The Secret to Being the Most Interesting Person in the Room

By philcooke

It’s simple: just stop talking. That’s right, stop talking. Most of us want desperately to be heard. We want to tell our story, and mistakenly think that’s the best way to get people to like us. We hope to impress them with our insight. But here’s the open secret to becoming everyone’s best friend: Allow […] → continue…

From:: Phil Coke

10 Great Cult Movies That Are Never on Movie Lists

By Velimir Grgic

There are cult movies and there are cult movies. Some of them are more and some of them are less known, but they all have something in common: they don’t particularly care about the rules and regulations of mainstream cinema, and they stand out in movie history as either brave or just plain mad.

Dig deeper and you will always find… something. The 10 titles in our first part of the exploration of cult/exploitation/grindhouse are definitely more than something – something for every fan of “different cinema.” Sometimes fresh, sometimes trash, but always fun, interesting, disturbing and absolutely engaging. The way movies should be.

1. Ninja Terminator (1985)

Ninja Terminator (1985)

Richard Harrison is – the moustached ninja!

Although he looks like he failed casting for a whiskey commercial, Harrison was a different type of “American Ninja” – older, extremely busy (five to 10 movies a year), and not so swoony as Michael Dudikoff, although both movies – “Ninja Terminator” and “American Ninja” – came out in the same year, 1985, THE year for most memorable B-action titles.

“Ninja Terminator” is a diamond in the mine called “80’s action cinema,” a chaotic martial arts “epic” directed by one and only Godfrey Ho, a guy who bore the nickname the “Ed Wood of Hong Kong,” so you can roughly imagine how his filmography looks.

It’s probably not how he would called or branded himself, but Ho actually used around 40 different pseudonyms for directing and he also used this many sources for editing, as he often combined several of his own films with other obscure and unreleased Asian titles to make a collages of pure nonsensical but nonstop fun. This ride is no different as “Ninja Terminator” is really, really, reeeaaaaally fun. And funny.

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From:: Taste Of Cinema

10 Early Movie Masterpieces Made By Great Directors

By Raphael Costa

The vast majority of directors go their entire careers without making a single memorable movie. Some find financial success, but quickly fade away in the ever-growing cultural landscape. Others create one iconic work but never manage to replicate that level of excellence again.

But the mark of a truly great filmmaker is to deliver great film after great film, creating a body of work that marks their place in the history of cinema. Some directors take time to achieve greatness, while others demonstrate genius from their very first efforts.

To be clear, this is not a list of “best first movies” or the best debuts by directors, but a compilation of early movies from filmmakers who had long, successful careers and showed their talent from the very beginning.

10. The Duellists – Ridley Scott

The Duellists

In 1979, Ridley Scott broke into the mainstream with one of the most iconic and influential horror/science fiction movies of all time: “Alien.” But an audience that paid attention would already have been tuned to his talents just two years before, when “The Duellists,” Scott’s first film, was released.

Set during the Napoleonic Wars, the movie follows two French officers (played to great effect by Keith Carradine and Harvey Keitel) as a a initially small feud between them grows into a vicious rivalry that spans decades of duels.

Scott’s trademark visual finesse is already at full capacity here: his wide shots of the French vistas are absolutely gorgeous, as are his swift and elegant camera movements in the fight sequences.

But even aside from that, “The Duellists” has an intensity and crescendo in pace that only a truly talented filmmaker could create, as these men slowly start to crumble in the face of the war and their hate for each other.

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From:: Taste Of Cinema

MTF LensAdaptor PL to Micro 4/3 Adaptor for your GH5

By Matthew Allard ACS

The MTF LensAdaptor PL to Micro 4/3 Adaptor, as the name suggests, allows you to put PL lenses onto any Micro 4/3 mount camera, such as Panasonic’s GH5. Even though…

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MTF LensAdaptor PL to Micro 4/3 Adaptor for your GH5

By Matthew Allard ACS

The MTF LensAdaptor PL to Micro 4/3 Adaptor, as the name suggests, allows you to put PL lenses onto any Micro 4/3 mount camera, such as Panasonic’s GH5. Even though…

The post MTF LensAdaptor PL to Micro 4/3 Adaptor for your GH5 appeared first on Newsshooter.

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From:: News Shooter

Deal: Sigma’s Black Friday Deals Start Today

By Canon Rumors Ronkonkoma, NY – November 19, 2017 – Sigma Corporation of America, a leading still photo and cinema lens, camera, flash and accessory manufacturer, flash and accessory manufacturer, today announced its biggest Black Friday / Cyber Monday sale ever, offering incredible savings on its award-winning Art lens line. For a limited time, customers can save up to … → continue…

From:: Canon Rumors

Surviving Reality TV – with Michael Dermen – ON THE GO – Episode 77

By Fabian Chaundy

In this final part of our chat with Michael Dermen, we talk TV budgets, running a tight ship, and producing a survival reality show!

As TV shows all over the world continue to cut down on costs, Michael Mermen tells us how this trend manifests itself at the high end of the spectrum, in the kind of TV shows he usually works in.

