the return of winona ryder...

Posted by Brad Schelden, July 25, 2007 05:34pm | Post a Comment
So I was just talking about how excited I was that "The State" would be coming out soon on DVD a couple of blogs ago. If you forgot, you can look at it here. I finally got to tag my own blog! So I mentioned that the entire cast of The State was in David Wain's new movie "The Ten." My friend just happened to let me know about the special screening last night at the Lumiere.  I, of course, ran over there after work to meet some of my great special friends to go see it. The movie comes out August 3rd, so I was especially excited to see it early. I had already watched the trailer a bunch of times. And I am obviously a huge fan of the creator of the movie and not only the cast of "The State", but almost everyone else in the film.

I will just start by saying that the movie is unbelievably awesome. I really don't want to give too much away. So just watch the preview at the bottom of this entry and check out the website. It is better than any comedy you have probably seen in a while. Please go see this movie instead of the horrible movie that is "I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry." Just like the world of sitcoms, they really don't make comedies like this anymore. The movie is basically broken into ten parts, with each part about a particular commandment from the bible. The cast pops up in multiple connected stories all put together by Paul Rudd, who narrarates in between each section. It is sort of like 10 skits from "The State" or "Kids in the Hall." But even better. In addition to Paul Rudd and the entire cast of "The State", the cast includes Jessica Alba, Gretchen Mol, Adam Brody, Liev Schreiber, Justin Theroux, Oliver Platt, and Winona Ryder.

I have been really waiting for Winona Ryder's comeback for a while now.
I was such a huge fan of her for so many years. I can't really imagine what my life would be like without her and the characters she helped to create. She has not really done a good movie in a good couple of years. But I knew that she had it in her. She just needed somebody to give her a chance. Winona Ryder's first role was the classic 80's movie "Lucas." She was only 15. Only 2 years later in 1988, Tim Burton gave her the role of a lifetime when he cast her in "Beetlejuice." She will be remembered forever for this pivotal role. Sort of like Christina RIcci in "The Addams Family" and Kirsten Dunst in "Interview with the Vampire." They were all sort of teen goth idols because of these rolls. We all wanted to be them, to date them, or just sort of hang out with them. Me being one of the latter group.

Both Christina Ricci and Winona Ryder would go on to star in "Mermaids" with Cher in 1990. I really can't imagine anyone else playing the role of Lydia in Beetlejuice. She was perfect. Next up was the movie that would cement her into our consciousness. She played Veronica Sawyer in the 1989 movie "Heathers." I could seriously talk about this movie for days and days. The movie was brilliant and she was again cast brilliantly. She was quickly becoming the Molly Ringwold of the the late 80's and early 90's. But there was something more dark and cynical about her that really got us all ready for the 90's. After roles in "Great Balls of Fire" and "Welcome Home Roxy Carmichael," she starred in her second Tim Burton movie. This would be "Edward Scissorhands." She then seemed to make the rounds of all the great directors of the period. She had a role in "Night on Earth" by Jim Jarmusch, "Dracula" by Francis Ford Coppola, and then "The Age of Innocence" by Martin Scorsese.

She again created a brilliant character we all sort of fell in love with in "Reality Bites" in 1994.  She still managed to find some good roles in the 90's, if not as memorable as her 80's roles. She starred in "Little Women," "How to Make an American Quilt," "Boys," "The Crucible,"  "Alien: Resurection," and "Celebrity." Her 90's were finished with  "Girl, Interrupted." She was nominated for and oscar in the 90's for both "Little Women" & "The Age of Innocence." She was also nominated for best kiss by the MTV awards a total of 3 times. She seemed to sort of disappear the last couple years. She finally scored a good role in "Scanner Darkly" last year. I was very excited to see that she would be in "The Ten." She does a fabulous job and creates another role that I will remember forever. I never got that "Forever Winona" tattoo that I wanted. But I am seriously glad that she is back. I only hope everyone will realize that she still has the power to create some amazing characters. Go see "The Ten."

(In which Job gets into a screening and a fight.)

Posted by Job O Brother, May 15, 2007 10:51am | Post a Comment
I have some good news!

My and I sweetheart had our first fight.

(That’s not the good news. Note the paragraph break, indicating a different point; though their coupling is relevant. Therefore, don’t mistake the above sentences as a non-sequitur, per se; except in instances where they may be removed from this paragraph and, as a result, rendered sans context, in which case, y’all can get freaky freaky with your bad self.)

My sweetheart and I went to a media screening of “The Ten”, the new comic, moving picture (or “movie” for short) directed by David Wain and written by David Wain and Ken Marino (both known and loved for their participation of that miracle of radness known as “The State”.)

“The State” was a sketch show that ran for three seasons and launched the careers of many familiar faces that went on to create other hella sweet things: STELLA, Wet Hot American Summer, Reno 911, to name some of the better known.

The film was almost completely entertaining, and even when it wasn’t making me laugh outright, I was never bored. The film, unlike the first two paragraphs in this blog entry (when taken with this, the following elucidation, as before explained) is chock full of non-sequiturs and basic silliness, which I like a lot.

I like that kind of humor a lot.

Like, more than just friends.

Anyway, sometimes there’s a lull in the pace or mood as a means of creating a sudden tension or bring everything to a heightened sense of surreal anxiety, which I appreciate, but will strike most people as just… not funny, which I also love. It’s interesting to note, too, that the cast is large and has many hotties in it. It is a very sexy cast, and you will have more than one face to crush on.

My only actual complaint is one of the actors. I won’t say who, because I’m about to have brunch with them before we go to our Kabalaties Class (that’s combination Kabala study and Pilates work-out for those who aren’t insane), and I don’t want to spend the whole time we’re enjoying our #4 Special (wheat-grass colonics with lychee-scented oxygen tanks, served with a Thetan-cleansing aura douche and sweet potato fries) with me defending my blog. The actor in question is very famous, loved by many and, in my opinion, a terrible actor. Another good reason not to say who it is: because you may not share my disfavor and therefore have no problem with them, and you don’t need me making you feel all self-conscious because you have no taste.

And don’t think for a second that it’s Paul Rudd, because he’s pretty and we like him.

If you love the various comic titles cited above, you’re sure to at least be entertained by “The Ten”. It’s not in theatres yet, and probably won’t stay in them for long because that space is needed for your Spiderman 334 and X-Men 635 and all your other stinky sequels.

As for my fight with my sweetie, it happened directly after seeing “The Ten”, but it was resolved quickly and we were holding hands and shopping at Target within the hour, just like every other gay couple in Hollywood.

Ken Marino, Michael Showalter, David Wain - looking gayer than my boyfriend