clauclauclaudia: (Serenity - Jayne - grenades)
... is the theme of the sci-fi movie marathon I'm in right now. And we just watched Alien Raiders, a really excellent low-budget sci fi suspense/thriller. Perhaps because they shot it during the writer's strike, they got some really excellent cast involved, including Carlos Bernard, Mathew St. Patrick, Rockmond Dunbar, and an actress who I haven't noticed before but who I liked a lot--she reminded me pleasantly of Maggie Gyllenhaal--named Courtney Ford.

I've got a Donnie Darko vibe about this movie, in that I saw it in a theater before anybody knew about it and it enormously exceeded my expectations. It's just really well done suspense, that knows when to show gore and when merely to suggest it, and that is written, paced, edited really well. We had the director, Ben Rock, for Q&A afterwards, which was enjoyable, though he didn't reveal any deep dark secrets. He comes out of The Blair Witch Project and related projects, but I promise, the shaky-cam is minimal, used in a couple expository bits, that's it. It was shot entirely in a supermarket and surrounds, and it uses its resources really really well. Big thumbs up for the foley and editing. Big thumbs up in general, and [livejournal.com profile] rmd concurs.

It's direct to DVD, coming out this Tuesday, and I highly recommend.

[Thanks for birthday wishes, folks. The winter blues get me enough that maybe I should have a birthday-observed at a sunnier time of year!]

[[I have a movies tag and a films tag? Must fix.]]

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clauclauclaudia: (Sam and Frodo)
Everyone should watch this mashup movie trailer. Made by the crazy kids at Chocolate Cake City, it's Brokeback to the Future (a 7 MB download that might be a bit slashdotted at the moment) Brokeback to the Future streamed, and at a server that can handle the load better.

It makes me very happy.

trailer spoiler within )

Edit: This video pointed out to me by Jonathan Coulton's podcast. As some of you know, Coulton's site is the home to many delightful songs, but my favorite, by far, is that sweet romantic ditty Skullcrusher Mountain. Go, listen now. I'll wait.

Thanks to [livejournal.com profile] drbitch for the reminder on Coulton.

Maybe I used too many monkeys
clauclauclaudia: (smile time)
Thanks to [livejournal.com profile] riba_rambles--I'd have gotten to this on the browncoat forums, but it could have taken weeks.

Joss Whedon posts about Summer Glau (Firefly's River) reading for Kitty Pryde in X-Men 3. It requires you to be logged in to read his post, but hey, anyone can join the browncoats and log in. But here's the body of his post, anyway, in typical weirdo Joss style. The context is, Lost's Maggie Grace was going to play Kitty but now isn't. Rumor is, Summer is being considered.

Here's an odd little story:

Summer did read for Kitty in X3. I know because she called me and mentioned she was going to and did I know anything about the character (there were no 'sides' to study -- they had to get them when they came in). So the girl I turned into sort of a superhero in my movie was going to read for the character that most influenced ALL my girl-heroes, Kitty Pryde. Karmically funky. Anyhoo, she called me after and said it was very emotional and kind of like when she read for FIREFLY, she just got into a very intense groove. She started telling me about the scene she read and that's when I realized WHY it was kind of like she read for FIREFLY. 'Cause (as you may know) it was a scene I wrote for Astonishing X-Men issue #5. I assume they just didn't have sides ready and used that but this was like a karmic moebius strip, it was just too folded in on itself. In this time of odd, I turned to beer. (No I didn't. Stay in school.)

I don't know what the X-peeps are looking for -- or even if that other girl has really dropped out -- but for my money, Summer would make a wonderful Kitty. (And I don't say that lightly.) As long as it doesn't interfere with SERENITY II: RICARDO MONTALBAN'S STILL PISSED -- or, much more importantly, SERENITY III: SO VERY NUDE.

I have shared my tail. (Lord, that's what I actually typed! I mean "tale"! What will people think of me?) No tail sharing. Oh so lame.

now off to make blinis!

-j.
clauclauclaudia: (just feeding the pigeons)
LOS ANGELES, California (Hollywood Reporter) -- "Donnie Darko," a cult drama starring Jake Gyllenhaal as a disturbed teenager, is getting a new theatrical release, featuring 20 minutes of never-before-seen footage.

Newmarket Films, which released the film in 2001, is unveiling a director's cut at the Seattle Film Festival on May 29. It plans to release the film theatrically in Seattle before moving into other markets later in the summer.


You Seattleites are required to check this out and report back to me!

If I can trust this interview with Richard Kelly, we've actually seen some of the 20 minutes before as DVD deleted scenes (but not all).

Do we get to see Sparkle Motion dance to West End Girls now instead of Notorious? The new music may be the best part of this for me.

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