Topic “Movie Omnibus”

Movie Omnimbus: Exposing Silliness, Fears, and Naughty Bits

Juno, Genies and the Canadian Content Gorgon

Jason Reitman HeadshotThe Movie Blog posted on Juno not qualifying for a Genie: Canadian Awards "The Genies" Snub Juno and Make A Joke of Itself In The Process.

Turns out the Juno folks didn't even apply: Juno Genie snub explained.

Except the Juno folks didn't apply because they didn't qualify. The Genie PR shill totally dodged Reitman's question regarding why this is the case. Way to face the issue head-on.

In no particular order:

  • Right on Jason Reitman for being proud of enough of Canada to be pissed off in the first place. This can't be a commercial issue after scoring Golden Globes and Oscar recognition, so I believe it's a personal point of pride.
  • The Genie folks totally missed turning this into a pre-award ceremony PR dream by engaging the public in a dialog of what exactly a Canadian film is. All they had to say was: these are the current rules, maybe something is wrong, tell us what you think. The discussion might have even made people aware of some other great Canadian films.
  • The Genie qualifiers need updating to include the gambit of Canadian films from Juno to Away From Her.
  • I didn't watch the Genies, but then, I didn't watch the Oscars, either. I like publicly recognizing good movies, but award shows seem an imperfect way of doing it.

Run Fatboy Run

Run Fatboy Run is the latest movie starring and co-written by Simon Pegg of Shawn of the Dead and Hot Fuzz fame. Something starring Simon Pegg now automatically gets my attention, and based on the Run Fatboy Run trailers this latest movie is looking good . . . except . . . it's directed by David Schwimmer of Friends fame. I hope he's a better director than he is an actor. We'll find out later this month.

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Some Random Comments About Upcoming Films

Four upcoming films I want to comment on. In no particular order:



Cinema Fusion posted a trailer for Coraline (IMDB page), a movie based on Neil Gaiman's book of the same name.

Gaiman has a knack for creating atmosphere, and Coraline the book has a wonderful creepy in-a-good-way vibe and a charming story. If the trailer is anything to go on the movie might, as well. The movie is directed by Henry Selick, who also directed The Nightmare Before Christmas. Voice talent includes Ian McShane, Jennifer Saunders, and Dawn French. Saunders and French as Miss Forcible and Miss Spink, brilliant!

Gaiman has been keeping tabs on the process and writing about it. He likes it, this is a good thing! I'm very much looking forward to the final result.

Coraline isn't set for release until February 2009.

The Last Starfighter Sequel: Starfighter

Last Starfighter PosterVia the Movie Blog, Cinema Blend reports in two web articles: Son Of The Last Starfighter! and More On The Last Starfighter Sequel that a Last Starfighter (IMDB page/Wikipedia page) sequel is in the works.

I loved this movie when it was released back in 1984! Though it isn't high art and is a product of the 80's, it has a certain wide eyed, optimistic charm I enjoy. The video gamer saving the galaxy storyline is cool, too! I'm not sure I'd call it a classic but there's a lot of people who do. I am sure it's nice to watch every now and then.

It's so early in the development process who's to say how the sequel will turn out. Initial involvement of a lot of the original players is a good sign. Let's hope they don't mess it up!

If you're interested, check out the Cinema Blend articles.

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