"Wait, you know who Superman is?"
We're like a week away from the release of 10 Cloverfield Lane and despite never seeing Cloverfield before today, the trailers for it's pseudo-sequel peaked my interest enough to be my most anticipated 2016 release. So in preparation, I decided it was about time I finally saw Cloverfield and what a surprise, it's kind of fantastic.
Originally, I was worried that the found footage aspect of the film wouldn't work for me. Not only…
"According to my source, the end of the world will be on February 14th in the year 2016."
Elaine the psychic was kinda off, wasn't she?
P.S. Why didn't they release the remake on this date? That would've been perfect.
In other news, I was surprised how much I liked this; more than the first Ghostbusters and much more than I remember ever liking it. When you get past the fact it's mostly a rehash of the first film and…
"Ray...this looks extraordinarily bad."
So the trailer for the new reboot/remake/sequel thing version of Ghostbusters dropped yesterday and everyone hates it. In light of the controversy, I decided now was as as good a time as any to revisit the original classic.
But before we get into that, let's talk about this new Ghostbusters.
I'm not really looking forward to this new film, but not for the same reasons that most people have shot it down for. A quick rundown…
A long time ago, there was a kid with a dream. A kid with dreams about pornstars, oilmen, and scientologists. That kid was Paul Thomas Anderson and before he could make those dreams come true, he made Hard Eight instead.
Hard Eight follows Sydney (Phillip Baker Hall), an expert gambler who takes a young hotshot (John C. Reilly) under his wing. In the coming years, they become great friends, but trouble starts to brew once Sydney's protege falls in love…
*Rewatched with commentary by Paul Thomas Anderson*
Contrasting with the previous and equally entertaining Boogie Nights commentary, this solo show from Paul Thomas Anderson is very informative.
Lots of nice stories and insights into the film from the director himself. It actually highlights him not only as the passionate visionary we all know him as, but also as a subconcious perfectionist I wasn't aware he was. He explains how hard he worked on getting these scenes as good/right as they…
*Rewatched with commentary by Paul Thomas Anderson, Mark Wahlberg, Don Cheadle, Heather Graham, Luis Guzman, Julianne Moore, William H. Macy, John C. Reilly, and Melora Walters*
Technically, these are a bunch of tracks lumped together since not every actor could be in the same room at the same time. Usually, that makes for a distracting, frustrating commentary track, but this is a happy exception because of the dynamic PTA creates with each actor. PTA has this manic personality where he…
If you don't think Citizen Kane is the greatest movie ever made, obviously you haven't seen Mr. Thatcher deliver the line "I think it would be fun to run a newspaper" *grrrr* in the single greatest moment in cinematic history.
And the Oscar for Best Original Song goes to...
Writings on the Wall by Sam Smith!
Wow, the winner for Best Song goes to the most boring song among the nods AND the most boring Bond theme in the entire franchise. I hate to sound like someone complaining, but it's reasons like this why so many people call the Oscars garbage. This is just an example of the Oscars awarding mediocrity to me.
And the Oscar for Best Picture goes to...
Eh, I can't really co-sign this win. I find myself saying that a lot with Best Picture winners, but there's something weird about a Best Picture winner that's only won 2 awards throughout the whole night; including this award. I mean, maybe it'll grow on me with a rewatch, I don't know, but this one didn't thrill me as much as everybody else. Solid flick, don't get me wrong, but far…
And the Oscar for Best Actress goes to...
Brie Larson for Room!
She's always gonna be Toni Collette's daughter from United States of Tara to me no matter how many roles I see her in and no matter how many Oscars she wins, but for as long as I've followed her career (fuck US of Tara was almost 10 years ago I feel old) it's awesome to finally see her star rising and to see her get an Oscar for…
And the winner for Best Director goes to...
*Sean Penn voice* Who gave this son of a bitch his Green Card?
Alejandro G. Iñárritu!
Pretty well deserved if you ask me. This film is such a visual marvel. It's been noted for it's influences from guys like Terrence Malick, but visually, this is unlike anything I've seen before. It really is a film with some striking shots and memorable camera work and for the second year in a row, Iñárritu…