It took us a while to uncover our favorite irate intrepid duo’s latest in this issue of the New York Press, but both Matt Zoller Seitz and Armond White get around to reviewing a few films before broadening to talk about the summer’s trailers and DVD releases, respectively. MZS distills perfectly what ever film fan, no matter how jaded and snobby, has to feel, at least a little, this time of year:
Funny thing about summer: No matter how many years I do this job, and
no matter how cynical I sense myself becoming, the warm weather months
still reawaken my inner nine-year-old, and I find myself getting
excited by trailers for blockbusters that I know are likely to
White…whatever. In the Village Voice, Ed Halter looks at the summer hero-cum-underdog-sportsman in "Lords of Dogtown," "Cinderella Man" and "The Longest Yard" (that would be "as skate punk, ringside messiah, and prison bitch").
Does "Cinderella Man" strike anyone else a summer oddity? It’s done in the sepia-tones of the autumn J. Crew catalog, it’s got an award-movie aura to it…then again, it (and, possibly, "War of the Worlds") is probably the only summer film our parents would want to see, so it might be a savvy move on Universal’s part plopping it alongside the relative juvenalia of the season.
In the LA Times, Rachel Abramowitz talks to Ron Howard about how he found aforementioned sepia-toned Depression-era masses inspirational, while in Time magazine, a profile of Paul Giamatti, who by all reports is neither sad nor a sack in his role as coach Joe Gould — he’s apparently quite splendid.