Friday, December 19, 2008

Santa Clause Conquers the Martians

This 1964 film is on every worst film ever made list but, in my opinion it's the best of the worst. There are only a few films I consider must see's at Christmas time: It's a Wonderful Life, A Christmas Carol and Santa Claus Conquers the Martians!

Synopsis: Martian kids don't have any fun. Martian leader sees Santa Claus on television and decides that's what Martian kids need. Rather than find their own Santa, Martians come to Earth to steal ours? That's all I'm gonna tell you, the rest you have to see to believe.

Wynn and I will be watching it together this evening at 9:00 as it's on local Public TV station WHYY TV 12.

EDIT: Bad news. I heard promos for the movie on WHYY radio but they had gotten the time wrong. Instead of Santa Claus vs. the Martians, Bill Moyers Journal was on. Don't get me wrong, I love Bill Moyers, we need more journalists like him but I was disappointed. The good news was that while unpacking the tree trimmings I found Santa Claus Conquers the Martians on DVD!. I had forgotten I had bought it at Target last year, for a buck. It's in the Public Domain and can be downloaded from the internet here or watch it here on Hulu.

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Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Ignorance & Want. The Movie!

So much work went into producing the Ignorance & want still photo, I thought why not shoot some video as well. I used the family Canon Mini DV camera. The audio was pretty bad so I decided to use titles like in the silent film days. The projector sound was added later in iMovie. Aside from converting to black and white, I also added grain and scratches to give it a retro look.

You may not recognize my neighbor John, Playing the part of Scrooge, but he was the face of Jacob Marley in the doorknocker. My son Wynn, played the part of Ignorance (wasn't much of a stretch) and his class mate Celeste, played Want (as in, "I want to get this makeup off and get back into some real clothes!") My brother-in-law, Rick played the part of The Ghost of Christmas Present.

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Sunday, December 14, 2008

Hitler rants about D3x

Sorry to interrupt the holiday postings but this video is going to get around and I wanted to jump on it while it's still fresh.

As a Canon user, I have no say in when Nikon can introduce a new camera but perhaps Santa Claus does. Maybe Santa has a closet full of Nikon glass. Perhaps he wasn't so impressed with the D90 especially after demoing a Canon 5D mark II. Maybe Santa put the thumbscrews to Nikon to release the D3X in time for Christmas, but who's idea was the $8000.00 price tag?

Thanks to Mel Brookes and "The Producers" Adolf Hitler and humor need not be mutually exclusive. All together now,"Spring time.... for Hitler.....and Germany!"

While I do feel only professional photographers will grasp the full impact of this video, anyone who has bought a new camera only to realize it's outdated by the time you figure out how to attach the neck strap, will feel The Furh's frustration.

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