Sunday, January 27, 2008

Ice Cold

I love the cold weather of Michigan. It’s my zone, my playground. When I walk outside to get the mail, I feel like the Green Bay Packers playing on Lambeau Field. Don’t get me wrong, I look forward to warm weather in the spring and summer, but you get so used to breathing in ice cold air, it’s becomes a part of your everyday existence.

Friday, January 25, 2008

Casey Shot Jesse James

How did Casey Affleck got put into the supporting category during award season for his brilliant work in The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford? He is clearly the lead in the picture. At least they recognized him anyhow, I guess.

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Heath Ledger Has Passed Away

MovieDan82: So young
Irvin Malcolm: I know.
Irvin Malcolm: I'm bummed out right now.
MovieDan82: depressing
Irvin Malcolm: He has his whole career ahead of him.
MovieDan82: the films he would have been in...
Irvin Malcolm: I know.
Irvin Malcolm: He's a great actor.
MovieDan82: unlike other actors who have died, he really did have a strong body of work
Irvin Malcolm: One of the best of his generation.
Irvin Malcolm: He might get a posthumous Oscar nomination next year for The Dark Knight.
MovieDan82: I wouldn't be surprised at all.
MovieDan82: his work in Brokeback Mountain will always be legendary

xzackbowerx: im just kinda in shock
MovieDan82: I know!
xzackbowerx: i cried dude
xzackbowerx: b.c it was like
xzackbowerx: the joker just died today

MovieWes99: Heath Ledger is dead
MovieDan82: I know
MovieDan82: so shocking
MovieWes99: yeah
MovieWes99: can't believe it

Thursday, January 17, 2008

Your Daily Diablo

Lives of the Super Strong

I’m addicted to the new version of American Gladiators. Maybe it’s the campy warriors who defend foam pyramids week after week from villainous challengers hell bent on proving that God was wrong in creating the mighty gladiators that draws me in?


Lord Titan is easily the strongest of the gladiators. To even consider beating him is a hateful act. Titan only loses when told to by producers.


Undefeated in Joust, this smoking hot ex-cage fighter is only a few months younger that I am. She is also a Myspace friend.


In promotional videos we’re told that Wolf has been fighting “men and animals” for his entire life. Rumor has it that before each match, Wolf is repeatedly kicked in the genitals by the other gladiators to charge him up.

Run Jason Run

Cinema is King on the Jason Bourne films.

"I felt out of the loop with the Bourne trilogy and all of the people who just love them. I saw the first film when it first came out on dvd and I thought it was just "ok" nothing more and nothing less. I remember that I tried to watch the 2nd film a couple of times on cable and I just couldn't get into it. I just couldn't get why people loved them so much.

So, after seeing The Bourne Ultimatum get so many rave reviews and get on so many peoples top ten lists, I became curious in checking them out. I wondered if I really was missing out on things and because of this I got all 3 films and decided to see them all over the course of 2 days. I can now happily jump on the bandwagon who love these films."

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Hamburger Phone + Juno = Love

At the beginning of Jason Reitman’s Juno with all of it’s hip dialogue and quirky characters, you smell blood in the water. You’re thinking the film will be crushed by the weight of it all, but something happens as the seconds roll on… it becomes about something. Juno is one of the few films I know of that treats teen pregnancy, or just pregnancy in general in an honest fashion. I know it may be hard to see at first with all of is quirky artifice, but it’s there I tell you.

While everyone are on their A game in the film, the very best performances are by Ellen “Tiny Dynamo” Page and Jennifer Garner. Poor Garner is overlooked in the reviews I’ve read by Ellen Page, probably rightfully so (she‘s that good!), but she really deserves notice for a bringing alive a character that that we initially don’t like but come to really love as the picture progresses.

Ellen Page is on fire in the picture. By the end of the film you want to put her in your pocket and protect her from the cold. Cute as a bug!

Page sells Cody’s dialogue with ease. It could have turned into disaster in the hands of another actress with less talent for delivery. There is a fine line between hip and overindulgence. A much harder performance to pull of than Julie Christie’s very good performance in Away from Her.

The criticism I’ve often heard about Juno concerns the dialogue by screenwriter Diablo Cody.

“I am sick of people thinking they know what teenagers are. It's BS. For some reason, everyone now classifies teenagers as the jocks/preps or the social outcasts who are funny because they're quick witted. That's ridiculous! I am a teenager, so I do have a pretty good opinion on this. No one I have ever met talks like that. I wish people would stop writing these awful movies about people they don't understand. You really want to know the best teenager movie I've ever seen is? This is the point where you stop reading because you are going to go nuts over what I am about to say. Seriously, stop reading. You won't be able to handle the truth and will make a crack at my maturity...But the best teenager movie that actually does relate to people is Superbad. Yeah, I know...Superbad, but seriously that is how people talk. And guess what? They wrote that when they were teenagers. So, tell the whores to stop writing awful screen plays and let real writers do the work. I don't want any more crap from people who just don't understand what they're writing about.”

Some viewers point out like this one from IMDB that sixteen year-old girls don’t speak like the character Juno and certainly they’re right, but what they fail to grasp is that Juno obviously takes place in a hyper pop-reality much in the same way Charles Schultz approached his comic strip Peanuts. If you want reality rent a documentary. In no way is Reitman and Cody striving for teenage realism, but they are going for an emotional truth, and a lot of Juno rings true.

Juno is one of the best films of 2007 and deserves all of it’s accolades.

Saturday, January 12, 2008

Lunch With David: Saoirse Ronan

Saoirse Ronan deserves a Best Supporting nomination for her work in Atonement.

Wednesday, January 9, 2008

Scopitone Rising

Punch-Drunk Love plays a lot better for me now than when I originally saw it when it came out. I was inspired to re-watch it because my friend Ramses sent me an interesting article about the film from Senses of Cinema. The other factor that inspired me to revisit Punch-Drunk Love is the hoopla over the release of Paul Thomas Anderson new film There Will Be Blood.

Punch-Drunk Love is flawed by it’s very nature. The flights of fancy and whimsical moments in the film still throw me off, though I admittedly enjoy them. It’s also rather strange to see Adam Sandler so vulnerable in a motion picture. It’s still his career best.

A worthy film in a great auteur’s filmography. Punch-Drunk Love is the first film where Paul Thomas Anderson has abandoned his homage’s to Robert Altman and Martin Scorsese and announces that he will only be influenced by himself.

Monday, January 7, 2008

Class Act

I’ll admit it, I’m very jealous of my friend Evan right now. He is taking an introduction to cinema class right now at college and gets to watch masterpieces like Stagecoach and Modern Times in a classroom setting.

Saturday, January 5, 2008

David Lynch on the iPhone

Maybe the greatest thing I've ever seen.

Friday, January 4, 2008

End of the Spears

Irvin Malcolm: what is she on?
MovieDan82: no fucking clue
Irvin Malcolm: I think it's undiagnosed, out of control post-partum depression.
MovieDan82: Joker gas?

Thursday, January 3, 2008

Go Iowa!

Today is the Iowa caucus for both the Democrats and the Republicans, the first shot in the 2008 U.S. presidential election. At this point it’s anyone but Mike Huckabee for me. I shudder at having a “Pastor-in-Chief” at the White House. While personally not a fan of organized religion, I could careless what a candidate’s beliefs are. I do have a problem though if your beliefs are all your running on.