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BYOB Before The Ball Drop

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24 Responses to “BYOB Before The Ball Drop”

  1. leahnz says:

    i guess that’s better than before the balls drop

  2. Joe Leydon says:

    Unfortunately, that already happened. A long time ago.

  3. Krillian says:

    Call me crazy but I think The Rite with Anthony Hopkins has a shot at being profitable. It’ll be the first horror movie to open in months. (I don’t think Black Swan counts; award-bait movies are “thrillers.”)

  4. bulldog68 says:

    Gotta say, The Rite trailer gave me a chill. That rarely happens. Any 2011 trailers exciting you guys? I quite enjoyed the Rango trailer as well. And surpisingly, the Arthur Christmas trailer. Two animated films, but they stuck with me for different reasons.

  5. bulldog68 says:

    By the Joe and Leahnz, Happy Holidays to you and yours. Thanks for all the movie info over the year. My recent move to Canada was quite an experience and reading you guys put some normalcy in my days.

  6. bulldog68 says:

    that should be “by the way”

  7. Geoff says:

    It’s funny, but am I the only one who has found the trailers for Rango positively creepy? No way, I’m taking my daughters to see that – I get the look they are going for, but just not appealing from my perspective.

    The Battle Los Angeles trailer is very impressive, but no way the movie lives up to that – really tight use of imagery and building music.

    I saw the Real Steel trailer before The Fighter last weekend and the whole audience was laughing, but kind of in a good way – looks like a ridiculous blast, think I’ll have to see it. And of course, there was also the trailer for the new Transformers movie – wow, I was not the only one who felt a complete bait and switch with that one. Nice Apollo footage and some creepy imagery into the surface of the Moon reminding me of the first Alien and then…..a fucking Decepticon face! There were a good amount of groans, sure it will still make a ton.

    Source Code trailer has it looking fun, eager to see the next Duncan Jones.

    Have to admit that Hall Pass looks very funny and even though I’m completely sick of the trailer by now (is it playing before every freaking movie?!), I am curious about No Strings Attached since it’s by Ivan Reitman – he’s due for a comeback, right?

    The Lincoln Lawyer – looks intriguing, but talk about ending without a punchline, strange trailer. Have to admit that I kind of got a kick out of Matthew McConaghey and Josh Lucas being in the same movie – do they play brothers or even twins???

  8. bulldog68 says:

    The Real Steel trailer is just unfortunate timing when you look at the transformers trailer. It looks like the ‘rock em sock em robots’ version. It comes out 3 months after Tran3, so there’s some space, but it looks one shade above Death Race and Gamer.

    In terms of comedy, Cedar Rapids made me laugh. And Simon Pegg’s Paul is a must see in my book.

    Ever since Matthew McConaghey sold himself to the devil and acted in shitty rom com after shitty rom com, I mourned the loss of what I thought would be great dramatic actor. He killed in A Time to Kill and I had looked forward to more great roles from him. Hopefully Lincoln Lawyer will be a step in taht direction.

  9. christian says:

    Rango looks interesting from the casting but the gags in the trailer are cookie-cutter animation (smug, smirk, shit).

  10. sanj says:

    Lynch Mob Movie Trailer

    overall – bad acting / bad directing / bad music
    a horror film with no budget

    Michael H. Cole plsys a bad guy with a cool voice

    if he played the same creepy character in any other big budget horror / drama film he might get some acting award

    onlyy if Michael Cole gets lukcy and gets in a movie
    with a good director will the gurus of gold / big movie
    critics even notice him …

    there are 1000’s of actors that just need that one chance

  11. a_loco says:

    Just to take this conversation out of Hollywood a little bit…

    Anyone in Canada knows Exclaim is a hacky magazine, but this is one of the more perceptive Film Socialisme reviews I’ve read thus far (perceptive Film Socialisme reviews are few and far between):

    Disclosure: I know the guy who wrote it, and he’s no hack.

  12. leahnz says:

    lol joe, indeed

    bulldog, right back at you, all the best to you and yours these holidays and the impending 2011. i for one enjoy your perspective here so it’s always good to see you post, i hope you keep it up (tho often when i say that here and put my heart on my sleeve i don’t see that person post again for a good long while so maybe i jinx it, hopefully not in your case)

    did you know michael pare is in ‘lincoln lawyer’? (wasn’t it here that michael pare came up in another thread…? oh dear)

  13. Missy says:

    Limitless starring Bradley Cooper & De Niro will be a surprise hit.

