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Hey Film Buffs!

RandomFilmBuff has been M.I.A. for quite awhile, but we are not shut down!

We’ve been busy working on other cool projects (screenplays! books! ), but we have to update you guys on all the exciting action.

Other than the projects mentioned above, one of our biggest ventures has been launching a t-shirt company.

Yep, you read that right. A t-shirt company.

We would like to introduce, Snaggy Tees, the new t-shirt company that strives to give the coolest tees around to the world. Our products range from inspirational and motivational to straight-up funny and eye-catching.

It’s our dream one day to be as big as the Life is Good brothers, or even to overtake And honestly, we plan on doing exactly such.

Of course, there’s much more to come. Our t-shirts are




(As you can tell, we’re still kind of “cinematic.”)

Come on over, take a look, snag a great deal! We’re happy to welcome you into the SnaggyTees family.

Film Fight!

Quick! Choose One Out of the Groups of Two!





Revolutionary Road


American Beauty


The Road 


Children of Men


Forrest Gump


I Am Sam


What’s Eating Gilbert Grape


I Am Sam


The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (Swedish)


The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (American)


The Fighter 






The Hangover




The Royal Tenenbaums

Movie Update

Hello film buffs! I’ve been working away at my Movie Bucket List, and it’s been a wonderful journey so far. I’ve watched some great films and some not so great films…Here’s what I’ve been watching:

Drive – Let’s get one thing straight: Nicholas Winding Refn truly knows how to style a movie. This film is oozing with a distinctive visual quality that is unparalled in any movie I have seen this year. But its glossy façade and attractive frontman can’t mask the lacking plot this movie provides. Stunning cinematography but disappointing storyline.

The Road – Here’s another cheer to visuals. John Hillcoat does an impeccable job creating the crumbling apocalyptic world the two main leads, Viggo Mortensen and Kodi Smit-Mcphee (who both turn in impressive performances) have to live in. But it was missing a certain something it was so close to reaching. The typical happy ending was very irritating too.

Adaptation – Who would know that a movie surrounding its own writer would be fascinating and hilarious? Charlie Kaufman’s screenplay is highly original and 100% relatable, especially for authors who watch this honest exposition on the struggles of writing. It’s also Nicolas Cage’s best acting in years.

Psycho – Okay, I’m going to say it: this iconic film was a masterpiece for the 60’s, not today. Don’t get me wrong, it was enjoyable, but I don’t understand all the hype. Hopefully Vertigo or Rear Window will be better.

The Prestige – Well, Nolan strikes again. It’s the smartest thriller in a long time. Twists you couldn’t have guessed in a million years, a towering script (shout out for brother Jonathan Nolan), and excellent acting from every character involved, this movie is a magic trick in itself. Liked it better than Memento even.

Kid with the Bike – If you want to be sorely disappointed and highly frustrated, please watch this.

The Pianist – It does what it sets out to do: simply relate the touching and inspiring story of Władysław Szpilman, played excellently by Adrien Brody. It was also smart of Polanski to not inject sentimentality into the film, being impressively objective towards this tender subject, knowing it’s natural for the audience to already “side” with the Jews, for lack of better words. A beautiful film for a easy Sunday.

What Have You Been Watching? Any particular gems to see or disappointing duds the film community needs to avoid? Alert us in the comments below. 🙂

My Movie Bucket List for 2012

There are many movies I have seen – some I loved, simply enjoyed, and some I’d rather forget about.

But there are many fantastic films that have yet to enter my life.

Therefore, I am penning a Movie Bucket List for the Year of 2012: a list that includes all the movies I want to see before December 31st, 2012, 11:59 p.m.

Let’s Get Started:

1) The Pianist

2) Children of Men

3) Silence of the Lambs

4) Godfather (Part 1 + 2)

5) Psycho

6) Vertigo

7) Citizen Kane

8) Reservoir Dogs

9) Pulp Fiction

10) The Assassination of Jesse James by Coward Robert Ford

11) Le Havre

12) The Dark Knight

13) The Conversation

14) Into the Wild

15) The Road

16) The 25th Hour

17) Magnolia

18) Fight Club

19) The Kid with a Bike

20) Zodiac

21) The Master

22) Drive

23) Adaptation

24) In Bruges

25) Annie Hall

26) Warrior

27) We Need To Talk About Kevin

28) Interview with a Vampire

29) Boy A

30) JFK

31) American History X

32) Fargo

33) American Beauty

34) Edward Scissorhands

35) Grave of the Fireflies

36) The Prestige

37) Requiem for a Dream

Some of the movies are on Netflix, some I have to go out and rent – all of them I am terribly excited for.

