The fact that Jerry Bruckheimer is paying some guy named Peter Craig to write Bad Boys 3 for director Michael Bay and stars Will Smith and Martin Lawrence makes me all warm and fuzzy inside.
I've got the baseball movie Sugar coming tomorrow from Netflix. Very pumped to see it. Have heard nothing but amazing things about it.
It now appears as if Terrence Malick's fifth feature film, The Tree of Life, will actually open this December. It's being released by a new specialty unit called Apparition Films so I'll be curious to see how wide the release is. The film stars Brad Pitt, Sean Penn, and apparently, some dinosaurs. I will have to bring a change of pants to the theater. Thanks for the heads up on the release date tidbit, Joel. And here's a link to Joel's new spiffy blog:
Disney buying Marvel means nothing to me. More rich people get richer. Corporate strategy. It'll be interesting to see if Disney puts Pixar and Marvel together for any of the upcoming projects...
The whole 10 nominees for Best Picture at the Oscars is both a great idea and a bad idea. I like it because now there's a chance that a few smaller movies with lower profiles could actually get some Oscar traction, thus making them more widely seen. But upping the count from 5 to 10 sort of dings the significance of being "nominated for the Best Picture Oscar."
Another Rambo movie (the fifth installment was just announced yesterday) is something I never thought possible after the most recent one, which was basically gonzo-violence-porn and one of the goriest things I've ever seen. What will Stallone come up with next?
I really can't wait to see this movie: http://www.apple.com/trailers/independent/themenwhostareatgoats/
This one too:
Good Bye Solo has been sticking to the ribs over the last few days. Same with World's Greatest Dad.
Gladiator and Braveheart both get released on Blu Ray today.
JimmyO over at Joblo loved Extract: http://www.joblo.com/review-extract
The excellent journalism/political thriller State of Play from this past April hits DVD today.
The viciously brilliant and extremely aggressive black comedy Observe and Report hits DVD on 9/22.
Army of Darkness hits Blu Ray on 9/15. Who doesn't love a little medieval slapstick humor?
The childhood classic Labyrinth hits Blu Ray on 9/29. Same with Dark Crystal. It's Jim Henson Day.
The fact that AMC's Mad Men has continued on with its brilliance makes me extremely happy. It's the fastest hour of the week.
It's pretty incredible that Inglorious Basterds is headed to well over $100 million in domestic ticket sales. Not that it's a bad film, far from it. It's just that I never thought that what is essentially a 2.5 hour partially French New Wave-styled art film would connect with audiences in the way it has. Sure, it's got some wild violence which is the stuff of water-cooler chat, but the film is mostly about people talking and characters being developed in a slow-burn fashion. I'm glad it's a hit. I'm looking forward to seeing it again.
The very best movies I've seen so far this year (District 9, Public Enemies, The Hurt Locker, Up, and Gomorrah) have essentially been perfect. At least as far as I'm concerned.
Even though it's been met with mostly critical indifference, I'm still interested in Ang Lee's Taking Woodstock.