Blogging as been light, as life has gotten in the way of movies. Yes, I said it! I do other things with my time than watch films and write about them! Sometimes, I have four-day summer cold/allergy-apocalypse attacks that keep me constantly medicated in a haze of Benedryl wooziness.
Yeah, it's been exciting.
Don't get me wrong. I'm a big fan of strange movie tie-in merchandise. I have the Reservoir Dogs cutting-the-cop's-ear-off playset. My go-to ruler on my desk is a 13-incher from Wonderland, the 1993 movie about John Holmes. Hell, I still have my Fargo snow globe.
In a famous moment from John Ford's The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, a reporter, having learned that the legendary bravery of a U.S. Senator isn't quite the tale of heroism that he expected, tears up his notes and says, "This is the West, sir. When the legend becomes fact, print the legend."
It's not just a great line that efficiently sums up the movie's theme. It's also a savvy commentary by Ford on the way Hollywood approaches Western lore. And nowhere is it more true than with the legend of Wyatt Earp and the showdown at the O.K. Corral. (Read more ...)
DreamWorks Animation has gone 3-D wacky, announcing eight upcoming animated flicks in various stages of production.
Considering that Monsters vs. Aliens was the company's only 2009 release, that's a pretty ambitious goal. And like fellow studios Pixar, Buena Vista, Fox, et al, DreamWorks is throwing all their money at 3-D features for the next few years. (Read more ...)