Two-time governor and one-time pregnant man Arnold Schwarzenegger took to Reddit late last week to promote his latest film, Escape Plan, in an amusing fashion. He took requests for his infamous one-liners and he delivered them, freshly recorded, on his Youtube page.
I'm glad he's got a good sense of humor, I hope he was still laughing when he saw Escape Plan's returns over the opening weekend. Ouch!
You can check out Conan the Comedian's latest uploads here.
That young whipper-snapper Henry Barajas may have better things to do than go the movies, but I got out yesterday afternoon to see Gravity in glorious IMAX 3D—and I can assure that if you're gonna see it, it's worth the extra latinum bars to catch it on a big screen. The cinematography was extraordinary and the 3D effects were the best I've seen. (Well, Avatar sets a high standard, but Gravity's story far outpaces the predictable goofiness that was Avatar.)
It appears that former astronaut Mark Kelly thought it was pretty good, too. His Washington Post review:
Last weekend, my wife, Gabby, and I went to see the movie “Gravity” at our neighborhood theater in Tucson. I’m a retired astronaut who has been to space four times, so I’m usually a bit skeptical of films that take place in space. For me, watching movies about space is like a congresswoman watching “House of Cards.” It’s entertaining, but it’s obviously not the real thing.
Director Alfonso Cuarón does come remarkably close with “Gravity.” I’ve spent a total of 55 days in space so I know what to look for, and Cuarón really was able to capture what it looks like inside and outside of a spacecraft.
Kelly has a few nitpicks, but gives the film a thumbs up and—spoiler warning!—offers a brief political message at the end of his review:
But the truth is, most of this doesn’t matter. Cuarón has given us a glimpse of the awe that is the universe beyond our atmosphere. And physics aside, he does it remarkably well.
My only hope is that we continue our exploration of space in real life, too. The majority of NASA employees have been furloughed as a result of the government shutdown. If Sandra Bullock’s Dr. Ryan were a real person, she’d still be waiting on the beach somewhere on planet Earth.
So, do me a favor. After you see Gravity, tell your member of Congress. Perhaps it will inspire them to put NASA employees back to work.
Last Saturday I had the pleasure of attending a new hotspot for experimental cinema in downtown Tucson. Exploded View, 197 Toole Ave., is an art gallery, music space and "microcinema". Portraits of visionary experimental filmmakers by local artist Danny Martin dot the walls, films are projected on a blank wall, and it seats around 45 people.
The venue is the brainchild of David Sherman and Rebecca Marten, the founders of San Francisco's Total Mobile Home microCINEMA. Exploded View opened to the public on Saturday night as part of the Toole Avenue Art Walk. Local avant-garde duo Algae and Tentacles played a staggering five hour set while films were projected behind them.
Tucson Weekly contributing writer and KXCI volunteer DJ Carl Hanni is programming a series of New York City-music related films, starting with Blank City tonight. It's a look back at the NYC No Wave scene, where experimental noise bands rubbed shoulders with aspiring filmmakers, fashion designers and artists. If you're a fan of Lydia Lunch, Jim Jarmusch and Steve Buscemi, you might want to check it out. A few short films by notorious transgressive cinema visionary Richard Kern will proceed the documentary. It starts at 7:30 p.m. and there's a suggested donation of $5. If you're over 21, there is a bar.
Snuggled in the back of this lengthy article on Brad Pitt and his production company is a choice nugget of information. Pitt's production company, Plan B, is planning on adapting Charles Burns' comic book series Black Hole for the big screen, with Fight Club director David Fincher at the helm.
The company now is moving forward with projects including an adaptation of Joyce Carol Oates' Marilyn Monroe novel Blonde, with Andrew Dominik (Jesse James) to direct; The Last Family of England, with Taika Waititi directing the story centered on a talking dog; and Black Hole, a project that teams Plan B with David Fincher and is adapted from the Charles Burns graphic novel about a virus that infects a group of kids living in the northwest, manifesting itself in strange, supernatural ways (one kid, for instance, develops a second mouth that always speaks the truth).
This is great news. Black Hole, about horny teenagers dealing with STD's that turn them into misanthropic mutants in the sleepy Seattle suburbs circa 1975, would have been a perfect vehicle for David Cronenberg back when he was still making "biological horror" movies, but I think Fincher will handle it well. Fincher can make a movie with visual aplomb and brilliantly capture the subtleties needed for this project. Don't believe me? You need to watch Zodiac again and tell me I'm wrong. Besides, any project that moves him away from directing those lame Girl with a Dragon Tattoo remakes is a good thing.
Who doesn't love watching horror films in October? There's nothing like tossing back some candy, carving up a pumpkin and planning costumes while watching a few spooky flicks. Thankfully, for three days at downtown's Screening Room, the Tucson Terrorfest (now in it's third year) has you covered.
They've just announced the line-up, and golly gee doe is it look fantastic! The big sell here is a retro screening of Umberto Lenzi's Nightmare City, an Italian exploitation film that isn't for the squeamish.
The festival starts on Thursday, October 17 and lasts until Saturday, October 19. You can find the full schedule, ticket prices and more at the Tucson Terrorfest website.
Starting tomorrow night and continuing each Wednesday night in October, the Loft Cinema will be screening five films from sci-fi/horror auteur John Carpenter. You're not going to want to miss The Thing, Big Trouble in Little China, Assault on Precinct 13, Christine and Halloween on the big screen. To cap it all off, there will be a post-Carpenter shindig on the Loft Cinema's Mooney Backlot Bar & Lounge on October 30 with music provided by yours truly. In the Tooting My Own Horn Department: I'm also the host of Deep Red Radio on 91.3 FM KXCI.
Previously on The Range I gave you five reasons to check out Carpenter's Escape From New York.To chop it up a bit, here's a haiku for each film.
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