“Now, you think Ronald McDonald gonna go down to the basement and say, “Hey Mr. Nugget, you the bomb! We sellin’ chicken faster than you can tear the bone out. So I’m gonna write my clowney ass name on this fat-ass check for you.””—D’Angelo Barksdale (The Wire, Season 1 Episode 2)
Way before the biopic craze that began with Ray a decade later, The Doors was an admirable attempt at capturing the essence of Jim Morrison’s life on film. Visually, Oliver Stone recreated the 60’s perfectly. If you didn’t knew it was a movie, some of the footage could easily fool you. Not only that, but Val Kilmer (back when he was slim and he cared about acting) was also the spitting image of Jim Morrison back in 1991.
Unfortunately, despite the efforts made by the director to take you on a trip, the end result is quite messy. The movie does a pretty terrible job at presenting the band to the general audience. So unless you’re a fan, there’s no way of understanding what’s on screen. For a movie titled The Doors, it’s quite problematic. But then again, Jim Morrison himself wasn’t writing in a literal way.
The same year, Oliver Stone directed JFK, which went on to become a much more respected movie.
The Tribeca Film Festival will release 26 films in the US this year with their distribution company Tribeca Film. Some of them are pretty intriguing!
· Beware the Gonzo. From director and writer Brian Gobuloff (writer of The Basketball Diaries) comes a teen-angst comedy about an underground newspaper aiming to give voice to high school misfits. The film stars Zoe Kravitz, Ezra Miller, Jesse McCartney, Amy Sedaris, Campbell Scott, and James Urbaniak.
· The Bleeding House. Written and directed by comic book writer and first time filmmaker Philip Gelatt, this taut horror thriller is an original take on the home invasion genre about a family with a haunted past visited by a sweet-talking Texan killer who has come for retribution.
· Brother’s Justice. This Hollywood satire marks Dax Shepard’s directorial debut and is co-directed by David Palmer. The film follows Shepard as he makes the rash decision to abandon comedy in pursuit of his true dream: to become an internationally-renowned martial arts star. Winner of the audience award at the Austin Film Festival and an official selection of the Hollywood Film Festival, it features performances by Tom Arnold, Bradley Cooper, David Koechner, Michael Rosenbaum and Nate Tuck.
· Don’t Go in the Woods. Vincent D’Onofrio makes his feature-length directorial debut with this uproarious rock ‘n’ roll horror musical about the fate of a young band seeking a quiet place to write songs in the wrong neck of the woods. The film has screened at the Woodstock Film Festival, the Sarasota Film Festival and the Savannah Film Festival.
· Grave Encounters. Directed and written by first time filmmakers the Vicious Brothers, this cinéma-vérité style supernatural thriller follows a ghost-hunting reality television show host and crew as they shoot an episode inside an abandoned psychiatric hospital, where unexplained phenomena have been reported for years. All in the name of good television, they voluntarily lock themselves inside the building for the night and begin a paranormal investigation, capturing everything on camera. They quickly realize that the building is more than just haunted - it is alive - and it has no intention of ever letting them leave.
· The High Cost of Living. Director Deborah Chow’s dark romantic drama about intertwined fates centers on the burgeoning relationship between an unlikely pair. Nathalie (Isabelle Blais) is expecting her first child, and Henry (Zach Braff) is on his way to his next drug deal. Their paths fatefully collide one night in an event that will irrevocably change their lives. The film was an official selection of the Toronto Film Festival.
· NEDS. Peter Mullan’s third feature as a writer and director, after Orphans and The Magdalene Sisters, is a violent 1970s coming-of-age drama set in a gritty section of Glasgow. NEDS won Best Film at the San Sebastian Film Festival and was chosen Best Film at the 2011 London Evening Standard Awards.
· Ultrasuede: In Search of Halston. No one represented the 1970s quite like legendary designer Halston. In this stylish documentary, director Whitney Sudler-Smith takes a fabulous fun-and-fact-filled journey through Halston’s life and times. Interviews with friends and witnesses (including Liza Minnelli, Diane Von Furstenberg, André Leon Talley, Anjelica Huston, Bob Colacello and Billy Joel, among others) round out this glittering evocation of the man who defined the decadent era.
What do Peter Sellers, Clint Eastwood, Marcello Mastroianni, Dennis Hopper, Gary Oldman, Mia Farrow, Richard Burton, Liv Ullmann and Kirk Douglas have in common? They never won best actor/actress!
Movie directors who never won an Oscar: Howard Hawks, Alfred Hitchcock, Stanley Kubrick, Akira Kurosawa, Sidney Lumet, F.W. Murnau, Fritz Lang, Brian De Palma, David Lynch, Francois Truffaut and Sam Peckinpah.
Movies that weren’t even nominated for best picture: Metropolis, City Lights, Duck Soup, Modern Times, Angels With Dirty Faces, Public Enemy, The Third Man, Strangers on a Train, Singin’ In the Rain, Rear Window, Night of the Hunter, The Searchers, Paths of Glory, Vertigo, Touch of Evil, Psycho, Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Repulsion, 2001: A Space Odyssey, Rosemary’s Baby, Wild Bunch, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Being There, The Empire Strikes Back, Blade Runner, Brazil, Short Cuts, The Truman Show, Rushmore, Requiem for a Dream, Adaptation, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Wall-E…
Jonathan Liebesman, the director of the upcoming sequel to Clash of the Titans, has revealed something quite intriguing about Warner’s post-production 3d conversions.
