Archive for August, 2016

Every Frame A Painting: How Does an Editor Think and Feel?

Every Frame A Painting explains the art and artistry of film editing. I’d also suggest checking out their videos on Edgar Wright – How to Do Visual Comedy and Akira Kurosawa – Composing Movement.

STRANGER THINGS: the Upside-Down and not Exactly Right

From House of Cards to Orange Is the New Black, Netflix produces many of the best television series currently running. Since Netflix isn’t bound by the same restrictions of cable television, they have the freedom to explore more mature subject matter that often carries a heavy dose of sex, violence, and Shakespearean heft. In an age where any form of entertainment is just a click away, Netflix is churning out high quality content that’s guaranteed to create the buzz and hysteria needed to attract new members. Read more…

SCHLOCK: The Weird, Wild, and Wonderful World of Red Letter Media

If you’re one of the rare breed of people who love a combination of in-depth film critique and analysis, off-the-wall campiness with a dash of wry humor, and binge-worthy YouTube channels, then Red Letter Media is just the thing for you.

I first stumbled across Red Letter Media when Mike Stoklasa’s The Phantom Menace review was just beginning to go viral in early 2010. If you’ve never had the pleasure of watching this internet masterpiece then do yourself a favor and watch this video ASAP. Read more…

The Trouble with Star Trek

As we near the 50th anniversary of that juggernaut we call Star Trek, I’m reminded of all the things that make the series a pop culture icon and continue to capture the imagination of audiences from generation to generation.

Star Trek isn’t about science. Or photon torpedoes. Or action sequences. Or new life and new planets. Or even space for that matter. Yes, all those ingredients are vastly important and make up the very backbone of why this show works, but in the end they’re merely plot devices that the story hangs on.

Star Trek is about relationships. It’s about characters and how those characters interact with each other.  Star Trek invites you to fall in love with these characters and to boldly go on an adventure with them. And, hopefully, you’ll want to go on that adventure every week. Read more…

Plus One Festival

Up next, The West is traveling to Missoula, MT to for the Plus One Festival. We’re playing the main stage on Sat. Sept. 10th. 

Tickets are on sale now! Get yours here: http://www.strangertickets.com/events/35582260/plus-one-fest-2016

Green Room

Green Room is one of the scariest movies I’ve ever seen and one of the best movies of 2016. Terrific cinematography. Top-notch acting. Chilling special effects. It’s not for the feint of heart.