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Taking Woodstock: This Film is Not Yet Rated

March 26, 2009

Credit to Ang Lee–the man does not make the same movie twice. He’s gone from The Ice Storm to Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon to Brokeback Mountain to Lust, Caution. And don’t forget Hulk, probably the best of the comic movie boom. The Taiwan-born director’s latest is Taking Woodstock, based on the true story of a young Catskills hotelier who helped promoters put on the famed festival in 1969.

Lee never seems to let much of himself show through his movies, although they always feel sincere. Many of his films are written by producing partner James Schamus, who also penned the Taking Woodstock adaptation. Lee uses actors in interesting ways–just dig the gymnastics of Tony Leung Chiu-Wai and Tang Wei in Lust, Caution–and they reward him with memorable performances. (Brokeback Mountain made Heath Ledger‘s legend.) The married director frequently deals in gay themes, and Woodstock‘s tale is no exception. Elliot Tiber’s memoir is also about how he hides his sexuality from his parents, who own the impoverished resort he helps run.

Watchmen Post Mortem

March 10, 2009

watchmen1Now that the weekend is over and we’ve had a chance to try and wash this glowing blue paint off (ammonia?), the accountants are sifting through the $55 million that Watchmen has taken in. Everybody else is trying to read the film’s future in the entrails. The quick take is that even that many sheckles is still considered a disappointment.

Why? Well, the movie opened up with a massive publicity blitz on a whopping 3600 screens. And there literally wasn’t anything else to watch that weekend. (Even the Los Bros Jonas movie tumbled 80%). Plus, there is the fear that any audience for an adaptation of the 1985 Alan Moore/Dave Gibbons graphic novel will have seen it on Friday and, sated, will be waiting for the upcoming DVD release, the rumored four-hour cut, and the opportunity to sit around naked in their glowing blue paint in the comfort of their own home. Did Alan Moore’s curse work? Will heads roll at Warner Bros.? The pundits have their say after the jump.