Sunday, October 23, 2011



  • Being Elmo: A Puppeteer's Journey* / 91%
  • Johnny English Reborn / 38%
  • Margin Call* / 85%
  • Martha Marcy May Marlene* / 86%
  • The Mighty Macs / 46%
  • Oranges and Sunshine / 71%
  • Paranormal Activity 3 / 72%
  • Revenge of the Electric Car* / 75%
  • The Three Musketeers / 25%
* = limited release


  • Bad Teacher / 45%
  • A Better Life / 86%
  • Kuroneko CC / 93%
  • Monte Carlo / 38%
  • Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides / 33%
  • Red State / 58%
CC = Criterion Collection
% from Rotten Tomatoes

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Timing is everything, but I imagine Nick Broomfield needed some time to travel to Alaska and dig up as much dirt as he possibly could on Sarah Palin. Michael Moore did something similar with "Fahrenheit 9/11" an entertaining and manipulative masterwork that he made in part to convince America not to vote for President Bush again. In the end it didn't work and we paid for it, but we still have his highly controversial and ever-intriguing documentary. Why then are we getting "Sarah Palin: You Betcha!" now when she is no longer on the presidential campaigning scene? Like Moore's films it looks like it will be entertaining, but what else is it going to accomplish. I don't know much about Palin. I happened to be out of the country and on a mission when she was she first striked the nation as this Alaskan sensation that was running for president. For every iconic figure you are bound to be able to find people who think he/she is the antichrist (or what have you). Chances are these people will be more than eager to gossip about them on camera and the muckraking begins. I'm not against biased films, but I'm not so sure I'd want to make one. As a believe in he Middle and the truth that stands there I will salute filmmakers who manage to embody such an approach. In the meantime, I'll probably see what ends of the spectrums are churning out for that is precisely what keeps me in the Middle. All right, maybe I'm being too serious? You betcha!

When I heard the next Roman Polanksi film was entitled "Carnage" I certainly did not expect this result. It's a comedy revolving around two sets of parents whose children had a violent incident on the playground. Now it looks like the home of the victim's parents is about to become  battlefield after they invite the bully's parents over to talk things over. "Carnage" is based on the Tony Award-winning play by Yazmina Reza. The sets of parents are played by Jodie Foster and John C. Reilly and by Kate Winslet and Christoph Waltz. Wow. All amazing actors/actresses! It looks like it is going to get chaotic and it looks like it is going to be a lot of fun. See it in theaters on December 16th.

Jackie Chan directs and stars in "1911," the historical war/dram about the fall of China's Qing Dynasty. It is quite a departure from what we typical see Mr. Chan in. The trailer looks promising enough (literally, some visuals are mighty impressive... the performances? not so much), but so far the film has been unable to win over audience and critics alike. The film currently bears a 9% from Rotten Tomatoes, which is very "rotten." "1911" is currently playing is select theater and is an interesting project in any case, even if it is an interesting failure.

, I reckon it's prime time for the Trailer Round-Up Awards:


"@urFRENZ"... The film's title alone is enough to your fingernails to your scalp in bewilderment. Here is a cautionary tale of social networking and how the people you "meet" online might not be who you expect. This is brought to us from the producers of "Soul Surfer," which from what I've heard was a somewhat religious outing. I suppose a similar message is to be found in the seemingly edgy drama. It's hard to find acting this fake in such widely know films. The delivery of lines is like something out of a junior high play! It got so bad that at the end of the trailer I was laughing out loud when I am pretty sure that is absolutely not what the filmmakers were going for. The film is currently showing is select theaters. I'm gonna go ahead and just recommend you to go see "Catfish" instead, the best social networking film of our generation.

The Head-Scratcher:

"OKA!" means "listen" in Akka, the language of a tribe of forest-dwelling pygmies in modern day Africa. An American loves the music they make and returns to their aid when a Chinese man, who is a developer with a logging company, convinces the mayor of the land to work on the trees of the Bayaka pygmies neighborhood. That's as simple a plot summary as I think we are going to have. Kris Marshall plays the white guy and jungle drums provide the soundtrack for this "new African adventure." The film is currently in select theaters.

