Movies I Watched in August 2012

August… not so good for movie watching. Good quality – bad quantity.

  1. Moonrise Kingdom
  2. Ruby Sparks
  3. Beasts of the Southern Wild
  4. Serpico
  5. Bernie

Maybe this has something to do with me spending every waking moment watching Breaking Bad? Seriously – I watched the entire series in about a week and a half.

Movies I Watched in July 2012

This month saw my 1000th film, as well as more Australian films that I watched during my Australian Cinema course in Sydney (A).

Thanks to nearly 24 hours of travel and Qantas’ great in-flight selection, I screened #11-16 nearly back-to-back.

Deep breath…

  1. The Godfather: Part II
  2. The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert (A)
  3. Barry McKenzie Holds His Own (A)
  4. Red Dog (A)
  5. Head On (A)
  6. Shame
  7. The Sweatbox
  8. Changeling
  9. Rosemary’s Baby
  10. Romper Stomper (A)
  11. Page One: Inside the New York Times
  12. Patton
  13. Jiro Dreams of Sushi
  14. Take This Waltz
  15. Tabloid
  16. Oldboy

Movies I Watched in June 2012

This was an awesome month of movie watching for me. I saw 9 Australian films because of my Australian Cinema course “(A).” With a few exceptions – *cough* The Dictator, Prometheus *cough* – the other movies I watched were excellent.
Favorites? Ratcatcher, Chopper, and The Proposition.
 
  1. The Dictator
  2. Picnic at Hanging Rock (A)
  3. The Interview (A)
  4. Mad Max 2 (A)
  5. Platoon
  6. Into the Abyss
  7. Prometheus
  8. Alps
  9. Two Hands (A)
  10. Ratcatcher
  11. The Proposition (A)
  12. My Left Foot
  13. Chopper (A)
  14. Hoosiers
  15. The Castle (A)
  16. Muriel’s Wedding (A)
  17. Elena
  18. Love and Other Catastrophes (A)
  19. Ted
So where does this put me? I have recorded seeing 999 films. My 1000th will be watched tonight (7/1)…

Sydney, Day 37

June 28th

I can’t believe it’s been a little more than a month since my last post. (It actually means that I’ve been busy!) I was recently reminded that we only have 9 business days left of our internship. Work has been amazing. I divide my time between research and design. The research isn’t bad at all: When the company makes a pitch book, they need relevant imagery to populate the pages. The creative director and producers quickly realized that I knew the software that they use on a day-to-day basis (After Effects). As a result, I’m their first intern who has contributed to their portfolio of high-profile motion graphics. I don’t know what I can say specifically, but the videos I helped with are for sport TV stations and reality TV shows.

My Australian Cinema class is awesome too! I’ll post a list of the films I’ve seen soon.

Even though work and class have taken up most of my time during the week, I still have the weekends to get out. I’ve been to Bondi, Bronte Beach, Taronga Zoo, The Rocks, Circular Quay, and importantly, the grocery store. I also took a tour of the Sydney Opera House. We got to see some of the numerous stages in the complex, as well as the orchestra rehearsing.

My cousin Avital and I are in the process of planning an epic trip at the end of July. Stay tuned!

Vivid Sydney

Bronte Beach

Taronga Zoo

Museum of Contemporary Art Australia

Movies I Watched in May 2012

A much better list than last month! Thanks to the end of school and international flights, I saw 15 new-to-me films in May. #9-13 were films I watched on my way to Sydney.

  1. La Femme Nikita
  2. The Avengers
  3. Chop Shop
  4. Scent of a Woman (thanks, Bena!)
  5. Haywire
  6. Blow
  7. Crazy Stupid Love
  8. The Breakfast Club
  9. The Lineup
  10. Rebel without a Cause
  11. We Need to Talk About Kevin
  12. Carnage
  13. A Dangerous Method
  14. Wish You Were Here
  15. Bran Nue Dae

Sydney, Day 1-3

May 22-25th

Wow. What a crazy last few days. I won’t go over it, but you can see by my schedule that we have been busy getting oriented to life at BU Sydney.

Most of my time has consisted of unpacking, finding kosher food, finding internet, sorting out my Shavous plans, meeting TONS of people, exploring the neighborhood, working out the internship, and just enjoying being here. The dorm is great and the staff are awesome too.

I will be interning at zspace, a commercial production company close by. I had the interview today (Friday) and it is going to be an amazing experience. They have everything I love about a work environment.

Getting ready for Shavous…

Schedule Page 1

 

Schedule Page 2

Sydney, Day 0.5

May 21st

I went to bed at 2 am on Sunday night (the 20th). I wanted to sleep earlier, but I knew it was a problem that I could barely move my suitcase. It is huge; it weighs 30lbs without any clothes in it.Airlines charge exorbitant fees for oversize bags. Something had to be done, so I stuffed what I could into a large garbage bag until it could reasonably move again.

