Wednesday, July 8, 2009

It's a busy blog post week.

I know I am inundating your in-boxes.  There was the post Monday, the one today, and of course, Harry deserves nothing less than his own separate post coming soon.  But I will be out of town for the next three weekends in a row, so there will be a nice long break.

Right now, though, sooo much to talk about.

First Up: The trailer for Diablo Cody's next film "Jennifer's Body" just hit the net!!!  Cody is, of course, the Academy Award winning screen writer of Juno looking to bypass the Sophomore Slump by writing a film that is nothing like her last one.  Jennifer's Body is about a possessed zombie cheerleader who makes it her mission to seduce and then devour over-sexed high school boys.  It's the Man Eater tale for our generation and looks very very promising.  If Cody does this right, it could be a really interesting expansion of, lets face it, increasingly outdated thinking about feminine psycho-sexual behavior.  Or it could fail miserably.  We'll just have to wait and see.  

But the trailer looks great. Really, you should watch it.  And, Megan Fox's acting doesn't look completely horrible.  Who knows, maybe the role of "plastic face femme fatal" is what she was born for. 

Next: 500 Days of Summer
Hold on to your skinny jeans, hipsters.  Because Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Zooey Deschanel, the king and queen of the Williamsburg prom, are appearing in a movie together.  It's a "coming of your 20 somethings love story" full of indie tunes and vintage clothes.  And all the 40 year old ex-hipster film critics are loving it.  Personally, I'm a bit tired of the whole Garden State thing, but I'll give you the trailer for your consideration.

And lastly: Bruno. Unless you have been living under a rock, you know it's out there, waiting for you at the cineplex.  But will you see it?  Honestly, I don't really feel qualified to tell you what to do either way.  As with Borat, some critics love it.  Some hate it.  I like the fact that Sasha Baron Cohen is taking us to task for our adoration of the cult of the celebrity and taking the celebrities to task for adoring themselves.  But his message and his tactics for getting it are always problematic.  

Like Borat, this film is awash in controversy.  People are suing left and right for what basically adds up to extortion.  Plus, some gay activist groups are charging that the film is actually promoting homophobia (the thought being that Baron Cohen is 1. perpetuating gay stereotypes and 2. in so doing reinforcing homophobia among movie goers not intelligent enough to know that the finger is actually pointing towards them).  Basically, it's Borat Redux.  So I guess if you liked that, you can go see this.  Or, you can always watch it in a year when some cable network buys the rights and censors the s#*t out of it.

Provoking thoughts at the Berlin premiere.  Note the mismatching.  

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