March 06, 2007

Casting a Wider (Inter)Net

A few blind items found while trolling cyberspace:
  • Some moron producer is adapting Milton's "Paradise Lost" and, accordingly, ridding the source material of all that pesky nudity to make way for all that delicious violence
  • R.I.P. PREMIERE MAGAZINE, which unquestionably had its moments (anyone remember that David Foster Wallace piece on the making of Lost Highway?) and had been humming along nicely since the hiring of Glenn Kenny, who kinda/sorta eulogizes the magazine here
  • 10 minutes of Spider-Man 3; love the new Goblin glider

9 comments:

theoldboy said...

Great, another movie to sate the holy, innocent bloodlust of American Christianity. I wanna see lots of archangels getting their motherfucking heads cut off, but no tits, got that? Our core audience wants to see red, not tits. Yeah, and no big studio movie about battles can have nudity. Except Troy. Or 300. Or is really any movie about epic battles that isn't about Jesus the Lion or hairy footed queer midgets rated R, anyway?

Speaking of which, I'm not sure if I should be drooling over or dreading 300. It looks tits but Nick Schager's scared me off of it. Though Slant hands out one and a half star reviews to big studio fare like speeding tickets. "Pull over to the side of the road, V for Vendetta, you were going 120 with your balls hanging out the window."

Oh, by the way, tits. I just wanted to set the record for most use of "tits" in a post on the ffc blog. I hope I was successful.

corym said...

Regarding that Spidey clip, I love the way Raimi sets the whole thing up as a Looney Tunes cartoon, only to have it end with cringe-worthy neck injury.

Bill C said...

Personal fave Bryant Frazer just reviewed 300: "...[F]ills a much-needed gap between gay porn and recruitment film."

Jefferson said...

Put David Foster Wallace's Premiere piece on Lynch next to the same piece reprinted in its original form in his collection A Supposedly Fun Thing I'll Never Do Again, and it becomes clear that a strong editor (which he hasn't had in a while) does him a world of good.

Also, tits.

Keith Uhlich said...

Testicles.

That is all.

Alex Jackson said...

Awww, the screenwriters of the Paradise Lost project sound like they are very sincere and genuinely want to make a good movie that does justice to the source material, as ridiculous as that sounds.

The bits about the crass Hollywood producer who wants to keep the nudity out so it'll play at the cineplex and hiring the director of The Exorcism of Emily Rose (and Hellraiser: Inferno) kind of make this sound like a heavy-handed satire of Hollywood commercialism. Like, I have some difficulty believing this is straight.

Still, if anything, I'm glad this movie is being made just so I can eventually read Walter's review of it.

James Allen said...

That sounds like a film where the story of the making of it would be more interesting than the film itself. I await the tale of how, after numerous unsatisfactory rewrites, the script was finally sent to Joe Eszterhas for some much needed punching up.

Nate said...

Apropos of nothing, I was glad to hear today that the distributor of Tideland took it upon themselves to recompose the 2.35:1 master to 16 x 9 for the US DVD release. It didn't play in theaters here, and I'm so glad I'll have to wait lord knows how much longer to see it properly on DVD. Gilliam gets the shaft again...

Kevin said...

you don't think the auteur behind the perfectly banal exorcism of emily rose will bring sensitivity to paradise lost?