April 2009

The Beales: Grey Days


For whatever reason gay dudes love Grey Gardens. Little Edie does certainly have her own concept of style, but I still don't exactly understand how that translates to gay culture - not everyone dresses like a woman. Anyway, the cult status of this Maysles Brothers' film from 1975 has been steadily gaining more and more notoriety over the few decades since its release. First there was a musical and then, just a few years ago, Criterion saw fit to reissue the film in a much expanded package. But even this didn't have the cultural impact on the general public that the HBO project has.

Staring Drew Barrymore alongside Jessica Lange as the two Edies, watching this film may benefit those that haven't as of yet watched the documentary, if they now intend to do so.

The Misunderstood: Joe Versus the Volcano

It's hard to find a truly unique story, and not just recently. People have been weaving and recombining the same tales since we sat around the first fires tracing shapes in the constellations. It's pretty sad, then, when a one-of-a-kind (or at least first-of-its-kind) story gets booed off the stage. Such is the case with a flop called Joe Versus the Volcano.

Released in 1990, JVtV is the first movie to pair Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks. From a critical standpoint, each successive vehicle for those two are increasingly dire. Sleepless in Seattle is a middling date movie rescued by its unusual premise, while You've Got Mail is a bland remake without merit and anchored by a hopelessly topical gimmick. Joe was the one movie carried by Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks that actually used the actors properly.

Excited for Where The Wild Things Are

Spike Jonze is directing a film I am very excited for, a film version of the classic children's book, Where The Wild Things are.  I have always been a fan of the book and I just finished watching the movie trailer.  I'm not going to post the trailer because you can find it online in about 10 seconds if you try.  I'm sitting here on the verge of tears after watching the trailer for the 3rd time.  That's right, I've watched the trailer 3 times now and it still moves me each time I see it.  It is that good. 

I have this theory that you can always judge a movie by the trailer.  Trailers are supposed to keep you on the edge of your seat and I don't care how good someone is at video editing, they would be hard pressed to make a good trailer out of a lousy movie.  I feel that if the actual scenes in a movie aren't that great, you're not going to be able to disguise it.