Movies: Wild Things On Screen

If you're a glutton for punishment you might be interested in catching Gerard Butler's crime thriller LAW ABIDING CITIZEN. He makes terrible terrible movies but at least he's got that ass to fall back on.  Other new releases include the foreign comedy THE MAID, action comedy BLACK DYNAMITE, horror remake THE STEPFATHER, and the omnibus film NEW YORK I LOVE YOU which, like its predecessor Paris Je T'Aime, unites disparate directors with multiple celebrities to tell stories about love in famous cities. Next up in this series are reportedly films on Rio, Mumbai and Jerusalem.


Picture 34  road The creator of the videogame Prince of Persia has just revealed the pitch "trailer" he created to sell executives on the idea of the game as a movie. Now that we've seen stills from the movie, it's hard not to miss Jake Gyllenhaal while watching it, don't you think? Once you've glimpsed the Gyllenhaal you can't go without. Or at least you shouldn't have to.

 road  Would you find a smoking hot Hamlet distracting to the Shakespearean verse? Ay, there's the rub.

 road Gus Vant Sant's Milk follow up is still in the making. One of the multiple upcoming projects is The Golden Suicides, a tragi-romance about artists Jeremy Blake and Theresa Duncan. He'll be joining forces with American Psycho author Bret Easton Elis to tell that particular story.

Picture 8  road Heath Ledger has been so venerated since his death, a miniature reversal was bound to happen. There's always a contrarian and to be fair, celebrity death does tend to stall any real evaluation of someone's talent and contributions in any given field. At least at first. So, it was bound to happen: a major film critic goes against the grain suggesting that Ledger maybe wouldn't have become all that everyone wanted him to be. Do you think people will be after him with pitchforks? Ledger's last film, The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus is starting to make the rounds. I saw it last week and it was a tough sit, largely because the collision of this role with his true life tragedy added a layer of morbidity that the film didn't seem to be aiming for. His first scene plays like a literal ressurection and that was more than a little disturbing.

 road On a happier note, let's circle back to Spike Jonze, talented filmmaker and one of the best music video directors of all time. I've included my absolute favorite below but it's a robust and impressive videography. Which are your favorites?


  1. Nick Vaginitis says

    nice work, Nathaniel, but can I make a small (non-bitchy, sincere) criticism? imho, your posts are over-written. This is the interwebs… edit down to ‘concise’. you nearly lost me a number of times, thinking, “I really don’t have time to get thru all this”… you obviously know and love your subject (film) and I appreciate it.

  2. says

    Apparently Maurice Sendak was approached many times by several different movie makers about making this movie. Spike Jonze is the first person who’s vision he felt would do the book justice.

    I will be seeing this movie regardless of the reviews.

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