Posts by Steve Sarmento

Can’t Find My Way Home

Often a young filmmaker can leverage their own personal connection to a story, or its theme, to launch their career. They tap into something personal, have a unique perspective, or have an important story to tell that hasn’t been heard before. However, once they have established their career an attempt to dig back into their…

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Elements of the Rom-Com: The Meet Cute

In September 2013 The Hollywood Reporter pronounced the romantic comedy genre as dead. The heyday of romantic comedies in the late 20th and early 21st century has drawn to a close. To get an understanding of why this genre is perceived as dead we need to look back to its roots – the screwball comedies…

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A picture is worth a thousand words

I recently revisited the film I consider one of the best depictions of life as a typical high school student in the late 20th century – The Breakfast Club. In this film Richard Vernon gives the students the task of “writing an essay of no less than a thousand words describing to me who you…

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I don’t think that movie means what you think it means

During the June Film Board review of World War Z I found myself speculating about these new type of zombies presented in the film. Afterward I wondered if this speculation was the result of a valid analysis of the themes in the film, or an attempt to layer additional meaning on a summer film. Were…

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Four Great Films from Sedona

This past weekend, my wife and I went up to the Sedona International Film Festival, one of the great film fests we have here in Arizona.  We ended up seeing four great films that all deserve larger audiences — two documentaries and two narrative films.  Check out the trailers below. Shenandoah – this is a…

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Hoth was a rout from the very beginning

Amusing assessment over on the Danger Room: From a military perspective, Hoth should have been a total debacle for the Rebel Alliance. Overconfident that they can evade Imperial surveillance, they hole up on unforgiving frigid terrain at the far end of the cosmos. Huddled into the lone Echo Base are all their major players: politically…

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Benh Zeitlin’s Short Film “Glory at Sea”

For anyone who has seen Beasts of the Southern Wild, it’s clear that the film is made by a storyteller with a unique vision of the world.  Benh Zeitlin is only credited on IMDb with a handful of short films before making his stellar feature film debut with Beasts.  The short he made in 2008, Glory at Sea,…

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An Amazing Feat? Or Too Much Time On Their Hands? You Be the Judge…

First, there were those teenagers who did a shot-for-shot remake of Raiders of the Lost Ark, which took them years to make (see the first ten minutes here).   Then, some young filmmakers and fans of A Goofy Movie recreated one of the musical numbers with real people.  And it was pretty good actually.  See…

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Great Short Film Series for the Ultrabook — Seriously!

Anyone remember the amazing series of short films that BMW did a few years back starring Clive Owen, where each film was directed by the likes of John Frankenheimer or Ang Lee?  It was an amazing series of shorts that are well worth hunting down and watching if you can.   Now, it looks like…

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A Remake of Unforgiven?

The teaser trailer for the Japanese remake of Clint Eastwood’s Oscar-winning film Unforgiven is live.  Check it out below. Okay, so I’ve gotta give the Japanese some credit — at least they’re remaking a fantastic movie.  They’re not going back to the early 90s to find something that shouldn’t be remade — or ever watched again,…

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