Warner Brothers showed me how far conversion’s come. You’ve got Chris Nolan doing Inception, converting the DVD, you’ve got Harry Potter being converted, Star Wars being converted, so the conversion process has improved dramatically in the past two years.
Jonathan Liebesman could be wrong, since Nolan HATES 3D and Warner doesn’t have anything to do with Star Wars. But if movies like Clash of the Titans are getting the 3d treatment, Inception would at least make more sense (with the dream world).
I don’t know if you guys have seen this movie, but it’s pretty impressive. Mesrine was a legendary gangster in France and Canada. Jail escapes, car chases, heist, these two movies have them all.
Vincent Cassel is amazing, in a performance that could be compared to Al Pacino or even Robert De Niro. Obviously, a character like Mesrine requires an imposing actor with a lot of charisma. His screen presence keeps the movie fun and thrilling at the same time.
As we know, MGM really wants to reboot the Robocop franchise in the next years. Sadly though, Darren Aronofsky probably won’t be available to direct since he’s off to direct The Wolverine. One of the most crucial aspects of any great reboot is the director. Nolan for Batman? Awesome. McG for Terminator? Terrible!
Here are my suggestions, as a fan of the original:
See Brazil or Twelve Monkeys for reference. As any fan of the Pythons knows…the satire would be amazing! The only problem is that Gilliam turned his back to Hollywood.
2- Neil Blomkamp
District 9 was funny, shocking and had mindblowing action scenes. Here’s a young talented director who could totally take the Robocop concept to another level.
3- Edgar Wright
Wright has the potential to do something a little bit more serious than Shaun of the Dead or Scott Pilgrim. Hot Fuzz proved that the man knows his action classics quite well. If they give him the opportunity, Robocop 2.0 could surpass the first.
4- Chan-Wook Park
Chan-Wook Park isn’t afraid to take us down the dirty road if he has to. Oldboy was a traumatising movie experience. I can only dream of how his version of Robocop would play out.
5- Doug Liman
What? The guy who did Push and Mr and Mrs Smith?
Yes, but he also made Bourne Identity, Go and Swingers. That would be enough for me to sign him for the project.
Flickchart Duel: Catch me If You Can vs The Sixth Sense
A Spielberg movie is always fascinating to watch. I loved the book and I must admit that the movie does capture the sense of danger and adventure pretty well. But the prison scenes described in the book could have been included. In my opinion, it was the best part of the story.
Sixth Sense amazed me when it came out. It blew my mind. Of course, now everyone knows the ending, but it was quite nice to be reminded that a good storyteller can trick you every once in a while. for that reason alone:
Flickchart Duel: The Exorcist (1973) vs The Hangover (2009)
I’m starting over on flickchart.com and you’ll follow me in my quest for a somewhat presentable top 20. You can find my profile quite easily since my username is themoviedoc.
I’m not the biggest fan of The Exorcism. If I was perhaps 20 years older, maybe I would have been scared the first time that I saw it. I remember that it was a huge let down for me. Of course, now I appreciate the brilliant use of special effects and the athmosphere of the picture, but it’s clearly not scary to me. Fascinating, but not scary.
The best thing I can say about The Hangover is that I had fun watching it. It’s not subtle, clearly not groundbreaking, but it’s in many ways the perfect movie to catch on tv.
The Winner: The Exorcist. I would most likely watch The Exorcist again than The Hangover.
It's a good point about the Bourne movies being of a time and place in post 9/11 USA - I've had the same thought about the huge tide of superhero movies, that we crave seeing stories of quintessential American heroes who can take on any foe great and strange and still be triumphant.
Yes, I think Spider-man is a great example. It’s not necessarily the greatest super-hero movie ever made, but we can definitely feel the post 9/11 effect.
Bourne Identity is a pure product of the early 00’s. Shortly after the 9/11 attacks, everyone became paranoid about terrorism and espionnage. We quickly realised that the “enemy” droped the uniform and could be almost anywhere.
Bourne lives that reality everyday. If he goes to the bank, he gets attacked. If he sleeps in a park, he gets attacked. If he walks in his appartement, a guy comes out the window and starts a fight! How paranoid must you be to be looking for exits, security guards and cameras as soon as you enter a building? The fact that he was a spy explains partially, but we’re led to believe that we can find these super agents almost anywhere in the world. What if Jason Bourne was a bad guy, would you feel safe?
Bourne Identity also prophecices the “Facebook age” in some way, because everyone seems to be knowing a lot of information about him. Nowdays, it would be a lot easier to identify Franka Potente’s character because she would at least have a facebook page.
Bourne Identity also feeds on the fear that the US government can’t be trusted. Very much like the movement of “9/11 truth”, government officials are seen as part of a major conspiracy.
Regarding your last post, it's unlikely that Levitt will play The Joker, despite how similar he looks to Ledger. Nolan has said at one point that he'd never get another actor to replace, or attempt to replace Ledger's Joker. Arkham asylum is probably being used for Bane's character, 'cause he was an inmate there at one point.
awesome blog btw, keep it up :)
Well I’m simply asking a question. I mean, if rumors about Robin were taken seriously a week ago, so can the Joker. So far, his role hasn’t been confirmed.
As reported by popculturebrain, here’s possibly the first set picture of Dark Knight Rises. As comic books geeks around the world already know, Arkham’s famous prisoners include the Joker. We know that Joseph Gordon-Levitt will play a smal role. Some say Robin, but let’s not rule out the famous villain.
As you can see, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Heath Ledger do lookalike. Maybe Nolan is trying to get some closure on the story, like he did with Cillian Murphy in Dark Knight.