In case you’re living under a rock, or know nothing of the world, next weekend sees the broadcast worldwide of the 87th Academy Awards from Los Angeles, California. In the lead-up to this auspicious event, once more we’re setting up a review of all the Oscar Best Picture nominated films for the 2014 calendar year. Each day this week, we’ll feature a review of the nominated films for you to catch up on exactly what we think of each film. [Grand Budapest Hotel was reviewed earlier in 2014, so we’ve provided a link to that post in our Oscar Coverage page – Ed.] Not only that, but we’ve added the Best Picture nominees list to our official Oscar Page (sidebar, look to the right) for quick linkage in the coming days.
Good morning folks! Well, we’re on the cusp of something big here at fernbyfilms.com! We’ve hinted at it, we’ve teased you over the last six months or so, and now we can finally reveal our plans! No, it’s not world domination (although that would be nice) or any Evil Plan; rather, we’re about to give the site a whole new streamlined look – logo-wise. After having the same logo for almost the entire time this site has been active, it will be no more! Instead, commencing tomorrow, you’ll notice the brand new logo design take over, and your sneak peek is right here… in the our From The Editor logo above.
In light of the weekends events in Japan, I thought I’d take this moment to acknowledge our readers in that part of the world, and to let you know that all of us here at fernbyfilms.com are thinking of you. Like the rest of the world, we’ve been horrified by the images of entire towns, cities and lives being washed away in a torrent of water, or large segments of the population who haven’t been killed suddenly being displaced by a devastating nuclear emergency.
It’s times like this that put life into perspective, and to witness the horror inflicted upon our Japanese brethren is truly heartbreaking. Large-scale natural disasters in Australia (fire, flood and cyclone), and across the pond in New Zealand (earthquake), have brought sharp focus onto the fragility of life in recent months, and while we sit here debating the merits of film in ways that make it seem like life and death, it’s easy to forget that, by comparison, films really don’t matter all that much.
Fernby Films is proud to have made a contribution to the International Red Cross, and we urge our readers to perhaps consider doing the same. The images of destruction – sweeping tsunamis and shaking buildings – are no special effect, no Michael Bay extravaganza: this is real life, and we need to help our fellow man as best we can, even though we may feel entirely powerless.
To those affected, either directly, or indirectly through family and friends caught up in the disaster, our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Rodney T – EIC, fernbyfilms.com.
Just thought we’d put something up in recognition of those who are suffering at the moment across our great land, particularly in Queensland today, where raging flash-flooding has devastated many low-lying towns (including Toowoomba, Gatton and others) and is set to hit Brisbane any time now. We wanted to let you guys in Qld know we’re thinking of you during this difficult time. News reports are (typically) highlighting the increasing death toll, as well as the utter carnage currently being inflicted on local communities in the southern Queensland area, and we urge all our readers not affected to spare a thought today for those who are. Anybody wishing to donate to the flood fund, can do so at this link.
Breaking news can be found here.
More flood images can be found here.
Well, talk about a landmark for fernbyfilms.com! We finally reach our 500th post, a milestone that, when we first began a few years ago, we didn’t think we’d ever get to! Ever since we started, waaaay back in December 2007, we’ve tried to be a fair and balanced site on which you can read our opinions on all things film, TV, and entertainment. We’ve had a few dramas and hicccups along the way, we’ve gained and lost some valuable members of our team, and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves at all times.
At times like this, when a landmark comes along, people often like to take the time to reflect on where they’ve come from, what they’ve achieved, and how well they’re travelling. Obviously, since fernbyfilms.com is a relatively new website, this is a little redundant given that we really only started doing film stuff about a year ago full time. Before I continue, I’d like to send out a big thanks to all those who have contributed and commented here at the site over the last year or so. Particularly, The Secret Squirrel, whose rapidly growing brood of children prevents him/her from participating in our website as much these days; as well as Doug Shearer, who we sadly had to say goodbye to as he moved on with other projects.
