Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Inherent Vice: The Trailer has Landed


When it rains, it pours and all that jazz. At long last, we're getting both the poster for  Inherent Vice and a 'teaser trailer' and man, is that trailer a doozy! Paul Thomas Anderson is going for broad comedy, quite a change from The Master and There Will Be Blood!  But like the lighter tone of Boogie Nights, Inherent Vice clearly goes dark too. While Joaquin Phoenix, Reese Witherspoon, Benicio del Toro, Katherine Waterston and the entire cast look like they're having a blast here, the big surprise for me is Josh Brolin as Bigfoot Bjornsen. Check him out barking orders, butchering whatever foreign language that's supposed to be. I can't wait to see more of that! I take back what I said about Reese Witherspoon's hair; her big flip looks flipping' fantastic. Is it true to the book? The book was so Inherent Vice opens officially December 12th. 

I'm feeling pretty jealous of all those lucky New Yorkers who get to see the movie when it debuts at the New York Film Festival this Friday, October 3rd.  I'll get over it, I'll be watching Gone Girl instead. How about you?




Monday, September 29, 2014

Designing Women: Gone Girl

Gone Girl Costume Designer Trish Summerville  
Photo by LAURA SIMON ~ lsimon@semissourian.com

Trish Summerville knows what David Fincher wants. The costume designer for Gone Girl worked with Fincher on The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo - I wrote about her work on The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo back in 2011 when she developed a Dragon Tattoo inspired clothing line for H&M. Summerville who also designed The Hunger Games: Catching Fire is currently working on a remake of Westworld starring Rachel Evan Woods, James Marsden and wonderful Anthony Hopkins. The designer talked to the Southeast Missourian - the hometown paper for the Cape Girardeau, Missouri location where Gone Girl was shot - about the importance of wardrobe to any film. Clothes, after all, make the man ... and woman.
"We want to give [the actors] clothes that can help them get into character." 
Summerville used the Kim Dickens, who plays Detective Rhonda Boney as an example. 
 "It's bare bones. We gave her three suits and sensible shoes." Not a whole lot different than my old Realtor wardrobe; my Ann Taylor suits in navy, beige and black are hanging in my closet, awaiting my next sales call. 

Summerville told the newspaper that she and Fincher wanted clothing to look well-worn, so you won't see those telltale brand new looking creases in the clothing. She used tricks like tying sleeves together and weighing pockets down with kidney beans to make them look more worn. She also shopped locally at Goodwill and Teen Challenge.

Obviously, they had a bit more fun with Amy played by Rosamund Pike. With both The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and Hunger Games: Catching Fire  engendering tie-in clothing lines, the obvious question is will there be a Gone Girl clothing line? I don't see any signs of it; I suppose while you may want to look like the ultimate "COOL GIRL" who among you would want to look like Amy? Not exactly a character to emulate, am I right? Or, in the apparent side-taking that's happening, are you on Team Amy and can't wait to rock her look?


Sunday, September 28, 2014

The Inherent Vice book TRAILER narrated by Thomas Pynchon

Large Print Edition

Big week for movies based on books coming up. This Friday, October 4th, Gone Girl hits theaters. I've been avoiding the reviews but it's hard not to hear some of the buzz; it sounds brilliant and I can't wait for the weekend. 

Also on October 4th, Inherent Vice, the Paul Thomas Anderson movie based on Thomas Pynchon's 'part noir, part psychedelic romp' is set to debut at the New York Film Festival. Fans have been waiting for a trailer which is currently as elusive as the acclaimed author. And I found one! 

Sort of. For today's Slacker Sunday video I've got the Inherent Vice book trailer, narrated by Thomas Pynchon himself. The acclaimed author is rumored to have a cameo in the film but he's so camera shy we probably wouldn't recognize him anyway. I certainly wouldn't anyhow.

I threw in a few Inherent Vice covers from around the world, Enjoy!


