30 June 2009
  two trailers, two reactions
a lot of trailers for fall movies seem to be trickling out these days, and here are two big ones. first, amelia always seemed like a contrived concept for a movie from the beginning to me. i mean, i personally think biopics are played out and pretty much always end up being way too formulaic (see: milk). plus, hilary swank as amelia earhart? way too predictable. that being said, after seeing the trailer this week, i am actually getting excited. i love the way the dialogue sounds in this trailer. it sort of has an authentic vintage feel to it, which leads me to hope that maybe this is actually going to be a well written script. and as predicatble as swank's casting may be, she does look fantastic in it. of course, she's gonna have to be truly awesome to get any awards attention (critics are gonna be gunning for her) but i don't think it's out of the question.

on the other hand, i just caught the trailer for soderbergh's the informant over at awards daily. this is definitely a movie i have been looking forward to all year, since i generally like soderbergh's movies, and i love matt damon. plus the story seemed to be reminiscent of the insider. but this trailer looks just awful. first of all, who knew this was gonna be a comedy? i just assumed it was going to be a sort of thriller, but the trailer makes it look like a poor version of charlie wilson's war. i really hope the movie turns out to be a lot better than it is looking right now, but at this point, the trailer makes the film look completely unfunny. the acting seems questionable. and what's up with the stupid exclamation point they tacked on to the title? i hate exclamation points.

now where are the theatrical trailers for invictus, avatar, nine, and green zone?
27 June 2009
  BRILLIANT review of antichrist

i just read this fucking amazing movie review of antichrist on in contention, written by guy lodge. i don't think i've ever read one of his reviews before, but i will definitely look them out in the future. i wish i could write like this. this is absolutely the best reflection not only on antichrist, but on any of von trier's work that i've ever read. . . and by a u.s.-american no less. i can't say that i have ever seen any critic in this country "get" von trier before. i love how lodge begins this review by reflecting on the possibility that maybe von trier actually is the greatest living filmmaker. of course, making such a statement definitively would be silly, but i think it is really a shame that u.s. critics haven't ever truly warmed up to his brilliance. in my opinion, von trier is the greatest film maker working today, and i always feel frustrated when his movies are released in the u.s. to mediocre-at-best reviews and audiences of dozens. i have been looking forward to antichrist for almost a year now, and after reading lodge's review i absolutely can't wait. you just have to read this.
10 June 2009
  this is the gayest thing you will see today.

mickey rourke in the iron man sequel. um. okay. i guess if you're into leather daddy porn. . .
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