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Kedi: Much More Than Just A Documentary About Cats, by Casey Hamby

Kedi, a documentary shot in Istanbul, Turkey, follows the lives of 7 cats: Psikopat “The Psycho”, Sari “The Hustler”, Deniz “The Social Butterfly”, Duman “The Gentleman”, Bengü “The Lover”, Aslan Parçasi “The Hunter”, Gamsiz “The Player”. Each of their stories is told by the numerous caretakers that live and work there. Continue reading

Wonder Woman, Film Review by James Tuggey

DC Comics Wonder Woman stars Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman aka Diana Prince and Chris Pine as Steve Trevor, the love interest and part time (non-super) hero. Setting of the film include several key areas: Themyscira (which is home of the Amazons) and eventually multiple European sites such as Paris, London and a German held military base in Buckinghamshire. The majority of the film takes place in the 1940’s and into modern time 2017. This is categorized in the genre of Superhero Films along with Action and Fantasy.


In modern times Diana (Wonder Woman) receives a special case containing a single photograph imposed on glass which makes her flash back to her origin. Suddenly she’s back to her childhood of training for battle against her Mothers wishes. Diana is the Amazonian Princess her her Mother (The Queen) does not wish her to be a warrior. Diana is secretly trained but eventually reveals her powers as a young woman. An American Spy (Chris Pine), named Steve washes up on shore followed by German soldiers (not Nazis) and a battle ensues on the beaches on Themyscira where the Amazonian warriors are easily defeated by the German soldiers and their rifles. Eventually she leaves with Chris Pine headed for England because she believes that another God (her nemesis) is controlling the German Troops. She believes she can stop him and if he is defeated the wars will end. Multiple fight scenes and humorous dialogue while building on secondary characters create this interesting film.

What I enjoyed the most was the action throughout the movie. Wonder Woman came into her powers very quickly and she not only embraced but utelized them to their full potential and proved herself as a deserving God/Diety. However not all of her powers were exposed. Steve and his colleagues used her as a ballistic missile against a German sniper so they catapulted her along with a metal shield into the clocktower to stop the sniper and destroyed the tower with just her sheer power. Later when she’s fighting Ares (God of War) they both use vehicles as melee weapons against each other which showcases her strength.

I found the dialogue inconsistent and incorrect for the era which is was taking place. Case in point Diana apparently has never heard of the term marriage even though she knows over 100 languages. She’s speaking to Chris Pine about marriage and asks what marriage is and once she’s told, she replies “And do they, love each other till death?” and Steve replies, “Not very often”… In the 1940’s marriages did last most times for life as divorce was shameful and there was a stigma so I found this conversation awkward. I understand why they used it because it’s amusing and accurate for modern times but not back then. Although Wonder Woman supposedly the wisest woman in history she is constantly clueless to things that she should know such as the fact that there is a World War happening, the existence of Clocks, as a Warrior she didn’t somehow understand what a Frontline in a War is and she asked if grown men don’t sleep… These are all simple examples of poor script writing.

My overall reaction is that Wnder Woman was a lot better than almost all other DC films have been in a long time. Visually it was stunning and the CG was top notch. The sets were well placed and easy to watch. The action was steady and only a few points of slow, down time which is a vast improvement for DC. The film was definitely aimed to empower females but managed to do so without making the men out to be bumbling idiots. The musical score was well done and the score in the final fight scene fit perfectly. The actors were good and the director paid a lot of attention to detail with the actors. Chris Pine and the character of Steve was a great choice and enhanced the scenes that lacked action. I recommend reading the basic bio of Wonder Woman before watching the movie or some things may be lost to you. Otherwise it’s an easy story to follow and if you enjoy action fantasy you will likely appreciate this film.

Movie Review of Shawshank Redemption

Shawshank Redemption is a thrilling and mysterious film is directed by Frank Darabont, the director behind The Green Mile, The Walking Dead, and The Mist. The film stars many well known actors such as Tim Robbins, Morgan Freeman, and Bob Gunton. This film takes place in a prison located in Northeast America. This movie involves a lot of crime and drama.

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Movie Review of “Interstellar”

The movie “Interstellar” is a science fiction movie that came out in 2014.  The story was written by Christopher Nolan and has a cast full of well known actors.  Matthew McConaughey plays the main protagonist Cooper.  Other prominent actors in the film are Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain, Matt Damon, and Michael Caine.  “Interstellar” takes place in the near future in an Earth that is slowly dying.  There are constant dust storms and and crops are not growing.  Cooper, being a former astronaut knows that the only way to save humanity is to find a new home on a planet other than Earth.

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The Fantastic Mr. Fox–Movie Review by Stephen Krogman

The Fantastic Mr. Fox, which is a stop-motion animated film based on the book by the same name, Fantastic_mr_foxwritten by Ronald Dahl, is a widely known children’s book that detailed the various escapades of a particularly intelligent “Mr. Fox” and his family. Even though the movie was not given very much publicity, and made no real records, it certainly had some big names, such as Meryl Streep and George Clooney in it to lend a hand. The movie is an interesting and charming adventure/comedy, which takes place in rural England, and appears to be set somewhere around modern times.

