Google+ Cinema Viewfinder: An Apology, an Announcement and Something Pretty Funny...

Friday, April 18, 2008

An Apology, an Announcement and Something Pretty Funny...

by Tony Dayoub

I apologize for a relatively slow week here at the site. I've been working on a myspace page to promote the site. We'll hopefully be on Facebook soon. Here's what I've got so far. Go check it out, and leave any comments on any improvements you'd like to see.

Secondly, I've been working overtime to get ready for my trip to New York where I'll be covering the Tribeca Film Festival.I'll be there from 4/29 - 5/3 covering an interesting mix of films which include restorations, documentaries, Latino-themed films, and the World Premiere of a summer blockbuster. Here's the list:

Night Tide
Toby Dammit
Once Upon a Time in the West
Idiots and Angels
Celia the Queen
ParaĆ­so Travel
Three Kingdoms: Resurrection of the Dragon
President to Remember: In the Company of John F. Kennedy
Lou Reed's Berlin
Ball Don't Lie
Speed Racer

The coverage will probably take the form of dispatches with some more in-depth reviews, and more surprises. My aim is to give you as much of a festival experience as I can. Keep up to date on the festival with the Tribeca/Cadillac widget on this page's sidebar. And keep up to date on my coverage here!

Lastly, the great guys at The Digital Bits have a great post up today. It's about director Uwe Boll, and I'll quote them:

First, a little set-up: Doogan sent me this statement to post the other day, and for some reason it just didn't register on my radar screen. I don't know, my head just wasn't in the game or something. But here's what he sent: "So, our good buddy Lance over at Filmdrunk is known the world over for his velvety smooth writing style, and he's quite possibly the single most badass film critic director Uwe Boll considered way too badass to fight when Boll was challenging film critics to box him a while back. Well, today Lance posted a video comment from the good Dr. Boll himself about the Anti-Boll petition going around the Internet tubes of late. Boll’s apparently not a fan of one-sided fist fights and calls for a Pro-Boll petition. Much like Lance, we wholeheartedly endorse this PRO-BOLL Petition and urge you all to sign your name with ours. Yeah, Boll may be a hack, but he deserves the right to make movies for stoners, drop outs and the elderly – just like everyone else. So click here and join the fight. And tell your friends – we need a million names!"

Okay, so that's what Doogan sends me, right? And I'm all like... WTF?! "Yeah, I'll get it up in the next day or so." And he's thinking it's just gonna get recycle binned and that's that. Now... Doogan is no particular fan of Uwe Boll that I know of. And I think Jahnke's actually laid his life on the line in a review of two of Boll's films on DVD. I can't say I've been much of a fan of the guy either... at least, that is, until I saw the following. It seems that in response to the Anti-Boll petition, which at this point has something like 200,000 signatures, Uwe has posted another video in which he claims to have investigated the petition and discovered that most of the people who signed it are really just Steven Spielberg and Michael Bay, signing it repeatedly under different false identities. Seriously, I'm not kidding. It's priceless. Boll then proceeds to critique a short film made by some of the people who started the Anti-Boll petition ("Internet nerds"), and... well, you just need to see his comments for yourself. Suffice it to say, after having enjoyed a few good giggles over it all, I am now firmly an Uwe fan. This is just self-promotion at its finest. Did we mention Boll has a movie debuting in a few weeks on the same day as Indy 4? He does. So everybody go watch his first video, then his second one, and after you stop laughing go sign the Pro-Boll petition. Doogan, what can I say? When you're right, you're right. Priceless.

Gotta love these guys. Have a great weekend.

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