Didn’t realise how funny the tagline for Rebel Without a Cause was until I spotted this poster in the bathroom of a cafe in Newtown.
And yes, somebody had painstakingly drawn moustaches on every single poster. Even Barbarella.
Either they were making a bold statement about Hollywood misogyny and the lack of developed roles for female actresses in the film industry, or they were taking a really long shit and happened to have a pen.
Video games get a hard time. They are frequently used as scapegoats for a violent youth, are dismissed as mindless entertainment and derided as artless compared to media perceived to be superior.
But the video game industry is a dark horse and it is becoming harder and harder for its detractors to dismiss as a mere distraction. Video games have been watching Hollywood closely and are now at the stage where they can outperform movies. Uncharted was hands-down more fun than the most recent Indiana Jones film, Mass Effect has crafted a far more engaging and deeper story than Avatar or any other recent sci-fi blockbuster, and now Journey proves that video games have the potential to be every bit as meaningful or as poetic as any piece of art or literature. Continue reading
These are the movies that I’m most looking forward to over the rest of the year, in the order that I’m most looking forward to them, ranking from most looking forward to, to very looking forward to, to not as much looking forward to, but still looking forward to.
The rankings were determined through a unique method of anticipation-measuring that involves a third-party shouting various movie titles at me while I bounce on a trampoline. A fourth-party then measures the seismic readings of my “leaps for joy”, then feeds that data to a physician who adjusts the measurements according to my size, weight and body mass index. The properties are then ranked accordingly, as below:
I’m in a cinema packed with people who just unashamedly and uproariously laughed at the trailer for Adam Sandler’s latest comedic enterprise, “That’s My Boy”
During filming of the second series, a horse suffered a head injury while being lead to the stable and had to be put down. Two horses had died during the filming of the first series, so HBO, David Milch and Michael Mann have announced that the show is ceasing production.
I haven’t seen any of Luck yet, and now I’m not sure if I’ll bother. It’s been said that it’s a hard show to become endeared to, but apparently it becomes interesting after four episodes. Which leads nicely to this question posed by The Guardian TV blog recently; How long do you give a show before you switch off?
I’m in the midst of doing up a list of shows I’ve gotten bored of over the past year. It’s substantial.
Their penance? A thousand lashes.
I’m writing about this because both these sites populate my Google Reader and I enjoy them both for very different reasons.
Ultra Culture, while bizarrely named, is home to some of the most incisive and hilarious film commentary you will ever find and is steeped with a contagious love of fonts and animated gifs.
While Slash Film’s writing may not come anywhere near the level of Ultra Culture’s, I just keep going back for the sheer quantity of content they post every day. They cover pretty much every possible bit of news in the film and TV industries, right down to the most mundane stories.
And I’m a big fan of their podcast.
Which leads me to the point. Ultra Culture has written a very spot-on criticism of Slash Film’s overt hatred of the Twilight movies, which makes for a good read.
I still haven’t gotten round to watching any of the Twilight movies, but I feel like I should, if only just to have an opinion. I’m toying with the idea of attempting some sort of Twilight marathon session, but I’m not sure that would be a constructive or enjoyable use of my time.