One of the most bewildering offscreen happenings in Hollywood in recent years has been the passage of Jaoquin Phoenix. "What the heck happened?" is all most of us can utter in regard to the man's current life. Back in October of 2008 he announced his retirement from acting in order to focus solely on the start of his rapping career. I still vividly recall seeing his changed persona on "Letterman." Sheesh! What the heck happened? This was the once outgoing and charming actor responsible for such remarkable performances as his portrayal of Johnny Cash in "Walk the Line" and playing a venomous prince in "Gladiator." We all saw him and loved him in M. Night Shyamalan's (another guy of who we sometimes wonder "what the heck happened?") "Signs." Well, now the offscreen flummox is going to be seen onscreen (I'd say "viewer discretion strongly advised" after what I've read the film contains). Casey Affleck (Ben's little bro) has also donned a director's cap for a documentary entitled "I'm Still Here," subtitled "The Lost Year of Jaoquin Phoenix." Ready for more confounding fodder? Take a look at this trailer. But wait, there's more! (This story just gets more and more intriguing...) Compare these two statements made by Phoenix (as found on Wiki) at different times to different ears: in response to whether or not his "rapping career" was a hoax he said, "This is not a joke. Might I be ridiculous? Might my career in music be laughable? Yeah, that's possible, but that's certainly not my intention." Then, on another occasion, he said, "It's a put-on. I'm going to pretend to have a meltdown and change careers, and Casey is going to film it." If the latter is truth, the guy is a genius in my book (like Shyamalan), but loses points for letting the cat out of the bag. If the former is true... what the heck? (like Shyamalan)
Anytime the English director Danny Boyle makes a film I am going to see it. His films never bore and always puff my noggin (i.e. "28 Days Later" and "Sunshine"). He also crafted quite a gem that is moving up my own "Top Films" list every day, the Best Picture winner from last year, "Slumdog Millionaire." Boyle also snagged Best Director that night. Thus, I'm eagerly awaiting his next project: "127 Hours." I'm excited about another Boyle-ride, the proficient James Franco playing the lead, and story's origin. Here's a quick synopsis as found on Apple's Movie Trailer site: "'127 Hours' is the true story of mountain climber Aron Ralston's (James Franco) remarkable adventure to save himself after a fallen boulder crashes on his arm and traps him in an isolated canyon in Utah." Us Utahns remember this story well, especially how it ends. Boyle called it "an action movie with a guy who can't movie." Here's the first trailer released for the film. I know where I'm going to be on November 5th!
I first saw this a week or so ago... a child movie critic reviewing some of the latest summer movies. This clip is not only relevant, because the films discussed are still in theaters and are all well-worth knowing about, but also shockingly funny. This tyke is a wee-bit eccentric to say the least eh? He has a clever critic title: "Lights, Camera, Jackson!," but I still have a grudge against him for giving "Inception" anything but an "A" (according to his scholastic grading-scale aptly dubbed "Report Card").... then I have to remind myself, he's eleven. Check it out!
Like aliens? Like monsters? In movies I mean. I sure do! Two of my favorite films from the last decade fit into those two camps, " 괴물 (The Host)" and "Cloverfield." Maybe you're as excited as me for "Skyline" and the cleverly named "Monsters." Then again, maybe not. Both are from relatively new directors who were responsible for visual effects before they got seats with their names on it. Both come out later this year. However, the monster/alien flick I'm most psyched for will be coming out next summer: "Super 8." Produced by Spielberg and directed by J.J. Abrams, nuff said. But I will say this: J.J. is a modern-day King Midas... everything he touches is gold.
Friends and family frequently question me, "Is 'Inception' still number three?" They are referring, of course, to IMDb's Top 250 where "Inception" has been sitting between the "The Godfather"s for a month's time. Well, I just checked this afternoon and it has gone down one notch. "Inception" is currently #4 folks. We call this "settling", expect more to come.