ITALY
PORTUGAL
FRANCE
GREECE


Saturday, September 27, 2014

Brooklyn Image Gallery: Brooklyn starring Saoirse Ronan, Domhnall Gleeson and Emory Cohen


Brooklyn stars Saoirse Ronan as Ellis Lacey the young Irish woman who leaves Ireland and Jim Farrell (Domhnall Gleeson) behind, emigrating to Brooklyn where she meets and falls for Tony (Emory Cohen). Also starring Jim Broadbent and Julie Walters, Brooklyn, based on the book by Colm Toibin, was scripted by Nick Hornby, and directed by John Crowley.
Brooklyn will be released sometime in 2015. Details as they arrive.





OFF CAMERA & Behind the Scenes


Friday, September 26, 2014

Inherent Vice Image Gallery : Pictures from the movie based on Thomas Pynchon's novel


Inherent Vice based on the 2009 Thomas Pynchon novel is a Paul Thomas Anderson film starring  Joaquin Phoenix as Doc, Josh Brolin as Bigfoot Bjornsen, Reese Witherspoon as Penny and Katherine Waterston as Sasha.



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Dark Places: My take on the book by the author of Gone Girl


Dark Places is the story of Libby Day whose testimony sent her brother to prison for murdering their mother and two sisters twenty four years ago. Libby was just seven at the time. Now, thirty-two and broke (a perpetual state with the impoverished Day family) and unable to function properly, Libby teams up with a ghoulish group called the Kill Club who believe her brother is innocent and pay her to re-investigate the crime. 

As we all know, Flynn knows how to write a thriller - the world is waiting for the screen adaptation of Gone Girl set to open October 3 - and no one does flawed and creepy characters like she does. Encouraged and supported by Lyle, the leader of the group and probably the most likable character in the book, Libby, slowly and reluctantly opens herself up to the possibility that her imprisoned brother Ben may not have been the killer. 

In Flynn fashion, the chapters reveal different perspectives; Libby's in present day alternating with that of Ben and their mother Patty's, back during the time leading up to the murders. It was a technique which kept me ripping through the pages and wondering did he/didn't he? right through to the end.

Flynn really knows how to write flawed characters doesn't she?  No one is innocent in a Flynn book. The author excels at revealing humanity with all our ugly failings; self-serving, weak and disreputable. There were no heroes living at the Day house. Libby herself, the protagonist, is a self-proclaimed liar and a thief, with a penchant for palming miscellaneous trinkets. I found myself feeling very much like I did when I read Flynn's Gone Girl; I hated everyone but there's no way I could stop reading!

And no character is quite as creepily flawed as Ben Day, especially his fascination with the young girl, Krissi Cates. I was so conflicted reading that segment, feeling judgmental then sympathetic.  If the Kill Club is to be believed Ben is innocent of the murder charge, with their alchoholic deadbeat dad, Runner Day, being the prime suspect. But Ben is far from innocent too, and while Libby finally, reluctantly begins to investigate the crime, visiting Ben in jail to try and get some answers, Ben would prefer she just accept that he didn't kill their entire family and leave it at that.

Unfortunately I didn't always buy the choices Flynn's characters make, most notably the mother Patty's major decision upon which everything hinges and which we only learn in the final chapters. While she's a desperate woman, I found her solution simply unbelievable and the actions it sets in motion felt too contrived and convenient.

Another miss for me was when Libby's loser dad "Runner" gets kicked out of a mens' home for drinking and takes up residence in an old tank in an abandoned industrial development where we encounter several other squatters. I know there are places where the homeless gather but the setting didn't ring true to me and was reminiscent of the "Blue Book Boys" living in an old shopping mall in Gone Girl, what I thought was one of the weakest elements in that book.

Still that's a fairly minor note, a personal peeve of mine. What isn't a minor detail is the very bad behavior of Ben's secret girlfriend, Diondra the new girl a couple of years his senior, her friend, the scary Trey Teepano and Ben himself, with his 15 year old's need to prove himself a man and finally get some respect. Diondra is some piece of work; manipulative, selfish, spoiled and gross. For example, left to her own devices for weeks at a time while her parents are away, she allows her three dogs to go to the bathroom in the house. Her solution, to step around the poop which she douses with room spray. Gross. She - aligned with Trey - treats Ben so poorly, teasing and laughing at him, that it's very difficult to know what he sees in her - except for the fact that his hormones are raging, with his hard-ons competing with his low self-esteem for attention. Mixing in alchohol and cheap weed, Flynn brings out the worst in him.