  14. Eric says:

    I agree that The Rite trailer is pretty good but has Anthony Hopkins made anything but utter shit since 1998 or so?

    Has there ever been another actor whose career took such a sudden drastic turn from quality to crap? (De Niro maybe?)

  15. bulldog68 says:

    Hey Eric, you forced me to IMDB Anthony Hopkins to see why 1998? So which was it for you, Meet Joe Black or Zorro? I always thought MJB was bloated.

    Its odd that Anthony attaches to some of the vehicles that he did, like Wolfman and Bad Company, but has somehow avoided some of the properties that rely on those stalwart english faculty of actors for Harry Potter or Lord of the Rings. He’s joined the superhero movement with Thor, but I for one felt he would be like the male Judy Dench and be popping up in significant roles and get a nomination for 15 minutes of work every three years or so.

  16. Eric says:

    I thought Zorro was good and although it’s bloated I like a lot about Meet Joe Black. They were in the same year, so I figured it was safe to make 1998 the cutoff point; everything after that I feel comfortable shitting upon.

    In fact, his first movie after my cutoff point, Instinct, appears to be his first serious Lecter riff, which is at least half of his output for the last decade. If you have Hopkins playing the elusive and troubled genius, he’s probably in it for the paycheck.

  17. Monco says:

    I think The Tree of Life trailer is stunning. Also really like the Rango spots.

    And I know I’m really late to this conversation but just got home fro seeing Black Swan. Wow is all I can say. It’s the obsessive, crazy, twisted work of art I have been waiting for aronofsky to make since Requiem for a Dream.

  18. LexG says:

    Are Kirsten Dunst’s tits worth driving to fucking Encino for?

    I can’t believe how quickly the second-tier “Oscar” flicks (Philip Morris, Rabbit Hole, Casino Jack, All Good Things, The Tempest, all of which I wanted to see) got relegated in LA to the two far-off Laemmles (Encino, Pasadena) out in the burbs.

    It’s like, I wanted to see the movies, but those places are like seeing a movie with the cast of COCOON.

  19. IOv3 says:

    Lex, use the google because thanks to Academy screeners. The scene is online already and I must say, that getting off the drugs make her a much better looking lady.

  20. LexG says:

    IO, I was kinda being crass/flippant, since I actually want to see the movie more than the nudity, but…

    I DO find it funny that they send out SCREENERS to what they assume are INDUSTRY PROFESSIONALS, serious artists, esteemed critics, and progressive forward-minded craftsman and voices of import in the movie industry…

    …And somebody’s still uploading nipple shots from an Academy screener onto the Internet.

    Trying to imagine it being like 1993 and some world-renowned actor or producer making Schindler’s List screengrabs with links like “Look at those tits!” and a bunch of stills of Embeth Davitz.

  21. IOv3 says:

    Lex, sorry for being a bit honest to a silly response, and you are so freaking true. These people get screeners and have to put the Black Swan scene online, Dunst nude scene, and I am sure the Blue Valentine scene will be up soon as well. That’s the 21st century for you!

  22. Joe Leydon says:

    Getting ready to ring in the new year with the Marx Brothers on Turner Classic Movies, and Dick Clark on ABC. Happy New Year to one and all.

  23. sanj says:

    I’d like to see more DP/30’s outside or in the sunlight
    a lot of the time actors are stuck in a hotel room with like 10 security guards outside ..

    i’ve always wondered what the rest of the day for an actor
    is like after they do a dp/30 they hang out at walmart they eat at mcdonalds they hop on a private jet to go back to acting
    DP never really asks too many personal questions to actors – and the late night talk show hosts do ..

    are there actors that hate dping a dp/30 and are forced too by the movie studio ? are there actors that hate some talk show hosts but are forced by the movie studio ?

  24. Joshua says:

    “Has there ever been another actor whose career took such a sudden drastic turn from quality to crap?”

    People seem to forget that Hopkins was doing a lot of crap before Silence of the Lambs. Check him out in the 1985 mini-series Hollywood Wives, opposite Suzanne Somers:

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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