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The ’92 Skybox Alonzo Mourning Rookie Card

Family, Blood, and Brothers

**VIDEO**

Skippy Massey
Humboldt Sentinel


Jim and Dave are brothers.

They haven’t spoken in years and they don’t like each other very much.

They’ve ’ve long since gone separate ways– one with a job and a family, the other an aimless wanderer.  Forced to come together for a week after their dad dies in Kansas City, the two brothers pick up where they left off.

But time hasn’t dulled their animosity toward one another, and they pick up their childish rivalry right where it left off.  Todd Sklar’s ’92 Skybox Alonzo Mourning Rookie Card is a film that reminds us that family blood both divides and binds us all.

Alonzo is one of those rare films that’s funny on many levels.  It’s a perfect blend of family insanity and family dynamics.  There’s physical comedy that ratchets up the absurdity.  Even on the bizarre set there are some minor funny details– an enormous sandwich, a tarantula in a jar.  There’s some improv dialog from actors Alex Rennie and James Pumphrey– who we’ve never seen before but seem instantly familiar– giving a layered approach and a telling sign of a well-crafted film, one that can be watched over and over again.

–As an aside, Alonzo Mourning was drafted by the Charlotte Hornets with the 2nd pick in the 1992 draft.  He averaged 21 points, 10 rebounds, and 3.5 blocks per game in his rookie season.  His basketball cards were very popular throughout the 90′s, and his limited edition 1992 Skybox Series rookie card is a very rare bird.

To note… Alonzo Mourning had no brothers.

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Passing Time

 

It Changes with Age

 

**Award-Winning VIDEO**

 

Skippy Massey
Humboldt Sentinel

 

 

We thought we’d bring you a pleasant little diversion and video this fine Sunday.

It was only 40 seconds into the short film Snooze Time, yet this marvelous piece
smartly captured our attention.

With words like this, how can one not be captivated:

“It’s funny isn’t it?  The older you get, the more time plays tricks on you.  When you’re young, it’s no big deal.  There are just different kinds of time.  Like snooze time…”

 

Written by Matthew Harris and directed by Ivan Barge, Snooze Time
is a short film that follows a couple from the start of their relationship
to the eventual demise of it.

Overall, it is quite a simple narrative to follow, yet the way it’s shot and the finer details going into it really highlights the emotional depth of the story.

Director Ivan Barge says that it was important to him that “All the art elements tell a story. Alone they were meaningless, but together they signposted the road ahead.”

Have a good Sunday, keeping time and the road ahead in mind.

 

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Aliens That Go Bump in the Night

 

‘Envoy’

 

**Award-Winning Sci-Fi Film**

 

Skippy Massey
Humboldt Sentinel

 

 

A liberating force together, technology and indie filmmakers can deliver the goods. 

It’s hard to believe the top-notch quality productions amateurs can make today with limited resources and on a shoestring budget.  David Weinstein’s Envoy is the latest example of this.

A story about a troubled young boy who befriends a deadly alien creature and embarks on a life changing journey, Envoy is a fallback to many science fiction and action films reminiscent of the ’80s & ’90s genre. 

In a mere 10 minutes the film packs a decent story, some kick-ass cutting edge visual effects and animation by Adam Coggin, great cinematography and a superb soundtrack by Edwin Wendler– a feat even most big-budget Hollywood productions often fail to accomplish.

Envoy is a short trailer offered as proof for a larger full-length motion picture; that is, introducing the concept and story to fans and financiers while demonstrating the team’s ability to craft high-end productions for a mere fraction of the cost.  Let’s face it:  no one reads scripts in Hollywood anymore.  They want a visual accountability of what you can do and how much it will cost.

Delivering high production values and a solid story on all levels, Envoy has real potential to move forward in the realm of Hollywood filmmaking today.  We hope it does.

 

If you liked this film, you may like our other one:  Genesis

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The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

 

The Sneaky Peak Preview

(VIRAL VIDEO)

 

Skippy Massey
Humboldt Sentinel

 

Hobbit fans rejoice.

Academy Award-winning filmmaker Peter Jackson is finally releasing his long-awaited The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, the second in a trilogy of films adapting J.R.R. Tolkien’s enduringly popular masterpiece on December 13, 2013.

The three films tell a continuous story set in Middle-earth 60 years before The Lord of the Rings, which Jackson and his filmmaking team brought to the big screen in the blockbuster trilogy culminating in his Oscar-winning The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King.