How about you? Seen (or wish to see) some of these films? Do you have a movie bucket list? Drop your stories in the comments below 🙂

The Best Movies of 2012 (So Far)

2012 has offered some great films this year so far. As we look back on what we loved, I’m truly looking forward to the rest of the year.

1) The Grey

An intelligent thriller, skilled performances, and a surprisingly deeper meaning than expected. Oh yeah, and this song: Into the Grey.

2) A Separation

I would like to shake the hands of the person who penned this towering script. Nothing is forced and every singly moment is captivating. My Review.

3) Monsieur Lazhar

It might look small and unassuming, but this film is deeply touching and highly thoughtful. My review.

4) The Iron Lady

Don’t understand the hate for this one. “It focuses too much on Meryl Streep’s character.” It’s an memoir, God. Anyway, see my review. (Fun fact: This was my first review. Don’t be hard on it.)

5) Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close

Though Thomas Horn’s character truly made me want to punch him in the face, this movie was emotional and absolutely lovely. Not to mention the stunning performance from Viola Davis.

6) Bully

Though I can’t agree with all the philosophies they promote in this movie, it truly was nothing short of powerful and highly disturbing. My review.

7) The Pirates! Band of Misfits

Hilarious, hilarious, hilarious. Not sure if the kids would understand most of the humor, though. My review.

8) The Intouchables

No, it doesn’t provide nuanced social commentary or present profound ideas about life, but it’s fun and sweet.

Honorable Mentions:

Snow White and the Huntsman – Absolutely gorgeous, storyline doesn’t get ahead of itself, and Chris Hemsworth is a fun add to the cast.

Safety Not Guaranteed Genius idea-but do the main characters have to fall in love? AGAIN?

What I’m Looking Forward To: 

1) The Master

The acting looks like it’s going to be phenomenal. Oscar bait in the truest sense.

2) Django Unchained

Seeing for DiCaprio’s performance. Maybe this is his year?

3) The Great Gatsby

Not a fan of Baz Luhrmann, but those trailers are still reeling me in…

Note: I’ve recently found out that this film is being pushed to Summer of 2013. Oh well…

4) Cloud Atlas

Only two ways this can end: an instant classic that’s one of the most fascinating epics in film history, or a confusing, jumbled mess. Hoping for the former. No pressure.

5) Life of Pi

I’m really excited to include this one in my Book Vs. Film series.


6) Lincoln

Steven Spielberg + Daniel Day Lewis + The Great Emancipator = Very Happy Film Buff

7) Les Miserables

I adore (good) musicals. This would be my first introduction to this particular one, and I’m ready.

What About You? What was the best so far? What are you looking forward to? Tell RFB in the comments below:

What’s This?

Mr. Trevor at the wonderful blog, Northwest Movies, awarded me the Liebster Blog Award. He gave me some really interesting questions to answer (I don’t know a film movement!) and I’ll pass it on. Let’s get started.

The rules for the Liebster Award:
1. Each person must post 11 things about themselves.
2. Answer the 11 questions the person giving the award has set for you.
3. Create 11 questions for the people you will be giving the award to.
4. Choose 11 people to award and send them a link to your post.
5. Go to their page and tell them.
6. No tag backs.

1) As it happens to be, at least half of my favorite films almost didn’t become my favorite films. I doubted they would be good, until family/friends urged me to go see them. Example: The Grey looked like crap to me, Dad encouraged, now I listen to the soundtrack every day.

2) I am a vegan. No, I won’t judge you for your love of meat.

3) My Netflix streaming queue contains 240 movies. (Hmm…I thought it would be a lot more…)

4) When I was born, I had 12 fingers. (I no longer have these extra limbs.)

5) I’m also a musician. I recently auditioned for American Idol and The Voice.

6) My favorite part at the Oscars? When they hand out the awards for adapted/original screenplay. Specifically, I love how they superimpose an actual excerpt of the script on the playing scene.

7) I like getting up early and staying up late. Not the greatest sleeping schedule.

