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Your Oscar Nominee!!!

Javier Bardem in Perdita Durango

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8 Responses to “Your Oscar Nominee!!!”

  1. I love that movie. So completely deranged.

  2. Tofu says:

    Tom Sizemore! How crazed you have become.

  3. IOIOIOI says:

    Dont forget that Ellen Page is only 2 years removed from Juggernaut screaming; “I AM JUGGERNAUT. BITCH!” at her. So, you know, these people evolve from role to role.

  4. David Blaine was a failed actor?

  5. marychan says:

    Some female people will probably [hate] Javier Bardem after watching “Perdita Durango”

  6. movielocke says:

    I love me some alex de la iglesia (especially 800 balas), but this is one I’ve not gotten to. reminds me I need to check netflix to see if any more of his films have become available in the last two years…

  7. Ju-osh says:

    My two favorite Bardem films are Before Night Falls and Mondays In The Sun. I’m sure that most everybody’s seen BFN, but Mondays is well worth checking out, too. It’s about a group of out-of-work Spaniards wasting away the days while looking for jobs. It’s got the hang out feel of a Howard Hawks films, with a little bit of that lazy, Dazed & Confused vibe.

  8. Hopscotch says:

    Bardem’s amazing in his breif appearance in Collateral. That “Pedro Speech”. How upset do you think he’d be?

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“But okay, I promise you now that if I ever retire again, I’m going to ensure that I can’t walk it back. I’ll post a series of the most disgusting, offensive, outrageous statements you can ever imagine. That way it will be impossible for me to ever be employed again. No one is going to take my calls. No one is going to want to be seen with me. Oh, it will be scorched earth. I will have torched everything. I’m going to flame out in the most legendary fashion.”
~ Steven Soderbergh

I feel strongly connected to young cinephile culture. The thing about filmmaking—and cinephilia—is that you can’t keep hanging out with your own age group as you get older. They drop off, move somewhere. You can’t put together a crew of sixty-somethings. It’s the same for cinephilia: my original set of cinephile friends are watching DVDs at home or delving into 1958 episodes of ‘Gunsmoke,’ something like that. The people who are out there tend to be young, and I happen to be doing the same thing still, so it’s natural that I move in their circles.

In terms of the filmmaking, there was a gear shift: my first movies focused on people around my age, and I followed them for three films. Until The Unspeakable Act, I was using the same actors, not because of an affinity for people at a specific age, but because of my affinity for the actors. I like to work with actors a second time, especially if I don’t feel confident casting a new film. But The Unspeakable Act was a different script, and I had to cast all new people. Even for the older roles, I couldn’t get the people I’d worked with before. But when it was over, the same thing happened: I wanted to work with Tallie again in the worst way, and I started the process all over again.

I think Rohmer did something similar around the time of Perceval and Catherine de HeilbronnHe developed new groups of people that he liked to work with. These gear shifts are natural. Even if you want to follow certain actors to the end of their life (which I kind of do) the variety of ideas that you generate makes it necessary to change. And once you’ve made the change, you’ve got all these new people around.”
~ Dan Sallitt