Comm & Pop Culture Post

The Warrior’s Way – Hmmm…I wonder if this would be Post-Modern?

An actual movie review – “visually inventive hybrid martial arts Western tracing the adventures of an Asian assassin who must fight for his life while hiding out in the Wild West.” – anonymous

Style over substance? Check. Is anything not overly-styled in this movie, and this is just the trailer! Flying through the air, ninja’s in perfect garb – in a perfect line on the top of a building.

Confusions over space and time? Maybe. How could there not be some sort of flashback or confusion of space and time in a movie like this, guess we’ll have to wait and see…

Erosion of Identity? Check. This warrior refuses a mission when he has to kill the last person in a clan, aka a baby. Somewhere in this he most likely realizes he has lost a sense of his identity – which is the purpose of the movie. It’s a wild guess but I’m assuming he finds his identity throughout the course of this movie – what a hero!

Inter-textuality? Mehh. Maybe. This is for the Cultural Capitalist out there. When you see Geoffrey Rush from Pirates of the Caribbean, his character doesn’t seem that much different.  Also, if you have been a-long-time-hollywood-tabloid-junkie then you would know that Orlando Bloom (yet again from Pirates of the Caribbean) dated the swash-buckling-leading-lady Kate Bosworth……..Coincidence?

Simulacra? A little. The trailer alone captures the “real” and imaginary collapsing together. At some points this even looks like a video game. What could be more “simulacra-ish” besides Disneyland and video games?

Bricolage? A bit. This is one big jumbled mess of other movies put together. Pirates of the Caribbean, 300, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon…..The list goes on.

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Upcoming Funnies…

Easy A

Emma Stone, Amanda Bynes, Cam Gigandet, Stanley Tucci, Penn Badgley, Lisa Kudrow, Dan Byrd, Thomas Hayden Church

September 17 2010

Wild Target

Bill Nighy, Emily Blunt, Rupert Grint

June 18 2010

The Back Up Plan

The Back-Up PlanDue out… April 23rd This could be really cute and funny. Alex O’Loughlin is great, even though you hardly see him, and we haven’t seen Jennifer Lopez since she did her whole family thing. Hopefully we will all enjoy this!

Movies opening in the next month…

THE WOLFMAN   2.12.2010

The WolfmanInspired by the classic Universal film that launched a legacy of horror, The Wolfman brings the myth of a cursed man back to its iconic origins. Oscar® winner Benicio Del Toro stars as Lawrence Talbot, a haunted nobleman lured back to his family estate after his brother vanishes. Reunited with his estranged father (Oscar® winner Anthony Hopkins), Talbot sets out to find his brother…and discovers a horrifying destiny for himself. Lawrence Talbot’s childhood ended the night his mother died. After he left the sleepy Victorian hamlet of Blackmoor, he spent decades recovering and trying to forget. But when his brother’s fiancée, Gwen Conliffe (Emily Blunt), tracks him down to help find her missing love, Talbot returns home to join the search. He learns that something with brute strength and insatiable bloodlust has been killing the villagers, and that a suspicious Scotland Yard inspector named Aberline (Hugo Weaving) has come to investigate. As he pieces together the gory puzzle, he hears of an ancient curse that turns the afflicted into werewolves when the moon is full. Now, if he has any chance at ending the slaughter and protecting the woman he has grown to love, Talbot must destroy the vicious creature in the woods surrounding Blackmoor. But as he hunts for the nightmarish beast, a simple man with a tortured past will uncover a primal side to himself…one he never imagined existed. – apple.com/movies

VALENTINE’S DAY 2.12.2010

Valentine's Day“Valentine’s Day” follows the intertwining story lines of a group of Los Angelinos as they find their way through romance over the course of one Valentine’s Day. Gary Marshall is the best director hands down!



THE YELLOW HANDKERCHIEF   2.26.2010

The Yellow Handkerchief

A love story at its core, THE YELLOW HANDKERCHIEF is about three strangers of two generations bound by loneliness who reach out to one another. After embarking on a road trip through post Katrina Louisiana, their relationships forge and change in a myriad of ways, leading to the possibility of second chances. Brett Hanson (William Hurt) dealing with a painful past, crosses paths with a lonely and troubled teenager Martine (Kristen Stewart) and her new ‘ride’ Gordy (Eddie Redmayne). The trio head out together, each motivated by reasons of their own. Martine yearns to escape her family, Gordy hopes to get closer to Martine and Brett must decide whether he wants to return to the uncertainty of the life and the woman he left behind, his ex-wife May. -apple.com/movies   Cast: William Hurt, Maria Bello, Kristen Stewart, Eddie Redmayne

CHLOE   3.3.2010

Chloe

Catherine and David, she a doctor, he a professor, are at first glance the perfect couple. Happily married with a talented teenage son, they appear to have an idyllic life. But when David misses a flight and his surprise birthday party, Catherine’s long simmering suspicions rise to the surface. Suspecting infidelity, she decides to hire an escort to seduce her husband and test his loyalty. Catherine finds herself ‘directing’ Chloe’s encounters with David, and Chloe’s end of the bargain is to report back, the descriptions becoming increasingly graphic as the meetings multiply.

ALICE IN WONDERLAND   3.5.2010

Alice in WonderlandI guess this is Alice re-visiting “Wonderland.” Sorry to say this was never one of my favorites and I did not like the movie as a kid, but this deserves a view just because of the outstanding cast! Director: Tim Burton, Cast: Johnny Depp, Anne Hathaway, Helena Bonham Carter, Crispin Glover, Matt Lucas, Marton Csokas

it’s complicated

It's ComplicatedHonestly who doesn’t love a good romantic comedy? Nancy Meyers never fails to bring out a laugh, having directed What Women Want, Something’s Gotta Give, and The Holiday (big fav). Then the cherry on top is Meryl Streep, who never fails to impress, she is an Oscar Goddess! Watching a love triangle with Steve Martin and Alec Baldwin is going to be hilarious!

It’s Complicated, a comedy about love, divorce and everything in between.

Release: Chrismas Day

Upcoming Movies on the “Can’t Wait to See List”

Sherlock Holmes   Dec 25, 2009

Youth in Revolt   Jan 8, 2010

Leap Year   Jan 8, 2010

Did You Hear About the Morgans?   December 18, 2009

When in Rome    Jan 12, 2010

Edge of Darkness   Jan 26, 2010

A Single Man Feb   2010

Valentine’s Day   Feb 12, 2010

Takers   Feb 26, 2010

Letters to Juliet   May 7, 2010

Dare 2009

This is Indie came out earlier this year but looks interesting. AND of course do not forget INVICTUS & NINE metioned in previous posts and coming out this December!

good external validity

Need random assignment of participants to groups, so we can assume they are equal