After watching Star Trek Into Darkness, I know J.J. Abrams is going to make a brilliant Star Wars movie. Abrams is a perfect fit to direct the impending Episode VII.
Mr. Abrams has solidified himself as a masterful, propulsive and visceral filmmaker along with James Cameron, Christopher Nolan, Steven Spielberg and Peter Jackson. The guy really knows how to place the camera, how to orchestrate action, where music should swell, and how to develop strong characterization. Only a few directors possess a certain conceptual talent to crystallize every film they make into a meaningful, entertaining and aesthetically profound experience for the viewer, and Abrams is blessed with that special innovative capacity. Into Darkness is ingenious, exemplary filmmaking that has the intelligence and emotional depth to render it fan worthy, even if it does get overly complicated and ludicrous at times.
The Great Gatsby truly is a beautiful, rich spectacle that has gleaming and saturated colors with kinetic emotion. Buz Lurhmann’s visual style and palate has always been hypnotic, cinematic insanity, often beset with strong characters. Restraint isn’t his thing. In previous films like Romeo & Juliet, Moulin Rouge! and Australia, he used the same manic technique. I love his frantic aesthetic used in The Great Gatsby, especially to capture the loose and out-of-control times of the twenties, but Lurhmann uses it superfluously that it sometimes muddles the characterizations and themes.
The boys are at it again in a brand-spanking new edition of The Podwits Podcast! Join Dion, J. and Brian as they explore the hottest topics of today: can Robert Downey Jr. ever be replaced as the Invincible Iron Man? How far is too far to go in a comic-book movie? And what is the difference between “porn” and “porno”? The answers to all this and so much more await you on this week’s Podwits Podcast!
For further viewing, please check out Audi’s brilliant commercial featuring Leonard Nimoy and Zachary Quinto here.
And this week’s edition of The Podwits Podcast is brought to you, in part, by Dwarno. Don’t know what it is? Look it up. You’ll be glad you did. Or maybe not.
I was lucky enough to attend a very small screening of William Friedkin’s rarely-shown 1977 cult classic Sorcerer, a remake of Henri-Georges Clouzot’s French classic Wages of Fear, which has been called the most suspenseful film of all time. What made this screening such a treat was not only seeing a 35mm print of Sorcerer, but the rare Q&A by the director Friedkin himself which was held afterward.
Fans of the film will immediately understand what is so special about this event, which is that Sorcerer is out of print and hardly (if ever) screened or talked about anywhere except on small fan blogs. For Sorcerer fans, and Friedkin fans in general, this was an ultra-super-rare discussion of a film that is now, thanks to a lawsuit won by the director against Universal and Paramount Pictures, again able to be screened in public. Much to the delight of said fans, it will also see a Blu-ray release at the end of this year. (F**K YEAH!) Read the rest of this entry »
In the 3rd and final installment of this special edition of the new Podwits podcast, The Side-Cast, Dion and contributor J. Blake wrap up their discussion of the sad decline of the popular Horror Conventions from what they once were, and focus in on Italian Horror director Lucio Fulci’s famous career and the impact it has had on the world-wide genre. Come have a listen to the all new Side-Cast!
An error was made when discussing Lucio Fulci’s ‘Gates of Hell’ Trilogy- it is in fact The Beyond, City of the Living Dead (AKA TheGates of Hell),and House by the Cemetery, not Zombie.
The boys are at it again, firing off on all cylinders this week! They discuss the technological ‘advancements‘ J has made in his methods of recording, Dion’s improv review that tours the convalescent-home circuit, and Brian getting back to nature with his upcoming weekend camping excursion… and it’s Free Comic Book Day! Give the old vinyl a spin and have a listen!
The Podwits wholeheartedly encourage you to check out the newly found 1885 recording of Alexander Graham Bell’s voice, which could be heard here.
Here is a Smithsonian article about zombies in nature, just ’cause.
Here is a link to the 2011 chimpanzee documentary Dion referred to, titled Project NIM.
This time Iron Man belongs to the prolific action screenwriter from the 80′s, Shane Black (Lethal Weapon, Predator, The Long Kiss Goodnight, The Last Boy Scout, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang), and his Iron Man is full of irreverent humor and wit that has turned him into one of the best screenwriters in the industry. There are moments in this threequel that don’t feel like Iron Man at all. They feel a lot like Lethal Weapon and The Last Boy Scout. Black uses his ability of developing strong, compelling characters and dialogue in the action genre and has transported that ability into the superhero genre, giving us a fascinating cinematic experience.
It’s about time Hollywood recruited a promethean pioneer of script writing to conceptualize and direct a franchise film like Iron Man. Shane Black has reinvigorated Tony Stark, aka Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), and the world he inhabits with absolute helter skelter infusion that skyrockets to a world of whimsical dialogue and wise cracking one-liners. This is the funniest Marvel movie yet, and is a hundred times more dynamic than the mundane Iron Man 2.
Dion and Podwit contributor J. Blake are back for their 2nd installment in the new Side-cast series. Today they zero in on Joe Bob Briggs’ 1990′s television show Monster Vision, and then dissect the 1970′s Italian genre known as Giallo. For any Horror fan out there, Italian Horror cinema is clutch, and who better to educate you than the Podwits in this week’s new episode of their latest vehicle, the Side-cast!
Here is the link to the 2010 Windows 7 television commercial that featured a scene from Lucio Fulci’s Zombie.