Tuesday, August 17, 2004

We Ordered You A Red Cap And A Speedo.

Happy Birthday Bobby D

The man who realized such iconic characters as Vito Corleone, Travis Bickle, and Al Capone turns 61 today. No matter how many jerkoff movies he's in, no matter how far away he gets from those amazing performances...I'll always love Robert De Niro.

He was the first actor I took notice of. As a young movie lover I always felt that actors were getting away with murder by getting to play pretend and being paid for it. I also thought actors were just playing themselves (which is sadly true). But when I saw De Niro he was the young Don Vito. It would amaze me that the same guy Satan in Angel Heart was the tortured convert in The Mission.

I will never get the film geek backlash. Like Brando, the level of genius far surpasses any number of bad films.

Sunday, August 15, 2004

We Are Going To Eat You.

I'm half-heartedly watching Fulci's Zombi 2 (or Zombie to you and me, kids). I say half-heartedly because I want to like this more than I am. It is a flick that I enjoyed as a kid for the spectacular gore and now old age has set in. I just don't find this scary or, worst of all, very compelling. Though there was some topless scuba diving and some oh so brief 70's bush.

Really, though, what a waste of film. LITERALLY, why slowly pan across a building that says NEW YORK MEDICAL EXAMINER and then cut to a guy TALKING about doing an autopsy? Would Eye-Talians be thrown? I dunno.

The one bright shiny moment of this is the aforementioned out of place nudity and the only existing film of a ZOMBIE VERSUS A SHARK. This looks like a real fucking shark! The zombie not so much.

Anyways, I'll make it through the rest but I'm glad I didn't pony up for the bigger set. Getting aged blows.

Sunday, August 08, 2004

Collateral

I saw this on Saturday. Quite a good little movie. Beautifully filmed, for starters. Mann maintains a tight focus on the characters. The last 15 minutes or so feel like he lost his nerve and falls back on some action movie cliche bullshit.

But it was certainly edible bullshit. Man, this guy has such a handle on the medium. Check out the scene where Vincent (Cruise) is stalking his prey in a darkened office building. Backlit by the twinkling cityscape at night. Or the scene with the wolves.

I'd also add that this is Tom Cruise's best flick since Born on the 4th. Maybe a bit of the spring in Vincents' step is Cruise knowing that he's subverting some expectations. Jamie Foxx deserves some applause. A completely restrained and believable character. I've always argued that these kinds of roles are harder to tackle than the psycho or the retard. I was impressed.

Friday, August 06, 2004

PIMP

Allow me the honor of pimping another blog. Probably the only one that will get prominently featured...until the guy that played Dengar in Empire Strikes Back starts one of these.

Rumblings From Dagobah

Run by a good friend who is every bit as obsessive and weird about movies as I am. In his spare time he attends Ned Beatty conventions. Charlie is one of the good bad guys. Check him out.

Thursday, August 05, 2004

Man, you've got some fucked up friends, I'm tellin' ya. Limber, though...

Revisited Fight Club this morning. I'm not going to stretch my admittedly meager critiquing skills. Every joker on the internet has wrung every bit of intellectual angst out it. What I find hilarious, in my own typically snide fashion, is how the corps of Tyler Durden worshippers fundamentally did not "get" this movie. Did I?

Who knows. But I did enjoy seeing guys beat the shit out of each other.

I will say that there is no underestimating David Finchers prowess behind the camera. There's so much of the slick and subtle in the frame. Watching Fight Club underlined what a great purchase the projector was. The movie just belongs "Up There" in all it's meaty goodness.


Wednesday, August 04, 2004

Where The Money At ?!?! - Vol. 1

A lot of movies out next week that must be purchased. Not only purchased, but I'll be carving hunks of time out so that I may actually watch them. Yeah, shock.

The absolute fucking must-haves are:

Tod Browning's Freaks (1932)
- I've seen bits and pieces over the years but never the whole. Plus: I love weirdos.

Kill Bill Vol. 2 (2004)
- No fucking question. I will buy every incarnation of this. Up to and including Turkish Kill Bill. When I grow up I want to be David Carradine.

The Lost Boys: Special Edition (1987)
- This movie is lame. I'm a staunch defender of it anyway. I don't like that most people feel like they can't like a shitty film. Of course, you can. Just acknowledge that it's Le Turd De Cinema and you are a Coreys-fan.

I kinda/sorta want these. If you want to buy 'em for me go ahead:

The Bad Seed (1956)
- Killer atomic sperm. Please God, Please!

Village/Children of the Damned (1960/1963)
- I want to see these. Never have. But I feel like it might mess up my alphabetical scheme I got goin' on my dvd shelf.

I kinda want that Triumph dvd JUST for the Star Wars nerds on line thing. That dog is a genius.

NEW RELEASE TUESDAY...

...was yesterday. Thank Christ it was light. I had to talk myself out of getting 13 Going On 30. Picked up Disney's The Black Hole. Famous for including two of my passions in one film: Robots and Borgnine. I also unloaded some dvd's (to be double-dipped at a later date) at Movie Trading Company. Picked up Criterion's The Third Man.



Tuesday, August 03, 2004

Brief Intro ----

This will be more or less (hopefully LESS) a running commentary on the movies I watch. I'll also throw the odd bit of movie news and dvd caca.

First things fuckin' last...my up-to-the-minute collection: http://www.dvdaficionado.com/dvds.html?cat=1&id=katanga

Honestly, don't let that number mislead you...I buy A LOT more than I watch. Which is retarded. I hope to remedy that, though.