Messages By Light

Comments on watching and making films.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Steve McQueen dialogue with Stuart Comer



 A great, and lengthy, discussion with Steve McQueen about his body of work up to 12 Years A Slave.

Monday, February 17, 2014

The Assassination Of Jesse James By The Coward Robert Ford

5 out of 5 Stars

I've seen this before, several times, on DVD and Blu-Ray, but I got a chance to go to a special screening of the film with director Andrew Dominik and Cinematographer Roger Deakins in attendance. They had a fantastic Q&A after the film. This movie is absolutely amazing. I can't recommend it highly enough.

Robocop (2014)

2.5 out of 5 stars.

I'm not against a well made remake, and this one has some great bells and whistles, but it ultimately falls short. The original is still as valid and groundbreaking today as it was almost thirty years ago. This one just feels like a slick, and somewhat forgettable, sci-fi movie.

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit

2 out of 5 stars

This film had some good action sequences, but the rest of it felt like Branagh was trying to make some penultimate MOVIE, which kind of made everything feel really cliche.

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Stewart Schuster's "Alivia"


Alivia from Stewart Schuster on Vimeo.

I realized, looking over the blog, that I never posted my own film! We shot this February of 2013, in Seattle, but because of work, a move, and various complications, it wasn't completed until June of 2013. I'm very happy with how it came out, and it has amassed over two thousand views on Vimeo alone (with very little publicity).

Brian McGinn's "The Record Breaker"

The Record Breaker from Brian McGinn on Vimeo.

Dark Rye's "An Undertaking"

An Undertaking from Dark Rye on Vimeo.