“…the pre-recorded features, directed by Peter Atencio, are mini marvels of pacing, blocking, filmic texture, and visual mimicry. Such loving devotion to detail and atmosphere makes for compelling viewing even when laughs aren’t the super-objective of a sketch, as with the spoof of George Clinton’s Parliament Funkadelic that looks as if it had been transferred from an old, bleary VHS tape, and a trumpet duel in a smoky jazz club, the charcoal shadows and silvery highlights of the intimate hipster-grotto interior punctuated by head nods and tiny jabs of one-upmanship that build into mutually assured destruction.”—Wow, it’s pretty great to have a really talented writer describe your work. This whole piece on Key & Peele by James Wolcott in the new Vanity Fair is a really nice read. I mean, it was nice for me to read. Your mileage may vary.
Meego (Bronson Pinchot) is a 9,000-year-old shape-shifting alien from the planet Marmazon 4.0. After his spaceship crashes, he is discovered by three children; Trip (Erik von Detten, later played by Will Estes), Maggie (Michelle Trachtenberg) and Alex Parker (Jonathan Lipnicki). They live with their single father, Dr. Edward Parker (Ed Begley, Jr.) and pass Meego off as human (he does not want anyone to know that he is extraterrestrial, and tells people he is from Canada instead). Although he plans to go home as soon as his ship is repaired, he becomes attached to the children and decides to remain on Earth to care for them.
Test Drive 2, the Pepsi Max commercial I directed earlier this year, won a bronze Clio in the branded content category and Test Drive 1 was shortlisted in the film category. Test Drive 2 also won a gold Clio Sports award earlier this year.
Thousands of dedicated readers that forage our archives on a daily basis, as well as numerous uplifting comments and generous support that kept us going, finally helped us reach an important decision. We decided Cinephilia & Beyond has grown up, becoming powerful enough to stand on its own two feet, as the film haven you all got to know so well but in the form of a full, independent website: http://www.cinephiliabeyond.org/
This would simply not be possible without your relentlessly supportive encouragement and pure, endless love for the world of film. What especially motivates us, urging us out of our beds on lazy mornings or exhausted evenings, is the fact that C&B has grown into a community of film lovers who share their passion regardless of what places in the world — and life — they come from. You can imagine, for instance, the shock on our faces upon realizing the likes of Guillermo del Toro, Jennifer Todd or Judd Apatow regularly visit our little corner of the web. Silent, anonymous and thirsty for inspiration, no different than any one of you, but at the same time leading us to a crucial revelation that we simply must be doing something right.
The new website was created to make you feel more comfortable as you enjoy the wide array of film-related articles we try to offer, but also to make it easier to learn and absorb the vast knowledge lying here at your disposal. We’ll continue to bring to your attention the most fascinating, mind-blowing, jaw-dropping material we’re lucky enough to come across, tirelessly spreading the pivotal idea C&B was built on: no film school can measure up to a curious, dedicated mind and a huge pool of knowledge, information and inspiration waiting for you to be soaked up and marveled upon.
We thank you kindly for your support, a favor which we can repay only by promising to continue doing our best at exploring the secrets of the ever-inspiring cinematic universe. “The powerful play goes on and you may contribute a verse,” said the brilliant Robin Williams as professor John Keating in Dead Poets Society, quoting the great Walt Whitman. C&B is our verse, and we thank you for helping us write it.
Congrats to Cinephilia & Beyond, which has long been one of my favorite tumblrs and is now sure to be one of my favorite websites.