Friday, January 27, 2006
Sundance: More pics
Thursday, January 26, 2006
Sundance: It's a cornucopia of films
Tuesday, January 24, 2006
It ain't over, but I'm back in ATL
Wish I Was Still There
- If you want to hook up with producers and industry folk, ride the bus and keep your ears open. It's the one place that all the Execs can be found (When you're practicing the art of cornering, cold is your friend. You can include drinking too much to that list--in otherwords see no. 5)
- Expect the first weekend to be infected with teeny-boppers and party goers who don't care one damn about seeing a good film. By Sunday the teeny-boppers have to go back to school and the party goers have to pay for the insane amount of drinking they did and thus must go back to work.
- Schedule time to sleep. Mike's post is dead on. Nothing's more frustrating than sitting in the middle of a film you're enjoying, but your eyes feel like their weighed down with 2 tons of cement.
- Nothing is a better conversation starter than what did you think or what did you see? Talked with some fellow audience members and Sundance attendees on the bus, standing in line, whereever and I thought they were the best reason to shell out all that dough. From first timers (like myself) to veterans, it's a great atmosphere to express your film jones.
- Bathroom bonding = A strange, drunken conversation leads to amazing possibilities. (Refer to no. 1 and figure this observation on your own.)
- Next time I must stay longer. I know there are more great films I'm going to miss. And with the film IQ growing at an exponential rate day by day, I don't think I'd be off the mark to think that by Friday I would have been in celluloid heaven.
Sundance: A Break from Films
Sundance: Sleep Achieved!
Monday, January 23, 2006
Scenes from Sun(and Slam)dance
It's all Exponential
Sunday Fun in the Sun(dance)
Sunday, January 22, 2006
Sundance: Subject "Blew"
Saturday, January 21, 2006
Sundance: short changed...
Friday, January 20, 2006
Martin's List O'Flicks
Match Point: 40, The New World: Love
Wednesday, January 18, 2006
Charles's 2005 List
I never do numbered lists. There some films that aren't perfect but they have bits I like. Others were flatout terrible, yet I personally enjoyed. And there are those films that I thought were great, but over time don't stand the test of time. So I figure I'll do my list the only way I know how: completely randomly slapped together, straight off the dome.
- Best indie film: Tie - Hustle & Flow and Me You and Everyone We Know
- Best Romantic Comedy: Hitch
- Best Ensemble Cast: Crash
- Best scene that will make you tear up: Michael Peña’s daughter using herself to shield him from harm in Crash.
- Best film for the whole family: Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit
- Best fantasy film: Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe
- Funniest comedy: 40-Year Old Virgin
- Funniest performance: Vince Vaughn - Wedding Crashers
- Film with the most and coolest visual references to old school film making:
- The he never lets you down performance: Geoffrey Rush - Munich
- The only reason to watch the movie: Vince Vaughn and The Rock in Be Cool
- Best performance that won't get the recognition it deserves: Georgie Henley as Lucy Pevense - Chronicles of Narnia
- Best crime film of the year: Layer Cake
- Best film that if released 30 years ago critics would be now be claiming it as a minor classic: Flightplan
- Movie that will most likely become a "I hate to admit to I watch it when ever it comes on" film for millions: Fever Pitch
- Film most likely to be quoted ad infinitum: Tie - Wedding Crashers and 40-Year Old Virgin
- Movie most in need of editing: Tie -
and King Kong Munich
- Movie I was most disappointed in:
- Most underwhelming remake: Charlie and The Chocolate Factory
- Script most in need of another draft:
- Movie most over hyped by geeks:
- Movie that was only worth watching once:
- Most desperate grasp to reclaim their cool: John Travolta - Be Cool
- Most desperate attempt to recreate a memorable movie moment: Travolta and Thurman's dance in Be Cool. A scene that only reminds you how good Pulp Fiction is and how bad Be Cool was.
- Author whose work again proved most difficult to translate to screen: Elmore Leonard - Be Cool
- Most worthless film of the year: XXX: State of the Union
- The what were they thinking award: Jane Fonda for choosing the J-Lo vehicle Monster-In-Law as her first film in fifteen years.
- Most disappointing sequence: The Batman vs. Ra's Al Ghul climax in Batman Begins.
- Movie with the most unfulfilled dramatic promise: Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith
- Most embarrassing moment on film: Vader's Scream - Star Wars: ROTS
- Movie with the dumbest plot that should still have turned out to be a fun popcorn flick but didn't: Stealth
- Most disappointing directorial debut: Liev Schreiber - Everything is Illuminated
- Most pretentious direction: Liev Schreiber - Everything is Illuminated
- Direction most lacking subtlety: Liev Schreiber - Everything is Illuminated
- Film that I found so boring that I never finished: Lord of War
- Most delayed film that was delayed for good reason: G
- Movie that proves cool sh*t is still better when there's a halfway decent story to go along with it: Tie - Ong-Bak and Transporter 2
Mike's Top 20 of 2005
1. Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit—I didn't have more fun at the movies this year. Fun and funny, Wallace and Gromit's jump to features was inspired. And I don't even have kids...
