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The site’s been quiet for a while, but with good reason.

I’ve been busy at Dig Boston (aka Boston’s Weekly Dig). Check out the articles I’ve written, specifically those regarding the MBTA hearings or my surprisingly popular piece on Occupy Lent.

Balancing a busy internship with senior year of college means me being too lazy to blog. No big deal I’m sure, because I probably only have one loyal follower/stalker anyways.

I’ve also gotten some creative writing published so be sure to click the links and read!

Crossing the River” is about a boy who wants to prove he’s as tough as his badass big brother. It was published in Issue 10 of the online journal Imitation Fruit.

It’s Complicated” is an essay about ethnicity and perception of self and others. It was published by online journal Solstice Magazine.

I look forward to writing a lot more in the future and hope to get more readers who for some reason care about what I have to say. Stay tuned!

The two minute film “Splitscreen: A Love Story” (watch it after the jump) won the Nokia Shorts 2011 Competition. The contest featured short films shot entirely on Nokia cell phones, and the winner and  finalists’ films will premier at the Edinburgh Film Festival.

This is the first time Nokia’s mixed cell phones and film. They announced in 2008 that Spike Lee would direct a film made up of people’s submitted cell phone videos (watch it here).

While the contest does a lot for low-budget filmmakers, the fact that it’s shot on cell phones doesn’t mean just anyone can make a movie now. Looking at “Splitscreen,” we can see that a lot of traveling and clever editing was needed. That’s time and money.

There’s also the director, J.W. Griffiths. Despite shooting the entire film on a Nokia N8 cell phone,

He’s hardly a newbie. According to his official site, he’s filmed a commercial starring Ray Winstone (“The Departed”) as well as a book trailer for best-selling author James Ellroy (“L.A. Confidential”).

via Low budget is no problem for cell phone filmmaker | The Upshot – Yahoo! News.

The contest may not mark a low-budget, proletariat revolution in cinema, but the charming film and the contest itself shows that talent and hard work still matter more than technology.

The film and other finalists can be found here.

Splitscreen: A Love Story from JW Griffiths on Vimeo.

... Really?

True Blood is a guilty pleasure for me. Not because it’s aimed a bit more at women than men (though it’s definitely not a “girly” show), but because I can’t honestly say it’s a good show. It’s not bad either.

It’s just… silly.

I first realized it during season two, when the wave of hedonism inspired by Maryann, a Maenad, led to a lot of forced comedy from the writers. The bug-eyed, horny redneck schtick got old fast, but it wasn’t until Lafayette yelled “Listen up, bitches!” to a crowd of blood-thirsty citizens that I realized how dumb this was.

While Lafayette is a funny character, his humor became drier and smarter by the second season. This ham-fisted attempt at comedy emphasized how over-the-top the Maenad saga was. I realize these scenes were justified by Maryann’s spell over the town, but the writers should’ve realized the humor wasn’t working.

I almost quit watching after that. But I came back for season three, with it’s nude werewolves, an infamous sex-scene between Eric and Talbot, the ultra-campy King Russell, and possibly Bill Compton’s worst line ever (“We fucked like only two vampires can”).

The epitome of True Blood silliness came early in the new season: Bill Compton’s British punk phase. Not only does it seem out of character for the aristocratic vampire, he looks and sounds completely ridiculous. Speaking of Bill, is Stephen Moyer even trying to do the accent anymore?

The effects add to the show’s silliness. I know you can’t be too hard on TV shows when it comes to special effects due to their budgets, but things like the big black eyes in Season 2  or Bill Compton and the Queen’s anti-gravity fight in Season 3’s cliffhanger really derail the tension and drama. And don’t get me started on the goblin-like fairies.

The same goes for the acting. Most of the actors are at least competent, but it doesn’t make the vampires’ hissing less corny or the weird “southern” accents less odd.

So why do I keep watching?

It’s still a solid story. I care what happens next, the vampire politics interest me, the action is exciting and the characters are (usually) likable. There’s also a lot of grey area that makes you question a character’s motives and actions. The show’s silly, but it has a good plot and is so damn enjoyable.