103 comments posted · 34 followers · following 3
Just dug out my kill bill DVDs to grab a Carradine-only screencap.
2) I don't remember getting terribly "worked up over" the film, nor did I say it was "racist." I understand what the point of the film is, but my point was that a lot of its humor derives from outright mockery of another culture (or at least rendering them as outrageously quirky or bizarre). If you want to discuss "Lost in Translation" further, feel free to e-mail me (as this comment thread is for the above story). But your points about "Up" are well-taken.
But why haven't you subscribed to the podcast yet??? Use the following link with whatever program you want (non-iTunes) and this will never happen again!
I saw this film 3-4 weeks ago before I had ever met or spoken to Rian Johnson in person or on the phone, and it was at that point that most of this review (including the final score) was written. It hasn't been published until now because it was under embargo from the studios.
Subsequently, Rian Johnson has given /Film an interview, which he's done for countless other sites and publications, many of which have also gone on to review his film. Additionally, he guested on our podcast on Monday night, and hung around afterwards to answer questions from listeners. I do not believe these appearances constitute a special relationship requiring disclosure.
If something smells like impropriety, it's probably because of my enthusiasm: I love his new film and think everyone should go see it, which was true even before I met him and not because of some sort of "established relationship."
In the end, we have to support filmmakers we believe in, whether or not they are accessible. If "Bloom" was a piece of crap, I would've said so. But it's not. It's awesome.