Archive for October, 2007

Bladerunner: The Ultimate Version

October 11, 2007

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Bladerunner is my favorite movie, not by much, but it has remained so since I first saw it at 14 years of age. I’ve been waiting in anticipation for the newest version that comes out on DVD in December. But this evening I heard from a producer that the newest version of Bladerunner is playing at a theatre near you…or at least me…or at least if you live in the Los Angeles area.

It’s playing until next Thursday, October 18th, 2007 at the Landmark Theatre in the Westside Pavillion Mall on Pico Blvd, just East of the 405.

I’m rushing to see it tomorrow, so will refrain from speaking anymore about it until after.

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Gender Role Reversal in Theatre, ugh

October 8, 2007

shakespear in loveI’ve recently been taking more of an interest in the world of theatre beyond the scope of my acting. This has included an attempt at writing a play and being part of another show in which puppets will be used to portray the characters. It should be a humbling experience to not be the object of attention, but to control the object of attention instead, to some how use the puppet as an extension of my performance. This is all well and good because the nude scene that is required will be less embarrassing for me and more so for the puppet. The fact that I’m in Los Angeles doing this and not New York City is probably a mistake, but it’s keeping my skills sharp. Which is what a lot of actors here in LA need to do, and while I don’t think scene work is bad, it’s a lot better for an actor to bite into a role that they can fully develop. There are dozens upon dozens of local 99-seat theatres in LA working with actors that just want to be noticed and there are a bevy of artistic directors that want to be taken seriously. In a city where film and television is the medium of choice it makes it that much more difficult to get recognized.

Taking all of these detractors into account theatres will try anything to get attention. One of the things I hate the most in this scurry for minor fame is the ease and lack of creativity it takes to mount a production in which all of the male characters…will be played by female characters. (more…)

“The Darjeeling Limited”, Wes’ newest

October 8, 2007

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I loved Wes Anderson’s Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou. It was an adventure that a kid might have imagined. What kid doesn’t imagine finding a rare shark at the bottom of the ocean. It was a dream that reminded me of the children’s book Where the Wild Things Are. It’s too bad Spike Jonze is directing it, because Anderson would be the perfect fit. The dry absurdity he bring to his movies sits well with my own personality. And that sharp humor is put to good use in The Darjeeling Limited, a story about two brothers coerced together by their eldest third to reconnect as family and spiritually on a trip through India. The brothers are played respectively and wonderfully by Owen Wilson, as the eldest who after a near death experience brings them together. The middle child by Adrien Brody, who seems to be most affected by the emotional trauma that split them apart. And the youngest by Jason Schwartzman, a novelist who’s too afraid to admit that his books are based on real events. It’s good that Anderson writes movies about wealthy people, because they can go anywhere they wish at any time they wish allowing for a far more expansive journey. Here though the money isn’t the cause of their inner turmoils.

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“The Assasination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford”

October 6, 2007

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(As a note all I knew about this film while walking into it was that it starred Brad Pitt, Casey Affleck and was shot by the unapproachable DP Roger Deakins. If you wish to have that same surprise, then don’t read on. For those of you who do I won’t give away much, except that Jesse James is assassinated.)

I love long titles to movies but that didn’t stop my friend and I from joking while walking into the theatre about it. We could remember the first part The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward… and then we’d mumble into silence, truly a good laugh. After having seen this film I don’t think I’ll ever forget his name, …Rober Ford, though whether or not he was a coward should be left up to you. (more…)