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Robot and Boy T-Shirt! (Available for Limited Time)

Posted on | March 5, 2014 | 1 Comment

Flick and Flack aren’t just movie critics anymore. We’re filmmakers, too. Our most recent film, Robot and Boy, is a touching 24 minute sci-fi adventure about a robot who lands on earth and the boy who takes care of him.

Robot and Boy - Q and A

We were lucky enough to show the film in the Youth Filmaker Show at the 2014 Providence Children’s Film Festival (just a few weeks ago). We loved having the opportunity to share our film with more than 200 people. After the screening, we participated in a Q&A with our cast and other filmmakers. You can read all about the event in the Brown Daily Herald.

So far, Robot and Boy has been a success. But for success to continue…we need your support! That’s why we’re selling a limited edition Robot and Boy T-shirt. The shirt has beautiful artwork on the front and credits on the back. Trust us, it’s awesome. With an affordable price and cool design, how could you miss out? You must order before Wed. March 5th at 9pm ET,  so get yours at:  teespring.com/robotandboy

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Flick and Flack star in Shuttercal Ad!

Posted on | February 3, 2014 | Add Comments

Flick and Flack love Shuttercal, the locally created website that allows you to upload a photo every day for 1 year creating a visual document through 365 days worth of photos. We started using Shuttercal this year and have been thoroughly enjoying it. We like being able to capture every day moments, memories, events, and happenings with such an easy, unique tool. When we were asked to star in this ad, we couldn’t resist. We had fun meeting the creators and filmmakers and filming the ad and we hope you have just as much fun watching it! And with just the click of a button you can watch it below.

3 Years of Flick and Flack

Posted on | September 28, 2012 | 3 Comments

You’re right. This comes nowhere close to rivaling our 200th post bonanza, but that’s not the point. The point is to quickly say that this day celebrates three years (yes you read right) since the day we first hit the publish button on post #1. September 28th, 2012. We are just a bit excited. So to celebrate we are doing two things: the first is an announcement of a new series of posts, and the second is a bunch of photo booth style pictures featuring us with many film related books, cameras, and more. So what’s the announcement? Flick and Flack will be writing posts about Blu-Ray: the picture, the sound, the special features, the books that come along with it… Flick and Flack will have it covered. Why didn’t we start earlier? We just received a Blu-Ray player as a birthday present. We also ordered three of the best Blu sets out there, all three of which we cracked open this afternoon. We won’t be spilling the beans here, though. Oh, no. We will tell you what these sets are in the first entry of the diaries. Anyway, we haven’t watched anything on these sets.. not until this afternoon, that is. So look forward to a heck of a lot of more posting in the future… But for now bask in the glory with us.

Flick and Flack’s 200th Post: A Celebration (Flick and Flack’s Celebration)

Posted on | September 1, 2012 | 2 Comments

Flick and Flack themselvesIt’s hard to believe, but it’s true. The 200th post has finally, arrived. It’s here. It’s huge. It’s stunning, and it’s ready to knock your socks off. (Cue Flick Flack theme song, whatever it is.) This September marks our third year of posting, but we thought we would celebrate our 200th post, after all it is something to celebrate. (That’s not to say we aren’t celebrating three years with all this, it’s just that 200 is worthy of a fiesta too.) So here it is: our fiesta, party, birthday, holiday (take a day off if you like), celebration, or whatever else you want to call it. This post is filled with surprises; unlike most posts where we devote our first paragraph to a preview of the post, here we’re not saying anything (at least not in this first paragraph). But if you would like the secrets of the world to be spilled, there is one thing you may do. Scroll down the page and take a listen to the eight celebratory podcasts Flick and Flack have recorded specially, exclusively, and exhaustively  just for you. Note: While listening to them all straight through is much longer than most movie’s running time, but trust us, it’s worth it. Just as writing our other 199 posts have been.

Daniel Kamil

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To kick it all off Flick and Flack discuss it all. This first part also includes an audio clip of Flick’s interview with Daniel Kamil and a discussion of The Avengers and a reading of Flick’s review of the film. Note: Our discussion about the best films of the year is not up to date, as we recorded this awhile ago. However it still provides interesting critiques.

Skyfall

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In the second part of the exciting saga Flick and Flack discuss The Avengers even more and they give you a rousing preview filled with opinions about this Fall’s movie lineup including James Bond’s latest, Skyfall.

