to mind appropriating our language when they want to make a buck.

But I digress.

Since it is absolutely imperative to the success of EROTICIDE that audiences are emotionally invested in the story 100%, I can’t have anything that could possibly distract them from this experience. That’s why I decided that Ian and Liz (or rather, Yan and Elise, as they’ve been rechristened) will be speaking in French to each other during the film. They will only break into English whenever they interact with Kendra (who’s played by an anglophone actress). That way, when audiences hear Yan or Elise speaking with a French accent, they will accept this because we have established from the get-go, that these characters are in fact francophone and would obviously speak with an accent when conversing in English.

The best part about this is now I’ll finally get to have a “un film de Matthew Saliba” credit at the beginning of the film! 😉

My beautiful and amazing wife, Andree-Anne is handling the honors of translating 3/4 of the script into French. The question now becomes, what credit do I give her on the film? Should she get a co-writer credit? Or just a translator credit? What do you guys think?

Besides that, we’ve finally locked down a restaurant for our big restaurant scene. We’ll be shooting at one of my favorite places in Montreal – Burritoville!

Burritoville - Best Vegan / Vegetarian Restaurant in Montreal!

Burritoville – Best Vegan / Vegetarian Restaurant in Montreal!

The best part of shooting here is that they’re closed on Sundays. So instead of shooting two overnight shoots as we originally planned, we’re going to combine both nights into one typical 12-14 hour all-day shoot. I think it’s safe to say that the cast and crew are very happy with that development, as am I.

Besides the script translation, I’m currently working on the shot-list for the film. I plan to re-watch three films that have greatly influenced me in terms of the look I’m going for in EROTICIDE. These films include: David Lynch’s LOST HIGHWAY, which I recently had the pleasure of watching on the big screen in 35mm at Cinema du Parc, Lars Von Trier’s ANTICHRIST and Michael Haneke’s AMOUR, which I’m going to see tonight at the Dollar Cinema in 35mm.

With an amazing DP like Kamel Khalifa and a cast to die for in Jocelin Haas, Stephanie Van Rijn and Lisa Di Capa, I’m more than confident that EROTICIDE will turn out to be my masterpiece.

Hi folks!

Wow, I’m really bad at keeping this thing up-to-date. I guess it’s hard to blog when you’re living life to the fullest and keeping busy doing the things you love. In my case that’s spending time with my beautiful wife, our two adorable cats and watching and writing about films.

I’ve been spending a lot of time recently at Cinema du Parc, Montreal’s #1 repertory cinema catching all kinds of classics on 35mm, including: Andrei Tarkovsky’s SOLARIS, ANDREI RUBLEV, IVAN’S CHILDHOOD and THE MIRROR, Wong Kar-Wai’s FALLEN ANGELS, HAPPY TOGETHER and IN THE MOOD FOR LOVE and Francis Ford Coppola’s THE GODFATHER. Watching all these wonderfully crafted, philosophically imbued works of art have made me realize that a diet based purely on trash cinema is enough to cause one indigestion and that every now and then, it’s nice to “clean the palette” and watch some truly engaging and challenging films.

Moreover, these films have really inspired me to get off my ass and finally get cracking on my next screenplay. Which is what I’ve been trying to do for the past couple weeks. The only problem is that this idea I’ve had is not “short film material.” If developed and treated properly, we’re looking at a feature film. And truth be told, I have neither the financial resources nor the confidence to pull such a project off at this point and time. Yet at the same time, I’m constantly bombarded by images of scenes that are just begging to be shot and characters that are meant to be played by some of the most gorgeous and talented actresses I’ve ever been fortunate enough to encounter on my travels that I have to find some way of making this script happen.

So we’ll see what happens. If this ends up being one of those *gulp*, medium-length films, which is to say a film that falls in the no man’s land domain of the over-15 minute/under-60 minute that film festivals seem to shun like the plague then so be it. I could always organize my own screenings and make the film available online as bypassing the festival circuit seems to be all the craze these days.

The other option, would be to put this idea on hold and tackle another project of mine which is to adapt the three stories in my anthology-play DEATH SPARES NOT THE WICKED into individual short films. The benefit of this is that since these were stories written for the theatre, the number of locations are minimal, the number of actors involved are sparse and with the exception of the third story that would need to involve some elaborate special effects, they’re all very doable and affordable to make.

Another advantage of going this route, would be a chance for me to spread my wings as a filmmaker and actually shoot something outside of the “sado-erotic” style that I’m known for. I’ve always believed that the truly great filmmakers are the ones who were/are able to transcend their roots and adapt their approach to filmmaking beyond the parameters of the genre they’re comfortable working in. As much as I love the aforementioned idea I’ve been toying with, it’s very much another “sado-erotic” piece, albeit, one that plays more like a human drama than my previous films. So perhaps I ought to throw caution to the wind and try something new.

However, there’s some recent news that may cause me to put whatever script I decide to write next on hold as my wife and I have recently been cast as the leads in a new short film by Montreal-based filmmaker, Philippe Bourret. I play a cop who’s a little too in love with his power and my wife plays the unfortunate soul who has to experience firsthand my character’s abuse of power. We have our first script read-through scheduled for next Friday and I can’t wait! Not sure when we’re shooting but I imagine it’ll be sometime soon.

I love acting and have always seen it as a way to improve my skills as a director because all too often filmmakers come out of school with the technical knowledge but no emotional intelligence as evident by their inability to communicate what they want out of their actors. By having acted in numerous films and plays over the years, I feel I have gained an invaluable insight into the craft and have come to realize that along with your script, your cast is the most important element of your film because that’s who your audience sees and immediately associates with the success or failure of your film. Therefore it behooves any responsible and serious filmmaker to make sure he/she understands actors and is able to empathize with any struggles or questions they may have about their characters if he/she expects to make a great film.

So that’s pretty much where things stand on my end for now. Will keep you posted on the progress of my next script as well as my upcoming role as the psychopathic cop. 🙂