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