We’re running a mild fever and have a cold, so we’re not feeling our sharpest. In fact, we feel particularly rounded. Anyway, the point is, we’re in no condition to even try to organize these links thematically today. Apologies.
Via Wiley Wiggins, the Asian American International Film Festival in New York (which takes place in July and is not to be confused with the New York Asian Film Festival, which is very different and which takes place in June) has a blog, on which they’ve announced that Maggie Cheung will be a guest of honor at the festival this year.
Brief "Madagascar" review zen:
David Denby: "Madagascar" is only eighty-six minutes long, but a lot of it feels padded. Like children who tell a successful joke, then tell it again, the filmmakers repeat every gag and visual trope three times.
A. O. Scott: The annoying sidekick is a longstanding feature of child-oriented
animated entertainment. The chief innovation of "Madagascar" is that it
consists entirely of annoying sidekicks, whose tics and quirks are not
quite sufficient to make them interesting characters.
We’ve never quite understood Metaphilm â€” it’s clearly written by very smart people, but lengthy disseminations on "Fight Club" as a reincarnated take on "Calvin and Hobbes" and "Gothika" as a metaphor for the struggle between church and state are too long and academic to be funny and too deliberately eccentric to be serious (maybe?). But boy, we’re loving the analysis they give "House of Wax" based only on its poster.
If we’re forced to spend the entire lovely three-day weekend at home due to aforementioned illness, we take comfort in the fact that at least we can watch Tom Cruise‘s continuing public deterioration, and enjoy the fabulous flights of genius it’s inspired over at Defamer.
+ Jet Li, The Humanitarian (Unofficial AAIFF Weblog)
+ Free Choice (New Yorker)
+ Escaping New York for a Real Jungle (NY Times)
+ House of Wad (Metaphilm)
+ A Bittersweet Life (JoBlo)
+ Tom Cruise Makes Out With Scientology On ‘Access Hollywood’ (Defamer)