Random thread for April-May 2016

Standard

Reading  the sad news of Star Wars: The Phantom Menace child star Jake Lloyd’s legal and mental troubles made me think back to this interview he did at a Star Wars convention back in 2009.

It’s clearly an interview that doesn’t go well and many in the YT comments blame the interviewer (he does ask some inane questions) but for mine it’s pretty clear that Lloyd is passive-aggressive from the word go and not only hates doing the interview, but seems to half-hate that he’s at the convention and back in the public spotlight. Seeing this interview and reading about his troubles would surely put off any parent from having their child do acting.

18 responses »

  1. It’s sad what happened to him. I feel like Hollywood really needs to help their own when it comes to cases like this. So many kids are chewed up and spit out by the system.

  2. Boy AMC sure stepped in it when the floated the idea of allowing texting in some theaters. I think the most appalling part of the story is that they equated a millennial not using their phone to missing their left arm. Is this what we’ve become?

  3. Dominating the news headlines in Australia today was Johnny Depp & Amber Heard facing court here over the smuggling of their dogs into the country on a visit last year.

    They pled guilty and got a minor penalty but the real story was their ‘apology video’ for the incident which is so corny and awkward that it has been understandably widely mocked as a sly parody.

  4. Depp looked absolutely terrible in the video. He needs a vacation (or possibly the opposite) depending on what led to his current state.

  5. I would be ‘none of the above’ because I know virtually nothing about his music – ‘Cream’ is the on just know virtually nothing about his music. The only song that I know of his is ‘Cream’.
    Obviously a major artistic figure though – I knew that he wrote Sinead O’Connor’s ‘Nothing Compares 2 U’ but didn’t know that he wrote the Bangles ‘Manic Monday’.

  6. Normally when trailer generates a lot of headlines usually it’s a good sign but not so with the all-female Ghostbusters remake which has become notorious as one of the most disliked YouTube videos ever!

    There have been allegations that this is down to misogyny but having watched it, I think it’s mainly because it isn’t that good. Directly referencing the original Ghostbusters at the start seems rather odd and pointless, especially if this a remake and not a sequel as I’m presuming.

  7. I don’t expect the film to be good at all, but there’s no question that there is a vocal contingent of idiots attacking the film because of the cast. They were up in arms before a single frame was shot.

  8. I think the big problem with the trailer is the final gag bit (McCarthy taken over by a ghost) – just a misfire and ends the trailer on a sour note.

  9. Are we missing a Random Thread?

    Anywho, seeing that Special Correspondents has a 13 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes, and seeing how Hello Ladies was a fantastic series, I think we know who the real brains behind The Office was, as I think also Marco once remarked how none of Gervais’s films hit the mark with critics or audiences.

  10. Anywho, seeing that Special Correspondents has a 13 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes, and seeing how Hello Ladies was a fantastic series, I think we know who the real brains behind The Office was, as I think also Marco once remarked how none of Gervais’s films hit the mark with critics or audiences.

    I remember somebody saying the same thing about Merchant a few years ago and Gervais’ largely unsuccessful foray into Hollywood suggests this to be the case. That he’s actually making a film version of The Office suggests he’s getting pretty desperate.

    As an aside, I’ve always found Gervais a fairly obnoxious personality; tbh I think I’d prefer Brent over him.

  11. Has any director gone as unheralded and had as great a run in the beginning of their career as John Landis? I mean, a string of comedy masterpieces that suddenly crashed (excuse the pun) after what happened in Twilight Zone: The Movie?

    The Kentucky Fried Movie (1977)
    National Lampoon’s Animal House (1978)
    The Blues Brothers (1980) (co-written with Dan Aykroyd)
    An American Werewolf in London (1981) (also writer)
    Trading Places (1983)
    Thriller (1983)

  12. He got all of the talent out of his system pretty quickly. I did like Coming to America, but even that was almost 30 years ago. I just realized that came out the Summer before I started high school and now I feel incredibly old.

  13. While I don’t think every work of his from the late 70s/early 80s was flawless, if I was an adult during that time Landis probably would’ve been the director whose films I would’ve looked forward to as much as anyone.

    Certainly I reckon his comic timing at his peak was rarely matched by any American mainstream director since.

    His career never really recovered not just from the Twilight Zone deaths but the trial that occurred in 1986/87 that despite the acquital, severely damaged his reputation. How else to explain how his career petered out so quickly post-1987?

    I actually saw the one film he’s made this century – the 2010 British film Burke and Hare – during its brief run at the cinemas and apart from one or two brief signs of the old talent, it’s clear his spark had gone.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s