Roger Ebert salutes Buster Keaton
in an article in which he says the Great Stone Face is "the greatest actor-director in the history of the movies." High praise indeed! Any other Keaton fans out there? (This is from the Chicago Sun-times--I don't believe registration is required.) And if you want to see Buster smiling--sort of--here's a picture of him with one-time movie partner Fatty Arbuckle
posted by Man-Thing
on Nov 13, 2002 -
Snoop Dog to appear in Muppets Movie
"The two-hour film, which is currently in production in Vancouver, will feature cameo appearances by Oscar winners Sir Michael Caine and William H. Macy, Snoop Dogg
, Carson Daly, Jon Stewart, Kelly Ripa and Rachel Hunter, among others."
Unless The Muppets
has suddenly become a program for adults, not kids, what a horrible idea. Would Jim Henson approve of this? I know, let's put Eminem on the teletubbies show!
posted by 4midori
on Sep 17, 2002 -
one: a space odyssey
here's a wonderful little film that manages to do kubrick's 2001: a space odyssey
in exactly a minute with lego. it's only flaw is it brevity, but it does cover all the major plot points cleanly. enjoy it on this lazy friday.
posted by boogah
on Sep 6, 2002 -
My Big Fat Greek Wedding
is still in theatres three months after its release. After seeing it last night I understand the hype and great word of mouth it continues to receive. Will Hollywood wake up and take notice?
posted by Macboy
on Sep 3, 2002 -
On The Road...
coming to a theater near you (scroll down in link). Francis Ford Coppola is working on a film adaptation of Kerouac's classic (?), starring Brad Pitt. Genius? Heresy? I can see the Barnes & Noble tie-ins now...
posted by serafinapekkala
on Aug 29, 2002 -
Don't watch this.
Dreamworks is starting up the hype machine for their remake of the Japanese horror film Ringu (aka The Ring)
, and it looks like they're taking the A.I. route with it. The movie centers on a mysterious videotape that causes those who watch it to die seven days later. Websites are popping up all over the place
that seem to connect to the 'mystery'. The first link up top goes to a flash teaser of the actual video from the film, but if you're brave, you can watch the whole thing
at iFilm. I'm curious if this will indeed turn out to be an online game like the Evan Chan mystery
from A.I., or just some better-than-average Web marketing for what looks to be a damn creepy movie.
posted by toddshot
on Jul 31, 2002 -
Director John Frankenheimer is dead.
I don't want to make this out to be one of those "random celebrity dies and is suddenly hailed as a genius" things, but Frankenheimer's made quite a few damn good movies
(and, yes, some bad ones). While his later works
weren't nearly as great as some of his earlier films
, his gift for filming action never went away: his 1998 film Ronin
wound up on several lists
of the "best car chases on film". He was supposed to helm the upcoming Exorcist prequel
, but failing health forced him to step aside. Despite the dodgy source material, I would have really liked to see Frankenheimer's take on it. He'll be missed.
posted by toddshot
on Jul 6, 2002 -
Spider-Man "too violent for kids"
The British Board of Film Classification has given the Spider-Man film (which opens here in the UK today) a '12' certificate because of its violence, meaning no one under that age can see it. Some local authorities have exercised their power to reclassify it as a 'PG' to open it up to younger viewers.
The BBFC's argument runs that "The violence is set in a modern urban setting with a clear message that the use of violence is the normal and appropriate response when challenged." In fact, I'd say, the film suggests that an appropriate response when challenged is to put on an armoured exo-skeleton and fly around on a jey-powered glider. How can the BBFC not get the concept that this is a fantasy
posted by jonpollard
on Jun 14, 2002 -
Digital projection coming to a theater near you.
"Lucas says the new format is cheaper and easier on viewers' eyes because it eliminates the pops and scratches from film wear and tear. He accuses the industry of resisting change the same way it snubbed talking pictures until "The Jazz Singer" signaled the end of the silent era."
Any other mefites planning on seeing Episode II at a DLP theater? [DLP theater list
posted by skallas
on May 14, 2002 -
French politicians polish cultural credentials. France's presidential hopefuls have begun pledging to defend the country's cherished culture, hoping to drum up support from artists worried that American films and music will steamroll finer French productions.
This rhetoric makes it sound like American films are picking up guns to massacre poor defenseless French culture. Maybe American films are so successful because they give people something that the "finer French productions" don't, and if so, then is that such a horrible thing? After all, we are just giving the people what they want, right? And if that takes money away from more artsy productions, then whose fault is that anyway?
posted by epimorph
on Apr 8, 2002 -
About Sydney Poitier
Something one of my professor's brought up. He said, "I'm tired of everyone being politically correct in Hollywood. They say African-American because they are afraid to say Black." His point being that Mr. Poitier is from the Bahamas and not Africa. What do you think?
posted by ProfLinusPauling
on Mar 29, 2002 -
I was watching Charlie Rose this afternoon and to my delight, he was interviewing my old favorite James Garner
. Since I was young, I've considered Mr. garner to be the walking epitome of cool. He's been Bret Maverick
(twice!), Jim Rockford
. I always conside Burt Reynolds to be an pale imitation of Garner. Don't tell me I'm the only Garnerite in MeFi land.
