Archive for the ‘movies’ Category

My name is Plissken

March 29, 2010

The sequel the world was waiting for?

October 27, 2009

Boondocks Saints part two (I’m only posting this to build karma with Julie Benz):

Mike White is everywhere

October 26, 2009

Not sure if this looks good or not:

When I first saw the poster, I thought it was Benicio Del Toro in the lead role, not the dude from “Flight of the Conchords.”

Friday takes forever

September 4, 2009

Sad news about Ernie Harwell. It’s amazing how much joy a great baseball guy can bring to people’s lives.

Totally unrelated: if “Extract” is even better than “Office Space,” than I’m going to end up watching it ten thousand times.

No more infernal affairs

September 1, 2009

Andy Lau, the actor from Hong Kong who’s most famous with me for Infernal Affairs (remade as The Departed for American jingoists), got married. And the marriage got coverage in the American press.

Why? What’s the incredible fascination with celebrity weddings? I definitely wouldn’t recognize Andy Lau if he were walking down the street. And I highly doubt that when Andy Lau releases his next movie that that’ll get press in America. But if he has a bitter divorce or a cute baby, cue the headlines. I don’t get that.

Approved

August 24, 2009

Matt reminded me about Extract, the new Mike Judge (Beavis and Butthead, King of the Hill, Office Space, Idiocracy) film:

Amazing cast, can’t wait. I’m still driving the Benny Aff bandwagon, and hopefully it’ll start filling again up with this one.

A little Zola

August 22, 2009

I got an e-mail:

Dear Film Club Members,

I didn’t set out to make a vampire film. Having grown up in a Catholic family, I had a feeling that there would come a day when I would make a film with a priest as the main character. But what kind of priest would he be? What kind of things would happen to him?

One day, while watching old vampire films, a thought came to my mind. What would happen if vampire’s blood enters into the body of someone whose vocation has him living close to the cross? The thought developed like this: Why are priests only portrayed as the vampire hunters? What’s to say priests can’t be vampires?

Then I read the novel Thérèse Raquin by Émile Zola. It is a story in which a man falls in love with a friend’s wife, and together, they murder the friend. How hard-boiled it was! So much so that it made me think, if I ever became a novelist it would be exactly the novel that I would want to write. But that novel had already been written by Zola, so what should I do? Turn it into a film…

That’s how the story of Thirst came into being. A priest most noble and pious, because of his very faith, volunteers for a human experiment to develop a new medicine. As might be expected, he contracts a dangerous disease. He needs a blood transfusion. But the blood that gets transfused must have been vampire’s blood. Because he so loved mankind, he unwittingly ended up turning into an entity that cannot but take and drink the blood of others. Then he gets invited to a friend’s house. Of course, it’s a dinner invitation, since the priest can no longer traipse around during the daytime. Of course, at that house awaits a beautiful woman. And again of course, she is the friend’s wife…

-Park Chan-wook, director/screenwriter

Too many popcorn movies

August 11, 2009

A.O. Scott is bringing heat:

What kind of person constantly demands something new and yet always wants the same thing? A child of course. From toddlerhood we are fluent in the pop-cultural consumerist idiom: Again! More! Another one! (That George Simmons giant-baby comedy is called “Redo.”) Children are ceaselessly demanding, it’s true; but they are also easily satisfied, and this combination of appetite and docility makes the child an ideal moviegoer. But since there are a finite number of literal children out there, with limited disposable income and short attention spans, Hollywood has to make or find new ones. And so the studios have, with increasing vigor and intensity, carried out a program of mass infantilization.

I like laughing

July 30, 2009

The new movie “Funny People” is getting great reviews. From the New Yorker:

“Funny People,” a serious comedy about a funny man’s brush with death, is Apatow’s richest, most complicated movie yet—a summing up of his feelings about comedy and its relation to the rest of existence. The movie has passages of uneasy brilliance and many incidental pleasures. It was clear from “The 40-Year-Old Virgin” and “Knocked Up” that Apatow was generous with actors, and in “Funny People” he’s a master showman, displaying the talents of his favorite players—Adam Sandler, Leslie Mann, Seth Rogen, and Jonah Hill—as well as of many other comics. The movie is filled with cameos, none of them gratuitous: Sarah Silverman has a strange, libidinous bit; aging local heroes of the L.A. club scene, their faces like Greek masks (these men couldn’t be anything but entertainers), express something of their essence in a line or two. Apatow gives all these people their moment without losing his grip on the story or his own skepticism. Comics are heroes to him, but their heroism may have cut them off from the kind of life he believes in.

Not quite so sure about this one:

They say life’s ill

July 20, 2009

Former CIGNA flack on how the health care industry tried to discredit Michael Moore’s Sicko: