Elsewhere, 3/6

Appleseed Ex Machina
Appleseed: Ex Machina

J. Lincoln Hurst on Michel Gondry’s Be Kind Rewind: “…with Be Kind Rewind, he’s found the perfect conduit for his particular brand of homespun magic — a movie that revels in hands-on craftsmanship and the unifying, communal aspects of cinema.”

Slant on Jason Statham’s upcoming heist film, The Bank Job: “Regardless of his limited acting range and penchant for choosing the goofiest projects available, Jason Statham is pretty awesome, and The Bank Job marks his finest work in years, mostly thanks to the absence of a gimmick to help prop up his performance.” Read some more reviews at GreenCine or watch the trailer.

IGN reviews Appleseed: Ex Machina: “[Shinji] Aramaki-san and the producers of Appleseed and Appleseed: Ex Machina have certainly outdone themselves with this sequel.” You can read my review of the previous Appleseed movie here.

Microsoft has released a beta version of Internet Explorer 8 — click here to start downloading. The big news this time around is that IE8 finally complies with web standards, and it does so by default (none of this meta tag madness that was proposed a few weeks ago).

In other browser-related news, the “Acid3” standards compliance test has been released. Not surprisingly, no browser gets a passing score. However, as Dave Hyatt points out at Surfin’ Safari, it’s not that bad. That, and the latest builds of Safari 3 are faring pretty well with the test.

Somehow, I totally missed that David Gordon Green (George Washington, All The Real Girls, Undertow) directed Pineapple Express, the upcoming stoner comedy starring Seth Rogen and James Franco. Suddenly, it’s become something of a must-see for me.

Michael Leary on Southland Tales: “If this film were a book it would have become a classic, a Snow Crash, Vurt, or Neuromancer sort of classic.” Man, I have got to see this: to the Netflix queue it goes!

The Autumns’ new CD, Fake Noise From A Box Of Toys (listen to some songs on MySpace), is now available for ordering from Bella Union.

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