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Thursday
Apr 10 2014

22 Link Street

actually there's only 15 links...15 link street.Lots of reads for you today,here and elsewhere

My New Plaid Pantshas a wonderfully incisive review ofJoestarring Nicolas Cage and Tye Sheridan
The Film Doctornostalgia in the Smithsonian.Notes onCaptain America: The Winter Soldier
Empirebrilliant stage actor Mark Rylance will play Johnny Depp's father inEyesore in Wonderland's sequelThrough the Looking Glass
The WrapMatt Damon planning to go solo on Mars in the sci-fi thrillerThe Martianabout an astronaut marooned there.Remember when Matt got lost in the desert inGerry?That was intense.I'm so ready for Matt to impress me again but honestly he's been a little dull onscreen of late.Needs a role that will shake him up.
Cinema Blend22 Jump Streetgets a final red band trailer

The Front Rowon dream projects and Darren Aronofsky's Noah
Theater ManiaBullets Over Broadwayopens on Broadway today in the effort to make the Great White Way an all 90s film adaptation monopoly.(Seriously there are so many)
The WrapThe Truman Show(my #1 of 1998) which was about a reality tv show starring a man who didn't know he was the star of a tv show may well become a tv show.The levels.
THRTaylor Kitsch talks about his,uh,crotch in his pants onThe Normal Heart.Costume design by Daniel Orlandi
Coming Soonthe posters forHow to Train Your Dragon 2have arrived.I love that first film muchly but I worry about a sequel as I always do
PajibaMae Whitman (Parenthood,The Perks of Being a Wallflower) inexplicably cast asDesignated Ugly Fat Friendin new comedy
The Wirehas done a smart thing,surveying where we've been with each crucialMad Men characters these past six years as we begin the final season this Sunday
Vanity FairKierna Shipka (Mad Men) can't promise she won't break our hearts

Anniversaries
The WireJoe Reid ranks the cast of indie hitGo(such a good one) long after that road trip movie on its fifteenth anniverary.My favorite part was always the subtitled cat.
Film School Rejectslooks back atShaun of the Deadon its 10th anniversary.What does it teach us about relationships?

Today's Watch
Jon Stewart educates the Christian Right / Fox News axis of evil on the Bible andNoah.I seriously would lose my sanity dealing with the news if it weren't for Jon Stewart

Monday
Jan 07 2013

Best of 2012: Nathaniel's Honorable Mentions

We're reached the End of Watch.No,not the movie of that title though we'll soon get to it.But the invisible line I have to draw on my movie calendar between Now and Then.I've squeezed more screenings in this past month than I probably should have for a clear head but I must finally cut myself off.Now is the time to take stock and share favorites.The Film Bitch Awardshave begun with my choices for Best Screenplays now posted."But,wait,where's the top ten?"you ask.We're getting there.But first we start right here...

Have I Told You Lately That I Love You?(In No Particular Order)
No movie seemed more in my personal wheelhouse this year that Joe Wright's sumptuousANNA KARENINAbut in truth it divided me.lots more movie-lovin' after the jump...

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Friday
Jan 04 2013

Podcast: A Look Back...and Forward.(What Movies Should Inspire Future Films?)

new podcast!
In part two of the conversationwhich began withDjango Unchainedand random final Oscar hunches,we hear about four actors that Joe Reid plans to snub,revisit looooooong Best Pictures that Katey Rich hasn't seen (The Last Emperoranyone?),listen to Nick detailing Viola Davis' future,and learn why Nathaniel hopesHitchcockwill inspire more films like it...even though most people thought it was terrible.[44 Minutes.WithNathaniel,Nick,Katey,andJoe.]

Topics include:

  • Sixth spot snubs: Jennifer Ehle?
  • Most recent Best Pics that we've each missed fromThe Green MiletoThe English Patient
  • Susan Sarandon circa 1975
  • Second-Guessing:Anna Karenina,Take This Waltz,Moonrise Kingdom
  • 2012 Movies We Hope Inspire Future Movies fromMagic Miketo...21 Jump Street.(Hey,it was Channing Tatum's Year)
  • Queen of Versaillesrepurposed.Make your own movie!
  • The Fog & Fatigue of Awards

You candownload the podcast on iTunesor listen right here at the bottom of the post.Join in the conversation by commenting!

2012 Inspirations.Future Movies and Retro Glories

Monday
Mar 19 2012

Review: 21 Jump Street (The Movie)

This review was originally published in my column at Towleroad

"High concept"was the hot showbiz term of the 1980s.The thinking went that if you couldn't describe your movie/tv show in one sentence,it wouldn't sell.That popular marketing wisdom stuck and High Concept itself shrank.First it devolved intoThismeetsThat,each new pitch being a mashup of preexisting hits.Today instead of one sentence pitches or previous hit fusions most new potential blockbusters are required to rely on a simple colon.It works like so… "Title of That Thing You Already Know:The Movie!"

The 1987 cast of "21 Jump Street"

This has led to all sorts of unfortunate movies based on books,games,plays and tv shows (and vice versa) many of them big hits.The danger is obvious.When you don't even have to try to make your entertainment memorable because the audience brings half the affection with them,creative laziness can often follow.But every once in awhile the audience gets lucky andTitle of That Thing You Already Know: The Movieis surprisingly fun on its own terms.

Chan & Jonah in High School21 Jump Streetbegan its life as a high concept television series...

Young-looking cops go back to high school… undercover!"

