The good folks over at wordpress.com invited me to their latest WordPress goodness and I must say it rocks! I am not certain for what exactly I am going to use ihad.wordpress.com since I still have WordPress! Bad pun, forgive me.
At a first glance the thing that I am missing most is the ability to add plugins (e.g. wp stats, amazon, flickr, live archives etc.) and the theme editor which means you are stuck with the themes available for now. I am sure there will be lots more in the future and more functionality will be added, too – although maybe that will come with a fee… time will tell.
So Mr. Pudding Stallone has a clever plan on how to return to the big screen! Return to the roots! Cry “Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaadrian” or havoc (in absence of the former) and pound that meat! Don’t get me wrong, I dig “Rocky” but does the world need Rocky IV? No, but I know someone who does.
Head over to joblo’s for more details on “Rocky Balboa”, a “tragedy in the making”.
Roman Polanski’s “Oliver Twist” is yet another stab at bringing DWEM classic literature to the big screen. Would Charles Dickens be happy with it? I highly doubt it. Polanski condensed Dickens’s novel from 1841 down to two characters: Fagin (Ben Kingsley) and Bill Sykes (Jamie Foreman).
We seldom hear more than “Yes, sir” from Oliver (Barney Clark) and the only development Oliver is going through is the journey of a poor educated orphan to a wealthy situated orphan. Fagin on the other hand undergoes a catharsis of a kind while Sykes is the stereotypical remorseless villain. Stuck in that web of thieves Oliver seems more like an extra througout the whole movie and only the Artful Dodger (Harry Eden) manages to stand out.
I had a “hunch” that this movie would be fun and indeed it was. From the “HOP 2 IT” license plate to “24 carrot gold bullets” to the fact that this movie “may contain nuts”, “Wallace and Gromit in The Curse of the Were-Rabbit” is fun for the whole family without limitations (it is rated PG in some countries).
There are just too many carefully planted details and references to previous works to miss on first view that this alone is well worth a second and even third watch. It’s a “must have” on DVD, that is for sure.
The claymation is simply fantastic as we can expect from an Aardman production. It’s not all clay though and there is a fair amount of CGI but it integrates very well and is nicely done, in a fluffy way. Those of you who have seen previous Wallace and Gromit adventures will also recognize many of the tunes and cracking contraptions. New this time around is Wallace’s latest untested contraption, the “Mind-O-Matic”, which is going to be switched to “full suckage” for a little bit of “harmless” mind altering: “Veg bad … Veg baaaad … Veg baaaaaad …” should give you a rough idea of possible applications.
“Me and You and Everyone We Know” tells the story of Richard Swersey (John Hawkes) and Christine Jesperson (Miranda July) and how they get along in their daily lives.
Richard just separated from his wife and is taking care of his two sons when not working as a shoe salesman and Christine is struggling to become an artist and driving a cab for elderly people to make a living.
They fall in love with each other, a love at first sight sort of thing and a complicated one. The one just divorced and afraid to lose his children. The other yearning for the perfect man, expressing herself in ways no one else cares or is able to understand. They both find themselves at the crossroads of their lives. Which way will they turn?
“The Brothers Grimm” is a silly movie. It has a certain pythonesque quality that you need to be able to appreciate otherwise you will most likely think it’s a stupid movie. It isn’t. There are of course countless references to Grimm fairy tales and sometimes these are presented in a most absurd manner – something you have to expect from Terry Gilliam and it’s something he delivers.
At one point we suddenly cut to the two brothers Wilhem (Matt Damon) and Jacob Grimm (Heath Ledger) wearing bonnets while scrubbing the floor and making dinner for their italian torture master Cavaldi (Peter Stormare), easy to spot as a reference to “Cinderella” but also very… “pythonesque”.