greetings, friends! welcome to the what used to be Insider Film Review.
now i'll occasionally be writing about castings, hirings, firings, stuff like that there. and i'll do some film reviews and/or dvd recommendations sometimes too. basically, you'll get a lot of talk about Industry shtuff. 'nuff said?
Very few films in what i’ll call the Netflix era have so clearly stood out to me as 5-star. This rating, in their system, translates to “I Loved It,” and i’m a hard sell in that regard. Better still, measured with letter grades (my personal standard of choice) I give the film a firm ‘A’. Heck, while we’re on a roll, let me confess that i consider pic a legitimate work of genius.
This magnificent movie is Shane Carruth’s UPSTREAM COLOR. although the filmmakers do not, i list it this way because his is the chief hand/mind/voice that guides the most profoundly affecting elements—the writing, directing, producing, and score are ALL his, and they are ALL stunning. so, too, are both the editing and the cinematography. oh yes, and he also stars in pic, for good measure, alongside amy seimetz.
Now for the big disclaimer: this film is not for everyone. there will definitely be (already Are) Plenty of people who don’t like it, “don’t get it”, are bored, etc. heck, it’s Sci-Fi; that alone will send legions of movie-goers running for the hills—or more to the point, dismissing it because of its genre.
O, but it’s so very much more than any simple label can describe. It is bizarrely universal, and i can not recommend it any more highly than i do. i look forward to hosting viewing parties and to discussing it in depth—explicating it!—with you all.
No Joking Matter
So much attention was given recently to news that Ben Affleck was cast as Bruce Wayne for DC Comics’ highly anticipated Batman-Superman mash-up that it appears another key personnel search has been largely overlooked. Where to turn, studio brass continue to wonder, for the next iconic villain?
While it has largely been assumed that The Joker would not yet again be brought back into play, insider buzz suggests that a heavyweight push from A-List talent has producers reconsidering. Oscar-winning actresses Nicole Kidman and Renee Zellweger, now permanently plasticine and platypus-lipped, have allegedly been using their newfound facial deformities to lobby for the role famously played by both Jack Nicholson and Heath Ledger.
Reps for Kidman insist (off the record, of course) that the move has long been in the works—part, they maintain, of a grand overarching career plan to stretch the bounds of non-traditional casting through drastic physical transformation, showing the true range of what the Aussie style maven can accomplish—while sources close to Zellwegger quote her as saying, simply, “Hey, at this point, ya just gotta make lemonade.”
Other duckbilled disasters considered in the running include TV stars Marg Helgenberger (CSI) and Lara Flynn Boyle (Twin Peaks), and one-time genuinely cute silver screen darling Meg Ryan.