And now it's a21 JUMP STREET: THE MOVIE(the last half of that title is silent/implied) The twist is that rather than the earnest though light-hearted procedural drama it was in its infancy when it introduced us to Johnny Depp,it's now a full fledged buddy comedy starring Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill.Continued after the jump...

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Sunday
Mar 18 2012

Two Box Office Lists,One "A Separation"Inspired

It was a big weekend for spoofing familiar concepts with21 Jump Streetfilling movie houses and the only other top ten newbieCasa De Mi Padre,doing a parodic riff on Mexican movies starring Will Ferrell and everyone's favorite Mexican tag team: Gael García Bernal & Diego Luna.Would love to hear from anyone who saw the latter in the comments since this one slipped me by and GGB is an old favorite.(My review of21 Jump Streetwill be up tomorrow evening.)

TOP TEN (Estimates)
0121 JUMP STREET$35new in wide release
02 THE LORAX$22.8(cum.$158.4)
03 JOHN CARTER$13.5(cum.$53.1) [ReviewandTaylor Kitsch Beefcake]
04 PROJECT X$4(cum.$48.1)
05 A THOUSAND WORDS$3.7(cum.$12.1)
06 ACT OF VALOR$3.6(cum.$62.3)
07 SAFE HOUSE$2.8(cum.$120.2)
08 JOURNEY 2 THE MYSTERIOUS ISLAND$2.4(cum.$95)
09CASA DE MI PADRE$2.2newin limited release
10 THIS MEANS WAR$2.1(cum.$50.5)

Another Milestone forA Separation
Asgar Farhadi's Oscar winnerA Separation(our favorite of 2011) continues its incredible theatrical run passing the 5 million mark.Five million for an Iranian family drama at the US box office?Unheard of.Every once in a blue moon the nation's box office gives us good news for quality cinema.While we're here why not a look back at the biggest foreign hits from the past year?

TOP TWENTY SUBTITLED HITS RELEASED IN THE US IN 2011
Disclaimer: I didn't countThe Artist.Though it's foreign,it's silent so we're excluding it but you'll understand that if we did it'd be number one with an incredible $42 million.Don't believe those naysayers that call it a box office disappointment.Black and white + no stars + silent + foreign = $42 million is bigbignumbers.

Kristin Scott Thomas continues to be a draw ...at least when subtitled.

The ones that got a lot of people talking...
01SARAH'S KEY[France]$7.6
02A SEPARATION[Iran]$5.6 and still playing
The Oscar winner this yearwhich we like writing about.
03BIUTIFUL[Mexico]$5.1Technically a 2010 picture since it had a one week qualifying run before being pulled until the nominations were announced.But we'll count it for comparison's sake.
04OF GODS AND MEN[France]$3.9It was held back to 2011 to capitalize on a presumed Oscar,but the nomination didn't even come.Did very well for itself in 2011 anyway which is not the usual case for that sort of "wait for the Oscar"trick.

other successes
05DON 2[India]$3.6
06THE SKIN I LIVE IN[Spain]$3.1
"Success"being relative.This didn't do Pedro Almodóvar's usual numbers though I'm unsure as to why.
07ZINDAGI NA MILEGI DOBARA[India]$3.1
08PINA[Germany]$3.0 and still playingThe Oscar nominated dance documentary...in 3D.
09RA ONE[India]$2.5
10INCENDIES[Canada]$2.0Another Oscar nominee from last year

POTICHE was such fun.Arthouse audiences (mostly) agreed.

minor hits...but still hits
11BODYGUARD[India]$1.8
12POTICHE[France]$1.6
13DELHI BELLY[India]$1.5
14THE DOUBLE HOUR[Italy]$1.5
15SAVING PRIVATE PEREZ[Mexico]$1.4
16CERTIFIED COPY[France| Italy | Belgium ]$1.3
17NO ERES TU,SO YO[Mexico]$1.3
18DESI BOYZ[India]$1.0
19IN A BETTER WORLD[Denmark]$1.0The Foreign Film Oscar winner last year
20READY[India]$.9

ol' faithfulsFrench cinema and Bollywood continue to have the most reliable ticket buyers in the US arthouses.Bollywood movies don't need any press attention at all to find audiences.Even if you follow the movies religiously chances are you haven't heard of their annual hits if you're not out there looking for them.France is a different story in that way,gettingand needingthe media push.

Hrithik Roshan & Shah Rukh Khan are superstars of Bollywood.So is the male physique.

And also: What is it with Bollywood and über muscley male superstars?Bollywood men are way more objectified than their Hollywood counterparts.

Jeon Do Yeon,our favorite Korean actressjust outside the listJapan's ultra violent epic13 Assassinsgot some attention and press but didn't quite cross the million mark.

sad observation
Though South Korea is where it's at right now for regional cinema heat (as opposed to heat tied to specific filmmakers) the country's cinema has yet to catch on with arthouse moviegoers here in the States.Despite huge acclaimMother,ThirstandPoetry,three of the most interesting films of the past few years,didn't totally catch on.None of them crossed the magic million dollar mark and only one of them passed ½ a million.The HousemaidandSecret Sunshinewere also not true breakthroughs despite the exciting lead actressing of Jeon Do-Yeon.

Answer me these questions three

  • Which of the top 20 foreign hits did you see?
  • What did you see this weekend?
  • Any theories as to whyThe Skin I Live Inwasn't up to Pedro's usual numbers or why Bollywood worships male flesh?