In discussing films, there might be spoilers. Sorry!

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Review: Uncertainty

Uncertainty, 2009

Directors:Scott McGehee, David Siegel

Writers:Scott McGehee, David Siegel

Stars: Lynn Collins, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Assumpta Serna

Uncertainty isn’t a movie quite like any others. It doesn’t follow the same path with the same feel, wasn't filmed the same with sets and lighting as a block buster. Filmed on location in New York, a portion with hand held cameras, it felt more like real life. And though it might not have been as exciting as I would have hoped -- and yes I do have to be honest and admit, as a writer, there were some plot flaws that might have needed fixing before release --I still found it to be an enjoyable time with phenomenal acting and a concept of two parallel decisions moving side by side in one reality.

There is Kate and Bobby, a not-out-of-the-ordinary couple facing life altering decisions. With the flip of the coin and a jaunt down Brooklyn Bridge, Bobby runs right, Kate runs left, each one finding a different Fourth of July that they share together. In one world, it is ordinary with family and friends while in the other there is murder, mystery while the young couple is yanked into something they can’t understand and have trouble being a part of.

Says Joesph Gordon-Levitt: “The movie was improvised in dialogue and in emotion and in the kind of the moments of the scenes, but the structure, the scenes and the story and the plot was all very precisely thought through beforehand so I think you get a nice blend, because a lot of improv movies feel less like a story and more like real life.

Was the movie as much of a thriller as promised? I love watching Mr. Levitt's films, but this one, it wasn't as good as I hoped. Mr. Levitt's performance, the whole casts job, was done beautifully and lived up to what I expected. It was the writing that had the flaw with too many decisions that made no sense and led to no where. Why would a man who works with computers not realize that when hiding in plain site, using his credit card could get him found? And the ending in the yellow world didn’t make as much sense to me as the ending in the green world. Murdering bad guys don't stop the chase just because you decide not to play and toss away their toy. The story in the yellow world would have to go on in order to find a believable solution. The energy of the two worlds we watched, the dramas that played out, they were not equal and needed the right amount of time for their own sake to finish to an acceptable conclusion.

Did I enjoy it ... yeah ... I did. And I would watch it again just for the sake of seeing it all over again.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Uncertinatiy Decision ...

Trying to figure out what movie to watch tonight as we have two in the house, Uncertainty and Manic. Husband decided after reading back of Uncertainty box, there is only one way to decide. He whips out a coin and flips. Heads Uncertainly/Tails Manic.

I called tails -- um -- I always call tails. Just FYI

We're watching Uncertainty and anyone who knows the movie or in a week or so, after I talk about it here, you will understand a coin toss is the whole premise of the film!!

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Joe turns the camera on the paparazzi ... who wins? Duh!!

Paparazzi -- educated and brilliant in their craft:

"who directed that?"

JGL: "Fellini".


You're famous, you see a photographer shooting photos at you and what is this in your hand -- a camera of your own -- and you are just in the mood to screw with them -- so ...

Click on link and enjoy ... :)


This clip might not show a hell of a lot about the characters and acting performances, but I think it shows a pretty cool guy having a lot of fun with the people he might want to turn the tables on. :)

Friday, November 5, 2010

JGL: 3rd Rock Kick Off ...

Whereas it was necessary when following the movies of Norman Reedus to refer back again and again to Boondock Saints, I think it will be the same with Joseph Gordon-Levitt, only in his case, we will be referring to 3rd Rock from the Sun. Besides the fact that it established him as a presence in Hollywood that needed to be followed, it also is just one of the most hysterical shows I have ever seen. Not a huge fan when it first came out in 1996, I am watching it now with back to back episodes , laughing my ass off with each and every one. I do not think there has ever been as great over-actor than John Lithgow.

For those of you who don't know the show was pretty simple in concept: four aliens from a superior race come to earth, take on human forms and study our life styles and daily existence. There is Dick, the high commander; Tommy the information specialist; Sally, warrior and Harry -- who we don't really know why is there at first except to get into trouble in funny, funny ways. Tom, Dick and Harry and Sally all stuck in Ohio. It was defiantly a show, like Boondock Saints, in regards to nailing script with characters, with dialogue, with actors, director and every other aspect that goes into a perfect mesh that comes across the screen in every episode I have seen so far. Change one aspect and the entire show would have been different and we would have been all the sadder for it.

It made me a little uncomfortable at first when I kept thinking how cute Tommy was, how great he delivered his lines and then remembering he is fourteen in the show and if I think a fourteen year old kid is cute, professional help might be necessary. But then I realized the actor might be fourteen but he is portraying the oldest member on the team, the adult among all the adults. The delivery of the lines is a testament to an actor, still young and learning his craft, but still able to nail the character he is portraying: an old man interested in learning the habits or earth, especially girls and sex.

One of my favorite exchanges:

Coach Strickland: Solomon, climb the rope!

Tommy Solomon: What's at the top of the rope?

Coach Strickland: Your self-esteem.

Tommy Solomon: My self-esteem?

Coach Strickland: Now climb the rope or you get to go sit with the girls.

Tommy Solomon: So if I don't climb the rope, I get to go sit with the girls? You're going to have to help me out here, I'm failing to see the downside.”

Bottom photo: French Stewart as Harry with JGL as Tommy

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Repost to keep moving: Joesph Gordon Levitt Interview

Still working ten to twelve hour days right now and have been since last -- I don't -- what day is it? Hope to be done by the end of this weekend and "caught up" because "caught up" is always possible. Yeah. Right. Ah huh. :)

So I haven't started the movies yet, but I have started the research and is there anything sexier than a grown man talking about how he loved "Dumbo" -- with a full description of his favorite scene? :)