It looks like the big showdown between Barack Obama and John
McCain won’t be taking place since McCain refuses to participate until all the
economic problems go away.
In the meantime you might want to drop by the Brattle Theatre which will be
hosting a panel discussion that I’ll be moderating (okay, I admit it -- all
that snarky self-righteousness is just a smokescreen for my own shameless
self-promotion) for the United Nations Association Film Festival.
What happens when two geeks get together? They talk about
geeks and superheroes and how they are very much the same as Brett Michel and
Simon Pegg demonstrate in this second part of the interview.
BM.Moving on, superhero films – I’d imagine you’ve been
keeping up with them?
SP: Yeah. It’s interesting, actually.
My colleague Brett Michel recently interviewed Simon Pegg,
who was in town publicizing his big Hollywood breakthrough movie, “How to Lose
Friends & Alienate People,” Robert Weide’s adaptation of Toby Young’s sardonic memoir about being a successful
if dissolute journalistic hack in London who tries to make the big time in New
York at hoity-toity “Vanity Fair.
The box office demographic for the rest of 2008, usually
dominated by the male 12-24 year-old
perpetual adolescent crowd, might be
switching genders. So suggests Steve Mason writing in the “Hollywood Wiretap”
website, where he speculates that the fourth quarter of 2008 will belong to the
“below 25 female” audience.
Even some Republicans were skeptical about the box office
potential of David Zucker’s conservative satire, “An American Carol,” in which,
as I’ve mentioned before, a Scrooge-like Michael Moore-ish filmmaker is taken
through a tour of American History by George Washington and other patriotic
spooks. But maybe the success this Spring of Nathan Frankowski's anti-evolution
documentary “Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed” changed some minds, because
Vivendi plans to release the film on October 3 on 2,000 screens.
Because we make a living sitting in dark rooms and writing about it, people think film critics are sissies. Not so, as Lou Lumenick, he-man critic for the New York Post,
never tires of proving. Back in 2006, he
was one of the few critics with the guts to squash “Ant Buddy” ,
an animated children’s film, calling it out as commie propaganda.
As noted below, there doesn’t seem to be a burning desire on the
part of fans for another “Poltergeist” movie. And do we really need another
“Ghostbusters,” especially after the brilliant remake featured in Michel
Gondry’s “Be Kind, Rewind?” Since the 1984 original grossed $292 million and
the 1989 sequel took in another $215 mil, Sony Pictures apparently thinks it's
the franchise to call.
Now that we’ve gotten war off our TV screens, we can put it
back where it belongs, in movie theaters. Because it looks like the war movie
is back, repackaged and marketed anew, just like the war we used to see on TV.
So observes “The Hollywood Reporter” after taking a look at the upcoming films
now being showcased at the Toronto Film Festival.
Who says movies don’t offer a window into the truth, a mirror of
the zeitgeist? The titles, anyway. A tip of the hat to the people at Mudflats.com, a site dedicated to “tiptoeing through the muck of Alaskan politics,” for this
update on what’s playing at the local movie house in Wasilla, Alaska, Republican
Vice Presidential nominee Sarah Palin’s hometown.