Yesterday it announced that Brian De Palma‘s "The Black Dahlia" will premiere at Venice (via the AP). The full program will be announced later in the week. And Toronto continues to trickle out pieces of their program; they just announced the line-up for their Midnight Madness program. And it’s…a hell of a midnight program: The world premieres of "Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan" and Weta Workshopped New Zealand black comedy "Black Sheep," and the North American premieres of dark Danish animated film "Princess" and Bong Joon-ho‘s hotly anticipated Korean monster movie "The Host" are among the selections.
Apparently you had qualms accepting the part even though Bong Joon-ho had directed you in "Memories of Murder" before?
I wouldnâ€™t have appeared in the film if Bong hadnâ€™t been the director, because I donâ€™t like monster movies. When I first read the script at the planning stage, I wanted to refuse for the same reason I wanted to accept. The work felt unfamiliar and strange. That was the appeal of the movie for me.
At the Australian, Sandy George writes that "Jindabyne," the latest film from director Ray Lawrence of "Lantana," has "sold more cinema tickets on its opening weekend than any other Australian film this year…Per screen, the film earned $13,436, more than any Australian film since Lawrence’s previous film ‘Lantana’ in 2001."
The Guardian announces that Guy Ritchie‘s doing another gangster movie, which is almost retro-chic at this point. "The British film-maker is to direct ‘Static,’ the story of a wrongly imprisoned gangster who must testify against the bent cops who put him behind bars. Standing in the way to the courthouse, however, is an assortment of crooked policemen and rival criminals who’d rather he shut up." Ritchie’s last film, "Revolver," opened to brutal reviews in the UK and has no current prospects for US distribution.
The AP reports that Bruce Lee‘s family is planning to produce a film on the late martial arts star: "The Chinese news Web site Sina.com reported Sunday that Hong Kong comedian Stephen Chow of "Shaolin Soccer" fame is a likely lead actor and that the film is budgeted at $12.5 million, with filming possibly to start early next year."
Empire notes that Elisha Cuthbert has been cast to star in the "My Sassy Girl" remake, now being directed by Yann Samuell of the actually quite appropriately sadistic "Love Me If You Dare," which we find ourselves mysteriously mentioning twice in a row after not having thought about it since we first saw it ages ago.
Much hay has been made about the connection between the headiness of the horror market these days and the national mood after 9/11. And it is true that, between unrelenting natural disasters and the war on terror, we are feeling pretty jumpy. The last time we were this existentially freaked out as a nation was directly after Vietnam, when [Sam] Raimi and his colleagues were rewriting the rules of horror. Curiously, though, Hollywoodâ€™s remakes of those very films often turn them upside down: where the cannibal clan in "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre" was a subversive distortion of the classic American family, its remake is not grueling but comforting, drenched in the sheen of big budgets and nostalgia. With few exceptions, we have given over the real scary questions to those who were not born here: Do you need to be threatened with certain death in order to at last appreciate life ("Saw")? Why go on living once your entire family has been killed ("The Hills Have Eyes")?
Perhaps because it is so difficult to face, we seem to be off-shoring our deepest fear, the creeping terror of the day: despite our rare and unusual power, what if we cannot stop the evil? What if we canâ€™t win?
And at the Boston Globe, Don Aucoin wonders about the "terribly postmodern, and all terribly confusing" trend of remaking fairy tales with the villains as the good guys.
+ ‘Black Dahlia’ to open Venice film festival (AP)
+ Prepare For Insomnia With The Return Of Midnight Madness (TIFF Official Site)
+ Song Kang-ho Conquers Fear of Monsters (Chosun Ilbo)
+ Local drama opens with strong showing (The Australian)
+ Ritchie continues criminal career (Guardian)
+ Kin plan to produce Bruce Lee bio-pic (AP)
+ Elisha Cuthbert Is My Sassy Girl (Empire)
+ The Haunting (NY Times Magazine)
+ Wicked makeovers (Boston Globe)