The Hot Blog Archive for March, 2007

Is "Videogame Movie" An Unfair Tag?


Daily David – 300 Ways To Leave Your Xerxes

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Sequel To Adaptation?

Susan Orlean on the magical art of origami

An Immodest Proposal

With Variety grabbing Anne Thompson and Cynthia Littleton away from The Hollywood Reporter, they achieve two things. In Anne, they get the blogger/columnist they have been trying to create for over a year now. In addition, combined with dropping the pay wall, they are saying to Hollywood,


Moan-y Moan-y

You can argue that Black Snake Moan falls apart when hit by the wake of its own good intentions. You can argue that a performance as raw and real as Jackson’s is lost on a central conceit – an unquenchable fever for “dick,” to use the film’s terminology, tamed only by a moron boyfriend – that is simply too goofy to hold up. You can definitely argue that Brewer’s ability to convey ideas of time – as in, this whole movie seems to take place in a week, when it clearly has to be at least a month – is so messed up that the whole thing seems like a giant wink at the audience.
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News Or Norm?

Someone I assume is a stringer/freelancer/pitcher to the New York Magazine Intellegencer column caught M. Night Shyamalan on a red carpet in New York and got him to defend Lady In The Water in a way I don’t consider remotely unusual. If he didn’t like what he made, he wouldn’t have made it. They then spun on his clearly casual throwaway, “I’ve got shit to say!”
To be fair, Intellegencer is admittedly a gossipy column. But they sent it out to media outlets as “news” or at least something worth linking to.
It seems to me like this is right at the line. Night humiliated himself with that book and then he compounded it with the relative failure of his film. But does this make his off-season and general defense of his movie into something worth discussing?


Sunday Estimate by Klady

Well, It looks like my little Wild Hogs theory was right. The Saturday bump suggests that pretty clearly. It’s a family film, not a middle-aged comedy. Ya gotta give that one to Disney.
Amazingly, it looks like The Number 23 could sneak up on Jim Carrey spring vehicle Eternal Sunshine of The Spotless Mind ($34.4m/d), which had so much positive energy and media love compared to this year’s release. I’m not sure what that says about the movie world, but I doubt it’s good.
The Oscar bumps are pretty much inconsequential.


Gross On Zodiac

Zodiac stands to Se7en very much the way Inland Empire stands to Mulholland Falls. It’s auto-critique. It takes an artist’s admirable if relatively conventional accomplishment and smashes it deliberately into several oddly shaped but ultimately connected pieces.
The most important disturbing, disconcerting aspect of the film is that, despite competent dialogue, and an excellent cast, it is not character centered, but structure and theme centred


Friday Numbers by Klady & BO Hell

Wild Hoggies couldn’t drag me to it
Wild, wild hoggies, they went to that shit
What can you do? People still eat a lot of Big Macs, they want to read about Britney


What To Do About Docs & Foreign Language Films

As we put away the last notion of this last awards season – it’s been amazing how many people were talking about not remembering who won in any year for more than 24 hours – I want to send it off with one last thought


Lunch With… Paul Verhoeven



Manohla Dargis’ NYT rave of Zodiac is shockingly similar to my pan. The difference is that she loves many of the exact same things that I find disconnected and indulgent.
And I think this pretty much defines Zodiac. The emperor is the emperor, but the clothes… up for grabs…


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It shows how out of it I was in trying to be in it, acknowledging that I was out of it to myself, and then thinking, “Okay, how do I stop being out of it? Well, I get some legitimate illogical narrative ideas” — some novel, you know?

So I decided on three writers that I might be able to option their material and get some producer, or myself as producer, and then get some writer to do a screenplay on it, and maybe make a movie.

And so the three projects were “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep,” “Naked Lunch” and a collection of Bukowski. Which, in 1975, forget it — I mean, that was nuts. Hollywood would not touch any of that, but I was looking for something commercial, and I thought that all of these things were coming.

There would be no Blade Runner if there was no Ray Bradbury. I couldn’t find Philip K. Dick. His agent didn’t even know where he was. And so I gave up.

I was walking down the street and I ran into Bradbury — he directed a play that I was going to do as an actor, so we know each other, but he yelled “hi” — and I’d forgot who he was.

So at my girlfriend Barbara Hershey’s urging — I was with her at that moment — she said, “Talk to him! That guy really wants to talk to you,” and I said “No, fuck him,” and keep walking.

But then I did, and then I realized who it was, and I thought, “Wait, he’s in that realm, maybe he knows Philip K. Dick.” I said, “You know a guy named—” “Yeah, sure — you want his phone number?”

My friend paid my rent for a year while I wrote, because it turned out we couldn’t get a writer. My friends kept on me about, well, if you can’t get a writer, then you write.”
~ Hampton Fancher

“That was the most disappointing thing to me in how this thing was played. Is that I’m on the phone with you now, after all that’s been said, and the fundamental distinction between what James is dealing with in these other cases is not actually brought to the fore. The fundamental difference is that James Franco didn’t seek to use his position to have sex with anyone. There’s not a case of that. He wasn’t using his position or status to try to solicit a sexual favor from anyone. If he had — if that were what the accusation involved — the show would not have gone on. We would have folded up shop and we would have not completed the show. Because then it would have been the same as Harvey Weinstein, or Les Moonves, or any of these cases that are fundamental to this new paradigm. Did you not notice that? Why did you not notice that? Is that not something notable to say, journalistically? Because nobody could find the voice to say it. I’m not just being rhetorical. Why is it that you and the other critics, none of you could find the voice to say, “You know, it’s not this, it’s that”? Because — let me go on and speak further to this. If you go back to the L.A. Times piece, that’s what it lacked. That’s what they were not able to deliver. The one example in the five that involved an issue of a sexual act was between James and a woman he was dating, who he was not working with. There was no professional dynamic in any capacity.

~ David Simon