Saturday, June 30, 2007
Friday, June 29, 2007
I laughed until Monster energy drink sprayed out of my nose.
Thursday, June 28, 2007
Now tell the truth: If you saw a scene like this in a movie, wouldn't you expect to hear violins? (Hat tip to Talking Points Memo.) I mean, jeepers, I don't recall ever seeing Jimmy Carter looking this sad. The guy looks like he just heard that his dog died... after being accidentally shot by Dick Cheney.
Tuesday, June 26, 2007
Saturday, June 23, 2007
And if you think it was his worst movie, just remember: He also appeared opposite Pia Zadora in Butterfly
Friday, June 22, 2007
"The Web has affected the film biz in many subtle ways, but it hasn't yet replaced the branding that occurs via theatrical booking and critical reviews. A local movie critic with a following drives people to see indie movies in a way that nothing else does -- at least so far."
Maybe what we need is more local movie critics... who write for their own websites?
Thursday, June 21, 2007
"New films become old films so fast. Raging Bull came out 27 years ago. It's older than Casablanca (No. 3) was when I became a film critic. According to the Motion Picture Association of America, more than 50 percent of moviegoers are under 27. They are going to find movies on this list that were made before their grandparents were born -- and, if judging by the kids I saw Buster Keaton's The General (No. 18) with, they might love them.
"Ah, but there's the problem: Will they find out about them? Too many younger moviegoers are wasting their precious adolescence frying their brains with vomitoriums posing as slasher movies. A list like the AFI's can do some good... To take a hypothetical possibility, if you were to see all 100 films on the AFI list, by the end of that experience, you would no longer desire to see a Dead Teenager Movie."
The Associated Press offers some interesting factoids about the new list here, and recalls the original 1998 line-up here.
As for me, I'm still mulling over something M. Night Shyamalan said about The Sixth Sense (No. 89 on the new AFI list) during Wednesday's telecast countdown. Specifically, Shyamalan noted that his movie benefited from great timing, in that it was released before the proliferation of movie blogs on the Internet. If it were released today, he said, Sixth Sense (and, I would add, The Crying Game) likely would suffer because too many blockheads would be posting spoilers on websites. Well, OK, he didn't use the word "blockheads." But I would.
And speaking of spoilers: Didn't the AFI do its own sort of spoiling by airing clips that revealed the climaxes of The Searchers and Citizen Kane?
"Imposingly titled Gene Autry and the Twentieth-Century West: The Centennial Exhibition, 1907-2007, this show, which opens Friday in Griffith Park and runs through Jan. 13, reveals Autry as someone who accomplished so much in so many areas it practically makes your head spin. It's no wonder that close friend and co-star Smiley Burnette said, 'Whenever the wolf came to the door, Autry ended up with a fur coat.'"
Wednesday, June 20, 2007
Born in the northern state of Zacatecas, Aguilar recorded with his traditional mariachi group for 50 years and sold more than 25 million records. His hit songs include "Triste Recuerdo," "Albur de Amor," "Gabino Barrera" and "Puno de Tierra." He appeared in 167 films, including The Undefeated starring John Wayne. In 2000, he got a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Revenge is sweet, or: There's really something to see on Maximonline.com besides hot babes. Really. No kidding.
Tuesday, June 19, 2007
Monday, June 18, 2007
Saturday, June 16, 2007
Friday, June 15, 2007
All of which is explains why, while in a Wal Mart today, I happened upon a sale on “action-packed movies” that were “specially priced” – i.e., $4.88 each -- just in time for Father’s Day gift-giving. So I picked up a Two-Disc Special Edition of The Wild Bunch – for my money, still one of the greatest Westerns ever made – and Green Street Hooligans, a gritty Brit football drama directed by Lexi Alexander, the most babe-o-licious filmmaker this side of Mira Nair.
But here’s the inexplicable part: On the same shelf, I also found – and later purchased – a copy of George Clooney’s Good Night, and Good Luck, a movie that, truth to tell, I’ve never really considered “action-packed.” Nor, for that matter, would I use that term to describe Syriana, the flick for which Clooney won his Oscar as Best Supporting Actor. And yet, there it was, in the Father's Day display alongside the other bargain-priced, “action-packed” items. Maybe because of all the explosions and assassinations?
Thursday, June 14, 2007
Wednesday, June 13, 2007
Tuesday, June 12, 2007
Sunday, June 10, 2007
Saturday, June 09, 2007
9. Half the people who saw the first Hostel thought it blew chunks, and were damned if they’d pay good money to see a sequel.
8. Bloodthirsty geeks who groove on simulated violence are still traumatized by simulated childbirth in Knocked Up.
7. Two words: Surf’s Up.
6. “Wait a minute! You mean that skank from Welcome to the Dollhouse is the one who’s naked? No way, dude.” (View expressed is not necessarily that of this blog’s host.)
5. Bill O’Reilly, Rush Limbaugh and Michael “Mad Dog” Medved didn’t receive word in time that they were supposed to trash it on the air.
4. Under-age horror fans actually bought tickets to Ocean’s 13, then sneaked into auditoriums where Hostel 2 was playing.
3. David Poland and Jeffrey Wells whacked it. What possible chance could it have after that?
2. Pirate-copied DVDs were available weeks ago at truck stops, convenience stores, porn video shops and other places known to be frequented by hard-core gore fans.
AND THE NO. 1 REASON WHY HOSTEL 2 “UNDER-PERFORMED” ON OPENING WEEKEND:
1. Too many guys figured they’d never get laid if they brought a date to it.