Elsewhere, 6/25

Kottke reviews Pixar’s Ratatouille, and makes some comments about animated movies in general: “[T]he live action movies have become the cartoons. Not all of them, but certainly many Hollywood movies have. Spidey 3, Transformers (I’m guessing), Die Hard 4 (guessing again), anything Eddie Murphy has made since the mid-80s, Wild Hogs, Blades of Glory, RV, etc. etc. I could go on and on. So what are we to make of a cartoon that seems more real than most live action movies? How about we stop thinking of them as cartoons or kids movies or animated films and start considering them as just plain movies?” I couldn’t agree more, and I can’t wait to see Ratatouille.

The AV Club has compiled their “First Annual Absolute Best Issue”. You can’t go wrong with a list that includes such categories as “Best Unintentionally Hilarious Anti-PCP Blaxploitation Musical Starring A Camp Icon”, “Best Movie About The Turbulent Lives Of American Stewardesses”, and “Best Trailer Song To Use For A Movie About Ordinary People Whose Lives Are About To Get Interesting.”

Interpol’s new album, Our Love to Admire, comes out July 10, but Rolling Stone has a track-by-track preview: “Basically, it sounds like Interpol were let loose in Arcade Fire’s church/studio; the band uses everything from strings to a chorus to handclaps in a daring attempt to trick out their moody post-punk sound.”

Sigh… they’re planning to do a sequel to The Host. I don’t know why they can’t leave well enough alone. The original — my review — is perfect as it stands.

I promise I’ll be a good boy, just please give me the “Blade Runner Ultimate Collection” for Christmas (or earlier). Via


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