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Archive for the ‘Movies’ Category

I approve of District 9 (UPDATED, Spoilers)

August 21, 2009

It hurt, but in a good way. That is all. ~ UPDATE: A friend of mine posted a link to A.O. Scott’s review of the movie at the NYT, flagging it by saying “I thought this was great. But it’s not for the queasy.” What follows is the debate that ensued: DM: Really? I thought […]

I just rewatched Wall-E…

July 21, 2009

…and want to reaffirm its superiority over Up! (originally stated here). The fact that the “villain” is a pre-programmed auto-pilot system following a protocol without malevolence (just single-mindedness) or through anything above petty invention… is just awesome. It’s tres Eichmann. Plus, while there are certainly gags, they don’t really drive the story (and nor does […]

Chinese tastes and our expectations

July 6, 2009

Grady Hendrix has what was to me a satisfying piece up in Slate on the topic of popular Chinese film. In it, he makes the following point: American distributors like to import movies that toe a certain political line, depicting modern-day China as an environmentally degraded hellhole where human life has little to no value, […]

Up!, Ctd.

July 3, 2009

Awesome discussion of Up! two thirds of the way through the newest edition of the Double X Factor’s new Gabfest podcast (which I  highly recommend subscribing to—full disclosure, this recommendation may be coloured by my minor infatuation with Emily Bazelon). Bazelon’s framing: It’s all about… what you do when someone you love tremendously dies and […]

24 City

June 25, 2009

(SPOILERS… inasmuch as that’s relevant, which is not much for a movie like this) Yesterday a few of us went to see Jia Zhang-ke’s quasi-documentary about the closing of 420 (armaments) Factory in Chengdu. At the heart of the rapidly growing and modernizing city, it is to be replaced with modern, high-density residential development. I […]

Wall-E’s credits

June 23, 2009

Artofthetitle.com has an interview up with the Jim Capobianco and Alexander Woo (Wall-E’s director and animator) about Wall-E’s closing credits—widely hailed by me and people with whom I’ve spoken about it as the awesomest closing credits ever. Gets into some interesting nitty gritty. Here’s a sample: ATS: What were your references? Why were these eras […]

The Rza, The Gza, and… Bill Murray… drinking oven cleaner?

June 21, 2009

Looking up Rage set me a-trolling YouTube nostalgically for more music videos. Ended up in the Wu shit, which took me to this bizarre scene from Jarmusch’s “Coffee and Cigarettes”: Three of my favourite people. ~ UPDATE: Oh SHIT! Tom Waits and Iggy Pop!

Up!: The case against calling it brilliant

June 18, 2009

Up! could only possibly be disappointing from the perspective of Pixar’s ridiculous standards. What follows is an edited distillation of my end of a back and forth on the movie (with a friend who counted it a “transcendent work of art” that outstripped Wall-E, Ratattoille, and the Incredibles)—taking some of my his better points: Up! […]

Collection of Eisenstein clips

May 27, 2009

How cool is this?? PS – Speaking of what we do to other animals: