The shot secretly at Disney World feature Escape from Tomorrow just got its first trailer:
^Looks pretty cool
Heads up - Terrence Malick's To the Wonder is now available on Netflix Instant.
Thanks Chris, I missed it in theaters.
So I watched CBGB yesterday. It's not a great movie, but it doesn't aim to be. I expected it to be pretty much a straight cash-grab about '77 punk, but was pleased to find that it was actually a story mostly about Hilly Kristel and his drive to finally get a club that meant something to people and to find music that connected. The first third of the movie was the most enjoyable part, as it shows him as a destitute dreamer making his last attempts and hiring junkies, friends and toying with cops to make his operation work. They cast most of the bands really well, but I do wish they would have used some of the myriad solid live recordings from every single act to cover their performances rather than the studio performances. It's enjoyably gritty and confrontational at times, and while it would have been nice to have more of an ending (they cut pretty much with Hilly getting cash enough to keep the venue operating then the booking of the Police in '78,) it was enjoyable as a huge punk nerd. I loved the scenes with Legs McNeil and John Holstromm, and the dudes who play the Dead Boys do a great job. After Johnny Blitz gets stabbed, Cheetah Chrome tells Hilly, "Well, we could really use this to our benefit. I mean, we're punks, right?" and I laughed so hard.
I have quite liked everything he's done. I didn't realize there were people who hated The Descendents and Sideways
I only included both titles because it's disturbing to me that people would consider completely writing a director off because of one film.
I personally thought The Descendants was probably his weakest film to date, but I still really liked it.
I certainly haven't lost any esteem for Payne, but I think a lot of the disappointment (for lack of a better term) people seem to have these days stems from the seven-year absence between those two films as much as The Descendents being seen as slightly underwhelming.
I wouldn't call it writing off Payne... it's more of a cautious withholding of excitement until proven wrong. It's a similar approach that many are now taking with David O. Russell and David Gordon Green (who has at least shown signs of shaking his several-film-long funk).
I will defend Your Highness until my grave. i looooved that movie.
No one ever mentions Citizen Ruth but I think that movie is pretty fucking hilarious. For those of you still in touch with your humanity:
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holy shit, I totally forgot that I've seen Citizen Ruth. Yes, that movie is fantastic. And yes to SD's comment as well - see Wild at Heart for further proof.
I watched About Schmidt for the first time probably a year and a half ago, and absolutely loved it. My favorite Payne film to date.
Payne is one of my favorite working directors - his movies balance humor (the dark kind, often) and drama well. He hasn't made anything I've disliked, although Citizen Ruth made me uncomfortable at times.
We're here to play some Mississippi Delta Blues. We're in a horrible depression, and I gotta admit - we're starting to like it.