Thursday, December 18, 2008

Baz Luhrmann is adapting the Great Gatsby!


In honor of this amazing news, one of my favorite Gatsby quotes:

"He had come a long way to this blue lawn, and his dream must have seemed so close that he could hardly fail to grasp it."

This is going to be amazing.

A 2008 Benderspink Holiday Short

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

The Sign of the Apocolypse


Mamma Mia! has surpassed Titanic in the UK as the highest grossing film of all time.

Seriously? What the fuck.

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Literary Quote of the Day


"I was 12 going on 13 the first time I saw a dead human being. It happened in the summer of 1959 - a long time ago, but only if you measure in terms of years. I was living in a small town in Oregon called Castle Rock; there were only twelve hundred and eighty-one people, but to me it was the whole world."

- from The Body, by Stephen King

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Awards season is beginning to suck...


As Revolutionary Road, Gran Torino, and Defiance were all very disappointing.

Well, that is unless you like Clint Eastwood using his fingers to pretend to shoot guns at people...

(I put up the picture of Defiance because it sucked the least out of the three)

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

John Mayer, and he's funny too!

Great Pictures From Around the World...

Harry Eden - Actor to watch


Is it just me, or does he look like a young Christian Bale (circa Empire of the Sun)?

I don't know. For some reason, I think this kid's gonna make it.

Spring Awakening


I really wanted to like this musical. I bought into all the hype and loved the soundtrack. But after finally seeing it, I think the soundtrack is the only thing I loved about it.

SA follows a very mediocre and tonally challenged story with the only redeemable feature being the music by Duncan "Barely Breathing" Sheik.

Oh, and the first act is a hell of a lot better than the second. Lighthearted fun and comedy turns into Debbie Downer pretty fast.

Love the music, skip the story.

Give me that hand, please
And the itch you can't control
Let me teach you how to handle
All the sadness in your soul
Oh, we'll work that silver magic
Then we'll aim it at the wall
She said: Love may make you blind kid-
But I wouldn't mind at all

Monday, December 8, 2008

Che is Medellin


I would like to draw attention to the similarities between Che and Medellin.

1. The subject matter (obviously)

2. They decided to film Che entirely in Spanish. Same with Medellin.

3. Medellin premiered at Cannes and got horrendous reviews. So did Che. Che was then recut and presented again at Toronto where it saw good reviews.

Maybe we haven't seen the end of Medellin...

P.S. This might be my most insightful post yet.

Sunday, December 7, 2008

HAIL!!


Michigan 81 vs. Duke 73

We are no longer a rebuilding team. Top 25...

DANCE!!

Black Balloon


This is seriously one of the most disappointing movies I have ever seen.

Avoid at all costs.

If this film won the Berlin Film Festival, I want to know what other movies were there??

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Slumdog wins National Board of Review!


It's definitely the best film of the year.

OSCAR!!

Nothing Like the Holidays


So Cameron and I went to the premiere of Nothing Like the Holidays last night, and I have to say I was not disappointed with the movie. The only reason being that I had no expectations.

This movie is nothing if not formulaic, using the same old tired genre conventions and bringing absolutely nothing new.

Actually, many times I was confused as to when I was supposed to laugh and when I was supposed to cry and just ended up doing neither.

Do yourself a favor - if you want to see a holiday movie watch Love Actually.

2/5

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Best Song

Amazing song from a truly epic movie (the best of '08 thus far).

It's my choice for Best Song of 2008 come Oscar time in February (you have to see the movie to get just how good it is).

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

R Pat doesn't give a shit and he wants you to know



Behold the nasty profile imdb picture of Robert Pattinson, currently the site's number one movie star (and I use the term 'movie star' VERY loosely).

And who is this kid's publicist that allowed this to go up?

The whole "I don't give a shit" act really pisses me off. You just landed on the winning lottery ticket, bud. Start fucking acting like it.

R Pat is going nowhere fast.

What Doesn't Kill You

Trailer actually looks pretty good, I think. Worth keeping an eye on...

Monday, December 1, 2008

Y: The Last Man


Benderspink, the company that I work for, is developing this comic into a movie. I read all of the issues over break and I have to say that it is truly amazing material.

It's that rare thing, a piece of pop-fiction that is extremely smart and well-written as well as completely uncompromising. It's truly epic and I recommend it to you all.

