by Rob Boylan
So, unless you've been living under a rock this week you probably already know that the Florida Film Festival is underway. It is, I believe, the biggest edition of the festival yet, and the handful of films I've seen while we were going through our reviews were all good.
My picks for can't-miss of the festival are: I Wish, Turn Me on Dammit!, Monsieur Lazhar, God Bless America and A Cat in Paris. But that's just out of what I've seen, check out the rest of our reviews for more hits and misses.
HBO is, once again, the big news this weekend, with two new shows bowing tonight: Girls, from Tiny Furniture lighting rod Lena Dunham, and Veep, from Armando Iannucci, certified genius creator of The Thick of It and In the Loop.
I have Lena Dunham fatigue, so I may skip Girls and watch it later (if I watch it at all). It's gotten to a point where I don't even have an opinion about her anymore, I just can't stand the whining and vitriol that surrounds her anywhere she is talked about online. But her supporters are becoming just as annoying as her haters since they've chosen the "you're all jealous failed filmmakers" line of reasoning. I don't know what people are supposed to be so jealous of. Is printing your diary out and shooting it really the product of supreme talent, or just the oddball luck of a girl whose family could afford to buy her a decent camera and pay to feed her crew? It seems to be an endless, pointless debate, and Criterion seems to relish their role as shit stirrers here.
Veep, though, I've been looking forward to for a while. There has been a severe lack of good political satire/drama on TV since The West Wing jumped the shark. Actually, the one thing about Veep that annoys me is that it delayed the new season of The Thick of It in England. It will surely be weird to have an Iannucci show without Malcolm and Jamie and their wonderful Scottish fuck-yous, but the promos for Veep look great. Plus more Anna Chlumsky is never a bad thing.
News, links, etc:
-Ender's Game was pushed back from March 15th, 2013 to November 1st, 2013. They're shooting right now in New Orleans. (Deadline)
-Fuck Denmark, Woody's coming home to New York! (Variety)
-Martin Scorsese hearts vampires, hates Raging Bull II. (GQ)
-Alfonso Cuaron's upcoming Gravity apparently opens with a 17 minute long shot that may or may not be entirely CGI. (Immersed in Movies)
-Speaking of Cuaron, he's on the short list for Catching Fire with David Cronenberg and Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu. I almost want to pick Cronenberg because it's the easier to spell, but after what Cuaron did for Harry Potter, Lionsgate should be throwing money at the guy to take the franchise over. (Movieline)
-The first pictures from the set of Sofia Coppola's The Bling Ring... just happen to feature Emma Watson's belly button. Two thumbs up! Five stars! It doesn't stink! (JoBlo)
-Goddamn, I miss Joey Lauren Adams. (Funny or Die)
-Hey baseball fans, ever wonder what it's like to face a Mariano Rivera cutter? The NY Times put together a 3D interactive video that shows you exactly how and when you would shit your pants. You can watch it in 2D as well if you don't have red-cyan glasses. (NY Times)
-The money conscious studio system is jumping ship on 35mm film and it's going to create an archivists nightmare, which sounds like something lame to be upset about, but actually affects everyone who likes films pretty deeply. It's kind of galling that studio heads don't feel like they are guardians of culture, just guardians of the bottom line. (LA Weekly)
-I'm shocked -- SHOCKED -- to find that Amazon inflates its figures for how many titles they stream through Amazon Prime. (Fast Company)
-I don't know why Paramount and New Regency even bothered announcing that Darren Aronofsky's Noah will come out March 14th, 2014. I bet it has several set backs along the way. (Deadline)
-Avengers behind the scenes clips? Sure, why not? (AICN)
-Steven Spielberg's Laser Cats 7 from SNL last night made me laugh as many times as it made me roll my eyes. I'm so conflicted. (Deadline)
-The Blair Witch Project is a little bit of a touchy subject in Central Florida, where its two directors went to school. The film quickly became a nightmare for everyone involved despite it getting so big because of the truly awful deal Haxan Films signed with Artisan Entertainment. And now there is one more pauper to add to the list of this cursed film: exec producer Kevin J. Foxe filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy last week. (TMZ)
Trailers, posters, etc:
-OMG LOOPER. I hate you for making me wait so long, Rian Johnson. (Apple)
-Red Lights, starring Sigourney Weaver, Cilian Murphy and Elizabeth Olson. I was really hoping for more from Olson than a bunch of horror-thrillers, but we're still in the delay from production to release from when she got famous, so there is that to consider. (YouTube)
-Hit So Hard, a doc about former Hole drummer, Patty Schemel. Will this finally be the documentary that spills the beans on Kurt Cobain writing Live Through This? Probably not, but he totally did. (Apple)
-Mamitas, which plays the Florida Film Festival. (Apple)
-Don't even lie. You're all gonna see Miley Cyrus's LOL, if only for the underwear shots. (IMDb)
-Cartoon College, a documentary about a lot of money being flushed down the toilet. I say this with love as someone who also flushed money down the toilet on film school. (YouTube)
-The new trailer for Hysteria, about the invention of the vibrator. (Yahoo)