Sort of Making This CD Guerilla Style

We decided that we would just make a record without regard to the way it is done. Of course we looked at some prices for recording studios for NYC and the metro area, but we figured out that we would just do this. It is not as though you need a lot more than a band and a microphone and all of the stuff that we already have to record. In fact you see ten year old kids who know how to make their own discs and have the means to do it. In fact if you have a PC with the right software (which you can get by downloading it without paying for it. I actually know a little girl who made her own disc. Read more »

Corner Entertainment Centers

Entertainment centers

Entertainment centers

Scarcity of space is a problem prevalent in most urban homes. The problem becomes all the more compounded when you realize that you don’t have enough space to organize your media and entertainment equipment such as the TV and VCR.

Look around and you will find that the every room in your home has some unused corner. Simply stated, corner entertainment centers are the ideal solution to dealing with your space problem providing storage areas for today’s typical mega media equipment.

There are many variants of corner entertainment centers available. You have the option of choosing between existing centers and custom made centers. Custom made entertainment centers have the advantage of fitting your requirement to enhance your audiovisual needs.

When deciding on an entertainment center, consider features such as the size of your TV and DVD player. The size of the TV is especially important because if it is too big and heavy and the center’s size is not in proportion, it will become a safety hazard. Read more »

Celebrity News – The Right!

Celebrity news

Celebrity news

Celebrity news is the most searched topic on internet. But there is nothing shocking about this! This has been the bitter truth of all times than more than the political and economic condition of their nations; readers are interested in the celebrity gossips. People do not want to learn about the internal turbulence of their own countries. But a spicy flick from the lives of their favorite stars is always welcome! Earlier this trend was observed from the huge revenues gathered by celebrity magazines and the massive responses for the PAGE 3 reviews in the newspapers and today a similar fact is being exhibited on the internet.

According to the recent study, it has been found that three most often searched topics on the World Wide Web are celebrity news, crime and nudity. I guess it is because it adds to the thrill and excitement quotient of your life! But if you are a celebrity news blogger or writer then what are the aspects of a celebrity’s life that you must focus on? In my opinion it should be the hidden parts of their lives that could be read and enjoyed by the readers. Their relationship status and actual personality behind the scenes are the most discussed and savored parts of celebrity gossips. Read more »

Where to Find the Latest Celebrity News

Celebrity news

Celebrity news

There are literally thousands of ways to find out what the celebrities are up to-they are splattered all over the internet, the magazine rack, and the television. Whatever antics your celebrity is up to, it’s guaranteed that someone will know about it and are capitalizing on it. The real problem is picking out the real news from the garbage and unfortunately, there’s a lot of garbage to pick through-sometimes it seems like celebrities make outrageous stuff up either to get the attention or take the attention away from their private lives! However, if you want the real news, there are some reputable sources.

First, narrow down which celebrities you want to follow. Magazines very generally go after the most outrageous and newsworthy celebs, so unless you want to follow these stories, it’s best to save your money. A better place to look is in entertainment sections in online pages such as MSN.com, Yahoo.com, and TMZ.com. If you’re looking for celebrity bashing, opinions, and the darker side of entertainment, you should swing by blogs like Perez Hilton and WWTDD.com (What Would Tyler Durdon Do?). These famous blogs showcase the worst that celebrities have to offer and give strong opinions on the matter Read more »

How to Analyze a Movie and Write a Movie Review – 5 Expert Tips For Beginners

10Analyzing a movie is very important if you plan to write a decent review of it. Moreover, the fun of dissecting a work of a skilled filmmaker can help you enjoy a movie to a different level altogether. Read some of these expert tips on how to analyze a movie and discover the fine nuances which most people miss.

Why Analyzing is important before reaching a judgment

Because a glass maybe half full or half empty. It’s all a matter of perspective. Fortunately or unfortunately, good filmmakers do not often share the perspective of the audience. Therefore, it is critical that one understand the importance of another’s view point.Moreover, if you are watching any movie with your friends of family, then it is important that you take notice of the things which a casual movie-goer usually does not and this forms the basis for all your opinions about the movie in the end.

What to consider when analyzing a movie

There are plenty of things about a movie which can be dissected to get the best picture about what a movie is all about. Cinema can be interpreted in a thousand different ways, and each is correct. I will tell you what basically needs to be done.

