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Monday
Aug 08 2016

Q&A: I'm Not There.I'm Right Here With My Cat(s)

Your questions a few days back really got me going so you're getting two weeks of Q&As out of them.Here's the first episode with eight questions answered on Hamilton,I'm Not There style biopics,dinner with movie characters and more...

IBIS: Cast This!The film version ofHamilton

NATHANIEL: Since they'll surely make us wait another 10 years for any movement on the film we'd have to suggest actors we've never heard of who maybe even haven't started acting yet so we can't think on this.I will say though that when everyone was so sad that the original cast was leaving the show I felt like hugging everyone and going "it'll be fine if you see replacements!"because the star of Hamilton is really the musical itself,if you ask me.Yes,the actors were great but it's one of those things that's so perfectly calibrated to be its best self,that the show is really the star.I swear to you.So please enjoy it when it goes on tour somewhere near you.

Plus the wait for aHamiltonmovie gives Hollywood time to invest in some actors of color as future stars so that they don't panic when it's time to cast the movie and realize they don't know enough of them to fill this sprawling movie.

my favorite western RED RIVER (1948)SONJA: What is your least favorite genre?

I try to love all genres since they're all capable of greatness.My answer to this when I was younger would have easily  been "westerns"or "horror"but I've seen enough classics now from each of those genres that I have newfound respect.I guess I will say "war films"in general.Yes,there are great ones...but too often it's just an excuse to indulge in manly violence for manly violence's sake,which is never really a thrill for me.

But if I can extend to television throw out that entire answer and just say "medical procedural".While watching TV the other night I saw a commercial for Chicago Med which I guess is a new show?And I was like REALLY?ANOTHER MEDICAL PROCEDURAL?AND ALSO: ANOTHER MEDICAL PROCEDURAL SET IN CHICAGO WHERE HALF OF THEM HAVE BEEN SET?!?"It actually made me angry.The showbiz community is sometimes just entirely allergic to trying new things...which is strange considering it's a profession which can only exist by harnessing creativity.

RYAN T: Since the Olympics is happening in Rio,do you have a favorite Brazilian film,actor,or filmmaker?

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Wednesday
Sep 02 2015

British diplomats,evil pharmaceuticals and The Constant Gardener

Andrew Kendalllooks back atThe Constant Gardenerfor its 10th anniversary...

"This whole machine is driven by guilt."

To look back,after ten years,at the overly stylised hand-held camera visual style ofThe Constant Gardener,it might not seem particularly noteworthy;but,the almost unintelligible camerawork of Fernando Meirelles' first English language film,just off the success ofCity of God,remains key to what makesThe Constant Gardenerone of the century's most effective (pseudo)-political thrillers.True,it has faded in history as one of the slew of dramas that tried to break into that impenetrable 2005 Best picture line-up.We remember it for Rachel Weisz's luminous Oscar winning turn,butThe Constant Gardenerhas more to offer than just its place in awards history – it's an unflinching,exact,and effective film which has not lost its vigour in the ten years since it premiered.

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Sunday
Oct 16 2011

London Film Fest: "360"and "Shame"

Davehere with my first report from theLondon Film Festival,which Craigintroducedyou to on Thursday.We'll start with the Opening Night Gala.

Jude Law and Rachel Weisz as unfaithful marrieds.

Fernando Meirelles'360seems a fitting selection to open a film festival,sold as a "dynamic and moving roundelay"that takes us across the spectrum of people on the globe.But this isglobalizationfor the West;just forget,for two hours,that Asia and Africa andAustraliaexist and that people might have sex there too.PeterMorgan'sscript works like a daisy chain,flimsily linking together a collection of character shells who spread out across Europe and America,reverberating off one another.Mirka(LuciaSiposova) ventures into prostitution to the disapproval of her sister Anna (GabrielaMarcinkova);Michael (Jude Law) is her first client,whose wife Rose (RachelWeisz) is having an affair withRui(JulianoCazarre),whose girlfriend Laura (MariaFlor) has uncovered his lies and sets off back to Brazil,meeting John (Anthony Hopkins) on the plane...You get the idea.

Evidently,this is a film about howglobalizationhas connected people across the globe,a decision from one changing the life of another,six degrees of separation,etcetera etcetera.It takes a delicate hand to make a daisy chain,and Peter Morgan is entirely too thick fingered and clumsy,forcing coincidence and connection between characters he forgets to give any identity to.Oddly sprightly culturally specific music crudely emphasizes the differing nationalities.Occasional split screens hilariously exaggerate the narrative parallels.Crafty editing connections verge on the farcical.RachelWeiszis given a bad wig,Anthony Hopkins a bad monologue,and Ben Foster a luridly filmed introduction thanks to his character's sex offender status.

more 360° and Steve McQueen'sShameafter the jump

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