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War of the Worlds and Other Films

I'm not going to see War of the Worlds.

It's not that I have anything against the source material, or even Tom Cruise. No. It's that I hate Spielberg films. They're such a nasty, family values manipulative thing. From the trailer and what I've heard on net noise, War of the Worlds contains such a Family Values ending that I'd be burning myself with cigarette stubs in the eye to get those tears out beyond my rage. So why do that to myself? I'll just keep the twelve bucks and use it for something else. Maybe I'll buy some blank CDs and burn the Orson Welles radio play, which I love. In relation to Wells' book, I'm a bit ambivalent, to be honest. I read it first when I was eleven and thought it was hideously boring, and though I suspect that that is the eleven year old mind for you, I've never bothered to revisit it, despite liking other of Wells' work, such as The Time Machine. I never saw that movie, either. It appears to have killed off Guy Pearce, which is a bit of a shame. At any rate, I just can't stomach any more Spielberg. The last film was Minority Report, which was just, well, awful, and after it, I said, "That's it. No more."

In truth, it had been coming ever since Saving Private Ryan, one of the most ham fisted right wing pro-war films that have been made in the last ten years.

That said, I've begun looking for films that might shake some interest for me. I'm a bit out of touch with things, really, and so my diet has been mostly multiplex films, which have been pretty fucking slim this year. The only film currently out that I want to see at the moment is the documentary about Charles Bukowski, Born Into This, which is playing over at the Valhalla, and not a multiplex deal, so maybe that's a sign to start paying attention again and shake up some energy to go see it. Maybe I'll be able to find that energy in a little bottle with yellow and black labels. Anyhow, like I said, I did some surfing, and watched a few trailers, and I came out with three films that I wanted to see (one of which I didn't even watch the trailer for, so I wouldn't be spoiled).

King Kong.

I was surprised by how much I liked the King Kong trailer. I really dig the original, but every remake since, even when it comes with a gorgeous Jessica Lange, has been this huge mistake. I wasn't so convinced about Naomi Watts, who interests me little, but Jack Black looks like he's going to be the centre of the film, and Jackson's period piece reconstruction for it actually looks pretty cool. I did, however, have the thought that it was Titanic with a giant ape... but then I realised, hey, Titanic could really have done with a giant ape. Some dinosaurs, too. Any giant animal that would have made the boat sink faster.

The New World.

A film about John Smith and the clash between Native Americans and colonising English? Didn't they make a Disney film out of this? Well, they did, but this new film is called The New World, which isn't a very good title and unfortunately has Colin Farrell in it, but all this pales when you realise that it is Terrence Malik's new film. I love Malik's films, but I especially love the last film he did, The Thin Red Line. It was such a lavish thing, beautiful and brutal, and from the trailer, it looks as if this film will have that same touch to it.

Broken Flowers.

The third film is Jim Jarmusch's. I didn't watched the trailer for this one because I'm there for Jarmusch, no matter what it is. The film reportedly follows Bill Murray's character across America (?) as he revisits his old girlfriends, trying to learn who gave him the letter informing that he has a son. It doesn't sound like much, but the joy with Jarmusch is that his films never sound like much when you boil them down into a sentence.

And that was it.

Not much, is it? I'm pretty sure I'll end up going to see Sin City when it is finally released here, but my expectations have been lowered by reading various reviews and the realisation that Miller's dialogue has remained in tact for the film. But the look of the film has hooked me in. I'll also head along to Serenity, but I've known about this for a while, so I didn't mention it. But anyhow, that's not much, especially considering I watched a bunch of others. One of those was Tim Burton's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, from which I came to the conclusion that Burton is slowly turning into Spielberg lite. It's like some mid life crisis has caught Burton and instead of fucking young super models and buying fast cars, he's decided to flood his films with Family Values. Reckon that'll be a skip. Romero's Land of the Dead didn't look like much, though I've heard good things about it. Truth is, I just don't care for zombie flicks. Worth my twelve bucks? I'm kind of doubting it.

I'm feeling the movie jade today. Tell me there's something interesting out there.
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