I finally caught up with Mother from Bong Joon-ho (The Host) last night at AFI Fest. It’s only been 2 days, but it’s in the running for the best of the festival. Tonight I’ll be sampling Michael Haneke’s Palme d’Or winner and Foreign Language Oscar hopeful The White Ribbon plus Israel’s Oscar entry Ajami. I’m also tempted to see if all the fuss behind Precious is really deserved when it plays tonight at the Chinese, but I’m thinking I can just wait until Friday to see it with everyone else.
Depending on how they pan out, stay tuned for interviews with Terry Gilliam whose The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus is an AFI Fest centerpiece, Michael Fassbender (Hunger, Inglourious Basterds) who is in town with Andrea Arnold’s Fish Tank (loved it), and Romanian filmmaker Corneliu Porumboiu who is presenting his Un Certain Regard Jury Prize winner and Oscar entrant Police, Adjective at the festival.
In other movie news, I tuned into Fox NFL Sunday this morning to see how big of a fuss they made out of the Avatar trailer. It was pretty pathetic. The funniest part was when they quickly panned over to an orchestrated section of about 10 people who belatedly stood up and cheered in faux spontaneity as though they’d just had their eyeballs fucked by James Cameron. Forget for a minute that the stadium itself was half full at best and no one really seemed to care.
Also, the more I see the improved trailer, the less interesting it is.
That’s all I’ve got. Your turn.
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