I was really taken with “The Cabin in the Woods” the first time I saw it. I’m a fan of Joss Whedon’s writing, and though I’m not much into horror movies… this one was really fun.
While I was watching the second movie (The Lost World: Jurassic Park), I noticed something really peculiar. Towards the end of the movie, when a bus is being attacked by the T-Rex… there’s a brief shot of the interior of a video rental store.
Terry Gilliam, ex-Monty Pythoner and maker of awesome movies, has a new film out – The Zero Theorem. The main storyline seems to center on the nature of human existence, and the backdrop is surreal – a very Gilliam-esque trailer, if there ever was one.
“Maybe you wonder how a Jewish girl from Des Moines got Jesus Christ tattooed on her three times: ascending on one thigh, crucified on the other, and conducting a miniature apocalypse beneath the right shoulder.”
I recognized Kumar Pallana from his role in the movie The Royal Tenenbaums, and learned he had appearances in other Wes Anderson films. But I had no idea about the remarkable and remarkably rich life Pallana led, prior to him being in films.
As a kid growing up in the 80’s with cable television, Time Bandits is one of those films that seemed to always be playing. I watched it so many times, there are still sections of the film that I feel I could quote verbatim, some 25+ years later.
Adam B. Vary has written a fantastic article on how the movie came to be, entitled “Something Terrible Has Happened Here”: The Crazy Story Of How “Clue” Went From Forgotten Flop To Cult Triumph. He tracks down the movie’s director, Jonathan Lynn, and gets a lot of the wonderful details and behind-the-scenes stories.
A week or so ago, the guys at RIPT had a t-shirt based on the movie Legend. They linked to a behind-the-scenes commentary video focusing on Tim Curry’s character, Darkness, and the crazy makeup/props involved.
I know very little about the film Gravity, but happened to see this trailer posted on Facebook… and man, it’s a pretty great teaser. I’ve re-watched this a few times now.
Just happened to see that Cabin in the Woods is now available on Netflix Streaming. I’m really not a fan of horror movies in general, but I can’t recommend this one enough. Great writing, a quirky premise, and a really entertaining film.
But the article isn’t all trivia-focused. Seal winds up tracing the history of how the film came to be – descrbing the roles of various actors, movie studios, and producers along the way. One of the more pleasurable elements of reading about the film’s history is in imagining a different cast – hearing about other actors who could have potentially played one of the major characters (sidenote: I’d love to see a movie featuring Matt Dillon with Tarantino’s dialogue).
Appropriate that I post this, as I’ve been spending most of the day working on putting together and playing around with fake contracts.
I love this movie, in kind of the same way I love Dead Poets Society – a classic movie about school and studying. So dated, and so terrific.
I forget when, exactly, Amazon appeared on the scene with its Instant Video option. For those who have a Amazon Prime membership (an annual fee that provides free 2-day shipping on select items, and a reduced 1-day shipping price), the whole Instant Video thing is kind of thrown in as a bonus. If you have Amazon Prime, you have access to the instant videos.
I’ve got a Netflix account in my name, but Liz and I share it. Though we do the bulk of our viewing now using Netflix Streaming, we still have a 2-disc subscription.
Liz and I each have our own queue, where we list up the movies we want to see. It’s divided evenly – she gets one DVD, I get the other.