Preview Review: November 25, 2011

Preview Review: November 25, 2011


David Cronenberg is the best director working that has never been nominated for a Best Director Oscar.  He has always made movies that totally fuck Hollywood in the ass.  Videodrome, Dead Ringers, Naked Lunch, Scanners, The Fly…on and on and on are all movies that are highly regarded, yet fly under the radar.  It’s a shame.  He has found some critical respect lately for his last two films, A History Of Violence and Eastern Promises, which are both excellent but nowhere
near as terrific as his old classics.  His new film is about Freud, which is a bizarre departure for his usual fare.  It looks good, but is not blowing me away compared to what I expect from this amazing
filmmaker.  However, previews can be deceiving and I have a great feeling that this could be something special.  However, I will always lament the lost grossness of his older movies, but maybe it’s finally time to give this man an Oscar nomination.  Time will tell.

PREDICTION:  3 stars


What amazes me is that every single year, someone pumps out an “original” movie about Christmas.  How much fucking content can this holiday hold??  We have people becomming Santa Claus, we have people being Elves, we have people trying to rescue lost reindeer.  Blah blah
blah.  I don’t even really know what this movie is really about.  Some kid fucks up Christmas or something…I don’t know.  The preview goes so fast it makes me feel like some fucking ADD ridden 7 year old trying to read War And Peace.  It just looks like another cheaply animated turd that the ass of Christmas has spread open ready to plop on our faces.  Open wide.  Give me Scrooged anytime.

PREDICTION:  1 1/2 stars


I am a Martin Scorsese whore.  I don’t care.  He can use me and abuse me and not even leave me cab fare so long as he keeps making shit like Goodfellas.  Now, I will admit, when I saw the first trailer for Hugo, I was underwhelmed…very underwhelmed.  It looked fucking retarded, I’ll say it.  But I was confident that it was a scam and that the machine had pumped out a trailer to try to get parents to take their screaming kids.  I mean, it looked terrible.  Like some generic Tim Burton ripoff where Borat goes flying into a giant cake…DERP!!  But from what I’ve read, my suspicions of false advertising were correct. I’ve read some stellar classic Scorsese movie moments, and that the
film altogether is an ode to classic 20s and silent era cinema.  Sure, it might go over kids and most parents heads, but I think this has classic film written all over it.  I wouldn’t expect anything less
from the best living filmmaker around.  Highly anticipating this one!!

PREDICTION:  4 stars


This will be good.  No matter what, this will be good.  Even if this movie is stupid as hell, it will be good.  I have never seen anyone happier to be in a movie as Jason Segel.  If you watch the trailer,
every scene he has a giant grin like “Yep, I’m in a Muppet movie that I wrote.”  It’s like literally watching a dream come true.  As most people are, I’m a fan of the Muppets.  I love most, pretty much all, of their movies and I love Muppet Babies (remember that awesome show??), so you pretty much can’t go wrong with the Muppets.  If you hate them, you must have a heart made of the darkest volcanic glass. You’re pretty much a complete asshole if you hate the Muppets.  I’m sure this movie will be goofy and stupid, but why would I want anything less from a Muppet movie?  I sort of wish there were more celebrity cameos though, like the old days of the Muppet Show.  Jason
Segel doesn’t really carry a movie for me, and aside from whipping out his dick, he really isn’t all that funny…but I’m sure he and Amy Adams will be mostly in the background for Kermit, Piggy, Gonzo, Fozzie and all the others.  Trust me…this will be good.

PREDICTION:  3 stars

Happy thanksgiving!

IFFBoston ’11 Review: Being Elmo: A Puppeteer’s Journey

I honestly didn’t know what to expect. Everything I’d heard about ‘Being Elmo: A Puppeteer’s Journey’ had been positive, I’d heard it’d be moving, I’d heard it would make me cry. I can say with 100% certainty, ‘Being Elmo,’ moved me to tears. You spend most of the film smiling from ear to ear, and the other times tearing up, from both joy, and sadness.

Directed by Constance Marks, ‘Being Elmo,’ tells the story of Kevin Clash, and his rise to stardom as one of Sesame Street’s most beloved characters, Elmo. Kevin Clash began his life living outside Baltimore. Part of a large family, and of modest beginnings, Clash was inspired by Jim Henson and his work on Sesame Street, and the Muppet show to begin developing his own puppets.

Clash was barely 16/17 when he started performing. Putting on shows first in his backyard, and in other venues for a variety of audiences – putting great focus on children. He was discovered by a local television station, who brought him on their program.

Kevin was obsessed with perfecting his puppets, making them just as good as the ones from the Muppet Workshop. His Mother, a huge supporter of the path Kevin was on, actually called up Kermit Love, the master muppet creator. She set up an opportunity for Kevin to meet him – and go to the workshop. It was here where the final fire was lit under him. Not only did he get to see first hand the work of Kermit Love and Jim Henson, but now he knew that he absolutely had to work with the Muppets.

Kevin Clash had a dream, and by working hard, he got to exactly where he wanted to be.

The film is amazing. It literally shows you every step Clash takes from the beginning of making puppets, to when
he first slides the Elmo puppet onto his hand. Using a variety of archival footage of the different shows Kevin
worked on, as well as family photos, the film does a great job of making you feel like you are moving along up with him. In addition to all these, we go behind the scenes of the Sesame workshop, as well as have the opportunity to see the other wonderful people that perform these amazing characters. The interviews are quality, with appearances by Frank Oz, and Whoopi Goldberg, and the technical polish of the film is superb.

The title may suggest that the film only really deals with Elmo. However, in all actuality, the film shows that Elmo would not exist, if not for the experiences Kevin went through in his life. Inspired by kindness, and the love of his family, these are the qualities Kevin has put into Elmo. ‘Being Elmo,’ will be getting a theatrical release, as well as coming to television. No matter your age, do not miss this film.

Muppets Cover ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’

When is Jason Segal’s Muppet movie going to come out? I have no idea, but the more of these fun viral muppet videos that come out, the more I want to know about his project. I’m not sure if this is related at all to that movie. But, it is very very sweet.