But first, some news and updates:
The new konstruksjon R&R: Random Review: Starting after Christmas, I'm adding a new feature to the blog, which is the Random Review. I'll be posting reviews on some old gems, to introduce or reacquaint you with classic favorites. Cult classics, mainstream darlings, and all in-between, I can't wait to write about the films we love.The reviews WILL CONTAIN SPOILERS in the latter parts of the piece, so if it's a film you haven't seen, stick to the trailer and the general online reviews and watch it yourself first. And if there's a film you want me to write about, throw in a suggestion in the comments box.
Director update: Zero Killed director Michal Kosakowski will finally be in New York screening the film on January 23rd at Flaherty NYC. Click here for info and tickets if you're going to be in town! He will also be at the Modern Wars screening at Union Docs on January 20. Click here for more info. So go see the films and chat with Michal.
Here are the Thursday evening "bunker picks" hehe. They're not designed to take your mind off the end of the world, aliens, guns, weird states of mind, or food, but they do give fun little jumps into the world that was, the world that could have been, and the world that everyone was so wrong about (ie. the Y2K freakout movies). Enjoy. And if you have any other recommendations, please add them in the comments!
Paul is a great film. I'm a big Simon Pegg/Nick Frost fan, and they're at the top of their quirky-ass game in this one. They play two Comic Con loving nerds who help a fugitive alien. It's a very funny, very sweet film full of the "be yourself" stock broth, but it does a great job of showing how honoring oneself really does pay off. Be yourself, and love what you love.
What gaudy, men-run-the-show, the-governments-of-the-world-all-hate-us parade of awesome special effects would be complete without the terrible plotline inherent to every Roland Emmerich film? (Except for Independence Day, that one, though still sexist, is at least somewhat imaginitive.) I won't knock the man for doing what he does best in terms of trashing the planet, for it is a very entertaining film for the eyes and the little voice in your head that likes it when bad things happen. But it's also one of those movies you kind of have to watch with one eyeball -- it's so over the top in places, there are many belly-bustingly funny moments that I'm sure were not intended to be taken that way. Or maybe I'm just a sick individual.
Among the holiest of holies in any size film marathon, Pulp Fiction will always entertain to some degree or another. It's also one of those films where, the older I get, the weirder it is. Probably because now I see the cartoonishness of all the characters, but still, 18 years later (I know.) the film is still one of the very best.
Blade Runner, or as I call it, The Film of a Thousand Versions is a wonderful spec future film noir that a surprisingly huge amount of people haven't seen. I'll let the trailer do the explaining.
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
Before the hipsters truly sucked the fun out of living, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind was one of the most beautiful films to come out of the first decade of the 2000s, exploring the love story between an unlikely (yet obviously perfect for each other) couple. It actually provided an imaginative answer to the question of what life would be like if we could erase the memories that caused us pain, and shows us how everything, good and bad, is what makes life the wonderful experience that it is.
One of the greater questions posed by humankind came from Jim Morrison: "Is everybody in? Is everybody ... in?" But seriously, it's a complex question when you really think about it. When you change the context, when you apply it to various areas in society. Are we all in for a change? Insanity? Are in to laugh til the end?
This is my very favorite pre-2000, world-is-ending movie, where director Katherine Bigelow takes a Cronenberg-esque turn into the combining of body and technology, and the price of being able to live as many lives as you can within the only you have. Another kickass film with a great premise, a smokin' hot Ralph Fiennes, and an unbelievable Angela Bassett.
And for Saturday and on, scribble the theater and/or DVD release dates for these films on your wall because they are NOT TO BE MISSED!
Man of Steel
The new Nolan-produced boys' club comes at the classic story with a fresh start, without using anything from the 80s franchise helmed by the wonderful Christopher Reeve. I'm excited.
A storm at the Tribeca Film Festival, Resolution is a film that everyone keeps saying is a film beyond classification. I think it's not pulling any punches, we just don't want to admit to seeing what we know we're seeing. And that shit's ALWAYS spooky.
And so, I leave you with a lot of laughs (or scowls if you're the sensitive type). As someone stated in the clip's comments, I worry they used the funniest scenes for the trailer, but this film does promise to be a very funny parade of wrong.
Have a wonderful weekend with friends and family, enjoy your holidays or whatever you celebrate this time of year, and if it's our last weekend together after all, at least we had a fun ride.
"It's been emotional."