Warner Brothers Studios New Logo

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This third part includes a talk on why film studios matter… and just maybe, why they don’t. One of the studios talked about is Warner Bros.

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

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Whew. We’re halfway done. So in the center of the stage (the fourth part), we respond to questions asked by readers.

Super 8

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For our fifth part we discuss some of our reader’s favorite films, including Super 8.

Pirates Of The Caribean: Dead Man's Chest

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As we venture into our second phase of the website we thought it might be a good idea to talk about the second phases of franchises. In other words Flick and Flack return in the sixth part to discuss their favorite movie sequels.

The Empire Strikes Back

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In part VII we continue talking, discussing, and arguing over our favorite movie sequels.

Citizen Kane

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It’s bittersweet. It’s all ended. We come to a close with the finale: our eighth part of this series where we finally discuss our all time favorite films.

And that’s all folks! Cheers to another 200 posts…… and beyond!

TIFF Interview: Kid Jurors

Posted on | April 28, 2012 | Add Comments

While at TIFF Kids International Film Festival we were honored to interview the Young People’s Juries. They are divided into three jury groups: Feature Films (Ages 8 to 10), Feature Films (Ages 11 to 13) and Short Films (Ages 9 to 13) to select the Golden Sprocket Award. We spoke with 6 of the 9 junior jurors. Three of them, Will (8 years old), Maggie (10 years old), and Jonathan (9 years old), selected one feature length movie to receive the Golden Sprocket. The other three we spoke to, Anthony (10 years old), Daniel (10 years old), and Dana (11 years old) selected a short film to receive the Golden Sprocket.  We did not get to interview the three 11-13 year old feature film juror’s. During two festival weekends, they take notes after seeing a film at the festival, rank it out of 10 then discuss it together with their adult jury leader to pick the winners.

8 of the 9 TIFF Kids Young People's Jury

To get selected as jurors, children write a movie review online and submit it (for some it was part of a school project). Nine kids are picked. The jurors we interviewed, reviewed Captain America: The First Avenger, Ice Age 3: Dawn of the Dinosaurs, Hugo, Bridge to Terabithia, and WALL•E (reviewed by 2 kids). The kids are only allowed to be picked as juror’s once, but they can enter more times just for fun.

While watching TIFF films, they look for good acted, well done feature films and shorts with a great story.  Films and shorts they juried included: Stay!, The Blue Tiger, Gattu, Alfie the Little Werewolf, Famous Five, Magic Piano 3-D, The Gruffalo’s Child, and Mouse For Sale. They watch each film only once with a regular audience or sometimes in a private theater. Then they agree on their favorite movies or shorts to award the Golden Sprocket.

It was interesting to hear how their jurying process is different from the Providence Children’s Film Festival‘s (PCFF) process. (awarding already picked TIFF Kid movies vs. selecting the movies to be in the PCFF)  It was fun talking to people who love movies as much as we do and hearing what their favorite movies are. The jurors’ favorite non-TIFF movies include: The Hunger Games, WALL•E, Hugo, The Sting, Nancy Drew, The Harry Potter movies, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, John Hughes’ movies, and The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn. We definitely enjoyed interviewing the Young People’s Juries, and it was loads of fun.

At a ceremony held April 22, 2012 at TIFF Bell Lightbox, the award winners for the 15th annual TIFF Kids International Film Festival were announced. In addition to Audience Choice Awards, three Young People’s Juries weighed in on the recipients of the coveted Golden Sprocket Awards. Winners of the Jump Cuts Young Filmmakers Showcase were also announced, as determined by a jury of film industry professionals.

AND THE TIFF KIDS AWARDS GO TO…..

TIFF KIDS AUDIENCE CHOICE AWARDS
TIFF Kids Audience Choice Awards are voted on by Festival-goers who attended public screening weekends (April 14 to 15 and April 21 to 22).

TIFF Kids Audience Choice Award — Best Feature Film
Cool Kids Don’t Cry (Achtste Groepers Huilen Niet), director: Dennis Bots, The Netherlands
Grade eight student Akkie has only two concerns: going to high school with her best friends and winning the soccer championship.
Tough-girl Akkie never backs down from a challenge or lets the class bully Joep target her friends. Her whole class is shocked when Akkie is diagnosed with leukemia, yet she faces the disease with unwavering courage. While on her class graduation trip she must rely on Joep, the one classmate who didn’t visit her in the hospital, to help her with a dilemma. Is this is the beginning of a new friendship? Akkie fears she won’t have time to find out. Based on the best-selling Benelux novel by Jacques Vriens, this film adaptation will leave viewers inspired by Akkie’s spirit and resolve in the face of adversity.

