Jeff Goldblum is a god among men.
When private eye Doc Sportello’s ex-old lady suddenly out of nowhere shows up with a story about her current billionaire land developer boyfriend whom she just happens to be in love with, and a plot by his wife and her boyfriend to kidnap that billionaire and throw him in a loony bin…well, easy for her to say. It’s the tail end of the psychedelic `60s and paranoia is running the day and Doc knows that “love” is another of those words going around at the moment, like “trip” or “groovy,” that’s being way too overused—except this one usually leads to trouble.
I’m scared to voice my opinion on this one, because I’m not as immediately ga-ga over the trailer for the new Paul Thomas Anderson film Inherent Vice the way everybody else seems to be. *braces for shower of rotten tomatoes* It’s not that I think this will be a bad movie – far from it, this looks terrific. It’s got a sort of Big Lebowski in the 60’s vibe going on, and the cast alone is reason to get excited for it. But some of the comedy beats in this trailer are just…well, kinda lame. Joaquin Phoenix screaming at the photo? I think the last time that was funny was during the height of Vaudeville. But apart from a couple of stumbles, this still looks to be one of the best movies of 2014 (even though it’s officially being released in 2015), so please don’t hit me with anymore produce. I swear, I think this looks good. Maybe the comedy will be better in the final cut. But I can’t help but think that maybe someone with better comedic chops than Phoenix would have been preferable in the lead role.
Inherent Vice comes out January 9, 2015.
Ex-covert operative Bryan Mills’ reconciliation with his ex-wife is tragically cut short when she is brutally murdered. Consumed with rage, and framed for the crime, he goes on the run to evade the relentless pursuit of the CIA, FBI and the police. For one last time, Mills must use his “particular set of skills,” to track down the real killers, exact his unique brand of justice, and protect the only thing that matters to him now – his daughter.
I would never try to claim that Taken 2 was a good movie, but I was one of the few people who wasn’t completely disappointed by it. I mean, come on, any sequel to a flash-in-the-pan success like Taken was bound to be pretty stupid, and really, as long as Liam Neeson kicks some ass in it and someone gets “taken,” it lives up to my expectations for a Taken follow-up. But now we have Taken 3, or Tak3n, in which no one gets “taken,” but Neeson continues to kick ass. So that’s really only 50% of the requirements for a Taken film – not a good sign. But an even worse sign is the January release date.
Tak3n comes out January 9, 2015.
One of my all-time favourite character actors is James Hong, whose career stretches all the way back to the 1950s. Hong is probably best known for his roles as Lo Pan in Big Trouble in Little China and the weird maitre’d in the “Chinese Restaurant” episode of Seinfeld (“Cartwright!”), but he has built up one of the largest filmographies of all time with nearly 400 film, television and video game credits to his name and even at age 85, Hong has shown no signs of slowing down. Since the guy has done pretty much everything, it probably comes as no surprise that he once did a commercial for Crest Toothpaste during the 1960s. Incidentally, the little girl playing his daughter in this ad is Rosalind Chao, who went on to have a pretty successful career herself.
I got forwarded this yesterday and was hit by a bizarre combination of bagel debate, Montreal beauty…and Yiddish. Yidlife Crisis is a new web series that’s the brain child of Jamie Elman and Eli Batalion, and involves two friends taking on various discussions entirely in Yiddish. I laughed, and I hope you will too.
I’m getting more and more excited for Birdman the closer we get to its release date. This film just looks so bizarre, and there’s something enticing about seeing Michael Keaton in a wacky lead role again. The cast is great, the story is strange and compelling, and I keep hearing these rumours that it was shot in one continuous take. I’m not sure I believe it, but the camera work in these trailers could actually support the rumour…I dunno, I guess we’ll have to wait and see. Let’s make a comeback.
Birdman or The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance comes out October 17, 2014.
Kotaku describes Battle Chef Brigade, a new game that hit Kickstarter recent, as Iron Chef as made into a video game by Studio Ghibli, and man, I think that description is spot-on. This looks like a hell of a lot of fun, as Battle Chef Brigade looks like it combines elements of sidescrolling brawlers, fighting games and puzzle-y combo games to create the experience of hunting animals in order to create delicious dishes that will be judged by a rogue’s gallery of unusual characters. In other words, it looks awesome, so head on over to Kickstarter to help fund it!
This past weekend, Denzel Washington’s screen adaptation of The Equalizer was the #1 film at the box office. The original 1980s television series was notable for having a lot of famous people guest star on it before they were famous (such as Steve Buscemi, whose appearance was briefly showcased in the background of a scene in The Wolf of Wall Street), but the most unusual example of this has to be Adam “Ad-Rock” Horovitz of the Beastie Boys. In 1985, the 18-year old Ad-Rock made a rare acting appearance in an Equalizer episode, playing a teenager who gets mixed up with drug dealers. If you look closely, you can also see the future Bill S. Preston, Esq. himself, Alex Winter, playing one of the dealers.