I missed last week due to a crappy weekend and made my Monday feel like hell, but I'm back this week due to a nicely paced and refreshing weekend of relaxation and fun to talk to you about a bunch of stuff (some of which I had lined up for last week) in this week's episode of A Fistful of Thoughts!
We got some juicy stuff to talk about!
You know what doesn't sting? News that Claire Denis (one of the greatest
female directors out there) is making a new movie. A lot of foreign directors are making their English language debuts, and she has her eyes set on an interesting one. Apparently, she wants to go into space with a sci-fi script co-penned by Zadie Smith, the author of White Teeth. I'm all for more intimately scoped sci-fi, because it's a genre that doesn't often get a lot of 'depth', so this has me completely intrigued. It's so not what I'd expect from a filmmaker like Denis, but I'm sure the results will be rewarding!
Has anyone read White Teeth? I'm interested to know how the Denis/Smith pairing looks to those familiar with the author.
Back to stuff that stings, in an interview (conversation...whatever) with Goldie Hawn, former Disney CEO, Michael Eisner stated:
“From my position, the hardest artist to find is a beautiful, funny woman. By far. They usually – boy am I going to get in trouble, I know this goes online – but usually, unbelievably beautiful women, you being an exception, are not funny."
Um, no. I can name a slew of beautiful women who are also quite hilarious, right off the top of my head. Sandra Bullock, Jennifer Aniston, Rose Byrne, Kirsten Dunst, Emma Stone, Cameron Diaz, Drew Barrymore; hell, even actresses like Scarlett Johansson have shown impeccable comedic timing. A statement like that is just...ridiculous, and when we've had such a great year showcasing women and bringing to the fore their strengths in the industry, this feels so tacky and inappropriate.
Moving on; have you guys heard about the horrible decline that was Jake Lloyd? This is so tragic, but I'm sure that like myself, you haven't thought about this name or that face since 1999, but with the recent Star Wars on the horizon, his story has made frontpage news. Since he starred as young Anakin, his life went downhill. You'd think being a kid and starring in one of the biggest reboots of all time would be a good thing, but when that said reboot fails critically, you get verbally assassinated by your peers and it can bring you to a very dark place. With the recent news that he's been arrested after physically assaulting his mother and crashing his car into a tree, it appears that he's back in the news for all the wrong reasons. I feel for this
kid guy. Child stars have it rough, but when you star in something as highly anticipated as Star Wars...and your director lets you down...it's hard when you take so much heat for it. A kid can't recover well from something like that.
You know what I might not recover well from? My review of Selma, but with that behind me (like, Friday behind me) it's time to talk about MLK once more since news just broke that HBO is planning to make another MLK/LBJ flick, this time starring Anthony Mackie and Bryan Cranston. I don't think I'm ok with this. I most likely won't see it, since I don't get HBO and very rarely watch television movies, but Oyelowo and Wilkinson were so good in their roles, and their performances are so fresh, that this just feels like a bad idea. I doesn't help that these two feel so horribly miscast.
This Is What I'll Be Reading Today
Anna compares Testament of Youth (book vs. movie)
Britt reviews a bunch of stuff
Getter talks about ten movies she wants to see
Allie needs wedding movie ideas
Ruth has her 5 for the Fifth up
Matt announces his Film Guy Awards
Steven is starting his 150 Favorite Films (that isn't Lost in Translation)
David discusses that moment in 8 Mile
Birgit gives us her 10 Favorite Female Characters (TV & Film)
I'd also like my readers to please take a moment to stop by and send their love to Mario over at Two Dollar Cinema. He lost his cousin and close friend to cancer last week, and we all know that in times like this it's nice to know we have people who are there for us. Hang in there, buddy.