Thursday, July 31, 2014

Mudbloods Trailer

Mudbloods is a documentary film about people who play Quidditch... for real, they actually play a version of the game. Reminds me of Darkon from a couple years ago.





and just in case you missed it here is darkon


International Birdman Trailer




Fuck Yes! Fuck Yes! Fuck Yes!

I'm trying conceal my excitement for this movie.



Fuck Yes!

Woody Allen facing charges of racism



Woody Allen is no stranger to controversy. The 78 year old writer/director/actor/comedian/musician married his step daughter and has faced allegations of sexual abuse so the idea that he doesn't hire actors on the basis of race seems like small potatoes at this point.

Yahoo! is running this


This is such a non-story that it seems hard to believe it's getting any press. Then again I have decided to run it as well. But I assure you my motivation is slightly different. I'm personally sick of stories like this. Stories where pseudo-journalists who are so hungry for a scandal they will try to create one where there is none. 

Woody Allen doesn't hire black actors? Are you kidding me? That's the best you could come up with? It's Woody "don't leave your kids with" Allen and that's what you go after him on? I'm about the most sensitive bleeding heart douche bag I know and even I'm not falling for this one. 

The part at the end where he defends his racial blindness by saying he's friendly with one black guy doesn't really help his cause. It's like "I can't be racist, I have a black friend, sort of, I know this one black guy, I mean we talked once, ok he changed my oil." Then again its probably just a joke. Wait a minute he's a comedian. It was a joke? Ok yeah the last line of the article tells me its a joke, thank god, that was a close one.

Alex Kurtzman to direct new Mummy movie


Looking over Alex Kurtzman's IMDB page you will find that he was a writer on The Amazing Spider Man 2, Cowboys & Aliens, Transformers, MI:3, The Island and Xena: Warrior Princess. While most of his films do not speak to my personal tastes he has been a very busy man for quite a while. I'm curious to see what he will do with this project considering Universal wants the new monster films to be in the Action/Adventure genre like the Stephen Sommers films from 15 years ago.

 

Disney's Into The Woods Trailer

Walt Disney Studios, the studio behind "Frozen" and "The Muppets", presents "Into the Woods", a stunning big-screen comedic musical adventure. When the Baker and his wife (James Corden and Emily Blunt) discover they have been put under a curse from the Witch (Meryl Streep) rendering them forever childless, they embark on a life changing adventure into the woods to seek out special items needed to lift the curse. The cow as white as milk belonging to a poor village boy named Jack (Daniel Huttlestone) looking to sell his milk-less cow, the cape as red as blood belonging to a courageous and blood thirsty little Red Riding hood (Lilla Crawford), the hair as yellow as corn from atop the head of a lonely and outcasted Rapunzel (Mackenzie Mauzy) and finally the shoe as pure as gold having fallen from a distressed Cinderella's (Anna Kendrick) foot. With giants abound and where Big Bad Wolves (Johnny Depp) become the hunted, love and betrayal will the Baker and his wife ever be able to lift the curse on their family?

Into the Woods by Walt Disney Productions brings a hilarious new spin on an already existing musical classic.




I think I'll spend Christmas with my family

The Spy Who Came in from the Cold


1965
Directed By Martin Ritt
Starring Richard Burton, Oskar Werner and Claire Bloom

Most films dealing with espionage are steeped in jingoism and rarely approach characterization with a natural style. The characters are mostly one dimensional super humans possessing abnormally well-developed strength or intelligence, depending on the film. Martin Ritts film is based on the John Le Carre novel by the same name. Le Carre was renowned for his brutally realistic look at the world of counter intelligence.

The Spy Who Came in from the Cold follows Alec Leamas (Richard Burton) a British counter intelligence officer who is sent to East Germany to frame a German spy. He is tasked with spreading false information about the German officer by appearing to confess during interrogation. The plot is fairly straight forward but this is not one that you can be distracted while watching. Put away your iPad and make sure the kid is in bed before you start this film.

For a film from 1965 I was surprised to see a communist and drunk atheist as our pseudo-sympathetic leads. While the characters may have felt like honest portraits in 1965 now they feel just a bit off. I never believed in the “love” story at the center of the film. What did she see in him? Why would she try to make out with him after he laughed at her political beliefs? Why would she show up to pick him up from jail after one date? Why did he go back to her after he knew she was being watched? If he cared about her safety why didn’t he break up with her? Both actors give fine performances but the writing is just…. weird. For a movie that attempts to be grounded in reality, the central romance of the picture is utterly false.  

This film is at its best when dealing with the boys. Oddly enough the exposition scenes are some of the more interesting in the film. When the plot and characters are being propelled forward the filmmaker’s confidence is stepped up and the film begins to shine. The camera work on display here is nothing short of remarkable. Photographed in lush black and white with innovative transitions and fluid movement the camera is truly one of the stars of this film.

Parts of this film I really loved and other parts I really wanted to love but I was always on this films side. I never felt insulted or talked down to by the picture. The filmmakers never take the time to explain the Berlin wall or the Russian involvement in East Germany. The cold war is never distilled down to a digestible little speech for you.   A certain level of pre-existing knowledge is expected of the viewer. It’s always nice to see a movie that was intended for adult audiences, something that is sadly lacking from the mulitiplexes these days.


The Spy Who Came in from the Cold is streaming on Amazon and is free for Prime members