Hypey Goes Down

July 11, birthday to beautiful women, and coincidentally International Say It Don't Spray It Day. (You need to go visit for no other reason than to see the example Koz came up with.)

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COMMERCIAL #1
I talked last month about Five Kingdoms, but I don't think I explained very well what it was. Basically I want to get people together who want to tell stories. We're going to create a world with a simple geography that we all can use to tell different stories. The environment is set up for people who aren't great writers yet, but want to get better. We'll help each other out, and who knows? Maybe we'll create something really profound. If you have stories inside you but you don't know how to get them out, why don't you check Five Kingdoms out? It just might be for you.

COMMERCIAL #2/WARNING
I asked for people to let me know if they were Evil Kitties of the Realm, or S.K.I.T.T.L.E.s (Sexy Kitten International Termination Team, Lesbianism Encouraged). So far I've received some interesting emails from people claiming they were Kittens. I'm almost certain most of them are lying, but they are fun to read. The problem is that I lost my records, and I can't go asking who I think might be an Evil Kitty--what if if they aren't? How socially awkward that might be. (Hyperion has eaten enough Frisbees this month.) Anyway, if you were an actual Kitty, send me your site and code name. (Although, if I get any as funny as what I received today, I may make them Kitties anyway.)

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FLASHBACK

Last year on July 11 Hyperion decided to Rank the Best and Worst TV Moms.

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SIMMERING VOLCANO

Those of you who have been with me back in the days when this column was sent out via Email know that Hyperion-X was sailing along until one day it just stopped dead for over a year. I've never been able to tell the story of what happened, but circumstances have changed enough that with a lot of Pronouns I can now explain. I'm writing that column up.

In the meantime, you might want to take a look a the Hyperion-X that did me in. The Normal Hyperion-X warnings apply (although by this time, do any of you even need them?) Hyperion X 969: T&A Q&A

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I've been trying to write a small indie-style movie script, so for the rest of the week those are going to be my reviews. Call it my line in the sand against Summer Blockbusters. (Not that I am agasint a blockbuster per se, but I think smaller movies often get lost in the shuffle.) Since today is running long we'll start with a short review of a great flick, from 2002.

IGBY GOES DOWN

I have a fascination with rich white kids from privileged backgrounds. The fascination comes from the fact that I don’t understand them, how they think, operate, or manage to have the gall to go through life as if they are entitled to everything.

But that doesn’t mean you can’t make good movies about them. I enjoyed THE RULES OF ATTRACTION for its unsparing look at how pathetic this world really is. From the same vein but a different take we get IGBY GOES DOWN.

Kieran Culkin plays the title character. Yes, he’s Macaulay’s brother, and no he’s not a clone. The dude is amazing, giving us an adult performance of a kid expected to live as an adult in a world of permanent adolescence. Jeff Goldbloom, Claire Danes, Ryan Phillipe and an award-worthy Susan Sarandon round out the stellar cast. (Even Amanda Peet doesn’t embarrass herself, and that’s saying something.)

IGBY goes down isn’t a feel good movie. It’s darkly cynical, and at times you despair whether there is anyone to root for. But it’s also quietly brilliant, and demonstrates that while wealth buys a lot of things, not only is happiness not one of them, but neither is a sense of self.

Hyperion’s Rating Guide (the abbreviated version)

Suspension of Disbelief: 2 (out of 10)

Genre Grade: Films about the New York Elite are a genre unto themselves, and we’ll go a solid B+ in that class

Pantheon Percentile (% of movies this is better than, of all time): 70. A small gem.


For more Reviews please see Movie-Hype. Monkey Barn has Embarrassing songs stuck in your head and Poetry Band Names. In the Alligator Pit my family is trying to kill me. See you Tomorrow.

2 comments:

lost goddess said...

egan , dagon, tracy lynn and Schrodinger's Kitten
where all evil kittens I know for a fact that there were atlest those and maybe one more but most likely not

Chelle said...

You know I have to read half of this at home - before your site becomes blocked by the web nazis.