Despite Southland Tales being panned by critics and doing terribly at the box office, it remains one of my favorite movies of the last 5 years (maybe even decade). I love the bizzare casting choices, the incoherence of the story, the over-the-top characters, and the pointlessness of it all. The plot twists and turns and leaves you staring at the screen with a cartoonish question mark floating above your head half the time. This is enhanced by the fact that the movie follows several characters and subplots at once and constantly bounces from one genre to another. It is as if several movies worth of information and images have been cramped into one messy epic. My advice is: go against your insticts. If you can accept the fact that you won’t be able to grasp and understand everything (anything?) this movie throws your way, you are in for an incredibly fun ride.
But I digress. You may or may not be aware that the movie is actually the second part of a longer saga. There are three graphic novels that act as prequels to the movie and should make it easier to understand the plot. And now it seems Richard Kelly really, really wants to film a prequel based on the novels which were originally based on his script. Also, there is a fictional script within the novels and the movie which he also plans to bring to life as a part of the prequel. How will he do that? By going into the main character’s mind as he reads the script and have the same actors portray the characters in it. Confused yet? Get used to it.
Anyway, I read the novels and they do clear up a few questions, but they do not make the movie any better (because it is already awesome) and I do not see how adapting them to the screen will help change the minds of all the people that hated it.
Nevertheless, if Kelly can pull this off and make it as visually enjoyable and entertaining as the original, I say go for it. I’ll be waiting.
Hugh Jackman and robots!? … Don’t get your hopes up, it’s not an awesome Wolverine sequel. It is actually the upcoming feature film, Real Steel, where Hugh Jackman plays a washed-up fighter who gets a chance at a comeback by being a coach to a robot. So it’s just like Million Dollar Baby except with robots and brain damage. Let’s watch the trailer:
Is it just me, or is this trailer taking itself waaaay too seriously? I mean this is basically a movie adaptation of the Rock ‘Em Sock ‘Em Robots toy.
The only thing missing is a Wolverine action figure to cheer them on.
And the really sad news? There are actually plans to make an official Rock ‘Em Sock ‘Em Robots movie. Granted, “robots fighting” is really not such a bad idea. It is a scientific fact (which I just made up) that 90% of the internet people loves robots, while the other (smarter) 10 % fears them. So the real question to be asked here is: why do all these movies suck so hard?
This video for the first Daft Punk’s single, “Derezzed” looks equally awesome as the previously posted video featuring clips from the upcoming Tron Legacy. I’m still not sure I like the song though.
The Perry Bible Felllowship is a festival of bizzare, dark humor. Each comic stands on its own and features completely different characters doing completely different things. The style ranges from basic doughy characters, which coul be a part of a (horrifying) children’s book, to a variety of pretty awesome artwork. The comics are either completely random or downright awful, yet each of them humorous. Either way, you might not want to go there if you are easily offended.
Similarly disturbing and hilarious but more pop-culture oriented and not as well drawn: Space Avalanche
Zack Snyder’s new “visual masterpiece”. The whole thing seems to boil down to hot girls dressed in leather, wielding guns and swords and fighting a bunch of nazis, robots, dragons and a giant samurai with a minigun (!?). Then again, I guess I like to watch hot girls dressed in leather, wielding guns and swords and fighting a bunch of nazis, robots, dragons and a giant samurai with a minigun. I mean, come on, who doesn’t?
Simon Pegg and Nick Frost (loved loved LOVED both Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz) star as two sci-fi geeks who encounter an alien while traveling through America. The movie is directed by Greg Mottola (Superbad is a pretty funny movie) and Paul the alien is voiced by Seth Rogen (he ummm, has… a funny voice I guess?, just kidding, Pineapple Express!!!) Admittedly, this sounds pretty awesome. On the other hand, the trailer was a bit dissapointing. It might just be me expecting too much. Judge it yourself.
It is still not clear to me how it is possible that I have not heard of this movie until only a week ago when the trailer was released. It’s directed by David Gordon Green and it stars James Franco, Danny McBride and a pot smoking puppet. It is basically Pineapple Express set in the middle ages. There is no Seth Rogen but there is Natalie Portman and Zooey Deschanel, so I think we’ll be ok. (Be advised, it’s a red band trailer)
Here is a video of Judd Apatow interviewing
Daniel Radcliffe Harry Potter about playing the character of Harry Potter Daniel Radcliffe.
DM of the Rings
In order to enjoy this one you need to be a bit of a geek. You need to have seen The Lord of the Rings trilogy (which I automatically assume everyone has) and you need to at least know what D&D is and be aware of what a D&D session entails. If you meet these criteria, this comic is a goldmine of geeky humor. If you don’t, you need not even start reading. The premise is that the characters from LOTR are actually characters roleplayed by nerds during a real D&D session (with a tedious DM and everything). The comic is in fact created out of screenshots from the movie which makes it all the more fun (just pay attention to the characters’ faces). The story kicks off somewhere around the middle of the first movie and, admitedly, isn’t hilarious for the first couple of panels. But it gets better and better with each post. For bonus fun, read what the creator, Shamus Young, has to share after each panel. Most of the time it will either be genuinely useful, fun advice for aspiring DMs or a funny self-deprecating joke about D&D nerds.
Similar to this but not as entertaining: The Order of the Stick and Looking for Group are both D&D related comics which I tried reading. They were funny for a while but then the jokes just sort of ran dry and the plot took over and I guess I got bored.