Posts Tagged ‘Bradley Cooper’

MORNING AFTER: New Yawn, I Meh You

Thursday, November 5th, 2009

Get it.  I was unimpressed.

When I posted the trailer for ‘New York, I Love You’ I was anything but confident about the final result.  And sure enough, this thing fell flat.  But beyond my predictions that it would be too sappy and aren’t-we-all-connected-you-know-what-I-love-about-New-York-y, it was also labored, clunky and eye-roll-y.

I could use a thesaurus right about now, can A.O. Scott lend me his?

What am I saying?  I’m saying it rarely worked and I didn’t appreciate the tinkerings with the format.  ‘Paris, Je t’aime‘ gave a simple assignment – set it in Paris.  ‘New York, I Love You’ was like, set it in New York, make sure it’s about love, connect to another character in another short film, please include a major gimmick… This is just a guess, I wasn’t at the meeting… And I think it got bogged down by all of that.  There were mini scenes in between the shorts with characters colliding, and I just feel like this effort to connect everyone – this guy shares a cab with this guy who had sex with this chick who uses this dry cleaner also used by that first guy – just made you wonder, ok, why?  WHERE IS THE MAGIC?!  The fact that the kid who lost his virginity to the actress and the woman who slept with Bradley Cooper have the same pharmacist doesn’t really matter to me unless there’s a point.  It’s distracting OK?

Last gripey comment – they did not include the director in credits before or after the individual films, they did a full scroll at the very end.  This was, in a word, ANNOYING.  Maybe it’s just me and my nerd I-wish-I-were-Rain-Man sensibility but all I could do was try and remember what I read, who directed what, who was in each one, which one the reviewer liked and so on…  The short with Orlando Bloom had a mystery woman on the other end of a phone call for basically the whole thing.  I could not relax and watch until I had figured it out, until I was like ‘Aha!  Christina Ricci!!’  Then I’m like “Wait, so who was she to him again?”  This is a problem I have, and it was seriously aggravated by their withholding.

Final thought- this thing HAD to have been financed by big tobacco.  New Smoke, I Inhale You?  Everyone was smokin’ it up and I get that as a conversation starting device, but really…

For the record, cause duh it’s basically a competition, Allen Hughes gets the prize with Bradley Cooper and Drea DeMatteo as two strangers who find themselves in an unlikely romance – it was attractive, relatable and included nudity.  So give them the trophy.

Look what I found!  Big old pat on my back for remembering Alexander Payne directed my fave from ‘Paris, Je t’aime‘:

Oh man.  I pretty much laugh/cry throughout that whole thing.  From her walking outfit to her sighs…

FETUS: ‘Atlas Shrugged’? IIIIIIIII don’t knooooowwww, guuuuuys….

Tuesday, July 21st, 2009

There’s word going around about an ‘Atlas Shrugged’ movie adaption.  I’m incredulous.

Charlize Theron has been meeting with Lionsgate and some producers about starring as the main broad, thus giving the project some buzz.  Ummmm, ok.  I started to read this book many years ago, but didn’t finish.  I imagine I wasn’t the only one whose little college freshman brain was kind of blown away by ‘The Fountainhead’ and wanted to keep living in Ayn Rand’s  intriguing philoso-land (goooooo capitalism!), so then moved on to the bigger sister ‘Atlas Shrugged.’

Except, while ‘The Fountainhead’ was the beautiful, intriguing, mysterious and fleeting one, ‘Atlas’ was of the same family, twins even, but fat.  And boring.  ‘Fountainhead’ was about architecture… ‘Atlas’ – railroads.  Railroads are not sexy.  I officially gave up on the novel after Dagny and whatever dude are searching around and they get all excited about finding a magnificent … engine.

Hey, maybe it gets better, so what, I’m a quitter….

atlas_shrugged_coverRyan Reynolds would play Atlas, obv…

I’d probably watch whatever gets put out, but I really think that they (movie whomevers) should make a new ‘Fountainhead.’ It’s been done, sure, but that was a looooong time ago.  How long ago?

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Don’t you think this could use a refresher?

Who do you see as Howard Roark, Justin Timberlake or Bradley Cooper???

STALKING: Casting news for ‘The Green Lantern’ has my loins in a tizzy

Friday, July 10th, 2009
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Bradley Cooper, left, Ryan Reynolds, Justin Timberlake (Getty)

Ask me what I know about ‘The Green Lantern’ and you hear crickets.

Cast any one of these dudes and you hear my wallet emptying.

The THR story:

Along with director Martin Campbell and producers Donald De Line and Greg Berlanti, Warners has spent the past five months searching for the actor to play Hal Jordan, the hot-shot Air Force pilot who is chosen by a dying alien to be his successor in an intergalactic police force known as the Green Lanterns.

This week, the race narrowed to Bradley Cooper, Ryan Reynolds and Justin Timberlake. The clock is ticking on the decision as the holding deal the studio had on the actors expired Monday, meaning the three are now free to accept other offers.

It goes on to mention a couple other choices, two names I don’t recognize and then…. Jared Leto.  Hear that?  It’s my wallet closing and my legs crossing.

Don’t F this up, Warner Bros.  I’m gonna go on Wikipedia right now and read all about Green Lantern and then ooh baby I’m gonna get all worked up if you don’t stay true to the material by messing with the plot and characters I hold dear and PLEASE CAST ALL THREE OF THESE GUYS.

That was an open letter of sorts.

Signed – GreenLaternFanForLifeAsOfToday