The themes and ideas that are touched in the movie – This is really important as this shows how relevant a film is for the current time. Is it meaningful cinema or is it just for entertainment? Is there are message that the filmmaker is trying to send? Are there any other underlying themes associated with the movie?

The storyline and dialogues – These two aspects give a movie a lot of the needed feel. Without interesting dialogoes, a very well made movie can be a total disaster. Secondly, an original storyline plays an important part in making the message or purpose of the movie effective.

Sets and Costumes – Again very vital to give a feel to the movie. Although sets and costumes are usually overlooked by many, they can add tons of believable elements to a dry script.

Cinematography and Screenplay – Undoubtedly, these two are crucial factors of a movie which need to be given the maximum attention. A lot of questions usually arise in my mind when I am watching a movie related to the screenplay – is the pace of the movie fast or slow? Is it adequate? How is the lighting and camera? Are there any special effects used or techniques which are out of the norms of traditional film-making?

Director’s distinctive style and fingerprint – Each filmmaker has his own style and fashion of making a movie. These can only be found out after watching a few films by the director. For example : Alfred Hitchcock used bizarre camera angles and zooms for the time ever which gave his thriller movie so much more depth. Stanley Kubrick could pause time in his films through static long shots of a particular scene to make them more dramatic. Guy Ritchie and Quentin Tarantino have perhaps the most original filmmaking styles that I have come across in English movies.

Watch out for these aspects and you will enjoy watching movies a lot more than other people. These are just some tips which are considered while analysing a movie – there are lots of other nuances and fine prints which need to be observed and that takes a lot of practise. But for beginners, this will do.

Understanding Movie Copyrights

Outdoor movie events are all about fun; getting together with family and friends in the community and enjoying a new film or an old favorite. If you are the one planning the event, though, you have the responsibility of making sure your event complies with movie copyright law. If you have never put on a movie event before, you might not understand exactly what these rules mean and whether or not your event must be licensed as a public performance. This quick guide will give you a basic understanding of movie copyrights and assist you in determining if one is needed for your event.

When you purchase or rent a movie, it affords you the right to view the movie in your own home with close friends or family. What you do not have the right to do is host a public screening of the movie. Copyright laws are in place to protect those involved in the production of films (movie producers, script writers and others) since these professionals receive royalty fees when their work is sold, performed and used.

Who needs a public performance license? You might be surprised at the many types of individuals and entities required to obtain a public performance license before hosting a movie screening. Government run agencies like parks and recreation departments, nonprofits, churches, schools and universities, individuals and businesses are all required to obtain a public performance license prior to hosting a public outdoor movie or other movie event.

What types of events need public performance licenses? You might assume that only events that charge admission must secure a public performance license; but any event, whether admission is charged or not, must comply with copyright laws. There is an exception for movies used in a classroom setting, but the requirements for this exception are very specific and must be strictly adhered to. The movie screening must take place in a classroom setting with the teacher and only enrolled students present, and the movie must relate to the core areas that are currently being studied. The movie must also be a legitimate copy of the film.

Each time you view a DVD you see the FBI warning, but you may not pay much attention to it. This warning is about copyright laws. Many of the royalty fees paid to artists involved in producing movies come from licensing fees, and copyright law is meant to protect these artists and ensure they are fairly compensated for their work. The penalty for non-compliance includes possible jail time of up to five years, and a penalty of up to $250,000.

If you are planning an outdoor movie event, whether you are a business creating an event as part of your marketing strategy, a church hosting an event or anyone else planning a public movie screening; it is best to do your homework and determine if your event requires a public performance license. In most cases you will find that you do need one.9

How to Really Evaluate a Movie

8When you really want to evaluate a movie in detail, nothing beats doing it from the comfort of your own home. One reason why dvd movies are so popular is because you can pause, stop, rewind, and even gain insight about the movies by viewing the bonus material on the disks. When rating a film, it’s nice to have control in a familiar environment.

It’s also invaluable to learn as much about the production of a product, as well. Seek out dvd movies that come with extended commentaries and features. Also, follow along with a movie by using a laptop to look up key topics and people in film. Often times, your perception of a movie will change by learning its history.

A Collection That Keeps Growing

I am a big fan of movies and there are some that I enjoy watching more than once, so I usually buy the dvd. I have accumulated quite an impressive collection of dvds over the years, so I was caught off guard when this entire blue ray thing started. I should have know better. I am old enough to remember the beta max fiasco and was smart enough to go with VHS.

