Friday, October 08, 2010

Open Thread

What's on your mind apart from Oscar (see post below for that discussion)? Planning to see anything this weekend?
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32 comments:

Anonymous said...

i'm wondering what the bid deal is about david fincher?

monkey said...

Attract
Know is a movie remake of the hit Suspence/thriller movie "Fatal Attraction". But with a twist Its start out when a couple Alexander (N/A) and Katherine (Reed) but their relationship is taking a turn for the wrost. So he takes a vacation where he meets Kenny (Me) they develop a affair and kenny develops an Psychotic Attraction towards him.
I don't know whoo to cast as the lead actor can somebody give me some ideas. Somebody Attractive, and good chemistry with Nikki Reed.
Me as Kenneth "Kenny" Smith
N/A as Alexander Sanders
Nikki Reed as Katherine

Who should I cast as the lead actor someone good-looking, hold there own to carry a movie, and good actor?

Andrew R. said...

There's the Blue Valentine NC17 rating, which I'm so POd about.

The new 127 Hours trailer is a step down, the trailer for Way Back is excellent and looks epic.

I'm going to try and see Social Network this weekend. I will probably have to watch Secreteriat at some point too, since it is an Oscar contender.

NATHANIEL R said...

andrew r -- as i said in another thread i am beyond baffled at an NC-17 for that movie. Maybe I have forgotten some major scene but as i recall it there isn't even much nudity. maybe asses?

i dont get it. perhaps it's just too painfully honest about the intimacy and then the lack of intimacy between its central couple? and maybe the weekend getaway scene which is supposed to be a sex romp but doesn't turn out quite the way the characters are hoping upset them?

again. i'm baffled. I've been replaying the movie in my head. does. not. compute.

NATHANIEL R said...

anon-- i suppose that'd be the iconic enormity of those Madonna videos + the ballsy tense nihilism of Alien 3 + the gimmicky chutzpah of The Game X the constantly imitated Se7en + the massive cult of Fight Club (which we are not allowed to talk about) ÷ the formal dexterity of Panic Room and so on...

But i am obviously a fan. For those of you who aren't, what is it you don't like about his work?

Paul Outlaw said...

The more advance press I read on Secretariat, the less I want to see it. I was mildly interested before these articles started appearing that attempt to position the film as this year's The Blind Side (which I still haven't seen) and tout it as the movie to see on your army base or with your church group.

I have a screening of it next weekend, but it would mean seeing it and The Social Network back to back. Don't know if I'll be up for that double bill...

Ann McD said...

The MPAA no likey female oral sex. Apparently there's a scene in which Wiliams orgasms that resulted in the rating.

Anonymous said...

I'm gonna go see Easy A tonight... then Secretariat Sunday... I just love Diane Lane, so classy! She was the best part of Unfaithful and I still love Under the Tuscan Sun! Glad to see her still getting good parts!

Anonymous said...

I bet Madonna is smiling somewhere knowing she discovered David Fincher before he hit it big :)

chris na Taraja said...

I keep thinking that I want to see the latest Horror Flick out, but then I don't. Come to think of it, the last one I saw on the big screen was THE RING, and it made me laugh. I felt they were trying to manipulate me with creepy images that had no real substance. Ok, the girl coming out of the TV was cool, but really was THE RING scary to anyone.

cinephile said...

When are the actors and actresses of the aughts lists revisited / finished with regards to the whole last decade? Those were great write-ups.

NATHANIEL R said...

ANN MCD -- oh thank you. thank you. my brain was hurting trying to remember what it was they could possibly be so frightened of.

I had forgotten about that scene. Yes, there is a shot of Michelle Williams face obviously enjoying the man's tongue. and they HATE closeups of female pleasure (that doc THIS FILM HAS NOT YET RATED has a whole section on that problem.)

Julian Stark said...

I saw My Soul to Take (for a review, not for my own sake). Avoid the film like the Black Plague.

In other news, I'll be seeing Secretariat, which is reportedly not meeting its expected numbers, tomorrow. I might check out It's Kind of a Funny Story sometime before the weekend is over.

cal roth said...

I want to see The Beaver!!!

I love Jodie Foster, the actress, and she is a very talented director, too.

I love Mel Gibson, the star, not the the asshole.

(I love a lot of stars that are/were assholes in real life. Gibson, Heston, Kazan, Depardieu...)

Deborah said...

Saw The Town last night. Hope to see Social Network this weekend.

Mostly what's on my mind is preparing for the MAD MEN SEASON FINALE PARTY.

Hope you're coming!

Stevee Taylor said...

Can't see anything. We here in New Zealand have got most of the crap in the cinemas which you had in June/July/August...i.e. The Last Airbender and Cats and Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore. So I just gotta wait until the end of next month (but probably early December because I have some stupid camp) until I can see The Social Network and Easy A. Life is not fair living here in NZ.

Hayden said...

I just noticed that Gwyneth Paltrow has the cover of Elle this month (they released three with Gwyneth, Kate Hudson, and Hilary Swank), and I realized that never in my conscious cinematic lifetime has she been SO everywhere. It seems like the Shakespeare In Love buyers remorse that people decried for years and years has finally passed and she is, if not a bankable actress, a firmly planted movie star who's going stronger than ever.

