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Horror – round 3 Apple Trailers style

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The secret stash of horror trailers, perfect for a rainy day or quite moment at the office. I must admit I spend a little too much time surfing Apple Trailers – but its just so hard not to. You can check out all kinds of gems on there, and sure even though you cant embed the trailers into a blog post like you can say with youtube:

Compare the trailer for Diary of the Dead that is on Apple Trailers to the one I embedded into this post – its not even close. Speaking of high quality if you want more high quality horror videos make sure to check out ‘The Horror!’ film contest currently running on Super U. We’re getting new entries all the time and its shaping up to be quite the contest.


The Horror!

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Continuing with the October horror theme I decided to discuss a mainstream horror movie I’m actually quite excited about. If you have read this blog for any length of time you’re probably well aware I have a slight bias towards indie films when compared to major studio motion pictures. Well although this is slightly true, it does not mean I do not like major studio films. For example, opening this Friday is Quarantine.

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This film definitely has a Cloverfield, meets Saw II, meets 30 Days Of Night feel. Sometimes when you try to mix up a couple hits and a miss in a blender like that it comes out all wrong. However every now and then it turns out great and I think this is going to be one of those cases. That said keep in mind what this film is not – it is not a instant classic or a genre bender like Let The Right One In (That I saw at VIFF and it was everything I expected). It is a popcorn flick through and through, and there is nothing wrong with that. Make sure to check out Quarantine this Friday, and make sure to check out Super U‘s ‘The Horror!’ contest that opened earlier this week for all your quick fix horror needs.

October – a month of horror

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Its now October and thus begins the month of horror around my house. I’ve always loved horror movies, and recall watching every Friday The 13th back to back one halloween. This October seems to have the ball rolling with selections like Splinter, Shiver, and a film that received a third screening at VIFF because it was received so well – Let The Right One In. Of these Let The Right One In in is without question the best, I can say that confidently having only seen it and not the other two. The reason Let The Right One In is such a genre bending film that it will cross over to the mainstream and not just have the label of another horror film.

Speaking of horror films, Super U has just opened its The Horror! film contest that will run through the month of October. There already a number of great submissions so make sure to go check them out and vote on your favorite. Also if you’re a filmmaker and have a horror classic waiting in the wings then make sure to submit an entry as they will be accepted until October 26th!

Paul Newman’s 5 best

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As we all know by now Paul Newman has passed away. I didn’t feel the need to hop on the story like many movie bloggers, mostly because I want to be able to write something of substance when someone passes away, not just report on it in order to get blog hits. There are bigger movie blogs out there more appropriate for the ‘reporting’ aspect of things. However Paul Newman is one of my favorite actors, his body of work is impressive to say the least and thus in order to honor him I have gathered my 5 favorite Paul Newman movies.

1.) Cool Hand Luke: Easily Paul’s best film, Lucas “Luke” Jackson (Paul Newman) is incarcerated for a petty crime and sentenced to a chain gang. Luke is a sullen and laconic young man whose cool defiance of the sadistic warden and bullying inmates earns him the title “Cool Hand Luke.” But as the prisoners’ respect for Luke grows into hero worship, he finds that he must risk everything in order to live up to their expectations.

2.) The Hustler: The precursor to Paul’s Academy Award win over 20 years later, The Hustler is the story of “Fast” Eddie Felson is a small-time pool hustler with a lot of talent but a self-destructive attitude. His bravado causes him to challenge the legendary “Minnesota Fats” to a high-stakes match, but he loses in a heartbreaking marathon. Now broke and without his long-time manager, Felson faces an uphill battle to regain his confidence and his game. It isn’t until he hits rock bottom that he agrees to join up with ruthless and cutthroat manager Bert Gordon. Gordon agrees to take him on the road to learn the ropes. But Felson soon realizes that making it to the top could cost him his soul, and perhaps his girlfriend. Will he decide that this is too steep a price to pay in time to save himself? I personally think this is better then the film he later won the Academy Award for, but more on that later.

3.) The Sting: In the Chicago of the 1930s, Johnny Hooker’s partner, Luther, is fatally wounded by a victim of one of their scams who turns out to be powerful syndicate boss Doyle Lonnegan. Eager for revenge, Johnny seeks out mutual friend Henry Gondorffn (Paul Newman), a consummate master of the long con. Gondorff rouses himself from his alcoholic inertia and agrees to help Johnny take down the despicable Lonnegan, conscripting an army of grifters ready to avenge their friend’s death.

