Showing posts from February, 2014

Please Don't Make A Ghostbusters 3

Ghostbusters was released the year my older brother was born. Ghostbusters II was released the year I was born. As a filmmaker, when someone asks me what my favorite film is, I always feel like I should have a more sophisticated or pretentious answer, but if I'm being honest my answer is always Ghostbusters. I grew up watching these movies. I insisted my parents buy me the VHS. The DVDs. The action figures, including the firehouse. All the different cartoons and comic books. The CDs of the soundtrack. Even the vinyl I found at a used bookstore.

This week Harold Ramis passed away. Not only is this a sudden and tragic loss for those who loved these films, it is a loss for anyone who loves film and loves comedy.

I have considered writing a blog post about the prospect of a third Ghostbusters film several times, but never got around to it. With Harold Ramis now gone, I felt compelled to do so.

It is fair to say I have never been a fan of of this idea, primarily championed by the great…

Space and Slavery: A Comparison of Gravity and 12 Years a Slave

The sole protagonist is suddenly thrown into the dark void of emptiness and despair. Rescue and escape almost uncertain. No one to save them.

Of course, I'm referring here to Steve McQueen's 12 Years a Slave. Or am I talking about Gravity, directed by AlfonsoCuarón? I can't remember anymore. They're basically the same movie.

At least they're the two best movies of 2013, despite how many people keep telling me that Jennifer Lawrence is amazing (I get it, she is). But beyond their overall brilliance and the fact that both films are by filmmakers at the top of their game, 12 Years a Slave and Gravity also have a load of similarities in terms of narrative storytelling. In the end of a season that thrives on comparing films that can't possibly be compared, I'm surprised I haven't seen a more direct comparison between these two masterpieces (despite having seen a plethora of debate surrounding which film is superior). I for one have found the comparison undenia…