Friday, May 29, 2009

'You must be talkin' to me'

Director Jody Hill is up to more than meets the eye with Observe and Report. In it Seth Rogen plays a delusional mall cop who's goal is to be a police officer- when that dream gets crushed, he tries to save the people around him by attempting to stop a male streaker at his mall and chase the girl of his dreams. It's more disturbing than you think and what Hill does is create a world very much in the same vain as what Scorsese did with Taxi Driver. In both films the male character is in his own world trying to be a heroic figure by doing unlawful things. Either you go to Observe and Report and come out with a light comedic feeling or you -like myself- come out feeling disturbed by a male hero that gets away shooting a bystander, date raping a girl and sniffing coke.

In Taxi Driver, Travis Bickle was very delusional and believed everything he was doing was for the common good. Rogen's character Donnie is in the same dream world as Bickle and -like Bickle-actually takes medication for his Bi Polar disorder, both stop the medication in their respective films and start getting more and more delusional. They are both anti heros. Hill's film pushes the envelope a bit too much at times and the film doesn't have a real flow to it but it is a disturbing document of isolation, it is riskier than any comedy out there at the moment and it is far better than that other mall cop movie that came out a few months ago. If anything, it's an out of the ordinary hollywood experience.

Thursday, May 28, 2009

'The End Of Civilization'

Connecting to server...
You're now chatting with a random stranger.
Say hi!
Stranger: hi
You: hey
Stranger: you know jpn?
Stranger: im from jpn
Stranger: you?
You: yes, i have heard of the place
You: i'm from canada
Stranger: god
Stranger: good
Stranger: fuck you sir
End of conversation...

Chat with total strangers around the world and have some of the weirdest conversations you've ever had. Sounds creepy ? it is. The above web site is getting more and more popular worldwide and is only enhancing the latest trend of online communication. I'll stick to my cell phone and Internet message boards, thank you very much. Sites like Facebook, MySpace and Twitter have completely redefined the way people can communicate and react to one another. Talking is no longer a tool for communication but has instead turned into an online game. 'Oh yea for sure ! just send me a message on facebook'. For fuck's sake, what happened to 'here's my number, call me'.

'Show me how you suck a guy's cock'

Most possibly the most eccentric and -just overall- halucinary movie trailer you will likely see this year. A remake of that great 1992 cult film by Abel Ferrera starring Harvey Keitel as the masturbatory and -overall- reckless bad cop. It's gonna be tough to match that film's overall style intensity and mood- but again, this sure looks 'out there' and it's directed by -drum roll please- none other than Werner Herzog. I really don't know what to make of this- A release date has yet to be scheduled but this will surely be one of the most talked about films of 2009.

Monday, May 25, 2009

Image Of The Day 5/25/09

Mike Tyson refelcts upon his life in James Toback's brilliant and reflective documentary Tyson. I never thought I'd actually feel bad for the guy but watching this touching and incendiary documentary, I did. It's still in theatres, catch it if you can.

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Two Lovers

I guess I'm kind of late chiming in on James Gray's new film and -supposedly- Joaquin Phoenix's final film role but I couldn't help but comment at how touched and mesmerized I was by Two Lovers. First things first, I have yet to see a better performance this year than Phoenix's. He's hypnotic to look at as Leonard and makes you wonder if this role could have any connection to the insanely irrational behaviour he's been commiting of late. He pours his heart and soul to the film. If this is in fact his last movie role- he ends his acting career with a bang and quite possibly the best performance of his short career but I sadly think he might be remembered more for his off screen shenanigans than this incredible role he's giving us here.

Vinessa Shaw and Gwyneth Paltrow also offer solid portrayals as the women in Leonard's life. Shaw plays the perfect Jewish girlfriend whereas Paltrow plays the girl he can't get and a self described fuck up. They're both very sexual and free with their roles and that ultimately plays to the film's advantage, both gorgeous actresses and both unafraid to take risks. In one scene Paltrow stares at Leonard through her window across the street and flashes him her breast- it's a scene that describes the fury burning inside both of these characters and is -with good reason- visually interesting. And what can I say about Gray, if his past films were dragged down by a sense of 'deja vu', this one soars and gives you an idea of how talented the man really is. I was struck by how the film portrays the confusion of relationships. Love is messy, frustrating and -yes- ultimately obsessive. The message I got is very real and almost unflinching- true love is practically at an impossiblity and very far from our reaches.

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