A Belated 20th Darko Anniversary

November 3, 2008

Donnie Darko‘s denouement occurred on October 30, 1988, which was 20 years ago last Thursday.

Unfortunately, they’re making a sequel.


Daniel Craig on keeping fit

November 3, 2008

“I am not an athlete, although I have always enjoyed keeping fit between bouts of minor alcoholism.”

(Full article on the run-up to Quantum of Solace.)


The new “Guns N Roses” song

November 2, 2008

Chinese Democracy is now listenable at YouTube, album out November 23.


Frasier Crane for McCain

November 1, 2008

Looking through the junk emails, I had one from the RNC Wednesday that was a fundraising pitch from none other than Kelsey Grammer:

This is not an easy time to be conservative. In 6 days we might wake up to read that Barack Obama and liberal Democrats have seized total control of Washington.

Take it from me. For 20 years, I played Dr. Frasier Crane on TV, and it is not easy being openly Republican in a Democrat town like Hollywood. But even when the odds are against us, we must never stop fighting for this country.

Will you help stop liberals from seizing total control of our government?

Barack Obama and his liberal allies claim to support the working man. They want us to think they are all Joe and Jane Six Packs. But we all know — that when they think no one is listening — the liberal elite

They ridicule Sarah Palin…they laugh at Joe the Plumber…and they condescendingly refer to middle-class Americans as “bitter.”

Yes, the guy who played the effete Seattle psychiatrist on TV for years is now sneering via email about the “liberal elite.” Alrighty then. (And when did the unwashed masses take up residence in suburbia?

I guess Grammer also played the Republican president in Swing Vote, or so I hear.


Bush and Bush

November 1, 2008

I have to say that I really enjoy the fact that Elizabeth Banks, co-star of Zack and Miri Make a Porno, is also currently in cinemas portraying Laura Bush. Alas, I have yet to see either film…


Top 5 Movies of 2007, and Most-Anticipated of 2008

January 1, 2008

Since everyone and their brother likes putting together top 10 lists around new year’s, here are my five favorite films of 2007:

  1. Planet Terror
  2. No Country for Old Men
  3. The Bourne Ultimatum
  4. 3:10 to Yuma
  5. Sicko

Honorable mentions go to Michael Clayton and 300, and my chief disappointments were American Gangster and Death Proof This list is obviously dependent to a large degree upon what I have and haven’t seen. For example, I also wanted to see Rescue Dawn, Eastern Promises, Hot Fuzz, and Zodiac but haven’t yet, so take the list for what it is.

In reading the critics’ lists, I always wonder about how they seem so back-loaded in the year. For example, There Will Be Blood made lots of lists, even though hardly anyone who isn’t a film critic has even had the chance to see it yet (it opens in DC — where there was a midnight showing on Saturday night — this Friday). The Golden Globes similarly give the bulk of the film nominations to things that have either just come out in the fall or December or even will be coming out a few weeks after the nominations are announced. I understand that the studios intentionally put out the projects that aspire to win awards toward the end of the year, but it seems a little overboard the extent to which it turns into a fait accompli; I wish more releases from year-round could be recognized, regardless of whether they set out to be awards season hits or not.

Anyhow, here’s what I’m looking forward to seeing in the new year.

  1. The Dark Knight
  2. There Will Be Blood
  3. Righteous Kill
  4. Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull
  5. Bruno

New films from David Fincher and M. Night Shymalan also sound intriguing, and I wish someone other than Ron Howard were directing Frost/Nixon and Angels and Demons.

This blog post is an excellent compendium of lots of noteworthy movies slated for an ’08 release. Here’s hoping for another entertaining and thought-provoking year in film.


Nothing changes on New Year’s Day

January 1, 2008

Bono looked a lot younger back in 1982, but the lyrics are timeless:

And so we are told this is the golden age
And gold is the reason for the wars we wage
Though I want to be with you
Be with you night and day
Nothing changes on New Year’s day