Friday Roundup, Video Edition: Cameron/Bigelow music video; if Oscar nominees directed Super Bowl and more
Reason No. 1,858 to love the Internet: The fine folks at Cinematical unearthed this lost 1988 music video directed by James Cameron for the song "Reach" by the band Martini Ranch, which was fronted by his longtime rep player Bill Paxton ("Big Love"). "Aliens" fans will note the presence of several of that film's cast in the video, including Paul Reiser, the great Lance Henriksen (with a monkey), Jenette Goldstein (and Paxton himself, of course), and yes, that is Judge Reinhold in a split-second cameo. But what really ushers "Reach" into the pop culture curio department is the presence of Cameron's then-spouse and fellow best director nominee, Kathryn Bigelow, as the leader of a band of female gunslingers who, at one point, hog-tie and burn Paxton's grinning galoot on the keister with a martini-shaped brand. Devotees of Bigelow's early and under-appreciated vampire chiller "Near Dark" will spy that the film's leading man, future "Heroes" star Adrian Pasdar, in the video; Paxton, Henriksen and Goldstein were also featured in the film. One also gets the impression that Cameron would make a pretty fun spaghetti Western, if he wasn't so busy altering the boundaries of cinema.
Want more to watch? There's more after the break.
This clever video, by Slate's Andrew Bouve, imagines Sunday's Super Bowl broadcast as directed by present and past Oscar nominees Quentin Tarantino, Wes Anderson, David Lynch and Werner Herzog, as well as the legendary Jean-Luc Godard:
Slightly cheekier is this appropriately Marvel Comics-style "What If...?" short, which envisions how Wes Anderson would reboot the "Spider-Man" franchise:
In other news... Oscar shorts -- both the animated and live-action variety -- tend to be a challenge for moviegoers to see, unless they're an academy member or savvy as to the Internet venues on which they're shown. But for the past five years, Shorts International and Magnolia Pictures have offered a solution to that dilemma by presenting a yearly program of the nominated shorts to theaters; this year's lineup will begin screening in 100 cities across the U.S., as well as Canada and Britain, on Feb. 19; they'll also be available via iTunes in those regions starting on Feb. 23. The full list of theaters was supposed to be available on the Oscar Shorts' website as of Feb. 4, but that doesn't seem to have happened yet; stay tuned, as they used to say.
And lastly, Indiewire reports that the Austin Film Society will pay tribute to Quentin Tarantino and Christopher Guest's much-loved mockumentary "Waiting for Guffman" at the 2010 Texas Film Hall of Fame Awards, which celebrates its 10th anniversary on March 11. Tarantino will receive the Tom Mix Honorary Texan Award from "Me and Orson Welles" director (and Austin native) Richard Linklater, while Lone Star State favorite sons Lukas Haas and Bruce McGill will be inducted into the Texas Film Hall of Fame. In addition, musician, producer and media pioneer Mike Nesmith (yes, of the Monkees) will receive the Warren Skaaren Lifetime Achievement Award, while Catherine O'Hara will accept the Star of Texas Award on behalf of "Guffman," which lensed in Austin and Lockhart, TX. The event will be emceed by Oscar nominated actor Thomas Haden Church; proceeds from the event benefit the Austin Film Society's artistic and educational programs.
-- Paul Gaita
Photo: Lukas Haas. Credit: Getty Images.
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