Short cuts: Everyone’s a hipster, including Ang Lee.


  • Filmmaking team Ryan Fleck and Anna Boden’s last film Half Nelson was kind of a rip-off of David Gordon Green’s short film Physical Pinball but at least it showed they have good taste. They’re making a couple more films including baseball film Sugar which has a trailer and poster.
  • Sacha Baron Cohen’s Bruno got the kiss of death from the MPAA rating body. This means we’ll probably have to wait until the Special Edition DVD for all the butt-sex footage.
  • I’m not that excited about late-Scorsese, but he’s adapting a Dennis Lehane novel and found a great cast including Leonardo DiCaprio, Mark Ruffalo, Ben Kingsley, Michelle Williams, Max von Sydow, Patricia Clarkson, Emily Mortimer and Jackie Earle Haley. Consider my interest piqued.
  • Hayao Miyazaki wrote a book! So did Michel Gondry!
  • Mike “Beavis and Butt-head” Judge has made a movie with Mila Kunis, Ben Affleck, Jason Bateman, Kristen Wiig and J.K. Simmons.
  • David Cronenberg is making a sequel to Eastern Promises. Talk about an awesome franchise!
  • Paul Greengrass is about to wrap production on Post-War Iraq Thriller The Green Zone with Matt Damon, Amy Ryan and Greg Kinnear. Did you know Greengrass was once pegged to direct Watchmen? Missed opportunity there. *sigh*
  • Richard Linklater’s trying to get a spiritual sequel to Dazed and Confused off the ground. This just makes me tend to think that he doesn’t have any more interesting films in him. Except for that film he made with Zac Efron who is hot.
  • That new Ang Lee film about Woodstock and starring Demetri Martin as a gay has a trailer.
  • Bong Joon-ho’s (The Host) next film has a poster and teaser. This film is begging for Australian distribution.
  • Spike Jonze made a short film featuring music from Kanye’s latest album. He’s also consulting on Kanye’s tour along with the Jim Henson Company which is all kinds of sweet.


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5 responses to “Short cuts: Everyone’s a hipster, including Ang Lee.

  1. Ligaya

    Interesting comparison. I’d have to see Physical Pinball first to see if I agree that your “rip-off” comparison is apt. Is that because both talented directors Green & Fleck were young white directors when they made their shorts “Physical Pinball” & “Gowanus, Brooklyn” (on which Half Nelson is based) and their films centered on young black girls – southern & urban northern?

    I understand Green’s film centered on the black father/daughter relationship, whereas Half Nelson centered on the white teacher/black student/black drug dealer slash caretaker/mentor’s shifting relationships – and the different shifting strengths and weaknesses of each.

    • Brad

      To be quite honest, they quite possibly could just be strikingly similar. But yes, the similarities you pointed out are there. I noticed they also share a junk-metal aesthetic but that could just be because they’re set in the same area. Both black girls have fathers who are fixing a rusted automobile in their driveways. Plus, the use of non-stereotypical indie music in the score instead of the usual hip-hop or whatever seems to be a cue taken from DGG.

      • Ligaya

        To be strictly accurate, Frank (the underrated Anthony Mackie), the black character tinkering with his car, wasn’t Drey’s (Shareeka Epp) father. He was the local drug dealer for whom her jailed brother worked and took the fall – and therefore Frank felt some obligation to care for Drey, including warning her away from her crack-addicted teacher but apparently not from excluding her from his drug trade.

        Frank and teacher Dan were competing father figures for Drey, each problematic to say the least. Her father was completely absent from the picture.

        I don’t have the time now but I’m looking forward to watching DGG’s short at the end of the month.

  2. Brad

    Oh, ha ha. I don’t remember the film THAT well. But I do distinctly remember thinking ‘that’s Physical Pinball’ as I was watching.

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