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#1 thebiz

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Posted 01 October 2010 - 03:59 PM


"Hey Biz, I was out for a bit. What are some of the best movies released on TMU over the last month?"

Why Im glad you asked friend.

Heres a little thread where I will keep a monthly tab on the movies I think stand above the rest. These are the movies I would first recommend to anyone who asks and a list I can use in the future to remember what I think are the best TMU flicks.

You may not agree with my selections, you may think others should be included, but thats why my names on the thread title (well, that and the fact I love seeing my name everywhere; I'm a shill). And here I'm going to be rather picky. I dont forsee more than 3-5 movies making this list per month. My thread, my picks. Still, I welcome your thoughts and comments. Dialogue is good.



AUGUST 2010




Yielded Nature (Live Action) - Live action, post-bomb music video has plenty of haunting visuals and skill that belie the filmmaker's experience and constraints.

The Big Event (MovieStorm) - My favorite Act3Scene24 production to date, with all the things he always does so well, shining brightly here. Snappy dialogue, crisp production, breakneck pacing. Drinkability factor is through the roof. Movie of the Month!




SEPTEMBER 2010



The Nobbit Part 1 (Iclone) - Stoner Hobbit parody rises above the norm thanks to wonderful musical numbers and an attention to detail that will eventually drag you in and give you a contact buzz.

Graphic; A Risky Business (Live Action / MovieStorm) - Its not hard to find similar themes with the current comic/graphic novel feeding frenzy that exists (think Blade/Constantine meets League of Extraordinary Gents to start), but theres no denying the cool visuals that mix machinima sets with live action characters, an interesting two tone filter that grinds everything into black or white, and a pretty fun mix of characters. Very well made.

Ruth (MovieStorm) - Superb ghost story set as a stage production monologue works brilliantly. Subtle and fresh. Kudos for thinking outside the box. Movie of the Month!


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#2 Dulci

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Posted 01 October 2010 - 04:15 PM

What a great idea! I spot 2 movies I missed in August and September, so thanks for the recommendations.

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Posted 02 November 2010 - 03:28 AM

October 2010




Truth and Lovers (MovieStorm) - One of the better written and performed dramatic scenes on TMU.


Blood Type (MovieStorm) - A great mix of candy corn and halloween horror. Deeper than it looks on first glance and some very memorable moments. Movie of the Month!


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Posted 08 November 2010 - 08:51 PM

I really like this thread, there are one or two there I haven't seen yet but will definitely check them out soon.

Thanks Biz :)
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Posted 01 December 2010 - 02:32 PM

November 2010



2 time travelling flicks this month. Same same but different.

Time Travelers Episode 1 (Second Life)- This is a unique piece of machinima, not only for its excellent production elements (sets, props, animations, cinematography and effects are all solid) that gave me a double take upon learning it was filmed in second life, but also for the large production crew and its corporate sponsors (commercial viability through corporate sponsorship is an interesting idea). Pooky Media seems to have a plan and if they keep at it in this fashion, I imagine it will be successful. The story is a strange bubblegum scifi number (Archie meets Blade Runner perhaps) that is equally cheesy/amusing/entertaining. One of the few second life flicks that didnt have me thinking about the location that it was filmed in but instead allowed me sit back and enjoy. Also a pleasure to hear GP as a teenybopper time traveller.

Time Search (Iclone) - In only 6.5 minutes Time Search throws 4 different scenarios at the viewer, changing the setting faster than you can change the channel. Futuristic reality tv, chauvinist time travellers, a bullet to the brain and gigantic carnivores. Like a street vendor hotdog, its yummy and over too fast (similar to AllPoint's 2012).
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Posted 03 January 2011 - 02:08 PM

December 2010


A lot of good flicks this month. Here are four of my favorites.

TWCS: Miami ™ - XXXmas collaboration II features less fart jokes and more pokes at our disposable entertainment culture. Very well made and at times incredibly funny.

Hans Grail ™ - Tight as a drum tale of a modern fountain of yutes. Goes down easy like a classic tv yarn. Hey you old people...Get off my lawn!

The Dark: The Environmentalist (MS) - Starts off as a scream parody and turns into something much more darkly humorous. Little xmas elements bumped this up a notch in the fun department. A very good episode in what is turning into one of the most interesting machinima projects around. Just wish the file quality was better.

Osiris Torn ™ - Immanently memorable (or is that re-memorable) short that mixes live action, TM footage, groovy beatboxing and whatever works into one of the more unique and enjoyable releases of the month. The acting worked very well for me and the little aha moment at the end was a sweet payoff. Movie of the Month!

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Posted 03 January 2011 - 05:20 PM

excellent thread thebiz - and some real gems here - i 'discovered' Steve and his horror movies through this thread - and what a great find that was

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Posted 01 February 2011 - 03:55 AM

January 2011


Swampman (Iclone) - The Swamp comes alive in this backwoods bayou flick. The scenery and the characters are simply a joy. SmallwStudio's skills kick your ass all over the murky, muddy, waterlogged environs and frankly, francine sounds perfectly voiced to my ears.


