Sad Alien is my favorite Alien.
“Prison is for people that have never roller-skated.”
This movie is great.
Ugh. Tell me about it.
And it was not Tomas Alfredson who just did a bang-up job on the Tinker, Tailor, Solider, Spy remake—which was really so excellent that you should go watch it now and come back in two-and-a-half hours—as well as on Let The Right One In. That’s too bad because from what I have heard about the 2nd book in Suzanne Collins’s series, it is insane. The plot sounds ridiculous and an awesome director like Alfredson would be fantastic at taking dense, quasi-absurd material and turning into into something incredible and filled with melancholy.
According to The Playlist, Lionsgate picked Francis Lawrence to direct and that’s…fine. Francis Lawrence did I Am Legend and Constantine—and the “Bad Romance” music video— and those movies—and that video—are…fine, I guess. He does incredible special effects work, and, again, from what I have heard, Catching Fire is bonkers and will require more than CGI swarms of super-wasps or hellhounds spit from the Earth using magic. So get a guy in there who will turn around an adaptation on-or-under budget and ready for that Thanksgiving 2013 release. Fine.
But, just look at the other directors who were almost chosen: Duncan Jones, Joe Cornish, the guy who did The Orphanage, the guy who did Moneyball. That’s a good list! Jones is 2/2 making high-concept sci-fi, Cornish might be the next John Carpenter, and The Orphanage makes children-wearing-burlap-sacks a thing you never knew scared the shit out of you. They went from three-to-four auteurs to the guy who is responsible for the ridiculous NBC biblical allegory Kings. As someone whose opinion of The Hunger Games lands somewhere between perfectly acceptable and somewhat-great—once I accepted the inherent ridiculousness of the whole thing, I was game—I knew after I saw it that I wanted to see more. The idea that the sequel would be helmed by one of the most promising filmmakers alive (chose Jones, Cornish, Alfredson, or The Guy Who Directed The Orphanage at your convenience) was something that got me to pay attention to this news. Just look at what Christopher Nolan did for Superhero Movies. Can you imagine what a Serious Filmmaker would do with this material? It rhymes with “schmelevate the fuck out of it.” The producers are going to make a lot of money on the next Hunger Games movie, but they could have made a lot of money on the first Hunger Games film.
I don’t even. What?
“Ach du lieber! Das ist nicht eine ‘boobie’!”
Whoa. Aside from The Dark Knight Rises and Prometheus, Oliver Stone’s Savages is the most movie-I-want-to-see-right-now-please-thanks of movies coming out in the summer.
A New video by Ben Stumpf, Dan Delorenz and I…aka “THE STUDEBAKER”!?
Quite possibly the only comedy short inspired by Luc Besson.
Because it has a lot of Puccini in it, specifically Turandot. So I started thinking about opera and watching YouTube clips and this is what I have concluded:
If you take opera at face value, it’s the progenitor to the show Mike & Molly in that all opera is about heavy-set people falling in love.