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Award winning ‘Falling Overnight’ bringing romantics to the screen

Falling Overnight tells the story of twenty-two year old Elliot Carson (Parker Croft) on the day before he has risky surgery to remove a brain tumor. Facing what could be his last night, Elliot’s path intersects with Chloe Webb (Emilia Zoryan), a young photographer who invites him to her art show. Elliot welcomes the distraction and as the night descends, Chloe takes him on an intimate and exhilarating journey through the city. But as morning approaches, and Chloe learns of Elliot’s condition, the magic of the evening unravels, and they must together face the uncertainty of Elliot’s future.

Yes, this does seem familiar. Didn’t we have a similar movie recently with Jake Gyllenhaal and Anne Hathaway? Of course the synopsis of that movie “Love and Other Drugs” was “A woman suffering from Parkinson’s befriends a drug rep working for Pfizer against 1990s Pittsburgh backdrop.” So it’s not the exact story, but I’d say a similar story line. Although many romantic movies have someone who is sick or dying and their love helps them through. Even the Nicholas Spark book-made-movie “A Walk to Remember” eventually led us to a tear jerking end.

Shot on a shoestring budget over fourteen summer nights, Falling Overnight was conceived by director Conrad Jackson in collaboration with writing partners Parker Croft and Aaron Golden. The writing team attempted to capture the numbness and isolation that comes from being “one of the sick people”, highlighting the bittersweet experience of falling in love when the future is uncertain. Instead of filling the story with the heightened, overly dramatic dialogue and scenes that populate much of contemporary film, the filmmakers created a lifelike world for their characters, pouring their own stories, experiences, dreams, and regrets into the script.

Ultimately, it is real life that Elliot will miss.

Comparisons aside, Falling Overnight has been receiving accolades and awards in every direction so the writers, cast and crew did something right.

Winner – Special Jury Prize – Cinequest Film Festival
Winner – Best Independent Feature – Sonoma International Film Festival
Winner – Best Actor in a Feature Film – Nashville Film Festival
Winner – Best Director/Composer Collaboration – Nashville Film Festival
Winner – Best Actor in a Feature Film – JAX Film Festival
Winner – Audience Award – Best Feature Film – Santa Cruz Film Festival
Winner – Best Cinematography – First Glance Philadelphia
Winner – Emerging Talent Award for Best Director – Visionfest
Winner – Breakthrough Performance Best Lead Actor – Visionfest
Winner – Audience Award – Best Feature Film – SENE Film Festival
Winner – Best Feature Film – San Francisco United Film Festival
Winner – Best of Fest – Blue Whiskey International Film Festival
Winner – Best Feature Film – Blue Whiskey International Film Festival
Winner – Best Lead Actor – Blue Whiskey International Film Festival
Winner – Audience Award – Best Feature Film – Chicago United Film Festival
Opening Night Film – Crested Butte Film Festival
Opening Night Film – Vail Film Festival
Closing Night Film – VisionFest

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Excited about Netflix on the iPhone

I’ve been able to add movies to my queue from my phone, but I wasn’t able to watch the “instant” watch movies on the phone until now. Netflix added this capability in their FREE iPhone app. So, if you have a Netflix subscription you can now watch the instant movies on demand with your phone. Fantastic! This is helpful if you are waiting somewhere for a long time with the kids. Oh yes, I know I will definitely get use out of it. But it also means I will now need a charger for the car, because intensive apps suck the life right out of the iPhone charge VERY quickly.

Netflix today announced the availability of its free Netflix App for iPhone and iPod touch, allowing Netflix members on plans starting at just $8.99 a month to instantly watch a vast selection of TV episodes and movies streamed to their iPhone or iPod touch at no additional cost.

The Netflix App is available for free from the App Store on iPhone and iPod touch or at www.itunes.com/appstore/.

Netflix is working on a streaming video application for smartphones running Google’s Android operating system, a Netflix employee and online job listing have each confirmed.

Netflix has posted two job listings on its website so far this summer, both seeking Android (Android) developers. The current listing is titled “Android Video Playback Expert,” and begins, “Netflix is looking for a great engineer to help us build Instant Streaming client implementations on Android devices.”

Netflix iPhone App Video from Netflix on Vimeo.

Box Office Numbers for Christmas Weekend

Avatar Teaser Poster
To be expected, Avatar is number one this weekend in the box office.

