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Tuesday , December 14, 2010
KAT ATTACK! Five Awesome Movies Coming Out Soon(ish): Whip It, Jennifer's Body, The Runaways, 9, Dear Lemon Lima
KAT ATTACK! is Kat's unwieldy portion of the currently inert "We're Obsessed" feature. There is no organizing principle in this column, other than Kat writes it. She hopes to discourse/blab about all the random things she loves: movies, perfume, philosophy, dudes, dating, words, autumn, the Fall and shoes, among other things, which she does, anyway, but perhaps in a more rambly way. She is taking requests on things you would like her to write/obsess about (kat (at) nogoodforme (dot) com) and promises never to use the third-person again in a preface of KAT ATTACK!, unless she is impersonating Mary J. Blige or other eminent R&B and rap superstars. In this installment: movies coming out soon that you may want to keep your eye out for -- Whip It, Jennifer's Body, The Runaways, 9, and Dear Lemon Lima,
I always considered Drew Barrymore to be like my pop cultural sister: we're approximately the same age, we're both part of that micro-generation sliver somewhere between the slacker cynicism of Gen X and ambitious uber-connectivity of Gen Y, we both seem to be extended adolescents, and we both clearly have boy/commitment issues that we're happily working our way through. I like to imagine that Drew and I will be pals, going to shows together, ogling the cute guitarists, something like that. I've always rooted for Drew, even from her Little Girl Lost days when she was starring as jailbait in B-movies and writing tell-all autobiographies (Little Girl Lost, by the way, is one of my favorite celeb bios, right up there with Faithfull and the Motley Crue bio The Dirt: Confessions of the World's Most Notorious Rock Band.) I even stuck up for Drewski during her stripping-on-Letterman days. Now she's all grown: she's a genuine Hollywood mogul and impersonates Edie Beale on a television movie near you! And she's also directing a movie about roller derby, starring everyone's newly favorite indie ingenue, Ellen Page. It looks amiable, fun, a bit silly and good times, which is totes Drew:
It's kind of a testament to the strength of the Diablo Cody brand that those in the "biz" call this the "new Diablo Cody movie" rather than the new "whoever the director may be" movie. (Actually, the director of Jennifer's Body is the awesome Karyn Kusama, who directed Dogfight and the ill-fated Aeon Flux remake.) I was actually not a huge Juno fan, being more into Diablo's columns for EW, which revealed an odd synchronicity between us about pop culture. (We seem to have the same cheesy 80s rock references.) I fully recognize Juno's inherent likeability as a movie, but something about it made me feel a bit squicky. But happily, there are no blithely pregnant teenagers in Jennifer's Body: instead there are boy-killing, -maiming and -eating cheerleaders -- totally a character I can relate to! I don't care who Megan Fox is, but I am always excited to see Amanda Seyfried in a movie. (I have a theory that she's kind of a weird comic genius, plus she looks like one of my best friends.) But most of all, I'm just excited that a movie named after a Hole song is coming to a cineplex near you! Isn't it great when life works out that way?
THE RUNAWAYS BIOPIC
This is actually shooting RIGHT NOW, so it'll be awhile till it hits theatres -- if it does at all, knowing the state of movies these days. There's a good chance it will, however -- it stars Kristen Stewart of Twilight fame, and SHE'S PLAYING JOAN JETT. This blows my mind in ways that I can't even comprehend -- it's going to be either so good or so bad. Still, a movie about the rise of a teenage rock 'n roll band full of awesome ladies is so sorely needed that it almost doesn't matter. Although, with veteran video auteur Floria Sigismondi directing, I'm sure it is going to be at least visually fantastic. There is no trailer, but there are tons of paparazzi pics of Kristen Stewart in Joan Jett hair and costume. Discuss.
Don't these three movies sound so 90s grrl power? I'm so excited for a movie climate that feels like a latter-era Sassy issue. My own script about zine girls in Chicago in the early 90s would fit in like a charm.
This made a splash at the most recent Comic-Con (i.e. geeky fanboy/girl heaven, i.e., the place where I want movies of mine to be previewed one day after I sell out to Hollywood and start directing fantasy and horror.) It makes sense that it would start building buzz there: it's a darkly animated postapocalyptic scary "stitch-punk" movie involving rag dolls and scary machines, exec-produced by Tim Burton and the dude who directed Wanted and that nutsy Russian movie Nightwatch. (See it. It's crazy.) I actually got to see the short that 9 was based on in my first year at film school; it was a nominee for Best Animated Short Oscar, and it was one of the most memorable, amazing shorts that I saw that year, masterfully scary and suspenseful and just SO GOOD. It obviously stuck in my mind, because when I spotted this trailer, I practically freaked out and made everyone in my vicinity watch it. I even got my 9-year old nephew (hee) addicted to it; he wants me to fly out to take him to see 9 when it comes out on 9/9/09. (Convenient release date!) I wish I could find the original short, but instead you'll have to make do with the trailer.
DEAR LEMON LIMA,
I am super-proud to say that Dear Lemon Lima, is directed by Suzi Yoonessi, who went to the same film school as me. Columbia University, represent! I only met her, I think, once maybe (?), but by all accounts she was a very cool, smart lady -- she was a few years ahead of me, and different classes can be like different galaxies at my school. Like 9, I also saw the short that the feature was based on, and I remember it being charming, whimsical, with a core of stoic melancholy and bittersweet charm -- fans of Miranda July and Wes Anderson should take note and keep an eye out for this film about a teenage girl's experiences with love and life at a prep school in Alaska. Alaska, dudes; that's really cool. Yoonessi comes by this sense of fey whimsy organically, having been a producer on July's Me and You and Everyone We Know. It promises to be quirky and character-based and I'm sure the writing will be superb, because Columbia's film school basically locks you up and won't let you graduate till you can write a good script, or at least recognize one when you read it. LA folks, you can go to a promo screening this Tuesday, July 28 at 7pm. The night will include a Q&A with the director and cast, cupcakes by Big Sugar Bakeshop, ice cream, a photobooth, afterparty and cocktails by Belvedere Macerated.
Los Angeles Advance Screening Tuesday, July 28, 2009
Part of CINEMA TUESDAYS, curated by Flux
7PM: Pre-screening reception featuring an art exhibit, photobooth, and cocktails by Belvedere Macerated
8PM: Screening + Q&A with director Suzi Yoonessi and cast
Public RSVP: flux.net/lemonlima
For more information, visit the concierge desk at Nike Sportswear at The Montalban, Nikesportswear.com, or flux.net.
Nike Sportswear at The Montalban
1615 Vine Street
Hollywood, CA 90028
[BTW, I am stoked to be shouting out a slew of lady screenwriters and directors in this entry. There should be more! Hollywood, get your rectitude going!]
[P.S., I am aware that this entry is like a weird remix of Juno in a very vague away.]
Tags: 9, Amanda Seyfried, Dear Lemon Lima, Diablo Cody, Drew Barrymore, Floria Sigismondi, Jennifer's Body, Karyn Kusama, movies, previews, screenwriters, stitch punk, Suzi Yoonessi, the Runaways, Tim Burton, Whip It, women film directors
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