It's been a while since I put one of these up. I don't know what has happened to my blog these past two weeks, but apparently I'm getting lazy. I mean, it's the 22nd of the month and I only have 16 posts (this will be the 17th) and I usually try and keep my post/day number the same. I'm slipping.
These damn kids. I'm just so tired!
Well, the truth of the matter is that I've been ingesting so many movies lately (young and old) and just haven't had the time to compile all my thoughts and make time to discuss other things, and then when I get a grip on a slew of things I want to talk about I feel like they are slowly becoming old news.
Cry me a river, right?
Well, to make up for the dip in my 'Thoughts' posts, I'm giving you six things to chew on instead of five. Consider it a bonus, because I'm awesome.
First up, let's talk about James Franco. No, I don't mean his Instagram posts or his apparent near-statutory rape. I'm talking about his obvious distaste with the idea of a sequel to 'Spring Breakers'. He's pissed, and I actually think he has a point. There are so many people out there trying to get their hands on a handout, and for them, capitalizing off of someone else's success is a way to achieve that. Franco is right. Without the cooperation of the original mind behind this, that being Harmony Korine, this is just a mess waiting to happen. 'Spring Breakers: The Second Coming'. Are they fucking serious with this? Some movies should not be repeated, and 'Spring Breakers' is one of those movies. Leave it where it is. I do find it funny how Franco groups himself in with Korine ("This is not being done with Harmony Korine or my consent."). Um, you're the actor...you didn't write or create that shit.
But Franco is obviously completely full of himself at the moment so I should have expected him to see himself as important in this matter. Still, he speaks (partial) truth.
Next up, Viggo Mortensen kind of shocked me with his take-down of Oscar winning director Peter Jackson. In fact, Mortensen throws a lot of shade in this interview (don't fucking talk like that about 'The Talented Mr. Ripley', you fuck). He even attacks Ridley Scott (seriously, shady bitch!) but his remarks about Jackson's 'geeky' nature with regards to CGI is hilarious. I'm not against an actor (or really anyone) having an opinion, I'm just kind of shocked that he clearly doesn't give a fuck. Apparently he thinks that the 'Lord of the Rings' movies suffered because Jackson got enough money to basically cum CGI all over the screen. Now, I haven't seen ANY of these movies (including those Hobbit films) so I can't comment, although I've heard comments from other eluding to the fact that the CGI was a bit much, but really...can you tell this story without the CGI?
And yes, Viggo...you're right that 'The Lovely Bones' was shit, at least I think that's what you're trying to say.
Oh, have you heard that Channing Tatum is a drunk? He says he's a high-functioning alcoholic in the latest issue of GQ. Now, I don't care what anyone does in their personal life, and I love being drunk so I can't judge, but like...was joking about it really the smartest thing to do? I'm not so sure. I mean, I could say that he's just adding layers to his cool demeanor, and I'm sure that some people find these kinds of conversations endearing (he's a real person, damn it!), but is it sending the right message?
But the drinking explains a few things...
Oh, and he's Gambit.
OH, OH, OH! Xavier Dolan is having the time of his life in Cannes! Yes, his latest film 'Mommy' is getting raves and is the favorite, at the moment, for the Palm D'Or! I'm so excited. No, I haven't seen it, but we all know how I feel about 'Laurence Anyways' (you know, one of the top ten films of ALL TIME) and so I'm always excited to see or hear anything Dolan related. The kid is a modern-day genius and really deserves all the accolades, praise and respect he can garner. It looks like 'Mommy' is considered his most polished and mature work, and I'm all in at this point.
My body NEEDS this movie!
So, have you heard that the new Batman vs. Superman movie has a name and a logo? Yeah, I'm kind of on the fence about this whole thing. I'm thrilled about the Ben Affleck thing, even though I'm kind of the only one, and I'm alright with Snider directing, despite his inability to tone shit down, and I really like the logo, despite some people not being OK with the bat symbol here...but this name has me feeling all sorts of WTF.
I'm confused. Why is there no 's' in 'vs'? What the fuck does 'v' mean? Dawn of Justice? Why do we feel the need to add taglines to all movies these days? I just can't with this right now.
So let's talk about The Flintstones. Apparently Will Ferrell is involved in bringing this new animated movie to the big screen. I'm not sure how I feel about this right now. I loved 'LEGO Movie', but if they are trying to reinvent 'The Flintstones' in the same vein as that film, I have a problem. Modernizing classics is tricky. The reason that 'LEGO Movie' worked so well is that there really wasn't a precedent. It was all new and so there was a lot of room to make it their own. There is a lot of precedent for 'The Flintstones', some good and some bad. This just feels like a bad idea to me, but I'll reserve my disgust for after I see the movie, since I'm pretty sure my children will drag me to it.