The Contract (MS) - There may be 2 lines of pre-recorded dialog here but this faust rock and roll tale is 100% badass precluding the fill and leaving only the heart of the matter. A perfect amount of satanism mixed with great editing and some fine musical syncronization. Movie of the Month!


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Posted 01 March 2011 - 02:36 PM

February 2011



Twas a good month for good movies. Heres 5 of my faves.

The Egg (Iclone) - One part wonderful dialog (acted marvelously by Ricky and Jorge), one part ever changing backgrounds creating a sense of the everything and the everywhere. A piece of work that has caused me to rethink my stance on adapting someone else's story. When it works the viewer never thinks about the different roles and interpretations of the source vs the product on the screen, instead seeing just one unified result. This works very well for me.

Home #7 ™ - A very good TM horror with great effects, creepy creatures and a satisfying conclusion.

It Always Rains on Tuesday ™ - Lean, mean, color corrected (and very well edited) machine delivering a comfortable crime/action/drama scenario in 2.5 minutes. The breathy, one take narration pushes things over the top. My cup of tea.

La Rumba Bacana (2nd Life) - A little reminder during this long cold winter that yes, the summer will come again. Groovy 2nd life music video with a dancing camera and exotic locales ranging from pinball nightclubs to phonograph apartments all set to zesty latin style dance music that got me to dreaming about sitting on a beach with a margarita and watching the sexy locals act out some psuedo coca cola commercial.

Destiny's Keeper (Iclone) - All kinds of demons are present here from the wall scaling to the flower wearing. Yet while all the things that go bump get face time in this creepshow, their are many hints of things far darker. The worst kind of demons seem to be the ones hiding in the closet back in the dark recesses of your mind that if opened probably mean youve gone bugout crazy. Memorable.
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Posted 03 March 2011 - 02:19 AM

Great recommendations - two I haven't watched yet but will be sure to get to.

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Posted 04 April 2011 - 02:13 PM

March 2011


Pixelated Truth (SL) - For the second month in a row, alkohn makes this list with another awesome SL music video. This one features three sexy babes and a robot visiting crazy locales, flying about and slinging swords and roundhouse kicks at each other. Zaney fun made wonderful through great editing, camerawork and a groovy pop ditty. Extra points for a very well made credit sequence. Cross Charlie's Angels off your netflix list and spend 5 minutes with this instead.


Zardoz - Part 1 ™ - A machinima remake of a bizarre cult classic 70s movie starring Sean Connery. Inventive moviemaking techniques bring these strange scenes to life and everything matches the cued up movie sounds very well. You know it will be a crazy ride when the movie opens with adolf hitler getting gunned down by a young muscular Eugene Levy (and has ever a man been gunned down quite as hard as this?). I havent seen the original (though its certainly on my radar now) but this looks like the evil, hyper violent stepsister of Xanadu with all the homoeroticism and none of the hippydippyness.


The Non-Adventures of Roger and Mark - Episodes 7, 8, 9 (MS) - Beavis and Butthead do Dante's Inferno is a success due to inventive scenarios (Lovecraftian game shows, moronic Top Chef challenges, evil personified through not so persistant panhandlers), great voice work and the scenery of KingPengvin's hell that crosses candyland with the flat black shine of an S&M parlour. The three episodes released in March are the best of the series so far and offer buckets of moronic wit.
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Posted 04 May 2011 - 08:01 PM

April 2011



Star Recruit Trailer ™ - I wondered whether to include this one as it is just a teaser but it's very well made and it is equally as smart for what it does show as for what it does not.

Dudeo and the Valleygirl - Episode 3 (CTA) - I suppose it was the club scene that finally pulled the whole Valley Girl theme together and reminded me that Nicolas Cage used to be cool (ok, his bad lieutenant reprise was pretty good). The Earl of Cats didn't hurt either. Some wit, some zaney voice performances, a pinch of silly and the best use of CTAnimator that Ive seen yet.

Empty (IC) - Two Vesobe picks this month. Two very different movies. This one is a conversation piece with subtle weirdness, some dark overtones and questions left unanswered. Reminded me a little bit of AT's Egg from February.

Avenger - Pilot (MS) - A loose plot that throws you into the middle of something rotten and a dark moody vibe that that somehow reminds me of waking up with a hangover and trying to remember the details of a drunken fight with the missus. There are issues of sound and of dialog and of too much darkness but the excellent action, the ambition and the grittiness win out in the end.
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Posted 15 June 2011 - 08:18 PM

May 2011



A fine month full of many top notch productions. Heres some of my faves.

The Venus Project (SL) - Ive always enjoyed CelestialElf's visuals with their crisp colors and detailed sets but the message has rubbed me a bit too hippyesque (which just isn't my thing). Therefore, I was pleased to see something more scifi 70s than bellbottom 60s in this tale of utilitarian woe.

Klunk (not sure)- Huge amounts of "Holy Moly! Whats that made of?!" in this wonderful trailer. If the feature ends up being made and is even half of what this promises then I'm all eyes on the screen and ass in the seat.

Heat (MS) - Not quite great but very memorable telling of a tale. I heart the end and the narrators voice which unfortunately gets overshadowed at times.

Star Recruit (mixed) - A man acting out his more or less wholesome fantasy turns out to be good fun. Excellent production skills. Best banana trick since "30 Seconds of Bliss: Irony".

Clockwork (HalfLife) - It is mighty old (released on YouTube February 2009) but it is for the first time on TMU so it's worth a mention. Great voice work all around and my favorite Half Life video next to Shelf Life.

Arbalete ™ - A pretty wonderful, comic book heroesqy tale with style dripping all over the place. Visually simple and stripped down and complex all at once.
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Posted 15 July 2011 - 01:31 PM

June 2011



Clockwork - Secondlife (SL) - What is it about? Um....I don't really know. SpyvsSpyAeon calls it "A flood of provocative thinking", and I can roll with that. I know it looks good and it sounds good. Robots and circuitry and effects..oh my.

The Dark: The Killing Gene (MS) - Its always a lot of fun when someone with a lot of skills tells a good story and such is the case here. A tale about seeing things only in the black and the white. Good acting, good directing. Check plus.
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Posted 15 August 2011 - 02:42 AM

July 2011


Born To Kill Nazis (Ic) - Vulgar, violent and often fun ode to...well, killing nazis. Shidden Shiddog is half Russ Meyer, half Roger Corman with a hefty dash of Tarantino. Heaps of good production skills and dead cows.

Danse Macabre (MS) - Surreal journey into the land beyond. Lovely and creepy and well made.

The Lazerus Affair (Live) - There have been hints of excellence from TR3s live action escapades (some Poe and a batboy come to mind) but this noir tale sits atop the live action food chain on TMU. The 30 minutes fly by at breakneck speed and theres a whole lot to like from the acting to the shot blocking to the script.

The Gift (MS) - A masterfully told story by the Chatnoir team. From the writing to the portayal, Phil Carey is one of the most vividly realistic characters in machinima.

Synthetic Faith (Ic) - An outstanding dystopian future tale about the goodness that does and does not lie within the hearts of men and robots. Subtle, interesting, excellent.
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Posted 10 September 2011 - 02:42 AM

August 2011


Seemingly gearing up for the witching season here are two creepshows and a manga series that stand tall amongst the hoi pollioi...


Shinobi Noir (episode 1, episode 2, episode 3) - Good enough that I worried that is was ripped from the boob tube. This mostly has to do with the voice overs which are excellent. The style is wholly unseen on TMU to this point (created with a mix of anime studio and other things). Its a touch hard to follow and the sound mix aint all aces but overall this is a series to watch.


Flow ™ - Hugely cinematic and reminiscent at times of the wonderful Nightmare in Hell, Flow is top shelf work with excellent camera and editing effects and moments of genius (the nose breath is a big yes in my book).


Debt (MS) - First person POV kicks ass in porn but is plain old unsettling when the first peson is tied up in a creepy basement and facing a villian of wonderfully evil proportion (which also happens in porn on occasion...nevermind). Crazy well made, great vos. Top 10 moviestorm flick ever? Yea, I'd go there.
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Posted 16 October 2011 - 06:01 AM

September 2011



Amadeus (2nd Life) - Reminiscent of the Princess and the Pea, this period peice hits all the right notes (pun) and Wolfgang blowing a rasberry is the rug that pulls it all together.


Le Olep - Noteable for the audio mix which is excellent. Moody, interpretable and well worth a look.

Ode to the Visual (IC5) - To much attention to the visuals may leave your story a bit flat. Great example of Ic5 and a fine send off to to a noted talking head. Movie of the Month

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Posted 11 January 2012 - 02:16 PM

October 2011

Haunted Castle (Ic) - This has a wonderful classic Vincent Price horror vibe that is marred (IMO) only by the Jerry lewis like inclusion of Pinhead at the end. Both parts work but it feels a bit of a wreck bringing them together. Still an excellent production (SmallWStudios makes nothing less) and an enjoyable watch.

Faery Dust (Ic) -
A 48hrs Competition entry with a bizarre druggy vibe that keeps you wondering what is real and what is imagined in the mind of the young heroine. Where is Liam Neeson when you need him eh. Great idea, great execution. That it was completed in under 48 hours is amazing.

Comfort of Darkness (MS) -
A dark narration fitting of the witching season. Excellent VO performance tingles the spine. - Movie of the Month!


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Posted 05 March 2012 - 02:34 AM

November 2011
 

Scion ™ - Sci fi Law and Order meets the Bush family's dystopian wet dream. Joseph continues to pump life into the Movies software while proving he should be writing for television.

Dual (SL) - The best second life films are weird and this is one of the best second life films. It wraps itself in dreamland, evil clown bizarreness like a tiny hot dog in warm blankety pastry.

The Haunter of the Dark (IC) - An outstanding Lovecraft adaptation with an amazing level of detail. Great dialog and a great script, Great VOs, great camerawork and lighting. Best Machinima Ever? It is in that conversation. - Movie of the Month!



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Posted 11 March 2012 - 01:59 PM

This is an excellent thread with some great machinima examples! Thank you for taking the time to pull this all together!




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