The main idea behind both the book and the movie is that Mr. Fox, a very clever animal that lives in relative tranquility decides to make trouble for his human neighbors by stealing food from their mass farms. The three farmers in the surrounding area, Walt Boggis, Nate Bunce, and Frank Bean, all have their own claims to fame in their own rights, but none of them have the guile to outwit Mr. Fox, who proceeds to take geese, chickens, and apples right from under their noses. The three nasty farmers band together to outgun Mr. Fox, who inadvertently puts his entire family, and seemingly the rest of the nearby wildlife in danger by drawing attention to his thieving actions. Continue reading

Filmmaker’s Fantasy Camp

PFTTlogoProfessional Film and Television Training
is a series of courses that have been offered at Chattanooga State Community College for several years. In it’s current form, there are 3 courses that should be taken in sequence beginning each Fall with PFTT 250 Introduction to Film and Television Technology.

However, during the Summer of 2015 we’re making a special push to deliver a filmmaker’s fantasy summer camp and are accepting students directly into PFTT 270 Filmmaking. The course meets Monday nights at 5:30 beginning June 8 and will also have scheduled weekend productions later in the Summer.

PFTT 270 – Filmmaking – Summer

Introduction to basic production work-flow for low-budget, independent film productions. This will be achieved partially through lecture and readings, through critiquing the work of other filmmakers, and through hands-on production of a short, budgeted film.

These are credit courses that you must be registered to attend. For more information contact or visit our facebook page.

The video below provides an overview of a production from Summer 2014.

What is PFTT?

PFTTlogoProfessional Film and Television Training is a series of courses that have been offered at Chattanooga State Community College for several years. In it’s current form, there are 3 courses that should be taken in sequence:

PFTT 250 – Introduction to Film and Television Technology – Fall

This course to introduce students to the business and everyday working methods of professional film and television production with an emphasis on techniques used in field shooting for motion pictures, dramatic television shows, TV commercials and music videos. This course will be the first step in enabling students to acquire skills necessary for gainful employment in a professional film/video production setting. 

PFTT 260 – Advanced Film and TV Production – Spring

This course will continue to build student’s understanding of professional film and television with an emphasis on pre-production, budgeting, casting, script breakdowns, location scouting, and scheduling. The course will enable students to prepare for shooting a short, budgeted production.

PFTT 270 – Filmmaking – Summer

Introduction to basic production work-flow for low-budget, independent film productions. This will be achieved partially through lecture and readings, through critiquing the work of other filmmakers, and through hands-on production of a short, budgeted film.

These are credit courses that you must be registered to attend. For more information contact or visit our facebook page.

“Ladies and Gentlemen, My Name is Paul Heyman”, movie review by Leslie Mines

August 5th, 2014 I went to my local Wal-Mart to purchase the long awaited WWE Documentary “Ladies and Gentlemen, My Name is Paul Heyman”, a 3 disc set on arguably one of the greatest minds in professional wrestling. This set was something wrestling fans have been wanting for years. Paul Heyman is a pioneer in the wrestling industry, so this set was a real treat. The first disc was the documentary, then disc two and three are promos from AWA, WCW, ECW, and WWE. His influence in each company is covered in depth.

The documentary started with notable names in professional wrestling giving their insight on the man Paul Heyman. Most of them had bad things to say and some had good things to say, but that’s the legacy that Paul has left on the wrestling world. Heyman decided as a teenager he wanted to be apart of the wrestling business, so he started a wrestling newsletter. At the age of 14 Heyman got a press pass for MSG which is where all of the WWF/E shows were held most of the time in the 70s, 80s, 90s and even today in 2014. Heyman was considered a snobby kid by other journalist and photographers because he held no regard to anyone he wanted his brand to be ahead of everyone elses. Another segment in the documentary covered “Extreme Championship Wrestling”, Heymans own company that brought an edge to wrestling that would push WCW and WWF to steal some of ECWs ideas to prosper.

The main aspect of the documentary was the direction it took. It covered Heymans career from the age of 14 with his own newsletter to the 80s and 90s as a behind the scenes promoter and manager to now as just an on-air talent. ECW would eventually be bought buy Vince McMahon and the WWF. Heyman would work for Vince on-air and also behind the scenes. After the purchase of ECW and WCW the WWF/E had no competition, so there was a brand extension. Raw and Smackdown were the two brands under the WWE umbrella. In 2002-2004 Heyman was put in charge of Smackdown as lead writer. Smackdown crushed RAW in reviews and ratings. Vince didn’t like that because RAW was the “A” Show and SD was the “B” show. There would be a fallout and Paul would be sent to OVW(WWE Developmental for young talent) and placed in charge there. The documentary show a cycle of his career that people don’t want to come second to him, so they kick him out. Which happened in Memphis, WCW, and WWE.

