Friday, September 07, 2007

The _____ One

Eager for the new Jodie Foster? I was but... oy vey I can't wait to read the reviews. They should be interesting and varied from loving to loathing. More later (obviously)

27 comments:

adam k. said...

Hmmm... yeah, I'm really interesting in hearing how you actually thought. So far, it's very vague.

Barry said...

Hopefully you liked it....
I really want to see it.

Barry said...

It has a B+ review by Emanuel Levy.
www.emanuellevy.com =D

Anonymous said...

Yes, you're absolutely right. This'll fall into either love it or hate it. I caught an industry screening about a few weeks ago. Personally, I loved it, and can't wait to see it again this time w/ the gf. But there were some people in there who absolutely hated it, though the movie does seem contrived in parts, I honestly don't know why those people thought it was that bad.

J.D. said...

"Jesus wept"? Is that good in Nathanielese?

Anonymous said...

It's got a 100% score on Rottentomatoes. Granted it's only 7 reviews so far...

NATHANIEL R said...

weeping is not good

Barry said...

Yup. 100% on Rotten Tomatoes right now.

Ali said...

Uh-oh. I had high hopes, it being Neil Jordan and all...

D'Angelo thought it was absurd.

NATHANIEL R said...

i agree with his every word there. but i've got my own to add. later...

Anonymous said...

From what, I've read, seems like New Yorkers are hating it. Good thing I'm from L.A.

adam k. said...

How many people could hate it if it's got 100% on RT?

Anyway, I'd be happy to see Jodie fall a bit from her #1 position on he actress chart. I always thought that was a little bit absurd.

NATHANIEL R said...

oh, don't get me wrong.

I still think Jodie's definitely in the running. Many people will like this movie but its politics... ugh.
so offensive. and so absurd.

btw --MANY movies have 100% on RT when it's only the long leads that are up. most movies start out at 100% because before critical embargo... it's usually only the people who love it that release reviews

Anonymous said...

Jodie Foster is still looking like a very serious contender for The Brave One, regardless of what people think of the film overall.

Variety, Hollywood Reporter and Screen Daily all raved her and mentioned the O Word in some form or other. I say the least she gets out of this is a Golden Globe drama nod, but if it has reasonable box-office success and enough critical support for her performance - and, of course, if a few heavily anticipated Best Actress contenders end up disappointing - I say she has a good shot at her fifth Oscar nomination.

NATHANIEL R said...

i'd agree

NATHANIEL R said...

but i'd add that she doesn't need other people to disappoint so much as she needs the movie to be a hit. And I'm pretty sure it will be.

Anonymous said...

I've been wanting to see this one all summer long, so yay or nay, whatever, I'll be there opening night.

Catherine said...

I'm kinda looking forward to seeing it, although I've no doubt it's going to be ludicrous. I just feel that I need some stupid thriller to revive my spirits after a long week at school. The politics do seem a little screwy though, from what I've seen/read. I've no doubt JF is smarter than the politics it portrays, a couple of interviews I've seen with her seem to point in that direction. Oh well.

Looking forward to seeing your review though. Hah.

Anonymous said...

You echoed my thoughts anon,

I've found that I'm often at odds with "critics", now that everyone thinks they are one. I'll just see it and make up my own damn mind.

NATHANIEL R said...

Nobody's arguing that people shouldn't make up their own minds

Anonymous said...

adam k.,

i personally love it that she's like the only one that can open her own movies without a man in non-chick movies. plus, how hilarious would it be it be if she was the #1 woman at like 50?

Anonymous said...

"Nobody's arguing that people shouldn't make up their own minds"

Yes, but some people are idiots and too lazy for that.

J/K


(well sort of)

adam k. said...

I'm not saying I don't like Jodie Foster. I was once obsessed with her (back when I, too, was closeted). And I definitely respect the fact that she can open a movie to numbers other 40+ actresses could never dream of.

I just thought it was bizarre of Nathaniel to have her at #1 in his oscar chart for this very non-oscary film, before it's even opened. Is she really THAT good a bet? Hello, Panic Room and Flight Plan. But I guess that's part of the ridiculousness of comparing the chances of unknown quantities (Jodie Foster in The Brave One) with already-released contenders (Cotillard, Christie, Jolie).

In other news, I'm still pissed that Foster wasn't nommed for Contact. One of her very best performances, and it was Helen Hunt of all people who shoved her out of the spot she had in the golden globe drama lineup. Grrr...

Catherine said...

Just saw my first tv trailer for it and see that it's rated 18! What the fuck? That totally screws up the plan for me and my sister to go see it. I mightn't even get in.

How bad is the violence and such?

steve said...

re: the D'Angelo thing:

Is it really an acceptable criticism that because he's never witnessed violent crime, it's absurd for a film to suggest that someone else has?

Whatever.

Certainly, it's improbable that anyone would actually experience/witness that much violence. But this is, of course, a movie. It's trying to make a point. I didn't agree with it, but I thought it was intriguingly constructed and Foster is aces in it. I'd probably give it a B+, with the disclaimer that I don't necessarily endorse the ideas espoused by the film.

NATHANIEL R said...

steve -it's not absurd to suggest that violence happens. But the level here experienced by one person: it's a fantasy film. So what is the fantasy about exactly you have to ask yourself.

I actually liked it for about half of it but it just ended up making me angry

at any rate. i knew Jodie was a good bet early on. Neil Jordan being more Oscar friendly than David Fincher or whoever the hell directed Flight Plan. PLUS: abused women --Jodie's specialty

the Oscar voters will love her in this film.

steve said...

My point I guess is that that level of violence is necessary for the movie to say what it wants about vigilante justice. It's not trying to depict a realistic scenario, but rather is expressing an idea, so it gets a little artistic license.