So I for some reason watched the trailer for September’s I Hope They Serve Beer In Hell, which is desperately in need of a red-band clip, and I don’t think I laughed once. Or even smiled knowingly. I mean, I’m all on board with the notion of politically incorrect, carousing-guys flicks, and as if it was in doubt, the mega-success of this summer’s The Hangover proved there’s an audience for R-rated movies with copious amounts of nudity and strong sexual content. But the trailer seemed to leave out actual punchlines, just in favor of simple plot explanation, and filler dialogue. It mostly just made me wonder why Jesse Bradford wasn’t a bigger star, honestly. Not because of any manifested talent, necessarily. Just that he really has the look of a star — the proper jawline, stubble, smoker’s voice, gift with a crooked grin, etcetera. If I was his agent, I’d get that kid in a movie with Colin Farrell, stat, as bad-boy brothers working some scam.
Some great news for those interested and invested in the Los Angeles County Museum of Art’s film program, which was given its death notice roughly a month ago. The Hollywood Foreign Press Association and Time Warner Cable, in partnership with Ovation TV, have each committed $75,000 to help LACMA extend continuous film programming through next summer. Says museum director Michael Govan in a press release: “In a tight budget year when many programs were reduced, we suspended the weekend film series in order to rebuild its foundations. We’ve been incredibly impressed by the public outcry of support for film at LACMA, and thrilled that just a few weeks later, the first new sponsors have stepped forward. We’re grateful to the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, Time Warner Cable and Ovation TV for expressing their tangible support for the art of film at LACMA, and we’re very pleased that we can keep film rolling while we build for the future. Our goal is to create a field-leading film department that captures the ever-growing importance of film and moving images in the history of art.”
Over on LA Examiner.com, Marvin Miranda has an excellent interview with Enzo Castellari, the director of the original (correctly spelled) Inglorious Bastards, in which the filmmaker talks about exploitation flicks of years gone by, his cameo in Quentin Tarantino’s new film, his own new movie and more.