The blind are seeing red over City of God director Fernando Meirelles' upcoming release, Blindness. The film, based on the novel by Portuguese Nobel Laureate Jose Saramago, tells the story of an unexplained case of mass blindness in an unnamed city. Julianne Moore stars as a woman hiding the fact that she can still see, presumably because she missed the episode of Larry King that caused the mass blinding: the one where he kisses Marlon Brando on the lips. Society descends into chaos, with the newly blind doing some truly despicable things like fighting, trading sex for food and reading Playboy, which, yes, comes in a Braille edition. The National Federation for the Blind is protesting the storyline of both film and novel. with its president, Marc Maurer, telling the AP, "[b]lindness doesn't turn decent people into monsters." Losing an eye turned me into a ripe, angry son of a bitch, so speak for yourself, Marc. [It's true! - Zach]
From the man that brought you Casualties of War, Redacted and The Black Dahlia, comes the next feel-good movie of the year. Brian De Palma has just signed on to direct The Boston Stranglers, a thriller that will follow the Boston killings of the early '60s and their still-controversial resolutions. Says The Hollywood Reporter, "The Strangler case continues to stir debate. Many question whether Albert DeSalvo -- a publicity hound who confessed to the murders and was later stabbed to death while incarcerated on unrelated charges -- was the actual killer." A point which, with the title's obvious "s" after "Strangler," the film is sure to explore. [I smell a Jean-Claude Van Damme Double Impact-style plot twist. - Z]
A title says a lot about a movie. It's often the first thing a potential viewer learns about a project. Long before the actors are cast or a director is even attached, just hearing a title can make us salivate in anticipation or gurgle in dread. I, for example, will rarely ever see a movie with the word "movie" in the title. (I'm looking at you, Disaster Movie. Or, rather, I'm not looking at you.) Two titles are causing something of a stir for Warner Bros. today.
If this were a movie, we could call it Ballistic: Zach vs. Odie. Last week, I successfully challenged Zach about Pineapple Express not unseating The Dark Knight at the top of the box office chart, but he refuses to pay off our bet based on some fuzzy math he borrowed from a Hollywood studio. [The movie opened on a Wednesday! Obviously, the film would require opening-night revenue to pull off the victory. - Z] Today, the movie I predict will unseat the Batman opens, and if I am right, I should get my dollar bet with interest. Our female contributors here at Movies Without Pity are probably shaking their heads at the typical exploits of male one-upmanship, but at least we're not doing mixed martial arts fighting in the lobby. Score one for us guys for restraint!