Variety (by way of Coming Soon) reported today that the directed by Spike Jonze/scripted by Dave Eggers/longed for by the hipster populace adaption of "Where The Wild Things Are" has been rescued from production limbo by Warner Bros. Finally, a children’s film that won’t even pretend to be of interest to actual children! The film’s going to be live-action, so we imagine it’s neck-and-neck right now between the film being a gala of expensive, visually astounding CGI, or it being deliberately, aggressively low-fi, with all of the monsters being played by, say, Luke Wilson with a sports sock with "MONSTR" written on it pulled over his head.
Elsewhere, and also long-awaited: we’ve always wondered what a year-end list from Anthony Lane would look like, and now we know â€” it wouldn’t look like anything. Not that we expected Lane to plop a top-ten there into the middling of his New Yorker column, but rather than apply himself to much of a year-end roundup, he just stews in the vague sense of disappointed malaise he exudes so often. We’re not sure what to make of the year either, but we don’t think Lane’s main point that a general over-seriousness is stifling American film quite adds up, possibly because, as much as we always enjoy his writing, we’ve never really bought that he actually likes film all that much.
In case you’ve also been longing to know Kurt Loder‘s best-of picks for the year, well, now you can.
And, via AP, a theater in Utah gives the gang at Focus Features what they’ve surely been pining for by pulling a scheduled run of "Brokeback Mountain." With all the high praise the film’s been getting, it was looking like the film was peaking early. Like, even grandmothers liked it. How can anyone tout a film’s importance and ground-breaking, taboo-busting, brief-man-on-man-grappling edginess when everyone’s saying its so damn great? Now, thanks to the megaplex in Sandy, UT, the Focus kids can once more mount their high horse and ride off into the sunset.
+ WB Knows Where the Wild Things Are (Coming Soon)
+ CHILL (New Yorker)
+ The Best (And Worst) Movies Of 2005, By Kurt Loder (MTV)
+ Utah Theater Cancels ‘Brokeback Mountain’ (AP)