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BYOB – November 5

21 Responses to “BYOB – November 5”

  1. IOIOIOI says:

    Nothing? Really? Nothing at all? Schucks.

  2. They showed Julia Louis-Dreyfuss and Jay Leno on the Australian news tonight “down in the trenches” for the writer’s guild. Interesting.

  3. Kambei says:

    Nice article Noah, but it needs some serious proofreading…

  4. themutilator says:

    A note on the draw of American Gangster:
    A good friend who goes to about 2 movies a year (if that) asked me to take him to AG. Since I had already seen it and loved it, I had no problem with taking him. He was getting antsy with the length at about the 2:15 mark and we both thought that the ending seemed rushed but he said that it was an excellent film and was pleased that he went.
    The other movie he saw this year was The Simpsons Movie.

  5. Me says:

    My wife (who recently said she wanted to see more movies like Hot Fuzz) and I (we’re both 30-years old) went and saw Superbad at the second run theater. While I thought it was okay-funny, she turned to me at the end and said, “I think I’m too old for dick jokes.”

  6. crazycris says:

    I really enjoyed Noah’s article this week! Especially since I had the chance to see both Gone Baby Gone and The Assassination of Jesse Jammes by the Coward Robert Ford last week, and was very impressed by Casey Affleck’s work in both of them! Two very different performances, both enhancing their features significantly.
    What are the chances he could get a double nomination (best actor / best supporting actor)? That would be a well-deserved treat!

  7. Ian Sinclair says:

    I’m not going to bother reading Noah’s column after the asshole he made of himself last week.

  8. Wrecktum says:

    Funny, that’s how I feel about you.

  9. crazycris says:

    How is stating your opinion in a reasonable, non-insulting to others way… making an asshole of oneself? And why does this blog tend to bring out the worst in some people? :o(

  10. movieman says:

    The first review of “Fred Claus” appeared this morning on Variety’s website, and it sure wasn’t good (Brian Lowry said “FC” was akin to “dumping coal into everyone’s holiday stocking”).
    WB won’t let me see it until tonight–at one of those ghastly promos all the studios love so much–but I’m starting to wonder whether it’s really going to be the b.o. slamdunk I’ve been predicting since the teaser began running in theaters last xmas.
    And 115 minutes seems awfully long for a Santa Claus movie, doesn’t it?

  11. T. Holly says:

    I’m gonna cut and paste the “Why We Strike” piece into Word today and read it, because reading long think pieces in a narrow column flanked by fat red bars gives me neausea and a headache. But I really want to read it, because Dave gets this stuff.

  12. scooterzz says:

    movieman: seriously, even if you’ve never believed anything i’ve ever posted before, believe this… ‘fred claus’ is one of the biggest wastes of time you will have at the movies this year…. i was told i ‘had’ to see it in order to do interviews and regretted that deal with the devil twenty minutes in….really…stay home…do laundry, make out your xmas card list, braid your hair….ANYTHING is better than having to sit through this……jus’ sayin’….

  13. brack says:

    I’m a sucker for holiday movies, but unless “Fred Claus” gets some sort of decent response I think I’ll pass.

  14. Noah says:

    Crazycris, glad you liked the column. Can anyone else think of any other actors who have been overlooked by the Academy in recent years because their performance wasn’t “showy” enough? Like I said in the column, I think Matt Damon in The Good Shepherd for sure and I would add Ralph Fiennes in The Constant Gardener, Ethan Hawke or Julie Delpy for Before Sunset and maybe Jeff Daniels for the Squid and the Whale. Any others come to mind?

  15. crazycris says:

    Viggo Mortensen in History of Violence? also in Alatriste (but since that one’s in Spanish, i guess it was to be expected, pity, he really did an excellent job bringing a beloved historical novel character to life)

  16. movieman says:

    Scooter- You and the Variety reviewer were right: “Fred Claus” is a crushing disappointment, and a criminal waste of so many talented actors (Giamatti, Vaughn, Richardson, Bates, Weisz, Spacey).
    And for a big-bucks studio movie, it sure looks awfully chintzy.
    I always thought that “Wedding Crashers” was overrated anyway (“The 40-Year-Old Virgin” did a much better job of combining raunch and heart in summer ’05), so this movie’s “suck-age” really shouldn’t come as a surprise. (“Clay Pigeons” reminds David Dobkin’s best movie to date.)
    With luck, this stinker will evaporate as quickly as “Deck the Halls” did last year.
    I’m still predicting a boffo opening weekend, but w.o.m. should capsize it before Thanksgiving. One can always hope.

  17. movieman says:

    oops; meant to say “Clay Pigeons” REMAINS DD’s best movie.
    I don’t know about you, Scooter, but “Bee Movie” is looking pretty damn good to me right about now.
    Hell, Schwarzenegger’s “Jingle All the Way” seems like a Yuletide classic compared to this curdled eggnog of a movie.

  18. scooterzz says:

    movieman– the day i saw ‘fred claus’ i also had to see ‘bee movie’….. not a good day, i’m afraid….

  19. On the theme of Afflecks, I wouldn’t have had an issue with Ben Affleck being nominated for Hollywoodland, which I just watched on DVD today. Movie wasn’t worth much but Affleck was fine.
    And Steve Carell (and Paul Dano for that matter) were better than Alan Arkin in Little Miss Sunshine.
    It was a good piece Noah. Haven’t seen GBG but Affleck was amazing in Jesse James.

  20. movieman says:

    Scooter- My single worst day as a working critic this year was having to suffer through “Good Luck Chuck” and “The Game Plan” back to back. I still get shivers thinking about it.
    Like those two abominations, “Claus” is definitely a candidate for my 10-worst list. I’m still trying to figure out how it all went so diastrously wrong.
    Even the promo crowd–a notoriously easy-to-please bunch just happy to see a free movie (any movie)–seemed disheartened.
    I could sense a palpable relief in the auditorium when the damn thing finally ended and they could go home.

  21. movieman says:

    Scooter- My single worst day as a working critic this year was having to suffer through “Good Luck Chuck” and “The Game Plan” back to back. I still get shivers thinking about it.
    Like those two abominations, “Claus” is definitely a candidate for my 10-worst list. I’m still trying to figure out how it all went so diastrously wrong.
    Even the promo crowd–a notoriously easy-to-please bunch just happy to see a free movie (any movie)–seemed disheartened.
    I could sense a palpable relief in the auditorium when the damn thing finally ended and they could go home.

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