Hollywood’s Highs And Lows: July 1, 2010

Today’s Highs

ALTThis Week In The Obvious: Twilight Is Annoying

It’s the most aggravating time of the year: as each chapter of the Twilight behemoth slouches into theaters, so follows the bitter, tired mockery. Not that Twilight isn’t completely deserving of mockery, but I’m more inclined to ignore the phenomenon and hope that it goes away. There are a few bright spots in the rapidly growing field of Twilight criticism, (besides our own incomparably brilliant satire, of course), like Vulture’s Eclipse slideshow and The Onion News Network’s excellent video (below). So if you’re drowning in your own Twilight bile, check these out for some validation

Al-Qaeda Calls Off Attack On Nation’s Capitol To Spare Life Of ‘Twilight’ Author

Remember District 9? Well this is like that, only in Mexico.

Gareth Edward made waves at this year’s SXSW with his new independent sci-fi film, Monsters. While the film may have been made for as little as $15,000, critics have been salivating over every element of the film, from the surprisingly good special effects to the unknown cast and compelling story.

Here’s the official synopsis:

“Six years ago NASA discovered the possibility of alien life within our solar system. A probe was launched to collect samples, but crashed upon re-entry over Central America. Soon after, new life forms began to appear and grow. In an effort to stem the destruction that resulted, half of Mexico was quarantined as an INFECTED ZONE. Today, the American and Mexican military still struggle to contain the massive creatures… Our story begins when a jaded US journalist begrudgingly agrees to find his bosses daughter, a shaken American tourist and escort her through the infected zone to the safety of the US border.”

While the last sentence of that summary sounds a bit predictable for my taste (do you think they’ll end up falling in love?) it’s really all in the execution. And the execution is supposed to be excellent. If you didn’t get a chance to see the film at Cannes or SXSW, the film has been picked up by Magnolia Picture’s Magnet division, and will open in select theaters on October 29th. Consider me officially excited.

Extra Buzz

Eagle-eyed readers of this column may remember my reference to webcomic Goodbye Chains a few weeks ago. Well, starting today the comic is on haitus until October, so it’s the perfect time to dive in to the story. It’s got all the fun of an old-school western with great art, and fun characters and an eye for historical detail. Plus, it’s got a gay, communist cowboy, how can you possibly resist?

Today’s Lows


Remember what I said about the DreamWorks face? Well check out the new Megamind Poster. They must be doing this on purpose now just to piss off the internet.