Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Jason Segal and 'The Rainbow Connection' (or Nostalgia: Edition Blowback)

In The Muppets, when Kermit, Miss Piggy, and much of the Muppet gang came onstage to sing "The Rainbow Connection," it should've been a transcendent moment. It should've been the lynchpin of the film, the part that united longtime fans and newcomers alike, just as it reunites the principal players in the Muppets' longest-running love story: Kermit and Miss Piggy. After all, "The Rainbow Connection" has consistently been neck-and-neck with "It's Not Easy Being Green" as the Muppet mission statement song. Instead, it just falls flat.

Monday, December 19, 2011

Cameron & the Abyss: Lensing on a Filmmaker (or, how to get 85% of the way to a great movie)

The Abyss has all the hallmarks of a great James Cameron film: blue-collar heroes, a hideously dangerous mission, an alien world unthinkably hostile, intrigue and infighting, clearly marked high and low roads, adventure aplenty, and high-concept, envelope-pushing filmmaking that ties the whole thing together. The Terminator films have it, Aliens has it, Avatar had it, even Titanic had it. But, it just feels like The Abyss stumbles on the last turn and hobbles to the finish line.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

On Star Trek XII, or The Khan-troversy

Hello, reader, and welcome to Phil's Film Blog, a semi-companion piece to Phil's Comic Blog, which I started about a year and a half ago. I am the titular Phil - Phil Wrede, in fact - an aficionado and completed undergraduate/aspiring graduate film student, disillusioned filmmaker, lifelong writer, and painfully slowly developing cartoonist. What you see before you, I intend to grow into a decent, readable, and entertaining collection of essays, reactions, and rants on things related to the moving image.

Let's get into it.