Friday, May 29, 2009

Fan Trailers!

Here are a couple examples of some homespun genius:

Thundercats Fake Movie Trailer:

Green Lantern Fake Movie Trailer:

Definitely a welcome evolution from fan fiction.

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Elmore Leonard's Rules of Writing

Read the expanded rules over at NYTimes or buy the book of rules here.

My favourite rule:

4. Never use an adverb to modify the verb ''said'' . . .

. . . he admonished gravely. To use an adverb this way (or almost any way) is a mortal sin. The writer is now exposing himself in earnest, using a word that distracts and can interrupt the rhythm of the exchange. I have a character in one of my books tell how she used to write historical romances ''full of rape and adverbs.''

This sprung to mind since Leonard's currently promoting his new book Road Dogs.

During one interview (with Charlie Rose), he said that a while back he was offered to write a review on a new Tom Clancy military spy book, but passed. "I don't read books that are more than 300 pages."

A man after my own heart (and attention span).

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Worst Movie Poster Ever?

Bad in so many ways. None of them good.

But Superman III shouldn't worry, I'm sure that in this new rash of comic book movies, there will come a movie/poster so bad that it'll make Chris Reeve and Richard Pryor's love-in look like a Saul Bass.

Or is the corporate/marketing machinery so anesthetizing that something like this could never slip through again?

Monday, May 25, 2009

Best Song Ever of the Week: Grizzly Bear

Psychedelindie band Grizzly Bear release their new album Veckatimest tomorrow.

I can't see how they'll top the first single, "Two Weeks" [mp3], but it will at least be worth a listen thanks to this charmed piece of pop.

They even debuted the song on Letterman months ago. I guess they knew it was good straight off.

Here's the brand new video for it:
Two Weeks

Definitely ranks up their with the hit off their last album, "The Knife". Girl Talk's remix of that song is also stellar.

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Pour Some Sugar

This movie is awesome. Go see it.

It somehow avoids formula and stereotypes but is never anything but natural and subtle. Perfect film for Spring.