2. Jarhead—A lot of people wrote this film off as boring, but I found it to be a dynamic character piece about what happens when you don't get to fulfill your life's purpose. To me, it was totally engaging and proof that you can have a war movie that doesn't have fight scenes.
3. Wedding Crashers—I did not laugh harder at a movie this year, and that can be said even on the fourth viewing of this film. Vaughn and Wilson are a great comedy team.
4. Munich—Quietly engaging. It sucks you in, even if you know exactly where the story is headed. Eric Bana recovers from his lapses in The Hulk and Troy. I can forgive him now.
5. Lord of War—Nicolas Cage's best performance (The Weather Man was too drowsy) of the year is darkly funny and at the same time just dark. This one was buried at the end of a busy summer season, and was unfortunately missed by the public and critics alike. Too good to be lost for long. I'm hoping for a long life on DVD.
6. Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang—Likewise, this comedic noir tale was somehow lost in the shuffle. Val Kilmer and Robert Downey Jr. should have resurrected their careers with this clever little tale, but it came and went with nary a whisper.
7. War of the Worlds—Speilberg's direction wins the day for me on this one. Creative and compelling, the visual look of this film alone won me over. And yeah, the end was kinda lame, but so was the book. The ride was too much fun to be distracted by a poor destination.
8. Mr. & Mrs. Smith—If I hear one more thing about "Brangelina" I'm gonna puke, but this movie was very entertaining and fun, and you can tell there's a definite chemistry between the two.
9. Murderball—Best documentary of the year. Uplifting as you can get and no sappy residue.
10. Serenity—Being a fan of Firefly, my opinion is probably skewed, but in my opinion there hasn't been a better sci-fi movie in years. What Star Wars could have been if Lucas could write. Too bad the box office wasn't better, because I'll miss the world Joss Whedon created... though it was a very appropriate end to the series.
11. Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe—I was surprised how much I enjoyed this film. I remembered the book from my youth, but this was more more vivid than my memory. The visuals were impressive and the story was captivating. Feel-good movies can be fun!
12. Batman Begins—A glorious reboot for a franchise that was in the dumpster. Perfectly dark, as Batman should be.
13. Sin City—Talk about dark, these tales are about as dark as you can get. But it's the visuals that make this film truly groundbreaking. It was like seeing a comic book come to life. Rodriguez is my hero.
14. Hustle & Flow—Not as good as people first said, not as bad as the naysayers would have you believe. This movie works because of Terrence Howard, who puts on the most riveting performance of the year. He's my Best Actor winner, but I don't have a vote.
15. The 40-Year-Old Virgin—An extremely funny movie, but it came out too close to Wedding Crashers for it to win a permanent place in my funny bone. Still, I'm greatful because it made Steve Carrell a bankable star, and anything that helps The Office, I'm down for.
16. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire—Harry Potter is as reliable as ever. Darker than the previous three, but still a fun ride. The story was the sticking point for me, as it seemed too focused on the Tri-Wizard tournament, instead of character development. But I can't complain too much.
17. Crash—A solid film, but I feel it is overrated. Some of the stories felt too contrived and sometimes I felt too much "message" being pushed on me. Not all the time, mind you, but there were hints of it. Still, the performances were top-notch, especially the underrated Michael Pena, and it managed to make the audience truly think—a rarity.
18. Cindarella Man—A standard feel good sports movie wrapped in an Oscar package. Feel good sports movies can be done well, and Ron Howard succeeds, mainly on the power of the cast.
19. Me and You and Everyone We Know—My winner for most bizarre movie, but it was also a very intriguing one, treading in realms not often dealt with in mainstream cinema. But at its heart is actually its heart, which is surprisingly big.
20. The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy—I didn't know what to think of this film the first time I saw it. A fan of the books, I was overwhelmed by the movie version and I wasn't able to truly enjoy it until my second viewing. After the second time, everything was in focus. The movie becomes incredibly fun when you just go along for the ride.
Honorable Mention: Good Night, and Good Luck; Kung Fu Hustle; Hitch; Sky High; The Producers; Unleashed; The Weather Man; The Family Stone; Syriana
Stuff I Forgot: Throw The Edukators and The Matador in as 10(a) and 10(b), respectively. There's always a few I forget. The Edukators was a cool little German "thinker" film and The Matador was a slickly-made dark comedy with a very good Pierce Brosnan playing against type. Watch both these.