Friday, March 27, 2015

#365Movies - No. 60 - The November Man

I'm watching this movie right now and I just cannot get into it. I have no idea who Pierce Brosnan is. Is he a good guy? Is he a bad guy? Who's side is he on? Why is he doing all this? What the hell is going on?!?!

It started off with a great action scene. He saves an ambassador's life, but his partner didn't follow orders and an innocent child is shot in the crossfire. Now it's five years later and I still have no idea who he is or who he works for. Then there's something with a Russian politician who has secrets to hide but "the good guys" are trying to get therm. And then a woman is shot who had the secrets but she gave them to Bond, I mean Devereaux, Pierce's character before she died. Now he has them but doesn't seem to be doing anything with them. Then there's another lady who may have secret info.

blah. blah. blah.

It has some great action sequences. And it has a former James Bond and a Bond girl (Olga Kurylenko from Quantum of Solice). I just couldn't follow the characters and all that was going on. It's a good thing for Bradley Cooper he didn't take the roll.

But I have to finish it.

I really need to find some better movies to watch...

Spectre - teaser trailer

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

The Brother Mike Tapes - 1985

The Brother Mike Tapes: 1985 from rodd perry on Vimeo.

#365Movies - No. 57 - Get the Gringo

Here's another one I've been wanting to see for a while. Not Mel's finest but still a goo action film. Actually it reminded me a bit of Mel's character from Payback. He's a bad guy who does bad things but ends up doing good to help the less fortunate. Oh, and Mel was one of the co-writers so there's that. But there were humorous parts of excessive violence that had me cracking up. For instance when Mel goes after one of the big baddies and tosses two grenades in his direction and just walks away. It was of the better parts of the entire film.

Home Made Negative Digitizer

I recently saw a video on Facebook on how to digitize your old negatives. It called for a shoebox and a few other materials. Here, have a look.

So since I'm on vacation I thought I'd give it a shot. Unfortunately I don't have a shoebox, but I do have an animation light table. So using paper, glue, paint, tape and a piece of cardboard I made my own negative holder.

I found some old black and white negatives, slid a strip of six in the holder and rested the whole thing on the peg bar. The video says to use a digital camera. Well, the digital camera I have is over ten years old and it wasn't able to focus properly. So I decided to try the camera on my Motorola Droid Maxx. This is what it looks like through the tube.

And here it is zoomed in.

And using the filters and functions of the phone's picture editor I was able to rotate, invert, crop and adjust the negative. And here is the result.

This is my great grandfather on my father's side. The photo was taken by my father in 1972. Not too bad, eh? Somehow these negatives ended up in my house in a file folder, in a plastic box, under a small table in a corner of my studio. How they ever got here, we have no idea. But they still look great.

I'm having some issues with color negatives. I think it's because they're a bit old. They have a blue haze over them that I can't seem to get rid of. I tried adjusting the levels in Photoshop but they're still not coming out right. I'll keep trying until I figure it out.