Time to check in with some film blogs:
  • Nistagmus, submitted to me a while back, is based in Argentina. Unfortunately for those of you who don't speak Spanish, that's the language it's in. It's a nicely-designed site, and co-administrator of the site, Martin, who submitted it to me, describes it thusly: "We just blog about the kind of movies we love, and we love "geek" films. I mean, is it a strip/cartoon/graphic novel/comic book based feature? Is an asian pop-culture weird film? It´s a 20k slacker garage film? It is a surprisingly buzzy indie horror film from middle east? We may be interested... It´s the next Brangelina of J-Lo Housewives-targeted flop? We probably don´t want to hear about it... Well I think you get the point.". I can muddle my way through just enough Spanish to figure out that if I was really fluent in Spanish, this site would be a regular read. You folks out there who do speak the language, check it out.
  • Over in England, Matt Grover runs The Matte Reviews, "Film reviews by Englishmen who watch films (if only we'd get paid for it!)." Most recently, Matt has written up reviews (from a "regular guy" viewpoint, not a film critic one) on Japanese flick Haze ("I just didn't know what was going on by the end"), Spielberg's Munich ("ok, film, long but good performances and some good sequences"), and a low-budget UK flick called Crooked Features (which he highly recommends). Nice versatility -- if you want a Brit point of view on film, this is a good site to peruse.

  • Heading way down south to Peru, cinencuentro is a blog devoted to Peruvian filmmaking, as well as some comments about films from abroad. Like Nistagmus, this site is in Spanish. I'd actually really be interested in reading about what's going on in the world of Peruvian filmmaking -- I wish these guys would translate their site for those of us who foolishly took three years of German in high school (why? because all the cute upperclassmen were in German, not Spanish, of course!) instead of Spanish, which clearly would have been much more practical.
  • Over at The Hot Button, David Poland like-likes School for Scoundrels, which he thinks may be one of the Weinstein boys' first legit hits, but is only lukewarm on Idlewild, in spite of liking quite a few things about it. I see his point on Idlewild's weaknesses, but the sheer vibrancy and creativity of the film won me over in spite of them.
  • Moovy Boovy has some interesting stuff up this weekend, including a DVD review of Neil Marshall's Dog Soldiers, a rundown on Michael Tolkin's new book, The Return of the Player (A Novel), which picks up with Griffin Mill (played by Tim Robbins in the Robert Altman adaptation of the first novel): He's 52, impotent, and allergic to Viagra, struggling to make ends meet on his $1.5 million salary. I can't wait to read this book, but the bigger question is -- will Altman film a sequel to The Player?
  • Hopping over to Holland, a brief stop at Peet Gelderblom's Lost in Negative Space turns up a nice little write-up on Brian De Palma.
  • At her Hollywood Deadline Daily blog, Nikki Finke unleashes the bitch-slap action all over Brad Grey for his weak response to Sumner Redstone's Cruise smackdown last week. When Nikki uses terms like "p*ssy-whipped" and "weak kiss-ass" to describe you, you know you're being served. My fave bit from the piece: "Note to Brad Grey: Next time you're being bitch-slapped, don't wait to give your side (as lame as it is) to the newsweeklies. That's so dial-up." Indeed. Rock on, Nikki.
  • Note to you film bloggers out there: At the moment, I am looking for more Los Angeles-based film blogs to add to my film blog list. If you are based in the LA area, submit your blog to me with the subject line "LOS ANGELES FILM BLOGS" to kim.voynar@cinematical.com . Don't try to get all clever and get my attention with some other subject line, because I will be sorting these emails into a super-special LA Film Blog folder, and you'll get passed over if I miss yours because of the subject line. And that would just be sad. If you've previously submitted your blog, and you're in LA, feel free to call my attention to your LA-locale by resubmitting. Thanks, film bloggers!