Okay, I've just seen a promising 90-minute highlight reel for an X-Men movie. It was wild! A beautiful lake exploded, and Jean Grey came back from the dead! Magneto declared war on humanity! And the heroes were joined by a big, blue, furry fellow who sounds like TV's Frasier!Wait... that wasn't a long preview? That was the movie? … [Read more...]
I'D LIKE NEW YORKE IN JUNE (but it's coming to stores in July) The new Thom Yorke solo album The Eraser is coming, and today I heard a few tracks from it. I enjoyed them. They sounded like songs from Amnesiac, with fewer guitars. The twitchy electronic loops and beats are there, and familiar power-chords, along with Yorke's typically spooky vocals and lyrics. But I can't say it struck me as anything more than half-decent Radiohead b-sides. Maybe if I hear the whole album, it'll make more sense … [Read more...]
I gave in to the temptation tonight, took a break from writing, and decided to rest my weary head with two hours of good big screen adventure... X-Men the Last Stand.Instead, I sat there and watched Ratner and Simon Kinberg and Zak Penn spoil the efforts of so many talented individuals, effectively spoiling the best adventure franchise running. I should have gone to M:I3 or Over the Hedge instead.The film basically serves as a giant compliment to director Brian Singer's abilities, by … [Read more...]
I won't have time to return to moviegoing for another week or two, due to deadlines, but I'm sure looking forward to getting back into a theater.But alas, it sounds like the summer blockbusters are a disappointing lot. I'd been looking forward to X-Men: The Last Stand, but I feared it would end up being a case of effects over story, action over character development. According to these reviews, it sounds like my fears have been realized.Of course, I should be going to the amazing lineup … [Read more...]
GreenCine Daily has all of the Cannes links you could hope for, and some very interesting, if somewhat disappointing, reports.DIM LIGHT I loved Aki Kaurismäki's The Man Without a Past. But according to reviews posted at GreenCine, Kaurismäki's new film Lights in the Dusk isn't as easy to love.CEYLAN RETURNS I'm also very surprised to read the disappointed reviews over Ikilmer (Climates), the latest feature by Nuri Bilge Ceylan. His last film, Distant, which I reviewed for The Other J … [Read more...]
THERE WILL BE DANIEL DAY-LEWIS! While the list of films I cannot wait to see in 2006 has grown rather large, none of them match my eagerness for the next Paul Thomas Anderson film -- There Will Be Blood. So any news about the next film from the director of Punch-drunk Love and Magnolia makes me lean very close to the screen to make sure I don't miss a detail.Cinematical grabbed my attention today with a link to a (very poorly written) story about the script that's short on detail but long … [Read more...]
Specials: Sundance review. Walter’s "New World" rave. "Lost" money. DaVinci debut. X3 pic. New mom Jessica Poundstone. And Seahawks.
Monday specials:SUNDANCE ME TO THE END OF MEDIOCRE FILMS GreenCine coverage of the Sundance Film Festival is almost too expansive to comprehend. So many movies, so many reviews. From a review of Thank You for Smoking that calls it "I Heart Huckabees For Dummies," to a review of the intriguingly titled A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints, to a review of Leonard Cohen I'm Your Man ... they're all over it.NEW WORLD'S NEW RAVE Adam Walter joins me and the rest who were swept away by … [Read more...]
The Third Episodes – X-Men and Spider-Man. Vancouver vacation. And David C. Downing’s Narnia Adventures.
Kirsten Dunst has apparently confirmed the much-mocked rumor that the two villains of Spider-man 3 are, indeed, Venom (Topher Grace) and Sandman (Thomas Haden Church).And if the leading actress in the film is wrong about its characters, well... this project is in deep trouble."But I know the general story," she insists. "There's a lot that they're trying to fit into this one."And that's not the only super-three-quel trying to fit in a lot characters...I've just returned from a … [Read more...]
He’s Looking for a Good Story: A Conversation with Ralph Winter, Producer of X-Men and Fantastic Four
An abridged edition of my conversation with producer Ralph Winter was originally published at CT Movies.While the bustling activity of the Biola Media Conference went on outside, we took refuge in an unoccupied office for an hour, sat and ate our sack lunches, talked about movies, and then went our separate ways as friends. Ralph's that kind of guy -- you can't help but be impressed at how personable, direct, smart, and generous he is.And now... here's the entire interview. … [Read more...]
A Sequel that Celebrates the Best Sequels EverYou’ll think you’re watching a Star Trek film when X2:X-Men United opens. First, there are stars… and then the voice of a former Enterprise captain expounding upon mysteries and the future.I doubt the resemblance is accidental. Echoes of Trek resound throughout Bryan Singer’s exhilarating, exhausting X-Men sequel — specifically, references to Star Trek 2: The Wrath of Khan.And that’s not all. Singer has clearly devoted his attentions to th … [Read more...]