EW cover says NEW MOON interview is “uncensored”; F-bomb in interview is printed as “f—.” Don’t say “uncensored” if you don’t mean it.
Archive for November 13th, 2009
Do you love seeing the world destroyed piece by piece? Sure, we all do! I question whether we love seeing it happen for 2 1/2 hours, though, and that’s how long “2012″ is (the movie, not the year). I have some other issues with it, too, but — eh, just read the review.
You should also click over here to read my friend Mike Russell’s CulturePulp comic, which today addresses the issue of disaster movies. I know few human beings more good-natured and delightful than Mike Russell, and as you can see he’s also a very talented cartoonist.
The other new wide release is “Pirate Radio” (review at Film.com), which already came out in England several months ago under the title “The Boat That Rocked.” It’s about unlicensed radio stations in the 1960s that played rock ‘n’ roll music, setting them at odds with Her Majesty’s uptight government. It’s an enjoyable and funny movie, if not a terribly deep one.
“Fantastic Mr. Fox” opens in New York and Los Angeles today and will go wide at Thanksgiving. My review will go up sometime between now and then. (Spoiler: It’s great.)
Also in limited release is “Gentlemen Broncos,” the new film from “Napoleon Dynamite” writer/director (and fellow BYU alumnus) Jared Hess. It is a deeply weird movie. It made me laugh a lot, and scrunch up my face in befuddlement a lot.
This film has already had some strange things happen to it. It opened in New York and L.A. on Oct. 30 to almost universally scathing reviews. Critics didn’t just dislike it; they HATED it. The only two good reviews were from David Edelstein at New York Magazine and Armond White at New York Press, and White is a troll who likes to take the contrarian position, so it’s hard to take his positive review seriously.
The plan had been to open the film in additional cities over the next few weeks, but after that disastrous reception Fox Searchlight suddenly canceled those plans. Press screenings that had already been set up in many cities were scrapped. Fox Searchlight sent out the word that the film would not be expanding beyond where it was already playing.
Well, you can imagine how abuzz the Twitters and the blogs were over this news. A movie SO BAD that the studio was actually pulling it?? Fascinating! After about a week, the screenings were rescheduled and the film opened after all. My guess is that the studio realized the P.R. from canceling a movie was much worse than whatever P.R. they’d get from actually showing it.
And it’s not a bad movie. It’s very weird, though, and the style of humor is either going to work for you or it isn’t. I can definitely understand how someone could come away hating every minute of it.
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This is what “Twilight” really boils down to. http://bit.ly/2cW4VC
RT @TheMacLennan I wish I had the immune system of a hobo. They’re like the next evolutionary step towards X-Men.
Look at my pal @culturepulp’s comic about disaster movies. He is talented and also funny! http://bit.ly/OOL3I