Monthly Archives: June 2009

Robots in Disguise

Are you still talking about Transformers?  What are you, like, eight or something?  Giant robots are so over.  Here’s further proof that Japanese cinema is leagues ahead of Hollywood: behold, Robogeisha.

via Twitch


The Ontology of My Ass, con’t.

by Lewis Manalo

My last essay on The Hurt Locker wasn’t really meant to be a review, though it certainly wasn’t meant to be an endorsement.  I do have to say that I don’t share the enthusiasm of some reviewers have for the film.  A. O. Scott of the NY Times has written:

“If The Hurt Locker is not the best action movie of the summer, I’ll blow up my car.”

And now that I’ve tried to watch the film, on my own dime, though I certainly find it a competent film (if I pretend that it takes place on another planet having no relation to our own reality), I have to say, A. O., you owe us one car explosion.

I’m not even sure you could call The Hurt Locker an action film, such little action happens. At times the drama is tense, there’s some shooting and some explosions, but that doesn’t make it an action film. I’d call it a “war drama” if I’d call it any genre, but there’s got to be more action in Sandra Bullock’s The Proposal.

So I say again, A.O., you owe us one car explosion.  You can blow up your ride out in Brooklyn if you like, you don’t even have to use fuel to make a big fireball.  Straight C-4 is fine.  Just blow up your car.


Movie Hell

The Standard Hotel in NYC has got a pretty sweet ride: their elevator. Mixing movie clips and stock footage, Civilization offers hotel guests the ride of their lives, a video view of the ascent from Hell to Heaven, and the opposite on the way down. Though it’s probably not as cool as the ride, you can check out the video art and its background info here. Keep your eyes out for the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man, the oracle from 300, and lots of other familiar faces and boobies.

Michael Jackson’s Film du Cinema

Yes, Michael Jackson did get quite weird, probably starting with the whole one glove thing. But his weirdness allowed for some good cinema. You know you love the Anti-Gravity Lean.

Freak of the Week: Lalapipo

We don’t understand Japanese either, but that looked like a talking penis, a superhero armed with a penis ray, and the dude who played the male prostitute bassist in Nana 2.

See it at the New York Asian Film Fest.

Get Your Freak On


Subway Cinema brings us another New York Asian Film Festival, and though we weren’t really into last year’s program (because we’d already seen half of it on DVD) there are definitely some gems here.  Ip Man starring Donnie Yen is definitely a movie we’d recommend if you haven’t already tasted the pleasure, and we’re looking forward to Hard Revenge Milly, which features a girl with a shotgun in her leg, and LALAPIPO, whose cast includes a talking penis.  (We always wish they could talk back.)

Check out the schedule for other beautiful oddities.

Freak of the Week: Supermen of Malegaon

A documentary on bottom-rupee filmmaking, perhaps more cute than freakish:

Screening 4 pm on Thursday, June 18th at the MOMA.