posted by jonmc
on Mar 27, 2002 -
Neo-Nazi movie reviews,
because neo-Nazis need culture, too. It's not all slurs against Jewish and black people (although there is a lot of that); there's also deep cultural insight, like:
- "Having odd sex or sex with odd things or odd people is very, very likely to make you not-ordinary" (American Beauty review)
- "Rage Against the Machine, which, if you're unfamiliar, is screechy Mexican supremacist noise." (American History X review)
- Kids are "quart-sized creeps: greedy, selfish, stupid all-consuming egomanaical tyrants who will drive adults crazy if they they let them" (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory review)
- Lord of the Rings is "a glimpse, here and now, of the kind of White culture we are working to create in the future"
[Via the April 2002 Esquire
, not online]
posted by kirkaracha
on Mar 16, 2002 -
Here’s a nice addition
to your movie memorabilia collection. Would that I had the spare £15,000 lying around. If you could owe one little piece of a favorite cult film, what would it be?
posted by Fenriss
on Mar 12, 2002 -
"We're fighting our own terrorist war,"
says Jack Valenti, president of the Motion Picture Association of America. David Rocci conters: "There's a huge difference in what people think copyright is and what the corporations think copyright is. I'm not so sure it's morally wrong for someone to go [see] 'Lord of the Rings' in the theater two or three times and then download it because they like it." (NYT link)
posted by muckster
on Jan 17, 2002 -
This year's Oscar race is shaping up to be populated entirely by dark horses
. In the absence of any clear shoo-in nominees, the disputes among Oscar voters (as well as the marketing campaigns mounted by the studios) are growing increasingly heated.
posted by jjg
on Dec 31, 2001 -
Is Amelie a racist tract?
Yes, it paints a homogenous portrait of Paris, but it's also obviously a fairy tale. Jeunet's other films have had a similar cultural makeup yet were never decried as racist - but they were not this successful. Does the outrageous success of the film mean that it should be more representative of France? Should we demand a retroactive revision of a film's intent as it does more business?
posted by videodrome
on Dec 6, 2001 -
Real Cinephiles Prefer Reading "Cahiers du Cinema" to Going to the Movies:
I stopped reading Cahiers du Cinema
- the famously dogmatic French film journal where Godard, Truffaut, Resnais and Rohmer cut their teeth - a few years ago, when it got too arty-farty for its own good. Well
, it's slowly becoming essential again. Their website is trés chic
, intelectually challenging and a welcome antidote to the usual online movie-reviewing clowns. Or is it still a load of pretentious rubbish? (In French, but with a lovely intro, lots of cool stills and a Quicktime interview, in English, with underrated director Paul Verhoeven
posted by MiguelCardoso
on Dec 5, 2001 -
Escapism, Star Wars style
- The new Star Wars Ep II trailer, "Mystery" is out there - not the 'breathing' teaser, but a longer one. It's supposed to be unlocked by EP I DVD owners only, but of course there are mirrors. Post others inside if you find them. Star Wars haters can just move along, there's plenty other news today.
posted by kokogiak
on Nov 12, 2001 -
If I see one more ad for K-Pax
, I'm going to snap. 2001, with the exception of Waking Life
, has been an awful year for movies. And having this tired rehash of both Starman
and The Fisher King
(oh, Jeff, we can't always be The Dude, now can we?) being foisted on me is not
helping. Are there any movies that you're looking forward to? Any you're actively loathing? Discuss.
posted by solistrato
on Oct 24, 2001 -
The Movie Spoiler
is a good site that'll save you a few bucks. [Warning: It contains spoilers and does reveal movie endings.]
posted by riffola
on Sep 4, 2001 -
to bring Spirited Away, Japan's currently largest grossing film, to thje states. Disney owns the domestic rights to all of Hayao Miyazaki's films (think Princess Mononoke) and has no plans to release Spirited Away.
posted by skallas
on Aug 30, 2001 -
Daema kicks some serious ape butt
The sequels to Pierre Boulle's original Planet of the Apes
novel are, apparently, leaving something to be desired. Lets invent some and raise the tone, shall we?
Planet of the Jeeps:
An astronaut lands on a planet and gets rammed in his Nissan Micra at an intersection by a Simian driving a Sport Utility Vehicle. Director Tim Burton gets slated by the critics - "Good Science Fiction should show us things we've never seen before"
posted by RichLyon
on Aug 26, 2001 -
The Princess Bride...
"In the 1980s, a timeless story was brought to life... after over a decade, it has returned... the most anticipated remake in a generation... in a way it has never been seen before."
And that's an understatement.
posted by silusGROK
on Jul 30, 2001 -
(of "Little Nemo in Slumberland" fame) and George Herriman
(of "Krazy Kat" and "Archie & Mehitabel") weren't just innovative, influential cartoonists; they were also pioneering animators. The Library of Congress' Origins of American Animation
project has downloadable short films by McKay (including his celebrated Gertie the Dinosaur
) and Herriman as well as others from the early, early days of animated film.
posted by snarkout
on Jul 26, 2001 -