Tuesday, December 4, 2007
****new release list no.144
Of course many good flicks this week, including the much-awaited release of the week, SUPERBAD. Things move quickly to DVD these days and it is a good thing! It is interesting how Judd Apatow has moved in reverse chronological order, the main characters of his big films getting younger and younger. Reminds me of that line in DAZED AND CONFUSED, “I keep getting older and the high school girls keep staying the same age.” Or something to that effect. Judd Apatow’s films are kind of the opposite. Kind of. Or something.
A must-see this week is SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE: SEASON TWO. Go look it up on IMDB, each season gets broken down by episode and the line ups for this season are unbelievable. Have I mentioned how notsalgic I feel for 70’s TV?
Rock the house,
Ken and Amy
............//RELEASE OF THE WEEK//............
Jonah Hill/Michael Cera
Directed by Greg Mottola.
* Latest super funny release from producer Judd Apatow, in which best friends Seth (Jonah Hill) and Evan (Michael Cera) set out to lose their virginity at a high school party with the girls of their dreams. They will be going to different colleges, so this they must do before they are forced to be apart. The smart young men know that the quickest way into a girl’s pants is by getting her drunk, so they get a friend to get a fake ID to buy beer to take to the party. Not surprisingly, in the end . . . oh, well, you’ll have to see for yourselves! Written by Seth Rogen (knocked her up in Knocked Up) and Evan Goldberg (wrote for Da Ali G Show). Tell us what you think about the homoerotic element; this film was at one point titled, “Separation Anxiety.”
Directed by George Barbakadze/Daniel Falcone/Hong Khaou/Judd King/Sven J. Matten/Eric Rognard/David M. Young
* Seven gay-themed shorts from around the world.
Directed by Fung Fung.
* A 10-year-old Bruce Lee stars as Kid Cheung, an orphan boy who sells comics in a little stall in the slums to survive. A classic story of a good deed bringing wealth and friendship. Bruce Lee has one of the longest Wikipedia entries I’ve ever seen for an entertainer, describing a life much more amazing than the 70’s Hollywood films where I first met Bruce Lee (amazing unto themselves, too).
Directed by Vít Klusák/Filip Remunda.
* Documentary in the most Michael Moore sense of the word: Two Czech films students hire an advertising agency to put together an ad campaign for a supermarket, Czech Dream, which does not exist. Art or social experiment?
EAST SIDE STORY.
Comedy/Gay and Lesbian.
David Beron/Rene Alvarado.
Directed by Carlos Portugal.
* “Love thy neighbor. Just don’t get caught.”
Mark Webber/Laura Linney/Sonia Braga/Michelle Williams
Directed by Ethan Hawke.
* Not only did Ethan Hawke write and direct this baby, but he apparently wrote a novel upon which the screenplay is based. But don’t hate him ‘cause he’s beautiful. A young man’s coming of age as he tries to make it in New York as an actor, falls for an unavailable chanteuse and eventually goes to home Texas to make peace with his father (played by Ethan Hawke).
Norma Aleandro/Norma Argentina.
Directed by Jorge Gaggero.
* Set in Buenos Aires, a story of how things change between a wealthy woman and her live-in maid as the Argentinean economy collapses.
Stephen Baldwin/K Callan.
Directed by Dallas Jenkins.
* Unrelated characters, each full of his or her own despair, cross paths on Christmas Eve. Random acts of kindness and senseless acts of beauty ensue.
MIKOGAMI TRILOGY: THE TRAIL OF BLOOD; THE FEARLESS AVENGER; SLAUGHTER IN THE SNOW.
Directed by Kazuo Ikehiro.
* The central character of these classic 70’s samurai action flicks is Jokichi of Mikogami, a famed wandering yakuza soldier.
PIRATES OF THE CARRIBEAN: AT WORLDS END.
Johnny Depp/Orlando Bloom/Keira Knightly/Chow Yun-Fat.
Directed by Gore Verbinski.
* A journey to World’s End to rescue Jack Sparrow. Jack, as luck would have it, is stuck in Davy Jones’ Locker. Remember that Brady Bunch episode? With Davy Jones? Well, this film is way more adventure-filled.
Jason Biggs/Natasha McElhone.
Directed by Saul Metzstein.
* A soldier mistakenly sent to an arctic army base in Greenland, only to be told he doesn’t exist. The soldier uncovers a secret and adjusts to the dark beauty and mystery of the great north. Set in 1979.
24: SEASON 6.
* Day. After Day.
CSI: SEASON 7.
Created by Anthony Zuicker
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE: COMPLETE SECOND SEASON.
John Belushi/Gilda Radner/Dan Akroyd/Jane Curtain/Lorraine Newman. . .
Created by Lorne Michaels.
* Some of the funniest sketch comedy ever made. Like ever, ever, ever . . . in my life.
THE WIRE: SEASON 4.
Created by David Simon.
* Season 4 of one of the tightest and complex shows on television.
CURIOUS GEORGE: PLAYS IN THE SNOW & OTHER AWESOME ACTIVITIES.
* Far, far from his natural habitat.
Queen Latifah (narrator)
Directed by Sarah Robertson.
* A seal and a polar bear followed from birth into parenthood. Music by Aimee Man and Ben Harper. Glacier groove.