Tuesday, August 18, 2009

8/18- Can't hardly wait...

for the new season of Gossip Girl.  Have you seen the promos? Hysterical. Especially the last 10 seconds of the first one.  Love Blair's expression at the end. Love her sooooooo much.  Can't fathom how you couldn't.  If you don't like Blair, I don't think we can be friends.

And from the looks of it, Dan might just decide to get funny and/or interesting.

September 14 can't come soon enough. 

In the meantime though, I have a task for all of you.  Please, please, please make the following movies happen.

To explain: A lot of times, films that are made overseas get great, stellar (like you could put them in orbit) reviews.  They are well acted, well written, well directed.  But they don't get seen.  So Hollywood and the Mighty Morphin Movie Machine move in and buy the rights.  They dismantle these films.  They create a similar, cliff-noted script that reads like a bad book report.  Then they re-cast with pretty but shitty Hollywood actors.  And they get someone like Michael Bay or Jerry Bruckheimer to direct it and ultimately manage to turn a diamond back into a lump of coal.

Two such gems scheduled to be destroyed open this week.

The first one is "Rudo Y Cursi."

It's a comedy from Alfonso Cuaron (Y Tu Mama Tambien, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban) and stars two insanely beautiful men (and great actors) Gael Garcia Bernal and Diego Luna.  It's an off-beat tale about two brothers trying to make it in the soccer world, etc.  

The second is "Fifty Dead Men Walking."

Based on a true story, the film is about a petty criminal living in Ireland during the late 80's when the civil/religious conflict in Northern Ireland (led by the IRA) was at its most violent.  He is recruited by the British police to work as an informant.  

If you like political thrillers this is one to see.  It's getting solid reviews on RT, but sadly that probably won't help matters.  Why?  Pay attention because I am saying it now..."Fifty Dead Men" will become the next "State of Play."  

Remember this movie? Russell Crow, Ben Affleck, Rachel McAdams?  Got terrible reviews. Was a terrible film.  Want to know the real tragedy? 

"State of Play"-the real, original one- is an ABSOLUTELY AMAZING six part British mini-series starring Bill Nighy, James McAvoy, and others and is directed by David Yates (Harry Potter 6). Really, the series is sooooooo fucking good.  It is worth renting from Blockbuster Online or ordering off Amazon.  You will NOT be disappointed. David and I were completely consumed by it for a week.  I then made my inside cronies at Wake Forest's library order it and add it the dvd collection.  It has been renting out steadily since.  Because it's that good.

So, please.  Before Hollywood gets its scaly death grip on "Fifty Dead Men" and re-casts with f-cking Colin Farrell and turns it to shit, watch the original.  And before "Rudo Y Cursi" becomes another Judd Apatow bro-mance starring Seth Rogan and some other ugly dude, watch Garcia Benal and Diego Luna.  It's for your own good.

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