Would Gangster Squad Be Better With a Hip-Hop Soundtrack?

Gangster Squad ReshootsIn her latest soundtrack column, Allison criticized Gangster Squad for teasing hip-hop music in the trailer but abandoning that tone for the actual feature: “Jay-Z’s music would feel out of place in period films like Anna Karenina, a story rooted in drama, but films driven by action or those that are highly stylized may actually be perfect fits for this pairing. A high stakes shoot out is exciting, but having a hip-hop beat follow GangsterSquad‘s slowed down shots may have not only made them more interesting, it would have made them more memorable.”



Why Are We Afraid of Long Comedies?

This is 40Responding to criticisms about the 133-minute running time of This is 40, Landon addressed the notion that long-coms don’t work in general and examined whether or not Judd Apatow‘s movie indeed wears out its welcome. “for all its flaws, for the fact that the film is simply not very laugh-out-loud funny, at least This is 40 is doing something with its atypical length in a way that makes it exceptional among most recent American film comedies. This is 40achieves something quite interesting with its episodic structure and lengthy runtime: it eschews the assumed logic that mainstream comedy, especially of the romantic variety, should have an implicit, closed structure of meeting-conflict-resolution.”



Our Tribute to the Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar

Alamo South LamarAs we saw the closing of the South Lamar location of the Alamo Drafthouse — just temporarily for massive renovations, not for good — Brian paid tribute to the cinema he loves: “It may seem strange to get sentimental over the temporary closing of a building that, upon completion of renovations six months later, will immediately reopen. However, there lingers an inescapable feeling that an important era is coming to a close. So as a last hurrah, as the last reel of celluloid rolls out in the South Lamar Drafthouse as we know it, it seemed fitting to pay homage to the history, the memories, and the impact of this outstanding cinematic temple.”

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Is Space Jam is a Remake of Seven Samurai?

Space Jam Lebron JamesHow do you defend a movie like Space Jam? Brian did so by likening it to one of the best films of all time, Seven Samurai: “The samurai elements of Space Jam are present even before it yields its direct ties to Kurosawa’s watershed film. It begins with Jordan’s retirement; the old warrior hanging up his sword and resigning himself to a more provincial life. Of course, in the case of Michael Jordan, a more provincial life means earning only a few million dollars a year playing baseball as opposed to all of the millions playing basketball. Still, he turns out to be as bad at baseball as he was not bad at baskethoops. He is therefore stripped of his honor and forced to live in a house with a troupe of actors he’s deluded himself into believing is his family. He’s hungry to reclaim his former glory, and, just as the village elder asserts in The Seven Samurai,  “even bears come down from the mountains when they’re hungry.” We’re assuming the idiom applies to Bulls as well.”



New Line Makes a Shocking Choice to Direct Y: The Last Man

Y: The Last Man Movie May Someday Be MadeWe may finally get a Y: The Last Man movie, but has New Line made the right choice in the director they chose? Scott commented on the hire of helmer Dan Trachtenberg: “Keeping in mind that this news is thrilling (if only for how inspired and unusual the hire is), there’s one thing that worries me about it. All due respect to Trachtenberg, but production houses have gone to commercial directors and first-timers in the past specifically so they can control them more easily. That’s not to say that will happen here, but it’s been a standard tactic when you want your commercial vision to survive the director’s artistic one. Simply put, the freshly minted music video helmer is easier to nudge than the veteran.”


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