Watching her figure out her place in the spotlight has been such a joy for someone who's loved and believed in her all along.

Hayden said...

And by "conscious cinematic lifetime," I mean post-2002, when I started following the movies religiously.

/3rtfu11 said...

Nathaniel, did you know Madonna originally petitioned Fincher to director Truth or Dare?

I have a request for a possible future post/article from you concerning two-time Best Actress winners. I was thinking about Sally Field, Jodie Foster and Hilary Swank and how much it gives me a headache to know they’re twice awarded Best Actress. Most multi Oscar winners only have one decent win and the 2nd is uninspired and terrible. Robbing much worthier and yet crowed actors to be added to the academy legacy. I’m not picking on these women but it stands out to be that these three aren’t the best of their generation and their wins are so close to each other.

NATHANIEL R said...

Deborah -- i'll be there. that's always fun.

badmofo said...

I know, I know but since this is seriously the ONLY thing I've been thinking about all week...

Oscar night! When Annette Bening, Julianne Moore and Natalie Portman take the stage to accept their history-making triple Oscar-er followed by an impromptu flogging of the Academy (mandated by the Bening, of course) for making them wait So. Damn. Long! to get to this point.

Sure it's a pipe dream, but it's MY pipe dream okay?

Dylan said...

Whoa, whoa, whoa. Slow down. Rewind. Back to what Andrew said in the third comment. How is the new 127 Hours trailer a step down? It's exponentially better than the first one!

Kamila said...

Yes, always planning on seeing something! I will go to the second edition of the Virada Cinematográfica, here in my city, and it's going to be so amazing!!

Andrew R. said...

@Dylan-The first one was excellent. This one is just...meh. It starts out good, though. It just got a little cheesy towards then end.

And regarding Blue Valentine, I think it got an NC17 because MPAA members have bad marriages too. Oh, and there's an unwilling sex scene of some sort. Yeah, yeah. King's Speech got an R because they say fuck 40+ times in one scene, which is how King George was actually treated by the therapist. It's historically correct, but oh no! Here comes the MPAA! (Moronic, Psuedo-American Assholes.)

badmofo said...

@Andrew -- As much as I understand your logic regarding The King's Speech, I can't say I totally agree. Should they have given 127 Hours a PG13 rating because Ralston cut his arm off fo' realz? Some parents might object to their kids hearing the word "f*ck" 40 times over -- at least, when it's coming from someone else's mouth. Then again, who would take a child to see this movie in the first place?

As for the NC17 rating: Huh? I can't imagine this movie is more graphic than even one of the Saw films.

John said...

It's Canadian Thanksgiving this weekend, so tons of food, tons of family (23 for the weekend!!!!!) and lots of booze. Usually a sleepy movie after turkey. I hope to rent Home for the Holidays, I never tire of it.

joe burns said...

I'm just wondering what's are your favorite Judy Garland films? And what is your favorite era of her voice?

Henry said...

I'm still not convinced enough or rather, motivated enough to see The Social Network. Can someone convince me?

joe burns said...

Henry: It could be good, and it could be interesting to see something so recent.

Timothy said...

I saw "Secretariat" tonight and thought it was great. It's not worth the bad online rep it's getting, and it's certainly not fair to lump it in with tired "The Blind Side" comparisons. This is an entirely different breed of film than that one was, even if they're going after most of the same audience. I'd recommend this film to anyone. You might be surprised to find out that you actually enjoy it. And Diane Lane needs to act in more films.

Kyle said...

Of course The Social Network is worth seeing! What's wrong with you? IT's going to be a major Oscar contender, so at least watch it for that reason.

/3rtfu11 said...

I just noticed that Gwyneth Paltrow has the cover of Elle this month (they released three with Gwyneth, Kate Hudson, and Hilary Swank), and I realized that never in my conscious cinematic lifetime has she been SO everywhere. It seems like the Shakespeare In Love buyers remorse that people decried for years and years has finally passed and she is, if not a bankable actress, a firmly planted movie star who's going stronger than ever.

Gwyneth Paltrow never stopped being of interest to celebrity magazines, tabloid speculation, nor being an invited spectator at high profile fashion events. Paltrow has never been a movie star. But if I’m wrong about that she was certainly driven by the industry into that position and not the public. When the public makes you a star no matter how cold the industry becomes to you – all that’s needed is a single hit picture to bring you back – ala Julia Roberts with – My Best Friend’s Wedding or Sandra Bullock with The Proposal and The Blind Side.

I jumped up and down in an overly childish fashion when Jack Nicholson announced Gwyneth as the winner. Finally this year I saw Shakespeare in Love for the first time. I appreciate her performance and I no longer cry fowl for the victory. I do believe she’s a better Supporting Actress than a Leading one. Her ensemble turn in The Royal Tenenbaums is a testament to a little bit of quirky I-know-more-than-you Paltrow goes a long way in her likeability and strength as a performer.