December 27, 2006
Last night I was the premiere of “The Genius Club” at Fox Studios in Century City. I won’t say too much about the movie except that you’re probably going to want to see it when it comes to wide-release toward the end of the year.
What I really want to talk about was the innate coolness of going to a Hollywood movie premiere as “The Press.” That was us. We brought my trusty 17” Powerbook, M-Audio Firewire 410, my boomstand and travel mic and got to interview some of the cast (Jacob Bonnema, Paula Jai Parker, Jack Scalia, and Stephen Baldwin) and the director (Tim Chey). I’ll most likely feature these in an episode somewhere down the line.
When we pulled in it was almost surreal driving through all the backdrops and sets that we’ve come to know and love from Hollywood hits such as Batman and Star Wars. To me, the coolest part was when we were allowed to by-pass the line completely and go directly in to meet with the cast and director. On-lookers followed us with their eyes and heads as security opened the doors for us and ushered us in.
I could not help but think of the Lord in this. Jesus Christ has given those of us who believe, direct access to God the Father. Hmmm…we were given direct access to the filmmaker of
December 21, 2006
I like this quote I picked off the net:
”Seldom does a movie show the culpability of our culture,of our society, in the mayhem and madness we often find in everyday life. The film shows how our world is drifting through darkness. The mouthpiece for this thematic undercurrent is Armand, a genius who plans to blow up the city of DC unless a group of geniuses find answers to the world’s problems.
The geniuses are a professor, a seminary student, a casino owner, a pizza delivery guy, and others.
Armand provides the film’s final thematic statement by giving the password to the bomb in ‘3 words’.
Working on us to reinforce this world as Armand sees it is the film’s astounding mise-en- scene, a disturbing film-noir setting developed by the director and cinematographer. Flashlights barely illuminate the metallic walls of the ‘genius’ lair. A giant screen overlooking the genius table provides a ‘1984′ look of Big Brother and the pursuant scoreboard that ticks up or down, dependent on the answers provided by the geniuses. Bird’s-eye-view shots of Washington, DC show the world in peril. Thus, the film’s closing scene is in bright sunlight, which by then only serves as ironic counterpoint to what we see happening throughout the night.
This is Armand’s vision; both inhabited and described by Brian Mehlman, the FBI agent working for Homeland Security.
Though gripping and mysterious, this is not an action film. It holds our interest through the workings of the issues and more astonishingly, the inner workings of the past histories of each genius.
This is a very lean, dialogue-driven, tight film. It shows humanity in the end, even in the terrorist who lost his wife to cancer and to the pizza guy who lost his mother in a hit-and- run accident.”
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