Cinematic Sunday Fifty-Two
Brunch came and went, our waitress seemed less than enthused to be dealing with us, but the little fruit bar and cinnamon buns made up for it.
The wife and The Lobbyist had made plans to go and see the new Anna Faris flick, The House Bunny, so we dropped Morris and S back at Morris' Jeep at our house, then booked ass across town to catch the 2:00 showing. The flick wasn't anything special, a lot of obvious humor, but I admit to laughing a few times, and Faris looks amazing in her little skimpy outfits, she must not have eaten anything at all during the course of filming. That said, I'm kind of ashamed to admit that this is the one summer film I've seen besides Iron Man.
We hit a Starbuck's on the way back to the house and then chilled out and watched some television and made fun of whatever was on E! for awhile until The Lobbyist headed to her house to spend some time with her mother.
I popped in a copy of Sugar Hill that I'd bought awhile back, to check out the quality of it, as it was a weird import disc with about half of the DVD notes in Chinese. It turned out to be a pretty decent copy, at least as good as what we'd seen run on TCM several months back, so that was a relief, I was expecting a lousy VHS bootlegged transfer; I was pleasantly surprised.
The wife crashed in some weird ass early evening nap around 6:30, so I decided to hit the interweb and get this junk written while I had the free time, since the Fox animation stuff is all re-runs anyway.
Here's what I turned up that looks interesting this time around:
First up we have a film called The Burrowers, a horror film directed by JT Petty that sounds like an interesting take on a Tremors-style threat in the Old West. A town is menaced by strange creatures that only attack the humans and animals, leaving all valuables behind. Check it out and forgive me that the only version I could find is promoting the website that hosts it over on YouTube, so try to ignore the whole 'watch movies etc.' arrow that pops up there for a few seconds.
Next up is Passengers, a film by Rodrigo Garcia that stars Anne Hathaway as a woman counseling the scant few survivors of a plane crash, who begin to disappear under mysterious circumstances as one of them exhibits strange, almost supernatural abilities.
I heard a mention of Last Of The Living over on Mail Order Zombie earlier this week, and I decided to track down the trailer. While the general zombie set-up seems pretty standard, the presentation of this New Zealand production really grabbed my attention, as I'm a total whore for a stylish take on an established genre or theme and some of this editing reminded me of Guy Ritchie's editing style. Give it a look.
I close this evening with a film I hadn't heard of until I received an e-mail from a company promoting it, encouraging me to check it out. The film is called The Boy In The Striped Pajamas, which is about the friendship that develops between a couple of young boys on opposite sides of the fence of a German POW camp. It's directed by Mark Herman and stars David Thewlis, who I believe I've described before as being 'Satanically Ugly', and I doubt a turn as a Nazi will do much to change my opinion. The film looks like a real tearjerker (Read: wholly depressing) in spite of how sweet the kids relationship may be, and arrives in early November in time to depress you for the Holidays. Cheers!
Be seeing you.
Tag, you're it, Baggy Eyes! Brunch, Movies, The House Bunny, Anna Faris, Iron Man, Sugar Hill, Trailers, The Burrowers, JT Petty, Tremors, Passengers, Rodrigo Garcia, Anne Hathaway, Last Of The Living, Mail Order Zombie, Guy Ritchie, The Boy In The Striped Pajamas, Mark Herman, David Thewlis