In this era of reality-obsessed film and television, it came as quite a shock that The Motorcycle Diaries has nothing to do with either leather chaps, burly biker-boys or roaming the Midwest in search of a brawl.
"It's kind of like this. Listen."
Plucking away on a spankin' new guitar just purchased at a 7th street pawn shop, Jason Schwartzman musically describes his new film, I Heart Huckabees. Shortly after picking a string, he retunes it and giddily shows how the note ascends.
You know this is a chick flick, right?" Within three seconds of entering the theater, some random girl sitting next to me confirmed my initial doubts about First Daughter. If that were not enough, she prompted me to peruse the theater, in which I found myself a minority because I am neither under 25-years-old nor female.
Tim Corrigan, chair of Penn's brand new Cinema Studies major, gives the program two thumbs up.
Tell us about the new film major at Penn.
There's been a film program and minor at Penn for about five years now.
There is nothing creepier than watching a movie in which the main character discovers that she is schizophrenic and has imagined every event in her life (you know you were paranoid after A Beautiful Mind). There is nothing more enthralling than watching a cheesy alien movie (you've seen Independence Day. Don't lie). The Forgotten, contrary to what one might think, is neither.
What do you get when you combine a crazed Army Major, a power-hungry Senator who touches her son a little too lovingly, and an Army Private-turned-politician who has less personality than a rock but is poised to be the next Vice President?
Some Kind of Monster, a new documentary about iconic heavy-metal group Metallica, will undoubtedly inspire some comparisons to the seminal mockumentary This is Spinal Tap.
And to some degree, that's valid.