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Archive for January 14th, 2011


Trailer Watch: Cave of Forgotten Dreams

I’ve always had a fascination with the beginnings of things: the origins of the universe, the origins of humans, the origins of art… So cave paintings have always been really fascinating to me. And so the upcoming 3D documentary about the Chauvet Cave in southern France certainly grabbed my attention. Cave of Forgotten Dreams, brings the audience along with Werner Herzog (Aguirre, the Wrath of God; Grizzly Man) as the filmmaker and a two-man crew explore the cave, intercut with interviews with scientists and historians.

The use of 3D is genius, because in these paintings, the artists would often incorporate the form of the walls into their paintings — a bulge in the rock could turn into part of a rhinoceros, for instance. That extra dimension is lost in photographs of the paintings, so 3D is the closest thing to actually seeing them in person.

The film premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival last September and is set for release this spring. Time will tell, but I don’t expect it to be widely distributed; the number of art-house theaters with 3D projectors can’t be that great. (via The Playlist)

Interview with me on the Greg & Dan Show

So yeah. I was interviewed by Greg Batton and Dan DiOrio for The Greg & Dan Show on WMDB 1470 AM this morning. Here is the audio from it! I haven’t listened to it yet, but hopefully I didn’t sound like too big of an idiot:

Interview with Gordon McAlpin on the Greg & Dan Show

Trailer Watch: Ip Man 2: Legend of the Grandmaster

The first Ip Man (2008) was pretty freakin’ sweet — corny, but chock full of terrific fights by one of my favorite martial arts action stars, Donnie Yen (Hero, Iron Monkey). The film was a “semi-biographical” tale of Ip Man (also spelled Yip Man), a martial arts master who is perhaps best known for mentoring Bruce Lee, and it covered his life through 1949, when Master Ip moved to Hong Kong. I don’t know how fictionalized the first film was (quite a bit, I expect), but it’s a fun story, and the action is well worth it.

The sequel, Ip Man 2: Legend of the Grandmaster, picks up shortly after the first film ends and only covers the next few years, so there’s plenty of ground to cover in the series, should they decide to make more. I only caught the first film recently, so I’m pretty excited to be able to (maybe) see its 2010 sequel here in the States later this month, in limited release. You can check out the first one on video now. (It’s even on Amazon On Demand, if you don’t mind watching dubbed flicks.) One fight about half-way through is so brutal and awesome that it’s worth watching the movie for. You can see that fight on YouTube here, but since I thought it was the best fight of the movie, if you have any inclination to see the full movie, I’d recommend waiting to see it in context.

Another film out soon — Wong Kar-Wai’s The Grandmasters (starring Tony Leung Chiu-Wai and Ziyi Zhang) — is also about the life of Master Ip, and it boasts action choreography by Yuen Woo-Ping (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon; Iron Monkey; and a million others). There’s a teaser, but it’s pretty much all in Chinese and there’s no footage, so… y’know, whatever. We’ll have to wait and see how that goes. It’s supposedly out in February in China, though, and with the talent associated with it, it will almost definitely find its way to American theaters.