Archives for May, 2008
Directed By Steven Spielberg
Starring Harrison Ford, Shia LaBouf, Karen Allen, Cate Blanchett, Ray Winstone, John Hurt
Indy 4 is a movie I have really been anticipating with a good amount of trepidation. While seeing another film the trailer played and a friend screamed out from the back of the theater “don’t destroy my childhood”. Normally this kind of asinine behavior in a theater is irritating to say the least but this instance struck a chord with me, because I was feeling what he yelled.
There’s valid reason to fear that this new film would be a detriment to the franchise. Lucas tarnished the Star Wars franchise with the subpar prequels and he’s back here working on Indy. Spielberg has been on a solid roll lately with dramas but he flopped a bit with AI Artificial Intelligence and War of the Worlds. There is something though about magical partnerships. You can bring two creators together who have specific talents and weaknesses that compliment each other in such a way that they can create masterpieces. This is what happened with these two creators with the Raiders of the Lost Ark and to varying degrees Temple of Doom and The Last Crusade. So, I crossed my fingers and sat down in the theater for an early screening of the film. …continue reading
Created by Jim Henson
Directed by Philip Casson and Peter Harris
Featuring voices and puppetry by Jim Henson, Frank Oz, Dave Goelz, Jerry Nelson, Steve Whitmire, and many more.
Waldorf: Just when you think this show is terrible something wonderful happens.
Waldorf: It ends.
Okay, I admit it. I am a big geek for a lot of things, and one of those things is The Muppets. They just make me happy. Buena Vista Home Video recently released The Muppet Show: Season Three on DVD.
When The Muppet Show entered into their third season, Jim Henson and his cast of muppets were certifiable stars. Henson and company were working on the feature film The Muppet Show, Sesame Street continued to be a success and young and old alike tuned in every week for the pseudo vaudeville show The Muppet Show every week. Henson and his team were firing on all pistons. …continue reading
Written and Directed by Sean Baker, Spencer Chinoy, Dan Milano
Back in 2002, Greg the Bunny aired on Fox and starred Eugene Levy, Sarah Silverman and Seth Green, just to name a few. This “little puppet show that could” had lots of fans, but as usual, Fox canceled it before the first season completed. Lucky for Greg the Bunny fans, Independent Film Channel offered them a place on their channel. Shout Factory recently released The Passion of Greg the Bunny: Best of the Film Parodies: Volume Two on DVD and I gave it a spin.
In the original Greg the Bunny show, Greg was the co-star of a children’s television show called Sweetknuckle Junction.Greg the Bunny treated puppets as though they were real creatures within the reality of the show, although in this show, they were treated as a racial minority, sometimes struggling against second-class citizenship. This back-story for Greg was re-tooled for the IFC episodes. …continue reading
Directed By: John Favreau
Starring: Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow, Terrence Howard, Jeff Bridges
Iron Man is the first in house produced film from Marvel Studios and I have to admit I was worried. Just because you’re a company that knows how to create fantastic comic books doesn’t mean you understand how to make great movies.
As the film started coming together the one thing I did realize that Marvel had right was their choice of director in John Favreau. Favreau hasn’t done a film like this up to now in his career but he has shown more than once that he’s a comic book super fan, which is one thing you want in a director of a film like Iron Man. The other thing you want is a director that understands how to make a good movie, not just how to do action scenes. To make a film of any kind rise to the top there has to be great drama and character development. Favreau has proven time and time again that he gets that part of filmmaking. He then proved that he had a real grasp on the character of Tony Stark (the man behind the mask) when he and producer Avi Arad cast Robert Downey Jr. in the part. …continue reading
Directed By: Roy Anderson
Starring: Jessica Lundberg, Ollie Olson
Only a few times in a generation does a film come out that is truly unique, not just stylized looking but a truly unique experience. Like the film or not, You, The Living is just that sort of film and it gets points for that. being so unique doesn’t always mean that watching such a film is a good film worth watching over and over again.
This film is built of 50 short tableaux which are connected in theme or in emotion but often come off as non-sequiturs. These brief scenes are dismal, sometimes repetitive, mildly humorous, and sometimes gut bustlingly hilarious. A bar tender in one scene yells for last call and then says that tomorrow’s another day, and that line gets to what feels like the heart of the film. It questions the meaning of life and it reminds us that as bad as one day is there’s always another on the way. Sounds a bit sad huh? Well, it is sad but along with the sadness there’s a glimmer of hope, hidden within a random song, or a brief moment of passing happiness. …continue reading