All Time Best: Pixar Character

May 28, 2010 at 10:34 am

All Time Best Movie Moments

This All Time Best post is dedicated to my favorite Pixar character of all time and it’s not who you would expect.

I went obscure on this one because he still makes me laugh.

The runner up: Hamm from Toy Story.

“You’ve heard of Kung Fu? Well prepare yourself for pork chop!”

It’s really hard to narrow down one single character out of hundreds of hilarious creations but I’m pretty proud of my pick:

Jacques (Finding Nemo)

jacques finding nemo



“No cleaning!”

“I shall resist.”

Finding Nemo has a ton of amazing characters but Jacques sticks out for me.  There’s just something about this little guy makes me laugh more than any other Pixar character and that’s saying something.  I think he may have 10 lines of dialogue in the entire movie but the filmmakers made every single one of them count.

Fantastic character.

Point.  Pixar.

Low Budget Filmmaking: The Climb’s Budget

May 26, 2010 at 9:02 pm

Producing Short Films

A while back, I wrote a post about producing a short film for little money.

Click here to read: No Budget Filmmaking.

I wanted to follow that up by discussing the final cost of The Climb.

Essentially, we were saved by borrowing equipment.  It also helped that our cast and crew were willing to give up a weekend to work for free.

In total, The Climb ended up costing us a little less than $350.

  • $80 ($40 per day) for lunch
  • $20 Tim Hortons
  • $30 for tapes
  • $80 special makeup
  • $40 beer (nice)
  • $60 wardrobe/props
  • $40 supplies

I’m pretty pumped that we managed to pull it off with so little.

An important thing to note is that I handle all the post myself and charge nothing.  This would have definitely added a huge chunk to our budget.

I think it was a fantastic challenge to make this movie on such a minimal budget.

It definitely wasn’t easy but we have unbelievably generous friends to thank for that.

At the end of the day, I’m hoping when people watch the movie, they will believe we spent a lot more!

10 Flicks: Movies With Championship Games

May 26, 2010 at 1:34 pm

10 Flicks Movie Lists: Movies With Awesome Training Scenes

It’s been a little while since I put up a 10 Flicks list.  It’s been even longer since I wrote about my favorite sports movies.

There are honestly so many incredible movies about virtually every single sport you can name.  What’s surprising is how many amazing movies don’t actually feature championship games.

Seeing as how I work at a sports network, I figured I’d ask my co-workers to help me out and we came up with a list of 47 movies with championship games.

They don’t necessarily have to be victories.  Just thrilling finals that live up to the hype.

Here are my favorite 10:



The Mighty Ducks

The Mighty Ducks

Remember The Titans

Remember The Titans

Bad News Bears (1976)

Bad News Bears

The Waterboy

The Waterboy

A League Of Their Own

a league of their own



Friday Night Lights

Friday Night Lights

D2: The Mighty Ducks

D2 The Mighty Ducks

Varsity Blues

Varsity Blues

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Movies As Stress Relief

May 21, 2010 at 9:54 am

Movies As Stress Relief | Movie Blog

Last week, I had a doctors appointment. Nothing serious at all.  Just wanted to rule out a few concerns etc…

I have a big problem with doctors as my imagination tends to run wild resulting in high levels of stress.  Scratch that…  I’m kind of terrified of every form of doctor there is. (Especially dentists…)

I tend to be an anxious guy but I’ve learned to deal with it positively and for the most part it works and I calm down.

So after two hours in the waiting room, I was in a reasonably calm state of mind.

Until they wanted a blood test.

I hate needles.

When it comes to needles, I know it has to be done and I handle it but I’m NOT happy about it.  I suppose you could argue that nobody gets excited about needles.  I happen to agree but I tend to become agitated and pretty much shut down until it’s over.

Panic returned as I started wondering about the results.  To make matters worse, I still had three hours to kill before my shift began that day.

The solution to that problem also happens to be one of my favorite methods to relieve stress:

I went to the movies!

Iron Man 2

Whenever I was stressed out growing up I always turned to one of two options:

  • Play basketball
  • Watch movies

Movies have always had a calming effect on me. It’s one of the main reasons why I continue to make Rainy Sunday picks every week.  There’s nothing like curling up with a good movie.  Especially on a rough day.

Or even better, head out to the theater.

When the movie ended, I was stress free and back to my old self.  Ready to tackle any results that come my way.  For the record, the results came in and everything is fine! Whew.

As a side note, the first Iron Man was better.  I felt like they shot all the talky scenes first and then rushed through the action sequences.  It’s a shame Whiplash didn’t put up a better fight.  Oh well…

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All Time Best: Movie Villain

May 17, 2010 at 4:09 pm

All Time Best Movie Moments

I didn’t even have to think about this one.  The movie may still be fresh in my mind but there is no doubting the amazing Heath Ledger and his portrayal of:

The Joker

The Dark Knight Heath ledger The Joker Best Movie Villain

The Dark Knight’s Joker is one of the best villains of all time. The result of an extremely well written character and the performance of a lifetime.

How do you go about reinventing one of the greatest comic book villains ever?  Christopher Nolan’s vision of The Joker was dark, sinister and completely perfect for the world he developed for Batman.  When he cast Heath Ledger in the role, nobody knew what to expect.  Then the images started to leak and we got a teaser trailer featuring The Joker’s evil laugh.

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I waited 3 hours in line on opening day to see the midnight screening.  I was at a 3pm showing later that day.

He’s completely fascinating to watch.

Heath Ledger is an amazing actor and it’s truly tragic that we will never see him bring another character to life.  What an incredible performance.

From a screenwriting stand point, they knocked it out of the park.  I read the screenplay a while back and it’s amazing.  If you’re an aspiring screenwriter and you want to learn how to write a script with nuance and an unforgettable amount of detail, look no further. No wonder DC gave Christopher Nolan the keys to the universe.  Having him on board any project makes it better.

When it comes to the best villains of all time, some may disagree that The Joker belongs in the number 1 spot.  However, I guarantee you he’ll be a part of every single one of those conversations.

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