A few days ago, I quit my job as a producer at an interactive agency in order to return to the sort of day jobs I prefer: art director and designer. (It's a nice way to pay the bills as I wait to get my next film funded.) This has made me look back at all the careers I wanted… read more!
Lists of Nine with Keyword "personal" (most recent at top)
For the sake of argument, I'm defining a "cult movie" as something that, upon its release, was too strange or too obscure to find a major audience, but that, in the years since, thanks to cable and home video, developed a massive following. (In other words, Star Wars isn't a cult movie, but Blade Runner is.) This list is not… read more!
Behind every photo is a story, and this list isn't so much about "who I know" - for really, I don't know any of these people; I was simply in the same physical space as they were for an hour or so - but about the randomness of living in Los Angeles and of attending the occasional film festival. In… read more!
With all the recent hoopla over Dreamgirls, the latest Broadway musical to be turned into a movie, I thought it would be a fun list - fun for me, anyway - to cite the few stage musicals I have actually seen in person. This is an essentially useless list, and in fact is nearly a private joke between me and… read more!
I don't know about you, but this year was sort of surreal for me. It wasn't at all a bad year (though there were bad moments: a lawsuit, a smashed up car, neither of which was my fault you see) but it had its share of weird moments. Here are nine of them - which, grouped together, tell the story… read more!
Few film directors achieve the notoriety that Alfred Hitchcock enjoyed during his long, successful career. Yet today, many have only seen one or two of "the master's" fifty-plus features. Millions erroneously remember him as a "horror" director, though only two of his films - Psycho and The Birds - qualify as such. There are studio marketers who routinely pull quotes… read more!
There's no milestone in Claustrophobia's history being celebrated today, no anniversary. But I'd been meaning to write a more personal List of 9 for some time, and also wanted to share my regrets with other independent filmmakers who might learn from my mistakes. Hindsight is 20/20, of course, and some things were beyond my control (such as my distributors changing the title… read more!
On May 19, 2006, my one-minute film The Closest Thing to Time Travel was named the grand prize winner in a Getty Images competition called The Next Big Idea, where contestants had to make shorts using stock footage and imagery from Getty Images' library. With a $10,000 cash prize and whirlwind trips to New York and Chicago, it's easily the… read more!
I recently made my first short film since college, a 60-second entry for Getty Images' "The Next Big Idea" competition. I titled it The Closest Thing to Time Travel as I - like many filmmakers before me - have long been fascinated by the concept. The irony is that there is no actual time travel in my film; I think… read more!
I know I've done this list before. Why bother with these? One: they're easy to write. Two: it's a nice way to pay tribute to those enchanting ladies whose talents are, at times, undervalued or overlooked. By all means, Google some of these names if you're unfamiliar with them. You will wind up discovering some movies, music, and other things… read more!
As another "year-end list", I decided to get personal as I sometimes do, and share with you the unremarkable things that I did for the very first time in 2005. As I am 35 at year's end, you may be slightly shocked that I took so long to get around to doing a few of these things. (I've done a… read more!
[Note from Mark: Today's guest columnist is my newlywed wife, Miki. As a nanny, she's taken care of many different children over the past few years. She found an amusing contrast between what she got away with when she was little and what the parents she now works for will allow their own kids to do.] There are many things… read more!
I'm happy to say that I'm going through the best time in my life right now, but in the interest of continually coming up with fresh ideas for the List of 9, I bring you these recollections of some lower-quality moments: Worst movie screening. Born on the Fourth of July was not the worst film I've ever seen (that dubious… read more!
With The Revenge of the Sith opening today - supposedly the last new Star Wars movie the world will ever see - I thought I'd weigh in on the phenomenon from a more critical point of view. I saw the original Star Wars at least a dozen times in the theater when I was a kid. I had all the… read more!
[Note from Mark: This list is written by my girlfriend Miki, celebrating her eccentric mom.] My mother is celebrity crazed. She burst into tears at Graceland... while still in the parking lot. She has a "Nash Bridges" poster signed by Don Johnson hanging in the kitchen. She considers any trip to Los Angeles where she doesn't see at least 3… read more!
Now that Claustrophobia (aka Serial Slayer) is out in America, it's been interesting for me to read reviews - good and bad - that say "I'd like to see what Mark Tapio Kines could do with a bigger budget." My flippant reply may be, "Then go see my first film Foreign Correspondents!" but deeper down, the comment confuses me. After… read more!
Years ago, Tower Records used to publish a free magazine called Pulse!, with a section devoted to readers' submitted lists of their "desert island discs" - the ten music albums that they would take with them if stranded on a desert island. In other words, their ten favorite records. Well, I do things in nines around here, and although this… read more!
Most so-called "love stories" are crap. Sleepless in Seattle? Titanic? Pretty Woman? Ghost? No wonder we're so screwed up, if this sentimental junk is what passes for romance today. So here's a little Valentine's treat for you lovebirds - or, perhaps, for you lovelorn - who want something different. If these films have anything in common, it's a tendency towards… read more!
This is the first time in years when I haven't seen the majority of the big Oscar-nominated films. One reason is that I've been too busy over the last two months - when all the "Oscar-bound" pictures are released - to catch them all. The other, bigger reason is that this year's crop is kind of uninspired. I mean, come… read more!
In keeping with the recent "scary" theme of the List of 9, and in the wake of the American release of my film Claustrophobia, here are nine of the most frightening events in my life. While compiling this list, I realized I have been very lucky: no real brushes with death, no truly horrifying moments. Even when I was mugged… read more!