On this episode, Mike returns after another long layoff with a whole bunch of reviews, ranging from blockbusters (Iron Man 3, Star Trek: Into Darkness), to documentaries (Taxi To The Dark Side, Which Way Is The Front Line From Here?), to indies (Mud, Upstream Color). All that and random other stuff!
Listen to or download the show below, and click “read more of this post” to view a complete breakdown of the topics discussed in this episode.
And another month has gone by sans update… Super disappointing for me, to be honest. I was hoping to get back to a semi-regular schedule once I got my new computer up and running. But that’s the thing: it’s not up and running. Problems with the new system have persisted, so even now I’m working on a computer that is only sort of functional. As near as I can tell it’s something to do with the video card. I’ll have to get it looked at.
But screw it. If you wait for everything to be perfect before forging ahead, you’ll never get started in the first place. So let’s just carry on, shall we?
Rather than do the usual news post thing, today I’ll talk a bit about some of the stuff I’ve been watching lately. First though, a quick word on the podcast… Yes, it will live on, and yes it’ll be back soon. I’m planning on doing the next one this coming weekend, after I’ve had a chance to watch – and more importantly, digest – Upstream Color (which is now available to buy/rent on iTunes and various other locations). Looking forward to that.
So I’ve seen a few movies in the last month, though not so many as I might’ve liked. I went on a horror binge for a bit, and I’m planning on doing a write up about some of those. In terms of newer releases, I also checked out Iron Man 3 and Star Trek: Into Darkness. So for this first post back, I’ll share some really brief thoughts on those…
Iron Man 3 was good! It wound up going in a really weird direction that I definitely didn’t see coming (and I’m sure if you’ve seen it you’ll know what I mean). Shane Black definitely brought something to the franchise. He subverted my expectations in a really odd way and even though I didn’t really love the reveal, I hope his involvement with the franchise continues.
Today’s bulletin only has two items, but they are both pretty big. To quote Dazed And Confused, “It’s quality, not quantity, alright man?”
First trailer for the next Coen Brothers film, Inside Llewyn Davis
Like pretty much everyone who watches movies on a regular basis, I’m a big Coen Brothers fan. Their filmography is full of brilliant work: Miller’s Crossing, The Big Lebowski, No Country For Old Men, The Hudsucker Proxy, Blood Simple, etc. Their new film, Inside Llewyn Davis, follows a singer-songwriter as he tries to make a name for himself in New York’s folk music scene in the 1960s. The movie is loosely based on the memoirs of folk singer Dave Van Ronk.
So after I suffered through several days in a row of little news to discuss, today my ship has come in. I’ve got no fewer than four topics I’d like to share. And only two of them are trailers! Will wonders never cease…
JJ Abrams is a swell fellow In a story that’s both sad and heartwarming, JJ Abrams recently arranged a special screening of his upcoming film Star Trek: Into Darkness for a dying fan. Dan, the fan in question, is fighting a losing battle against two different forms of cancer. Doctors give him only a few weeks to live, and Star Trek doesn’t open until May. A family friend took to Reddit, and the community apparently was able to spread the word to a receptive ear at Paramount, resulting in Dan being able to see an early version of the film, which is still in post-production. Dan’s wife posted this message after the screening:
Hi everyone, it’s Daniel’s wife, we are of course sworn to secrecy, BUT we are officially allowed to say we saw it and we enjoyed it IMMENSELY as a film and as a gesture….
This is a story of us giving something to him, the ‘internet’ community giving something to him and ultimately being a heartwarming gift to our friends, family and so many others. This story of us (and of course JJAbrams & Bad Robot) being able to give this surprise gift of a screening to a huge movie buff like Daniel, especially a film made by a film maker who obviously makes movies with such care, with a fan like Daniel in mind (and a person like me who knows slightly less about these things).
First trailer for Unforgiven remake Hollywood has a long tradition of taking perfectly good foreign films and remaking them in English for North American audiences, but now the shoe’s on the other foot. Maybe it’s delayed revenge for all those Akira Kurosawa films that Sergio Leone and others remade in the sixties? Whatever the case, Unforgiven is being remade by director Sang-il Lee. The Japanese title is Yurusarezaru mono. Have a look at the trailer (it’s not subtitled, so unless you speak Japanese you’ll just have to enjoy the imagery):
Information about JJ Abrams’ next film Super 8 – an homage to Spielberg’s Amblin films of the late 70s and early 80s – has been slow in coming, but several members of the cast have now been revealed.
On Friday, Vulture reported Kyle Chandler (Friday Night Lights) and Elle Fanning (The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button) were in. Earlier today, The Wrap added several more names: Ron Eldard (Sleepers), Noah Emmerich (Little Children), Gabriel Basso (The Big C) and newcomers Joel Courtney, Riley Griffiths, Ryan Lee and Zach Mills.