RSS issues

When I logged into my Bloglines RSS subscription folder this morning I saw 996 posts since I checked it last on Friday. There’s no way I’m sorting through all those. I’m going to skim some but for all I know I might skip over an announcement that Microsoft challenged Mozilla to a cage match for browser dominance, Google has annexed Austria or that Steve Rubel has been nominated for the upcoming vacancy on the Supreme Court. If any of those things happened you won’t read about them here today.

Part of this has to do, I suspect, with Six Apart’s updating of their servers. Apparently this move includes them republishing everything on their servers. While seamless for the services users, it’s not for the readers of blogs hosted on SA’s system. It means everything is going to be seen in my reader as NEW. Did they know about this?

Movie Marketing Madness: The Beautiful Country

This, like many other high-quality flicks, was first brought to my attention by Jeffery Wells. Where would films like this be without someone like Wells championing them?

A Vietnamese twenty-something “bui doi” (Vietnamese for “less than dust”, a slur aimed at those with American parentage) embarks on a quest to America in search of his father, a G.I. stationed in the country during the war. The name “Beautiful Country” seems to play into the irony that a country so visually beautiful should have such a violent and terrible history.

The Poster

A single beautiful image. Art is the attempt by one person to capture that single moment most of us wish we could lock away in our memories forever. By that definition this poster is a wonder peice of art. It evokes the solitary nature of the movie’s plot and is just very nice. The kind of poster I’d love to hand on my wall.

The Trailer

They really play up the visuals here without ruining them with overblown narration. Instead a series of understated captions spell out the plot. There are lots of crane shots of Vietnam’s natural settings and a brief appearance by costar Nick Nolte, who is supposed to be excellent in this. It’s reserved and effective I think.

The Website

For an art-house release this is a pretty nice website. There’s a Synopsis which is surprisingly in-depth as to the plot. Also a pretty extensive Photo Gallery. Cast and Crew have bios for selected members but The Director has a more detailed backgrounder on helmer Hans Peter Moland. Finally the Trailer is presented in low or high bandwidth flavors.

Overall

They’re selling the visuals for this movie and only giving glimpses of the plot for the most part. Maybe this is part of the residual feelings this country has over Vietnam and the war/conflict/police action we were involved in over there all those years ago.

Poster-polooza

Coming Soon! – Latest News

ComingSoon has a look at posters for:
Find Me Guilty
Elizabethtown
In Her Shoes
Walk the Line
Ice Age 2
Brothers Grimm

My favorite? Walk the Line‘s. I love the artistic look and feel. Of course that’s not counting Elizabethtown, but I love everything about that movie so far. In Her Shoes sucks ass, for reasons other than the fact that it rips off Chasing Amy’s poster.

–Chris