4.) Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid: Butch Cassidy (Paul Newman) is the smart, savvy leader of The Hole in the Wall Gang, and his sidekick the Sundance Kid (Robert Redford) ranks among the best shooters the West has known. This combination of brains and menace allows the duo to roam unchallenged, staging petty robberies when needed and otherwise kicking back at the local brothel. But when a six-pack of the best cowboys in nearby states gather to bring down the rebels, using a Native American tracker to follow them across rivers, over mountains, and through deserts; Butch and Sundance decide to flee. Gathering Sundance’s girlfriend (Katherine Ross), they make their way to Bolivia via New York City. Unfortunately, old habits die hard, and before they know it, the charismatic criminals find themselves in an all-too-familiar situation, this time facing South American enemies.

5.) Color of Money: Martin Scorsese’s THE COLOR OF MONEY picks up where Robert Rossen’s 1961 film THE HUSTLER left off. Fast Eddie Felson (Paul Newman), now middle-aged, finds the image of his youthful self in a pool hustler named Vincent Lauria (Tom Cruise). Trying to relive his past days of glory through the cocky but inexperienced youngster, Fast Eddie takes on the role of Vincent’s manager and mentor. But Fast Eddie didn’t count on having to contend with Vincent’s smart, sexy, and extremely ambitious girlfriend. The three characters become engaged in an emotionally complicated power struggle as they make their way to Atlantic City, where Vincent plans to compete in his first pool tournament. Scorsese’s, as well as Newman’s, love for the character of Fast Eddie shines through in every frame of this sequel, something that didn’t go unnoticed by the academy earning Newman the Best Actor Oscar.


6.) Slap Shot: Although not his best film, this is by far my favorite Paul Newman flick. In Slap Shot Reggie Dunlop (Paul Newman), the venerable player-coach of the Charlestown Chiefs, a fifth-rate minor league hockey team. When their blue-collar town falls prey to Rust Belt ills of the 1970s, attendance drops, and the greedy owner starts looking for a buyer, anxious to cash out. Dunlop is informed that the players need to crank up the box office to keep their jobs in what will likely be their last season. To the coach’s dismay, general manager Joe McGrath (Strother Martin) imports the Hanson brothers, a hockey Three Stooges who like to assault soda machines and play with toys. But once Dunlop turns them loose, they’re a Panzer division on ice, and the team starts winning by adopting their bone-crushing style. Although the team is on the upswing, Dunlop’s wife, Francine (Jennifer Warren), seems to be through with him, and the isolated wives of the other players aren’t much happier with their fate.

Thanks Paul, you will be missed…

VIFF: Blindness, and more…

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Its official, VIFF is underway. Last night the opening gala kicked off with a screening of Blindness and an all inclusive party at the Vancouver Aquarium. Those who know me well know I like to drink like a fish so drinking with fish is a great way to go about that, these VIFF people sure have the right idea. Anyway…

Blindness is from The Constant Gardener director Fernando Meirelles. He joins forces with Canadian writer/director/actor Don McKellar to bring Portuguese Nobel Prize winner José Saramago’s 1995 novel to the big screen in this large-scale philosophical thriller. An epidemic of blindness pushes society to the breaking point after sweeping through a modern metropolis and crossing borders into the outside world.

So far the film is not receiving favorable reviews, with Rotten Tomatoes giving it an average of 36%. That said one of our staff members attended the gala last night as had favorable things to say about the film. The Coles Notes version of her review is that the film holds up well, all be it mostly because Julianne Moore‘s performance. Parts of the film were hard to watch and she had trouble telling if it was due to empathy for the Julianne’s character or if the scenes just made her feel uncomfortable. Based on this information I think I’ll skip seeing Blindness until it comes out on DVD, in the mean time there are tons of other great films to check out at this years VIFF as I have covered in other blog posts.

Kate Hudson – wtf happened to you?

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I have no shame in admitting that I was more or less in love with Kate Hudson since about 1999 when she appeared in 200 Cigarettes as Cindy, despite how clumsy her character was. As her career progressed to Oscar nominations and world wide stardom she always managed to maintain this classy yet sophisticated appeal, unlike many starlets at the time – or now for that matter.

