Random Thread for December 2013


In a disturbing bit of life imitating art, Paul Walker dies in a car accident.

(via Hollywood Reporter)


About Jackrabbit Slim

Location: Vegas, Baby! I’m much older than the other whippersnappers here, a baby boomer. I tend to be more snobbish about film, disdaining a lot of the multiplex fare for “cinema.” My favorite films: Woody Allen’s oeuvre (up until about 1990), The Godfather, The Graduate, A Hard Day’s Night, Pulp Fiction. Politics: Well, George McGovern was my political hero. I’m also a prickly atheist. Occupation: Poised to be an English teacher in Las Vegas. For many years I was an editor at Penthouse Magazine. My role on this blog seems to be writing lots of reviews and being the resident Oscar maven.

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  1. He was apparently a real down-to-Earth guy who was kind to others and always thankful for work. The complete opposite of his F&F co-star.

    It’s going to be interesting how Universal handles this. The uncompleted seventh film is set to open in a mere six months. I’ve got to imagine the studio will move the release as they re-write and re-shoot to compensate for Walker’s absence in the scenes that remain to be filmed. The first trailer was due to hit in another week or so, I’d imagine that’s going to be delayed as well as marketing tries to figure out how the hell to proceed.

    I can’t recall a death of this magnitude in terms of studio franchises in my lifetime. Juan mentioned Richard Harris in Harry Potter, but he was only a supporting character whose work had already been completed.

  2. I thought of Ledger: but his work was completed and he hadn’t yet been introduced in the franchise.

    Walker already has five FF films in the can w/ billions in worldwide gross. It’s unquestionably Universal’s most important series at the moment.

    Lee is similar in terms of checking out accidentally in the middle of a shoot but that’s about it.

  3. Apologies for my intrusion Slim, but I edited the main post for readability. The link was extending out into the sidebar for me so I anchored it to the words “Hollywood Reporter.”

  4. New York Film Critics Awards:

    Best Picture: American Hustle
    Best Actor: Robert Redford, All Is Lost
    Best Actress: Cate Blanchett, Blue Jasmine
    Best Director: Steve McQueen, 12 Years a Slave
    Best Supporting Actress: Jennifer Lawrence, American Hustle
    Best Foreign Language Film: Blue Is the Warmest Color
    Best Supporting Actor: Jared Leto, Dallas Buyers Club
    Best Animated Film: The Wind Rises
    Best Screenplay: American Hustle
    Best Cinematography: Bruno Delbonnel, Inside Llewyn Davis
    Best First Film: Fruitvale Station
    Best Documentary: Stories We Tell

  5. Everything I’ve read is that Lawrence is now the frontrunner for Supporting after last week’s screenings of Hustle. Amazing year for her…again.

  6. National Board of REview:

    Best Film: HER
    Best Director: Spike Jonze, HER
    Best Actor: Bruce Dern, NEBRASKA
    Best Actress: Emma Thompson, SAVING MR. BANKS
    Best Supporting Actor: Will Forte, NEBRASKA
    Best Supporting Actress: Octavia Spencer, FRUITVALE STATION
    Best Original Screenplay: Joel and Ethan Coen, INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS
    Best Adapted Screenplay: Terence Winter, THE WOLF OF WALL STREET
    Best Animated Feature: THE WIND RISES
    Breakthrough Performance: Michael B. Jordan, FRUITVALE STATION
    Breakthrough Performance: Adele Exarchopoulos, BLUE IS THE WARMEST COLOR
    Best Directorial Debut: Ryan Coogler, FRUITVALE STATION
    Best Foreign Language Film: THE PAST
    Best Documentary: STORIES WE TELL

  7. So F&F7 is shut down indefinitely right now. Rumor has it that Universal might scrap everything shot and start from scratch (the production is insured, thus no catastrophic budgetary issues).

    On one hand: it probably makes sense to reboot the production rather than trying to shoot around the absence of the secondary lead. It would also enable them to shoot scenes addressing Walker’s absence, most likely giving him a happy ending.

    On the other: it would be a shame if all the work Walker did over the last three months was lost.

  8. She is. I’m not sure why every article is referring to her as a “newcomer”, though. I’m assuming WB is positioning her that way (in the press release, maybe?)

