Sunday Bookmarks: March 14-20

 

  • Why see ‘Don’t Look Now’?
    Coming to BluRay and rep screenings in the UK: “In hindsight, ‘Don’t Look Now’ is the perfect mixture of Roeg’s abilities as a teller of mysterious stories and as one of the most accomplished cinematic stylists ever to peep through a viewfinder. The film smashes up chronology and pieces it back together in a deviously strange order, so we get constant hints and suggestions of dark events to come. Donald Sutherland and Julie Christie are utterly convincing as the central couple who flee to Venice to retain a focus on their messed-up lives.”
  • Notes on Charlie Sheen and the End of Empire
    “No, what this moment is about is Charlie Sheen solo. It’s about a well-earned mid-life crisis played out on Sheen’s Korner instead of in a life coach’s office somewhere in Burbank. The mid-life crisis is the moment in a man’s life when you realize you can’t (won’t) maintain the pose that you thought was required of you any longer—you’re older and you have a different view of life and this is when the bitterness and acceptance blooms. Tom Cruise had a similar meltdown at the same age in the summer of 2005, but his was more politely manufactured (and, of course, he was never known as an addict). Cruise had his breakdown while smiling and he couldn’t get loose, he couldn’t be natural about it. He’s always essentially been the good boy who can’t say “Fuck You” the way Sheen can.”
  • An Interview with Greta Gerwig at SxSW
    Greta Gerwig is no stranger to SXSW. Her new film, “The Dish & the Spoon,” marks the sixth time she has had a movie in the festival in an film career that has stretched the same number of years. This new film, directed by Alison Bagnall, about a woman and a young man (Olly Alexander) who bond during a tumultuous time in their lives. Ms. Gerwig’s acting style, which A.O. Scott lauded for its “apparent absence of any method,” is employed in this intimate, primarily two-character study.
  • Bernardo Bertolucci has a 3D Project
    “Cult Italian film director Bernardo Bertolucci said in an interview for his 70th birthday on Wednesday that he will be making his first 3D film this year saying it was like riding on a “flying carpet” […] “I want to use 3D in a different way from what we have seen in films like ‘Avatar’ or other films characterised by special effects,” he said.”
  • Is Netflix Abandoning Its Business Model Again?
    With the production of David Fincher/Kevin Space HBO-styled TV DRAMA, It looks like a new strategy is here. In the great tradition of the network and cable game, make themselves a “must carry.” I wouldn’t be shocked to see them in the bidding for hockey or trying to make a deal to stream Major League Baseball or something like that before long. If they are going this way, no one show “airing” 13 times a year is going to keep customers paying $8 or more a month. If Netflix becomes a thrift shop, with content here and there and everywhere, the churn will get worse […] This choice, combined with the exit of Criterion and the abandonment of Red Envelope, their previously stab at original content, clearly tells us that Netflix sees no future in quality film lovers as a primary audience for the service. Fair enough. But it will be interesting to see when the cineastes get the message.”
  • Zediva – A Clever End Run Around the Movie-Streaming Gremlins
    “It lets you listen to the director’s commentary, turn on subtitles and change languages. It lets you enjoy your movie for two weeks instead of 24 hours, starting and stopping at will. It offers the 100 biggest movies for streaming on the very same day the DVD comes out. It sidesteps any meddling by the movie companies, HBO contracts and studio lawyers. And here’s the best news of all — are you sitting down on your favorite movie couch? The price is only $2 for one movie or $1 if you buy a 10-pack. There’s no signup fee, no monthly fee, no hardware to buy. Zediva’s secret is so outrageous, you may think it’s an early April Fool’s prank. But it’s no joke.”
  • Is Matthew McConaughey Really Shirtless in Every Movie?
    “Conventional wisdom likes to assume that Matthew McConaughey has taken his shirt off in every single one of his movies. True, McConaughey is not shy when it comes to going bare chested on-screen and in public, but is he really sans shirt in every one of his movies?” Yes, Movieline actually checks out each and every one of them to be sure.

 
 

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Bookmarks for June 10

 

You can now take a look at RowThree’s bookmarks at any time of your choosing simply by clicking the “delicious” button in the upper right of the page. It looks remarkably similar to this:

Van Sant & Ellis Strike a Suicide Pact

TheGoldenSuicidesBret Easton Ellis isn’t one to adapt stories, he’s often the creative force behind the characters and in some instances, including the awful The Informers (our review), he’s also responsible for adapting his own source material into a script. But a mould is made to be broken and it looks like Ellis is ready to crack that baby wide open with a recent announcement that he will be working with Gus Van Sant on feature film on artists Theresa Duncan and Jeremy Blake who committed double suicide in 2007.

The producers acquired a Vanity Fair article written by Nancy Jo Sales in early 2008 which tracks the events leading up to the suicide. The two talented artists were on the rise when they became paranoid that both the government and religious groups (namely the Church of Scientology) were conspiring to bring them down. Theresa died of a drug overdose (brought on by cold medicine and alcohol) and Jeremy died a few weeks later by walking into the ocean in Rockaway Beach, Brooklyn.