8) I need to learn a small, little lesson: stop forcing yourself through horrible films/books. Now within limit, I do know how to press the ‘Stop’ button and leave, but I have to tell myself sometimes, “it’s not going to get better.”

9) I used to devour fiction novels like crazy. However, I somehow been reading a lot more non-fiction novels lately…odd. I’m starving for a good fiction book. (Leave some suggestions, please!)

10) When I’m on the treadmill, on the wall on front of me, there’s this little stand and there’s a portable DVD player on it-I get to watch films while exercising. Cool.

11) I love laughing. No feeling like it.

Trevor’s questions:

1.    Are there any films where you like the remake better than the original? If so, what?
True Grit is one.
2.    Do you keep up with film news or just wait in anticipation?
Both. Sometimes I love checking Collider, other time I wait and let me excitement grow naturally.  
3.    Is there a DVD/Blu-ray that you like the special features more than the film itself?
Though I can’t pinpoint a specific movie right now, the behind the scenes features are always fascinating, whether it’s a good or bad film. As a filmmaker, seeing your future environment is invaluable.
4.    Many books are adapted into movies. Is it a viable argument to say that the movie is bad just because it’s different than you envisioned when you read the book?
Um, no. The movie is bad because either it totally goes off the path of the novel and fails miserably, or tries to stay to close to the novel and doesn’t reaches the same level of enjoyability. I discuss this more with my new series, Book Vs. Film.
5.    My dad and I were talking about the Sight and Sound poll. He found it pretentious. I asked him what he thought the greatest movie of all time was. His answer: Sahara. His reasoning: it’s his favorite. (It’s a somewhat enjoyable action comedy) Anyways my question is: is something being your favorite ample reason to think something is the best or even great?
Of course! The Grey is one of the best movie ever because I say so!
But seriously, no.
6.    Should Alan Smithee’s be allowed or are they just an excuse for a mediocre film? (Examples: David Lynch with Dune, Stanley Kubrick with Spartacus)
An excuse. We all mistakes sometimes. No need to be ashamed. (I also feel sorry if there’s a wonderful director actually named Alan Smithee but he’ll never be found. A moment of silence for him, please).
7.    What is a film you love from a director whose films you normally dislike?
Romeo + Juliet was tolerable.
8.    What is your favorite high school movie?
Hmm, not too knowledgable in this genre. But Mean Girls cracks me up.
9.    What is your favorite film movement? (Examples: German Expressionism, Italian Neorealism, Kitchen Sink Realism, Mumblecore, New French Extremity)
Kitchen Sink Realism? Is that real? That’s hilarious.
I’m not the kind of film buff who would spend all her time watching neo-noir Russian films from the 40’s for fun. I don’t know any film movement, but the Kitchen Sink one sounds fun.
10. What is your most anticipated film of the rest of 2012?
There’s so many! Django Unchained, The Master, The Great Gatsby, Cloud Atlas, 12 Years A Slave, Life of Pi, and more! But I’ll have to go with The Master.
11. Who is an actor/actress that most people find attractive that you just don’t?
George Clooney.
My 11 Questions:
1) What made you want to start your blog?
2) Is there anything else you love to do besides devour films?
3) Choose out of the two: Magnolia vs. Memento, Forrest Gump vs. Catch Me If You Can, The Jerk vs. Blazing Saddles.
4) If you had to choose one movie to watch for the rest of your life, what would it be?
5) Is there truly a difference between a movie and a film?
6) What’s your favorite quote about life?
7) Explain the name of your blog. 
8) Has Denzel Washington had his “movie” yet? Tom Hanks had Saving Private Ryan/Cast Away/Forrest Gump, Tim Robbins had Shawshank Redemption, Clint Eastwood had Dirty Harry, and Robert De Niro had Taxi Driver. What’s Denzel’s?
9) Who’s the most important in the filmmaking process: the director, screenwriter, or main actor?
10) Do you have a Netflix account? If so, how many movies are in your queue?
11) What’s Hitchhock’s best film and explain why. 
11 Winners
These are 11 excellent blogs you should be reading already.
It was pretty fun doing this! Hope the guys above me enjoy this too!

Why I Loved the Film ‘Trishna’

  • The Indian backdrop? It has to be a great film, right? Remember Slumdog Millionaire?
  • And look: it stars Frieda Pinto. Now it really has to be good.

