Monday, March 17, 2008

Arrested Development state

"W. H. Auden, a poet with an artistic sensibility strikingly similar to De Vries’, has commented, "What no critic seems to see in my work are its comic undertones. Only through comedy can one be serious"; and De Vries himself has talked at length about the twin problems of "serious" and "comic".

Anyway, it’s false to life to separate elements from counterparts with which they are inseparably mingled in reality. You can’t be talking about the serious and comic separately and still be talking about life, any more than you can independently discuss hydrogen and oxygen and still be dealing with water.

Robert Frost understood (and exemplified) this principle beautifully, I think. He says somewhere ... something about how if we want to be charming or bearable the way is almost rigidly prescribed: if it is with outer seriousness it must be with inner humor; if it is with outer humor it must be with inner seriousness.

There are writers—and you can have them—who think that all you have to do to write a serious book is to lack humor. They are sorely mistaken—as mistaken as those benighted cut-ups who think that all you need to write nonsense is to lack sense.

[...] Wanderhope speaks harshly; perhaps it is utterances like the following that prompt Mr. Fuller’s "shallow and sentimental" judgment:

How I hate this world. I would like to tear it apart with my own two hands if I could. I would like to dismantle the universe star by star, like a treeful of rotten fruit. . . . Man is inconsolable, thanks to that eternal "Why?" when there is no Why, that question mark twisted like a fish hook in the human heart. "Let there be light", we cry, and only the dawn breaks.

[...] From the beginning Joe is, as he puts it, one of God’s clowns (p. 15). He is special. His witty "irreverence" disguises the fact to most of his friends that he is as taken aback by the world as Don Wanderhope when he wonders how slapstick tragedy can get. Joe, however, has more intelligence than the early Wanderhope, and more honesty, too; he is not content to reply on a sophomorically stoic philosophy. Instead, he adopts a pose which he feels suits better—that of the slapstick clown. Like earlier De Vriesian characters, he puns; but unlike his predecessors, Joe puns with an urgency. The world refuses to make sense, so he laughs at it—and at himself".

"Arrested Development was so dizzyingly absurd, jaundiced, silly, multilayered, and brilliant that it seemed less a sitcom and more the answer to a secret prayer for real entertainment we’d been unconsciously uttering for years. Guess now we’ll file it away in the same rarefied circle with Nirvana, Calvin and Hobbes, and Fruit Brute cereal—stuff we knew was good when it was around, but just how good only once it was gone". -Violet Glaze-


"Americans don’t want to be tricked by their art. We shuffle uncomfortably past Soup Cans in museums (and flip over Arrested Development) because we’re not sure if it’s a trick or genuine art. Is it a documentary? reality tv? comedy? When do you laugh? Is incest funny? Do housekeepers live in buses? Why is there a little bit of me in every disturbing character?"


"Lindsay and her husband, Tobias. You know, deep down, they-they both love each other very, very much".

"You know, your average American male is in a perpetual state of adolescence, you know, arrested development".

"I have Pop-Pop in the attic".
-George Michael: You know, I can see why your mom likes it.
It is a really nice tree...
-Maeby: We've got to get it torn down.
-George Michael: ...that must die. Stupid tree.

Read five possible plotlines for the next "Arrested Development" film coming in 2009 from

In the duet show with his perfectly paired talented friend Clark Duke -partner in crime and sibarite-looking colleague at once- Clark and, Michael Cera has continued to offer us generous doses of ad-lib jokes, dead-pan type humor, dry comedic spoofs and substantial sketches marked by constant acid-tongued occurrences, irreverent send-ups and improvised songs which pile up as hodge-podge memoirs from a stand-up discourse we collect all through this sui géneris journey.


Sunday, March 16, 2008

Sparklehorse's Sad & beautiful world

New Affiliate: Martha MacIsaac Files

We have a new affiliate with Martha, devoted to the actress of "Superbad" Martha MacIsaac, the flirty Evan's dream girl Becca. She appears in this video featuring some scenes of Michael Cera:

At The Farmer's Market, Pacific Palisades

On 12th March -
At The Farmer's Market in Pacific Palisades.
"Gyllenhaal and Reese Witherspoon looked super cute and cuddly as they enjoyed a morning of shopping at the Farmer’s Market in the Pacific Palisades sans kids. I think these two make a great couple, both are low key and down to earth".
Source: I'm not obsessed
It's like people cannot refrain themselves of comments calling them gay and heartless ho,
can they?

