I HATE Gus Van Sant. Let me get that out of the way first. Now sure he has been involved with many films I liked, such as Good Will Hunting. But My Private Idaho and Elephant are probably two of my least favorite movies of all time. Well he is directing the Harvey Milk biopic (wondering who is Harvey Milk?). So I looked up the film because there is a lot of buzz about which celebrities are in it. Currently Sean Penn, Emile Hirsch, and James Franco are attached/filming. But that is not the point of this post. It turns out there is a Gus Van Sant movie coming out soon. Paranoid Park. Heres the plot line: A teenage skateboarder’s life begins to fray after he is involved in the accidental death of a security guard. I watched the trailer and I want to see it.
This is an unaired Soup skit about Definitely, Maybe. The movie is adorable, sweet, funny, and a great chick flick. I rushed out to see it on Valentines day. But that doesn’t mean I can’t enjoy a spoof. Particularlly a wildly inappropriate one. Check it out!
Have you all seen the new Lindsay Lohan photos?
Recreating Monroe’s legendary 1962 final photo shoot for Bert Stern with the veteran lensman himself, Lohan posed for the spread on Feb. 5 at the Hotel Bel-Air.
Here is a link to the photos. The photos are gross. They are cheap, exploitative, and visually disturbing. She is a drug addict slut and is likely to suffer a Marilyn Monroe fate. So the accompanying articles references to Monroe (and Heath Ledger’s) untimely deaths make Lohan seem out of touch with reality (she talks about how that won’t happen to her). The camera man, Stern, is famous for the originals and the sexy depth they showed. These are cheap restagings that don’t deserve the media storm they are generating. Additionally, couldn’t someone airbrush the 40,000 freckles off her body.
At least she isn’t rail thin anymore. Now her extremely pale boobs are a reasonable size.
I never thought I would say this, but there is a Tyler Perry movie I am looking forward to. “Meet the Browns” looks like solid family movie, and Angela Bassett is always an amazing actress.
Cloverfield, the much hyped monster movie, might be coming back. After a killer first weekend (followed by a big drop off) the creators of the film are looking to further cash in on the movie by making a sequel. REALLY? I mean I thought it was okay, as a one time thing. If the monster survived the end of this movie, how exactly would anyone even try to kill it next movie.
You can read my early review of Cloverfield here.
At work I caught the Speed Racer trailer this weekend. It looks awesome, its shot in HD entirely green screened and Emile Hirsch is Speed Racer. Its shot to look anime-ish. I think it will be a fun movie, although I am not a big Speed Racer fan so I don’t care about fidelity.
Had to share this gem with you, Son of Rambow. We got the trailer for it on Rambo and I think it looks adorable/funny.
How badass is the fact that they are making a G.I. J.O.E. Movie? The Internet gossip is all abuzz with who is in it and who isn’t. The imdb page. Jason Gordon Levitt, Sienna Miller, and Marlon Wayons are supposedly in it. I also read on another site that Channing Tatum has been cast as Duke. Well whoever, it should be cool. I used to play with the action figures for hours imagining the weirdest story-lines. (Of course all stories revolved around the fact they could twist around the center)
So I saw “Cloverfield” this morning. As I am sure you are all intensely waiting for my opinion, I will hold back no further.
It was decent. It was exactly what I expected, except maybe the ending was a little better than I had anticipated. Although it was shot in hand cams, it was still thoroughly watchable. I think if you are fan of horror films, or more specifically monster movies, like Godzilla, you will love it. It is about a implausible monster romping through New York. It was good because it didn’t try to be anything more than it was, a fun movie. There was no religious parable, no big brother like conspiracies, and no delusions of grandeur.
According to an review by Kurt Loder:
“Cloverfield” is a nifty update of the ’50s schlock monster movie, mercifully unadulterated by delusions of contemporary relevance or nitwit nudge-wink irony. The picture is what it is: A group of people whose chances of survival wouldn’t appear to be much of a betting matter encounter a rampaging behemoth from who knows where and spend the rest of the film trying not to attract its sustained interest. It’s a movie that aspires only to be scary, and succeeds.
While I am giving it a generally good review, and thought Kurt Loder summed it up well. There is one part that leaves a bad taste in your mouth. Visually it is strongly reminiscent of 9/11, which is understandable since buildings are falling and people are running. But there are more than a few shots that look like cheap imitations of CNN footage, and there are comments about a possible terrorist origin of the attack when they first witness it. I guess to seem realistic, a bunch of New Yorkers watching buildings explode and fall are going to wonder if it is terrorists. But it seemed a little exploitative.
This movie looks awesome. A movie with Tina Fey and Amy Poehler of SNL fame a solid premise and cute music can’t go wrong. If/When the trailer breaks, check it out at http://www.babymamamovie.net/.