It’s film festival time! As Matt & Matt prepare to step into their complex plans for the Toronto International Film Festival 2014, it’s time to have a quick look through the book and talk about the programs and films that are getting it done this year. Madness! Vanguard! Docs! Masters! It’s all here!
"The summer of 2014 was all lean middle — a fair few blockbusters solidly nestled in the low-to-mid $200M category, but nothing beyond that. There was also, it should be noted, nothing from a pop cultural perspective that really reached out and defined the summer, with the possible exception of the Awesome Mix Vol. 1. Whatever the zeitgeist was in the American popular consciousness this year, it’s yet to have been grabbed by a movie."
In which I hold forth on the summer that was, a depressed pop cultural consciousness, and what end-of-the-world movies say about us: read more!
“I assure you, I am Captain Picard.”
Well here it is, the got-dang silliest premise in the history of Star Trek: The Next Generation, the one that should have been this series’ “Spock’s Brain;” an idea so stupid you’re amazed any credible professional actually said it aloud in a story meeting. The one where the crew… gets turned into kids. This is a bizarre, flatly preposterous idea for a show, and if Next Gen weren’t so utterly unapologetic about it, from the title down (I mean – “Rascals”! How cute is that!), it would probably be a wall-to-wall disaster.Read more
"I got poetry in me, dammit."
I don’t think I’ll ever watch McCabe & Mrs. Miller again. This isn’t anything to do with the film. I think it’s wonderful; I think it’s one of my favourites. I’ve written papers about it. I’ve seen it, I think, three times straight through, and a handful of other times, other ways. I saw it again at the Lightbox last week, on real 35mm, and man, it looked amazing. And it really got to me, too, you know? That stupid, ineffectual man. That absolutely castrated male ego. All the things that means. All the things that, in a frontier setting, points towards. America. Manhood. Me.Read more
Unbeknownst to me (but knownst to Tumblr), there’s an extended version of the “Just Business” scene from At World’s End that does a terrifyingly good job of closing the loop on Jack and Beckett’s entire backstory. I’m not usually one to argue for adding to a 2 hour, 47 minute movie; but I think At World’s End could have afforded the extra 3 in this case.
Bear in mind: this was a Disney movie. VERBINSKIED.