Directed by Greg Mottola
Starring Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Seth Rogen, Jason Bateman and Kristen Wigg
by Jack Gregson
Can Pegg and Frost work without Edgar Wright? After Scott Pilgrim, it’s clear that he can work without them, but apart from Spaced, Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz, have Pegg and Frost done anything vaguely interesting? Nothing really jumps to mind (and Star Trek was not Pegg’s movie). I should mention that the film was unfinished when I saw it so this review could be for a completely different film when it is actually released. We follow two geeks Graeme (Pegg) and Clive (Frost) on a trip across America when they come across an alien, Paul (Rogen) who needs their help to get himself back to his home planet.
This week, Dave and Barry talk about the great time they had watching a ton of films, both feature length and short, at the Mile High Film Festival. Again, our thanks go out to Tim and Theresa for taking great care of us and just programming a great festival. Everyone who can needs to check it out next year!
We’re at an interesting point in filmmaking history. We have small enough cameras and high enough definition that filmmakers can now take their cameras with them anywhere in the world and document historical events. Between that and the fact that we mostly live in a global community, we can now get stories straight from the players in major historical events. Reconciliation: Mandela’s Miracle is a beautiful example of being able to talk to the people integral in the ending of apartheid as well as various stars who have a vested interest in the events and are quite engaging.
directed by Alan Butterworth
starring Mark Oosterveen and Phillip James
It’s worth noting up front that I’m a sucker for a good British comedy. There’s something about the British sensibility that just makes me laugh like crazy when a proper Englishman completely snaps and loses it when he can’t handle the insanity around him anymore. It’s like The Drummond Will was made specifically for me.
I have a confession to make. Everything I’ve ever seen about Austin, TX makes me want to visit BADLY. Oddly enough, though, I had absolutely no idea that Austin is a city that thrives in music. Thanks to the site that blossomed my love in movies back in the 90’s, Ain’t It Cool News, I’ve always thought Austin was a rockin’ movie town where geeks get together and rebels like Robert Rodriguez have a secret place to make their movies their way. Echotone has shamed me into realizing that Austin is a great music city first, but finds that music at a crossroads.
Directed by Matt Reeves
Starring Chloe Moretz, Kodi Smith McPhee and Richard Jenkins
I really liked Let The Right One In, I thought it handled the vampire genre in a new and interesting light and it was easily one of the most chilling films I’ve seen in the last few years. When I heard they were remaking it, I was nonplussed, of course it was going to happen, most popular foreign movies get American remakes (especially horror movies) and I wasn’t really interested until I saw who was involved, I’m pretty much a fan of most the cast and definitely the director (I really liked Cloverfield too) so the film did end up peaking my interest. I wish it hadn’t. The plot follows young, troubled Owen (McPhee) going through the motions in his life, he is bullied, his parents are getting a divorce, his life sucks. Soon he is befriended by Abby (Moretz), a vampire.
Directed by Geoff Marslett
Starring Mark Duplass, Zoe Simpson and Paul Gordon
I do not have a lot to say about this movie so I’ll make it a quick one. I do not know a lot about “mumble core”, I haven’t seen a film that falls under that banner (unless you count Monsters or Cyrus, which I don’t), but I think this might be the closest thing so far (though it might just be the involvement of one the Duplass brothers that has made me jump to that conclusion). The film is a rotoscope animation based around a mission to Mars with 3 dysfunctional astronauts at the helm of the space ship. We join our main character Charlie (Mark Duplass) in his quest to become a better astronaut (and maybe along the way he’ll become a better man).
I was once invited to a cinema screening of Robot Chicken for 2 hours and for a while it was funny but pretty soon the novelty wore off, I feel the exact same way about this film. Mars is an extended [adulatswim] cartoon that more than outstays its welcome by being dull, unfunny and mumbly for 90+ minutes, at 15 minutes it would have been fine. There is no plot, none of the characters actions have consequences and all the animation looks like rejected test footage from Waking Life. I am impressed that it was made on an estimated $450,000 budget, but I guess you get what you pay for (though there was a bizarre peeing joke that did grind a chuckle from me).