– The favorite shot from the “X-Men: First Class” trailer (watch it after the jump) seems to be this “Twin Peaks”-like one.
– Devin Faraci of Badass Digest makes a good case for Justin Bieber to replace Ryan Gosling as the star of the “Logan’s Run” remake:
today the idea of turning 30 isn’t that big a deal. There’s no youth movement of people in their 2os, and there really isn’t even a youth movement of people in their teens. But there is a dominant youth culture – and it’s the tweens. We live in a world where kids in the eleven to sixteen age group have their own music, their own TV shows and their own fashion. The tweens, lame as they are, are the only youth culture going today.
– Mike Ryan at Movieline makes a case for how “Sanctum” is really a serial killer movie. He warns about spoilers, but this kind of angle could sell more people on the 3D James Cameron production:
while Sanctum tries to convey that it’s a film about survival in a cave system that’s been flooded due to a massive storm system, the storm is not the enemy. The real danger all comes from Frank McGuire (Richard Roxburgh), who uses the storm to start his bloody rampage.
– Here’s a great, weird “Black Swan” spoof that must be seen and not explained:
– Perri Nemiroff at Cinematical says the best thing to do on Valentine’s Day is to put on a bad movie, like “Grown Ups” or “My Soul to Take.”
Here’s the key to a sexually driven Valentine’s Day. No, there’s nothing particularly sexual about any of these movies, but they all do have one thing common – they’re awful. If your V-Day plan is to have a quiet night in and watch a movie, you’re basically guaranteeing yourself at least a 90-minute wait until the action can shift to the bedroom. However, what if you turn on a downright terrible movie? Odds are – hopefully – you’ll get fed up way before the credits role and move on to something a little more exciting. Just in case these movies do manage to taint the air a bit, be sure you select one from the genre of your liking.
– Tied to “Just Go With It,” Matt Patches lists “9 Douchebag Rom-Com Leads Who Didn’t Deserve Diddly” for Film School Rejects. Woody Allen tops the list, on which Hugh Grant features twice. But here’s the one that gets me every time:
7. Dean Proffitt – Overboard
Do the ends justify the means? Joanna (Goldie Hawn) and Dean (Kurt Russell) inevitably fall in love by the end of Overboard – it’s directed by Gary Marshall, after all. But the two opposites only attract after Joanna falls over the rail of a yacht, slips into a coma, is kidnapped by Dean, a vengeful carpenter, and awoken to a life of familial servitude. In most cases, Joanna’s realization that she’s been taken advantage of would land Dean in jail for 25 to life, but in Overboard, the incident helps her learn an important lesson about not being greedy. It was her fault the whole time.
– I’m not familiar with “LittleBigPlanet,” but I still think this re-creation of a scene from “Back to the Future” is pretty cute:
– Another “BTTF” re-creation comes via the cast of “Take Me Home Tonight.” They also do “Ghost Busters,” “Can’t Buy Me Love” and many other ’80s movies in this homage-heavy music video.
– Wow, John Hodgman really is a human version of Bunsen Honeydew. And Flavor Flav is totally Dr. Teeth. See Pajiba’s inspired choices for a ‘Muppet Lookalike Movie.’ One more to add, though: Delaney Williams (“The Wire”) as Bobo the Bear.
– Dennis Cozzalio of Sergio Leone and the Infield Fly Rule looks at three instances of bad TV dubs, including lines from “Family Plot,” “The Big Lebowski” and “Patch Adams.” On the first:
The first one is literally the very first instance of such nonsensical replacement swearing I can ever remember hearing, or at the one that was most obviously absurd enough that I couldn’t possibly forget it. During an NBC airing of Alfred Hitchcock’s Family Plot there is a scene in which Barbara Harris and Bruce Dern, playing a phony psychic and her taxi driving boyfriend, are having an argument near the beginning of the film. At one point Dern, exasperated at something Harris says, responds with, “For Christ’s sake, Blanche!” Or at least that’s how it was in theaters. On NBC, Dern’s response was the certainly less blasphemous but otherwise incoherent “For rice cakes, Blanche!” Derns character was certainly not obsessed with the bland little disc-shaped snacks either, so his comment, looped in at a volume approximately twice that of the rest of the dialogue track for maximum distraction, seems even screwier.
– Here’s a video of a 9-year-old Tanzanian boy telling the whole plot of “Commando.” As Arnold Schwarzenegger makes news today for officially returning to Hollywood, I’d rather see this kid star in a movie. Preferably a feature documentary that says what the video ends up saying: “Stop the Pity. Unlock the Potential.”
– MSN Movies lists examples of ‘Civil Rights Cinema,’ which does not include Romero’s “Night of the Living Dead” but does include Troma’s “Poultrygeist: Night of the Chicken Dead.”
This gross out, low budget horror comedy is an unlikely addition to our list, but it’s the only funny movie we know that explores animal rights and vegetarianism. “Poultrygeist” has enough grisly deaths and exposed breasts to sate even the geekiest and horniest of teenagers. Produced by legendary grindhouse studio Troma Entertainment, it shows the kind of mayhem that can happen when you build a fast food chicken restaurant on top of an Indian burial ground. Mankind has ruthlessly imprisoned and slaughtered billions of chickens for centuries. It makes perfect sense that their struggle for freedom is included here. Extreme gore aside, the movie is a genius satire of humanity’s blind consumption of meat. PETA called the film a masterpiece.
– Josh Nelson at Philmology compares “127 Hours” with “Touching the Void”:
When, in one sequence, Ralston imagines himself at a party housing a giant inflatable Scooby-Doo, he inadvertently becomes fixated on the character’s theme song, which he proceeds to chant in a kind of manic mantra. This scene shares more than a passing similarity with one from Kevin Macdonald’s excellent docudrama, Touching the Void (2003) in which a seriously wounded climber in the throes of hypothermia falls prey to the repetitive strains of a Boney M song. But where Macdonald’s film isolates this moment of madness as a culminating rupture in his survivalist tale, Boyle undercuts the effectiveness of such scenes through their sheer frequency.
– Wayne Wang (“Maid in Manhattan”) will direct a film about Albert Einstein. Let’s hope it doesn’t take as many liberties as that other biopic starring Yahoo Serious. I wonder if Shia LaBeouf will be in talks for this one, too (see the resemblance).
– Headlines stating that “Tupac” begins shooting this summer may cause East Coast rappers of the ’90s to go into hiding. But of course we’re talking about biopic about Tupac Shakur, whose portrayer has not yet been cast.
– It’s no big deal that Paramount is already planning a sequel to “Captain America: First Avenger.” But it is news that original screenwriters Stephen McFeely and Christopher Markus are returning to script it.
– The trailer for “X-Men: First Class” has arrived and, well, it definitely looks like an “X-Men” movie. Except when it’s like Michael Bay’s remake of “13 Days” or a superhero version of “Revenge of the Sith” or a dream sequence from “Twin Peaks” featuring a faerie in place of a dwarf (see the header image). Here ya go:
– Disney animator Bill Justice has passed a day after turning 97. Here are some of the shorts he directed, including “Jack and Old Mac,” “A Cowboy Needs a Horse” and the stop-motion “Noah’s Ark.”
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