Let the Wild Rumpus Start

It’s been quite a while since I’ve posted anything on Spike Jonze’s impending adaptation of Maurice Sendak’s Where the Wild Things Are. After Jonze stepped forward on Ain’t It Cool News to talk us all down after the news of the studio’s initial twitchy reaction to the film, plus the revelation that Karen O was providing music for the soundtrack, it seemed the enterprise was in good shape.
Now CHUD has reported that the trailer will be attached to the film Monsters vs Aliens (and I can’t imagine it won’t hit the internet soon after) so we’ll all be able to see how it’s shaping up (’til then, here’s the poster courtesy of Twitch). There aren’t many films on the horizon I’m looking forward to, so I really can’t wait.

Still further back in the past was a post which essentially comprised my viewing wish list for the coming year. Many of the films are slowly trickling onto DVD now and thus far I’ve managed to catch two of them.

chocolateChocolate walks a very fine line between tastelessness and ass-kicking fun. Before the film there is a statement by the director that essentially says that he does not intend any disrespect to people with mental illnesses in his depiction of a young girl who both suffers from a form of autism and possesses the ability to clear a room of angry men armed with meat cleavers and meat hooks handily with fists and feet. I’m willing to give him the benefit of the doubt, but the introduction near the end of an opponent who also suffers from his own form of mental illness was pushing it a bit. It was the old superhero trope of “like battles like” sure, but we’re not talking Aquaman vs. Squidhead here. There are some great fight scenes, especially one fought dangling from neon signs. But really, my favorite bit in the movie was the main character’s ability to bounce M&Ms off her arm and into her mouth. I wonder how long the actress had to practice? Please don’t write me and tell me it was done with CGI, it’ll ruin my day.

girlwholeaptThe other one was The Girl Who Leapt Through Time which ended up being a nice surprise. With a title like that, you expect something sweeping and grand, whole civilizations wiped out by the main character squashing an unnoticed butterfly during a trip to the Jurassic or something. The film wisely explores the conceit of the film in a very limited way by granting the power to a young teenager. Once she’s discovered what she can do, she exploits it like any of us would: by maximizing the time she can spend doing what she likes and using the effective clairvoyance to avoid the things she doesn’t. Just like in Groundhog Day, despite her stage management things begin to spiral out of control.

Should be getting Opera Jawa sometime soon and I’m hoping to review former Spike Jonze collaborator Charlie Kaufman’s much maligned Synecdoche, New York in the coming weeks.


2 Responses to “Let the Wild Rumpus Start”

  1. 1 hideoussunday March 23, 2009 at 8:50 am

    Ooo… new pictures at USA Today. Nice headline on the pop-up window for the slideshow…


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