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Catfish Movie Review

I was always told if you do not have something positive to say about someone or something you should not say it at all. However, that rule does not apply to journalists, as we are paid to say things, no matter how positive or negative they may sound.

Since I cannot just talk about the positive and ignore the negative, I will talk about the positive first. The new Catfish movie, by filmmakers Ariel Schulman and Henry Joost can brag about masterful marketing that will surely get people to the movie theaters.

The Catfish movie is promoted as a riveting thriller, which are usually the genre of films that perform well at the box office, especially among male moviegoers. However, the film is no thriller and will definitely not thrill audiences who pay their hard-earned dollars to the see the film. Nevertheless, it tackles a prevalent issue that has not been addressed enough in film, which is the danger of Internet dating.

It is shot documentary style and focuses on Schulman’s brother Nev who becomes fascinated with the art work of a young child named Abby and attracted to her older sister Megan through Facebook. The two talk online before their relationship expands to phone conversations and planned trips.

Like many who have dabbled in online dating, the Catfish movie is a cautionary tale that friends made on online social networks like Facebook and MySpace may not truly be who they portray themselves to be.

Nev and his buddies set out on a cross country to journey to meet the beautiful Megan, who he believes is the love of his life and uncovers a web of lies and deceit.

The Catfish movie boasts that it is not inspired or based on a true story, it is just the truth. But the truth is your money is better off being spent on a meal of catfish and grits at the Breakfast Klub in Houston than on this movie.

Schulman and Joost succeed theatrically when they delve into the mentality of those who create separate identities online. Some harmlessly do it so that they can appeal to the opposite sex, but for some the obsession becomes sinister when those charades start involving children and the lives of others.

In addition, the characters especially Nev, are hilarious, but not hilarious or interesting enough to carry an entire film for approximately two hours.

The filmmakers had the perfect subject matter to discuss a pertinent issue in our society through film, but chose an amateurish way to relay their story. Despite the failings of this movie, I am sure that some filmmaker will soon take this serious issue and produce a series piece of filmmaking that is both entertaining and enlightening, but the Catfish movie is simply not the piece audiences are looking for.

Regardless of the outcome of this film, the filmmakers and the production company get an “A” for superb marketing and promotion, but an “F” for substance.

The film opens in Houston on Friday, Sept 24.

Todd A. Smith is publisher for ; Regal Black Mens Magazine The publication focuses on ; African American Community News Politics Sports Health The magazine features a ; Local Online Classifieds & Job Classified Black Business Directory Visit to read about ; Catfish movie

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Movie Poster Design

Movie Posters, the Original Trailers

What would movies be without movie posters? Movie posters are great promotional materials and contribute significantly to box office sales. Movie poster prints as large, graphic formats serve as the earliest form of teasers and trailers. Over the years, aesthetic styles and direction of movie posters have changed to reflect artistic genres and artists’, directors’ and moviegoers’ preferences. The course of these creative changes has produced some of the greatest and most memorable posters of all time.

Movies Come Alive through Posters

It’s hard to document an actual list of the best movie posters of all time as a lot may argue over this point. What merits a great movie poster may depend on varying factors. Some though, have made it to the “best” list due to pure artistry, iconic imagery and graphic design. Below are two of my all time favorite poster prints, worth collecting and posting on my wall.

• Alfred Hitchcock’s The Birds – This poster features a bright red background with a white feather running the entire length of the poster at the center. The feather is not exactly drawn as wispy and delicate although it does not portray an overtly frightening image either. The film’s title is printed horizontally at the base, the text cut by a frayed edge of the feather. The poster for me is pure Hitchcock. It only suggests or hints at the suspense, letting the human psyche complete the horror.

• James Mangold’s Walk the Line – A movie tracing the life of 1940’s American music legend Johnny Cash. The movie poster is simple yet magnetic and engaging. Drawn in the graphic style of the 40’s and the 50’s the poster features a back view and profile of Joaquin Phoenix who plays Johnny Cash, with his flaming red guitar against a backdrop of stylized golden flames framed in red and black. The actor’s profile is characteristically attractive and the actor is well suited to the character’s brooding, cool, rock star manner. This for me is an example of how great graphic design can set the tone and artistry of the film using poster printing.

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Dam 999 Movie

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The word dam can be traced back to Middle English,[1] and before that, from Middle Dutch, as seen in the names of many old cities.[2] Most early dam building took place in Mesopotamia and the Middle East. Dams were used to control the water level, for Mesopotamia’s weather affected the Tigris and Euphrates rivers, and could be quite unpredictable. The earliest known dam is situated in Jawa, Jordan, 100 km northeast of the capital Amman. This gravity dam featured a 9 m high and 1 m wide stone wall, supported by a 50 m wide earth rampart. The structure is dated to 3000 BC.[3][4] The Ancient Egyptian Sadd Al-Kafara at Wadi Al-Garawi, located about 25 kilometers south of Cairo, was 102 m long at its base and 87 m wide. The structure was built around 2800[5] or 2600 B.C.[6] as a diversion dam for flood control, but was destroyed by heavy rain during construction or shortly afterwards.[5][6] Roman dam construction was characterized by “the Romans’ ability to plan and organize engineering construction on a grand scale”.[7] Roman planners introduced the then novel concept of large reservoir dams which could secure a permanent water supply for urban settlements also over the dry season.[8] Their pioneering use of water-proof hydraulic mortar and particularly Roman concrete allowed for much larger dam structures than previously built,[7] such as the Lake Homs Dam, possibly the largest water barrier to date,[9] and the Harbaqa Dam, both in Roman Syria. The highest Roman dam was the Subiaco Dam near Rome; its record height of 50 m remained unsurpassed until its accidental destruction in 1305.[10] Roman engineers made routinely use of ancient standard designs like embankment dams and masonry gravity dams.[11] Apart from that, they displayed a high degree of inventiveness, introducing most of the other basic dam designs which had been unknown until then. These include arch-gravity dams,[12] arch dams,[13] buttress dams[14] and multiple arch buttress dams,[15] all of which were known and employed by the 2nd century AD (see List of Roman dams). Eflatun Pınar is a Hittite dam and spring temple near Konya, Turkey. It’s thought to the time of the Hittite empire between the 15th and 13 century BC. The Kallanai is a massive dam of unhewn stone, over 300 meters long, 4.5 meters high and 20 meters (60 ft) wide, across the main stream of the Kaveri river in India. The basic structure dates to the 2nd century AD.[16] The purpose of the dam was to divert the waters of the Kaveri across the fertile Delta region for irrigation via canals. Du Jiang Yan is the oldest surviving irrigation system in China that included a dam that directed waterflow. It was finished in 251 B.C. A large earthen dam, made by the Prime Minister of Chu (state), Sunshu Ao, flooded a valley in modern-day northern Anhui province that created an enormous irrigation reservoir (62 miles in circumference), a reservoir that is still present today.[17]

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