In the 1980’s two boys remade the film “Raiders of the Lost Ark” shot for shot, with no money, no resources, and no clue. And there was another problem — it took them seven years to make, so there was quite a continuity problem as they went through adolescence. By then, they had grown up – and almost burned down the family home, nearly killed one of them, and stopped speaking to each other. Twenty-nine years later, their film “Raiders of the Lost Ark: The Adaptation“ has been praised by Steven Spielberg, Harry Knowles and Eli Roth. It has an obsessive and devoted following of millions and is considered the best and most successful fan film ever created.
Now this book tells the whole story of their odyssey – from two kids with nothing but a dream to recreate their most beloved movie to two seasoned filmmakers with an international cult phenomenon. It is a great treat for anyone who loves “Raiders,” movies, or stories of people who follow their dreams. I have one copy of the book to give away. Send me an email at email@example.com with “Raiders” in the subject line and tell me your favorite scene in “Raiders of the Lost Ark” to enter. Don’t forget your address (US addresses only). I’ll pick a winner at random on November 25. Good luck!
The Memory Book -- This Saturday on the Hallmark Channel A budding, young photographer stumbles upon an old photo album chronicling the ideal romance of a happy couple. Intrigued by their love and unable to find her own “true love,” she sets out to find the couple and figure out if true love really exists. The film stars Meghan Ory (“Once Upon a T
Interview: Michael Rossato-Bennett of "Alive Inside" Michael Rossato-Bennett agreed to spend one day filming Dan Cohen's remarkable music therapy work with people struggling with dementia. He ended up spending three years there and the result is "Alive Inside," an extraordinary documentary about the power of music to reach the human spirit, even when
Movies' Greatest Mirror Scenes Anne Billson has a great piece in The Telegraph on mirror scenes in movies, from the Marx brothers clowning in "Duck Soup" and the shootout in "The Lady from Shanghai" to Elizabeth Taylor scrawling on the mirror with lipstick in "Butterfield 8."
How Do Movies Show Time Passing? Someone once said that movies are "pieces of time." A few take place in "real time." Alfred Hitchcock's experiment, "Rope," unfolds in just the time it takes us to watch it, all in what appears to be one seamless shot. But others take place over days, weeks, years, even generations.
Boring TV Makes You Fat A new study finds that boring television leads to mindless snacking and that leads to putting on pounds.
So, watch programs that excite and engage you. Or, if the show is boring, turn off the television.
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