Simon Pegg Doesn’t Like The New Star Trek Trailer Either

I, along with much of the Trek admiring world, rolled my eyes at the new Star Trek trailer, which seemed to indicate a continuation of the franchise’s descent into being yet another safe, simple, action/space opera spectacular complete with all the usual one-liners. Well, Simon Pegg, who wrote the thing, wasn’t happy either: “I didn’t love it because… Continue reading Simon Pegg Doesn’t Like The New Star Trek Trailer Either

A Quick, Tardy Note About SPECTRE

I just caught Spectre. (Yes, it’s been over a month, but I’ve had things to do.) I’d place it in the middle of the 007 pack, in the territory occupied by Live and Let Die, You Only Live Twice, and Tomorrow Never Dies. That’s not bad. Bond movies are like pizza: they have to be Dominoes-in-the-1990s level awful to… Continue reading A Quick, Tardy Note About SPECTRE

Orson Welles Talks About Making “The Trial”

The footage is raw. It was apparently intended for a documentary that was never completed. Anyway, Welles tells the story of making his last feature so brilliantly and with such humor that I simply must post it here. My favorite bit is his answer to the question about what inspired him to film The Trial.… Continue reading Orson Welles Talks About Making “The Trial”

Wherein Jim Responds To the Movie Love Questionnaire

Maybe I ought to speak to my therapist about my inability to pass up answering one of these interview-like questionnaires. This one comes from Roger Ebert’s website. You can read critic Matt Zoller Seitz’s answers here. Here are mine. (Write yours in comments or on Facebook or in Tweets or on your own damned blog.)… Continue reading Wherein Jim Responds To the Movie Love Questionnaire

Doing A Pixar Exercise For Star Trek The Motion Picture

Exercise: take the building blocks of a movie you dislike. How d’you rearrange them into what you DO like? I wouldn’t say I dislike ST:TMP exactly. The movie came out when I was eight, and I do remember that I fell asleep watching it at the Aero Theater in Santa Monica. I watched it several times… Continue reading Doing A Pixar Exercise For Star Trek The Motion Picture

You’re Not Making A Sequel To That, Are You?

Word around the campfire is that Netflix, home of some excellent original shows like Orange Is the New Black* and The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, is planning to give us the sequel to Full House. (from New York Magazine): Everywhere you look, there’s an old show (or movie!) being made anew. TV Line reports that Netflix is very close to… Continue reading You’re Not Making A Sequel To That, Are You?