Tuesday, August 31, 2010
Ahhh, so this is the Carlos Zambrano the Cubs signed to a $800 bazillion dollar contract. Zambrano struck out seven last night, allowed three hits, and even hit a two-run homer in the 14-2 win. Are we sure we want to trade him? After all, he's 3-0 with a 1.84 ERA since returning to the rotation. Then there was the offense, which was led by Aramis Ramirez's four RBIs (too bad this isn't May, eh Aramis?). Indeed, everyone got in on the act — only two Cubs, both pitchers, didn't get a hit.
You’ve long considered the Playboy Bunny a work of art.
So it’s nice to see that, at long last, someone finally agrees with you.
Introducing Playboy Redux, an art exhibit taking that 50-year-old Chicago-born icon into strange and interesting new directions. Artistically speaking, that is.
Now, we know what you’re thinking: why mess with perfection? Tell you the truth, we don’t know, but after seeing the results, we think you’ll be okay with it.
The show comes via the Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh and is officially sanctioned by the Playboy folks, so your cotton-tailed beauties are in safe hands. In this case, those hands actually belong to an assortment of 35 contemporary artists, each of whom has interpreted the Bunny through his or her particular lens... including at least one Polaroid lens. (Don’t worry—it’s tasteful. But not, you know, too tasteful.)
You’ll be happy to know the work is for sale, so you can finally cover that one bare wall you’ve got left in your apartment—because you’ve probably been waiting for just the right acrylic-on-watercolor paper of a flame-haired cocktail waitress depositing a key down her bosom in a work entitled Oops!
Such subject matter is too important for oil paints.
Playboy Redux, through September 12 at Rotofugi Gallery, 773-868-3308
Monday, August 30, 2010
Last Man Standing: Killbook of a Bounty Hunter
It’s the tale of Gabriel, last of a genetically engineered breed of soldiers. Framed up A-Team style and thrown in a nine-level prison, he must figure out the whos and whys before he dies.
And then there are the mutant shark people. Sexy robots. An undead cyborg Judge (see picture above). And some kind of giant bunny with a samurai sword. The real question is: how does a book like this not get buzz? Launched at Comic-Con, the Killbook quickly sold out and now even bigger things are in store. "A week or so ago," says creator Dan, "LMS was picked up by Paramount Pictures. My producer Scott Aversano and I have been working on the story, making sure we can bring something unique and deep to the movie. A lot of fans believe the story is only Gabriel going after the people who set him up. But there's a lot more to it. That's just the simple synopsis. What really happens once Gabriel goes on that journey spins the entire story upside down."
To begin with, I have not seen the original film from which this one is based on. I have heard nothing but good things about it though. So when I heard that Hollywood was remaking it with a cast that includes Chris Rock, Martin Lawrence, Tracy Morgan, Zoe Saldana, Regina Hall (whom I absolutely LOVE) and James Marsden, I had high hopes because it was also being directed by Neil LaBute ("In the Company of Men" and "Nurse Betty"). Well those hopes were dashed within the first few minutes of this movie because I thought this was a terrible waste of talent. I counted the number of times that I laughed and that number totaled 2 times! That's it! As for the story, Mr. Rock plays Aaron, the eldest son of a family whose patriarch passes away. Soon, members of the family, including his brother (Mr. Lawrence), make their way to Aaron's house for the wake. Then a mysterious stranger (Peter Dinklage) shows up and has a shocking secret about their father. The main draw for me with this movie was the cast and they are sorely let down by the whole thing. The script wasn't funny, the directing was lackluster at best and the whole thing just felt too forced. The only bright spot was Mr. Marsden (hence the 2-star rating I have given this). I'm glad I did not see this in theaters because I would've been really mad had I spent $12 on this. As it stands, I only wasted 92 minutes of my life that I will never get back.
Monday, August 16, 2010
"The Expendables" is a modern-day throwback to the action movies of the 80's and 90's. Action star Sylvester Stallone pulls triple duty as writer, director, and lead star, and does it well. Stallone plays Barney Ross, a hardened war veteran and leader of a group of mercenaries known as The Expendables, consisting of Lee Christmas (Jason Statham), the second in command and knives expert; Yin Yang (Jet Li), a martial arts expert; Toll Road (Randy Couture), the team's hand to hand combatant; Hale Caesar (Terry Crews), the team's weapons and demolitions expert; and Dolph Lundgren, a sniper that often gets in fights with Yin Yang. When a rouge CIA agent (Eric Roberts) and his bodyguard, Paine (Steve Austin), team up with South American dictator Garza (David Zayas), The Expendables go out on a mission to kill them-- in the most brutal and entertaining way possible. All the actors are good here, with Statham being the scene stealer. The script is decent, and while it isn't strong, the jokes are good and the film rarely runs dry. However, it should be noted that Jet Li, while marketed as a main star, takes more of a back seat to Stallone, Statham, and Roberts, and isn't in the movie as much as you think. Steve Austin doesn't really do anything but stand around until the end of the movie, and Gisele Itie's character is so bland that she could have been cut from the entire script without much change. Mickey Rourke pops up in a few scenes as a retired Expendable, and Bruce Willis and Arnold Schwarzenegger make small cameos in a slightly forced but cool scene, which ends with a great joke at Arnold's expense. In the end, it's a fun flick that is worth the money.
Monday, August 9, 2010
Tuesday, August 3, 2010