So, I'm sure that most people are going to be talking about two things this week, the passing of Eli Wallach and the ranting of Gary Oldman. You can't help it. They are two huge pieces of news, but sadly more will be said about Oldman's mouth than Wallach's impressive body of work.
We'll talk about both...and then move on:
So, yes, I got the devastating news about Wallach's passing last night while binge watching Fargo. It raised the awareness of my hyper-active mind, since I can't just sit there and watch anything anymore. I constantly have to be checking Twitter or tweeting my thoughts on something or pulling up IMDB to see who it was that I swear I recognized say one word before getting shot. Anyways, while tweeting something about episode 5 I saw the countless "R.I.P." tweets regarding the passing of the legend himself and felt this sadness come over me.
I mean, we shouldn't be devastated, since he was 98 (and that is one FULL life), but death sucks, period. I hate that we are losing legends (and some legends in the making), but it is a part of life.
I'll always remember Wallach, mostly for his tremendous turn in The Misfits, but his filmography is vast and quite impressive, and the fact that he was working right up till his death was also really commendable.
What's your favorite Wallach turn?
Moving on from one old man to another, let's just get this Gary Oldman thing out of the way.
So, news broke the other day that Gary Oldman had unleashed a fury of explosive opinions during an interview with Playboy (of all magazines) and these remarks have gotten him a lot of heat. Let's paraphrase a few of them:
'I don't know about Mel. He got drunk and said a few things, but we've all said those things.'We're all f***ing hypocrites. That's what I think about it.'The policeman who arrested him has never used the word n***** or that f***ing Jew?'I'm being brutally honest here. It's the hypocrisy of it that drives me crazy.'Or maybe I should just strike that and say "the N word" and "the F word," although there are two F words now.''Alec calling someone an F-A-G in the street while he's pissed off coming out of his building because they won't leave him alone. I don't blame him. So they persecute.'Mel Gibson is in a town that’s run by Jews and he said the wrong thing because he’s actually bitten the hand that I guess has fed him - and doesn’t need to feed him anymore because he’s got enough dough.'He’s like an outcast, a leper, you know?'But some Jewish guy in his office somewhere hasn’t turned and said, “That f***ing kraut” or “F*** those Germans,” whatever it is? We all hide and try to be so politically correct. That's what gets me.''We all hide and try to be so politically correct.
That’s what gets me. It’s just the sheer hypocrisy of everyone, that we all stand on this thing going, “Isn’t that shocking?”'
I love how he even talks about how he doesn't have an Oscar because he isn't into campaigning and that the Globes are a complete joke and should be boycotted, and yet those are the least interesting aspects of his interview...and this is a FILM site!
Two things are pretty obvious here. First, Oldman has absolutely NO filter. He just says whatever the hell he wants to say and feels that it should be acceptable. Second, he's going to be crucified for this. Here's the thing; I think that Oldman should invest in a filter, because even if you have a point, talking like a bitter a-hole isn't going to get that point across. No one will ever focus on the point because they will be too busy trying to cut through your delivery. I won't go on and defend half of what he says here, but he does have a sliver of a point, or at least raises a good discussion.
We see this happen all the time. In fact, we just talked about this with regards to Jonah Hill. Celebrities aren't allowed to spout off dumb crap whenever they want, because we are always watching them, recording them, quoting them, discussing them and judging them. A lot of times, this is unfair. Celebrities are normal human beings. They get frustrated and say things they don't really mean. They get drunk and say things they really should say. They have MANY moments where they wish that they could just disappear and not be constantly reminded of all the screw ups. But, when you and I screw up, we get reminded of it by a few people (mostly our significant other)...but when a celebrity screws up they are reminded of it by EVERYONE!
Is Mel Gibson a racist? I don't know. Is Oldman? I don't know. Both of them should learn to shut their mouths, but I love the fact that Oldman's rant AGAINST hypocrites (and yes, I agree that most people who judge others ARE hypocrites) labeling you is going to get those same people to label him.
But, he's since recanted (or apologized) and I kind of wish he hadn't because this apology is so...weak.
Speaking of weak recants, so we talked about Sondheim's claims that Into the Woods is getting butchered. Well, apparently it's not. I'm sorry, but this just sounds so...stupid:
When the conversation with the teachers occurred, I had not yet seen a full rough cut of the movie. Coincidentally, I saw it immediately after leaving the meeting and, having now seen it a couple of times, I can happily report that it is not only a faithful adaptation of the show, it is a first-rate movie.
I'm sorry...you hadn't seen it so you talked about it and then IMMEDIATELY went out and saw it and now say that what you said moments before actually seeing the movie was wrong. I have a feeling that he breached some sort of agreement with Disney when he spoke out of turn and is afraid of being sued.
Let's talk about the Coen Brothers new movie! Um, it's called Hail Caesar and it's a noir type comedy about 1950's Hollywood...and this cast is DELICIOUS! First, word broke that they snagged Clooney and Brolin. Now, I've had by beef regarding Clooney in the past, but his only Fisti nomination comes from his collaboration with the Coens on O Brother, Where Art Thou, and I've been waiting for them to really utilize his comedic talents again. They've worked together since, but never to such heights. But, then they added Channing Tatum to the mix as a Gene Kelly-type actor! This is PERFECT CASTING! I'm so all in for this Tatumania that is being born. I've been waiting for him to tap into his true potential, and it's starting. But it gets better. Now Swinton and Fiennes have been added! Swinton is a goddess, and after The Grand Budapest Hotel, I want Ralph Fiennes in EVERY comedy.
I'm serious people, is this not the greatest cast in any film in like the history of forever?
Ok, and lastly, The Advocate has released their 175 (why that number?) most essential films for LGBT audiences, and it sucks. I mean, I hate to throw stones at a glass house, but what the hell is this? Number one is so obvious it's cliched (let's give top placement to the only gay movie that everyone has heard of) but after that the choices range from cringe worthy (Philadelphia) to bizarre (Fried Green Tomatoes) to completely reaching (Thelma and Louise) to 100% WTF (X-Men). On a list like this, without a single Xavier Dolan film and brilliance like Happy Together ranks below flying mutants, I'm out.
Like, what is this?