Tag Archives: Movies

Skyline’s out to grift you

(sigh)

Okay, so there are two types of bad movies: the first are jumbled, terrible-dialogue-ridden box office monsters (Wolverine). And then there are films who aren’t even aware of the audience watching them; films who do not realize that people in the crowd are sleeping, making their grocery lists, and passing frustrated comments to their buddies nearby (all in one sitting).  Skyline is this latter type of bad. Continue reading

Summer Movies: July-August (Part II)

:you can see Part I here:

Here is the second part of my rundown of films I watched during July and August:

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“Illegal” Machete Trailer Released!

Over at Ain’t It Cool News, Harry Knowles is saying that Robert Rodriguez and Danny Trejo stopped by to give him an “illegal” trailer for the upcoming release of once-Grindhouse trailer, now full length feature, Machete.

Evidently the plot of the film is in line with the current anti-immigration fervor in Arizona, so given the political resonance, the trailer is a message for Arizona.

Here was the fake trailer put together for Grindhouse:

Soon after Grindhouse, Rodriguez began making a full movie from the Machete trailer.  It will be released September 3, 2010.

The cast for the film is ridiculous: Danny Trejo, Jessica Alba, Robert De Niro, Steven Seagal, Michelle Rodriguez, Tom Savini, and Lindsay Lohan make up this Mexploitation of awesomeness.

District 9: Not the same white guilt/Not racist against Nigerians

Back in December I published a review of/essay on Avatar which received attention as viewers discussed the racial and power dynamic subtexts to the film.  One article from io9, entitled “When Will White People Stop Making Movies Like Avatar,” took a slightly different direction than my reading. The article’s discussion of films and white guilt mentions several films, including District 9.  But they missed an important piece of the film. Continue reading

London Burke and Hare Photos

Blog reader Stefanos sent these:

Stefanos says he did not see these cranes being used. Possibly unrelated construction.


Hearse and Horse (butt)

The scene being shot.

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The Oscars: What You Need to Know

Just so you know, the Oscars are not a good gauge for “Best Film” or “Best Director” since people who have no experience with a certain category weigh in on that craft (actors can vote for best set design; writers on directors).  You also can’t join just by paying dues, but have to be voted in by other Oscar voters.

And of course, Oscar doesn’t like to give high marks to films coming from animation (other than slipping them into the “Best Animated Film” ghetto so they don’t usually get to compete for “Best Picture”), sci-fi, foreign, or horror.

Basically, it’s a giant publicity event where producers and distributors try to make some money in ticket and DVD sales before the summer blockbusters hit. Continue reading

Coming This Summer: Lots of Losers

After seeing the trailer for The Losers, it reminded me of the trailer I saw for The A-Team and then Sylvester Stallone’s The Expendables: All ridiculous action films featuring losers and mercenaries for hire.

The Losers

The A-Team

*no official trailer for The Expendables is available yet; it’s a project by Stallone that he describes as a throwback to the 80′s and 90′s action films that he and many others were a part of.  The long list of fellow cast mates includes Arnold Schwarzenegger, Mickey Rourke, Bruce Willis, Jason Statham, Jet Li, Dolph Lundgren,

Though all of these look like films you’d watch with your buddies with bourbon (extra class points if it’s in a plastic bottle and the guy sitting next to you in the cinema can smell it), I’m most excited about Kick Ass:

Red Band Trailer

It will be nice to see Nicolas Cage back in some zany stuff after films like Bangkok Dangerous.

Green Screen TVs and Blockbuster Math

io9.com recently posted a video showcasing just how much of your TV viewing doesn’t exist:

http://io9.com/5476972/watch-how-green-screens-are-ruining-or-saving-television

And over at the New Scientist, they explain how contemporary cinema, including many blockbusters, tend have shot lengths that follow a mathematic pattern that’s pleasing to viewers.

http://www.newscientist.com/article/mg20527483.900-solved-the-mathematics-of-the-hollywood-blockbuster.html

Funny People: Quick Review

A lot has been made of this film, as it’s Judd Apatow’s third film, following his successes with 40 Year Old Virgin and Knocked Up, and there’s a lot worth praising. As usual with his work the film walks a fine line between being a comedy or a drama, leaning more for the emotional punches that just happen to be funny. Continue reading

Ten You Missed

We are a rather fortunate bunch. Our grandparents only had two chances to see a film: either when it came out in theatres or if it popped up on television, which is what made the annual television screenings of The Wizard of Oz such a big deal. It was not until VHS revolutionized the industry and films could be watched whenever we desired. Combine this with the communication powers of the internet and a film that never got past screenings in New York can suddenly make a ton of cash and notoriety.

With such fortunes, I find it our job as film enthusiasts to promote our favorite smaller films as a counter-weight to the advertising juggernauts that rumble across our cultural plains. Continue reading