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug continues the gullible adventure of Bilbo Baggins as he dimwittedly journeys with the Wizard Gandalf and thirteen Dwarves, led by Thorin Oakenshield, on an epic quest to reclaim the Lonely Mountain and the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor.

Having survived the beginning of their unexpected journey, they encounter the skin-changer Beorn and a swarm of giant spiders in the treacherous forest of Mirkwood.  Escaping capture by the dangerous Wood-elves, the Dwarves journey to Lake-town and finally to the Lonely Mountain itself, where they face the greatest danger of all — a creature more terrifying than any other: one which tests not only the depths of their courage, but the limits of their friendship and the wisdom of the journey itself– the Dragon Smaug.

Lesser individuals would’ve turned back a long time ago, but let’s face it.  This is Bilbo.  Bilbo isn’t exactly the brightest crayon in the Hobbit box.

Ian McKellen returns as Gandalf the Grey, with Martin Freeman in the central role of Bilbo Baggins, and Richard Armitage as Thorin Oakenshield.  Of course, there’s many more to the cast of minions, scads of armor and weapons used and abused, and a dramatical musical score highlighting the perilous Odyssean journey throughout.

Under Jackson’s direction, the film was shot with special effects galore in 3D 48 frames-per-second and will be released in High Frame Rate 3D (HFR 3D) in select theaters, and IMAX.  Production of the epic fantasy flick took place at Jackson’s facilities in Miramar, Wellington, and on location around New Zealand.

 

The way Hobbit fans see it, if Jackson’s latest film doesn’t give you spinal chills, you simply aren’t human.

 

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Flea Sneak Peak Tonight

 

The Price is Right and the Local Filmakers Series is One of Humboldt’s Best-Kept Secrets

 

Skippy Massey
Humboldt Sentinel

 

HAPPENING TONIGHT At 6:30

On Friday, September 7, Benjamin Bettenhausen, a local filmmaker and producer, will share selected works with a sneak peek at behind the scenes of the movie FLEA as part of the Local Filmmakers Night series at Eureka High School Lecture Hall.

Bettenhausen, whose works include documentaries, commercials, and industrials, often performs as the writer, director, videographer, and editor mastering all areas of filmmaking.

FLEA is a $300,000-plus production filmed in Humboldt by Suza Lambert Bowser Productions.   Location shoots took advantage of striking local scenery including Humboldt’s forests, Arcata Plaza, and the otherworldly back bowels of, say, Arcata Scrap and Salvage.  The film taps an astounding amount of local talent: actors, support staff, set designers, make-up artists, grips, gaffers, and many more with the technical skills required to make a full-on motion picture.

Former Humboldt Film Commissioner Mary Cruse said Humboldt County is well-positioned to become a production-friendly film mecca because of productions like FLEA.

“The more quality and creative productions that are made by local filmmakers, the more attractive we are for visiting productions,” Cruse said.  She credits Humboldt State’s film program and local high school support for media production with helping develop the area’s abundant moviemaking assets.

“Because of digital media, our locations and our talent, there’s no reason Humboldt County can’t become a premier location for international film productions. For every key film position, we have crew,” Cruse said.

For the simple plot summary of FLEA, the Brady Bunch’s Greg Brady… er, Barry Williams, gives the short synopsis in the above clip.  More info can be found at fleamovie.com.

Local Filmmakers Night, a collaboration between Access Humboldt, filmHUMBOLDT and the Eureka High School Media Club, is a screening series that supports and promotes the local film community.  Following the screening, attendees can enjoy, Q & A session with the filmmaker, movie trivia, prizes, and a reception at Access Humboldt’s Community Media Center.

Doors open at 6:30. Screening starts at 7 pm. Admission is $5 per person and all are welcome to attend.

The Eureka High School Lecture Hall is located on Humboldt St. & K St. by the EHS Gymnasium.

(Access Humboldt adds:  Thanks to the event’s sponsors: La Dolce Video, Brett Shuler, Wildberries, Cassaro’s Catering, Old Town Coffee & Chocolates, Los Bagels, Spotlight Video and Figueiredo’s Video on Harris!)

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Folks, take it from Skippy:  These screenings are a wonderful experience.  They rate a full thumbs-up.  A good Humboldt crowd of friends and neighbors, the catered eats and treats included in the price are wonderfully good and plentiful, and the cushioned seats are pretty comfy.

At $5 a pop, you won’t find a better value and venue in the County.  And you’re supporting our local filmmakers, Eureka High, and Access Humboldt, too.

 

 

 

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