If we’re friends, (and if you’re reading this, we may very well be!) you probably know about my penchant for movies about demonic possession. You may even be familiar with the “Where’s Satan?” trilogy I made in my final year of film school, in which each short film centered around something or someone being possessed by Satan! And I was making those films long before M. Night even thought about Devil, so don’t even start. Anyhow, if Satanic possession is my favorite thing, my second favorite thing is possession by a Dybbuk. The Dybbuk is an evil spirit from Jewish mythology, said to be the malicious misplaced soul of a deceased person. They like to pop up and make trouble in the body of someone living. And there’s another Dybbuk movie coming out!!!
I don’t care if the talking teddy bear from Seth MacFarlane’s first feature film Ted is just a straight version of Roger or Stewie; foul mouthed stuffed animals in movies will always be funny. The perverted Baby Oopsie Daisy doll made Full Moon’s Demonic Toys an instant direct-to-video classic, and who can forget the most famous living children’s toy of all… Chucky!
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I’m starting to get worried. All these Trailers, viral videos (TED talk & Happy Birthday David), film stills, and the speculation surrounding Prometheus seem to be weaving together some grand picture none of us are able to see. If Scott is lucky, these new dimensions will function like brush strokes on a Van Gogh; indistinguishable, yet beautiful when focused on individually, but harmonious and complete when viewed as a finished work. If he’s not, Prometheus will fall on the mountain of its own hype and become nerd rant fodder (probably me,) as to why the Alien franchise should have been left alone.
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The Tribeca Film Festival starts this week in New York City, which I’m sure you’ve already noticed if you live here, by way of the programs that were inserted into every free newspaper being thrust in front of you as you stepped out of the subway last week. Even if you didn’t take one, you saw them on the ground. Personally, I took two. One for reading, and one for marking up in a complex system of pictographs indicating which films to see, when, where, and how.
The line-up is pretty alright this year, although I find myself missing the midnight selections. Tribeca has a pretty distinct lack of horror and science fiction. No worries, flipping through my guide, I was perfectly capable of getting totally psyched about plenty of films. Tickets went on sale today, and I have, so far, bought 5. I intend to see many more films than just these, but I figured I’d share my first few picks with you.
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I need to stop trusting design (which is going to be difficult considering my profession), but after Savages and now LOL, i think I’m going to have to stop using posters as a litmus test for what movies I should be interested in. I’m not even sure what drew me to caring enough to watch the trailer for LOL. The poster’s photography was… interesting. The composition, Miley’s outfit, accessories, and dark clothing and eye makeup made her seem a little punky. This, when coupled with how she was sprawled across a fur mat in a sassy fashion, nonchalantly looking at her iphone, and then juxtaposed with the hot pink title. It made me think the film was going to be some sort of dark comedy.
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Hisss is a weird sort of good-looking trainwreck. It’s well shot, but horribly edited. The practical effects are incredible, but the CGI is laughable. And the story just makes no goddamn sense. Even more interesting is to look at the film in the context of its director, David Lynch’s daughter, Jennifer Lynch. Hisss, or Nagin: The Snake Woman is her third feature, following Surveillance in ’08 and the notorious Boxing Helena, 15 years before that. Hisss was shot in India, filmed both in English and Hindi, and played mostly to a Bollywood audience. Now a documentary, titled Despite The Gods and directed by Penny Vozniak, is being released chronicling the entire arc of the making of Hisss, and casting some light on exactly what went wrong and Lynch’s fascinatingly messy career.
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I’m not sure there was ever a demand for an airplane genre, but there sure has been a lot of airplane movies made over the years. Airplane I & II, Soul Plane, Con Air, Snakes on a Plane, and Passenger 57, just to name a few. I find it kind of odd that Hollywood has made so many because honestly who says: “You know what I love? A good airplane movie! There should be more movies that take place inside of airplanes.”
It’s embarrassing to say (because we all like to think of ourselves as involved intellectuals who have the acumen to just know things, or maybe that’s just me. Whatever), but the reason I was introduced to Jiro Dreams of Sushi was because it was the sole fresh review, over 90%, on the rotten tomatoes homepage. Not that I’m surprised that all present “theater-worthy” films are terrible, but you never think that they ALL suck .
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With the June release date of Ridley Scott’s highly anticipated film Prometheus inching ever closer, the director has released a teaser video directed by his son, Luke Scott, as a sort of viral marketing campaign for the film. The clip features Guy Pierce as the sophisticated and eloquent businessman, Peter Weyland of Weyland corporation, speaking at 2023 TEDtalk about the technological revolutions of the early 21rst century. While not actually a part of the film, the speech offers a tantalizing glimpse into what can be assumed will end up being the driving force behind Prometheus’ plot.