Film: More Tropic Thunder


I really feel like a tool when I blog here and undermine what was written in the print copy of CM Life, but I want to clear something up.  In the Monday issue of the paper, there was a refer on the left of the front page to my last blog entry, suggesting that Robert Downey Jr. ACTUALLY underwent plastic surgery for his part in the upcoming Ben Stiller comedy “Tropic Thunder.”  I mean, with as many chemicals and needles as Downey has inserted into himself in his life, it wouldn’t so that shocking, but it’s just make-up.  His CHARACTER in the film undergoes surgery to play a black man in the movie-within-the-movie that the characters are filming.  Robert Downey Jr. was actually just wearing some very convincing prosthetics and make-up, and potentially the same wig that Sam Jackson wore in Pulp Fiction.

On that note, the first theatrical trailer for the movie has been released, and I STILL find myself excited for a Ben Stiller movie for the first time since middle school.  This doesn’t look to be so much a spoof of war films like “Rambo” and “Platoon” as it is a send-up of their  conventions a cliches, like Edgar Wright did with “Shawn of the Dead” and “Hot Fuzz” for zombie films and buddy-cop movies, respectively.  If they do this right, it will hold a measure of goofiness, but remain an intelligent, eye-winking, character-heavy deconstruction like Wright’s movies.

But with no more ado, here’s the trailer link.

Tropic Thunder at Yahoo! Movies

A few other pieces of news courtesy of Ain’t It Cool News:

–Producer Joel Silver has said in an interview that following their work on “Speed Racer,” he and The Wachowski Brothers will produce a “full on martial arts” revenge movie, called “Ninja Assassin.”  Collin Chou, who played Seraph  in the latter two “Matrix” films will star, along with Korean recording star Rain, who has a part in “Speed Racer.”  There will be two other principle stars of the film, who have yet to be announced.  The whole fad of Hollywood-produced martial arts films that was spurred by “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon” and the Wachowski’s “Matrix” has cooled off in recent years, so it would be cool to see some straight-up, Shaw Brothers-style Kung Fu insanity.

It’d also be nice, because I have a feeling that Jet Li and Jackie Chan’s “Forbidden Kingdom,” is going to be more of a Disneyfied “Gee-whiz, isn’t this fun?” movie than a great martial arts movie.  It is, for all intents and purposes, an adaptation of “The Journey West,” an ages-old Chinese folktale which has been the basis for innumerable Asian movies and cartoons, maybe most notably the three anime series of the “Dragonball” franchise and the upcoming live-action movie.  As much as I’ve longed to see Chan and Li work together, it’s not under these conditions.

–On a far more somber note, Anthony Minghella, the director of “The English Patient,” “Cold Mountain,” and “The Talented Mr. Ripley,” died today at the age of 54.  Cause of death has not yet been announced, and he is survived by his wife and two children, Max and Hannah Minghella.

This is a tragic loss of a talented filmmaker.  He was in the process of filming a section for “New York, I Love You,” the American companion to “Paris, Je t’aime.”  Thoughts and prayers are with his family.

–I will probably be posting a review of “Horton Hears a Who” later on today or tomorrow.  The abridged version would be “It’s good.”  Here are the links to a few of my more recent reviews of

 Doomsday: 1 star out of 5

Vantage Point: 3 stars out of 5

Definitely, Maybe: 4 stars out of 5

 Over Her Dead Body: 2 stars out of 5

Also coming up the drainpipe are DVD reviews for “No Country for Old Men” and “Eastern Promises,” and a few of my picks for must-own DVDs.

Until next time, “Keep watching the skies!”

Brad Canze, the CM Life Movie Dude 


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