I couldn't help but think of the actors playing the roles in the film. Charlize Theron as Libby, seems odd casting as Libby is small and wiry as a child AND as an adult; an important fact in the last exciting pages of this rather uneven novel. The gorgeous Theron, at 5'10" doesn't match, in fact couldn't pull off some of the actions Flynn writes for Libby as they require a tiny build. Clearly director Gilles Paquet-Brennor who also wrote the screenplay, re-wrote the characters. I HATE it when they do that.


Chloe Grace Moretz physically fits the part of Diondra to a T but I would have thought the character would be too yucky to appeal. On the other hand, actors love a good 'bad guy' role, don't they? The badder the better.

Trey Teepano (Shannon Kook), Ben Day (Tye Sheridan) and Diondra (Chloe Grace Moretz)


Corey Stoll doesn't look much like the grown up Ben either. At over 6'3", with his shaved head, he's utterly unlike Flynn's description of the adult Ben, his hair still red and flowing. If the part is true to the book - chances are it won't be - Stoll, an excellent actor, will be very much underused, as he was in This Is Where I Leave You (Read my take on the movie)  

Christina Hendricks on the other hand does seem well cast as their mother, the overwhelmed Patty. The young potentially murderous Ben is played by Tye Sheridan; I don't much care for the idea of him either. I went into that in a much earlier post.

Last I heard the movie was supposed to debut this past September. That didn't happen; it looks like they're aiming for sometime in 2015 here in the states, with 2014 debut dates of November 14th in Norway and November 20th in Argentina. You'd think with such a good cast, they'd want to capitalize on the excitement built around Gone Girl, wouldn't you. Since they're not I'm wondering if it's another case of the movie just being awful, like Serena seems to be

There's no poster, no trailer than I can find, and very few stills floating around the internet. I'll follow up when there's something to follow up with.
My rating? 3 out 4 little liars.




Parts of this post have appeared previously.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

First look at Reese Witherspoon - and her HAIR - as Penny in Inherent Vice


My twitter feed is full of people jonesing for a trailer for Inherent Vice, the Paul Thomas Anderson directed adaptation of Thomas Pynchon's novel. While there's still no trailer - we got a couple of brief glimpses in the trailer for the New York Film festival where the movie will debut on October 4th - there is finally this first image of Reese Witherspoon as Deputy D.A. Penny chatting with Joaquin Phoenix as Doc Sportello.


Penny is supposed to look like one square chick; she sure looks it here with her crazy bouffant hairdo and straight-laced suit. Honestly I don't remember anyone's hair looking like that in the early 70's - think Charlie's Angels - but even for a woman in the conservative legal profession, they've got Reese looking more like a prison warden than anything else. I think this period photo of Meryl Streep is more of the look they should have gone for. And that suit - horrible! Am I mis-remembering the time period? Joaquin looks far out and so right on as Doc; I'm disappointed to see what they've done to Reese as Penny.


Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Gone Girl Image Gallery

GONE GIRL GALLERY via SE Missourian

Update: 9/24/2014
Gone Girl images, courtesy 20th Century Fox view them below, newest ones first.



Update: 12/30/2013 
The first 'official' image from the movie was just released by 20th Century Fox, an image of Ben Affleck as Nick as well as Amy (Rosamund Pike) on a MISSING poster with her parents in the background. Check it out here

Originally posted 10/23/2013
It is sooooo gray here in L.A. today! So I snuggled up with my laptop and cruised around for behind the scenes images from Gone Girl starring Ben Affleck, Rosamund Pike, Tyler Perry and Neil Patrick Harris. The images are via the SouthEast Missourian, located in Cape Girardeau where Gone Girl is currently filming.
Ben Affleck chatting with director David Fincher pre-shooting
Tyler Perry as Tanner Bolt and Ben Affleck as Nick Dunne, 
hang about waiting to shoot the jailhouse visit scene.
Extras enroute to set in their MISSING Amy Dunne t-shirts
 Cape Girardeau local, Connor Norman in MISSING t-shirt.
"The Bar" looks like it's been there forever!