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More than starwars kid...check out the dangerzone. Some kids from the Mississippi School for Mathematics and Science have been winning local film awards with their movie Noir, but I prefer Dangerzone (on the same site as Noir). Their webpage isnt too shabby either.
posted by nile_red (22 comments total)

 
OK, I could only get halfway through "Nior"

First.... They should find a real female who will hang out with them to play the female parts...

Second.... More intriguing than Kill Bill 2!!
posted by Balisong at 9:04 PM on December 17, 2004


Really loved Danger Zone. Did the old LOL almost all the way through it, with a breather about halfway through cuz it stopped being funny. Then the timing of an edit made it funny again. I don't understand what made it funny the second time, but there it is.

Noir's presently at 39% as I type these words, and I was hoping to go to bed sometime before next week, so I'm cancelling the download and going to bed. Danger Zone wins my vote by default.
posted by ZachsMind at 9:45 PM on December 17, 2004


That's the #1 rule of film making: You can't be a real film maker until you can get a real girl to be in your movie.
posted by BartFargo at 11:11 PM on December 17, 2004


That's the #1 rule of film making: You can't be a real film maker until you can get a real girl to be in your movie.

So you're saying Shakespeare wasn't a real film maker?
posted by Infinite Jest at 12:11 AM on December 18, 2004


Shakespeare is my favorite film maker. Of. All. Time.
posted by nile_red at 12:14 AM on December 18, 2004


unwatchable.
posted by greasepig at 2:46 AM on December 18, 2004


You can't be a real film maker until you can get a real girl to be in your movie.

For some reason this aphorism seems to resonate with wider implications about life in general.
posted by Turtles all the way down at 2:51 AM on December 18, 2004


Hey, there were some real girls in the movie. Check out the dance scene in Vinnie's lair.

Some of Noir was fun. Some of the sight gags. The President. The assault on the Taco Bell. The cell phone call during the fight. The miraculous escape. The final match between Joe and Vinnie. And the duct tape guy.

And I laughed out loud when the special forces guy tells his men "Remember your training" and then their assault is a spastic, hollering charge from a hundred yards away, with one of the guys holding his hands out in a strangling motion! That was gold.

It's in the shoestring camp genre, so it's no use carping about the various ways it wasn't up to Spielbergian standards. But though I watched it all, I also found it painfully compelling to hit the Stop button at times. Perhaps it was the falsetto. Perhaps the flat lighting. Perhaps the edits that allowed camera shots to linger a second or two overlong in places, sucking the tempo out of the scenes. Or maybe it was the acting that just gave me dumb chills. I mean, the Flashdancing was pretty cringeworthy (but probably it was meant to be).

On the whole, I commend them for actually putting together the project and making a fun film, whatever its faults. That's way more than most people, including most critics, will ever do, and they can be proud of it. But didn't that guy get really smacked in the face by that frisbee? Man, that looked like it musta hurt.

I think my favorite line in the flick:

"I see you've had your 'gearing-up montage' already. But it's no use fighting!"
posted by darkstar at 4:30 AM on December 18, 2004


And as for the final scene, the less said the better.

Though it does somewhat explain why the leading lady was played by a dude.
posted by darkstar at 4:44 AM on December 18, 2004


"Can I call it the Beast?" "Yeah, I like that. But none of that furry mess, I'm not into that." "... But I love furries."

Looking at it for what it is - a film made by a bunch of kids, albeit talented ones - it was good. There were a few scenes I got some good laughs at, and the music they used was great. But why did the D&D nerd have to die?
posted by Miss Bitchy Pants at 7:10 AM on December 18, 2004


C'mon...these are high school students. From a Math & Science school. Think they might have also been doing something else while they made this stuff...maybe studying AP Physics and the BC Calc curriculum?

If I was still teaching high-school, I'd be doing cartwheels to have kids this smart and this creative.
posted by LairBob at 7:46 AM on December 18, 2004


Oh, bummer, we killed the site!
posted by mkhall at 8:10 AM on December 18, 2004


"run!" was quite watchable, actually (no dialogue and a fine soundtrack)
posted by ikalliom at 8:22 AM on December 18, 2004


"You can't be a real film maker until you can get a real girl to be in your movie."

How does this apply to Tarantino's first film, "Reservoir Dogs"?
posted by Sir Mildred Pierce at 10:22 AM on December 18, 2004


That's a great point, LairBob.
posted by bigtimes at 11:25 AM on December 18, 2004


You can't be a real film maker until you can get a real girl to be in your movie.

But you can't get girls until you're a film maker!
posted by ODiV at 11:31 AM on December 18, 2004


“You can’t get into the guild until you’re on the list!”
“How do you get on the list?”
“You’ve got to be in the guild.”

posted by Tenuki at 11:38 AM on December 18, 2004


Fun stuff. Not compelling, but amusing, and some laugh out loud moments.
posted by namespan at 1:18 PM on December 18, 2004


Anyone have torrents or willing to host the videos?
posted by kenko at 2:10 PM on December 18, 2004


/. ed
posted by dancingbaptist at 2:20 PM on December 18, 2004


Dear Metafilter,
Thanks for killing our site :-p. We're working on increasing our bandwidth limit at the moment and will have the site back online as soon as possible. We appologize for the inconvenience and welcome your vist. Thanks.

-Christopher Munn // foursouth.com // Server Admin
posted by cmunn at 1:47 PM on December 19, 2004


And in other news, Until our bandwidth limit gets fixed, the site is being mirrored at http://www.girlscoutcookie.com/ This is temporary, and the forums do not work. But it will allow you to see the site and the movies. Also, a foursouth.com tracker is in the works to host our movies via BT. We'll just have to expediate that proccess I guess. Thanks for the traffic.

-Christopher Munn // foursouth.com // Server Admin
posted by cmunn at 2:36 PM on December 19, 2004


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