ICYMI: it’s your Saturday content recap! Because ICYMI, there’s a Wonder Woman now.
Podcast: You’re damn right we reacted to Gal Gadot being cast as Wonder Woman in Zack Snyder’s Superman vs. Batman
Other podcast: Meanwhile, the Matineecast turned 100, and Team Mamo made a guest appearance
Watched: In lieu of a regular post, I declared that film is not a mission
Column: In the wake of Paul Walker’s death, The Awkward Moment When a Movie Star Stops Being One
Blog: For your titillation and amusement, my letter to Sex Criminals #3 (true story)
All this and more can be found at tederick.com!
"Film is not a mission," I thought to myself at some Lightbox screening or other in the last few weeks, whereupon I’d had a thoroughly uninteresting time watching some movie I was meant to have watched because it was considered so generally significant; and amidst conversation all around me about what films in the Cronenberg series or the Coen series or the whatever-else series every one of us "should" see. "Should thinking" is the bane of human existence in all its forms, and no less so for moviegoing. Film is not a mission.Read more
In the movie of my life, I’d play myself. Why not? I’m young enough, and with this Avatar CGI shit, they could paint a lot of dots on my face and create a digital puppet version of myself at ages sixteen, and thirteen, and even ten. I would love to step some poor Weta digital modelling technician through my own pubescence in reverse. I’ve got the field notes, Adrian Mole style, going back to the ten centimeter range. I’ve been dying to try out a MoCap suit, or a MoCap stage, or a MoCap anything, really. That would be all of the great things about acting (freedom of experimentation; focus on the task only; craft service) all coalesced into one experience, with all the crappy stuff (pancake makeup; other people) taken away.Read more
Evan Rachel Wood goes off on the MPAA for deeming cunnilingus worse than seeing heads blown off. [applause]
MAGNOLIA – “WISE UP”
Prepare a list of what you need
Before you sign away the deed
'Cause it's not going to stop
It’s not going to stop
It’s not going to stop
'Til you wise up
#3 on our list of The 50 Greatest Musical Numbers in Movie History.
Alarming how many times that boy’s voice singing “so just… give up!” pops into my head.
A plot hole is a gap in a movie’s storytelling wherein some incident, event, or element is not adequately explained or accounted for. Sometimes these are elements which are not substantially set up prior to their arrival. Other times, these are elements or ongoing narrative threads that go unresolved throughout the rest of the story. Plot holes are often caused by changes in scripts, or the removal, during the editing stage, of certain scenes and lines.
A plot hole is not
a) a contrivance, wherein an element of a story is conveniently or coincidentally moved along, often out of perceived laziness on the storyteller’s part
b) something that happens in a movie that you think is stupid and wouldn’t actually happen
c) a character behaving in a manner you don’t believe
d) a logical error in the unfolding of events
e) or any other kind of wallpaper criticism you are attempting to level against a movie just because you can’t sort out in your own mind why you don’t like it.
"Like, is this really my life? Is it happening right now?”
I have so many more things to say about this that I’ll probably never say any of them. Also, Before Midnight is no longer my favourite movie of 2013 but there’s a compelling argument that says that the Before Trilogy is one of the three or four most significant filmmaking projects of all time.
Anyways, go watch this.