Archive for the ‘the cinema’ Category

I’m back—or something.

November 14, 2010

Hello from beyond the grave!

Just kidding. I’m not really dead — in fact, I’ve been very much alive. Those of you who’ve been following my Twitter and Tumblr know very well that I’ve maintained my online presence. Some may rejoice over my return to WordPress, others may shake their heads. That said, I’m finished neglecting my blogging duties. You people (yes, you people) deserve to know what I think about pop culture, film, music, the media, and farts, and I fully intend to deliver.

Since my epic — and epically dated — Chatroulette post, I’ve relocated, enrolled in grad school, read more cultural theory than I can remember, and acquired a new kitten and a taste for delicious, delicious whiskey.

Stay tuned for my next, more substantive post about the postmodern wonder that is The Venture Bros.

Until then, I leave you with the genius of Chris Morris, director of Four Lions:

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The Cat Piano.

February 2, 2010

…and to think, this wasn’t nominated for Best Animated Short by the Academy. The Cat Piano is the latest work from The People’s Republic of Animation. When I first saw it this morning, the beginning had this really hip jazz cat feel, but then I suddenly felt like I was watching some freaky Edgar Allan Poe/Dr. Seuss amalgam. Hat’s off to Nick Cave for his kick ass narration.

ENJOY.

Two-fer-Tsaturday.

January 31, 2010

Alright folks. January is over, which means good movie season is creeping up on us. Finally. With only a few hours left until February, I finished off the month with a cinematic bang.

Taking advantage of the Metreon’s two-for-one deal — where I buy one ticket and stay for a second movie — I saw two cinematic marvels: The Book of Eli and Daybreakers.

Neither movie deserves too much of my time. So let’s get right to it.

Immediate spoilers for Eli after the jump.

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Paging Dr. Parnassus…

January 12, 2010

What better way to get the blog back on track than with a review. And dig this: I just saw The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus! What a treat. Wait… I also get to write my 50th post about it? Even better.

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flicks! 2009 ruled for the most part.

December 25, 2009

I just read the AV Club’s rundown of the 19 worst movies of 2009. Thankfully, I only saw two on that list: Paper Heart and Gigantic; though, I should probably see the other seventeen movies and reach my own conclusions. After all, the AVC isn’t exactly infallable. I don’t agree that Paper Heart belonged there. Sure, it was annoyingly twee-centric, but it had it’s moments and Charlene Yi definitely has her charm, as awkward as that charm may feel. Gigantic wasn’t that bad either. It’s not necessarily a movie I would have paid for in the theaters (Ed. note: I did when it was called  (500) Days of Summer). Lucky for me it was, and still is, available for immediate viewing on the Netflix. The irrelevant title and the random beatings of Paul Dano by a homeless Zach Galifianakis  didn’t do it for me. The story was a little dry as well. I can see why it could be considered one of the worst movies of the year. So where was 2012? That movie was way worse than anything on this list could have been. And I know. I witnessed the whole ordeal as I was squished into the LCD sardine can at the Metreon.

In the spirit of the season, I thought I’d throw my hat in the ring of movie lists. That’s the thing bloggers do, apparently. Some really amazing movies came out this year. We witnessed the awesome rebirth of a new Star Trek saga, which is saying a lot since I’ve always identified as a Star Wars geek. Tarantino unleashed another brilliant opus with Inglourious Basterds. Paranormal Activity made audiences everywhere scream (“My stomach hurts!”). I’ve formulated three lists: movies that I loved, movies I regret seeing and I want my 90-120 minutes back, and honorable mentions.These movies aren’t arranged in any particular order within their categories. I don’t believe in rank.

There are obviously some movies left off the list (see: Avatar), but I think i get my point across.

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Avatar. One more review to add to the pile.

December 24, 2009

Three words:

Avatar.

IMAX.

3D.

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this short film owns.

December 4, 2009

Since every blog is giving unnecessary press to the imminent release of the latest too-literal-to-be-a-parody parody of every movie Judd Apatow produced and directed, I thought I’d show you this gem of a zombie short I found earlier this week. I Love Sarah Jane is a gloomy short from Australia, directed by Spencer Susser, who has mostly done commercials and music videos. Susser has a new feature, called Hesher, coming out in 2010 starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt that I’m pretty stoked about, and that’s only because of how amazing this short is—well, and because the film includes a pill-popping Rainn Wilson.

For a short, I Love Sarah Jane is unlike any other zombie movie I’ve seen, combining the atmosphere of 28 Days Later with Lord of the Flies and some Little Miss Sunshine (only the depressing parts) for good measure. I love the subtlety of this film, leaving it to the viewer to imagine the zombie horror these abandoned children have had to witness. The protagonist, Jimbo, maintains some semblance of a normal teenager/pre-teen in how he can still pine over Sarah, not having completely lost his innocence.

Take ten minutes and enjoy this short.

what is sexy anymore?

November 18, 2009

Johnny Depp was named People Magazine’s “Sexiest Man Alive.” Again.

Come on, People! Go out on a limb. There are different levels of attractiveness and People always errs on the side of caution. I’m putting in my vote for Geoffrey Arend. You know you’ve seen him in (500) Days of SummerSuper Troopers, Porn and Chicken, Bubble Boy, Undeclared, Greek, and plenty of other things I’m sure you’ve forgotten. He’s not a traditionally good looking man, but he can do funny voices! Also, the fact that he’s married to Christina Hendricks (Joan from the Mad Men) should make every self-loathingrespecting man want to be this dude.

Oh, look! It’s 3 o’clock. Time for my daily cry.

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Oscarbation ALERT!

November 17, 2009

There’s a lot of buzz going around the blogosphere about the new Jeff Bridges movie, Crazy Heart. In what appears to be marketed as being this year’s The Wrestler, we see the story of a washed-up country star who’s gone from relative stardom to obscurity. With the help of an attractive, masochistic journalist who probably likes to burn her thigh with a teapot, played by Maggie Gyllenhal (Oh! Now I get the joke!), he’ll be brought back into the limelight and probably die mid-piledriver. Sorry, The Dude, but I don’t buy it. This just looks like Pure Country with a lot more Metamucil and significantly less George Strait—oh, and better production, writing, acting, and directing. That’s not the point.

The point is, as long as this movie is released the same year that Moon came out—this year— I will only support Sam Rockwell for any Oscar or Golden Globe consideration.

Check out the trailers.

Oscar-bait:

The real deal:


See you at the party, Richter!

November 17, 2009

Oh, mama. The /film blog just posted a really amazing video of every death in Total Recall. I commend the editor for this amazing piece of work. I’ve been complaining for months now that we need a substantial database of all of the murderdeathkills in Governor Schwarzenegger’s movies. This is a great start!

WARNING: CONTAINS SPOILERS!