Posts Tagged ‘George Clooney’

MORNING AFTER: Review of ‘Up in the Air’

Monday, November 23rd, 2009

Julie and I got into a Variety hosted screening of ‘Up in the Air’ (thank you Editors Guild!) that included a QnA sesh with director Jason Reitman and stars Vera Farmiga and Anna Kendrick.   I love screenings (they’re free!) and I love Q and A’s (the inside scoop!).  Jason Bateman was slated to attend but was a big fat no show, so you heard it here guys, he is NOT perfect.

The movie was definitely on the side of Yes, veering into ‘really good’ territory.  It’s success lied in the chemistry between George Clooney and his co-leading ladies, it’s timeliness, and it’s authenticity.  It was sincere but not schmaltzy.  Funny, touching, and in my opinion- genuine. It helped that – QnA inside tidbit! – George doesn’t wear make up. I appreciated his under-eye bags.  Not so genuine was Vera Farmiga‘s botox face, seriously woman, you’re playing your age, you’re supposed to have a wrinkle!  It was distracting.

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The ladies weren’t that interesting, hate to say.  This just in: George Clooney is a joy to work with!  Jason Reitman should score an adapted screenplay nom, easy.  From the sound of it the book provided a skeleton of a story and he provided the meat.  Kudos and congrats to all involved.  See you come award season.

Scale of 10:

3 Relatable Heartbreaks – both career -wise and love-life-wise.
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5 George Clooneys, he takes up a lot (read: all) of space in this movie and as this picture illustrates, he is the perfect mix of ladies love him, dudes want to hang with / BE him.
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and 2 mirrors – this movie asks you to take a look in one and ask yourself what’s important in life.
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This just in! Human connection is a good thing!

STALKING: ‘The Fantastic Mr. Fox’

Friday, July 31st, 2009

I got a request for this one.  (I take requests.)  SO HAPPY TO OBLIGE BECAUSE LET ME TELL YOU SOMETHING THERE IS NO BIGGER ROALD DAHL FAN THAN I!!!  Yeah.  I’m yelling.  And at one point in my life that was totally true.

And oh brother, I rue the day I gave all my Roald Dahl books away to my little sisters in a gesture of passing-down-what-is-good, and those little Bs paid that forward and gave them away to something/someone else.  And I was all ‘hey do you have those Roald Dahl books, I want them’ and they were like ‘NO.’  That’s a dramatization, pretty sure I forgot to mention it was a temporary loan, but needless to say, bitterness followed.  Not mad anymore though.  Promise.

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The amount of nostalgia I feel over this book cover is excessive I think.

Point is, I read ‘The Fantastic Mr. Fox’ and while it may not be as vivid as ‘The BFG’ (bubbles go down = farting) or ‘The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar and Six More’ (where I learned that poaching is bad and that a clear mind gives you powers) or omg do you remember ‘The Twits’??? and ‘The Witches!’ or wow, ‘MATILDA!!’ and then there were the giant peaches and the great glass elevators, and wow I’m having a really close bonding moment to the 10 year old me right now…

Oh look, a trailer-

Wow!  We can put to rest our worries from seeing those creepy stills that came out a while ago.  If the idea of Wes Anderson taking this on was too cool to be true, well I’m relieved that it looks like the dude delivered.

There’s an Ocean’s 11 – 13 vibe to this, no?  Even beyond George??

Like, I don’t remember this many one-liners (‘…because I’m little’!!).  Man, I wish I could go back and read this right now but did I tell you about how I used to have like ALL these Roald Dahl books….