Can’t remember when I watched this one before, but I remembered much of the film. American Movie kind of marks the beginning of the obsessive geek documentary, affectionate rather than exploitative (though that charge is still made), which would reach different but similarly remarkable peaks with The Devil and Daniel Johnston, The King of Kong and Anvil! The Story of Anvil, each expressing in their own way that geekery is passion.
Definitely one of the better Cannon martial arts flicks, and it’s easy to see why it was such a springboard for Jean-Claude Van Damme’s career (and maybe even Forest Whitaker, who features as a bumbling military cop). The fight scenes are snappy and exciting, which is surprisingly a rarity in these kinds of movies, and the whole thing wisely keeps plot to a minimum; it knows it’s about kicking ass and nothing more. Plus, those faces!
My Thumped review of Maps to the Stars
David Cronenberg tries – and fails – to reclaim his cinematic identity with this tired Hollywood satire (and a film that can’t be saved by Julianne Moore this time out). #·
My Thumped review of The Equalizer
Denzel Washington reunites with Training Day director Antoine Fuqua for the follow-up to the latter’s bombastic Olympus Has Fallen that falls short of those ridiculous heights. #·
People talking Borbetomagus
A rough edit of footage from part one of Jef Merten’s documentary on the legendary noise-jazz trio. The kind of band best seen live and unleashed rather than tamed on record, I reckon. Still, hopefully the finished film will have less talking, more playing. #·
First Read / Second Read
“I suppose the real point is: designing for depth is not about neglecting the surface.” In other words, remember to make things inviting for newbies, not just for the geeks who get what’s going on inside. Tom uses the example of game design because that’s his milieu but it’s equally applicable to software or website UX design, and probably lots of other things that escape me right now. #·