Saturday, June 25, 2011
3 recent ones that stood out, a meta-meta-meta-memoir--the editor's memoir of
reading the reviewer's memoir of the memoir by Luca Spaghetti about being in the Eat Pray Love memoir. Or, a call to take back the word c**t while adhering the NY times rules from using that word, or even referring to it. Or, a crit theory analysis of Pretty Women.
Wednesday, June 22, 2011
What amuses me about the star wars cartoon is how it continues to use catch phrases from the original trilogy on a regular basis. "I have a bad feeling about this" etc. How many could there be to use in nearly every episode without getting old.
Though I guess catch phrases from the bible or Shakespeare have become part of our language so why not star wars.
I was amused but not surprised when even Nytimes movie critic ao Scott cited star wars as the most influential movie he ever saw as a kid (also unsurprisingly manolo dhargis cites is obscure French new wave films like trufault or Jules et Jim.)
What amused me about the latest trailer is how many scenes from the old trilogy they fit into a 6 minute clip from blasting out of the death star to navigating the death star trench to the
Turret guns in the falcon to the death of kenobi to vaders force duel with space debris to the roguish smuggler. And while it was blatantly obvious the appeals to nostalgia were surprisingly powerful in making me want to buy this game.
Friday, June 17, 2011
Monday, June 13, 2011
Friday, June 10, 2011
But the A-list is still here, with the latest x-men installment which may be the best of the series, if not one of the best of the genre, at least in terms of art direction. I was eager to see it given the hype from friends and critics and impressively it lives up to high expectations.
It evoked two genres that never get evoked in super hero movies, the history channel war documentary (with its rendition of the Cuban missile crisis which was fun to watch after seeing the recent JFK biopic on the topic), and the recent genre of bad-ass Jew killing Nazies Holocaust revenge film which curiously is a popular sub-sub-genre these days (The movie also included a preview of The Debt).
But most notably it had the most savvy art direction of any super hero movie I have ever seen in a comic book movie, with the same attention to 60's detail as Mad Men, from the ever presence martini glasses, to the casual mysogeny. But also, the over the top Sean Connery James Bond / Dr Strangelove US and Soviet War Rooms, or the Austin Power style villain interiors, and montages. Most impressively, like the perennial problem of the super hero costume, it does all this with a wink, but without the Camp.
I also liked the ensemble case. Not quite the star power of the recent X-men franchise, but they all looked like they belonged in the time, perhaps because they starred in Mad Men. And James McEvoy really works reprising the dorky super-hero role he did so well in Wanted.
And of course it rewarded us X-men fanboys out there, by staying true to the original X-men themes of outsideness and persecution, the original 60's silliness and cold-war mentality, and throwing in plenty of inside references, and recurring throwaway characters.
Overall Grade: A
Thursday, June 09, 2011
So I think about this, since we spend lots of money on very expensive meals, but often I do forget the taste of the food. R- is better. In some ways, it is nice to embrace the fleeting ephemeral nature of the experience, but on the other hand, it also justifies the BS foodie banter we often use to describe the meals.
Thursday, June 02, 2011
I guess I can't blame them since I only watch pre-recorded shows these days.
I did like hulu's old model which forces you to watch 1 30 second ads for each commercial break. That seemed appropriate. Now that they switched to two though, they are starting to annoy me.