Seven years ago this week, I stepped into a room in the Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills for what would become one of the most memorable experiences of my film-reviewing career.I'd been invited to a press event for the release of Serenity, the long-awaited feature film written and directed by Joss Whedon that would give fans of the prematurely canceled television series Firefly a last, bittersweet visit to that fantastic galaxy far, far away.I joined a small group of journalists for … [Read more...]
Browser, 6/25: Hancock han-cuckoo?; Whedon and Fillion reunited!; McSweeney’s Lit 101 Class; “The River Why” – the movie!; shop at Buy-n-Large!
The Browser: News & links to raise your eyebrows & furrow your brow. - Thompson on Hancock Variety's Anne Thompson:Based on seeing Hancock the other night, I can tell you this. Todd McCarthy's early negative review will be one of many. The knives are out, and they are sharp. When this movie opens July 2, it will be eviscerated. I'm trying to keep my hopes up, but I'm hearing more and more cries of dismay and even disgust. This could be a sad case of Great Trailer, Lousy Movie. … [Read more...]
Fans of Firefly and Serenity, don’t despair. The charismatic Nathan Fillion may have a bright big-screen future ahead of him.In Waitress, Fillion is fantastic as Dr. Pomatter, the amorous doctor who comes to the rescue when a pregnant and perturbed young beauty named Jenna, played by Keri Russell, finds herself in a nightmare marriage.But there’s a problem. Both Jenna and her good doctor are married — Jenna to a hard-hearted, self-absorbed monster called Earl (Jeremy Sisto), and Pomatter … [Read more...]
During hours when I couldn't write over the last couple of weeks, I managed to wedge in two films... Fay Grim'Tis the summer of sequels. But forget Spidey, Captain Jack, and Jason Bourne... I know what you've REALLY been waiting to see. The follow-up to Henry Fool!!What? You haven’t? You never saw Hal Hartley’s sick and twisted 1998 comedy about the garbage man who became a famous poet?If you want a witty, challenging comedy about art, pornography, poetry, trash, publishing, a … [Read more...]