Thursday, October 11, 2007

Gondry getting animated? Bring it on!

I'm embarrassed to say that I have yet to see Michel Gondry's "The Science of Sleep." It's just one of those movies that has sat in my Netflix queue for a long time now, just below the mailing line.

That admission aside, Gondry has crafted easily two of my favorite movies with "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind" and "Dave Chappelle's Block Party" (even if you don't like rap music, just trust me and watch this one as soon as you can if you haven't already.) So, it's easy to get jazzed about any bit of Gondry news, especially when it's this good.

According to the MTV Movies Blog, which has become a surprising daily stop in my reading list, he's teaming up with his son, Paul Gondry, to make an animated flick about their life together. Since Gondry's flicks often take on the dream-like feel of the best animated movies, this can only be a good thing.

I tried to Google Paul Gondry and see what his work might look like, and this still from a comic he did for Filter magazine was all I could find. From what I can tell, he's a teenager who is already following solidly in his father's footsteps, having already directed a music video for the Willowz' "Take a Look Around."

Here's how Michel describe their new project to MTV: “We’re translating our relationship into a futuristic story with a dictator and a rebel. He’s the dictator in the story [and] it will be based on [his] art. - It’s going to be quite amazing.”

Sounds great to me, and of course come January we'll finally get to see Michel's next flick, the guaranteed-to-be-fun "Be Kind Rewind." Sometimes, life really is good.

"Deadwood" not completely dead?

I hesitate to tease people about the possible revival of this great show in the form of movies, but this piece on David Milch's new HBO project did offer one tantalizing tidbit.

Now, I'm only just about to embark on season 3, with the first episode on the viewing menu today, so if this was something that "Deadwood" diehards knew already please forgive me. In James Hibberd's column at, you'll find this tidbit: The pair of two-hour movies take place after the town of Deadwood is destroyed by fire and floods, thus the sets are unnecessary.

That should read would take place, because the piece goes on to make clear that, even if striking the sets doesn't necessarily mean the end of "Deadwood," HBO has no plans at this time to revive it. And Milch, of course, would have his hands tied with his new HBO project, which sounds pretty friggin' cool itself.

The new series, assuming it gets picked up by HBO, will be set in the New York Police Department in the 1970s and involve the Knapp Commission investigations. The Knapp-era gave rise to the story of patrolman Frank Serpico, whose revelations about corruption within the department were made into the book and flick. If memory serves me correctly, it will be semiautobiographical, and the main character will be a Vietnam vet now serving as a NYPD cop.

As much as I'd love to see the two "Deadwood" flicks, this new work sounds just perfect for Milch, who back in the day was a co-creator of "NYPD Blue" and a major writer for "Hill Street Blues." Here's hoping he works quickly!

Andy Griffith, ladies man?

Even though we moved out of the great republic of Virginia when I was very young, I still consider myself a Southerner of sorts, especially since I've lived down here in Macon for seven years or so now. And with this Southernness, I suppose, comes a required appreciation for the great Andy Griffith.

Seeing him again in earlier this year in "Waitress" just made me smile, and now he's getting involved in a little indie flick that could be hilarious. In "Play the Game," Paul Campbell of "Battlestar Galactica" will school his grandfather, Mr. Griffith, in the fine art of picking up women.

I really have nothing else to say about this, but I thought it might make at least one person laugh.

"Jimmy Carter: Man from Plains" trailer

Another Southerner who should get nothing but love is former President Jimmy Carter. If you can really watch him riding his bicycle in this trailer for Jonathan Demme's new doco "Jimmy Carter Man From Plains" and still have venomous thoughts about the man, there's nothing I can probably say to change your mind.

Enjoy this trailer I found on YouTube, and if this movie somehow makes it to your little corner of the world, go see this doco about a man who may have been a fairly awful president but is still a great American. Enough said.


bill said...

Jimmy Carter - I have "Trust Me," a 1977 comedy album of Jimmy Carter in the White House. Some of it is still funny. Eventually I'll post all the tracks, but for now I have one up that I swear influenced David Letterman at the Oscars: here

Mercurie said...

I will have to admit, the idea of Andy Griffith as a ladies man would be funny. Too bad Don Knotts isn't still around, too.

Reel Fanatic said...

I had no idea that Jimmy Carter had ever made anything as crazy as a comedy album, bill, but now you've set me on a quest to find a copy of it for myself (which may even lead, though I doubt it, to actually signing up for Ebay, if I have to)

bill said...

Sorry for being unclear. Jimmy Carter didn't make it, it's a parody album.

Reel Fanatic said...

Ah ... That makes more sense ... I don't imagine he would have gotten away with doing anything like that while he was actually in the White House!

Toto said...

I used to put Carter in the 'lousy president, great ex-president' file. But no more. His comments comparing Israel to Apartheid-era South Africa, his lenient takes on dictators and his inability to understand that it's poor form to criticize current presidents (we've got plenty of people already slamming Bush, and often rightly so) changed my mind.

Still, a fun, informative post. Griffith was a hoot in "Waitress."

Reel Fanatic said...

You're certainly right that he has his faults, toto ... What I mostly object to when people criticize Mr. Carter, mostly on the radio, is that they just do it with more venom than I could possibly have imagined.

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Jake Mabe said...

The thing that always angered me about Jimmy Carter is he comes across as a pious, holier-than-thou Sunday school teacher. He ranks with Warren G. Harding, Dubya and Ulysses S. Grant as one of the worst presidents in American history. I'm firmly convinced his post-White House activities have, at least in part, been motivated by a desire to improve his legacy. Still, I'll probably go see this documentary. I'm addicted to virtually anything about presidents and politics.

I still contend that Andy Griffith's presence in "Waitress" was his best film role since "A Face in the Crowd." He is a true delight and an American institution.

Reel Fanatic said...

I think you're at least partly right about his motivations, jake ... If I had to hazard a probably unwise guess, I'd put it at about 60 percent altruism and 40 percent legacy-building, but I still think he does the right thing most of the time

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