TIFF Kids Audience Choice Award — Best Short Film
Joanna Makes a Friend, director: Jeremy Lutter, Canada
Joanna likes to wear dark clothes and sketch spooky illustrations. As a result, the kids in Joanna’s class don’t like her, and she doesn’t much enjoy their company either. So, when her father tells her to “make a friend,” Joanna takes it a little too literally.

GOLDEN SPROCKET AWARDS
Two film juries representing different age groups — ages 8 to 10 and ages 11 to 13 — each selected a winning feature film. Another jury comprised of children aged 9 to 13 determined a winning short film.

Golden Sprocket Award — Feature Film
Jury 1 (Ages 8 to 10)
Famous Five, director: Mike Marzuk , Germany
Three siblings, their cousin and a canine companion become summertime sleuths in this adaptation of the famed Enid Blyton novels.
On choosing this film, the jury said, “Famous Five is a great mystery that keeps you guessing and makes you feel like part of the adventure.”

Golden Sprocket Award — Feature Film
Jury 2 (Ages 11 to 13)
Nicostrados, the Pelican, director: Olivier Horlait, France/Belgium/Greece
Fourteen-year-old Yannis enjoys a simple life with his widowed fisherman father on the Greek island of Zora. That is, until he trades his mother’s golden cross for Nicostratos, a neglected white pelican. This charismatic, mischievous and gigantic bird becomes Yannis’ best friend, but he also becomes a major tourist attraction.

The Young People’s Jury explained their decision, “We are in awe of how this movie took us on a rollercoaster ride of emotions in such a beautiful setting, which was exquisitely captured in the film’s photography.”

Honourable mentions go to Cool Kids Don’t Cry, The Netherlands and Havanastation, Cuba.

Golden Sprocket Award — Short Film
Jury (Ages 9 to 13)

The Little Team, directors: Roger Gomez and Daniel Resines, Spain
In this sweet and charming documentary, the fourteen little kids that make up the Margatania FC go over an unsolved football mystery, and they end up teaching an unexpected life lesson to grown-ups.

Said the Young People’s Jury of their unanimous decision, “We admire that this movie conveys messages of perseverance and inspiration that we can all learn from. And it is told from a great point of view.”

Photos Courtesy of TIFF – Toronto International Film Festival

2011 Providence Children’s Film Festival: Day 1

Posted on | February 18, 2011 | 2 Comments




Flack interviews local director Graeme Steller. Watch his new short, New Spirit. Yo-yo with him at his POW Science yo-yo club.





Flick interviews Steve about Your Shorts are Showin’.





Flack interviews Simon about Your Shorts are Showin’.





Flick interviews Steve about Eleanor’s Secret.





Flick interviews Flack about Eleanor’s Secret.

2nd Annual PCFF Film Preview (Flick and Flack’s podcast)

Posted on | February 16, 2011 | 1 Comment

Listen to our PCFF Preview Podcast here. (Run Time: 17 minutes)

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Batch Blue iPhone Commercial by Flick and Flack

Posted on | November 2, 2010 | 9 Comments

We made a commercial for Batch Blue’s new iPhone App with some of the Batch Blue staff, Michelle Riggen Ransom,  Alex Taylor, and Eric Krausse and with some help from our mom and dad. We had fun storyboarding, filming, acting, directing and helping with the editing. It was fun and tricky. We hope you like it as much we had fun doing it.

See our interview with Michelle Riggen Ransom at Mad Ernie’s here.

BatchBook iPhone App in Action

A business dad and a casual dad manage their contacts on the go during a heated laser battle.

Batch Blue Commercial

Posted on | September 3, 2010 | 2 Comments

Here is an interview at Mad Ernie’s. Michelle Riggen-Ransom interviews Flick and I.

We are making an iphone Commercial for Batch Blue. We know some of the staff from our parents. They asked us because they have seen our website and know we like movies. Flick and I are in it and we direct it. I think it is fun!!!!!!! We are in the editing process right now. It is coming out soon and  we will keep you posted!