It’s a sad story (worth a read) full of romance, love, paranoia and eventual tragic death. It’s interesting that Ellis and Van Sant are collaborating on this scrip. This doesn’t feel at all like an Ellis story though Van Sant clearly knows how to make tragic romances but whether he’ll direct this one is still in the air; at the moment he is only signed on as writer. I’m on the lookout for casting news on the couple which has been dubbed “The Golden Suicides.”

VF is also streaming Theresa Duncan’s short film A History of Glamour which I highly recommend checking out.

DVD Review: The Informers

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Director: Gregor Jordan (Buffalo Soldiers, Ned Kelly)
Screenplay: Bret Easton Ellis, Nicholas Jarecki
Producer: Marco Weber
Starring: Billy Bob Thornton, Kim Basinger, Winona Ryder, Mickey Rourke, Jon Foster, Amber Heard, Rhys Ifans, Chris Isaak, Austin Nichols, Lou Taylor Pucci, Mel Raido, Brad Renfro
MPAA Rating: R
Running time: 98 min.

1.5/

On the surface, The Informers appears to have everything going for it: great source material, a fantastic cast, a good director so what went wrong? The film, which premiered at Sundance earlier in the year, has been universally panned and for good reason too, it’s a mess of a film with no direction and nothing to say.

TheInformersMovieStillBased on a collection of short stories from a man infatuated with the 1980s, Ellis’ original work from which the script was based is itself a mess; a collection which was put out as a gap filler for his (at the time) continuously delayed “Glamorama.” Frankly, Ellis’ work started getting old sometime after “American Psycho” and though I can appreciate his stories, he has mined his own themes to the point of obscenity.

It’s difficult enough to adapt a film from one book but The Informers suggests that it may be impossible to create any semblance of a film from a collection of loosely tied short stories. Robert Altman may be able to pull it off but as much as I like director Gregor Jordan’s work, he’s no Altman and as they say, the proof is in the pudding.

So what’s the film about? If you know anything about Ellis, your guess of “excess of the 80s and the me generation” is pretty accurate. The joy of watching adaptations of Ellis’ works is seeing how different filmmakers get at that theme but Jordan fails to do get at anything beyond the surface. The film is a mess of threads and ideas varying from complete disaster to mediocre. Add in the fact that the stories run their course interspersed between each other and it’s all that more confusing. There are simply too many characters and stories to keep track of and the film would have been better served by having each story told independently of the other. Heck, this would have made a great anthology film.

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80’s Nostalgia: The Informers Trailer

The InformersI need to start by apologizing. I actually spotted this trailer yesterday but didn’t post it because I was confused and thought it was a trailer for another Mickey Rourke film which didn’t look particularly interesting.

When we posted the first cut trailer for The Informers, we were asked to remove it (the studio obviously thought it didn’t look good enough) but they’re now in full promotional swing and have released a brand spanking new and shiny trailer for the film which stars Winona Ryder, Mickey Rourke, Kim Basinger, Billy Bob Thornton and Brad Renfro and directed by Australian helmer Gregor Jordan.

Adapted from Bret Easton Ellis’ novel about the 80’s, music, fashion, drugs and over consumption (did Ellis ever write about anything else? I love him for it) this new trailer certainly suggests we’re in for a trip down memory lane (if your memories involve sex, kidnapping and snorting coke off of bathroom counters). Anyway you cut it, I simply can’t say no to a trip into the synthpop soundtracked world of 80’s highlife. I’m breaking out the shoulder pads and hair spray for this one. Wonder if my bangs will cooperate?

The Informers is scheduled to open on May 1st.

Trailer is tucked under the seat (Updated with our own copy of the trailer), but be sure to check out an additional clip over at Cinematical.

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Trailer for Gregor Jordan’s The Informers

The InformersYou may recall that a while back Andrew posted some news that the vamps had been removed from The Informers, the film adaptation of Bret Easton Ellis’ novel.

General consensus around here was that it simply didn’t make any sense, especially if they played a large role in the story but other than that change, there didn’t seem to be a great deal of hate for the fact that they were making a film at all and frankly, I can’t say I had much of an argument for or against since I’ve yet to open the book (need to get on that ASAP). The interesting bit is that IMDb’s synopsis (I know, not the most accurate of sources for stuff like this) for the movie actually includes vampires so it’s not clear if they’ve actually been written out of the story. We’ll have to wait for official word to clear the one up.

The film is being directed by Gregor Jordan who directed the excellent Buffalo Soldiers and the not-so-good but still worth seeing Ned Kelly (a film in which Orlando Bloom does more – if only a little more – than just look good). This new film stars Winona Ryder, Mickey Rourke, Kim Basinger, Billy Bob Thornton and one, if not, Brad Renfro’s last performances.

The trailer starts off with a big freakin’ bang and then gets a little heavy on the talking, interspersed between scenes of drugs, sex and excess typical of Ellis’ works. I’m not quite sure this will be worth the trip to the theater, I started to loose interest in the too-long trailer about 2 minutes in, but I’m too curious to not see a movie based on one of Ellis’ novels. I love that they’ve kept this set in the 80’s, I’m not sure it would work if they moved it into the 21st century, but it’s certainly adds to the appeal.

No official release date for The Informers yet but we’ll keep you posted when it’s announced.

Trailer has been removed upon the request of the studio