Member of Beastie Boys Adam "MCA" Yauch Dies of Cancer at 47

Today we morn a great lose in the music industry as member of the Beastie Boys, Adam “MCA” Yauch loses his battle with cancer at the age of 47. Four years ago on July 20, 2009, Yauch announced he had been diagnosed with a cancerous tumor in his parotid gland, located in the mouth. Due to his illness it postponed there upcoming tour and eighth studio album entitled Hot Sauce Committee Part 1 and later released and changed to Hot Sauce Committee Part 2. Despite Yauch’s condition, he never let anything hold him back from his personal life and career. He put up a strong fight until the end.

Adam “MCA” Yauch, Michael “Mike D” Diamond and Adam “Ad-Rock” Horovitz formed the Beastie Boys in 1979, starting off as a punk band and later transitioned to hip-hop in 1984. After obtaining local success with the 1983 release of their experimental hip hop 12″ Cooky Puss, followed by their debut album Licensed to Ill in 1986 which received international critical acclaim and commercial success. And later to release such albums as Paul’s Boutique, Check Your Head, Ill Communication and Hello Nasty. By 2010, they had sold 22 million albums in the United States and 40 million albums worldwide.

Yauch will always be remembered for the great lyricist he was bringing us such hits as, “Sabotage“, “Intergalactic” and “(You Gotta) Fight for Your Right (To Party!)”. He also co-founded the Milarepa Fund, which raised money for the Tibetan independence movement. The group also won many Grammys over the years and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame earlier this year.

May you rest in peace Adam “MCA” Yauch, we will always remember you and we’ll never forget to always “fight for our right to party!”

[Source] TMZ, Wikipedia
 

-Alexander Gothelf

Young Filmmaker gets serious about FCPX

If you’ve kept up with the latest editing software you are well aware of the craziness Apple stirred up with Final Cut Pro X a year ago. Personally, I was taken back by FCPX at first. My initial reaction was… “iMovie pro?”. It wasn’t until FCPX ver 10.0.2 that I threw caution to the wind and jumped into the infamous NLE to see what it was all about.

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Movie Review: The Raid: Redemption


No need for any Redemption here, The Raid: Redemption is a heart-pounding action packed film and hits the spot for any action hunger appetite of any fan.

The Lowdown: In the Jakarta slums, a derelict apartment building has become a no-go area – even the police are unwilling to enter. It has become a safe-house for the most dangerous killers and gangsters. A SWAT team infiltrates the building, under the cover of darkness, to remove its owner.

The Review: If watching an action film is an addiction then The Raid would be the perfect drug for the addict. Director Gareth Evans serves us with a brutal and gory blend of gunfights and martial arts action with a side of HIGH BODY COUNT so high that the majority of the cast are credited in a numerical fashion (example: Tama’s Victim #5). People get beaten, punched, kicked, stabbed, shot, and abused so bad it makes you wanna punch the person next to you due to the fact that your adrenaline is on overdrive. The apartments and the close tight halls help create some crazy acrobatics and choreographed action i’ve seen since ONG BAK that will have you giving major KUDOS to all of the stunt people involved. The story is decent, but admit it that is not what most people are looking for when watching an action flick. The english dubbed is “okay” but bearable to watch for a foreign film. But, This explosive, tense action flick will have anyone doing flips on the walls in the theaters and is a must watch for any fan of the action genre.

Overall: The action is neither repetitive nor anesthetizing and has a little bit of down time for some dialogue to build the story but is easy to forgive with all the action, gore, and entertainment to satisfy anyone looking for a good action flick.


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4 Templar Crosses out of 5

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Credits: Directed by Gareth Evans and Starring Iko Uwais

JUSTICE LEAGUE SKETCHBOOK: BATMAN/SUPERMAN

It’s been almost a year since Geoff Johns and Jim Lee took the comic book world by storm with the “New 52’s”.
As you can imagine, this bold move stirred things up a bit. Everything from the new costume designs to the whole idea of reseting the universe. I for one was all for it.
See, I always loved some of DC’s heroes but I never read many of there comics except for some of the Batman titles along with some graphic novels. But with the New 52’s it was easy for me to jump right into the DC Universe head first without feeling that weight of not knowing all the back stories and multi-verses and whatnot. And I’ve been a DC reader ever since. Now it’s just a question of finding time to read.

Here’s a little sneaky-poo to the additional material being put into this weeks JUSTICE LEAGUE VOLUME ONE – ORIGIN.

(Side Note) Jim Lee is by far one of my favorite artists since I was a wee-child collecting X-Men trading cards. The man is a surgeon with the pencil (he actually studied to be a doctor before he got into comics).

(click sketch for full post)

(click sketch for full post)

-Eric Chacón

Let the Summer Blockbusters BEGIN!!!

With the release of Marvel’s Blockbuster Avengers right around the corner, we’ll be thrusted into the summer movie season! Some of my fondest and earliest movie memories were of my mama-dukes taking me to the local theater in Queens, New York to see “Beetlejuice“, “Who Framed Roger Rabbit“, “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles“, “Batman“, “Batman Returns… (day dreaming)… so awesome! She’s really the reason why I’m so into film. So like many of you I have a real love for summer movies.

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Google Drive + WeVideo

“Come gather ’round Non-Linear Editors, Wherever you roam, And admit that the waters, Around you have grown, And accept it that soon, You’ll be drenched to the bone. If your time to you, Is worth savin’, Then you better start swimmin’, Or you’ll sink like a stone, For the software we use are a-changin'”

I know that’s not how the classic Bob Dylan song goes but that’s what I sing to myself every time I hear about new editing software. Since FCPX was release followed by Avid MC6 and Adobe CS6, it seems that the world of editing has been in a state of constant change. And it appears that this story is no different with Google further changing the landscape of NLE’s.

By now everyones heard of cloud based storage services like iCloud and Drop Box, so when Google Drive was announced I wasn’t overly excited about the news. But when I heard about Google Drive integrated with Google’s new video editing app, WeVideo, it really caught my attention for a couple of reasons. Besides that it’s a free Chrome browser based app, it’s full integration with Google Drive is fascinating when you stop to think of all the different way’s you can use it. Here’s a quick demo.

Pretty cool, right? It’s fair to say that the UI in the app is fairly simple. Almost identical to iMovie. But the real differentiating factor is that it offers a cloud based video editing workflow where multiple editors can collaborate and edit footage simultaneously… from anywhere, for free (essentially)! It’s pretty amazing to say the least.
If I was a kid in middle school or someone curious about producing videos this would be a great way to test the waters without any out of pocket costs for editing software. I can’t wait to see what people do with WeVideo. I’m sure there will be some rough edges at first. Like any new software (i.e. FCPX), WeVideo will need time to mature,

In all honesty I don’t think i’ll be using WeVideo because I love editing on Final Cut Pro X and Adobe Premiere CS 5.5 (aka Final Cut Pro 8). Granted, I know both of those NLE’s don’t have cloud services and I’m aware that Adobe just introduced CS6 Production Premium (full $1899 and the upgrade for $375) with the Creative Cloud but since this blog is aimed for the “micro” budget filmmakers, spending $2k for new software wouldn’t be a viable option. So I was left to wonder if Apple would take Google’s lead and expand FCPX with an update or a FREE plug-in for Drop Box or iCloud, just imagine the workflow options that would open up! You could start to cut together a rough cut on your iPad, save and continue on your Mac.

I applaud Google for further democratizing video production. Anything to put creative tools in the hands of curious and budding artists for free is a good thing. 
What do you think about  Googles new app? Would you be using WeVideo?

Eric Chacón

It started with an "idea"

I’ve always dreamed of being a story writer dreamer entertainer and actor for as long as I can remember. it was probably meant to be ever since my mom named me after 2 movies: Jason and the Argonauts and Brian’s Song.

When my close friend ( who’s more like a brother to me) Eric Chacon approached me about this “idea” of an opportunity, there was no way I was going to pass it up.

So please stay tuned for future blog posts and podcasts to come, and thank you again for your continued support and I will see you at the movies.

-Brian Lansangan

Let’s get things rolling

First off, thank you for stopping by, I hope it’s the first of many visits. This is my first serious attempt at blogging. I’m a little nervous and kinda don’t know what I’m doing but I plan on learning fast. Sharing your passion and thoughts on a public forum is definitely out of my comfort zone. But getting out of your comfort zone is a natural part of chasing your dreams.

My goal on this blog is to share everything from my current creative projects to my personal interests, in hopes to not only entertain but to enlighten as well. (And while I’m at it
, it wouldn’t hurt if I could score some freelance work off of this blog to help keep the lights on.) So as I was thinking about taking this big leap forward into the wilderness, that is the internet, I remembered about an idea I had 5 years ago. Which was to start a podcast were a friend of mine and I could chat about Films, TV shows, Comics, even games. Just an hour long discussion about good ol’ junky pop culture.

So I approached a friend who’s the only other person I can say that has more love for these things than me, my long time partner in crime, Bran Lansangan. Luckily for me, he agreed to join me on this journey. So you will be getting to know him through future blog posts and podcasts.

That’s enough for now, it’s probably not a good idea to drag out my first post too long hehehe.

Eric Chacón