The New York Times ran a story yesterday about critics printing their film reviews before the movie's opening day, which always drives studios crazy. I am quoted in the story talking about my blog item on The Departed I published last fall when I saw the movie at the Toronto Film Festival. Yes, I am a rebel.
In other news, Variety reports that HBO is going to adapt Vincent Bugliosi's epic-length book Reclaiming History into a 10-part miniseries to be produced by Tom Hanks and Bill Paxton. This is great news, since I am in the process of wading through the massive (1,600 pages!) but fascinating tome, which aims to definitively rebuke all the conspiracy theories about the JFK assassination. I should be done reading just as the show starts to air sometime next year. I'm kidding - kinda.
Monday July 2
Harsh Times (2006): Starts out like a dramatic, R-rated version of Dude, Where's My Car? but builds up genuine power by the end, due mostly to strong performances by Christian Bale and Freddy Rodriguez as the two ne'er-do-well buddies. Helpful, too, was the wise decision by writer-director David Ayer to gradually reduce the number of times the actors say "Dude!" to each other. In a small role as Rodriguez' girlfriend, Eva Longoria is surprisingly good, or at least much better than her work on the first season of Desperate Housewives. By the way, in case anyone is still wondering, HD-DVDs are awesome.