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NEW POLL: MOST ANTICIPATED 2019
That's Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio in Tarantino'sONCE UPON A TIME IN HOLLYWOOD (July 26), Juliette Binoche and Robert Pattinson in Claire Denis' HIGH LIFE (April 12), Pitt again in James Gray's AD ASTRA (May 24), and Michael Shannon, Daniel Craig, Lakeith Stanfield and Chris Evans in... stills from other movies, but also members of the ensemble for Rian Johnson's KNIVES OUT (Nov. 27).
Your new poll question if you choose to accept it: What is your most anticipated (original, non-sequel) film of 2019?
Coming Fri. Jan 25: Adam and Josh's 2019 Preview in the form of their Top 5 Questions about the new movie year. Got a suggestion? Send it to email@example.com.
WRITING FILM CRITICISM: A MANIFESTO
Alan Scherstuhl is a film critic for L.A Weekly and the former film editor at the Village Voice. He's a smart critic and highly regard editor who you may recall from his appearance on #601, where he joined Adam and Josh to talk about Ira Sachs' (under-appreciated) "Little Men." Here's how his "Review Advice" opens:
My advice on reviews is simple:
First, the don'ts:
Do not open with plot summary.
Do not write a paragraph of plot summary.
Do not write this sentence: "CHARACTER's NAME (ACTOR'S NAME) is an architect suffering from ennui in the years since her professional chef husband CHARACTER'S NAME (ACTOR'S NAME) had to close his dream restaurant and bury their child CHARACTER'S NAME (ACTOR'S NAME, adorable in sad flashbacks to a happier time)."
I totally agree, Dave. And one of the unexpected pleasures of pairing the Hawke interview with Adam's conversation with "Eighth Grade" director Bo Burnham is how they kind of talked to each other, touching on similar subjects.
Hawke: "You know, I wouldn't normally think I could play this jazz musician, but because Chet Baker's secret was actually an actor's secret, which is, you actually just have to show how scared you are, and then it can work. And that I thought I could do."
Burnham, talking about star Elsie Fisher: "A lot of kid actors when you give them a script, they take all of the things that make them interesting and chaotic and fun to watch and they squash them down into a very simple line-reading... And Elsie was the one kid who could maintain what was her. She's comfortable being vulnerable in every moment. She's comfortable to exist on the horizon of her thought. I think there's an impulse with actors to want to be in control. And I think great actors can let go of their control."
"She's comfortable to exist on the horizon of her thought." What a beautiful phrase.