If you’re not catching the Dudley Do-Right reference, you’re not watching enough Boomerang.
I would like to see The Italian Job this weekend, if only because F. Gary Gray is behind the lens and because I really enjoyed The Negotiator. I know going into the theater that it will not be better than the 1969 original and that the obligatory Mini car chase will feel more like a car commercial than a true action sequence benchmark.
Still, I have to see it. Anyone who can get Mos Def and Seth Green in a movie together deserves something.
I would lump Ed Norton in that group, but in several recent interviews, he’s explained that his participating in the film was a contractual obligation and not one of choice. That sours things a little for me, because I’m a big fan of Ed’s. But it bringing the whole “mustache issue” into sharper focus. No question the thing looks like an anemic caterpillar resting on his lip, but knowing Ed, it’s an “actorly touch” he integrated into the character to piss someone off. If anything, I’ll see the movie for him. Even when he’s bad, he’s better than most. I could give a damn about Mark Wahlberg or Charlize Theron.
That said, my number one priority this weekend is seeing Finding Nemo. I’m a Pixar NUT and can’t wait to see what they’ve cooked up this time. It’ll be interesting to see how close they can get to mimicking sea life with computer graphics. I imagine pretty darn close.
Expect a Nemo strip on Friday.
Say, before I forget, if you haven’t joined the forums yet, you should look into it. We already have a crew of 50 and we’re having a blast. Check it out!
If any of you are interested in learning more about Pixar and their chain of blockbusters over the years, it would interest you to watch 60 Minutes II tonight on CBS at 9:00 EST, 8:00 Central. They’re going behind the scenes to talk to the animators and writers to see what they do best. Here’s a quick synopsis of the story.
Personally, I’m very interested in learning about their new animation studio out in Emeryville, California. If you watched any of the commentary lead-in’s for Monsters, Inc. you got a pretty good look at the facility and how they do business there. The place is like summer camp for artists and I’ve always been a big fan of corporations who use alternative tactics in motivating employee creativity. It should be a good show.