Week after week I apparently find ways to theme my rentals without realizing it beforehand. Scratch that, I totally did it on purpose, and you know it’s true cuz I said totally. A couple of weeks ago I went with creature features, and this week’s selection of The Nines and Being John Malkovich has me going for films in which reality is not really all it seems to be, creating odd words that raise questions, both for the betterment, and detrimental to, the film. [Read more...]
Reviewing jackass 3D is an easy task. You can’t really say anything about it as it will spoil the surprise so you know your review will be short. It’s easy to tell anyone that hasn’t enjoyed the show before that nothing will change here and if you loved it before so will you love this newest iteration.
The 3D isn’t terribly prevalent or interesting but when they go for it, it works; even adding humor to the picture possibly. The real breakthrough for the formula (and maybe they did this in the 2nd film I haven’t seen) is their expert use of slo-mo. No joke lasts too long, the hits don’t stop coming, and I laughed non-stop through out; not chuckling but doubled over laughing.
Spike Jonze’s long delayed adaptation of the beloved novel Where The Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak finally has hit the screens and the results are more or less wonderful on every level.
Our hero is Max, a young nine year old with a wild side that can emerge from his everyday child hood demeanor when his buttons get pushed a little too far. In fact, it doesn’t take much pressure to set the kid off and when Max and his mother get into when she has a gentleman caller over, Max runs out of the house and sails of to a foreign land inhabited by a group of giant monster like wild things. Max quickly becomes anointed their king with promises to bring changes and happiness to their land.
That’s right, happiness, and I think you will quickly find that this film isn’t the fun filled adventure the trailers are selling it as. The wild things are not a happy race of creatures and their defacto leader, Carol, is riding an emotional roller coaster over the course of the film. Elated one minute, angry the next, and moping around depressed the next, Carol, is a fairly diverse and complicated character that is much unexpected for a film for younger audiences. In fact, outside Ira, most of the wild things are grappling with some kind of emotional distress and Max does his best to try and address everyone’s issues though very little is resolved over the course of the film. [Read more...]
Both of these are easily in my top five most anticipated films left this year and both studios just bombarded us with a ton of print art for both films featuring all the characters. Don’t mistake these films for kids movies either, suitable for children for sure, but just for kids, not at all. Both are being directed by two of the finest autuers (Spike Jonze and Wes Anderson) of the last decade and film fans everywhere should be really excited. Plus both use old school techiniques to bring their films to life from puppetry to stop motion animation, oh and they are also both adaptations of a pari of the most beloved children’s novels of all-time. I can’t wait…
A great read of a discussion between Moriarty and Spike Jonze about the status and behind the scenes of Where the Wild Things Are, and I can not wait! Only a year away right?
I will put this up with Watchmen as one of my most anticipated films of the year!
Check out the read, and another new picture, here!