Firstshowing.net recently interviewed David Fincher where he talked about why he made a couple of his movies. The ones he didn’t talk about, they filled in from past interviews resulting in a group of quotes about why Fincher made each of his movies. Pretty neat.
The Game 1997: ‘The Game was a movie that I liked the idea of this gigantic Twilight Zone episode that became The Stunt Man. That you could sit down and look at the bill and go, ‘Oh, really? So you had divers when I was in the cab. That’s nice to hear now. But at the time I really thought I was drowning.’ So you know, there’s different reasons for [choosing] everything.
Via Khoi / Stellar Interesting
In trying to clear out my tabs to reach the nirvana of Tab Bar Zero, I came to Daniel Norris’s reimagined Die Hard poster. I’d meant to post it months ago. He’s got a bunch of really good movie posters, but I love Die Hard.
This reminded me of Olly Moss’s Die Hard poster from a couple years ago. And then I got curious about whether there were any other Die Hard posters out there, and, oh man, let me tell you there are a couple, and these are all of them that I could find. Which one is your favorite? Did I miss any?
Via Olly Moss
The previous 2 are from Buzz Brewery, which seems to be down at the moment.
Via Brick Hut / Matt Owen
Via Arthur Ditner
Via Tim Doyle
Via Design by Dzwonkowski
Via Olaf Cuadras Ferre
Via K Bailey-Bender
Via Daniel Keane
Via Michael Hanlon
Via Derek Chatwood
Via Donald Smith Graphic Design
Previous two via Russell Ford
Via Brett Thurman
And then, these aren’t movie posters but still valid in this post, I think.
Via Russ Maschmeyer
Via Jeremy Todd / /film
Via Scott Campbell Great Showdowns
Update! Here’s a 20th Die Hard poster by Jim Rugg
Here’s a Die Hard cross stitch.
Lastly, here’s a holiday card from Nakitomi.
This is now the movie I most want to see. Opens in Boston at Kendall Theater on 11/11.
This revealing and touching film asks what happens when a generationâ€™s ultimate anti-authoritarians â€” punk rockers â€” become societyâ€™s ultimate authorities â€” dads. With a large chorus of punk rockâ€™s leading men â€“ Blink-182â€²s Mark Hoppus, Red Hot Chili Peppersâ€™ Flea, Rise Againstâ€™s Tim McIlrath â€“ THE OTHER F WORD follows Jim Lindberg, a 20-year veteran of the skate punk band Pennywise, on his hysterical and moving journey from belting his bandâ€™s anthem â€œFâ€“k Authority,â€ to embracing his ultimately authoritarian role in mid-life: fatherhood.
Here’s the trailer:
Via Laughing Squid / Brand Flakes for Breakfast
A couple weeks ago, I posted about a Reddit post titled “Could I destroy the entire Roman Empire during the reign of Augustus if I traveled back in time with a modern U.S. Marine infantry battalion or MEU?” about the very same subject. It’s a compelling read. And now it’s being turned into a movie. Awesome.
I knew following the New Yorker’s Twitter account would eventually pay off. Today at New Yorker Fest, the latest news about the long rumored Arrested Development movie. Calling this project ‘on again off again’, is an insult to understatements. The news today? Not only is the movie on, AD creator want’s to do a season of TV leading up to the movie. So… That’s good.
Mindy Kaling was in the NYTimes Magazine last week and the New Yorker this week. Here she is explaining the theory that romantic comedies are a subgenre of sci-fi. I am behind this concept. I, too, watch more romantic comedies than I should.
What Iâ€™d really like to write is a romantic comedy. This is my favorite kind of movie. I feel almost embarrassed revealing this, because the genre has been so degraded in the past twenty years that saying you like romantic comedies is essentially an admission of mild stupidity. But that has not stopped me from enjoying them.
I like watching people fall in love onscreen so much that I can suspend my disbelief in the contrived situations that occur only in the heightened world of romantic comedies. I have come to enjoy the moment when the male lead, say, slips and falls right on top of the expensive wedding cake. I actually feel robbed when the female leadâ€™s dress doesnâ€™t get torn open at a baseball game while the JumboTron camera is on her. I regard romantic comedies as a subgenre of sci-fi, in which the world operates according to different rules than my regular human world. For me, there is no difference between Ripley from â€œAlienâ€ and any Katherine Heigl character. They are equally implausible. Theyâ€™re all participating in a similar level of fakey razzle-dazzle, and I enjoy every second of it.
Michael Lewis is finally writing a screenplay for Liar’s Poker. Finally. I’ve only been clamoring for it for two and a half years. “John Requa and Glenn Ficarra of Crazy, Stupid, Love will direct“. Liar’s Poker tells the story of Lewis’ time as a bond salesman at Salomon Brothers, the firm that pretty much created mortgage bonds. The leveraging of which, you might remember, were at least partly responsible for our current economic troubles. Why wasn’t this movie made 2 years ago?
I went through my archives to see how many times I talked about them making this movie. 9 times. 9 times since February, 2009 I’ve wondered why the movie hadn’t been made. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9. Now what am I going to write about?
I’m not sure it’s worth posting, but we’ve had a good 3-5 months where no one involved has said the movie ISN’T happening. And now Jeffrey Tambor has added further confirmation to creator Mitch Hurwitz’s hints from February. So there’s that.
No, it’s all going straight, everyone’s on board, I know they’re writing, and maybe next time this year we’ll be having this conversation.
Nerve listed listed Judd Appatow’s in order of how good they were and I wasn’t sure I agreed so I made my own list. Some of Appatow’s movies are REALLY good. Others are REALLY bad.
15. Drillbit Taylor (2008)
14. Step Brothers (2008)
13. Year One (2009)
12. Get Him to the Greek (2010)
11. Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby (2006)
10. Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story (2007)
9. Pineapple Express (2008)
8. The Cable Guy (1996)
7. Funny People (2009)
6. Forgetting Sarah Marshall (2008)
5. Superbad (2007)
4. Bridesmaids (2011)
3. Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy (2004)
2. Knocked Up (2007)
1. The 40-Year-Old Virgin (2005)
Here’s my list annotated with notes and Nerve’s original rating:
15. Drillbit Taylor (2008) I don’t think I saw this one.
4. Bridesmaids (2011) I definitely didn’t see this one, but the previews look funnier than Drillbit Taylor.
10. Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story (2007) I wish I liked this one more, but couldn’t even finish it.
13. Year One (2009) I didn’t realize this was Appatow, but I finished it.
14. Step Brothers (2008) Barely finished.
11. Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby (2006) Some chuckles.
8. The Cable Guy (1996) This was a long time ago.
9. Pineapple Express (2008) There’s a big chasm between 9 and 8 on this list.
7. Funny People (2009) Poignant. It was better than it looked.
12. Get Him to the Greek (2010) Lots of laughs.
6. Forgetting Sarah Marshall (2008) Rewatchable.
5. Superbad (2007) Lots of laughs AND rewatchable.
1. The 40-Year-Old Virgin (2005) I mean, come on.
2. Knocked Up (2007) I’m approaching having seen this one too often.
3. Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy (2004) Masterpiece.