The documentary didn’t go to much in depth on certain situations, yet they put a lot of emphasis on those stories. His falling out with WCW because of Bill Watts being an alleged racist and that was supposedly why Heyman left the company. There was a lawsuit of some sort because of his departure. Paul said himself in the documentary that he would not go in depth about the situation. Another story that was unheard and never been revealed in WWE History that Shane McMahon the son of Vince McMahon was suppose to purchase ECW from Paul in 2000. Shane would have bought the company to keep it running and competing with WWE and also practice for Shane to run WWE when his father stepped down, but that never happened. The set would have been even better if those stories were more exposed.

“Ladies and Gentlemen, My Name is Paul Heyman” overall is possibly top ten in my WWE DVD collection. The set is really enjoyable and easy to sit through. WWE really went all out with this set and let Paul Heyman “loose”. There is a TV-14 rating on the dvd, which is widely accepted and appreciated by the wrestling community. The final two discs of the set are even more appreciated because they are full of promos and Paul Heyman is one of the best of the mic in the history of professional wrestling. Paul explained that his kids are everything to him and they have helped him mature to become a more peaceful man and to let the past go.

Gone Girl, movie review by Kaytlin Mitchell

Gone Girl” is a drama directed by David Fincher. The key actors in the cast of this film are Ben Affleck, Rosamund Pike, Tyler Perry, and Neil Patrick Harris. This choice in casting ensures that this movie will and has brought forth a striking amount of viewers.

The story begins with Nick Dunne (Affleck) paying a visit to the bar that he co owns with his sister, Margot. He then receives a call from an elderly man that lives across the street from him saying that Dunne’s cat was out. It was when he arrived home that he found his wife was missing. It is later discovered that Mr. Dunne was cheating on his wife with one of his former students from the college he teaches at. However, that is not the only surprise. We later find that Amy (Dunne’s wife) has in fact made herself disappear in hopes of framing her husband for her murder because of the terrible things he did in their marriage. When Dunne realizes what his wife has done, he and his sister begin making a plan for him to defend himself in the Mississippi justice system. The first step in their plan is for Mr. Dunne to hire the top defense lawyer in this field, Tanner Bolt (Tyler Perry). Mrs. Dunne’s plan however, is not going as well as expected. She loses her money and is forced to call upon the assistance of her former boyfriend, Desi Collings (Neil Patrick Harris). Mrs. Dunne finally realizes that her plan was never going to work anyway, and decides to come back to Mr. Dunne. Then it takes an unexpected twist and blows your mind!

The director, David Fincher, uses dramatic suspense to keep the audience on their toes throughout the entire film, which is one of the main reasons I enjoyed it. The camera angles are incredible and make you feel a closeness to the character and feel the same feeling of doubt, regret, and fear that they are feeling. It is almost as if you are a part of the movie yourself.

The music chosen for this movie brings the drama one step higher. For it allows the audience to know when something is going to happen without revealing what does happen. The music chosen to play in a movie has always been a major part in controlling how the audience feels and gives the viewers a bigger connection to the story.

This film takes many twists and turns which keeps the viewer guessing. In terms of quality, this film is top notch. It keeps your eyes glued to the screen. If you are going into this film, forget all about what you think you know about this movie. It is mind-boggling and I highly doubt anyone will leave the theater dissatisfied.

The Monkey’s Paw, film review by Jessica Swafford

Be careful what you wish for…

The Monkey’s Paw, is a rendition of a short story by W. W. Jacobs. This SiFy horror, thriller directed by Brett Simmons is set in a modern day Cajun city. The cast includes a wide range of charter actors including C.J. Thomason, Stephen Lang, Daniel Kelly, Corbin Bleu, and Michell Pierce.

A boy down on his luck acquirers a talisman from an ex-coworker. The trinket gives the owner three wishes of what ever he desires, but little does Jack (Thomason) know the wishes are tainted, and come at a price. Jake makes his first 2 wishes and notices things are beginning to change, so he throws the paw away. Than along comes a villain who wants Jake’s last wish to fix everything the first two wishes ruined. Scared and worried for the peoples lives around him he warns them of the danger and even includes the police. After learning a little about the curse and getting guidance from a friend, Jake decides how to defeat the villain and the curse in the final battle.

One of the aspects of filmmaking that stood out in this movie was the place setting. Filmed in New Orleans this classic horror story had a strong wonderful feel of deep, Cajan, voodoo mystery. I believe that the southern setting was perfectly effective telling this story of a mysterious dark magic monkey’s paw.

Another aspect that stood out was the language both music and dialect. In the bayou setting having a bunch of yankees with rap music would not have done for this voodoo story. And the directors agreed. With the use of creole style music and most of the actors having the deep cajan accents this movie nicely portrayed the voodoo mystery that comes with a legend as old and thrilling as The Monkey’s Paw

I grew up with the story of the monkeys paw and this is the first movie I have seen on this subject. It was a thriller for me I hang on the words and storyline, and I was pleasantly surprised with this movie of a legend that I grew up listening to. I would recommend this movie to anyone who likes SiFi or thriller movies. Be careful what you wish for…. HAHAHAHA

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