The Next ‘Blue Valentine’ and Other Hits from Sundance 2011
A look at which films are likely to break out from this year’s festival
Not all three-quels are created equal. For every Bourne Ultimatum, there are a dozen films of the quality of X-Men 3. True, there are bad three-quels and then there are those that never should have happened either because the film before it sucked or all the talent had moved on. This article discusses the ten most useless three-quels.
The winner receives the Rodarte dress that Portman wore to the American Film Institute gala premiere of Black Swan.
Yes, John Hughes was an auteur. Nobody else ever made a film like Sixteen Candles or The Breakfast Club. But as auteurs go, he was still a performing flea. Of the good teen films, the very good ones were about adulthood, because adulthood can show up even in the life of a child. The Hughes films weren’t like that. They blew up kids’ concerns to make them a replacement for adulthood—Duckie vs. Blaine, good God.
Andrew Stanton gave a status update on the film’s progress and he revealed what we can expect from his live action adaptation of the Edgar Rice Burroughs classic.
Kids today! They love a good expletive-free British period piece! Of course, the practice of cutting a few scenes actually makes sense for a movie that gets the dreaded NC-17 or X, considering how most theaters won’t even carry the film in that instance. But from an R to a PG-13… seriously?
It’s Groundhog Day today, a holiday nobody would give a single crap about if it weren’t for the 1993 Bill Murray film by the same name, because that movie is awesome.
Cyberterrorism: It might seem like a silly, dreamed-up concept right out of the pages of a novel, or at least a multimillion-dollar Bruce Willis vehicle (the hugely successful 2007 film Die Hard 4: Live Free or Die Hard revolves around computer hackers) — but the myth is based at least somewhat in truth.
These two guys are only a small part of a simmering national fight between citizen journalists and police departments that believe subjects have no right to film them. The battle over whether cops can arrest you just for videotaping them is quickly becoming the most hotly contested corner of American civil liberties law.
Then I thought back to other films in this very small “person is trapped” genre, and found that I have similar feelings for many of those movies.
Posted: February 3rd, 2011 under Uncategorized.