The Morning Read (1.05.09)
So here we are. New Year. Guess, uh... guess we've got robot butlers and moon colonies now? No? Everything's exactly the same?
Well, then, back to it.
He also put up a list of his ten favorite BluRay releases in 2008. Based on the set-up he has, he may actually be in a position to judge. One day, I shall have a Film Laboratory behind my house, where I go to watch the absolute best presentation possible of a film. Until then, I seethe when I think how nice Harry's lair is. I'm sure all ten of these discs rock the foundations.
Quint's had a good couple of days with AMAD, with "The Goodbye Girl" and "The Prisoner Of Second Avenue." I'm sad he's folding the column soon, but I've heard rumor he's got good reason to wrap it up, and as long as he's busy, good for him.
I can't believe Devin at CHUD is keeping up with his STAR TREK series. If he pulls it off, it's a Nerd Monument, and I will buy him many beers.
Pete over at /Film posted a great video of the fight choreography on "Ninja Assassin".
David Poland published a lovely piece by Mark Wheaton (aka "Smilin' Jack Ruby aka The Sexiest Man On The Internet) about the real life figure who may be the most direct inspiration for the character of Daisy in "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button." Pretty great stuff.
Relativity buying Rogue is an interesting thing. It makes them an unproven new buyer looking to establish an identity, and that could make them a very exciting place to work.
Other than that, Variety's a ghost town this morning. Same at the Reporter. It's like everyone's still holding their breath before Sundance.
Todd over at Twitchfilm.net has the first images from Chan Wook Park's "Thirst" that I've seen, his vampire movie. Verrrrrry exciting to see him at work again, to realize that's actually coming finally.
Roger Ebert put up a good piece about the way the press loves to build up and tear down movie stars.
"This is another example of shabby journalism separating a victim from the pack and creating scandal so it can be covered. The Reuters story is not attributed, is not fair, is misleading, and doesn't belong in a newspaper, on TV or on the web. Those are some of the reasons it got wide play."
This next one's for the horror nerds only.
Xeni Jardin at Boing! Boing! finally caught up with "Waltz With Bashir," and she sort of flipped her shit for it a bit. I agree with her about what a powerful experience the film is. It's a very unusual approach to documentary that I think ends up being quite truthful.
Amid at Cartoon Brew has put together a phenomenal look at the year ahead in animation books, and it's worth a browse.
1993 | Sports | PGSummary: Emotionally powerful sports classic featuring Sean Astin as a skinny high school kid with big football dreams and the determination to make his way towards his dream team at Notre Dame.Director: David Anspaugh
Cast: Sean Astin, Jon Favreau, Ned Beatty
2013 | Drama | RSummary: Leonardo DiCaprio and Jonah Hill have boundless energy in the story of a real-life commodities crook who earned millions through scummy small-time stock trades.Director: Martin Scorsese
Cast: Leonardo DiCaprio, Jonah Hill, Margot Robbie
1996 | Crime | RSummary: Jerry, a small-town Minnesota car salesman is bursting at the seams with debt... but he's got a plan. He's going to hire two thugs to kidnap his wife in a scheme to collect a hefty ransom from his wealthy father-in-law. It's going to be a snap and nobody's going to get hurt... until people start ...Director: Joel Coen, Ethan Coen
Cast: William H. Macy, Frances McDormand, Steve Buscemi, Peter Stormare
2013 | Thriller | RSummary: Based on the true story of Daniel Lugo (Mark Wahlberg) a Miami bodybuilder who wants to live the American dream. He would like to have the money that other people have. So he enlists the help of fellow bodybuilder Adrian Doorbal (Anthony Mackie) and ex-convict, Christian bodybuilder Paul Doyle (D...Director: Michael Bay
Cast: Mark Wahlberg, Dwayne Johnson, Anthony Mackie, Tony Shalhoub
1997 | Crime | RSummary: Quentin Tarantino adaptats an Elmore Leonard novel into this story of a few increasingly desperate people scraping to get by. It has deep soul, a wicked sense of humor, and Samuel L. Jackson, Robert De Niro, Pam Grier, and Robert Forster.Director: Quentin Tarantino
Cast: Pam Grier, Samuel L. Jackson, Robert Forster
1995 | Mystery | NRSummary: Denzel Washington plays an out of work WWII vet who takes the wrong job and is soon neck-deep in a mess of politics, murder, and jazz in '40s Los Angeles.Director: Carl Franklin
Cast: Denzel Washington, Tom Sizemore, Jennifer Beals
2007 | Comedy | PGSummary: Newlyweds Nick (Ice Cube) and Suzanne (Long) decide to move to the suburbs to provide a better life for their two kids. But their idea of a dream home is disturbed by a contractor (McGinley) with a bizarre approach to business.Director: Steve Carr
Cast: John C. McGinley, Ice Cube, Nia Long, Aleisha Allen
2013 | Comedy | NRSummary: Insanely funny comedy show created by Amy Schumer, who stars in brilliantly funny sketches about sex, city living, dating, and friendship.Director: Daniel Powell, Amy Schumer (creators)
Cast: Amy Schumer, Kevin Kane, Mike Houston
2008 | Science Fiction | PGSummary: Animated series continues the story of Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker as they battle the Emperor Palpatine, Count Dooku and General Grievous, but also takes time to explore other smaller characters in the Star Wars universe.Director: George Lucas (creator)
Cast: Tom Kane, Dee Bradley Baker, Matt Lanter
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