We hate ourselves for posting this, but we wouldn’t be where we are today (sitting behind a computer for hours and hours and hours at a time) without a little self-loathing: Harry Knowles at Ain’t It Cool reports that everyone’s favorite terrible (and technically indie) director, Uwe Boll, is preparing to take on his harshest critics in the ring as part of his latest film, "Postal":
Towards the end of the filming of Postal, the five most outspoken critics will be flown into Vancouver and supplied with hotel rooms. As a guest of Uwe Boll they will be given the chance to be an extra/stand-in in Postal and have the opportunity to put on boxing gloves and enter a BOXING RING to fight Uwe Boll. Each critic will have the opportunity to bring down Uwe in a 10-bout match. There will be five matches planned over the last two days of the movie. Certain scenes from these boxing matches will become part of the Postal movie. All five fights will be televised on the Internet and will be covered by international press.
To be eligible you must be a critic who has posted on the Internet or have written in magazines/newspapers at least two extremely negative articles in the year 2005. Critics of 2006 will not be considered.
Elsewhere, who knew the director of "The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift" was Justin Lin? Ah, we remember when "Better Luck Tomorrow" came out and carried the promise that maybe there could be a mainstream Asian American film not about fighting with one’s parents over not being a doctor or dating a white guy. Jeff Yang at SF Gate interviews him:
"And I said, ‘I think it’s offensive and dated, and I
don’t have any intention of doing it.’ But Stacey [Snider], the head of
the studio, said, ‘Just tell us what you’d do differently.’ So I said,
‘To begin with, I’d get rid of all the gongs and temples and Buddhas
and the visual gags about how the white guy is a foot taller than all
the Asians.’ And she said, ‘OK, we’ll make the kind of movie you want.’
I was like, ‘Uh, are you sure?’
Er, way to keep it real, Justin…yeah!
Via the Hollywood Reporter, the planned adaptation of the Stephen Sondheim Broadway musical "Sweeney Todd" is being fast-tracked, with Tim Burton set to direct and Johnny Depp in talks for the lead role.
Now that we’re halfway through 2006, the Reverse Shot crew offers up their top ten of the year thus far as a challenge to all those who’ve been moaning about the "dearth of worthwhile cinema thus far."
Though it has never received a theatrical release, Maharis’ film, has found a growing audience on the home-video front, having already sold close to 20,000 copies, an impressive tally for a documentary by an unknown filmmaker.
What’s especially startling about the film is that its filmmaker doesn’t fit any of our neat cultural preconceptions. To put it bluntly, Maharis is no liberal-baiting Ann Coulter. She spent much of her life in Santa Monica, where she worked as a volunteer in a homeless shelter, studied meditation, worked in interior design and ran a video firm that produced educational films. She has a master of arts in Latin American studies and has been a longtime advocate of prisoners’ rights.
And at the Japan Times, Kaori Shoji has a short interview with Andy Lau, the director of "Infernal Affairs" and upcoming Ricahrd Gere film "The Flock," about how he ended up directing Amsterdam-set Korean love story "Daisy."
+ Do you wanna go POSTAL on Uwe Boll? (AICN)
+ ASIAN POP: Switching Gears (SF Gate)
+ Burton goes from Ripley to ‘Sweeney’ (HR)
+ ‘I just want to challenge myself with each role’ (Observer)
+ Beyond The Valley of the Dolls (RogerEbert.com)
+ 2006 Half-Time: A Sidelong Glance (indieWIRE)
+ Eminem ‘to star as bounty hunter’ (BBC)
+ Border crossing (LA Times)
+ He’s moving on up (Japan Times)