Uwe Boll has come to Kickstarter. - Can't Stop the Movies
Can't Stop the Movies

Uwe Boll has come to Kickstarter.

9-19-2013AndrewCommentaryBannerShortUwe Boll has given me the gift of laughter over the years thanks to his amazingly incompetent films.  But even he couldn't stay hilariously terrible forever, and his last few films have shown that, with practice, even the worst director can rise to barely functioning levels.

Now he's back with a plan to get the internet to fund Postal 2.  The first film featured a full-frontal scene from Dave Foley and the sight of G.W. Bush and Osama bin Laden skipping playfully down a field.  I admit, I laughed a lot more than I expected to with Postal.  It seemed like everyone reached into a dark place and used that nihilism to fuel the comedy.  Check out the Kickstarter and, if you have $10,000 just lying around, secure an Executive Producer credit while you're at it.

In news I'm happy about, Thomas McCarthy is trying to get Adam Sandler for his next film, The Cobbler.  McCarthy's career as a director has completely eclipsed his already substantial ability as a performer, with The Station Agent and Win Win topping my best of lists for their respective years and with The Visitor he made the best statement about post-9/11 America that anyone possibly could (that last shot puts me into tears every time).  Sandler has also shown dramatic chops before, as he gave one of the few perfect performances I've seen in Punch-Drunk Love.  I'm very excited at this pairing, because McCarthy can draw the best performances out of people who are already excellent, and Sandler has shown the potential for depths very few have bothered to plumb.  I'll be keeping a close eye on this one.

Director John Singleton (Boyz n the Hood, Four Brothers) also wrote up some thoughts about the wave of black filmmakers that have movies coming out this year.  Take a moment to read it if you haven't stumbled on it already, it's a great read.  It touches on something that I've noticed this year and am very happy about, that these films aren't sidestepping any of the tough questions about our history and are being applauded for it.  Both Fruitvale Station and The Butler are two of the best films I've seen this year and with 12 Years A Slave just around the corner I could be adding another one to that list.

But I also liked looking at the differences.  He spoke respectfully about 42, the Jackie Robinson biopic that I did not feel as warmly toward, and I wonder if that film is part of the problem that he mentioned where it's ok for the films to deal with black problems, the film itself just can't be too black.  With the success that these films have had so far I hope that is a trend that we will see reversing in the coming years, producing more Pariahs and less The Blind Sides.

Tomorrow Kyle and I will be back to Tarkovsky to look at his semi-autobiographical film The Mirror.

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