Altered States

The Hottest State
Even Cowboy Fans Sing The Blues

Being a man always seems to be much easier than being a woman. I can’t say for sure, since I’ve never been a woman, but not having to bare children and the freedom to pee anywhere kinda closes the case on that one. Yet when a woman enters a man’s life, being a man aint so easy anymore. Just ask William Harding (the always eggsalad Mark Webber, basically playing a younger Ethan Hawke… in Ethan Hawke’s film… in which Ethan plays his father), The Hottest State‘s young NYC-by-way-of-Texas actor, who falls head over heels, and then some, in love with sultry musician Sarah (one of gawd’s greatest creations: Catalina Sandino Moreno, who gets NSFW in da film). Once she crosses his path, he’s unable to shake her loose, mind, body and soul. And that’s too bad for him, cause after whirlwind start between the two, Sarah throws up a stop sign, while William presses on full speed ahead. Any man watching this will squirm, as they’ve probably walked the same mile that William had in their own shoes. And like most men, this work of fiction will confirm your feelings that it’s impossible to understand the actions and emotions of women… unless of course you’re Mel Gibson

Adept Adaptations: Ethan aint the only writer to adapt and direct his own book into a movie. Some of the butter know ones are Tom Stoppard’s Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead, Dalton Trumbo’s Johnny Got His Gun, Frank Miller’s (as co-Director) Sin City, Stephen King’s Maximum Overdrive, William Peter Blatty’s Exorcist III, Clive Barker’s Hellraiser, Nightbreed AND Lord of Illusions, Rebecca Miller’s Personal Velocity, Norman Mailer’s Tough Guys Don’t Dance and Michael Crichton’s The First Great Train Robbery

If These Walls Could Talk: if I died today, I’d die happy, knowing that my name is in the end credits of a movie. That movie be Ethan’s directorial debut, Chelsea Walls, also co-starring Mark Webber

Photochopping: one of our flavs from the past is Maria Full of Grace Jones

John Grisham’s Jizzum (aka Verdict): Jeepers Worth A Peepers

Right At Your Door

Viruses and diseases plaguing mankind always make for fine entertainment. I mean, would ABC even bother airing The Ten Commandments year after year if Moses and his boy, the Lord, decided not to unleash dem 10 plagues (in Peeps form here) upon Egypt? Methinks snot. To this day, I still can’t shake the imagery that biohazardous flicks like Twelve Monkeys, 28 Days Later… or even the les ghetto Omega Man have thrown into my little head. But paranoia pics don’t have to come only in a large Hollywood size, and that’s what the little Right At Your Door picture proves. Rory Cochrane (the dude who plays confused and dazed like no other) stars as an out of work husband, who happens to be at home when sum mad bad shiz goes down in LA. While his wife(Mary McCormack, who almos was NSFW, whom I often confuse with Mary Louise Parker, who has been NSFW)’s whereabouts are unknown to him and to us viewers, he scrambles to survive, by trapping himself inside their house. While the city falls apart, we don’t really get to see it cause we’re stuck in that house with Rory. As the story unfolds, the paranoia not only falls on his shoulders, but on ours as well. Who sez you need a huge budget to have the bejesus scared outta you? I dunno, but please don’t ask Mr Epic, Cecil B Demille. And you can’t anywyz, cause he’s dead! Who knows, maybe Moses and his boy, the Lord, plagued him to death!

ArtTeaseT: this may be Chris Gorak‘s first foray as a writer/director, but the boy’s been around, as the Art Director for such lush films as Fight Club, The Man Who Wasn’t There and Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

Brotherly Love: Mary McCormack’s real brother Will plays Mary’s reel brother ‘Jason’ in the film. Don’t waste your time looking for him, as you’ll only hear his voice on the other end of a phone conversation

John Grisham’s Jizzum (aka Verdict): Jeepers Worth A Peepers

September Dawn
Big Hate
Trailer & Mo

Ever see those commercials for dem TNT westerns starring Tom Selleck or Tom Skerritt and immediately want to fall into a Rip Van Winkle sleep coma? That’s the look and feel that’s going on here in September Dawn, but no comas will be had while watching the lil love story that blossoms around the true events of the Mountain Meadows Massacre, where some crazy Uta
h Mormons went crazy. Believe me, this had snoozer and loser written all over it, but somehow, Dean Cain and Angelina Jolie’s dads, Uncle Rico, Oliver from The OC, that dude who looked like Mandy Moore in that Mandy Moore movie and General Zod turn this overly melodramatic film into something that may actually be worth watching… if it aired on TNT!

Temple-Tation: the coolest LDS temple mt EVERest? No doubt, tis be the Washington, DC one. Peep out the ultra-fly Google Map overhead shot of it!

Pindemonium: Olympic pins are a big deal… well, at least for people who attend the games. That’s why when I hit up Utah’s Winter ones back in the ’02, I juss had to have the Mmm… Bologna one

John Grisham’s Jizzum (aka Verdict): barely, but still Jeepers Worth A Peepers

all three films open in limited theaters tomorrow
and elsewhere elsewhen

until next thyme the balcony is clothed…

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