Saturday, 2 August 2008

Days in New York...


For a full explanation, please see the start of the countdown.


Pulp Fiction (1994)
[4th watch]


Che Remains In Storage
(from Studio Briefing)
"after garnering a raft of enthusiastic notices and a best-actor award for its star, Benicio Del Toro, Steven Soderbergh's $65-million Che [actually called Guerilla, according to IMDb] has still been unable to find a distributor [...] Even in the best of times for independent film makers, the film would have faced an uphill battle: it is more than four hours long; the actors speak Spanish" -- good luck!

Eventually, we will all hate Obama too by David Aaronovitch
(from Times Online)
Interesting article about how anti-American non-anti-Americans are, and how Obama can't win -- or, at least, can't keep -- the affection of the rest of the world.

If the US election were a novel, the climax came in chapter three - now it has literally lost the plot by Lionel Shriver
Another interesting article about the US Presidential election, in which author Shriver looks at the race as if it were a constructed work of fiction. (She then moves on to a bit about SUVs which is also amusing.)

Prince Of Persia Pushed Back To 2010 by Chris Hewitt
(from Empire Online)
It's pretty ridiculous how far in advance movie releases get planned these days, isn't it? Can you believe in the past they used to just make things and release them when they were done -- I bet that seems ridiculous to modern-day Hollywood money men.

Reviews by Roger Ebert of:

The Mummy Returns
"I was not, however, pleased by The Mummy Returns (2001), although it inspired one of my funnier reviews."

The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor
"Moviegoers who knowingly buy a ticket for The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor are going to get exactly what they expect: There is a mummy, a tomb, a dragon and an emperor. And the movie about them is all that it could be."

Swing Vote
"The movie is determined to be bipartisan. It doesn't take sides. Both candidates would sell their mothers to win the election. That's the message, really: Our political system doesn't encourage politicians to tell the truth, but to say what they think voters want to hear. And the press assists them in that process."

The X-Files: I Want to Believe
A rare positive review for the X-Files sequel.

Wire-walk film omits 9/11 tragedy by Neil Smith
(from BBC News)
News piece / article / interview about the new documentary Man on Wire and why it includes no mention of the Twin Towers' destruction.