Thursday, August 30, 2007

Links: Jodie Hot, Viggo Español: Released... Not

Links, List-like
Nick Davis personalizes the Fall Film roster
The Evening Class Michael Hawley reminds us how much great stuff we're all missing in this f***ed up world of 4000 screens for disposable blockbusters and 5 for international films. I haven't heard of some of these but I want to see at least half of them. And Re: Alatriste (pictured left) who doesn't want to see Viggo speak Spainsh? I mean...hello. Release that on 4000 screens
Zoom In Three horror remakes I like

Links, Reg'lar
I Watch Stuff feels funny about that Grace is Gone trailer
Slant on the controversial Cruising, now in rerelease
popbytes Jodie Foster in W = Hot
JJ is at Telluride and about to spill on I'm Not There
The BIZARRO Blog-a-Thon is over. It was absolutely unfulfilling. There wasn't even one entry worth reading. I most certainly did not enjoy some of them so much that I read them twice.

15 comments:

Adam Luis said...

Altatriste is an extremely long and boring movie, but Viggo's Spanish is excellent. He sounded like a native speaker, with little to no accent in most of the movie. It was fun watching an actor who usually performs in English trying out his fluency in another language.

Hurlywood said...

Am in Telluride myself, having just seen I'm not there. It's pretty original, but you lose it if you don't know Dylan history. Very innovative way oft elling the story through varying degrees of Dylan and some documentary-style interviews, and Cate Blanchett stole the show. There were way too many endings, and Cate's was the perfect one. She was bloody brilliant!

Kamikaze Camel said...

So would you suggest watching the Pennebaker and Scorsese films first? Dylan is an artist who's catalogue I've never particularly explored beyond the signature tunes.

Anonymous said...

Just watched the Brave One Trailer on the link you provided, Nat - I don't care if it's got Terrance Howard as the DA (or whatever), there's still something racist about "White woman threatened by niggas" - or am I just being sensitive, silly me? It's strange how that theme stretches back all the way to D.W. Griffith and the earliest days of silent cinema - and we haven't tired yet of the "big menacing black man" stereotype? Come on. Last time I checked, this is the 21st Century. (Between this and American Gangster, it's as bad a time for African-Americans in the cinema as it ever was.)

RedSatinDoll

NATHANIEL R said...

Yes i don't know that much Dylan history myself. Should i do homework then before seeing this?

Anonymous said...

That was a weird "letter" about John Cusack in "Grace Is Gone". It's like the person just wants him typecast forever in easy rom-coms. He's 41 for christsakes. He can't do that kind of crap forever. This is the perfect time in his career to go to that next level, and I was floored by him already even in that short trailer for "Grace Is Gone". I hope that this is his Oscar breakthrough performance. I think he's getting nominated finally, and could even go all the way for the win.

Anonymous said...

I saw the Brave One at a screening last month. It is unfortunate that the trailer features the two black guys on the subway (what was WB thinking?) but rest assured she um, gets vengeance on men and women of varied colors, although the marjority are white guys. Great movie btw. Morally complex, but thrilling. Not Oscar worthy, but worth your time and money. I was reminded how good Jodie could be.

Hurlywood said...

yes, i would recommend getting your hands on something now before seeing the film. the folks who DID know dylan could follow it a lot easier. but regardless, it was a trip for everyone. i've heard the pennebaker and scorsese pieces are the best place to start, or else biographies.

rural juror said...

"I saw the Brave One at a screening last month. It is unfortunate that the trailer features the two black guys on the subway (what was WB thinking?) but rest assured she um, gets vengeance on men and women of varied colors, although the marjority are white guys. Great movie btw. Morally complex, but thrilling. Not Oscar worthy, but worth your time and money. I was reminded how good Jodie could be."

Awesome. That's what I was expecting. Plus, a lot of style seeing as it is Neil Jordan. Even that VERY odd one he made with Annette Bening in which (if I remember correctly) Robert Downey Jr is dressed as a woman for much of the time had plenty of style.

daveylow said...

I enjoyed Viggo's performance in Spanish in Alatriste. I guess the movie was slow and could have been more exciting but the screening last year at Toronto allowed me to stand a few feet away from Viggo, who introduced the film and is every bit as alluring in person as he is on screen.

Kamikaze Camel said...

Rural, was that In Dreams? I never saw that.

I will go out and hire Scorsese's Dylan movie though if it's going to help me enjoy I'm Not There even more.

Anonymous said...

That "Grace is Gone" letter almost read like something meant for the Bizarro-Blog-A-Thon. I wasn't sure if I should take the author seriously or if their tongue was firmly planted in cheek - the nature of celebrity and how we tend to over-identify with movie characters, and tend to over-identify actors with their roles.

RedSatinDoll

Anonymous said...

Alatriste is awful. They tried to adapt a huge book into one single movie and the result was a mess. Bad direction, even worse screenplay. The cast is mediochre, except for Ariadna Gil (Pan's Laberinth). The film is, however, visually rich.

Aldo.

NATHANIEL R said...

but still... even if awful, shouldn't VIGGO be able to get a release for cryin' out loud

rural juror said...

Yeah....it's In Dreams. Bizarre