Film

Bodhi jumps from the plane in the amazing, totally fun Point Break Live NY interactive (blood spurting) theatrical performance at Littlefield in Brooklyn on November 1, 2013. I highly recommend checking this show out. I also highly recommend wearing attire that you don’t care about — the blood spurting is as over-the-top as the hilarious performances, set pieces, and action sequences.

Watching a movie outdoors on a big screen in the summertime is definitely on my summer-of-fun checklist multiple times. Kicking back on a blanket, ready access to picnic style food and drink(s), and taking in a classic movie with a skyline background under the open sky just screams summertime relaxation at its finest.

Here’s an outdoor movie schedule, which showcases all the venues in NYC, for 2013.

I highly recommend checking out the Brooklyn Bridge Park Movies With a View. You just can’t beat the views of the river, bridges and skyline.

While flipping channels a few weeks back, I happened to stumble upon the film anthology Tokyo! — specifically the segment “Interior Design,” directed by Michel Gondry. Great short film. While the credits were rolling I noticed that it was adapted from Cecil and Jordan in New York by Gabrielle Bell. I quickly jotted that down and later googled it, and I’m glad I did, because it introduced me to the great work of Bell, a comic artist. So I recommend checking out all of it, the film, the website (currently featuring a “comicumentary” about ComicCon), the graphic novels.

Trailer for the independent film Breaking Upwards. Great story in the NY Times about the making of the movie.

“Everything I Own” – Vanessa Hudgens, from the movie Bandslam. Yes, I liked the movie very much. Don’t let the movie poster, or thoughts of High School Musical, scare you away. Got curious about this film after reading this. Glad I checked it out.

Got a chance to see Bong Joon-Ho discuss his new film Mother at BAM (on Feb. 26, 2010). He was interviewed by Salon’s Stephanie Zacharek. It was a thrill to hear him talk about his films. He’s quickly become one of my favorite filmmakers. Not sure when Mother is being released in the US, but it should be out soon, and it is definitely worth checking out. And if you haven’t seen The Host or Memories of Murder, you absolutely must move them up to the top of your queue. Especially Memories of Murder. One of the best films I have ever seen.

I really had to work to see this film. The first two times I went to the theater, showing up a little late (so typical of me), and long lines (so typical, in general) prevented me from seeing the film. But the third time was the charm. Now I don’t want to oversell it, it’s a funny, light-hearted film, and if you like Kevin James, and I really do (ever since that scene in Hitch where he tells Will Smith that the one thing he isn’t worried about is the dancing), then you’ll have a good time. There were lots of kids in the theater, and I particularly enjoyed hearing what really made them laugh. KEY HIGHLIGHT: awesome, awesome music. Not just “I Can’t Hold Back” by Survivor, but also “Take It On The Run” by REO Speedwagon. Sure, a jam from Peter Cetera would have been nice, but we can’t have it all.

My friend Patrick told me about this documentary over drinks one night. I knew I had to see it right away. Though it is so much more than this, the basic description of the film is that it’s about the quest to break and hold the world record for the highest score on Donkey Kong. Now, if that basic description turns you off, because you could care less about video games, especially ones from the early 80s, just disregard that initial impulse. This is an incredible film, a riveting story — and not just because of the suspense. After my conversation with Patrick, I was tempted to just go online and get the story from a wikipedia entry about the documentary — I’m really glad I didn’t do that. And I would link to Roger Ebert’s review, but he gives away a detail about what happened after the documentary came out. I think it’s best to just watch it without knowing too much. Get it in your Netflix queue, and move it up to the top slot. The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters is an absolute must-see.

Loved both of these films: The Wrestler and Slumdog Millionaire.

Hated Revolutionary Road.

Cannot wait for Paul Blart: Mall Cop.

Now, in addition to the reviews, the Great Movie reviews, and the Answer Man, we get the journal. The more the better, I say.