Friday, October 01, 2004

I ♥ Huckabees

I passed on this film at the TIFF because I knew it was coming out soon. I'm looking forward to it in the same way I did for Waking Life, Being John Malkovich and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. I just love the mix of philosophy-speak, out-there-pseudo-comedy and unconventional narrative! Could there be a new genre forming? I understand that I ♥ Huckabees is more of a satire of the 'genre' than an honest-to-goodness execution. I understand that many people who have seen it (mainly critics) are baffled and distanced by it's apparent pretensiousness. This doesn't bug me one bit, in fact it makes me want to see it more. And the cast is, well, to die for. Here's hoping that Schwartzman can deliver on the promise of Rushmore. I'm prepared to be entertained.
It's going to be a good fall. This new film from David O. Russel, followed shortly by a new Alexander Payne film (Sideways) and a new Wes Anderson film (The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou). I guess the only person who is really upset about this is Rex Reed who seems to be outraged by quirk. His Loss. Our Gain.


Blogger grace said...

i'm sorry, but ... i just can't get past jude law.

*girly, teeny bopper moment*

okay. i'm okay now.

even if i didn't want to watch the movie, i'd watch it for jude law. how sad is that?

12:49 p.m.  
Blogger Kurt Halfyard said...

My wife is like that with Guy Pearce. She all but forced me to go see Memento at the 2000 Toronto Film Festival. To my surprise it was one of my favorite movies of the year!

4:04 p.m.  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

A Feast Of A Festival Of Animated Films
Toronto, Ontario Canada
Saturday, June 11 - Saturday, August 27, 2005
at The Cineforum, 463 Bathurst below College. 416-603-6643. $20. $10 under 24.
15 great cartoons from the golden age of Hollywood animation ever week. Over 200 in this summer long festival.

This screening offers the best in Hollywood cartoons & a chance to meet legends old and new. I have chosen more than 200 films from his archive for this summer long fest, 15 every Saturday at 7:00 pm.

Some folks stay away from my programs 'cause I introduce these films. That's fine. Here is what some other folks have had to say.

Jane Jacobs, the greatest thinker in today's world, says, "The best part of a Reg Hartt presentation is what he has to say." The late Judith Merril called Reg the most creative person working in film in Canada. Producers from series like THE SIMPSONS asked Reg to put them on his email list. His street posters are on the cover of THE PUNISHER 2. Emo Phillips says, "I honestly believe Reg is the greatest teacher I know." John Kricfalusi says, "I hope Reg continues to inspire young artists." Chuck Jones wrote, "Your thoughts are always close to my heart, Hartt." Grim Natwick said, "Reg reminds me of Max Fleischer and Walt Disney. Friz Freleng called Reg the finest host he ever met. Shamus Culhane called Reg the most important person working in animation in the world.

See Bugs Bunny & his pals with all their parts. You will be amazed how much we missed as kids.

Special highlights June 11;

1. THE LITTLE LION HUNTER (1939) Directed by Chuck Jones. This is one of the most fascinating cartoons ever. Inky is a little black boy who is hunting a mynah bird. The bird hops to the beat of the music for FINGAL'S CAVE from Mendelsohn's HEBRIDES OVERTURE. When Chuck Jones' bosses saw the film for the first time he says they told him, "One more like that and you are fired!"

The cartoon was a huge hit. "Maybe you better make another one," they said, adding after they saw it, "That's worse than the first!"

Jones only made 5. Each is incredible. It has taken me years to get them all. Look forward to seeng them in upcoming installments of this festival. They are rarely shown. That is a pity as they are brilliant.

2. THE HERRING MURDER CASE (1931) Shamus Culhane for The Max Fleischer Studio. I invited Shamus Culhane (whose animation career spanned The Max Fleischer, Ub Iwerks, Van Beuren, Disney, Warner Bros., Walter Lantz, and many other studios) to Toronto for a week long symposium on his caeer. It was a heckuva week! His talks were recorded. I am in the process of putting them on cds. When I am done you can order them. This early Fleischer sound cartoon is stunning. Check it out.

3:29 a.m.  

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