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January 25, 2008

Southland Tales and the cold reality of Justin Timberlake

I saw Southland Tales recently and was kind of blown away by it. It's not exactly a good movie, but it's big and weird and ambitious as all get out. The casting is bizarre and inspired. I'm still processing it, really.

This is one of my favorite moments in the film, when army sniper Justin Timberlake--who is clearly post-traumatic--climbs off his sniper's perch in Santa Monica and scores some batshit drugs that have been boiled off a rift in time/space. He takes the drugs and has a low-brow musical number and a completely honest looing moment of guilt at the end. His expression at the end of teh number floored me. I'd seen it so many times before on the faces of high-school drunks at the end of a binge. It's the look of reality rising up to smack you in the face with all of your regrets and shame.

There's also a weird segue in the film where a stone cold Jon Lovitz acts out a bit from 'Flow My Tears, The Policeman Said."

January 24, 2008

Michael Moore planning to focus on Movie Industry in next documentary

Michael Moore Muscles Movie Theaters | The Underwire from Wired.com

Having tackled America's obsession with guns, sickening corporate greed and a broken health care system, the world's best-known documentary filmmaker is prepping to take on what he describes a s a blockbuster-fixated, documentary-averse movie exhibition system. According to the The Hollywood Reporter, Moore made a New Year's resolution "to sit down with the heads of exhibition chains and have them devote one screen in their multiplexes to nonfiction and foreign films."

Specialty films have had a rough time of late. Aside from the few breakouts last year (Once, Waitress, Moore's own Sicko), few foreign, indie and documentary movies have done break-even business, even though the consensus is that 2007 was a splendid year for cinema.

January 23, 2008

Haters explain Torchwood much better than I ever could

Torchwood: Torchwood is the Frankenstein of Television

Savage Graema McMillan brings it:

You've got to say this for awkward adult Doctor Who spinoff, Torchwood - even when its detractors try to tear it down, they end up making it sound like one of the greatest television shows ever made. Actually, they make it sound like the greatest ten television shows ever made, sewn together Frankenstein-style.

Quoth the haters at Jesus Drives an SUV:

Torchwood's single redeeming feature . . . is that it's efficient television for the sexually frustrated sci fi addict. It's basically the investigating team from Angel, in the universe of Doctor Who , operating off of stolen alien technology like some renegade Welsh Stargate team, solving cases lifted from shows like The X-Files if not from Doctor Who itself, with the juvenile hyperssexuality of Lexx (though without the benefit of cruising around in a planet-destroying phallus, I'm sorry to say), all mixed together with the gender-bending intricacies of The L Word (admittedly, not sci fi, but at least there are lots of exposed breasts, which must count for something). Most of the episode plots are also recycled from other shows, and most of the characters are flat, predictable cliches, which means that instead of catching up on a dozen different shows, you can just watch Torchwood and giggle at the writing team's crude efforts at innuendo. It's ten shows for the cost of one!

January 22, 2008

80th annual Academy Awards Nominees

List of 80th annual Oscar nominees1. Best Picture: "Atonement,"...

January 21, 2008

The secret hidden in the last frame of Cloverfield

Cloverfield: Cloverfield Graphic Novel Last Shot Of Movie = Wink, Wink

Remember this last shot in the film of our intrepid heroes at Coney Island, enjoying a post-coital day of amusement? Apparently something huge splashes down into the ocean in the background. We missed it, but if you couple it with the translation from the graphic novel that says the Japanese Tagruato corporation's satellite fell from orbit, then bingo. You've got the alarm clock that woke up the monster from its deep-sea slumber. We have no idea if it's true or not, but there you have it.

January 17, 2008

Brijit abstract by me: AV Club: Ice Cube

Ice Cube - Rabin interviews gangster-rapper-turned-cuddly-actor Ice Cube, who admits...

Jackass 2.5 The Movie streaming for free

You may recall that this is the first major-studio film...

FanCast: For all your geeky TV streaming needs

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This site not only streams new shows like Heroes, Burn Notice, and 30 Rock, but also dips into the long tail and pulls out classics like the A-Team, Cleopatra 2525, Swamp Thing, Project Runway, Bones, Arrested Development and more.

Seriously, how is this legal?