Happy Earth Day. We can still get a few more in before we successfully kill the Earth off I think. Unrelated, the Florida Film Festival comes to a close tonight. This edition has been deemed a success, with films like Renee, Eye of the Hurricane, Turn Me On Dammit, and Monsieur Lazhar are getting an awful lot of notice. I'm told, too, that all of the shorts programs were packed. It's a good thing to hear and it warms my heart. Orlando is too often an afterthought when it comes to film, but the appetite to be day and date like NY and LA is clearly there.
I'm probably dooming myself by looking forward to Disney's upcoming Wreck-It-Ralph, but I can't help it. Especially with a poster like that (click for big). My arcade gaming life pretty much stopped after Street Fighter II and Simpsons Arcade, so though I was too young for the real arcade machine boomtimes of the 80s, most of the games I loved to play were 8-bit, where it was all about the challenge instead of the graphics. Frogger, Pac Man, Donkey Kong -- or Tetris, Mega Man, RBI Baseball on the NES -- those are the great games. I suck mightily at video games though, so it's a bit of whitewashed nostalgia for me.
The one problem is that the last time I remember thinking how great and inspired a teaser poster was, it was the first Episode I teaser poster, with young Anakin standling alone, his shadow cutting the image of Darth Vader on the wall of his hut. So it's a bit of an ominous thing, possibly.
The Pulitzers were announced this week, and though none of your intrepid, deep, soulful, introspective and dutifully bearded Orlando Weekly critics won, the Boston Globe's Wesley Morris did, marking only the fifth time a film critic has taken the critic's award. The dude can just flat out fucking write. For kind of obvious reasons (influence of opinion, potential claims of plagiarism, etc), I don't read much new criticism anymore, but I do miss it.
Melancholia is streaming on Netflix Instant and Amazon Prime. Great news or the best news? I finally got my bluray of it this week and want to thank Magnolia for omitting the commentary and documentary that were on the European Artificial Eye release that we were all waiting for. You guys rock.
News, links, etc:
-The lineup for 65th edition of Cannes came out this week. (Deadline)
-Shameless plug for a piece I wrote for Seoul Beats on the two Korean films -- one from Im Sang-soo, the other from Hong Sang-soo -- that are competing. (Seoul Beats)
-...and you may have noticed that it's a bit of a sausage fest, which is kind of surprising. But after last year, where a lot of the spotlight fell on female directors and actors to much acclaim by most, I can't imagine this was intentional, if only because it's very bad publicity (and, again, after last year, bad PR is something Cannes doesn't like). It's very strange though. (IndieWire)
-Filmmaker and designer Hillman Curtis died this week, age 51. Awful (Storify)
-"WHO WANTS TO EAT? HOORAY! FUCK! FUCK! FUUUUCCCCK!" -Mel Gibson (The Guardian)
-So who is directing Catching Fire? That's right, it's Francis Lawrence. Go ahead, Google him. I'll wait. (Deadline)
-Some production art from Pixar's Brave. (IMDb)
-I was surprised not to see "War, What is it Good For?" among the potential titles Stanley Kubrick scribbled into his notebook for Dr. Strangelove. (i09)
-Some new-old behind the scenes footage of Jurassic Park. I miss that Speilberg. I don't care what anyone says, Amusement Park Thrill Ride Spielberg is the best Spielberg. Historical Epic Spielberg isn't nearly as fun. (/Film)
-Twelve films to keep an eye out for following the Tribeca Film Festival. (IndieWire)
-Sony Pictures Classics picked up the new Michael Haneke film, Amour. Every time I see a picture of Haneke, I think, "why is Ronnie Drew directing this German movie?" (Movieline)
-The Avengers DVD is going to be stuffed to its edges apparently. (Collider)
-Yes, yes. What if Lars von Trier directed a Donald Duck movie indeed. (i09)
-Curious about Sarah Silverman, Lena Dunham and Miranda July's (and a few musicians) first times having sex? Of course you are. (Rookie Mag)
-Jonathan Frid, who played Barnabas in the original Dark Shadows, died this week. No word on whether it was immediately preceded by seeing the trailer for the remake. (Oh, I have no shame.) (Vulture)
-The makeup job for turning Anthony Hopkins into Hitchcock is pretty damn good, but it's all going to be about the voice. If that's not right, it won't matter. Same goes for Toby Jones. (Movieline)
Trailers, posters, etc:
-Dustin Lance Black's (who wrote and won an Oscar for Milk) directorial debut, Virginia with Jennifer Connolly and Ed Harris. (Apple)
-Trailer and clip from Mia Hanson-Love's Goodbye First Love, which I watched this weekend and loved. It's available on VOD now from Sundance Selects and FYI: her previous film, Father of My Children, is streaming on Netflix Instant. (Father of My Children is also very good, but a little bit of a film buff thing since it's about the business of making films and how it can go wrong so suddenly.) (Apple)
-The full trailer for David Cronenberg's Cosmopolis, which will compete for Palme d'Or in Cannes this year. (IndieWire)
-Polisse, the French drama about the Child Protection Unit that won the Jury Prize at Cannes last year. (YouTube)
-HBO's Hemingway and Gellhorn, but I can't buy Clive Owen as Hemingway with his accent and his whole not being Corey Stoll deal. Like I said, it all comes down to the voice. (IndieWire)
-Criticism heard and lesson learned with the first, terrible On the Road poster? This new is pretty great, though I'm still not looking forward to the film. (AltFilmGuide)
-The... odd poster for the new Duplass Brothers film, The Do-Deca-Pentathlon. (Vulture)
-The Amazing Spider-man has two new posters out this week. They say everything it needs to say about a Spidey movie, but are both a little too stock if you ask me. Why not be more creative and link it to the comic covers more? There are some amazingly iconic ASM covers. (Poster 1: IMDb, Poster 2: Twitter)
-Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days first trailer. I was excited for the first one because I love children's films, but I don't even think I made it all the way through. I'm not sure how this turned into a series. (IMDb)
-The poster for Jack and Dianne, aka the lesbian werewolf movie. (Vulture)
-I lost the link, but the trailer for The Dark Knight Rises will be attached to the Avengers, so bonus.
Finally, this short film from Lena Dunham might actually be the best thing she's done: