Confession. I haven’t seen four of the five best picture nominees. So sue me. This accounts for our serious lack of movie coverage on the blog. But for those of us who are shallow and who merely want to sound like we’ve seen each of these movies, the video below provides some serious discussion about the best films of the year with two of the best critical gangsters out there, David Denby of the New Yorker and A.O. Scott of the New York Times. Take notes.
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Two pieces of good news for those of us who have been willing to step on our mothers necks waiting for Stacy Peralta and Baron Davis’ “Crips And Bloods: Made In America.” The film has been shortlisted for the the Best Documentary Oscar (no surprise considering the critical reception for the doc thus far) and will finally be getting a proper theatrical release. Fans can catch the movie at the IFC Theatre in New York starting this Friday, January 23 before it heads west to L.A. for a run at the Laemmle Sunset 5 on February 6.
Check the trailer below and peep the flier with extra info on upcoming screenings after the jump.
***Update*** NYT has a collection of clips and the original trailer with “Good Vibrations” playing in the background here.
Spike Jonze has gone and given his skate company — not Ain’t It Cool or any of those other fanboy losers — the first look at the beasts from his highly, highly, highly anticipated adaptation of Maurice Sendak’s “Where The Wild Things Are.”
Girl Skateboards will be releasing the decks in a limited-edition run along with t-shirts. Click through the catalogue for a brief interview with Jonze too.
If Rushmore met Badlands and those two movies happened to fuck. This would be the offspring.
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Okay, I’m officially putting this on the top of my must-see list for the fall, or at the very least, the top of my movies-I-didn’t-get-around-to-seeing-but-I’m-going-to-read-about-a-lot-and-pretend-I-saw list. The blogosphere is officially buzzing about “The Wrestler” which just got picked up for distribution by Fox Searchlight after winning the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival and packing the house at the Toronto International Film Festival. People are already calling it the next “Juno” (spoiler alert: Mickey Rourke gets super preggers in this movie).
From the brief clips in this AP story, Mickey Rourke looks to be sensational as a has-been wrestler trying to pick up the pieces of his drug-addled, dead-beat-dad life and come to terms with an uncertain future. He’s already causing Oscar talk and we can see why. No word yet on an exact release date but December is looking likely. Oh, also, Marisa Tomei plays a stripper and gets naked! Finally, redemption for that Philip Seymour Hoffman sex scene in “Before The Devil Knows You’re Dead”
According to the L.A. Times, Spike Lee and his “Inside Man” producer, Brian Grazer, are set to move forward with their long-gestating project, “L.A. Riots.” Terry George, the creative force behind revolutionary-themed works like “In the Name of the Father” and “Hotel Rwanda” is on board to deliver a final script and pave the way for production to begin before 2008 expires.
Don’t get us wrong, this movie sounds great and we’re excited to see Lee get back to his gritty bread and butter, but dammit, we’re probably more excited about those Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant documentaries he’s got in the can. Glad to see that Spike is actually making movies we can get excited about again (although I have to say, “The 25th Hour,” is waaaaaay underrated and it has the most NSFW monologue ever, definitely Netflix it if you haven’t seen it yet).
Baron Davis is really the best. I mean, between the beard, hipster glasses, his enormous knee brace, and one of the greatest dunks of all time, how could you not cheer for the guy? The only way we could love him more is if he grew a jheri curl and started rocking James Worthy goggles during games. Now he’s teamed up with legendary skater turned filmmaker, Stacy Peralta, to produce his first film, “Made In America.”
The documentary takes a deep look at gang life and culture in L.A. and sheds light on the history and untold stories behind the Crips and Bloods. It just premiered at the L.A. Film Festival and if the trailer is any indication, should be gripping.
* * * Update: And speaking of MADE IN AMERICA, Mr. Davis has decided to opt out of his contract and join the NBA’s free agent market. Does this mean the end of Golden State’s run as the craziest/funnest team in the league? * * *
* * * Update to the update: ESPN is reporting that Baron Davis has signed with the Clippers????? Welcome home, Baron. * * *