Happy 14th of the 1st in the 2011th, Overthinkers! This Open Thread is available in white, wheat, whole grain or Italian herb.
First, in happy news, Michael Douglas beat cancer like it was a Yakuza flunky in a mediocre 80s crime thriller. Yes, I went from celebrating his survival to making fun of him in Black Rain in a single sentence. All part of life’s rich tapestry.
The performers at this year’s Grammys have been announced. Among the acts: Lady Gaga, Arcade Fire, Eminem, Katy Perry, Cee Lo Green and Miranda Lambert. They’re all nominated for Grammys as well, so they’ll have to shower after their sets or it’ll be awkward.
A few new movies are opening this weekend, but let’s not talk about them. Especially not about The Green Hornet. This movie’s looked like it was finished for a year now, and it’s only just now being released. In 3-D. Don’t see it. Or see it; I don’t care. I’m not the boss of you.
Will Michael Douglas and Cee-Lo Green don masks and fight crime in their fair city? Or is there something we missed? Sound off in the comments, for this is your … Open Thread.
Everyone seems to want to dismiss Green Hornet, but surely anything part directed by Michel Gondry is worthy of consideration?
As an aesthetic curio, perhaps.
I like Gondry, at least the two films of his I’ve seen (Eternal Sunshine, Science of Sleep; are there more?), but I’m a little taken aback that he’s invovled in what is essentially an action movie. Plus, Seth Rogen is quite unconventional, but that may actually work in the movie’s favor. Then again, I have no intention of seeing it, so whatevs.
Well, I’ll get the DVD and provide it with a soundtrack (perhaps by Daft Punk, they’ve worked well with Gondry in the past), and ignore the Rogeny bits.
And I can recommend Be Kind Rewind, (Gondry’s other feature-length work) if you ignore the normal trailer. That makes it look like a normal Jack Black comedy. It isn’t. It’s much more than that.
Science of Sleep is one of my favourite movies.
Be Kind Rewind was a good one (I forgot about it, stupid brain of mine), I thought it deserved better. Mos Def is a guy that I could see winning an Oscar down the line.
Arcade Fire performing at the Grammys almost makes me want to watch the Grammys. Well-played, music industry…well-played
Ditto, actually. I was rather surprised about that one.
I don’t understand the Grammy’s. Of all the award shows, it’s one of the categories where the opinions of an authoritative body matter the least. It’s not really about vocal ability or skill so saying one person is the “best” seems an arbitrary designation at best.
For a moment, I worried we wouldn’t have the rest of the regulars but as another article informed me, Beyonce, Taylor Swift, the Black Eyed Peas, Green Day, Pink, and Lady Antebellum will also be there. Whew.
I know people get type-cast a lot, but I think having Seth Rogan in The Green Hornet (with Cameron Diaz as his leading lady- another blegh for me) completely turns me off to it- which is rather out-of-character for me, since normally I go for themed action stuff like it. (I’m even watching The Cape this season- at least it has Keith David in it!) I mean, the dude is doing the voice for a perverted slacker ALIEN for crying out loud. The character just gets old for me.
That’s exactly what I thought when someone else in the room was watching The Cape…”at least it has Keith David in it”. Then I watched a minute or two and went back to haunting this website.
But it’s Keith F***ING DAVID!
The Green Hornet was actually much more fun than I thought it would be. Granted, I went with a bunch of other Chinese people and we got a huge kick out of Jay Chou, but I think that it’s very much a comedy with some superhero elements rather than a superhero movie with some comedy, like Iron Man. That’s really what lets it succeed in my mind.