I really loved Brick… one of the best film noir movies of all time.

Anyone out there casting a movie? Make sure you cast Joseph Gordon-Levitt at once. Regardless of the role.

OK?

Here’s the trailer for your viewing pleasure.

I also love a good caper movie. I so love them. As Mysterious Dave pointed out, you should never feel they can actually get away with it, right up to the moment when they do (which is why Oceans XI et al don’t work as caper movies (they’re good fun but not a real caper movie) because you don’t imagine for a moment they’ll actually fail).

One of my favourite caper movies is Dirty Rotten Scoundrels.

And that’s an astonishingly bad trailer. Watch this instead:

So what happens when you cross the writer/director of Brick with Dirty Rotten Scoundrels?

You Get The Brothers Bloom.

Enjoy.

OK, so not so much of a review, but by golly I’ll be watching The Brothers when it comes out.

Episode 13 will kick your ass into orbit.

Holy frack, but this is how you finish out a series.

Bison. Engage. Need more shows.

Dave, it’s on the way come Monday.

The rest of you… good luck.

although I see you’re still reading.

I’m glad.

However, I have nothing to say just currently. I am, instead, going to watch the next three episodes of SEASON FOUR THAT’S RIGHT, SEASON FOUR OF BATTLESTAR GALACTICA YOU FRACKIN’ TOASTERS.

Ahem. Sorry about that.

Thanks to Bison and his Balls. Mysterious Dave, have No Fear. I shall deliver post haste.

The Tron

May 21, 2008

Mysterious Dave and I have been discussing why it is that people don’t seem to understand Hamilton.

We grew up there, on the banks of the mighty Waikato River.

In winter time the fog rolls in and it can be so thick you can’t see the end of the car’s front bumper.

In summer time it can get so muggy (it is, after all, built on a swamp) that at night you want to lie down and melt.

It’s a nice town. Good size population. These days it has seven movie screens. Of course, Auckland does have more, but I’ve noticed a tendency for every one of the movie houses to show the exact same movie that’s being shown on all the other movie houses at the same time. Seven o’clock? Must be Horton Hears a Hoo in Cinema 3. So in this instance, the number of screens is pretty much irrelevant.

There’s a university, several high schools, a polytech. There are local radio stations. There are a good dozen restaurants or more on the main drag alone that are worth a look.

And yet there are still people who are surprised by Hamilton. Slackers likes to use it as a term of derision when talking about the North Shore. And I quote:

There is plenty to like about Hamilton, it’s just a matter of where you look. I ran along the bank of their mighty river. It was tranquil, brooding, and, in the morning light, quite ethereal. The museum has its own distinct identity, with its marae leading visitors to the water. There was an exhibition on Italian immigrants to New Zealand which was precisely what I was in the mood to see
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Of course, Slackers doesn’t see the point to Lone Star restaurant, whereas readers of this blog will know it’s the Cobb and Co of the 21st century. For the love of god.

And then there’s Jane Yee, whom I always liked on C4 music station but bump into less often now she’s a blog.

Jane’s been twice now. Yeah, that’s right, twice.

First time round, she played the “Aucklander Just Passing Through” card.

Look, I’ll be honest with you. Like many Aucklanders, I’ve traditionally held a pretty grim view of Hamilton – don’t ask me why, it’s just an inherent disdain. Previous Ham-bound journeys were born of necessity, and there hadn’t been a trip to that fine pinnacle of Waikato living that has managed to change my opinion. That is… until this weekend.

Even her second visit didn’t disappoint, with the self-appointed Waikato Bloke to demonstrate some good old-fashioned ‘Tron Hospitality.

So about twenty minutes later, there we were happily minding our own girly business when this same guy comes hurtling towards us yelling “you’re not from Auckland! You’re from Morrinsville!” – um, no, no we are not from Morrinsville. Where is Morrinsville? Anyway, this guy’s theory was that we didn’t look old enough to be allowed to drive alllll that way from Auckland (as opposed to driving from Morrinsville where there are no laws… apparently).

But you tell people you quite like Hamilton and they look at you funny. And I’ll leave Dave to expound on his points of view in the comments rather than steal all his good ideas and claim them as my own.

Hamilton. It’s not entirely, necessarily for weekends you know.

Pixar. Again.

December 22, 2007

I can’t think of another company that’s had a string of successes in quite the way that Pixar has.

Toy Story – a great tale, well told. Toy Story II, possibly an even better story but just as good. A Bugs Life, Monsters Inc, Finding Nemo, The Incredibles, Ratatouille, (have I left anyone out?)… the list is terrific. The secret to Pixar’s success isn’t that secret I don’t think. It’s that the story is key, not the animation. Story above and beyond all else. Yes, the hairs on the Monsters look well cool. Yes, the water bubbles stream past Marlin in incredible detail, but all that wonder is secondary to the story and each story has been a killer.

I was delighted to see Pixar and Disney fall out over Toy Story III. The plot that I saw (Buzz gets recalled and the Toys go Out to Save Him) seemed tired and trite (especially after TS II – the true nature of what it is to be a toy. Top that!) and Pixar refused to have a bar of it. Disney insisted and it wasn’t until Disney had a change of leadership and ended up buying Pixar (making sure the head honchos were all on board as part of the contract) that the thaw came. First decision out of the box – cancel TS III.

Now Pixar is, in effect, what Disney was. A studio that made great stories into watchable movies. Disney itself hasn’t done that, certainly in an animated way, for decades now. The Lion King was probably the last great cartoon out of Disney – everything else has been a remake packaged as a sequel. Useless.

Pixar’s new movie not only looks great but has all the potential to be a great film. SF buffs of the world, check it out.

Interestingly, the first trailer doesn’t follow the Pixar tradition of being a stand-alone trailer that never features in the movie itself. Instead, it features a brief message from one of the creators about a meeting in a cafe towards the end of the filming of Toy Story. Interesting stuff.

Wall E looks a lot like a certain other robot (Number Five of course) but shares even more DNA with a less-remembered beastie. Mysterious Dave, five points if you name that Bot and his cohort before the end of the Christmas break (he says, knowing full well MD has gone home for the hols and doesn’t have broadband).