Archive for December, 2009

Coming Attraction: Inception

December 29, 2009

Click here to watch the trailer for Inception

Inception‘s trailer is tantalizingly mysterious. No plot is revealed, but it indicates that the movie has something to do with crimes that take place in a supernatural world where strange ideas come magically to fruition.

But the trailer doesn’t have the look and feel of a magical supernatural movie. In most of the trailer, it looks like a gritty crime/drama; and then there are a few shots of astonishing moments, like a city folding upon itself, or people running up the sides of walls.

Potential meter and more after the jump

Christmas Movie Trivia

December 24, 2009

Merry Christmas, movie lovers! I hope Santa brought you that remote control race car you really wanted. You know, the one that can flip over and still drive upside-down.

I guess this would be a good time to post some interesting Christmas movie factoids. So here are some little known facts about Christmas movies that are dear to my heart:

It’s A Wonderful Life
In the 1940’s, movie effects departments mostly used cornflakes painted white for the fake snow on the set. The flakes crunching on the set were so loud that it was impossible to record dialogue. RKO created a new chemical type of artificial snowflakes for use on It’s A Wonderful Life. Source

Elf
Ming Ming the elf, who briefly appeared in the beginning of the film, is played by Peter Billingsley, who starred as Ralphie in the classic holiday movie A Christmas Story.

A Christmas Story
For the scene in which Flick’s tongue sticks to the flagpole, a hidden suction tube was used to safely create the illusion that his tongue had frozen to the metal. Source

A Christmas Carol
Although the term “Scrooge” means a stingy person now, in Charles Dickens’ time, the word was a slang term meaning “to squeeze.” Source

Coming Attraction: Iron Man 2

December 23, 2009

Click here to watch the trailer for Iron Man 2

Robert Downey Jr. is back as the cocky Tony Stark, and he has a new adversary: Mickey Rourke in his own homemade Iron Man suit.  Scarlett Johansson, Gweneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle, Samuel L. Jackson (looking badass as always), and Garry Shandling also show up in the trailer.

Analysis and the Potential Meter after the jump

Crazy Blogger Reveals Avatar’s Anti-gay Agenda

December 19, 2009

Over at the unintentionally hilarious blog, stopavatarmovie.blogspot.com, the message is clear: Avatar needs to be stopped because of its anti-gay message. The reasons behind the crusade are obviously deluded, but they are displayed without any irony or sarcasm. In the blog’s first post, the anti-gay reasoning is laid out in an easy-to-read, numbered format:

1) Avatar assumes that the heterosexual, “male” and “female” attraction will still be the primary relationship basis in the future.

2) Avatar ignores the fact of Evolution. Humans are evolving to be being Transgender, NOT heterosexual,

3) Avatar also assumes that intelligent beings on other worlds would be hetrosexual.

The blogger, who goes by Lara, has a lot of facts wrong here. To rebut them is almost a waste of space (but what is space for if not for wasting?).

Rebuttal after the jump!

Manohla Dargis tells it like it is

December 15, 2009

I found this awesome quote from the NY Times film critic Manohla Dargis. She was being interviewed about the lack of progress in movies for and about women. (tip: Jim Emerson)

On why so many romantic comedies are so terrible: One, the people making them have no f**king taste, two, they’re morons, three they’re insulting panderers who think they’re making movies for the great unwashed and that’s what they want. I love romantic movies. I absolutely do. But I literally don’t know what’s happening.

I think it’s depressing that Judd Apatow makes the best romantic comedies and they’re about men. All power to Apatow, but he’s taken and repurposed one of the few genres historically made for women. ….We had so few [genres] that were made specifically for the female audience and now the best of them are being made by Judd Apatow.

Dargis elegantly summed up the state of romantic comedies in a few sentences. Kudos, Manohla, for being refreshingly honest.

Source

The Top Five Horror Films of the Decade

December 12, 2009

As the year 2009 wraps up, I thought I would submit another list about this decade of movies. This list of great horror films will be a shorter, more in-depth list than my last list. So without further ado, here is my list of the top horror films of the last decade.

1. Let the Right One In

Apparently, being a vampire isn’t cool or sexy, at least according to Tomas Alfredson’s Swedish horror/drama Let The Right One In. Alfredson reinvents vampires as miserable souls, and the story of a young boy and the girl/vampire next door is coldly grim instead of enchantingly romantic. Roger Ebert gave Let the Right One In 4 stars and it placed 203 on imdb’s Top 250.

the rest of the list after the jump

Review: The Crazies

December 6, 2009

When I heard about a remake being made to the 1973 George Romero film The Crazies, I thought I’d check out the original. I’ve been meaning to watch the original for a while now, since I love some of Romero’s other work, but I haven’t gotten around to watching it. What I saw was somewhat disappointing.

A mysterious illness has overcome the people of Evans, PA, and soon the military has swooped in and barricaded the town. The illness makes people burn down there houses, stab people, and talk crazy gibberish. The military men wear biohazard suits and go around burning crazies with flame throwers. Through all this, a small group of survivors (including a fireman, his lover, his best buddy, and two others) try to make it out of town.

the rest of the review and my rating after the jump

Coming Attraction: Legion

December 3, 2009

Click here to watch the trailer for Legion

When God sends his angels to bring the Apocalypse, one rebel angel (Paul Bettany) protects a group of stranded truck stop visitors (including Dennis Quaid!).

This movie looks like it will be in the category of “so bad it’s funny.” With the crummy cgi and the poorly delivered lines of cheesy dialogue, it’s hard not to laugh at the trailer.

The Potential Meter rating after the jump