Of course, I now have an extensive collection of video tapes. I am keeping my video tape player in a box in the closet because I am also old enough to remember record players. I have a wonderful collections of albums and nothing to play them on. I stand here in the store wondering if I should buy the dvd or just give in and buy the entire blue ray system and just get it over with.

Take Care of Your Investment

Taking care of your dvd movies isn’t difficult, and it will prevent having the best scene ruined by skips, freezing pictures, or the disk stopping altogether. Always keep the disk in its original case or a soft sleeve made especially for dvd movies. Whenever you play the disk, before you insert it into the machine and after you remove it to put away, wipe the disk with a dry soft cloth.

But–if you see any smudges or residue on the disk, do not wipe it down, as it can be easily scratched. Instead, wash it with ordinary dish detergent, when dry it with a soft cloth. Washing your disks will prevent most problems, as long as they are stored properly. Never use a cleaning solution, as this may contain solvents that will damage the surface. Never use a cleanser with “scrubbing power,” as these contain abrasives.

Review of the Movie Hero

7Since Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (Ang Lee, 2000) there have been many highly stylized, fantastical martial arts films to be shown to wide audiences in America. Hero (Zhang Yimou, 2002) which is a poetic, visual triumph may be a difficult film to analyze from a western point of view. It deals very heavy with Chinese emotions, but it also takes place in ancient china, therefore ideals and emotions may be more difficult for Americans to understand. When examined closely the red calligraphy sequence clearly is not only used to show the characters inner passions but also exemplifies the films anti war message, and when compared with the whole film, elucidates the films pro Chinese propaganda.

Hero tells the story of a man called Nameless, who comes to the King of Qin because he has killed the countries the three most dangerous assassins. The main action of the film takes place in flashbacks as the king asks Nameless to regale him with the story of how he managed to kill these three assassins single-handedly. Nameless tells his versions of the story, which the king believes to be false. As the king tells his version, and each re-telling gets closer to the truth, the films color changes. In one particular sequence, the calligraphy sequence, Yimou uses a deep red, because it is in this sequence that Nameless uses Broken Sword and Snow’s passion against one another. By examining the scene in the library, the characters feelings toward one another are clear. When Nameless tells Snow and Broken Sword that Sky said Snow would avenge his death, Yimou makes particular use of close ups. The first is of Broken Sword’s reaction to Nameless’ revelation that Sky had loved Snow. His heart breaks and you can see it on his face. The director then cuts to a close up of Snow, as she looks away and to the ground, in sadness. It is left up to the viewer whether the sadness is caused by the pain she caused Broken Sword or over the news that Sky had been killed. In the next scene, when Snow is shown piecing Sky’s broken spear back together, it is clear that her sadness has come from Sky’s death, and the close up of her in the previous scene was one of pain and wonderment of what could have been. Later in this same sequence, after Snow has seen Broken Sword and Moon together, the director uses tracking shots as Snow and Broken Sword passionately storm up and down the hallways of the calligraphy school to depict the confusion that each of them feels. As Broken Sword lies dying from a wound inflicted by Snow, she again cries and looks away in sadness, putting further emphasis on her confused state.

But closer examination of this same sequence shows that the use of color does not just denote the passion of the scene but also represents pro Chinese undertones. Each of the different stories is told with another color. In Chinese tradition the colors red, green, black, and white make up the four cardinal directions, while yellow represents the whole earth. Each story is told using one of the four colors of the cardinal direction. The true story, which the king tells last, combines elements of all the previous stories. The stories and colors all unite like the warring states of China under the kings rule. It is in this respect that the film acts as a Chinese anthem. Throughout the film, there is a theme of words vs swords, each one being intrinsically connected. In the red sequence, the calligraphy professor makes his students continue to write even as the arrows are falling upon the city showing the power of words over violence. In a movie where every shot seems to be carefully selected Yimou chooses to show Broken Sword practicing his calligraphy while snow and Nameless repel the arrows outside. Broken Sword snatches an arrow out of the sky and breaks it to use it to write in the sand. This small scene, which can easily be over looked clearly represents the power of writing and communication over war. Historically, it was this king who united China and gave created one written language, to make communicating easier. Ultimately, the film leaves it up to the viewer as to who the “hero” is. Is it Nameless for sacrificing himself for the greater good of the country, or is it the king, for having the vision to unite china for the better.