Special mention, of course, to Mick Kubler (or, perhaps, the blame for this whole enterprise!) for getting this website up and running, and allowing me the freedom to explore my cinematic tendencies by explaining the intricacies of a self-maintained website. For all his comments and behind the scenes help, fernbyfilms.com owes him a great big hug! Or at the very least, a handshake. You can check out Mick’s owb website, for Grey Phoenix Productions, here.
In the last year I’ve been on a trip around Europe, witnessed the birth of my first child, and spent a lot of time writing reviews, articles and various posts. We’ve seen the passing of legends like Paul Newman, pop-culture icons like Farrah Fawcett and Michael Jackson, and local heroes like Heath Ledger. We were one of the very first websites to actually review the most recent Wallace & Gromit short, A Matter of Loaf And Death, which was a cool scoop to have! We developed a relationship with American website moviesmackdown.com, run by Hollywood screenwriter/producer Bryce Zabel, and have been moonlighting several reviews in that direction as well, all of which are available to read here too. Thanks to Bryce for his support too! [It’s as close to being in Hollywood as I can get!… Ed.!]
Mick Kubler and I developed and made our own short film project, Schoolyard Justice, which debuted late last year, which was a great little introduction to the high’s and lows of making a movie (albeit a very short one), and I am still currently in the development stage of the next major project from Fernby Films, Urban Golf.
The most important person to thank, of course, would be my wife, the gorgeous Lisa T, without whom this website would be nothing if not a simple “my thoughts” blog. She may not contribute to the site itself, but she allows me the time to do so, which I am most thankful for! Thanks bubby!
I guess the main thing we want to mention is our increased readership…. over the last year, our numbers have been steadily rising to quite a good level, and we hope all our loyal readers enjoy what they see here at the site. Mick always tells me that the more regularly we post, and the better the quality of those posts, then the more likely readers are to hang around and read your stuff. And I admit, that theory has been borne out with an increased viewing circle. So to all our readers, both regular and newcomer alike, thankyou for taking the time to check out our little website and stop by. We greatly appreciate it!
It’s been a busy time for us here at the site, and while we might have slowed down a little, we’re not stopping our quest to view and review the great, not-so-great, and truly absymal films that come out each year. We hope you’ll continue along on the ride with us.
Rodney Twelftree – Director, Fernby Films.
Hello all. This week’s comment comes from the film Prime, which screened last night on Channel 9. Starring Meryl Streep and Uma Thurman, the film see’s Thurman dating the son of her speech therapist (Streep) unbeknownst to either of them. The following comment comes from a particular moment, when David (Bryan Greenberg) and Rafi (Thurman) return to his “apartment” after a date. Rafi is unaware that David lives with his grandparents, until the following exchange takes place:
Rafi Gardet: David, who are your roommates?
Blanch: [calls from upstairs] Is that you David?
David Bloomberg: …Yes, go to sleep grandma.
Rafi Gardet: [falls to the floor in silent laughter, whispering] Oh no!
I watched My Best Friend’s Girl (2008) the other day, about this guy called Tank, his best mate Dustin and this girl Alexis that they both like. It seemed like it was going to be a fairly predictable romantic comedy, but with a bit of a twist it turned out to be really entertaining, if you can stand all the rude jokes.
Tank: How was I suppose to know it was your sister? How was I suppose to know? It was dark, I was drunk and I thought it was you. Oh she’s pregnant,too? You tell your sister, I will make a donation to planned parenthood in her honor.
War, Inc. (2008) starring John Cusack as some sort of superhero/hitman, Brand Hauser, is entertaining enough. Every hero needs his flash vehicle with all the bells and whistles. Brand Hauser’s learjet and Humvee have a feature installed named “Guidestar”, a button that is pressed and the voice of Hauser’s alter ego is there to listen to problems, or give directions or advice. Guidestar adds an interesting flavour to the film, and provides some humour and backchat at the best of times.
GuideStar: [from Hauser’s Humvee, which has been stripped, put on blocks, and torched by children because he didn’t have any candy] I told you Fallaf was not a good idea, didn’t I? I thought I said that. It’s a no-go zone, and you went. Bad choice. Was not a good idea.