Thursday, August 27, 2009

Coming Distractions September the 1st, 2009

State of Play
Sin Nombre
Che: Part 1
Good Dick
Life and Times of Vivienne Vyle
Bring it On: Fight to the Finish
Shaun the Sheep: Little Sheep of Horrors
Rescue Me - 5th Season
Heroes - 3rd Season
Desperate Housewives - 5th Season

I've been watching a lot of classic films lately. Mostly screwball comedies from the late 30's - 50's, like Katharine Hepburn in Adam's Rib and The Philadelphia Story. They're great fun. Katharine Hepburn, to steal a word from Tyra Banks and that little guy on Project Runaway, is fierce. Though she was once called "box-office poison." I love the quick, sharp, stylized dialogue. It's fascinating to see the growing feminism addressed so directly. Or there is the slightly more serious (and mildly claustrophobia-inducing, but still fun to watch,) fare like Judy Holliday in The Marrying Kind. That one's about a married couple on the verge of divorce, forced to reminisce about their life together by their divorce court judge. That one was written by a real live married couple, Ruth Gordon and Garson Kanin.

Anyway, I mostly want to bring your attention to another movie: Blast of Silence ('61). Written by, directed, and starring Allen Baron as a hitman from Cleveland. It is, certainly, one of the most relentlessly misanthropic films out there. The best part is the narration, which is in the 2nd person. "You are alone. You like it that way." It's full of gems, such as when the voice of Lionel Stander (a black-listed actor, uncredited in the film 'cause it was cheaper that way) tells you're looking at a picture of the kind of guy who has "the kind of face you hate," and who, "thinks he looks like a gentleman if his shoes are tied. You could kill him right now with pleasure." There is also an amazing club band in the film, fronted by a man singing while playing the bongos. You might want to wait to watch it until December though, so you can really empathize with Frank Bono when the voice from the t.v. tells you that you're, "Faceless in the crowd…Lose yourself in the Christmas spirit with the rest of the suckers."

Has anyone seen Surveillance? Is it any good? I heard director Jessica Lynch has picked up some tips (and Bill Pullman) from her father, David, and that it has a good twist ending, but I'm still a little hesitant to try it.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Coming Distractions August 25th, 2009

The Informers
Sunshine Cleaning
Rudo y Cursi
Goodbye Solo

London to Brighton
House - 5th Season
Life - 2nd Season
Scrubs - 8th Season
Californication - 2nd Season
Lie to Me - 1st Season

Look at all those new releases! Whew. That's a lot.

Today I want you to meet James Ensor, in case you two haven't yet been introduced.

These Snow Globes are very cool, too.

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Coming Distractions August 18th, 2009

The Tiger's Tail
Last House on the Left
Dexter - 3rd Season
Sons of Anarchy - 1st Season
The Simpsons - 12th Season
Gossip Girl - 2nd Season

I think that you should watch this excellently eerie (yet informational!) British public service announcement.

Then, if you're like me, you might wanna go watch the Red Band Trailer for Legion. Because, if you're like me, you really enjoy some sweet old lady turning crazy vicious. Ah, the happy memories of such films, like some evil old lady vs. sweet young girl in Drag Me to Hell. Or Ruth Gordon in Rosemary's Baby. Perhaps a little Gloria Swanson in Sunset Boulevard. Nobody's very old in Mildred Pierce but there's still some good mother/daughter fighting between Joan Crawford and Ann Blyth, which includes a lot of great scenes of slapping drinks out of other people's hands (something I've always not-so-secretly wanted to do! But I don't like cleaning up broken glass...) Or Bette Davis vs. Joan Crawford in Whatever Happened to Baby Jane? I think I'm just really glad these examples are out there on film so that I finally have some proper role models in my life. Which of your favorite cruel old women am I missing?

Friday, August 7, 2009

Coming Distractions August 11th, 2009

I Love You, Man
The Class
Paris 36
Harvard Beats Yale 29-29

The Room: the newest contender for Worst Movie Ever. Has been in theaters in L.A. for at least 2 years. Even the IMDB message board for this one is a good read. People feel very strongly about this movie. Though I haven't seen it, I did arrive home to my apartment last night to a small group finishing it in the living room. There was much uproarious laughter and then there was quite a lengthy discussion group. Much to think about. Or nothing to think about? Not recommended that it be watched alone, needs a group atmosphere, apparently. Watch trailer here.

Thank you for the votes for the Seven Daysies!