  • Awww…a romance story. Rich boy meets poor girl? How original! Now I’m glad I didn’t see Step Up: Revolution.
  • The countless scenes that simply consist of odd exchanges of dialogue, her prancing around Mumbai, and introductions of characters that suddenly disappear from the film.

                                                                The 10,000 sex scenes.

  • The stereotypical characters. Trishna’s father, for example: An ‘Indian-men-are-always-rude-to-women’ character? Superb scriptwriting.
  •  The long, dreary time length! Of course I was all too enamored with the main guy treating Trishna like garbage.

  • Sub-plots that fade into the background and confuse the already muddled script even more. Winterbottom = next Steven Spielberg.
  • And the acting is impeccable! One-dimensional characters and one-faced acting definitely deserves an Oscar.

And of course, the great moral message: Let someone treat you like garbage for a long time, then when you’re sick of it, kill them. Then kill yourself. So empowering!


10 Great Tips From 10 Great Directors

1) The Unveiling of You – Darren Aronofsky (Requiem for a Dream, Black Swan)

“If you want to be a filmmaker, the best think you can bring to the world is your own story…Reach deep into your own personal stuff, your own personal joys and sadness and pain and struggle and victories and share them. That’s what we want to see.” 

2) Just Get The Right Actors – John Frankenheimer (Black Sunday)

“Casting is 65 percent of directing.”

3) Don’t Sell Yourself Out – Alexander Payne (About Schmidt, The Descendants)

“To really learn filmmaking, you must learn screenwriting…Most importantly, if you want to direct, never accept money to write a screenplay. Never pitch and never accept money to write a screenplay. When you finish writing, and they say, ‘Yeah, it’s okay…‘ Yeah… they start making you jump through hoops…forever. That’s the most important advice I can give to directors. Never write for pay.

4) Newsflash: Great Films Aren’t Easy to Make – Lee Daniels (Precious)

“My advice is filmmakers who are trying to make really challenging films is to embrace the struggle required to make them. All great films come from struggle. People said ‘Monster’s Ball’ shouldn’t be made and even asked why I was working on such a film. But struggle puts hair on your chest. You fight so hard for these little movies that sometimes you feel like you must be crazy. Sometimes I think, ‘Why don’t I just buy into the system? Get myself a house and a decent car?’ But when I see the result like ‘The Woodsman’ and the effect the films have on people, it makes me feel like I’m not crazy, that I’m not alone, and that people do appreciate them.” 

5) Find The Gist – Francis Ford Coppola (Godfather Trilogy)

“When you make a movie, always try to discover what the theme of the movie is in one or two words. Every time I made a film, I always knew what I thought the theme was, the core, in one word. In “The Godfather,” it was succession. In “The Conversation,” it was privacy. In “Apocalypse,” it was morality. 

6) No Journey Is Made Alone – Stephen Spielberg (Schindler’s List, War Horse)

“When I was a kid, there was no collaboration, it’s you with a camera bossing your friends around. But as an adult, filmmaking is all about appreciating the talents of the people you surround yourself with and knowing you could never have made any of these films by yourself.” 

7) Fill It Up – Alfred Hitchcock (Psycho, Vertigo)

I don’t understand why we have to experiment with film. I think everything should be done on paper. A musician has to do it, a composer. He puts a lot of dots down and beautiful music comes out. And I think that students should be taught to visualize. That`s the one thing missing in all this. The one thing that the student has got to do is to learn that there is a rectangle up there – a white rectangle in a theater – and it has to be filled.” 

8) Be A Little Crazy – Kevin Smith (Clerks)

You have to have this reasonable amount of unreasonability to even become a filmmaker. Because reasonability dictates, like, ‘Hey man, you’re not from Los Angeles, you don’t work near a movie studio, your not born into this business, you can’t be a filmmaker, that’s for other people.’ You have to have this reasonable degree of unreasonability. You have to be like, ‘No, it doesn’t have to be that way.’ 

9) A Smorgasbord of Inspiration – Nicholas Winding Refn (Drive)

“Directing is…just inspiring everyone else to give their best, and then you put your name on it. Get everyone inspired and pumped and get them to see the vision of your film, and then you’re ready.”

10) Many Hats to Wear – Billy Wilder (Sunset Blvd., Some Like It Hot)

“A director must be a policeman, a midwife, a psychoanalyst, a sycophant and a bastard.”