Yup, it's that time again for us to shoot the shit!
So this week has been a bounty of awesome, and I really was debating biding my time a bit and posting this on Friday, in case more surfaced I wanted to talk about, but I couldn't wait. I have been watching a certain Emma Stone video non-stop for the past two days, so I just had to go ahead and get your thoughts on this.
So, Grace of Monaco has always felt like My Week With Marilyn to me, except less interesting (if that is possible) and so I was never high on it's chances of being very good or even Oscary. In fact, last year when everyone had Kidman in their #1 spot for Lead Actress, I had her at a cool #6 at the highest, never bringing her into my top five. It just never felt right to me, even with Weinstein in its corner. Then Weinstein started dropping the ball and the movie got pushed back to 2014 and I was pretty sure that it was going nowhere near Oscar, but there was still this small swell of supporters who were confident that Weinstein was just trying to build anticipation and was going to drop it in a year better suited to reap more nominations.
Now, he's debating dropping the film altogether!
Apparently Weinstein and the film's director, Olivier Dahan (who directed Cotillard to an Oscar and Zellweger into obscurity), were fighting over the final cut of the film and when Harvey gets barked at, he throws gloves to the ground and fucks your whole movie over. Harvey is reportedly unhappy with the film, which doesn't surprise me since Dahan isn't the greatest director (even La Vie en Rose was a mess).
This could be a hoax, but I kind of have a feeling that this movie is going to the Walmart bargain bin by this time next year.
Next, I've been thinking a lot about Haley Joel Osment lately. I recently saw that he was attached to Kevin Smith's new film Anti-Claus, which is about some sort of Christmas demon, and that caused me to check out his IMDB page only to see that he has quite a few films coming up this year! This makes me happy. If any child star deserves a comeback, it's him. His output in the late 90's/early 00's was exceptional, and his Oscar nomination was well deserved. Sadly, he got drunk, wrecked a car and disappeared when Hollywood got confused as to what to do with him. I mean, you follow up two of the most inspired turns in child actor history (The Sixth Sense and A.I.) with The Country Bears and the go straight to voicing video game characters?
Having just seen Joe this morning, I wonder what would have happened to Osment had his star rose a few years later. Could he have had the career that young Tye Sheridan is about to have? I mean, Osment was RIDICULOUSLY talented and so he could have done anything he wanted to and then...he just didn't.
Anyways, I'm really fucking happy he's coming back.
Next, I have a personal question. I thought about this last weekend when I was trying to find something to do to kill the time my wife and I actually had without children. I checked the schedule at the local art house theater (I say local, and by that I mean an hour away) and they had Dom Hemingway, Joe and Under the Skin all playing! I got really excited and then realized that I had to spend the day with my wife and knew immediately that I would not be going to the movies, unless it was something like The Other Woman, and god forbid I suggest a double feature.
We wound up at Target, the mall and Starbucks.
The thing is, my wife and I are not the same when it comes to movies. I could actually sit and watch movies all day. I would have gladly spent my entire Saturday sitting in the theater, but I knew that my wife would not be interested. On top of that, she had no desire to see anything as artsy as Under the Skin or as raunchy as Dom Hemingway. I possibly could have swung Joe, but I didn't even bother. It's on VOD. I could watch it alone later.
So here is my question: is there anyone in your life that you can share your love of movies with?
I want to find this person. Thank god for the internet and this amazing group of cinephile friends I've found, because I don't really have anyone to go to the movies with. I do have one couple friend that loves movies, but they are very busy and so we usually see them separately and talk about them later. Outside of that though, I'm alone. I don't mind it too much. I've actually grown accustomed to finding solace in the alone time I can spend in the theater while the wife and kids are out and about and work is slow. Hitch a ride over to the theater up the road and catch an afternoon flick. But I do admit that it would be nice to vocalize all the thoughts I have on cinema, and no one in this house would pay attention to my rambling.
So, have you seen this lip-sync battle between Jimmy Fallon and Emma Stone? If not, sit back and enjoy. If so, watch it again:
This woman is perfect. I just absolutely love the hell out of her, and I'm so happy that she is about to have the biggest year of her career. She's got a Woody Allen flick coming out later this year, Spider Man out this weekend and she's looking nice for an Oscar nomination for her buzzed work in Birdman. She is going to be everywhere this year!
And lastly, I just heard a bit of news that made me really excited. Apparently, Martin Scorsese is no longer attached to direct The Snowman, but now Tomas Alfredson is. Now, I mentioned this project back a little over a year ago, after I read the book, and I tried my hand at casting it. I still stand by my idea of Bruce Willis in the lead (and pretty much every other suggestion I made) but more than that, Alfredson seems like the perfect choice for this story. I do hope that some tweaking is done on the ending, since it was kind of ridiculous, but other than that, this is a very visual story that would lend itself well to the big screen. Alfredson has a great style for this type of flick. I just hope this actually means that The Leopard will come next, because that book was exceptional.
I do question starting with The Snowman. I understand that it was the first book in the series to take off in popularity, and it is really compelling, but having read a lot of the Harry Hole novels, I have to say that starting at the beginning would be better. I personally started with The Snowman, and having worked backwards somewhat I have been answering questions in reverse and it is kind of weird.