Unfortunately something happened in 2002. Her movies started to suck – really, really bad. Its pretty scary when you go from Almost Famous and an Oscar nod to How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days, Fools Gold, and Raising Helen. I find it depressing she has reduced herself to starring in one crappy romantic comedy after another when her acting ability is far superior. Thats like Michael Phelps deciding the best way to use his creepy aqua-man body is to take a job as a stock boy at the local supermarket because his 12 foot arms can reach the top of shelves easily. In other words Kate, stop doing romantic comedies cause your beauty makes you a buyable object of desire, and start using your abilities to win 8 Oscars at one show. I have no doubt that My Best Friend’s Girl is going to suck. That said I’ll still marry you…

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September 19, 2008 at 2:49 pm

Diablo Cody needs to calm down

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In a recent rant on her Myspace BlogDiablo Cody ripped into her detractors with the following:

I am not Charlie Kaufman or Sofia Coppola (much as I supplicate at their Cannes-weary feet.) I’m not Paul Thomas Anderson. I’m not even Paul W.S. Anderson. I am middle-class trash from the Midwest. I’m a competent nonfiction writer, an admittedly green screenwriter, and a product of Hollywood, USA. I am “Diablo Cody” and if you’re not a fan, go rent Prospero’s Books again and leave me the fuck alone.

I may have won 19 awards that you don’t feel I earned, but it’s neither original nor relevant to slag on Juno. Really. And you’re not some bold, singular voice of dissent, You are exactly like everyone else in your zeitgeisty-demo-lifestyle pod. You are even like me. (I, too, loved Arrested Development! Aren’t we a pretty pair of cultural mavericks? Hey, let’s go bitch about how Black Kids are overrated!)

I’m sorry that while you were shooting your failed opus at Tisch, I was jamming toxic silicon toys up my ass for money. I get why you’re bitter. I took exactly one film class in college and– with the curious exception of the Douglas Sirk unit—it bored the shit out of me. I also once got busted for loudly crinkling a bag of Jujubes during a classroom screening of Vivre Sa Vie. I don’t deserve to be here. We’ve established that. But I’m here. Five million 12-year-olds think I’m Buck Henry. Accept it.

(Incidentally, if you were me for one day you’d crumble like fucking Stilton. I am better at this than you. You’re not strong enough, Film_Fan78. Trust me.)

I’m sorry to all those violent, semi-literate fanboys who hate me for befriending their heroes. I can’t help it if your favorite writer, actor, director, or talk show host likes me. Maybe you would too, if we actually met.

I know my name is fake and that it annoys you. What, do you hate Queen Latifah and Rip Torn, too? Writers and entertainers have been using pseudonyms for years. Chances are, you’re spewing bile under an assumed screen name yourself. I’m sorry if you think I’m like some inked-up quasi-Suicide Girl derby cunt from 2002, but I like my fake name. It’s engraved on an Oscar. Yours isn’t.

Listen: I’ve been telling stories my whole life. Even when I was a phone sex operator, I was the Mark Twain of extemporaneous jerk-off fiction. I took every perspiring creep on a fucking journey. I don’t know how to do anything else.

I’m going to make more movies and shows. I doubt they’ll all be good, but that’s the nature of this life. Even though the public only knows me from one book, one movie, and several aborted blogs, I’ve spent the last few years hustling like Iceberg Slim out here to prove myself professionally. The people I currently work for, and with, are more than pleased with my post-Juno output. My pilot was so good (thanks, Toni Colette!) that it got picked up for series. That is rare, children. That is blue-rare.

In summation: you try it.

Based on my prior blog entries its clear I’m not a big fan of Juno. That said I didn’t despise it either, nor do I have much of an issue with Diablo herself. There is a lot to be said for someone who went through the shit she went through and came out the other end with an Oscar. However…

Welcome to the internet. This may be foreign to her but when someone communicates on a medium such as this they are going to have people who throw blind hate their way for no apparent reason. But don’t worry they will also have people grovel at their feet for no apparent reason as well (maybe she chocked that up to the Oscar?). Thus to Diablo I say – you have millions of fans and your first film is pulling a 93% on Rotten Tomatoes, quite whining about the few who hate for no reason and enjoy the ride…

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September 18, 2008 at 12:09 pm