4.5/5

ROME


Great news as Rome creator Bruno Heller wants to make a film picking up where the prematurely canceled series left off.

"I discovered halfway through writing the second season the show was going to end," Heller said. "The second was going to end with death of Brutus. Third and fourth season would be set in Egypt. Fifth was going to be the rise of the messiah in Palestine. But because we got the heads-up that the second season would be it, I telescoped the third and fourth season into the second one, which accounts for the blazing speed we go through history near the end. There's certainly more than enough history to go around."

I think it's got a pretty good shot as HBO has already said that they shouldn't have canceled the show.

I love this series.

Monday, November 24, 2008

Some thoughts from the AMA's


I'm pretty sure Chris Martin was drunk.

The Jonas brothers are really awkward.

Is JT really friends with Annie Lennox?

Why the hell was Sarah McLaughlin performing?

I never knew "Superwoman" could be made to be about Barack Obama.

I hold my breath every time Kanye speaks. He's pissed when he doesn't win, then when he does he says someone else should have. What's his deal?

Friday, November 21, 2008

Another reason to hate Entertainment Weekly


In their newest issue, EW has included a list of their "Sexiest Films."

It doesn't piss me off that the very un-sexy Out of Sight landed at number one. It baffles me, as does the inclusion of 300, which is a lot of things, but sexy is definitely not one of them.

However, what really pisses me off is the exclusion of The Blue Lagoon.

I think the staff of EW is just ignorant.

If they had seen this movie, they would have realized that the concept was to find the two most attractive young people possible and put them on an island, without clothes, and let them walk around naked and have sex.

Pretty cool concept, actually, and shot beautifully by the blind (blind in the same way Tiresias is blind) cinematic God Nestor Almendros.

P.S. In case you were wondering, I did cancel my subscription. I just happened to see this in my boss' copy.

Literary Quote of the Day


"It seemed clear that wars were not made by generations and their special stupidities, but that wars were made instead by something ignorant in the human heart."

-A Separate Peace

It seems all too relevant, doesn't it?

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Roger Ebert has no idea what he's talking about


I've always thought he was a bit dim, but here is an excerpt from his review of Twilight.

"Twilight" will mesmerize its target audience, 16-year-old girls and their grandmothers. Their mothers know all too much about boys like this.

What does that even mean?

Unbridled bigotry


I want to like Entertainment Weekly. I really do. I don't even get mad when they trash movies I like and give Cloverfield an "A." But I think they have finally crossed the line, and I can never forgive them.

In their latest issue, Owen Gleiberman concludes his review of Slumdog Millionaire with this bristling statement of deep insight:

"Slumdog Millionaire rousingly celebrates the escape from the slums, but since it's Jamal's own childhood that allows him to win big on TV (and to win that girl), you could also say that the movie ennobles poverty."

Wow. Thanks for those words of wisdom, Owen.

In all seriousness, I think this is one of the most disgusting, racist and misinformed things I have ever read. EVER.

I don't mind if people don't like the same movies I like. I don't even mind if they can't give a reason why they like or dislike something. But this statement is so ridiculous I can't even stand it.

I just cancelled my subscription.

Monday, November 17, 2008


The Twilight world premiere is only minutes away, and I am still left wondering - why did they pick such an ugly cast?

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Dear Zachary: A Letter to a Son about his Father

I have heard this documentary is amazing.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

WTF?


This week's sign of the apocalypse - Ridley Scott has signed on to direct a live-action adaptation of the board game monopoly.

Oh, how the might have fallen.

I guess this is what happens when your mega-huge movie (Body of Lies) pulls an Alexander.

Monday, November 10, 2008

Movie Review - Slumdog Millionaire


I was fortunate enough to be able to see this on Friday as part of the AFI fest tribute to Danny Boyle, and I have to say that it is truly an incredible movie.

Though it's definitely not perfect, the passion and energy that Boyle infuses into every scene makes this one of my favorite movies I've seen in the last 10 years.

Yes, it's not all hype. It's that good.

The soundtrack is amazing, Dev Patel is solid, and it is one of the most original, ambitious, and beautiful stories I have ever seen.

4.5/5

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Harry Potter sex scandal (or nearly)



J.K. Rowling on Steve Kloves, her friend and screenwriter for the Harry Potter movies:

"After he read book seven he said to me, 'You, know, I thought something was going to happen between Harry and Hermione, and I didn't know whether I wanted it or not.'"

