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Nothing Overly Profound About the ‘RoboCop’ Reboot

February 2, 2012 Leave a comment

I tend to go back and forth when it comes to remakes of films I love. For instance, when I heard there would be a Straw Dogs remake, I was appalled. However, when I heard about the RoboCop reboot, I was surprisingly not reduced to screaming and vomiting out of pure disgust. I love the original RoboCop and I hate the idea of a shoddy, watered down remake. BUT I am excited by the idea of a good remake and a fresh perspective. Granted, I was more enthralled by the concept when the superb Darren Aronofsky was attached to direct (José Padilha is steering the boat now).

A mural of RoboCop

Screenwriter Nick Schenk is said to be taking on the task of writing a draft of the script. Gran Torino is his claim to fame, and although it’s not my favorite movie, I think the addition of Schenk is a pretty positive sign. Most interesting is the rumored casting of the titular character. The names that have been mentioned the loudest so far have been the following: Michael Fassbender, Chris Pine, and Russell Crowe. Interesting and vastly Read more…

My (unnecessary) Disgust with the Oscars

January 26, 2012 2 comments

Well, I mentioned in previous posts (here and here) how much I loved the performances this year of Michael Fassbender in Shame and Tilda Swinton in We Need to Talk About Kevin. About the thespians, I said, “It’s a good thing these two aren’t competing with one another for awards because I would be at a loss when choosing a favorite.” Thanks to the oh-so-wise-and-cutting-edge  jackasses at the Academy, I’m in no danger of choosing my favorite actor or actress this year.

I hate to say it, but I was fuming when I read the Oscar nominees that were announced on Tuesday morning. I know it’s silly to be so incensed over something so trivial and vain, but I feel like I am the Academy Awards demographic– I love movies! I love the art Read more…

My 10 Favorite Films of 2011, Plus a Special Guest’s Top 10!

January 24, 2012 4 comments

Program from my screening of 'Shame' at LACMA

Well, the day you’ve all been waiting for has arrived. It took some time and I had to make some tough (not really) decisions, but I’ve finally settled on my ten favorite movies of 2011. Not until I actually sat down to compile the list did I realize how many movies this year impressed me…

A year is a long time, and it was fun to go back through and reminisce about all of the movies I saw. Oftentimes I didn’t even realize that a particular film had been released last year. It’s not like I empathized with Sophie and her choice (drama queen), but I really did have to leave off some excellent movies– which is good! No one wants to dig for films just to salvage a shoddy top ten list.

As an additional treat, my podcast co-host, Devin Marble, sent me his Read more…

‘We Need to Talk About Kevin’ Musings, Upcoming Top 10 Films of 2011, & ShortCuts Podcast #3!

January 22, 2012 4 comments

We Need to Talk About Kevin is grim. It’s also great– truly great. Please, don’t let the grim factor scare you away.

Kevin does an excellent job of defying categorization. It could be described as a paranoid suspense thriller, a dark and dramatic look at domestic life, or even an honest examination of how some parents feel about their children. As many of the best films do, Kevin keeps you guessing from beginning to end, refusing to be cornered.

The director and co-screenwriter, Lynne Ramsay, chooses to tell the story of Kevin and his mother, Eva (Tilda Swinton), through a series of flashbacks, cutting between Eva’s sad and hopeless present with her sad and hopeless past. Her present is lonely, but her past is populated by her Read more…

Steve McQueen’s ‘Shame’ & the MPAA’s NC-17

November 8, 2011 2 comments
Program for LACMA’s screening of ‘Shame’

I recently attended a screening of the latest Steve McQueen/Michael Fassbender collaboration Shame at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Critic and admirer of the film Elvis Mitchell was on hand to present the picture, as The New York Times Film Club was one of the sponsors of the event. I have been extremely excited to see Shame since I heard Fassbender and McQueen were working together again. Their first project together, Hunger, is one of the most impressive movies I’ve seen in five years, and, luckily, Shame followed suit. Read more…