Cinecast Episode 141 – Something to Toy With

Episode 141:
Super thanks to Rian Johnson (Brick/Brothers Bloom) for dropping by and magically rolling with Gamble’s proverbial punches. Making up for Andrew’s illness, Rian throws his four cents into the pool of fantasy that is Where the Wild Things Are and also dropping some Coen Brothers love in a more detailed examination of A Serious Man. With of course the usual DVD talk and bits of other nostalgia and B-films.

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Review: Where The Wild Things Are


In Maurice Sendak’s much-beloved childhood tale it is in the wake of a childhood hissy-fit that young Max is transported to a woodland wonderland, where nature is a limitless playground and monsters roam in place of mankind. Spike Jonze’s adaptation of Where The Wild Things Are perfects the simple tale with moving visuals that seem to have leaped from the page, staying true to color, shape and texture, but his attempt to flesh out the monster’s identities and their personal relationships with Max ultimately detached me from the fantasy world created from one boy’s raw imagination basking in the peak of innocence.

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Bookmarks for October 15th


What we’ve been reading – October 15th:

  • Top 10 movie shoots from hell
    From "Cleopatra" to "Apocalypse Now," these infamous productions have all been struck by extreme weather, tragedy, illness and sometimes death.
  • Fillion’s Super hopes
    "There are so many superheroes out there, I feel like there's none left. But there is one I think I could handle, and that's a redo of The Greatest American Hero."
  • Twitch: Park Chan-wook confirmed for Le Couperet/The Ax remake
    Costa-Gavras confirmed the news at the Pusan Film Festival in South Korea, which runs until Friday.
  • The Story Behind Toy Story 3
    How did this new adventure for Woody, Buzz and co come about? For that, we have to travel back in time. Back to the making of Toy Story 2, when Disney and Pixar’s relationship was a little different. Please keep your hands, arms, and accessories in the car, and no flash photography…
  • ‘The Hangover’ as a best picture nominee?
    With several of the big-ticket “Oscar movies” destined to disappoint, perhaps a bona fide summer blockbuster will occupy a slot (or two) of the top 10.
  • Kids’ books face a rough path to the big screen.
    Turning a children’s book into a feature film is akin to making a parachute out of a handkerchief, with the adapters having to adopt various strategies for fleshing out the material.

WTWTA Trailer #2

A little more footage of the Wild Things and thought it doens’t have quite the same amount of energy that the first trailer, it put a smile on my face from ear to ear. Even for someone who never read the story, I’m feeling all warm and fuzzy inside. What a fabulous way to start a Friday!

Kudos to AHT for spotting this and shariing the joy!

Have We Talked About it Enough Yet? No.

Although I don’t love this poster as much as I loved the previously released one-sheet, I still think that every bit of marketing that has emerged for Spike Jonze’ Where the Wild Things Are has been nothing short of awe inspiring. Everyone I know is going ga-ga over this film. Behold, another fantastic piece of commercialism:

Where the Wild Things Are poster (April)

Cinecast Episode 116 – Knowing is Half the Battle


Episode 116:
We’re back with a little Knowing this week. A lot of Knowing actually. Then it’s on to some other tidbits of goodness, DVDs and Spike Jonze.

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