Looks like I'm not the only one who thought Harry was going to hook it up with Hermione when they were romping around the forest forever in Book 7.

Anyways, I think it would have been amazing (and a good sex ed lesson for the kids).

O-B-A-M-A



I don't think I've ever been more proud to be American that I was last night.

God bless the world, and God bless America.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Russell Brand to be Jack Sparrow's brother in Pirates 4?

New Killers - Spaceman

Love it. Will it be the second single? Probably...

Monday, November 3, 2008

Movie Review: RocknRolla


Guy Ritchie is back and in a big way.

His newest film RocknRolla is everything that we have come to expect from Guy: it's violent, fast-paced, hypermasculine, and FUN. As a matter of fact, it's probably the most fun I've had at the movies in awhile. Though it does fall prey to the occasional long-winded scene of pointless dialogue or a small bit plot-muddling, there is a certain energy that Ritchie has trademarked that is oft-imitated but never duplicated.

Strangely, the worst parts of the movie are with Jeremy Piven and Chris "Ludacris" Bridges. Though perhaps not a surprise about Luda who stumbled over several of his lines, it was shocking how lost Piven seemed in his very small supporting role.

Best part of the movie, though, is Toby Kebbell as out of control rocker Johnny Quid. He's raw, animalistic, and scary and it's fucking brilliant.

RocknRolla has also built a lot of momentum for Ritchie heading into his next movie, the much hyped Sherlock Holmes with Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law. It'll be interesting to see how Guy does in this movie, seeing as it's a period piece that is not set in the underworld of London's drug and crime scene.

4/5

Thursday, October 30, 2008

A-M-A-Z-I-N-G !



I love Danny Boyle, I love Dev Patel, and in typical fashion neither has disappointed.

Reminds me a lot of Good Will Hunting, which may be my favorite movie ever.

I think the people of Toronto definitely got it right (as have the readers of my blog), and this will be the Best Picture of the year.

Movie Summary:

"Slumdog Millionaire" is the story of Jamal Malik, an 18 year-old orphan from the slums of Mumbai, who is about to experience the biggest day of his life. With the whole nation watching, he is just one question away from winning a staggering 20 million rupees on India's "Who Wants to be a Millionaire?"

But when the show breaks for the night, police arrest him on suspicion of cheating; how could a street kid know so much? Desperate to prove his innocence, Jamal tells the story of his life in the slum where he and his brother grew up, of their adventures together on the road, of vicious encounters with local gangs, and of Latika, the girl he loved and lost. Each chapter of his story reveals the key to the answer to one of the game show's questions.

Intrigued by Jamal's story, the jaded Police Inspector begins to wonder what a young man with no apparent desire for riches is really doing on this game show?

When the new day dawns and Jamal returns to answer the final question, the Inspector and sixty million viewers are about to find out...


Sounds amazing, doesn't it?

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Joaquin Phoenix retires from acting!



I call your bluff, Commodus.

Monday, October 27, 2008

New Harry Potter International teaser



With new footage.

This movie's going to be awesome.

Friday, October 24, 2008

Wherever you are this weekend, GO BLUE!




Michigan State vs. Michigan

Saturday at 3:30 on ABC

Michigan Stadium

Gran Torino trailer

Grand Rapids, represent!

Iraq (by the Boy Cruise)

Cleopatra: The Musical


This is not a joke. It's happening, and it's happening in 3-D!

It's also got a pretty amazing pedigree: Steven Soderbergh directing and they're out to Hugh Jackman and Catherine Zeta-Jones to star as Marc Antony and Cleopatra.

As bizarre as it is, I think this actually could be really good. Everyone knows Soderbergh is the next Spielberg.

And it's about time somebody again brought to the screen one of the greatest Greeks who ever lived.

Friday, October 17, 2008

Sex Drive premiere


So I went to the Sex Drive premiere last Wednesday night in Westwood and here are a few things I learned.

1. Even if you're movie is shit, people will still tell you it's The Godfather.

2. It's true that all actors are tiny. James Marsden, Josh Zuckerman, Clark Duke, and Seth Green all come up to approximately my chest.

3. Movie premieres in LA are amazing. The stars, the red carpet, but most of all the free food and booze. Oh, and there's a movie too.

