Now that I have upgraded to a digital recorder and cable television, I still find myself gravitating towards network daytime, specifically Judge Judy. Throughout the daytime spectrum, you can find a wide variety of hosts. There are those, like Oprah and her spawn Dr. Oz, who sugarcoat their lifestyle pep talks with a lot of handholding. Judy, however, is more my type. She is the idiot assassin and her scoldings, ritualistic and funny, are the best thing on daytime.
Archive for January, 2010
The Book of Eli, the newest movie from ghetto (filmmaking) celebrities the Hughes Brothers, is better than any January film has any right to be. As you are probably well aware, January is generally understood as a cinematic graveyard, a time during which all films theatrically released are expected to die short, unpleasant deaths. This is due to the fact that Oscar gambits come to a close at the beginning of the New Year – any film released after December 31st won’t be considered for the previous year’s Academy Awards. Hence, though Peter Jackson’s The Lovely Bones wasn’t released nationally until January 15th, it played in Los Angeles and New York starting in mid-December, so that it could hopefully garner the desirable Oscar nod. Those films that are released theatrically on a national scale during January are expected to be entirely off the cultural and Academy radar by the time the next round of nominations are picked. Continue reading
As horrific as most post-apocalyptic movie settings are, they can represent a peculiar escapism for the viewer. Sure, in the future, you may have to battle mohawked bandits and dress like a hobo, but the problems of today have been replaced by the problems of an existential samurai. Continue reading
Okay I admit it’s not a great feeling staying up to four in the morning with your guy friend watching the first Ninja Turtles movie. It evokes thoughts like What have I become? or Is this really my life? Irregardless it’s an excellent movie! It’s crazy that it stands the test of time, but it does. Continue reading
Gory, thoughtful and stylish, Daybreakers, starring Ethan Hawke and Willem Dafoe is way better than it should be. Even with an inferior second half, the film boasts old-school thrills and a sense of zeitgeist.
It is with slight shame that I say I had never seen a Max Ophüls film before. After seeing The Earrings of Madame de…, I have no choice but to see them all. Profound and technically brilliant to the point of near perversion, The Earrings of Madame de… is Citizen Kane meets “Madame Bovary”. Continue reading
Good for the first hour.
The Young Victoria, the delightful period piece starring Emily Blunt, reimagines the queens’s story as a romantic comedy with added historical depth. Blunt is magnetic, whether her Victoria is exerting her new authority or suppressing her desires for various hunky suitors.