  9. Los Angeles Film Critics Association

    Best Picture: TIE!! Gravity and Her
    Best Director: Alfonso Cuaron, Gravity; runner-up: Spike Jonze, Her
    Best Actor: Bruce Dern, Nebraska; runner-up: Chiwetel Ejiofor, 12 Years a Slave
    Best Actress: TIE!! Cate Blanchett, Blue Jasmine, and Adèle Exarchopoulos, Blue Is the Warmest Color
    Best Supporting Actor: TIE! James Franco, Spring Breakers, and Jared Leto, Dallas Buyers Club
    Best Supporting Actress: Lupita Nyong’o, 12 Years a Slave; runner-up: June Squibb, Nebraska
    Best Screenplay: Richard Linklater, Julie Delpy, Ethan Hawke,
    Before Midnight; runner-up: Spike Jonze, Her
    Best Foreign-Language Film: Blue Is the Warmest Color; runner-up: The Great Beauty
    Best Feature Animation: Ernest & Celestine; runner-up: The Wind Rises
    Best Documentary: Stories We Tell; runner-up: The Act of Killing
    Best Music Score: T Bone Burnett, Inside Llewyn Davis; runner-up: Arcade Fire and Owen Pallett, Her
    Best Cinematography: Emmanuel Lubezki, Gravity; Runner-up, Bruno Delbonnel, Inside Llewyn Davis
    Best Editing: Alfonso Cuarón and Mark Sanger, Gravity; Shane Carruth and David Lowery, Upstream Color
    Best Production Design: K.K. Barrett, Her; Runner-up: Jess Gonchor, Inside Llewyn Davis
    Douglas Edwards Independent/Experimental Film/Video Award:
    Cabinets Of Wonder: Films and a Performance by Charlotte Pryce
    The NEW GENERATION prize: Megan Ellison.

  10. I’m still a bit leery of giving cinematographers awards for what are essentially animated films (and still not recognizing the technicians who made it so amazing. Not to take away at all from the incredible job that was done on Gravity, but Avatar, Life of Pi and now Gravity-I don’t know, maybe I’m being nostalgic for ‘old school film’.

    Also, did we change the font?

  11. Ed Helms seems to be specializing in starring in unnecessary reboots of old series: he is reportedly to star in a reboot of National Lampoon’s Vacation, as well as playing Frank Drebin in a Naked Gun reboot.

  12. So I’ve been trying to figure how to say this, and I hate using the word ‘feminist’, but I also don’t like that word having a bad connotation, either, and maybe I don’t have any reason to use it, but Stories We Tell is one of the greatest ‘silent feminist manifestos’ I’ve ever seen, insomuch that it doesn’t try to tell you what it is, but presents for you its subject and premise and in doing-so, it presents a woman as simply a woman, with all the faults and dreams and ambitions of a man, we’re presented a woman who is a person, and not a woman. And the final line of the movie, spoken by a golden-haired golden boy with equal hints of melancholy and trepidation, is about the most perfect way to end a documentary like this one.
    This movie is still with me and is making me think about the premise and the ideas it presents, still. Amazing storytelling.

  13. Here’s the sthort list for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar. I guess the most suprising omission is Iran’s The Past.

    Belgium, “The Broken Circle Breakdown,” Felix van Groeningen, director;
    Bosnia and Herzegovina, “An Episode in the Life of an Iron Picker,” Danis Tanovic, director;
    Cambodia, “The Missing Picture,” Rithy Panh, director;
    Denmark, “The Hunt,” Thomas Vinterberg, director;
    Germany, “Two Lives,” Georg Maas, director;
    Hong Kong, “The Grandmaster,” Wong Kar-wai, director;
    Hungary, “The Notebook,” Janos Szasz, director;
    Italy, “The Great Beauty,” Paolo Sorrentino, director;
    Palestine, “Omar,” Hany Abu-Assad, director.

  14. Saw Mr. Banks on Christmas and thought it was quite brilliant. I can’t bring myself to write a review because it keeps devolving into a response to critics and critiques solely focused on it being a puff piece and therefore whitewashing history and going too easy on certain parties. Whether this is still Blind Side backlash carrying over or something else, I don’t know, but the movie is wholly worthwhile and the actors give understated (except for Colin Farrell , who is quite brilliant as well) and completely believable performances.

    Stay through the credits to hear the original Travers on tape and you’ll be convinced Emma Thompson captured her perfectly.

  15. Re: openings in 2014: I assume that Slim and I will be alternating months, but if anyone else has another suggestion or wants to step into the rotation that’s cool too.

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