Aloha feels like several films at once, crammed together and sped up, with results that are emotionally hollow and narratively confusing.
From Jeff Shannon, Seattle, WA:
You can't tell from the look on my face in the accompanying photo, but this was one of the most memorable times of my life. I can't describe how lucky I feel to have seen the Universal backlot put to such good use -- nearly three years ago now -- and now it's all gone in a blaze of fire and smoke. All of the building facades you see in these photos (and many you don't see) were destroyed by the fire.
All of the sets we all recognize from decades of film and TV...all gone. I feel privileged to have been there under the best of circumstances. What an incredible gift of memories to cherish. By sheer coincidence, Clint Eastwood's "Changeling" (aka "The Exchange") was the last production to extensively use the backlot before Monday morning's fire.
What a tragic loss of film history...but it will be good to see something new and equally useful rise from the ashes...
Having once made the statement above, I have declined all opportunities to ...
An essay on how technology has rendered us a one-handed species.
An FFC writes about the use of Giuseppe Verdi's "Dies Irae" in "Mad Max: Fury Road".
A final film report from Cannes on two of the last films for 2015: an update of Macbeth and an environmental document...