I was planning on holding off with this until tomorrow, but Two Dollar Cinema just reviewed something that sparked me to want to talk about this now. Well, obviously not all of it but we might as well unload the whole thing now while we're at it.
This edition of A Fistful of Thoughts has to do with some casting news (or speculation), a lesser Fiennes, a dumb actress, some cool posters and a movie cliche that gets me really, really pissed off.
So let's get into it!
I love that Ralph Fiennes is getting some of the best reviews of his career, and his brother is seen carrying around Nicole Kidman on the set of their new movie, Strangerland. Hell, at least he's working, even if it is Guy Pearce's sloppy seconds. I will say, the premise actually sounds kind of intriguing (desperate parents in search for their children when they go missing during a sandstorm, or something like that) but there is also something really desperate about this whole project, including the cast.
What ever happened to Joseph Fiennes? Wasn't he set to be this HUGE actor after he starred in Elizabeth and Shakespeare in Love back to back (well, in the same year) and then he was just completely obliterated by his more famous, more talented, hugely successful brother. Like, I often forget that there is another Fiennes, to be completely honest. Was it just that the world was not ready for two of them? What do you think of the brothers? I couldn't honestly go the rest of my life without see Joseph Fiennes in another movie, but after what Ralph did in did The Grand Budapest Hotel, I kind of want him to star in everything.
Moving onto an actress we love here, Cate Blanchett (who is also having the best surge in her career) just keeps on slaying. According to reports, she's being targeted by Ridley Scott for his film, The Day Britain Stopped. The film is going to be based on a fictitious disaster revolving around some shipping explosion and transport being halted in Britain. Apparently, there is a mockumentary from 2003 on the same subject.
I may have to watch this eventually, especially if Blanchett accept the role and this thing gets going. I kind of love British humor (but is this mockumentary funny?) and so I'm now wondering if this will be sold as a straight up drama, or will it have some humorous elements. I really am ready for Ridley Scott to make a serious comeback, or at least I think I am. He's been such a disappointment lately, to the point where I'm wondering if he's just completely lost it altogether. Will he even direct this, or just produce it? I kind of love the idea of Blanchett working with Scott, but only if this is going to be good.
But that goes without saying.
Moving on, I want to take a minute to bitch. Ok, so there is this new movie coming out called Mom's Night Out. This isn't anything new, conceptually, but seeing the trailer for this the other night right before the new wall scrubbing sponge commercial (like I know the brand name) made me seeth just a little. It's the one where the father is video conferencing his wife and he's talking about how the kids are clean and fed and everything is fine and then the camera pans out and you can see that the house is an utter disaster because apparently the wife does everything and the father is a complete fucking idiot incapable of making spaghetti without trashing the whole house. I'm so sick and tired of this movie (and television and advertising) cliche. Fathers are not idiots. According to film and the like, men are incapable of taking care of children. They don't even know what babies are. They can't change diapers, they can't feed kids, they can't play with them, they never speak to them, they are scared of them, taken advantage of by them and are completely reliant on their wives, who can handle everything and everyone without a hitch, in order to get anything done.
I've been a father for almost seven years, and since my eldest daughter was born I have been as hands on as they come. I make dinner almost every night, I bath them, put them to bed, take them out...ON MY OWN. I've taken care of them alone for entire weekends while my wife has been away. This cliche has got to end. This new movie portrays the husbands as clueless fucks who endanger the lives of their children on a singular night because they are selfish, childish pigs and their wives have to cancel their plans in order to save the day, all while in heels (because they are superwomen who can do anything, regardless of stress).
This is in no way to disrespect the mothers, who do handle a lot, but it takes two baby! Us fathers are actually pretty fucking awesome.
So, Shailene Woodley is an idiot. I don't care that she doesn't know what feminism means. I mean, I didn't really until she misquoted it and the world kind of went apeshit on her. But, I'm so tired of her trying to be Jennifer Lawrence by saying weird things to get attention. At least Jennifer Lawrence is funny and kind of came across as genuine for a spell (I still like her, or at least want to), but this chick is like the Walmart brand Jennifer Lawrence who keeps talking about uninteresting things about herself as a way to get us to think she's down to earth.
Oh, you don't use deodorant? That just makes you gross.
Now she is saying that she eats clay. I mean, remind us why we care. I'm just so tired of shit like this. You eat clay? Really? That just makes you gross.
And lastly, have you seen these? OMG these are kind of the coolest things ever. Since you're still reading this and have not clicked the link yet, I'll tell you what they are. ANIMATED POSTER! Please tell me this is the way of the future. LOL, like I want to see these outside my movie theater tomorrow. I mean, these are just so smart and clever and they add that extra something that makes them stand out in such an inspired and fun way.
These are my favorites:
But who am I kidding, I kind of love them all!