Salon Magazine’s Andrew O’Hehir recently interviewed legendary skateboarder-turned filmmaker Stacy Peralta about his new film Made in America (no, not this one), which, according to recent Sundance reviews, is very good.
It’s a sort of social history of Los Angeles gang culture, tracing the roots of teenage warfare all the way back to the 1930s, exploring the social and economic forces that have shaped the current state of things in inner-city LA. And if the interview is any indication of Stacy’s passion for and treatment of the subject, I’m excited to see it.
I still haven’t seen Peralta’s Riding Giants, but I really loved Dogtown and Z-Boys, and I’m interested to see how he tackles a more, er, issue-oriented film.
[Watch the interview]
UPDATE: Jim Rohner, Editor at Zoom In Online recently forwarded me some relevant links. The first is to Zoom-In’s Sundance review of Made in America, and the second is to an interview Stacy Peralta did with Ioncinema.com. The review link also includes a “Critical Clips” video, where audience members are asked for their reactions as they leave the screening. Neat idea.
Here’s my review of the new Rambo flick… Rambo.
It’s hard to explain why I was so disappointed in this movie–it’s got all the requisite Stallone brooding and unnecessary explosions (both good things, as far as I’m concerned), but it just felt so totally joyless to me. Don’t get me wrong, Rambo III is awful in a lot of ways, but it’s so totally immersed in its own over-the-top ridiculousness that it’s actually fun. Whereas Rambo is the opposite of fun–it’s violent and it’s gory, but it’s pointless.
But I was thinking while watching it that it’d be an interesting experience watching Rambo and the Funny Games remake back-to-back. Both are grueling and violent, but one rewards the audience’s sadism, while the other chastises us for it. Not that I necessarily believe either extreme… just sayin’.
Filmmakers Ronnie Bronstein and Joe Swanberg have been posting some fantastic “Sundance outsider” videos on the Spout Myspace page. One of the best so far is a passionate, probing interview with director George Romero. Man… somebody should give Bronstein his own talk show. What a great interviewer.
[Watch the interview]
This’ll be the last time I mention There Will Be Blood–I swear. It’s just that I’ve been having a fantastic time reading TWBB analysis and debate, and I’ve come across a great discussion on Filmbrain about the film’s themes, structure and links to Kubrick (a friend of mine picked up on the Kubrick connection instantly, and I’ve since been re-watching some of those films trying to see it for myself).
AMC’s Monsterfest Blog is reporting that David Cronenberg and Howard Shore have adapted the 1986 horror classic The Fly into an opera. For real.
And this ain’t just talk–the thing is actually on the Los Angeles Opera’s schedule, and will be conducted by Plácido Domingo. It’ll run for six performances only, beginning in September.
Hey–if Evil Dead the Musical worked so well, why not The Fly the Opera? I am seriously considering planning a trip to LA around this.
As promised forever ago, here is a more thorough review of PT Anderson’s There Will Be Blood, which finally opens in Austin tonight.
While we’re at it, here are reviews for Walk Hard, The Orphanage and Juno from a couple weeks ago.