Cannes Do Attitude
Trifecta+ Entertainment, writer/director Scotty Milder and the rest of the team behind the multiple award-winning film “Sweetie” are hoping to hit the road, taking their New Mexico-shot short all the way to the Cannes Film Festival in France. The seven-minute thriller, about a creepy dude (Chad Brummett) with a dead body (Emily Villela) in his basement freezer, captured the top spot at the local leg of the 48 Hour Film Project and went on to nab third place in the 48 Hour Film Project’s annual Filmapalooza competition in San Jose, Calif. Now it has been selected to screen in the “Short Film Corner” at Cannes.
The Forbidden Kingdom
Half a loaf of kung fu is better than none
Hard to believe it’s taken kung fu kings Jackie Chan and Jet Li this long to join forces and make a movie. Martial arts fans have, no doubt, been itching for just this sort of matchup for years. The acrobatic artistry of Jackie Chan, the high-flying mastery of Jet Li--which will prove superior? While The Forbidden Kingdom does provide the advertised showdown, hardcore martial arts fans might have hoped for a more impressive framework for this historic head-to-head to occur in.
Documentary paints a colorful picture of urban art
Bomb It, the latest documentary from Jon Reiss (Better Living Though Circuitry, Virtues of Negative Fascination), certainly aims its lens at a colorful subject. Hip-hopping its way around the globe to report the current state of the graffiti art movement, the film captures (to bite a lyric from Grandmaster Melle Mel) “serenades of blue and red and the beauty of the rainbow fills your head.”
“Groomer Has It” on Animal Planet
Of all the post-“Queer Eye for the Straight Guy” careers, host Jai Rodriguez’ is the most in need of, well, a makeover. Jai just wrapped up his prestigious stint as host of “America’s Prom Queen.” Now he’s deeply intrenched in the intrigue and drama of “Groomer Has It,” an elimination competition aimed at finding America’s next great dog groomer.
The Week in Sloth
“Alaska Oilmen: Gamble on the Ice” (Discovery 6 p.m.) Discovery Channel continues its Alaska Week promotion with this new documentary, which only seems to reinforce the week’s contention that Alaska is the most dangerous frickin’ place on Earth to live or work.
“Lost” (ABC 9:02 p.m.) You can have your “Ugly Betty” and your “Grey’s Anatomy”--both of which return to finish out their season earlier tonight. Me, I’m only interested in what’s happening on “Lost.” We know who the Oceanic Six are. Now all we’ve got to figure out is how the heck they got off the island and why some of them want to go back.