AND…we're back! How is everyone this fine new weekend? Another weekend draws nigh and it's time to take a gander at some new cinema on the way and perhaps some new suggestions that might strike your fancy.
Today, we start with Jim Jarmusch's Only Lovers Left Alive, yet another of the latest string of flicks with ageless screen goddess Tilda Swinton and new Brit-of-the-moment Tom Hiddleston. First of all, the shots J.J. captures are simply beyond superb and sublime. In one aspect and in several scenes, it's as if you're floating through a solemn version of The Velvet Underground (with Nico)'s "Velvet in Furs." The music is fantastic but what might appeal to a wide audience this time around (much like his Broken Flowers a few years back) is the vampire subtext running through the film's dark and oft-time bleak reality. As several other films over very recent years have taken it upon themselves to reinvent history, so does this vampire love epic, ideal for the closet-case art house film lover. I can presume some hipsters will be flocking to see this at Verdi or Renoir, so you've been forewarned. Enjoy! ####
Oh ageless Johnny Depp…is there anything you can't do? I mean besides make another hugely successful film not involving a tentacled creature in a crummy series by Disney? While his box office draw still appeals across the board from young to older and he's certainly not the poison to cajero love that his contemporary Nicole Kidman has turned out to be, there was so much summer hope riding for his latest film Transcendence…and well…um…Jesus loves everybody. That's a nice thing to say, right?…and ma always said…
Anyway, the story begins in Berkeley, with supporting actor Paul Bettany waxing deep with his solemn narration. That said, despite the well-crafted direction of the unfortunately-named Wally Pfister (2011 Academy Award winner for Inception), the movie quickly falls flat when trying to deal with the concept of Artificial Intelligence whilst also trying to emotionally connect to the audience. I won't give away the fact that Depp di…oh…I mean, reanimates in a new way and there you have some foreshadowing of what is to be encountered in the tall tale of A.I. I will say that director Pfister gave it his best and Depp is at times engaging and quite frankly, the supporting cast is great but their talents sparsely used. Better with a director's cut at home, me thinketh. ##
For a quick laugh and a dose of comical albeit harsh reality, click on this Stephen Colbert link and look at what the creator of SiriusXM Radio is up to now…and yes it is dealing with exactly what the latter film is touching on. This is much more engaging, however!
Now, as there are plenty of rom-com moments to be had throughout this summer and it's only every five to ten years that Drew Barrymore and Adam Sandler chip in and attempt another gem, and so with aplomb I tried their latest attempt Blended. (clear throat). Why doesn't anyone tell my dear Barrymore the half-lisp thing lost its luster after E.T.?
Now, I'm not a hater. I completely and absolutely love me some Barrymore…Sandler not so much, but Drew's my girl since childhood. There is a moment in the film however where these two single parents end up in Africa with their kids after a credit card purchase mix-up (I'm not joking here!) and I said to myself, "This is NOT a wonderful world…because millions were spent on a movie of this egregiously low caliber. Drew, it's simply unacceptable. Adam, I'd expect some trite shite from, but my readers, please save yourself the 9 euros and head to the Jarmusch film!
Sorry, I can't even give it a half of a hashtag, it's so $%&!ing bad. Kids, next week, some better prospects are around the corner and heads up…because the Mediterranean heat is coming back strong. Keep watching, chirren!