Category: Film

Vulture: “‘Heel It Now, Dig?’: Rian Johnson Revisits the Mystery of Brick”

Looking back at his film “Brick”, Rian Johnson describes how dialogue choices helped with the budget constraints:

We weren’t going to be able to create expressive sets. We weren’t going to be able to go to town with production design. It was just going to look like a high-school movie, until somebody opened their mouth. Once they did, you then knew this was something different. You had to prick up your ears and figure out what this world was. It was making sure that the audience felt secure in that disconnect of being in a fantasy land. This is more Blue Velvet than The River’s Edge.

“Brick” isn’t my favorite Rian Johnson film — I really like the meta-commentary on filmmaking in “The Brothers Bloom”, which also features Rinko Kikuchi’s amazing character, Bang Bang:

The Last Video Store

A short mini-doc on Ardmore’s own Viva Video. The bittersweet tone is one I share — like the store’s owner, Miguel, I hope that Viva Video can keep going as long as possible. Streaming is more convenient, but I love that my family has a space like Viva Video where we can go, browse, get the staff’s opinion, and get a chance to experience the unexpected.

Blade Runner

I haven’t seen Blade Runner in years, probably not since the days of renting it on Betamax tape in Manila. So it was a very pleasurable experience to watch it on a giant screen during its limited re-release at the Ziegfeld. It looked amazing — the hype over its restoration is fully warranted. I wasn’t […]

I Am…Iron Man!

The new Iron Man teaser went up last night — I have to say that despite the goatee on Robert Downey, Jr.’s mug I’m cautiously excited for this one. Perhaps it’s the fact that the Favs is directing. Or maybe blind hope that the string of lackluster comic-book movies (X-Men 3, Spidey 3) can be […]

M:I:3

Or, “Alias: The Remix”, as we’ve taken to calling it at home. Apparently we’re not the only ones who think so. I finally got around to watching this last night, and it was a lot of fun. It still doesn’t trump the first one by De Palma, but at least it washes away the bad […]