Our 2013 Knoxville 24-Hour Film Festival entry “Higher Calibre, Higher Mindedness: The Story of YoGun“ recently has popped up in the Internets again, but without the vitriol from the last time, in the blog “Paperback Yoga.”
“Gun aficionados from Rush Limbaugh to Arnold Schwarzenegger applauded. “I have a love interest in every one of my films – a gun,” said the Terminator.
Guns can be testy lovers, however. “The recoil from a .357 Magnum can really do a number on your chakras,” said one of the shooting yogis in “Higher Caliber, Higher Mindedness: The Story of YoGun”, an award-winning short film from SofaCouch MovieFilms.”
Just a mention and a quote from the film, but it’s always fun when your work is seen and appreciated outside your own little circle.
I caught an old noir film the other night called “T-Men, ” directed by Anthony Mann. As 40s noir films go, it had pretty much all the ingredients – convoluted plot, hardboiled detectives with internal conflicts, twists and turns, etc. The only thing really missing was a true femme fatale. Maybe not on par with “The Big Sleep” or “The Maltese Falcon,” but overall enjoyable.
What stood out most to me was the cinematography. This was the first film where Anthony Mann teamed up with John Alton, who literally wrote the book on classic cinematography (“Painting with Light”). THey went on to do several movies together, and you can see why Mann wanted to hang onto him. There were some really amazing shots in the film, using light and shadow in brilliant ways, along with some interesting play with angles and reflections.
I found this video on YouTube with some samples of his work. Some pretty innovative stuff.
Wow. Looking back, you might say Harold Ramis was a huge part of my formative years.
One of the first movies I ever saw as a child was “Animal House.” (Yes, at the tender age of 7, my parents took me and my siblings to see an R-rated film full of naked boobies and the F-word).
When I was a teenager, “Ghostbusters” was the first film I recall watching in the theater twice. Saw it a second time the day after the first. And like many of my generation, I can (and often do) quote “Caddyshack,” Stripes,” “Meatballs,” and “Vacation” with reckless abandon.
What his later works like “Groundhog Day” and “Analyze This” lacked in the zaniness of prior works, they definitely made up for it in their more “adult” wit and intelligence.
It’s sad that he is gone, but he left a wonderful legacy in the world of comedy.
So long. I suppose it’s OK to cross the streams, now. (The moose out front shoulda told ya).
“Learn the principle, abide by the principle, and dissolve the principle. In short, enter a mold without being caged in it. Obey the principle without being bound by it. LEARN, MASTER AND ACHIEVE!”
– Bruce Lee