Friday, March 14, 2008

"Superbad" Video

Arteta and Holden Caulfield

"Slowly she develops a friendship with a quiet, sad-eyed cashier at work, played wonderfully by Jake Gyllenhaal. He calls himself Holden, after his hero, Holden Caulfield, from J. D. Salinger's The Catcher in the Rye. Holden dreams of emulating Salinger by making his fame as a writer and then escaping to the life of a recluse". Source:

"It has taken over two years, but the big-screen adaptation of Youth in Revolt is finally gearing up. Previously, our esteemed Erik Davis raved about the book when Dimension Films bought the rights, and then when Michael Cera signed on to star. Now The Hollywood Reporter says that Miguel Arteta is this close to jumping back into the movies and helming the flick. Should the final negotiations wrap up nicely, this will be the director's first film since The Good Girl five years ago. Meanwhile, Cera will be playing the title character, Nick Twisp -- "a smart, sexually obsessed teen living in a world of moronic adults." A little more specifically, as Erik described last year: "we follow Nick through what he writes in his own personal journals, and join him in his neverending quest to win the love of 'Sheeni' Saunders." Source:
"Nick Twisp himself is, without a doubt, this generation’s Holden Caulfield, with a much more resounding voice for adolescents wrapped in the sex-driven and oppressive society around them.

With screenplay written by Gustin Nash, Youth In Revolt will be directed by Miguel Arteta (The Good Girl, Six Feet Under), and is set to hit theaters by early 2009". Source:

Monday, March 10, 2008

Penelope's interview and clips

"Penelope Wilhern (Christina Ricci, “Sleepy Hollow”), born to wealthy socialites (Catherine O’Hara, “Home Alone” and Robert E. Grant, “Gosford Park”), is afflicted by the Wilhern spell that can only be broken when she finds love. Hidden away in her family’s estate, the lonely girl meets a string of suitors in her parent’s futile attempt to break the curse. Each eligible bachelor is enamored with Penelope and her sizable dowry …until her curse is revealed.

Lemon (Peter Dinklage, “The Station Agent”), a mischievous and eager tabloid reporter wants a photograph of the mysterious Penelope and hires Max (James McAvoy, “Atonement”) to pose as a prospective suitor to get the shot. The handsome down-on-his luck gambler finds himself falling for Penelope, but not wanting to disappoint her or to expose his surreptitious ways, he decides to disappear. Fed up by his latest betrayal and determined to live life on her own terms, Penelope breaks free from her family and ventures into the world alone. She finds adventure and Annie, her first friend (Reese Witherspoon, “Legally Blonde”) and becomes the person she was meant to be. MoviesOnline: What do you guys have in common as actresses and how do you differ?

Reese Witherspoon: Losing a lot of parts to other actresses [laughs] and being really grumpy, and miserable about it. No, I think we have a similar sensibility. She is younger than I am. In ‘The Opposite of Sex’ she’s got this great force of nature about her. You do want to wrap your arms around her and love her, that’s why I’m so excited about this film. I do think it’s an opportunity for audiences to really embrace her. She’s great and she’s got great taste too.

MoviesOnline: What about James McAvoy?

Reese Witherspoon: James, we were just lucky to get James. The casting director suggested him and at the time I didn’t know who he was. Christina had seen some of his work and she was a big champion of his. So was Jennifer Simpson, my producing partner. I watched some of his stuff and thought he was great. Of course he has become this big movie star now. I tease him and say ‘I got you when you were cheap.’ [Laughs] That’s not going to happen again, I’ll never get him again. He’s so great and I’m so happy for him to be having all this success. He’s really versatile. You can believe him as a doctor, but also as a super spy. He’s just wonderful.

MoviesOnline: What is the best career advice you have ever received and who gave it to you?

Reese Witherspoon: The best career advice was ‘never miss an opportunity to just be quiet.’ That is always a good piece of advice, just in life. It was actually put ‘Never miss an opportunity to just shut up.’ That was from my granddad. Also, the interesting thing about our business is it’s so ever evolving. Somebody said to me ‘Always be nice to everybody, particularly the people that answer the phones, because they are going to be your boss in four years.’ It’s true, it happens all the time.MoviesOnline: What do you hope that teen girls especially who are having a really tough time with image will take away from this movie?

Reese Witherspoon: I guess that there are all sorts of different definitions of beauty. Beyond the physical aspects of beauty, it’s about finding what makes you unique, what can be really defining in your life, and that it’s important to really know yourself".

