It's Monday, so it's time to delve into another Fistful of Thoughts, and this week we have a diverse group of controversial comments, promising projects and hilarious discoveries. I'm sure that many of you have already heard about some of these stories, but let's talk about them together!
Let's start with some good news!
Have you seen Wendy and Lucy? If you haven't, see it. It's Michelle Williams' best performance, a heartbreaker of a film about a homeless girl and her dog. Just...UGH! Have you seen Meek's Cutoff? If you haven't, see it. It's one of, if not my favorite, modern western. Just, staggeringly beautiful and so developed thematically. What do these two films have in common? They both star Michelle Williams and the are both directed by Kelly Reichardt! Word is, they're working together again! I'm all in for this. There are no known plot details or even a name yet, but apparently they're getting ready to start shooting, so we should be seeing something about this soon. I'm so excited! Michelle Williams needs an Oscar, but more than that, she just needs to continue delivering staggeringly good work, and working with directors who coax the best out of her is the best way to do that.
Moving onto something a little more...controversial, have you heard the comments expressed by Michelle Rodriguez about minorities stealing 'white actors' Superheroes? Well, in case you missed it:
"Because of this whole 'minorities in Hollywood' thing … it's so stupid. Stop stealing all the white people's superheroes. Make up your own."
Then she goes on to say:
"It's not about taking Catwoman or Superman or Green Lantern … and trying to make them fit to whatever cultural background you are. I just feel like it should be more creative than that, and I think that people need to stop being lazy."
Talk about stirring the pot, since diversity within the film industry has been under fire so much lately, but before we jump down her throat, let's just talk about what she's actually saying here. As a minority herself, the sting of what she says should be so...harsh. I mean, if Margot Robbie said this, she'd be crucified, but it's not like Rodriguez has a career to destroy at this point, and in her position, a good Superhero role might actually do her some good. Instead, though, she raises a point about the laziness and the whole 'make up your own' angle. I think she raises a good point, and yet, her point can be pretty immediately debunked considering the fact that 'creating your own' Superhero isn't all that easy. I mean, these Superhero franchises come with built-in fan-bases, and they rely on that nostalgia to draw in the crowds. Then again, as Guardians of the Galaxy showed us last year, with the right marketing campaign you can draw in a massive crowd even if no one has ever heard of your Superheroes before. I've voiced my personal concerns with some recent Superhero casting (I'm sorry, but Michael B. Jordan makes NO SENSE), but I'd never really begrudge an up and coming actor from receiving the gig of a lifetime, and let's be honest here...as much as we may not want to admit it, Superhero movies are pretty much 'all the rage', so...
Here's to hoping that this genre can be explored more from a culturally diverse angle. What they need to do is make that Black Panther movie already!
Alright, let's jump back into some good news...some GREAT NEWS! The Canadian Screen Awards were help over the weekend, and guess what...MOMMY SLAYED!!! You'd think I voted on these things, considering my recent doting all over Dolan, but I didn't vote and he still prevailed, pulling in a total of 9 wins for his film. Best Picture, Director, Screenplay, Actor, Actress, Supporting Actor, Cinematography, Makeup and Editing! This is just amazing. What is even more amazing (and kind of hilarious) is that the nights other big winner was Pompeii. At first I was thinking, "this has to be a different Pompeii", but nope...it's the critically panned action film about the exploding volcano! Apparently it was filmed in Toronto, and it took home five trophies (Art Direction, Costume Design, Visual Effects. Sound and Sound Editing). I kind of love the stark difference in quality of these two big winners. Granted, I haven't seen Pompeii yet, but...come on.
Now, I want to just talk about Lupita Nyong'o's Oscar dress for a minute. I'm sure you heard that it was stolen from her hotel room after the Oscars when she...left the door ajar (LOL), but have you heard that it was returned by the thieves because the pearls, which were reportedly worth $150,000 were FAKE! I'm in love with this story! This just goes to prove why all the "who are you wearing" BS is such, well, BS. Like, all the "ooh" and "ahh" about the fact that these women are being loaned thousands and thousands of dollar dresses is just ridiculous to begin with (and yes, I look at the dresses too), but this story is just GOLD! Calvin Klein is all on the defensive trying to say that they never said the pearls were real, but that number didn't come out of nowhere, and they never corrected all the hoopla UNTIL the thieves outed them. Poor Lupita. She looked...expensive (tacky, by expensive), and now all anyone will think of is how she wore a dress from Claires to the Oscars.
And lastly, let's talk about this:
This first look at Redmayne in The Danish Girl is all over the place right now, and many, many people are weighing in on this. There is outrage from the trans community for the use of a non-trans actor in the role of, well, a trans person, much like the outrage over Jared Leto's Oscar campaign for Dallas Buyers Club. I'm not even going to get into that. I don't have a problem with a non-trans actor taking on this kind of role. It's called acting for a reason. What I want to talk about is Eddie's THIRST. LOL, he's in the hunt for back to back Oscars, and while we'll talk about this a little more next month when Josh and I post our annual April Oscar Predictions, but the thirst is real, and the hunt is going to be messy. While Eddie Redmayne looks a lot like Jessica Chastain in this picture, I'm having a feeling his Oscar success is going to look a lot more like Tom Hanks' at this point. Like, this is the purest of bait and Oscar LOVES this stuff. Doesn't hurt that his director is Tom Hooper, the troll who stole David Fincher's Oscar and the guy who directed Colin Firth and Anne Hathaway to Oscars, not to mention getting noms for Helena Bonham Carter, Hugh Jackman and Geoffrey Rush.
We may need to brace ourselves for another year of Redmania.
Here's What I'll Be Reading Today:
Ryan discusses Do the Right Thing
Keith talks about 5 Phenomenally Horrible Movie Fathers
Sati reviews Kingsman: The Secret Service
Kevin reviews The Duff
Mario reviews St. Vincent
Mariah remembers Leonard Nimoy
Paskalis compares Let the Right One In, book to movie
Cindy compares Boyhood to The Truman Show
And lastly, let's all bask in our friend and fellow blogger Alex's glory as he experiences a real dream come true in the success and festival run for his film, Wait!