At 4:30 I woke up to start my journey from Boston to Australia. I was accompanied by backpack, large suitcase, small box, and garbage bag.

Since no one was crazy enough to be awake and driving at 5 am, the taxi ride went quickly.

The first leg of the trip was a flight from Boston to LA. Wow. I don’t envy all the BU students who have to make that flight frequently. I finished watching Rebel without a Cause and watched The Lineup (1958). Not sure why I knew about that last one. Aside from being directed by Don Siegel and set in San Francisco, I don’t know why it was notable.

Immediately after landing in LA, myself and two other BU students on the Sydney program found each other. Jesse, Alex, and I faced a 12 hour layover! It didn’t take too long to decide we’d rather spend that time at the beach rather than the airport. While we were getting bus directions to Santa Monica, we met a Taiwanese Masters student on her way to Costa Rica to present her paper about the merchandizing industry surrounding Korean TV shows. She joined us. Her first taste of LA was a guy on the bus harassing her for a dollar – in front of transit police! Welcome to the USA.

The group got some lunch and we decided to eat on the beach. The walk was annoying; at this point, I was still carrying the backpack and garbage bag of clothes everywhere. Maybe 45 pounds.

Jesse had never been west of the Mississippi and took the opportunity to swim in the ocean:

Jesse wearing seaweed

Jesse has been henceforth nicknamed “Otter.”

Santa Monica pier was right near where we were eating. Alex spotted the roller coaster and we were off:

Alex can’t wait to ride the coaster.

Andrew used his iPhone to figure out that Venice Beach was nearby. And by nearby I mean a mile or so along the coast. Of course that didn’t stop us. We picked up our bags and went on our way. It didn’t take too long for the traveling to catch up to us:

Fun in the Sun

Between Santa Monica and Venice Beach.

While everyone napped, the Taiwanese student and I spoke about her research, TV, and consumer behavior.

 

Venice Beach was crazy. Definitely hippieville. There were lots of street venders selling things of quality (art) and junk (pre-made panhandler signs). There were many storefronts of weed doctors offering to give you a $40 “checkup.” Their neon green scrubs made them seem so much more legit. One highlight was watching a drunk bum fight unfold in front of us. It got pretty serious.

Looking down Venice Beach.

Hippie Jews?

It was time to get back to the airport, so we took the bus back from Venice Beach. Everyone who came was sporting great tans/sunburns.

At LAX we met up with other BU Sydney students. We quickly became known as “Those-Guys-That-Left-The-Airport-Awesome-Why-Didn’t-We-Think-Of-That?” There, I met even more students interested in film.

Ginseng in LAX

Something special from Wisconsin? What?

Waiting for takeoff.

I am proud of myself for stepping outside of my comfort zone and just saying “yes.” I had an amazing 12 hours that I will never regret. Despite the slight sunburn.

UPDATE: Two days in and the Beach Group is still fast friends.

 

The plane ride was pretty nice. The aircraft was two stories and the BU students occupied a lot of seats. I sat next to a great guy – a likeminded BU film student. Aside from talking to him, I watched We Need to Talk About Kevin, Carnage, and A Dangerous Method on the awesome in-flight entertainment catalog. The one bummer was that the airline did not have a kosher dinner for me – DESPITE having confirmed numerous times with the travel agency. A special thanks to the woman next to me who gave me her extra chips and fresh fruit.

15 hours later we landed in Sydney, boarded the bus, and were on our way…

Sydney, Day 0

Lots of people have asked me to blog my trip, so here goes…

Less than 12 hours to go before my journey begins. Over the next two months, I will be studying abroad in Sydney through the BU Summer Internship Program. Even though most of my time will be spent interning for credit, I look forward to taking Australian Cinema. This course will further my love and appreciation for this body of work.

The Aussie films I have already seen:

  • Broken Hill
  • The Black Balloon
  • Gallipoli
  • Samson and Delilah
  • Animal Kingdom
  • The Tracker
  • Romulus, My Father
  • Kenny
  • Proof
  • Rabbit-Proof Fence
  • Strictly Ballroom
  • Moulin Rouge!
  • Australia

I will post about Sydney, the study abroad experience, and of course, Australian film.

 

See you on the other side,
Justin

Packing in Boston

Packing up in Boston, Day 0

Come, Thick Night

I just uploaded the latest film I was involved in for my Production II class. This was a group project written and directed by Sean and Laura. I was the DP, editor, colorist, and credit designer. It was filmed on a 7D as well as a T2i for some shots…so watch in HD.

Enjoy!

Craig can’t sleep because he is anxious about a phone call he MUST make.