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Saturday, January 19, 2008

Movie Prep

I'm furiously trying to chew my way through the critically acclaimed films of 2007 so that I can finally get my top ten list in order. Tonight, I caught There Will Be Blood with Soapy. Normally I'm not a D-Day Lewis fan, but his performance deserves a best actor nod or two. And I think Soap has a new nihilistic antihero to quote.

So I've got Waitress, Talk to Me, Sunshine, The Host and 3:10 to Yuma all queued up on Netflix. Plus I'm hoping to see Persepolis and Before the Devil Knows You're Dead at theaters this weekend. Then I have to pick and choose between those pictures, and an assortment from the following contenders: Superbad, No Country for Old Men, Sicko, Darjeeling Limited, Lars and the Real Girl, Juno, The Savages and Stardust. Should be all finished by next week.

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At 1/19/2008 08:23:00 AM, Blogger Walaka said...

You left Fantastic Four 2: The Rise of the Silver Surfer off your list of contenders.

 
At 1/19/2008 09:58:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Did you see the Dylan movie? ~Pam

 
At 1/21/2008 10:52:00 PM, Blogger John said...

Saw the Host and Talk to Me this last weekend. Sadly, neither are destined for my top ten list.

I missed the Dylan movie, but I keep hearing that besides Cate Blanchet, it isn't anything special. Did you see it Pam?

 
At 1/22/2008 12:46:00 PM, Blogger Jon said...

I think I'm Not There is worthy of a place.

 
At 1/22/2008 02:58:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I did see it. It was such a novel approach to telling a life story, the acting was great for the most part, Cate was incredible. I keep thinking about the movie, which is rare. I definitely think it is worth seeing and worth considering, though it won't win your statue. smile ~p

 
At 1/22/2008 04:35:00 PM, Blogger John said...

Ah... I just saw your review on Independence Days Jon. Ok, you've all convinced me to see it. The problem is that it aint on video yet, and it's out of the theaters.

 
At 1/23/2008 02:20:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Enough! The only reason people are focusing on Cate is because she's a woman. No one expects her to look like Bob Dylan, or her voice to sound like his - excuses that can't be given to the male actors.

What shines through in her performance would *have* to be the mannerisms and personality, which she probably nailed. I don't know, I haven't seen it. But will a critic say she doesn't look or sound *anything* like Bob Dylan and is therefore a crappy actress? No.

The male Bob Dylans are just impersonating a guy, and that's as far as they'll get, whereas a woman could "become" Bob Dylan and amaze everyone. Opposing genders can pick up on and imitate the other's nuances expertly, and that's what's making Cate so revered in this role. She's a great actress but this sort of thing doesn't impress me.

Think back to Hillary Swank in "Boys Don't Cry" - excellent male mannerisms in several scenes, but no male actor would ever win an award for acting that way. It's a silly phenomenon to fawn over.

 
At 1/24/2008 01:48:00 AM, Blogger John said...

Hmmm... strong words from an anonymous poster. As always, I'm tempted to delete it because I hate it when people try to stir stuff up and don't have balls enough to sign their post... Especially when they are expressing an opinion about something they haven't seen.

I thought only I got to express uninformed opinions around here... and I only do that with books. I mean, who has time to actually read the things.

As for your opinion, I can't say I agree. Cate did a fine job... granted she got the cherry role in the film... but she carried it off admirably. And Hillary Swank was awesome in Boys Don't Cry... just as Felicity Huffman was awesome in Transamerica.

I think the argument would carry better weight if you cited a list of men who had impressively portrayed women. And don't say Tootsie or Big Mama's House.

 
At 1/24/2008 01:50:00 AM, Blogger John said...

Oh, and in case it wasn't clear, I did manage to see the film. It was aces and it will crack the forthcoming top ten list.

 
At 1/24/2008 09:26:00 PM, Blogger lowcoolant said...

Hey, at least he/she didn't say something accusatory like "you are all nazis!"

 
At 1/25/2008 03:11:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you John! smile I do agree, sort of, with one little thing your ranting anonymous poster said... it did take me a while not to hear Cate's voice so distictly Cate's. But it was a mark of her ability that she did make me forget. I did like most of the other impersonators too, especially the black kid, and yes, departed heath ledger. Richard Gere, took me a while to place him in Dylan's life. Still not sure I did. ah well ~Pam

 
At 1/25/2008 03:18:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Tootsie was great, so was Mrs Doubtfire, and ... La Cage aux Folles... does that count as a man being a woman picture? ~Pam

 

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