Watch Penelope's trailer
and three clips from Penelope

Saturday, March 08, 2008

Coolness factor

"Donnie Darko" (2001)/Jake Gyllenhaal
"Jake Gyllenhaal is a revelation in the title role. He manages to make Donnie this amazing amalgam of cool, ennui, geekiness and scariness that’s unexpected, but works to a tee. Jena Malone as Gretchen, the one person who really understands Donnie, is in a sense his female doppelganger, but without his more extreme traits". Source:"Brick" (2005) /Joseph Gordon Levitt
"Brendan's is a cynical universe, in which everyone protects their own, but also one in which people are concerned with more than who's dating who and who's on "American Idol." Everyone is cool, and no one is cool. It's the vision of what every high school student wishes to be".
Source:"Superbad" (2007)/Michael Cera
"I think it's great how Evan is portrayed as the good guy and remains the good guy. He tries to be cool but it doesn't suit him. He doesn't even look cool when he acts cool. It's the awkwardness he goes through that wins the audiences attention because they all can relate to him". Source:"Almost Famous" (2000) /Patrick Fugit
"They make you feel cool. And hey. I met you. You are not cool".
-Lester Bangs.
"I know. Even when I thought I was, I knew I wasn't".

-William Miller.

Friday, March 07, 2008

Playfulness loving scenes

Jake Gyllenhaal and Anne Hathaway as Jack Twist and Lureen in "Brokeback Mountain" (2005):"If love is a train, I think I'll ride me a slow one. I want to ride right through the night making every stop." -Singer-songwriter Michelle Shocked.

Joseph Gordon Levitt and Nora Zehetner as Brendan and Laura in "Brick" (2005):

"When we start out on the loving and sexual trail, it is so full of emotion that it is almost impossible to contain the feelings of lust, the smile that dances at the corners of the lips, the heart bursting with anticipation every time the phone rings. We ride the waves of ‘being in love’ for all it’s worth. Surfing the white frothy sea of heightened emotions, wiping our salty, sweaty palms, the noise of our pumping heart so loud we are sure everyone can hear it. We know we are alive.

Soaring above day to day challenges flying through minor problems that present themselves, we are totally enveloped in the physical sensation of being in love".

Michael Cera and Martha MacIsaac as Evan and Becca in "Superbad" (2007):
"Moreover, Gergen found that playful aggression was positively associated with alcohol use and going steady in young people.

Baxter (1992) found intimate play in both same-sex and other-sex relations in college students. [...] She also found that playfulness in general positively correlated with relationship closeness". Source:

Joseph Gordon Levitt and Isla Fisher as Chris and Luvlee in "The Lookout" (2007):

"[...] she's a safe cracker
She kissed me first and then broke in

We slip and slide on the stay-together landmine
I make my mind up to never be myself
And every time I make a rhyme
I live my life for someone else

She's in the kitchen with bitter diamond drunks
(She's in the way)
I'm on the sofa (I'm in the way)
Hoping she leaves that punk cause

I'm the boy with the poetry power
I'm the boy, smells like flowers
And every time I make a rhyme
I live my life like I wasn't invited [...]"

Candyfloss ("Summerteeth" -Wilco)

Thursday, March 06, 2008

Kirsten in Utah

"Actress Kirsten Dunst has found love in rehab, according to InTouch magazine.

The 25-year-old Spider-Man star reportedly met the mystery man at the Cirque Lodge rehabilitation centre in Sundance, Utah.
Kirsten & her rehab friend at Utah's supermarket, Feb. 2008.

An insider told the magazine: "The staff has asked the two to separate more than enough. She sits on his lap while smoking cigarettes."

Dunst's new boyfriend has asked his mum to send flowers to Kirsten at the clinic on his behalf.

Dunst was reportedly prompted to go into rehab after the death of Heath Ledger.

Eva Mendes and Lindsay Lohan have also undergone treatment programmes at the Utah clinic".


Wednesday, March 05, 2008

Rising Reese

"Penelope"´s photoshoop.
I like flowery dresses and shirts on Reese.
Jake and Reese, both wearing their shades again.

Juno "Anyone else" Video

"Anyone else but you" had always been a personal favourite from Kimya Dawson's band The Moldy Peaches, and I like how actors Ellen Page and Michael Cera played it in the acoustic final scene in "Juno", one of the best covers I've heard.

Tuesday, March 04, 2008

Wired for sadness

"It's the prefrontal cortex that brings those emotions into play and guides us in our behavior. If we didn't have a sense of what would be wonderful or awful in the future, we would behave very haphazardly." -Ned Kalin, director of the University of Wisconsin's Health-Emotions Research Institute in Madison."Emotion is the glue that holds a personality together".

Sunday, March 02, 2008