Jan. 24, 2007, 6:19 p.m. CST
Where is todays Gene Wilder and yesterdays' Eddie Murphy? It's been too long. Not even a John Belushi. Oh, sure, Sasha Baron Cohen, but come on. "The Jerk" > "Borat."
Jan. 24, 2007, 6:30 p.m. CST
I've seen orgazmo and boondock saints, and this mans unit is all hes got. also, kind of weird that Justin Lin went from asian gangsta to drift racing to Waiting for Guffman. good times, I guess. as for Year of the Dog, I would bet it is as uncomfortable and bizarre as that Chuck and Buck. I like my MW mainstream, School of Rock was good and Nacho Libre was somewhat amusing.
Jan. 24, 2007, 7:01 p.m. CST
If Justin Lin directed A Better Tomorrow, FF: Tokyo Drift woulda been filed with doves and Chow Yun Fat would be dual pistol-ing all those punks in their ricemobiles!
Jan. 24, 2007, 7:26 p.m. CST
by The Ghoul
Everytime he does that This Year Miss Sunshine thing it kinda turns me on. Does that make me some kinda fag?
Jan. 24, 2007, 8:58 p.m. CST
by Pound Sand
And he said he thought "My Name is Bruce?" was offensive.
Jan. 24, 2007, 9:12 p.m. CST
and the world sighs in relief.
Jan. 24, 2007, 9:22 p.m. CST
by Harry Weinstein
Haven't heard much about the Queen Latifah remake of MY WIFE IS A GANGSTER lately, or the ill-concieved transplant of JOINT SECURITY AREA to the US-Mexico border, have we? Then again, MY SASSY GIRL, or more accurately MY SASSY WHITE GIRL, is now filming in NYC, so we need to wait for that to flop before I feel truly safe. I do want to see FINISHING THE GAME, though.
Jan. 24, 2007, 10:12 p.m. CST
by Douche Baggins
for some reason this Bruce Lee premise make me so horny for Billy Jack! Why are we concerned with dead Bruce when we still have alive, crazy Tom?! Molly Shannon is a good 2nd banana, but that's about it. SOMETIMES I JUST GO BERZERK!!!
Jan. 24, 2007, 10:31 p.m. CST
When I read the brief description of "Finishing the Game" in the sundance directory, I expected this movie would kill. It seemed like a great concept and had the potential for some great, retro-style "politically incorrect" humor. I went to the first showing of the movie, and I counted about 14 people who walked out of it midway through. This is a pretty bad sign, considering: 1)how difficult/expensive it is to attend movies at the festival, and 2) the fact that the people there are generally big film fans. Good points about the film: the actors were likable, they did nail the 70's look, and the Ron Jeremy part was mildly amusing (though it lasted only about 1 minute). Scenes portraying Hollywood's sterotyping of Asians in film and TV was insightful and amusing...maybe the first 10 times. The Asian actor cursed by his former role in a Starsky & Hutch-type show was amusing (his catch-phrase, "I'm not doing your laundry" was great). But again, this joke and others like it are repeated over and over, making the humor pretty one-note. By the time the "Game of Death" casting is derailed by a series of murders by "the Chinese take-out killer", I actually walked out myself. Too bad, actually, since the concept of the film had such potential. I'm not certain any amount of editing could fix this film (see subject), but I suppose it is possible...
Jan. 24, 2007, 11:43 p.m. CST
The Year of the Dog was also pretty disappointing. It had me going for a while, especially with Laura Dern's portrayal of the overly-protective parent ("we don't really discuss the D-E-A-T-H concept...") and her concern about Molly Shannon's character giving her kids the movie "Babe" ("oh...Babe...that's got some pretty heavy stuff there"). John C. Reilly's character also has some moments. His first(and last) date with Molly, the animal lover whose dog just died, was pretty amusing--especially when he tells her about the "rush" he gets when hunting, and the time he accidentally shot and killed his own dog. Generally to this point the movie was pretty light and, while not gut-busting, pretty funny. Things start to change at about the midpoint of the movie. Molly's romantic interest, Peter Sarsgaard (who works at a vet's office and is a major animal lover), suddenly becomes unavailable - out of the blue he explains that he is celibate. This is never explored or expained, and the whole thing seems a bit odd and out of place. Other events cause the movie to go into strange, less humorous territory: Molly secretly begins writing company checks to support animal shelters, etc. She attacks her neighbor with a knife when she finds chemicals in his garage she thinks may have poisoned her dog (granted the attack was pretty silly and over-the-top, but still...). Essentially her character becomes increasingly fanatical about protecting animals, culminating in her joining PETA (or a similar organization). This is pretty heavy stuff, and it clashes with the generally more "rom-com" tone of the movie. I was unable to relate at all to the main character's behavior in the third act, and this uneven aspect, I think, will make it difficult for the movie to find an audience.
Jan. 25, 2007, 7:51 a.m. CST
by Borgnine JR
It was yesterday!
July 29, 2007, 10:25 p.m. CST
It's actually a combination contest for "finishing the game" and "the heavenly kings" (Daniel Wu HK mock-u-mentary). They're giving away a trip to the Hawaii International Film Festival to check out the film and hang out with the cast and crew at the after-party. More info at alivenotdead.com.