Lasso of the Week:

"Being Elmo" is a heart-warming documentary about Kevin Clash, the puppeteer under and the voice behind Sesame Street's famous red citizen. Since he was young developed a passion for puppets. He finished high school and set off to purse his dream. In this trailer we see the bright joy his career allows him to bring into the lives of children. It is especially inspiring to see someone who chased worthwhile dreams, even if they did seem a little different. He did not want to become an astronaut and there is nothing wrong with that at all. This is the second documentary by filmmaker Constance Marks who hasn't done a film since 1997, "Green Chimneys." Whoopi Goldberg narrates. I remember this film generating quite a lot of buzz at Sundance Film Festival earlier this year. The film is currently in select theaters.

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With the Blu-ray/DVD release of "On Stranger Tides" this week, has presented an informative gallery entitled "10 Real-Life Pirates More Frightening Than Anyone in 'On Stranger Tides.'" Arrr.

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Here's an interesting clip from a recent awards show in Los Angeles. Robert Downey Jr. won [something] and during his acceptance speech asked everyone to forgive Mel Gibson. It was Gibson himself who presented the award. You normally don't see things of this nature at a Hollywood awards show. I completely agree with everything Downey Jr. says. Furthermore, I feel there's nothing Gibson did to most of us that we even need to forgive him for in the first place. How would you like it if all your mistakes (big and small) were shouted from the rooftops for all the world to hear? I found this surprising moment to be refreshing and in tune with a truth of life.

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I liked "The Matrix Reloaded." In fact, it was pretty spectacular. "Revolutions" however was a major disappointment for myself and millions of others. (That said, I do look forward to revisiting the sequels someday since I own the Ultimate Collection.) Neither lived up to the awesome-ness that is the original. Well, here is the A.V. Club defending "The Matrix" sequels.

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"Alien" is not just one of the greatest sci-fi or horror films ever, it is one of the greatest films period. Here are "Insane Secrets About the Making of Ridley Scott's 'Alien'" by i09.

Last week I was giddy geek when I talked about Game-o'-lanterns (video game themed jack-o'-lanterns) over on my brother site The Video Game Tome. Check out this R2-D2 pumpkin. Also, Neatorama shared a somewhat creepy-looking Yoda pumpkin. Tis the season.

Keeping with the "Star Wars" theme, have you considered turning your pooch into an AT-AT this Halloween? Dogster tells us how.

Check out 315 minimalist pop-culture faces as made by Greg-guillemin (who?). There is a wide variety on display here from John Travolta and Samuel L. Jackson's characters from "Pulp Fiction" in the top left to the tubby Teletubbies themselves in the bottom right. Can you identify them all? I know I can't...

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Laughing Squid has a trailer spoof of "The Walking Dead" entitled "The Walken Dead." Those infected are reduced to shambling quote books of Christopher Walken. That's an apocaplypse situation that some cinephiles might not mind too much. Laugh it up.

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Badass Digest brings us a list of "The 22 Greatest TV Show Title Sequences." Not 20. Not 25. 22. That's not the only unique thing about this list. Many of the choices are less-popular today and even obscure (at least to me). "You Can't Do That on Television" is pretty queer. What do you think of the choices? What title sequences do you feel belong on this list? I don't care how modernistic this is of me, but I think "Mad Men" definitely belongs on that list. It is a visual representation that embodies the entire show. Also, "Rugrats" was a brilliant look at the world from a baby's eyes with the strange "Wonka machine"-like sounds. I can play the iconic yet simple melody on the piano. Dum dum dum dum dum dum dum dum dum dum dum. Can you hear it?

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1 comment:

Galyn said...

Still can't watch any trailers, but wanted you to know I read your post. Robbie saw Courageous and loved it.