ITEM! For modern writer/directors, I think you can't do much better than Cameron Crowe. The man behind "Almost Famous," "Say Anything," "Singles" and more is right up with Wes Anderson and Peter Jackson as my favorite filmmakers these days. I own all five of Cameron's movies and never get tired of watching them again and again. Like his idol Billy Wilder, Crowe has cracked the nut of making movies that are funny, heartfelt and sad all at the same time, putting most so-called "romantic comedies" to shame and creating a real sense of warmth and humanity that's never cloying. This is all preamble to me eagerly awaiting his next flick, 2005's "Elizabethtown" starring Orlando Bloom and Kirsten Dunst. A really thorough, great interview with Mr. Crowe can be found here, and has me eagerly counting the days until "Elizabethtown" hits theatres....
ITEM!Last week's San Diego Comic Con is like the biggest fan-fest in the universe, and all sorts of interesting news came out of it. Originally just a comic-con, it's become a kind of all-media con as well, and as comic book movies are enjoying a spectacular renaissance they were a big focus. Yeah, we all got to learn Episode 3 of Uncle George's "Star Wars" saga is going to be called "Revenge of the Sith," but for my money one of the more interesting bits from the con was the latest report on Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller's film adaptation of Miller's awesomely grungy and noir "Sin City" graphic novels. This ain't no superhero flick, but a hardboiled, gritty and violent Tarantino-esque series of crime epics that are sheer popcorn joy to read. Visually, it sounds like this movie will be like nothing else out there, and it's sure to be true to the ugly and brutal spirit of Miller's novels. With a cast that includes Bruce Willis, Mickey Rourke, Benecio Del Toro, Michael Madsen, Michael Clarke Duncan and many more, it sounds fascinating. The year 2005 is shaping up to be a fine one for movies already!
ITEM! My in-laws are rapidly working their way up to Oregon from San Francisco, where they stayed for a few days after their arrival from New Zealand. They'll be visiting with us and meeting Baby Peter for the first time over the next 2 1/2 weeks, so I imagine my posting will drop a little bit for the interim. I'll be throwing a few new video reviews up soon and attempt to update on our exciting adventures as I can.