Announcing the Futures Passed Series — Dec 24th–Jan 1st!

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I’ve hinted at it several times in comments and such, but now’s the time for an official announcement!

As you might have heard, the world is supposed to end this December. On the 21st, to be exact. But because that’s a load of total bullshit, we’re planning a kick-ass series of films to close out 2012 and ring in the New Year! Maybe we’re wrong and these reviews will go up alongside great suffering and catastrophic disaster, but if that’s the case then I hope these upcoming reviews provide some solace amidst your personal strife. As long as you can find power and Internet, of course.

So anyway, Stephen came to me a few months back with a great idea: review a series of films that set themselves in the future, but because the films are old these futures have now become our past. And we’d post the reviews in chronological order of their representative year! What? Tell me more!

The pièce de résistance is that the series will end with a pair of films set in the year 2013, offering two very different takes on what life next year might be like! How can I say no to something as great as that?

I can’t!

So starting December 24th and running all the way through January 1st, Silver Emulsion will focus on films of the expired future. I’d rather not reveal the list in advance this time, as I think the group of films we’ve assembled will be more fun to roll out without people’s prior knowledge.

But know this: the series will start with a film set in 1997. If you can successfully guess what it is (and it’s reasonably easy to deduce, I think), I’ll carve your name into my chest with a Bowie knife, because in my 2013 that’s how we show respect! Here’s to the near future!

Happy New Year!

ICE FEST Rap-Up!

So ICE FEST 2012 is over! I’m a bit sad that it’s come to a close, but I had a ton of fun watching and reviewing the movies in one big block of Ice. It’s been so long since I’d done a two-week series (about two years since the original SE Event, A Fistful of Djangos), and I had forgotten just how much fun it was to watch the movies as a group. It’s times like these that I get to fulfill my dreams of running and scheduling a theater, and even though the turnout here is always somewhat disappointing to me, I’m truly grateful for everyone that read the reviews and left a comment.

Unfortunately, I still did not receive any links from anyone, so apparently I was the only one that needed some Icy relief from the furious rays of the sun… but don’t fret! I have assembled a couple of reviews that should keep you nice and Icy if my block of nine films wasn’t enough to satiate your urge for coolness.

Nostra over at My Film Views got a chance to see Ice T’s directorial début, Something from Nothing: The Art of Rap right before ICE FEST kicked off! I can’t wait to see this one, and when it drops on DVD there’s a chance that SE will freeze over once again. Anyway, check out his review!

The Daily Grindhouse posted up a trailer and a short write-up on ICE FEST opener: New Jack City!

Don’t forget to check out Movieguide.org’s vintage review of Surviving the Game from 1994! It’s interesting to read a take on the film coming from a completely different perspective than my own.

Perhaps you found my review of Trespass stupid and amateurish! If so, here’s Roger Ebert’s review from 1992!

And at this point I spent an hour or so trying to find some more links that were both relevant and interesting to read and found nothing that really did anything for me. Oh well.

So this ends ICE FEST, be sure to come back next week when we’re back to normal and I unleash my reviews of Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy. OH YEAH!

State of the Ice Address

So the first week of Ice Fest is done and in the can! I’ve had a blast watching and reviewing the movies and I love all the great comments too. Let’s keep rollin’ this snowball iceball down the hill and make next week even better. I need all the help I can get on marketing, so email, tweet, Facebook, carrier pigeon, catapult, however you wanna get the links out there is a big help!

I’ve never looked at this series as any sort of competition to see who was better or anything like that, but if it were I’d say that we’re all tied up at this point. Boyz n the Hood is the definite winner between the first two, and Stealth Fighter clearly trumps All About the Benjamins. Hopefully our actors can stay frosty enough to keep up the great work for next week. In the words of Mr. Freeze, “Let’s kick some ice!”

This would have been the section where I posted links to other people’s reviews of Ice films, but no one sent any in! How dare they! I guess they’re all perfectly cool without any Ice in their lives. Maybe next week! C’mon bloggers, there’s a whole host of options readily available if you have Netflix Instant!

A sampling of what is currently available there:

Ice T
Breakin’ 2: Electric Boogaloo
Surviving the Game (…but it’s Full Screen! Such bullshit!)
Mean Guns (from the director of one of my favorites, Dollman)
Judgement Day (How did I not include this? It’s like Armageddon but with Ice T, Coolio and Mario Van Peebles! C’mon, someone’s gotta review this!)
Leprechaun in the Hood (Yes!)
Gangland (Post-apocalyptic Ice!)

Ice Cube
Boyz n the Hood
Higher Learning
Ghosts of Mars
Rampart

Oh, and they also have TRESPASS with both Ice T and Ice Cube; can you handle that much Ice at once?

So, that’s it until next week! Keep Icin’, stay Icy, and have an Ice-tastic weekend!

I CANT” TAKE ITANYLONGRET”S BOIL[GJINS MY INSIDESDFS!

If this fucking heat doesn’t end
I’m going to have to do something drastic.

Desperate times call for–
What was that noise?

Mother?

GOD! It’s so fucking relentless!

I CANT” TAKE ITANYLONGRET”S BOIL[GJINS MY INSIDESDFS!
WHERRSAD ASOMERW ICE WHESUN YO NEEDIT!

Something’s gotta give…

This heat wave is getting to be nearly unbearable.

I’m finding it hard to string together coherent thought
and all these reviews have left my head spinning.

I soldier on, as any good man would,
hoping that there is some refreshment
at the end of this hot, humid tunnel.

Something’s gotta give…
Something cool has to be coming…

I don’t know about you…

I don’t know about you…but it’s really
heating up ’round here at Silver Emulsion HQ.

My fingers are swollen and red with arthritic pain
and my joints feel like they’ve been dipped in lava.

I’m slingin’ reviews seven days a week like a man on a mission,
as somehow I feel that in them I shall find my salvation.

I know there’s something out there
to quench this wretched fire inside me.

Ice Fest 2012!

Ardent fans of Silver Emulsion will already be eagerly awaiting this special event’s arrival, as it has its genesis in a comment on one of the reviews, but it’s now time to let everyone else in on the secret. Ice Fest 2012 will be upon us in a matter of weeks. But what is Ice Fest 2012, you ask? A look at the films of Ice T and Ice Cube, of course! In the deep heat of summer, I think we could all use a little ice to cool us down.

Special thanks go to Uncle Jasper for sparking this whole thing off with his comment.

The films covered will be as follows:

ICE T
New Jack City
Stealth Fighter
Surviving the Game
Final Voyage

ICE CUBE
Boyz in the Hood
All About the Benjamins
The Glass Shield
Dangerous Ground

The two-week long series will come to its grand finale as the two Ices convene for the 1992 film Trespass.

I would love for others to participate along with me so feel free to write about these films on your own blogs and then send in the links.

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