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The Gibson Revue: A Final Reminder

The Gibson Revue, this blog's first movie marathon, is in three days!

Do not forget to drop me a note or a comment if you are planning on attending this day of food, movies, and (because movies don't end when the lights go up) movie chatter.

When: Saturday August 28th at 1:30p

Where: My house (ask for details)

What:  three movies featuring loners who become less lonely by the end of their tale

2p: True Grit, the 1969 western starring the legendary John Wayne. 2hrs 8mins.

4:30p: Let the Right One In - to say much about this masterpiece would be to say too much.  2hrs.

7p: Zombieland - why not end the day with a bang? 1hr 21mins.

After each film there will be 5-10 minutes of discussion followed by a break.

Attendees are asked to arrive as close to 1:30p as possible to avoid any disruptions.  If, for any reason, you can't make it to the first film please pay special attention to the times listed above.  Each film will be introduced at those times, so arrive accordingly.

If necessar…

Film Faves: 2002

Welcome once again to another edition of Film Faves.  For those not already familiar, Film Faves is a monthly feature where I list my favorites from a movie-related topic.  Unlike many other lists, which feature a top 10 countdown with honorable mentions sprinkled on top, Film Faves is a list of a dozen movies or movie-related picks.  This is not intended to be an objective best-of list; it is unabashedly biased and all about the infectious enjoyment of film.

For those who have been following this feature it will come as no surprise that this post is focusing on movies from the year 2002.  Science fiction and fantasy ruled 2002.  The final pre-reboot Star Trek film, Nemesis was released, as well as Star Wars - Episode II: Attack of the Clones.  In many ways an improvement on its predecessor, Attack of the Clones ranked among the top box office earners of the year, but was the only episode of the series to not hit the top spot.  Other sci-fi and fantasy releases include Men in Black II

The Gibson Revue: A Reminder

We are less than two weeks away from the very first Gibson Revue: A Movie Marathon!

If you live in the Pacific Northwest and are an avid film fan then join me for a day of food, movies, and discussion.

When:  Saturday, August 28th at 1:30p.

Where: My house (ask for details)

What: three movies -

2p: True Grit, starring John Wayne.  2 hrs. 8 mins.

4:30p: Let the Right One In. 2 hrs.

7p: Zombieland. 1 hr. 21 mins.

As this is a movie event inspired by a movie review blog, there will be short discussion about each film after their showing hosted by yours truly.  Don't worry, I'll keep it interesting and there'll be plenty of time to mingle with the food table.

Attendees are asked to arrive as close to 1:30p (and around each individual show time for late-comers) as possible to avoid any disruptions during the movies.

While there will be food, please bring your own beer - and only if you drink responsibly.

Lastly, please no kids.

Please contact me if you're planning on attending -…

Scott Pilgrim is the Bomb-omb

Remember those relationships you had that didn’t exactly end as mutually as you’d have liked? You may have ditched him or her for someone else, ceased calling and answering the door, broken up via answering service, or decided to behave like a total asshole just so you didn’t have to face their tears during an honest break-up. Since then whenever you run into that person at the store, concert, or local fair things get terribly awkward – you might even duck behind a display of oranges or a carnival barker just to avoid contact with that person.

The only thing worse is when confronted with your girlfriend’s ex, who was dumped under circumstances similar to those above – especially if that ex has yet to move on. The tension in the air is fatal.

Scott Pilgrim vs. the World speaks to these situations with a balance of indie comic introspection and 16-bit thrills. It’s a mash-up of twenty-something romances, video games, comic book visuals, and indie rock; a sort of Nick & Norah meets A…

Remember That Movie: The 400 Blows

Writing about a movie like The 400 Blows is always a daunting effort, because better writers than you have already written nearly everything that could be said better than you could ever hope to say it. Fool that I am, I thought I’d give it crack anyway. Besides, I thought, this feature could really use a film made before the 1980s.

In case you don’t remember, The 400 Blows is a 1959 black and white film that marks the debut of Francois Truffaut and (debatably) the French New Wave. It stars Jean-Pierre Leaud as Antoine, a preteen with uninvolved parents and a teacher that’s branded him a troublemaker. His mom is cruel and impatient. His stepfather is seemingly evenhanded and cheery until an accident and a lie set him over the edge. Antoine begins the movie in trouble after being caught with a pin-up that was passed around the class in hand. His problems continue from there when he proceeds to cut school, steal, lie to cover up cutting school, run away, and smoke cigarettes and cigars…

Remember That Movie: Playing by Heart

In 2003, a movie with a huge cast of characters about the pursuit and maintenance of love captured hearts and arguably became a classic romance. But what you probably don’t remember is before that in late 1998 another movie about love featuring a large cast was released. That movie was Playing by Heart, the $20 million ensemble romance that made $3.9 million, so titled because all the characters are letting their hearts and passions be their guide (or learning to).

The film does indeed have a large cast: Gillian Anderson, Ellen Burstyn, Sean Connery, Anthony Edwards, Angelina Jolie, Jay Mohr, Ryan Phillipe, Dennis Quaid, Gena Rowlands, John Stewart, and Madeline Stowe, with appearances by Patricia Clarkson, Michael Emerson, and Natassja Kinski.

In case you don’t remember:

Gillian plays an aloof theater director who is asked out by the architect played by John.

Jay plays dying son to Ellen.

Sean is ailing husband to TV chef Gena, who are sorting out an old affair.

Angelina is a recent…

The Gibson Revue: Coming Soon!

Just a reminder: The Gibson Revue movie marathon is less than a month away!

If you live in the Pacific Northwest, join me for a day of movies, movie chatter, and food.

When: Saturday, August 28th at 1:30p

Where: My house (contact for details)

What: Three movies:

2:00p - TrueGrit, starring the legendary John Wayne as his only Oscar-winning role, Rooster Cogburn.  2hrs. 8mins.

4:30p - Let the Right One In, the Swedish sensation that knocked movie lovers off their feet.  2hrs.

7:00p - The finale, Zombieland! Starring Abigail Breslin, Jesse Eisenburg, Woody Harrelson, Emma Stone... and BM.  1hr. 21mins.

As this is an event stemmed from a movie review blog, we will have brief discussions about each film after they've been shown.

Attendees are asked to arrive as close to 1:30p as possible to avoid any disruptions during the event.

There will be food, however, please bring your own beer.

Please no kids.

Try to contact me if you're planning to participate.  Seats are limited!

Dragon Tattoo Leaves a Mark on Genre

A new series of novels has been sweeping the globe – and it’s not a children’s series about wizards or a teenage romance about vampires. The Millenium Trilogy are Swedish mystery novels that are more decidedly for adults. The first of the series, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, features graphic rape, mutilation, and horrific murders this side of the Hannibal Lecter series. It’s also a somewhat complex mystery.

And now it’s been adapted into a film!

The first movie was recently released on DVD the same week as part two, The Girl Who Played with Fire, was released in theaters. The finale, The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest, hits theaters this fall.

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is quite different than anything else we’ve seen before. Here’s a movie where the lead character is a sexually-assaulted, bisexual, Goth/ex-convict/hacker, who takes special interest in a framed journalist’s investigation of a decades’ old murder of a 16 year-old that belonged to a family of Aryan capitali…