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[Reviewed by: Alex Miller]

Perhaps one of the best examples of how bad the Academy is at picking the best film of the year, Mulholland Dr. was not even nominated for Best Picture in 2001. Instead they chose Ron Howard’s competent but all too formulaic and forgettable A Beautiful Mind that year. Although Director David Lynch (The Elephant Man, Dune, Lost Highway) did win Best Director at Cannes, it took time for some people to give the film the acclaim it truly deserves. It’s understandable in that if there was ever a film that DEMANDED repeat viewings it is this one. It is the first and only movie I have ever watched and then immediately rewinded and watched again (mind you it’s a 2.5hr long movie). I was interested but confused the first time, understandably so I think. The second time I wanted to go erect a statue in my yard in dedication to this cinematic achievement. If you missed out on this film when it came out, STOP READING as it is impossible to discuss this movie at any level of detail without completely ruining it for you. Go watch it, then read this, then go watch it again. (more…)

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[Posted by: Martin Keller]

I’ve been contributing to Dorkosphere since the summer, first doing a review and a news piece, but then wanting to do a column. Something I could come back to every week with a specific focus and something that would give me a deadline. This worked for over a month, and now I return without a new entry for the Action Stars column in over three weeks. I have offered assurances to the site editor that I would have something shortly, but my ability to write anything has been severely hindered. It’s not real life that has hindered me, you know, work and a girlfriend and obligations and things unforeseen. Nor have my hands been broken, nor my brain extracted. I have certainly been within reach of computers: I work at a library! No my inability to produce work, to be reliable, to put even the smallest effort into being creative has been usurped by one thing and one thing alone: The Wire. (more…)

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Trailer Review:
[Reviewed by: Alex Miller]

The new trailer for The Fighter starring Mark Wahlberg, Christian Bale, and Amy Adams isn’t bad, it’s just not very original. To be fair, it IS based on the true story of “Irish” Micky Ward (Mark Wahlberg) and his older half-brother/trainer Dickie Eklund (Christian Bale) so it has some credibility. Many of the scenes are filmed in the exact same places the events really happened. But you just can’t make a boxing movie about a nobody tough-guy with a thick accent becoming a big-time boxer, without it being compared to Rocky. You also can’t make the primary story line about the clash between a boxer and his brother/trainer without it being compared to Raging Bull. Now don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying you’re not allowed to make boxing movies anymore, but there should at least be something original about it. Million Dollar Baby for example, showed a female-boxer and highlighted touchy subjects relating to death. Ali was about the quintessential boxer and his fascinating life not only in boxing but his refusal to fight in the Vietnam War. In contrast, I’m not really sure what The Fighter brings to the table that we haven’t already seen. Of course we only have the trailer and not the entire film. The cast, in my opinion, is excellent. Amy Adams was a joy to watch in Sunshine Cleaning and I’m sure she’s an asset to the film. Whatever you think of Christian Bale personally, it’s hard to deny that he’s been in some good action movies. I’m curious to see how he does in a role that is probably more challenging than he’s used to. Mark Wahlberg will probably do an adequate job playing a boxer. He’s always been pretty good at playing the tough-asshole but not much else. The big negatives are the writers. IMDB credits 3 people, 1 of which hasn’t written anything previously, and the other 2 are the geniuses behind such classics as 8 Mile and Air Bud. Originally the film was supposed to be directed by Darren Aronofsky but now we have David O. Russell who made I Heart Huckabees and Three Kings (both of which starred Mark Wahlberg). That’s a pretty big downgrade but not horrible. At this point I expect a competent, if unoriginal, boxing movie that will adequately waste an afternoon at the movies. Maybe I’ll rent it.

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[Posted by: Eric Raymer]

In an interview with the New York Times, actor/director Casey Affleck admitted that his new film, I’m Still Here, which chronicles actor Joaquin Phoenix‘s pursuit of a rap career and descent into depravity, was almost entirely staged. In other news, grass is green and water is wet. This whole thing reeked of being a stunt since Phoenix’s first bizarre appearance on the David Letterman show, and I have a hard time believing that Affleck “never intended to trick anybody.” The only truly remarkable thing is that Phoenix was willing to keep up the act for so long. This definitely takes away some of the appeal of the film for me, but in all fairness, it looks like Phoenix does a great job pulling off the role. While I never wanted Phoenix’s life to actually fall apart, knowing that it’s all a hoax makes it significantly less interesting.

UPDATE: The Hollywood Reporter is reporting that David Letterman was in on it too.

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[Posted by: Justin Wagner]

Aziz Ansari and Danny McBride are two of the most famous faces in comedy right now even if you can’t quite put names to the faces.  The two are currently working on Ruben Fleischer‘s new film 30 Minutes or Less which should end up involving a pizza or two.  While speaking with MTV on the set of the film, Danny McBride mentioned a project that he and Aziz were working on with writer Harris Wittels of The Sarah Silverman Show and Parks & Recreations fame.  The film is tentatively titled Olympic Size Asshole which is one of the best titles for a movie that I’ve heard in quite a while.  We don’t have much to report yet but what they’ve revealed of the plot is still enough to get us interested. “It’s about this Olympic athlete who comes back to his hometown and he bangs mine and Aziz’s girlfriends. So we go on this mission to destroy his Olympic life,” said Danny McBride. With Aziz and writer Matt Hubard behind the idea and Jody Hill/David Gordon Green/Danny McBride’s Rough House Pictures producing, I can definitely see this film bringing on the hilarity.

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Trailer Review:
[Reviewed by: Justin Wagner]

Switching over from wrestling to ballet dancing, Darren Aronofsky‘s latest film, Black Swan, is a thriller about two opposing dancers in an upcoming production of the play “Black Swan”. There are many Lynch-esque moments throughout this trailer. From the “woman-in-trouble” premise to the competitiveness between two leads in an ongoing production, Black Swan seems to play like Mulholland Dr. meets Showgirls, but with the obvious presence of Aronofsky behind the Director’s chair. Much of the same style and camera work presented in The Wrestler seems to be present here in Black Swan though the tone of the film seems to be vintage Aronofsky. If there is one thing to love about this trailer it’s that it still keeps the mystery of the film in tact without giving too much away like most recent movie trailers have been doing. Black Swan will premiere at the 67th Venice International Film Festival this September and will have a limited theatrical release Dec. 1, but for now we have this lovely trailer to watch over and over again in preparation for what looks to be one of the best films this year has to offer.

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[Posted by: Alex Miller]

Enjoy this mashup I found of two David Fincher Movies!