Tuesday, January 29, 2013

The Tech Wars Continue


At the end of this who will still be standing?

Borrowing a Page from the iPod classic (still the best model) this announcement totally makes sense although it negates the cloud push somewhat.  

Sunday, January 20, 2013

*Spring Breakers* Official Trailer James Franco, Selena Gomez

This might end up being really bad but it looks like these young Disney stars are trying to break out from behind the Disney stigma and Franco looks cool channeling  Gary Oldman's Drexl from True Romance. 


Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Kathryn Bigelow and Zero Dark Thirty

Can't wait to see this movie. In the interim my respect grow greatly for Kathryn Bigelow.  Read her response to controversy and criticism about her movie in the LA Times.

Apple Uncool??

Maybe's it's not this bad, but recent slips and gains by the opposition can be a sign of things to come.

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Death Star?

I just knew when I was a kid that this moment would eventually come.  See Link.

Sunday, January 6, 2013

This is 40

Although This is 40 lacked as many side splitting laughs as expected, it did instead deliver continuous moderate chuckles and interesting experiences that the viewers have themselves likely experienced but never found that funny at the time.  I think I prefer this pace of laughter, and enjoyed the experience and impression that I was watching something meaningful and at times even thought provoking.  Paul Rudd is as usual the understated comic genius and Leslie Mann is also quite funny.  Judd Apatow's, children were surprisingly effective as the young children, particularly Maude Apatow who showed flairs of her own comic talent.

It was odd that during the opening scenes I found the dialogue delivery to be quite quirky and awkward, (almost as though it lacked the familiar Hollywood flow I'm accustomed to).  However as the movie carried on I started to realize that this style was working for me and actually seemed more realistic and endearing.  And I further came to the realization that this might be more how people actually talk, as opposed to the smooth eloquence suggested in more polished dialogue.  This made the movie even more relatable, which from experience is in Apatow's wheel house.

So as the film is true to it's name I recommend this to all the 30 and 40 somethings out there, and suggest that the youth market may not find it as accessible as some of his earlier work like 40 Year Old Virgin, Knocked Up and series Freaks and Geeks.

The Hobbit

Wow, I'm not quite sure what critics expect from Peter Jackson.  No one else wanted to tackle this monster of a task and Jackson pulled it off to perfection.  If this film was horribly acted, poorly adapted and altogether boring, the accomplishment of finishing it and bringing new industry standards (which may take 20 years to surpass) should be enough to put all critics on their knees to worship him.  Instead he gets no respect.  He should be celebrated as the next Spielberg instead of treated like Michael Bay.  Bay directs visually stimulating films but falls short on all the other elements of film (like acting, dialogue, story, believability etc.).  Jackson delivers visually stimulating films that challenge and surpass Bay's accomplishments and also provides epic stories (and believe me the coordination of the adaption of the Tolkien's books is not an easy thing to pull off), memorable acting and casting as well as an historically enduring piece of cinema that will be spoken of in 100 years time.  I believe that if Tolkien was alive today he would only allow Jackson to direct as he remains true to the intent and story and as a matter of fact brings together story lines not covered in the books but instead dug out of the author's personal notes.

For those that complained it was boring, I have to ask if there is any fantasy storyline that would satisfy them.  Perhaps this type of story just isn't for you?  I was floored by how much action this movie had packed into it.  The action was brilliant but spaced acceptably apart from each other in order to develop story.  Jackson compromised on nothing.  See this film if you like fantasy or sci-fi.  Fans of the books will be very satisfied.

And after seeing this film ask yourself one important question.  Do you think anyone will ever attempt to shoot a remake of this film.  If your answer is 'no' then I guess this is the best it can be or ever will be.   

Just a typical example of stunning scenery.  Enjoy. 

Django Unchained

This cast appeared to be a can't miss and Tarantino delivered.  No big surprise.

This western is engaging, full of action, with classic dialogue and over the top quirky acting.  Nobody is this interesting and verbose in real life, but it all seems to work in a QT movie. 

In a previous post I shared a review from Jim Emerson that suggested that in Christoph Waltz Tarantino has found someone that can speak fluently in his unique dialogue.  This is an ability to deliver clever articulate dialogue without coming across as nerdy or stuffy.  It just plainly raises the level of memorable scenes and becomes another element of the movie much like scenery or cinematography.  Through Quentin, Waltz will become something of legend.  Book it. 

Not a family movie the dialogue is time sensitive and chuck full of swearing and  racial slurs.  But this is forgivable given the era of setting. 

The truly unique thing about QT movies is that you will leave the theatre with plenty of memorable scenes that will live forever in your cinematic utility belt.  Who hasn't recited dialogue exchanges or drawn reference to scenes from movies such as Pulp Fiction, Inglorious Basterds or Reservoir Dogs?  Well this film is no different and will likely deserve a few more viewings just to fully internalize them.

A must see if you love cinema and have a strong stomach for language and violence. 

Saturday, January 5, 2013

Tweet from @ebertchicago

Excellent point
@ebertchicago: Tarantino has found his actor in Waltz, sez Emerson. "who can speak Tarantinian fluently and still make it his own." http://t.co/MOUYRuSU