• pulse2.jpgA new twist on the Pulse controversy reported earlier today: GreenCine's David Hudson says there's a lot rotten there, and it goes beyond what the remake may or may not be stealing from the original. As he stops just short of calling me out for not disclosing, the tip came from a publicist associated with the re-release of the original – who, incidentally, send in gobs of tips and materials that we never use. "Reps for one film are now going to try to rally us against another. Once a disparaging rumor about any particular film gets rolling, it's going to be very, very hard to stop, even if that rumor turns out not to be true. We're going to have to be more vigilant about considering our sources." Follow a little bit more in the comments from David and myself (I apologize for hitting send on a comment so badly in need of proofreading; I'm used to the editability I enjoy when commenting here).
  • Walter Chaw says Munich has pretty big shoes to fill - it has to knock Fassbinder's Ali: Fear Eats the Soul out of his memory as the ultimate illustration of an idea and an era. "The film was made two years after the murder of the Israeli athletes in Munich when Arab/German tensions were at their height in the Berlin of the picture. Until I see Spielberg’s film, it is in my mind the definitive picture about that awful moment in time – and, it goes without saying, that watching it now as an American in the middle of chapter 2 of Bush 2, the echoes are deep and our fresher scars are still sensitive to the touch.
  • The Cinetrix kindly asks us to recall the days when Steve Martin "was still with CindyOffice KillerSherman, rather than romancing and exploiting anemic retail workers on page and screen to the vicarious delight of certain nebbishy film critics? ... just imagine a hybrid of Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid and "Untitled Film Stills" for a minute."