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Noah Forrest

Frenzy On Column By Noah ForrestForrest@moviecitynews.com

Riding the Trans-Siberian

As I’ve stated before – multiple times – I’m a huge fan ofBrad Anderson’s Session 9. The film is one of the only legitimately scary horror films that has come out in the past ten years. Nothing in Anderson’s previous films, both of them romantic comedies, could have prepared us for how adept he would…

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Summer Odds and Ends

To be quite honest, I had been so under whelmed by a large chunk of the summer movies so far that I stopped going to the theater and caught up on a few older films. But then, as always, my desire to devour anything and everything in the multiplex took over and I went on…

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I’m Afraid of the Big, Black Bat

I never really read comic books, but I grew up watching re-runs of the Batman show with Adam West. He was instantly my favorite superhero, way more interesting, complicated and human than that alien Superman who seemed indestructible. I bought a few issues of the comic, but comics couldn’t really hold my attention the same way that…

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Will Smith – The Last Action Hero

Much has been made of the critical response to Hancock(my colleague David Poland has done a good job of assessing that) and one of the most interesting comparisons made was to Last Action Hero. Personally, I don’t see the comparison at all, but I definitely felt while watching the film that Will Smith is, indeed, our last action hero….

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The Mid-Year Report

We’ve officially reached the halfway point of 2008 and at this point, it’s difficult to know what kind of film year this will wind up being. As usual, most of the offerings have been lacking but I am hopeful for many of the films that are on the horizon. But there are some lessons worth…

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“The thought is interrupted by an odd interlude. We are speaking in the side room of Casita, a swish and fairly busy Italian bistro in Aoyama – a district of Tokyo usually so replete with celebrities that they spark minimal fuss. Kojima’s fame, however, exceeds normal limits and adoring staff have worked out who their guest is. He stops mid-sentence and points up towards the speakers, delighted. The soft jazz that had been playing discreetly across the restaurant’s dark, hardwood interior has suddenly been replaced with the theme music from some of Kojima’s hit games. Harry Gregson-Williams’ music is sublime in its context but ‘Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots’ is not, Kojima acknowledges, terribly restauranty. He pauses, adjusting a pair of large, blue-framed glasses of his own design, and returns to the way in which games have not only influenced films, but have also changed the way in which people watch them. “There are stories being told [in cinema] that my generation may find surprising but which the gamer generation doesn’t find weird at all,” he says.
~ Hideo Kojima

“They’re still talking about the ‘cathedral of cinema,’ the ‘communal experience,’ blah blah. The experiences I’ve had recently in the theatre have not been good. There’s commercials, noise, cellphones. I was watching Colette at the Varsity, and halfway through red flashes came up at the bottom of the frame. A woman came out and said, ‘We’re going to have to reboot, so take fifteen minutes and come back.’ Then they rebooted it from the beginning, and she had to ask the audience to tell her how far to go. You tell me, is that a great experience? I generally don’t watch movies in a cinema at all. Netflix is the future. It’s the present. But the whole paradigm of a series, binge-watching, it’s quite different. My first reaction is that it’s more novelistic, because if you have an eight-hour season, you can get into complex, intricate things. You can let it breathe and the audience expectations are such that they will let you, where before they wouldn’t have the patience. I think only the surface has been touched with experimenting with that.”
~ David Cronenberg