Happy Monday everyone! Time to get back into the swing of all things life related and leave the fun-filled weekend memories behind. Here's to hoping you had a fun-filled weekend. Mine was pretty great, can't lie, but it's Monday and work is already starting to look like it's going to be...long, so I'm here to break up that monotony with a little cinematic dishing. Yup, it's time for A Fistful of Thoughts, and since I'm feeling generous today I'm going to talk about six things instead of five!
Apparently, my coffee is kicking in.
Let's get this thing started by talking about The Walk. Ok, so word on the street is that The Walk is opening NYFF this year, which is a pretty big deal (previous openers included The Social Network, Life of Pi and Captain Phillips) but in the wake of this news, we got this trailer:
Looks good, right? Yeah, but I have an issue here. Having just recently watched Man on Wire (and loved it) for our 4 Ways a Best Picture Bloggers Roundtable, I'm scratching my head trying to understand the point of this film. This trailer makes this film feel so pointless to me. Man on Wire was so incredible because it incorporated such life into this story, with all the reenactments and Petit's bubbling personality, and it told the story with such thrill and excitement. I'm not saying that this trailer doesn't look thrilling or exciting, but it looks like a carbon copy of the documentary. Same scenes, same tone, same story, the only difference being the 3D visuals. I'm sorry, but I see no reason for this movie to exist. Man on Wire was practically a live action movie to begin with, so I just can't with this. It truly looks like scenes from Man on Wire were spliced together with Joseph Gordon Levitt's face CGI'd over the face of the actor from the documentary. I will say this, it looks visually impressive and JGL's accent work is spot on, so there's that, but I'd rather just go watch Man on Wire again.
Let's move on to more ageism/sexism talk in Hollywood, because, well, there's always something new to baffle our minds. So, I was reading this article that was highlighting the massive age gaps between actresses like Scarlett Johansson and her leading men and it contained a link to an interview where Maggie Gyllenhaal states that she was told she was too old to play the love interest of a 55 year-old actor. She's 37. This bothers me for so many reasons, but just the audacity to use that as an excuse not to cast one of the best actresses of her generation (like, for real, she is incredible) is just gross. It saddens me that while her brother is finding his footing in the industry as he ages, she is be shoved out the door (and let's be honest here, pre-2012, Maggie was the sibling with the FAR more impressive resume and overall body of work). When will this end. Is Hollywood going to literally going to force all of our greats not named Meryl Streep into retirement before they hit 40? Like, Maggie needs her Oscar, and not for playing someone's grandmother! I want to know which project this was for so I can vocally boycott it, because I will!
Funny to speak of forced retirement, when we have an actress declaring her own 'acting hiatus' so she can make more people uncomfortable. Yup, Gwyneth Paltrow says she's not going to act for a year so she can focus on her 'lifestyle brand' (you know, GOOP) that everyone hates. This is so weird to me because, like, does anyone associate Paltrow with acting anymore? I'm asking this seriously, because she's crossed over into this stage in her career where she's mainly talked about because of the stupid shit she says and not the films she's part of. Even her role as Pepper Potts in Iron Man, which sparked interest in her acting once again, was quickly overshadowed by the inclusion of Scarlett Johansson, and so I kind of forgot that she had a scene or two in the sequels. It's a shame, because I find Paltrow to be a far more interesting actress than celebrity, but she seems more intent on creating a world where she can force everyone into hating her. This is all so baffling to me. Maybe she is just completely unaware of the world around her.
Next, watch this:
Yes, that is the official trailer for Ridley Scott's upcoming sci-fi thriller, The Martian. I don't know how I feel about this. I mean, I hated Interstellar but I loved Gravity, so these types of stories are somewhat hit or miss with me, and yet this looks somewhat like an amalgam of the two films and so I'm cautiously optimistic. Ridley Scott has also been sucking a lot lately, so I'm starting to lose all hope that he'll turn it around and produce something wonderful again.
I also wish that this hadn't happened:
Remember those incredible viral videos made to promote Prometheus, the ones staring Michael Fassbender as David? Yeah, this is not that. No, this is boring as fuck and shows absolutely no personality or any kind of charm or charisma or even, like, anything at all. This was a bad move. But apparently they are really trying to sell the crap out of this movie. There is even going to be a live Twitter chat on IMDB with Drew Goddard and Andy Weir (screenwriter and novelist respectively) today with regards to this film, so...
Lol, did you read about how only two people showed up to the first US screening of United Passion, the new FIFA movie starring Tim Roth. This made me laugh, especially since I haven't heard of the movie and don't care about soccer at all and, like, apparently there is scandal in the soccer world that is causing people to not want to see this movie (that, and the reviews are SLAUGHTERING IT)...but like, now I do want to see this.
Or maybe I don't.
And lastly (I know, this post is long), I just wanted to raise awareness to a doc that I'm sure some of you (maybe all of you) have at least heard of, but you may not have taken the time to see yet; Bully. After watching this film last week (and bawling like a baby for two hours), I planned on dedicating an entire post to this film (and I may eventually do that), but time is not my friend and so I wanted to just get this out there. See this movie. If you are a parent, especially, SEE THIS MOVIE! Bullying is something that we are all aware of, and if we've been to school ourselves we've either seen it happen or have maybe even been a part of it ourselves (whether we've been bullied or done the bullying), but recent years are rough and this is genuinely getting worse and worse. The film exposes the effects of bullying by interviewing and following a school year in the lives of a handful of kids (ages vary) and what is uncovered here is truly heartbreaking. I'll forewarn you, this is not an easy watch (to see children threaten to murder young kids, stab kids with pencils, hear kids breakdown and cry over the abuse they face, to watch a young kid at as pallbearer for his 11-year old friend who committed suicide over the bullying...fuck, I'm crying right now) but it is, in my eyes, the most important film of this current decade. I've got three kids, two of them are school age (my eldest just completed second grade and my middle child starts kindergarten this year) and this further cemented in my mind the fact that they will never attend public school. Children are vicious, and bullying is no joke. Our children are in fragile states already, battling emotions they don't understand and dealing with growing up and finding their footing, and to have all of that threatened, scrutinized, condemned and prodded at the hands of their peers is life scarring. The reaction from the principle in this movie made me want to hit things. I just...seriously, see this movie. There are no words I've ever heard more powerful and more life-altering than, "My son will be 11 years-old forever"...but we truly need to do something in order for those words to have the meaning they deserve to have.
That's all from me, now it's time to hear from you!
Here's What I'll Be Reading Today:
Steven reviews Tom at the Farm
Andrew breaks down the 1979 Supporting Actress nominees
French Toast Sunday drools all over Bryce Dallas Howard
Myerla reviews Ex Machina
Andy talks Bond potential spin-offs
Matt FYC's the crap out of Rose Byrne
Anna compares book to movie with Far From the Madding Crowd
Shane gives us his Top Ten Movie Villains of All Time
Britt breaks down the Duggar interviews!