Paul Thomas Anderson and Robert Downey doing Pynchon’s Inherent Vice? This appeals to my interests.
Go. See. This. Movie.
Of course, I am the target audience: Scorsese, film history and preservation, Paris, steampunk, stories within stories, children’s literature, Sasha Baron Cohen, Christopher Lee, Ben Kingsley.
The opening has a long shot with fantastic ‘cameos’ including Django Rineheart, James Joyce, Winston Churchill, among others.
And my buddy Norm helped make it.
We watch a lot of rom-coms. From ‘It Happened One Night’ (the GOAT) and ‘The Philadelphia Story’ at the sublime end, to the latest POS with that guy from that show and that girl who used to be on that other show, on the other, we see most of them. They can be great; witty and still have something to say about love and gender and all our nonsense and baggage. Or they star Katherine Heigel and or Seth Rogen.
And then there are the rom-com masqueraders — the films that are marketed like a rom-com, but are secretly about death, loss, cancer, child-abduction, or some other horror.
‘The Family Stone’ was our former champ in the secretly depressing tragedy about death but sold as breezy, fish out of water, girl meets boy’s mean family claptrap. But ‘One Day’ with Anne Hathaway has taken over the top spot after we picked it up from RedBox Saturday night.
It’s relentlessly depressing. Just awful. Psychological abuse abounds. And there’s a secret cancer death and the shocking lead death to really kick you in the teeth. All it needed was a miscarriage or childhood leukemia. Yet the trailer is all ‘romp around the UK and France with a couple that’s perfect for each other but doesn’t realize it or that the universe won’t come together for.’ Ye gods, what a travesty.
I laughed, but mainly got angry with how selfish Skeeter was; she didn’t have much to lose. Hilly’s husband would have shot Minny dead; ain’t no way she lived through that. The Constantine sub-plot broke my heart.
Didn’t quite see the whole ‘white savior ends racism’ angle, but can see how one could. Bryce Dallas Howard was great as a terrible character, Octavia Spencer was beyond spectacular, and Viola Davis should play all the roles. I want to see Viola Davis as the lead in a romantic comedy, a thriller, a detective story, etc. She’s a treasure. What an expressive face—and her eyes speak volumes.
Then we got up this morning and went to an amazing southern buffet and ate all the fried chicken, dressing, the Platonic Form of biscuits, fried green tomatoes, sweet potato souffle, butter beans, greens, and tea.
I haven’t read the book, so I can’t comment on adaptation issues, but I’ll see an Ang Lee picture everyday of the week. Even the disaster of his ‘Hulk’ was visually stunning.
‘Life of Pi’ is pretty amazing. Pretty and amazing, which don’t even go far enough.
We saw it in 2D, but like Scorsese’s ‘Hugo,’ I really want to see it in 3D.
The CGI on Richard Parker is beyond belief. There are few scenes where I didn’t believe that there was a living Bengal tiger on set. Taking direction. Getting thinner.
The film is complicated on the subject of religion, but here’s my take: it’s less preaching a belief in God than a story of one character’s belief in God. There’s a line about Catholic guilt married to Hinduism that works really well for me, a lapsed Catholic. YMMV.
But the film’s imagery — Diwali, the shipwreck, the flying fish and tuna, the humpback that you may have seen in the trailer—is, as with last year’s ‘Hugo,’ what movies can do that no other art form can—make us believe that dreams can be realized.
Ang Lee is a master. ‘Life of Pi’ is a better film than ‘Lincoln’ which, the more I get away from it, becomes forgettable except for Day-Lewis’ performance, and my personal addiction to anything involving my Brevet Captain, even tangentially.
I haven’t seen anything like ‘Life of Pi’ since ‘Hugo,’ which was my favorite movie last year. Both are about the nature of story-telling, which is right up my professional alley, and both Lee and Scorsese are diving deep into CGI, 3D, digital filming. If you like film, I think ‘Life of Pi’ is required viewing.
I just want to profess my undying love for “Singles,” Jeremy Piven, Elvis Costello and Public Enemy.
‘of course you may be busy.’