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There Will Be Fighting

I guess I will throw my twenty cents into the tempest in this week

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3 Responses to “There Will Be Fighting”

  1. MASON says:

    Amy Ryan was in Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead for probably less than three minutes total and though she was fine, none of those minutes were particularly memorable.
    Maybe Bob Koehler mistook her for Marisa Tomei, who has a great set of… I mean, who was great in her role.

  2. movieman says:

    Yeah, that was a pretty dopey, Armond White-ish (“contrary-to-be-contrary”) comment.
    It’s like saying Ryan was better in “Dan in Real Life” than she was in “Gone Baby Gone.”
    She was perfectly fine in “Dan”–as she was in “Before the Devil”– but had precious little screen time to show what she’s capable of. “GBG” is (deservedly) her ticket to the Oscars.
    Glad to see a “Wire” alumnus get some overdue recognition.

  3. LYT says:

    Maybe I or Bob missed something — LAFCA gave the award to Amy Ryan for BOTH films. We aren’t asked to state what movie, just the performer’s name…and afterward, we all agreed to give it to her for both.
    And I can’t speak for anyone else, but I went in fully intending to vote my conscience and did so, knowing full well –as I do in my regular reviews — that I might be completely alone on many scores. And I was. But I vote third-party in general elections too.
    When the LA Weekly/Village Voice film poll runs, you can see what my faves are and draw your own conclusions. Not that I’m suggesting anyone cares much.

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It shows how out of it I was in trying to be in it, acknowledging that I was out of it to myself, and then thinking, “Okay, how do I stop being out of it? Well, I get some legitimate illogical narrative ideas” — some novel, you know?

So I decided on three writers that I might be able to option their material and get some producer, or myself as producer, and then get some writer to do a screenplay on it, and maybe make a movie.

And so the three projects were “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep,” “Naked Lunch” and a collection of Bukowski. Which, in 1975, forget it — I mean, that was nuts. Hollywood would not touch any of that, but I was looking for something commercial, and I thought that all of these things were coming.

There would be no Blade Runner if there was no Ray Bradbury. I couldn’t find Philip K. Dick. His agent didn’t even know where he was. And so I gave up.

I was walking down the street and I ran into Bradbury — he directed a play that I was going to do as an actor, so we know each other, but he yelled “hi” — and I’d forgot who he was.

So at my girlfriend Barbara Hershey’s urging — I was with her at that moment — she said, “Talk to him! That guy really wants to talk to you,” and I said “No, fuck him,” and keep walking.

But then I did, and then I realized who it was, and I thought, “Wait, he’s in that realm, maybe he knows Philip K. Dick.” I said, “You know a guy named—” “Yeah, sure — you want his phone number?”

My friend paid my rent for a year while I wrote, because it turned out we couldn’t get a writer. My friends kept on me about, well, if you can’t get a writer, then you write.”
~ Hampton Fancher

“That was the most disappointing thing to me in how this thing was played. Is that I’m on the phone with you now, after all that’s been said, and the fundamental distinction between what James is dealing with in these other cases is not actually brought to the fore. The fundamental difference is that James Franco didn’t seek to use his position to have sex with anyone. There’s not a case of that. He wasn’t using his position or status to try to solicit a sexual favor from anyone. If he had — if that were what the accusation involved — the show would not have gone on. We would have folded up shop and we would have not completed the show. Because then it would have been the same as Harvey Weinstein, or Les Moonves, or any of these cases that are fundamental to this new paradigm. Did you not notice that? Why did you not notice that? Is that not something notable to say, journalistically? Because nobody could find the voice to say it. I’m not just being rhetorical. Why is it that you and the other critics, none of you could find the voice to say, “You know, it’s not this, it’s that”? Because — let me go on and speak further to this. If you go back to the L.A. Times piece, that’s what it lacked. That’s what they were not able to deliver. The one example in the five that involved an issue of a sexual act was between James and a woman he was dating, who he was not working with. There was no professional dynamic in any capacity.

~ David Simon