His role as a Line Producer means that he has to be on top of even the most seemingly meaningless expenses in order to make sure the budget is adhered to and that most of the money is spent on the screen. Of course, there are also situations where you have to spend a little more to keep your crew happy. This is all part of striking a good financial balance, and is a key responsibility of his job description.

Michael also shares stories about some of the coolest projects he has worked on during his last four years in the US. One of his favourites is Naked and Afraid, a show that sees a woman and a man left completely naked to fend for themselves in a survival situation. Michael tells us about the challenges involved in shooting a project like this, and what goes on behind the production curtain of a survival reality show.

At the time of this interview, Michael was involved in shooting the current season of Top Gear USA, so he also shares a little bit about his experience on the show. He also tells us about his future plans to move from factual to scripted TV – a difficult move that may once again require taking a step back career-wise in order to find his feet.

It was great having Michael Dermen on cinema5D ON THE GO, and we hope to see him again soon!

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Retrographic: The world’s most iconic black & white images brought to life in color

There’s an incredibly talented online community of colorization enthusiasts and professional retouchers who spend their free time bringing iconic black-and-white photography to life in color. You typically find their work on Facebook, Reddit, or occasionally featured on photo blogs, but we’ve never seen it published in any official printed capacity we’d want to display on a coffee table… until now.

Retrographic: History’s Most Exciting Images Transformed Into Living Color is a photo book released in September that any photo lover would be proud to own and display. A labor of love created alongside the aforementioned colorization enthusiasts and professional retouchers, the book is the brain-child of author, photo-curator, and Royal Photographic Society member Michael D. Carroll.

“Through the careful selection of striking images and dedicated colorization research, Retrographic takes the reader on a visual tour of the distant past,” explains Carroll. “Many of these moments are already burned into our collective memory through the power of photography as shared by people across the 190-year long Age of the Image. And now, these visual time capsules are collected together for the first time and presented in living color.”

The book contains 120 images in all, including some of the most iconic and influential in history—The Burning Monk, V-J Day in Times Square, The Wright Brothers’ First Flight, and many many more. As Carroll explained to us over email, the idea was to present people with a photographic history they could more easily relate to:

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From:: DPreview

Photography gifts for every budget

Shopping for a photographer? Whether you are one yourself or not, chances are you could use some ideas. From stocking stuffers on up, we’ve got some photography gift suggestions for every budget.

2017 Holiday Gift Guide: Under $50

2017 Holiday Gift Guide: $50-200

2017 Holiday Gift Guide: Over $200

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From:: DPreview

The 10 Most Moving Films of All Time

By Andreas Babiolakis

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We go to the movies to laugh and escape, but we also go to feel emotions. Sometimes films can be cathartic, whether it’s from our need to get feelings out of our systems, or if one just wants to experience cinematic poetry.

We can look at films that are completely and utterly depressing, and some of the films featured below will feel that way. However, when we look at what moves us, we sometimes get moved by other emotions, too. That’s how an emotional roller coaster works; while all of these films deal with tragedy, they also balance the lows with passion, love, joy and triumph.

Some of these works will deal more with optimism than anguish (and vice versa). The point is, you will have your heart twisted, pulled, and ultimately ripped out of your chest with these films. Here are 10 of the most moving films in the history of moving pictures.

10. Wings of Desire (1987, Wim Wenders)

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The premise of “Wings of Desire” sounds a little familiar: guardian angels devote themselves to helping mortals on earth with their troubles. Wim Wenders turns this notion into a living dream, as “Wings of Desire” coasts with long shots, a tapestry of voices through stellar sound editing, and the escalation passion can bring. The issues people face every day will hit you hard (especially when the angels themselves do not succeed with their best efforts to help).

To top things off, one of the angels wishes to become a mortal to experience all of the things humans can muster: pain, cold, colours, and most of all, love. The film plays between black-and-white and colourful cinematography brilliantly; when the big turn happens, your heart will melt like you left Kansas once again. “Wings of Desire” makes a → continue…

From:: Taste Of Cinema

Top 10 sample galleries of the year #6: the Sigma 85mm F1.4 Art

We’re counting down our top 10 most popular sample galleries of 2017. Our #6 gallery was looked through more than 1.3 million times. So what product attracted this number of eyeballs? Why, the Sigma 85mm F1.4 DH HSM Art lens of course.

Oh the portraits you will take! This lens is capable of outstanding image quality – read our full review and find out why we gave it a gold award. Not only that, it’s one of the most affordable 85mm F1.4 lens available. So peak through our gallery and see just what all the hype is about.


Top 10 most popular sample galleries of 2017:

#10: Sigma 14mm F1.8 Art
#9: Fujifilm GFX 50S
#8: Nikon D7500
#7: Olympus Tough TG-5
#6: Sigma 85mm F1.4
#5: To be revealed on 11/20
#4: To be revealed on 11/21
#3: To be revealed on 11/22
#2: To be revealed on 11/23
#1: To be revealed on 11/24

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From:: DPreview