Friday, September 25, 2015

This Week in Neat-O

Variety has a nice interview with Lisa Henson about the new Muppet sitcom, and what Jim Henson might have made of it. Honestly, I get it if the humor's not in your wheel house, but some of the reviews I've read about how ABC is desecrating these sweet, innocent characters makes me feel like those people are remembering Sesame Street and not The Muppet Show. On the other hand, at least people aren't ignoring the Muppets like they did the last time they had a network show, so that's something.

:: Sal Amendola on the contentious creation of a classic Batman story from 1974.

:: Long but interesting read on Salon about Bernie Sanders, Hillary Clinton, their different approaches to campaigning, and why (despite the media's refusal to acknowledge him) Bernie Sanders is winning with millennials and with those of us who are burned out on the process and the last 16 or so years.

:: I'm sure it's not for everyone, but I found the Rose McGown video "RM486" fascinating.

:: The new trailer for The Peanuts Movie is a lot like the previous one, but tighter. I really want to see this.

:: That virtual tour of the Enterprise-D that Unreal put together is pretty damn nice. (I also love that they used the First Contact music.)

:: A New Caption That Works for Every New Yorker Cartoon

:: Eclectic Method's "Classic Doctors" remix of the Doctor Who theme is cute.

:: The AV Club has an interview with horror icon Linnea Quigley.

:: I heard Sam Smith's song "Writing's On the Wall" from the new James Bond movie--which as far as I can tell is only available to hear on Spotify right now--and I thought it was really quite enchanting.

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Film Week

A decade ago, when I started this blog, Film Week was on Tuesdays. Then, because of scheduling with my college classes, I ended up moving it to Wednesday. Today, because of scheduling with my wife's work and my therapy, I'm moving it to Thursday for the foreseeable future.

CARRY ON SCREAMING! (1966)
Another cute, hit-or-miss Carry On movie, and once again, Kenneth Williams is the best part. God damn, that man makes me laugh. I've read that he privately didn't care for these movies and considered them beneath him, but he can sell the silliness better than anyone else in the cast. Some of the most groan-worthy puns I've ever heard in my life, but I had a fun time. **1/2

22 JUMP STREET (2014)
Undeniably funny in spots, but it has the same problems as the first movie, just magnified and with more money--too big, too slick, and overlong. Also, I think with this movie it's becoming obvious that going meta is becoming another cliche. The jokes about sequels and the constant commentary on formula and comedy in action franchises would have been clever eight years ago, but is labored and tiresome here. (And they spend a lot of time on it, to the point where it's often the whole joke.) To be fair, the end credits montage of endless Jump Street sequels is hilarious. Channing Tatum is still the funniest part of these movies. **1/2

PIERROT LE FOU (1965)
Jean-Paul Belmondo leaves his bourgeois life and family behind to embark on a life of drifting and crime with a friend's younger niece (Anna Karina). Godard is hit or miss for me; I either find his films fascinating or tedious. This one, I found tedious. I like the way it looks and the gorgeous colors, with its pop art style, but I found the postmodern attempts of the narrative precious and somewhat empty. Lots of style, but the substance is lacking, although Anna Karina is always compelling. **1/2

Monday, September 21, 2015

Muppet Monday

One more day. One more day.

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Song of the Week: "Music to Watch Girls By"

Andy Williams, 1967. I'm apparently at 1960s lounge levels of relaxation this morning.