The Green Hornet Dilemma (Weekly Links)

James and Vaughn: Green Hornet and Kato as bromance

Reviews I wrote for the Herald this week, and etc.

The Green Hornet. “A couple of superbad musketeers.”

The Dilemma. “Vaughn’s got that blend of humor and hostility down pat.”

And Everything is Going Fine. “One man’s neurotic quest to give shape to the chaos of his life.”

Hiroshima. “An unremarkable day made remarkable.”

Evangelion 1.0: You Are (Not) Alone. “Dad doesn’t love me, what is my purpose in life beyond defeating giant robots from space, blah blah blah.”

On KUOW’s “Weekday,” I talk with Steve Scher about Arnold Schwarzenegger’s past employment and current unemployment; Spalding Gray; and the “electric cars are gay” scene in The Dilemma. Archived here; the movie bit kicks in around the 15:30 mark.

I would also like to thank Ernesto DiezMartinez, who writes for Mexico’s Reforma newspaper, for his generous description of The Crop Duster on his blog, Vértigo. I don’t speak the language, but it sounds really cool in Spanish.

And Arnold Schwarzenegger week concludes at my other website, What a Feeling!, with a reprint of my original 1988 review of Twins.

Movie Diary 1/12/2011

The Green Hornet (Michel Gondry, 2011). A bit of Rogen,a bit of Gondry, a bunch of different notes. The car is never better than when it gets sawed in half. (full review 1/14)

Hiroshima (Pablo Stoll, 2010). Another observational, plot-shy thing, this one from Uruguay (twist: no spoken dialogue, just silent-movie intertitles when people move their mouths). It sneaks up on you, and in the final sequence, proves it really was about something. (full review 1/14)

The Dilemma (Ron Howard, 2011). How many times have we said this? Vince Vaughn riffing – it’s the reason you stay in your seat. (full review 1/14)

Evangelion 1.0: You Are (Not) Alone (Masayuki, Kazuya Tsurumake, 2007). Big-screen re-imagining of a very successful Japanese anime TV series. And already I’m losing interest, but in fact the colors and the action make it something more than bearable (full review 1/14; part 2.0 comes next week)

Schwarzenegger reviews up this week at my other website, What a Feeling!: Raw Deal and Predator.