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Guy Richie is coming out with a new film on Halloween (odd..) called Rocknrollla. haha, its an interesting choice for a movie name and its funny cause they spelled it out like how englishmen pronounce their words. they dont say "water", they say "wat a." hhahah. Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels and Snatch was practically the same movie, so hopefully this one will be different. Rocknrolla still deals with the same idea of a lucrative item that goes missing and its up to a bunch of nobodies to get it back. Richie managed to get the most badasses ever. I mean, he got Tom Wilkinson, Gerald Butler, Jeremy Piven, Thandie Newton, Ludacris. if Brad Pitt was in it, it would've been a cherry on top of the most perfect sundae. enough talking, check out the trailer. 

START ROCKNROLLING HERE.
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So, i went to the LA Film Festival and watched a prescreening of Clark Gregg's adaptation of Chuck Palahniuk's book, Choke. And to be a good director, one doesnt necessarily need professional schooling or anything but the fact that it was directed by an actor turned director, it just made me feel kind of uneasy. it seems like they couldve done more with it and gregg just ended it a bit abruptly. oh whatever.

The story and actors were exceptional and wonderful. Gregg couldnt have assembled a better cast with such a low budget film. Anjelica Huston was simply so entertaining to watch as the cynical mother of Sam Rockwell's character. People love Kelly Macdonald, but i didnt really feel like she really brought the character to life. maybe it was all part of the character but i didnt really picture her playing that character.

and after the screening they had a q&a with clark gregg. and he said beforehand that someone special was going to come and speak and in the back of my mind i had a idea of who it was but i was in denial and when he came out, i almost burst into tears. CHUCK PALANIUK CAME OUT! IT WAS WILD. THE AUDIENCE WAS JUST GOING CRAZY. (I WAS GOING CRAZY!) he is such an amazing person. he shared some of his influences to his stories and his real-life experiences that transcended to the pages of his books. it was just an entertaining and gratuitous night for me...

honestly, the film itself is entertaining due to palahniuk's wicked humor and dialogue, but the direction seemed kind of whatever. i dont know thats just my opinion... maybe its cause im so used to such exceptional direction from the likes of kubrick, fellini, and scorsese that i cant really see the decent work of clark gregg.

*pst: if you want more details on Chuck, just ask me..
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So, i watched Funny Games, the 2008 version directed by Michael Haneke. and seriously... seriously put it on top of your Netflicks queue because it broke all the rules and its unconventional methods surpassed my expectations for this film. usually, when one tries to be unconventional and attempt to do something different, the result can be brilliant or just down right hideously bad. luckily, in this case, it was refreshing and sheer genius. Michael Pitt was great but Brady Corbet was a real shiner to me. His coyish smile, voice, and body language was kind of uneasy but entertaining to watch. Tim Roth and Naomi Watts are always great and this movie should be no exception. Naomi Watts is seriously really GREAT. shes so underrated...

sidenote: i fucking knew they were going to pull this shit and i knew Watts would even be great for it. i'm talking about Martin Campell--director of numerous B-list movies--is remaking Alfred Hitchcock's The Birds with Watts as Melanie Daniels. fucking crap. i hate that shit.

Listen very carefully to the dialogue because everything from the direction to the actors to the dialogue was brilliant. and it just seemed like everyone and EVERYTHING just danced to the sound of the boys' drum. i dont want to say why it was so unconventional because i want you guys to watch it and be shocked by what Haneke did. the kind of techniques' Haneke used can seem a bit D-rated, but in the way that he did it with which ties in the dialogue and everything together, makes it acceptable. Therefore, making this film mind blowing and completely not anything like the same kind of horror used in the pitiful Saw and Hostel movies.
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Knight Countdown: 5 weeks.


or go here...

Looks freaking siiiiiick man. i get chills everytime i
watch it... AHHHHHHH! i cant wait.
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Ok, now i got that outta my system. i would just like to say that Spike Jonze is a genius and that i love him for life. He never ceases to amaze me with every project he pursues. And i know this is going to be disgustingly awesome. Now with that said, this is a leaked clip of Where The Wild Things Are which will premiere in 2009.


This is just a glimpse of all the magical things yet to come. So... what do you think?

P.S. I hate how the movie companies always want to take over the filmmakers' vision by reshooting everything. I guess Warner Bros and Legendary are not happy with the actor playing Max Records' role. And they think the film is "too weird" and "too scary" and that the character of Max isn't likeable. Like are you freaking kidding me? They can't possibly expect Jonze to do something thats NOT innovative and weird. Come-freaking-on!

AAAAAAND, i got Choke tickets for the LA Film Festival. So you guys should all gooooo.

UPDATE!: Spike Jonze and WB were upset about the leaked footage (of course) so he released this statement.

* This was a very early test with the sole purpose of just getting some footage to Ben our vfx (visual effects) supervisor to see if our vfx plan for the faces would work. The clip doesn't look or feel anything like the movie, the Wild Thing suit is a very early cringy prototype, and the boy is a friend of ours Griffin who we had used in a Yeah Yeah Yeahs video we shot a few weeks before. We love him, but he is not in the actually film...Oh and that is not a wolf suit, its a lamb suit we bought on the internet. Talk to you later... - Spike Jonze

such a cutie...

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I'm all talk and no action. I say i'm going to update as soon as i have time but i feel myself getting increasingly lazier as the hot days past. But i will cause i want people to know about these things i'm going to talk about.

The CineVegas Film starts on June 12th - June 21st, which will screen all these new experimental, arty, flashy, new films such as The Wackness, Choke, Explicit Ills, and Your Name Here to name a few. and guess what? I'M GOING. yeah thats right, i'm going to the CineVegas festival. Damn, i'm thinking if i didn't look at the newspaper while i was at Chili's i wouldn't have known about this. It makes me think that if it weren't for Chili's i just wouldn't be the happiest person alive right now.

But anyway, sadly i could not get tickets for the Chuck Palahniuk book adapted film, Choke and The Wackness starring Josh Peck, Method Man, Olivia Thirbly, Mary-Kate Olsen, and Aaron Yoo. These films are going to be siiiiick. Too bad i'm just watching Your Name Here and Deficit. Your Name Here is directed by Matthew Wilder, starring Bill Pullman, Taryn Manning, and a bunch of other people. And Deficit is directed by Gael Garcia Bernal. Yes, THAT, Gael Garcia Bernal. Both of them are going to be really cool. and i'm about to go crazy right now considering how the LA Film Festival is so close too.

The LA Film Festival takes place June 19 - June 29th. AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!! Alrighty, i'm going to have to work my magic and try to get all the tickets for that with the negative dollars i have in my bank account. What to do? What to do?

Anyway, i'll give up all the updates about the whole experience and what not. i just cant think right now from all the excitement. and did i tell you how i just discovered the Katy Perry song "I Kissed a Girl" and real freaking addicted to it. YYYYEAAAHHHHHHH...
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