4. I love this fucking city.

Bourne 4 is going to happen


I just got giddy. The best action franchise ever is back.

Human - new video from the Killers

I love this song and I love the Killers.

Mark Wahlberg gets pissed on Kimmel - hilarious

Some really interesting news...


In 2004 Brad Pitt did Troy (based on the Iliad), and now he plans on tackling the Odyssey too!

But it's not another sword and sandal epic. Apparently, this version of the Odyssey is set in deep space!

Kind of an interesting thought. I bet it could be pretty good.

Brad Pitt's Plan B Entertainment is producing.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

The Twilight phenomenon


The movie isn't even out yet and already the hype is unreal.

A sequel has already been greenlit.

And the soundtrack is #5 on Amazon and HASN'T EVEN BEEN RELEASED YET.

Summitt hit a homerun with this one that's for sure.

Bill Martin on Rich Rodriguez


"There's absolutely no question I'm totally supportive of Rich. Was I surprised with the loss last Saturday? Sure I was, no question about it. But I think he's the right man for this program at this time."

Please, Rich, just don't lose to Michigan State.

And for God's sake, get to a bowl game.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Inglorious Basterds begins principal photography


I'm actually kind of anxious to see how this movie turns out.

I think it could go either way - be amazing or a massive pile of shit.

A Leo movie just tanked, could Brad be next?

Oh who cares, Brad never cared about BO anyways and that's why we all love him.

UPDATE: To add a little Tarantino quirkiness, the title of the film has been officially changed to "Inglorious Basterds."

Seven Pounds


Trailer for Will Smith's new Oscar bait film Seven Pounds is now up on the website.

Going for repeat of Pursuit of Happyness, but I don't know about this one...

http://www.sevenpounds.com/

First full Star Trek trailer coming in November


And they promise interior/exterior shots of the spaceship (whatever it's called). Along with DIALOGUE! (gasp)

It's about time. This movie has been wrapped forever.

Terrance Howard replaced by Don Cheadle in Iron Man!


Is it just me, or could this be very similar to the way that Vince was replaced in Aquaman by Jake Gylenhaal??

An actor looking for credibility/respect doesn't want to get locked into a franchise after the first movie blows up?

Life imitates art, my friends. Life imitates art.

Sherlock Holmes and Watson

Jesse McCartney


Once again, his new single is surprisingly not bad. It's nothing special, but I think this kid's gonna make it.

Poor man's JT?

Friday, October 10, 2008

Body of Lies


In some surprising news, according to tracking there is a very good chance that Beverly Hills Chihuahua (in it's second week) will beat Body of Lies at the box office this weekend.

Hard to see that movie topping the dream team of DiCaprio, Crowe, Scott, and Monahan.

Keep your ears tuned on Sunday.

UPDATE: Body of Lies came in THIRD!! A huge blow for some massive egos and serious filmmaking everywhere.

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Twilight


The new Twilight trailer came out today along with some new artwork, and I have to say this trailer defintiely looks better than the others.

I'm still not sold on the movie, especially the stunts and the effects, but at least there might be some hope.

Check it out:

Wednesday, October 8, 2008


Gemma Arterton, the new Bond girl, has six fingers on each of her hands.

She says, "It's my little oddity that I'm really proud of."

I would like to think of something witty to say, but I don't have anything. I just thought this was really interesting...

Friday, October 3, 2008

Fun Fact


In Scotland, it is illegal to take photos of woman that are deemed to be "unchivalrous."

Good thing they don't have frat parties or McFadden's there.

Quote of the Day...


From Russell Crowe, discussing upcoming project Nottingham where he will be playing Robin Hood and the Sheriff of Nottingham.

Q: Will you wear tights?

Crowe: I will not wear tights because according to our research they weren't invented for another 300 years. I apologize to you all and to Sienna Miller.

Dragonball


So I'm not really one for manga (or wuxia, for that matter), but I think the teaser for the new Dragonball movie looks surprsingly good.

Just to be clear, I have absolutely no expectations for this movie so it can only be better than I thought it would be.

(the trailer was taken down by Fox. I'll post it when it's back up)

JK $$


According to Forbes, J.K. Rowling makes $5.8 million per WEEK.

That's about $300 million per year, and she didn't even publish a book last year. Reportedly, $200 million of it came from toys!

Just wait until 2009 when Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince hits theaters AND J.K.'s new book is published!