It’s really not a bad likeness. There are some new photos from the upcoming biopic of Serge Gainsbourg. Hopefully coming next year. [The Playlist]
Who would have thought that racial stereotypes would actually become en vogue? First there was Sing Song, the bumbling Asian and the magical negroes of Australia! Very recently we’ve had the jive-talking illiterate black robots of Revenge of the Fallen. Now we have the upcoming Princess and the Frog to look forward to. Princess represents Disney’s return to 2D animation under the guiding hand of Pixar king John Lasseter. From the video linked, it seems assured that its jazz alligator, slack-jawed Cajun firefly and Mama Odie the comic-relief swamp witch doctor are bound to offend. The question is: how much? [Movieline]
A new trailer is out for Ricky Gervais’ The Invention of Lying (formerly known as This Side of the Truth). The Gervais sheen has worn a bit over the years with the lacklustre Ghost Town and bit parts in Night at the Museum and Stardust (which was a good film but Gervais was the worst thing in it). However, this is a film that Gervais has actually co-written, not with his TV writing partner Stephen Merchant but with some guy called Matthew Robinson. To be quite honest, the trailer is fairly underwhelming. It’s jam-packed with amazing actors (Jonah Hill, Jason Bateman, Patrick Stewart, Jeffrey Tambor, Christopher Guest, Tina Fey, Rob Lowe and Martin Starr) none of whom make an impression. The whole thing seems visually flat and not particularly funny. And the use of the ELO track that was so right in the Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind trailer is just stupidly cheesy here. However, trailers have a knack of diluting the most interesting of film projects so here’s hoping the actual film is better.
I can attribute my loss of respect for the critical ability of CHUD.com’s Devin Faraci to one thing: Zack Snyder. Snyder (director of Watchmen, 300 and Dawn of the Dead) is the prototypical annoying jock who imagines himself to be a great philosopher after watching The Matrix. Faraci recently fell head over heels for Snyder talking about his next project which sounds like The Dumbest Movie of All Time:
I think Sucker Punch is a smart movie. It absolutely is challenging, and it’s fucking hardcore. At the end she gets… it’s dark! But it’s fucking actiony like nobody’s business. We hope the action we’re creating is off the charts, and it’s not stupid
I like fight choreography and I like being able to see what’s happening in action. When the girls are fighting, [like] they’re on their way to kill a baby dragon, they’ve killed all of these orc-like creatures and they’re entering a door [and] it’s this classic, real Navy SEAL style room clearing. They have machine guns but they’re fighting mythic creatures, impossible creatures. The hand to hand stuff is all brutal, because Damon [Caro] did all the [fights] in Bourne and it has that vibe to it.