In 1994, director James Cameron wrote a 114-page scriptment for Avatar. Avatar is centered around the themes of imperialism and biodiversity. Cameron has said that Avatar shares themes with At Play in the Fields of the Lord, and The Emerald Forest, which feature clashes between cultures and civilizations, and acknowledged the film’s connection with Dances With Wolves, where a battered soldier finds himself drawn to the tribal culture he was initially fighting against.

Cameron said he felt the pressure of the predictions, but that pressure is good for film-makers. “It makes us think about our audiences and what the audience wants,” he stated. “We owe them a good time. We owe them a piece of good entertainment.” Cameron did not want to preach to the audience, but rather “bring them in” and make sure they have a good time.

The twelve estimated top producing motion pictures for the weekend, per data collected as of Sunday, December 27, 2009 include:

                                          Weekend
  Rank   Title          Distributor       Gross       Cume         Locations
  ----   -----          -----------       -------     ----         ---------
  1      Avatar         20th Century Fox  75,000,000  212,268,053  3456
         ------         ----------------  ----------  -----------  ----
  2      Sherlock
         Holmes         Warner Bros.      65,380,000   65,380,000  3626
         --------       ------------      ----------   ----------  ----
  3      Alvin And The
         Chipmunks: The
         Squeakquel     20th Century Fox  50,200,000   77,051,277  3700
         -------------- -------------     ----------   ----------  ----
  4      It's
         Complicated    Universal         22,114,420   22,114,420  2886
         -----------    ---------         ----------   ----------  ----
  5      Up In The Air  Paramount         11,755,000   24,518,000  1895
         -------------  ---------         ----------   ----------  ----
  6      Blind Side,
         The            Warner Bros.      11,730,000  184,387,000  2766
         -----------    ------------      ----------  -----------  ----
  7      The Princess
         and the Frog   Disney             8,683,000   63,357,000  3475
         ------------   ------             ---------   ----------  ----
  8      Nine           The Weinstein
                        Company            5,544,000    5,922,000  1412
         ----------     -------------      ---------    ---------  ----
  9      Did You Hear
         About The
         Morgans?       Sony               5,000,000   15,597,000  2718
         ------------   ----               ---------   ----------  ----
  10     Invictus       Warner Bros.       4,390,000   23,365,000  2160
         --------       ------------       ---------   ----------  ----
  11     The Twilight   Summit
         Saga: New Moon Entertainment      3,000,000  280,923,522  1593
         -------------- -------------      ---------  -----------  ----
  12     Disney's A
         Christmas
         Carol          Disney             1,356,000  135,952,000  1245
         ----------     ------             ---------  -----------  ----
  Weekend of 12/25/09 to 12/27/09
Source: Rentrak Corporation

Terabithia

Totally forgot to write about “Bridge to Terabithia.”

I’ll be the first to admit that though I am an avid reader, I have never read this book. Which I probably should have read to Brae before taking him to see the movie. Perhaps then I could have prepared myself better for the sob fest that occurred midway through the movie and ceased when the movie was over.

The story is about two children who feel like outsiders. They wind up being the best of friends and they build each others confidence whilst also creating a magical imaginary land…Terabithia. Jess and Leslie are King and Queen of Terabithia and they rule the Kingdom. There are fantastical creatures and a dark lord that also inhabit this kingdom and the adventures they have are a joy to watch.

Leslie inspired me immensely. She was such a free spirit, true to herself no matter what. Plus, I loved the way she dressed.

Aside for the story, the music in this movie was amazing. Jeremy Camp’s voice made an appearance which I was happy about. He is also on the Narnia soundtrack. Aaron Zigman did a great job with the instrumentals. The music enhanced the magical feel and it also deepened the sadness. Perhaps that is just because music is entirely emotional for me anyway.

So. Braeden tells me he liked the movie. There were times when he was sad and he leaned against me in the seat. But there were also times when he laughed out loud and even put his arms up in excitement when Jess was protecting Leslie from the possessed squirrel creatures. I don’t think he understood all of the plot, but I do think he enjoyed the movie. And it’s always fun for me to see his reactions to everything.

The only downfall to the outing was that while waiting in line to get pretzels and fruit punch, someone moved our coats and took the seats we saved. So by the time we got back in the theater since it took 30 minutes to get pretzels…we ended up having to sit in the front row. Brae was fine with it and though I would have preferred to sit farther away it really didn’t matter when I saw how entranced he was with the big screen. =o)