My movie obsession isn’t just Roku-related, though I am already addicted to that magic box. Last night I enjoyed Steve Coogan’s Lies and Alibis. But I do like to keep current. The Coen Brothers are remaking True Grit. And The Astronomer’s Dream looks downright dreamy (I may also have a little crush on Malcolm Sutherland’s clever domain name). Another movie? The trailer for Strictly Background, a documentary about movie set extras, is absolutely charming (via drvono). But I have reservations about this next one from the makers of Ong Bak and Tom yum goong, Chocolate (the Fighter): “An autistic woman with amazing martial arts skills looks to settle old scores with a gang.”
During the preview we see interstitials, popping up between the action scenes, declaring:
A Special Needs Girl
With A Special Need
To Kick Some Ass!
I chuckled, then immediately felt guilty about it. As the mother of an autistic child I’d like to find this film to be empowering but it seems straight up exploitative, really. At least the protagonist is way cooler than Rain Man. Sigh.
Speaking of my dear child, the boy has been refusing all my efforts - at convincing him to have his hair cut. He won’t even submit to a teeny little trim of his massive mop top. When he was taking a bath the other night he was amusing himself, by pulling his hair into a Misfits-style devil lock. I have to admit, it was pretty darned adorable.
Bonus: Already pondering the weekend roundup. Last weekend was frustratingly lackluster so I may have to spring for a sitter at some point. Friday night Uptown Tattoo is having an art show at Gallery 122. And Saturday night it’s the “Almost Homeless” art opening featuring the work of Isaac Arvold, Eric Inkala, John Grider and Keiko Yagishita. And both nights the Triple Rock is hosting shows I’d like to hit up. Dilemma.
Plus: Scott Wade’s Dirty Car Art Gallery and the daily Doodlebird.
And: Mythical Creatures stamps by Dave McKean and a selection of Fata Morgana images (via the always informative Neil Gaiman).