WEIRDLAND: That kind of fantasy

Sunday, April 27, 2008

That kind of fantasy

"When I worked in a factory, I'd go to the movies on a Saturday night and sit alone in the back row watching. If the film was good, I mean really great, that movie could carry me through the entire next week on my dreary job in the plant. That's what I think movies should be all about, giving people that kind of fantasy! Carrying them to other places. That's what they did for me."
-Marilyn Monroe.

"Douglas is perfect playing the uptight businessman Nicholas, cleverly riffing on his Oscar-winning performance as the cold-blooded Gordon Gekko in WALL STREET. Fincher's Kafkaesque carnival show is an exercise in taut filmmaking that mischievously pulls a seemingly endless supply of rugs out from under both Nicholas and, even more impressive, the viewer".

"To say "The game" is a nightmare would be an understatement. Like Nick, the moviegoer is left guessing. Lines between reality and fantasy are not just blurred, they are indistinguishable. The director, David Fincher, is a master at placing characters in vexing situations and bleak locations. Both of those elements are present here. Part of the film is shot on location in Mexico. That sequence alone is such a fundamental moment in the breaking of Nicholas that one could analogize it to a descent into hell". Source:

-Black: I have these guilty pleasures, these failed films that don't work at all, but I'll watch them if they're on. Like "The Game".

-Wright: I like that film, but it should have ended with Michael Douglas shooting Sean Penn -- but then there's the airbag and T-shirts and Deborah Unger. It's like, after two hours of paranoia, as soon as he gets a novelty T-shirt he's fine with it.-Black: "The Game" would have worked for me if the elements related to each other instead of being just random shit -- let's see, that chair will blow up, the clown will come in, the car will go by with people wearing carrot suits, and the moon will shift two degrees in the sky -- I mean, there's no rhyme or reason to anything that happens, unless I'm missing something.

-Wright: Yeah, yeah, yeah! Bruce Willis is aging into quite a nice grizzled man. When he showed up in Planet Terror I thought I could happily watch him being a badass for the next twenty years. Having said that, the fact that you have bald Bruce for Die Hard 4 is just wrong. They should have CGIed his hair back!

-Black: Well, I don't even know that Die Hard 4 isn't wrong.

-Wright: In every other territory, it's not called Live Free or Die Hard, it's Die Hard 4, because the phrase doesn't mean anything anywhere else.

-Black: Actually, it doesn't mean anything here either.

"It is interesting to compare Plath’s innovations in fiction with those of her husband, Ted Hughes, for there was undoubtedly a jagged edge of rivalry between them as writers. His prose ventures were a reworking of fantasy and ancient history within the fantasy fiction genre Tolkien opened up with spectacular success when Lord of the Rings found an audience of both children and adults.

But Plath sailed into the relatively uncharted waters of the modern world seen through the eyes of young people—teenagers—and helped begin a literary trend that has exploded since [...]"
"Grant fantasy a reality of its own and it crosses the barrier into the real world. There can, he argued, be no distinction between fantasy and a life. This was not the argument that, however mediated, fantasy will always include the kernel of the world from which it departs. For Hughes, there was no mediation: I was ‘surreptitiously rewriting the real history of Plath’s relationship to Hughes’, replacing it with my ‘own fantasy’, imposing an ‘invented identity’ on Sylvia Plath".

"While talking to, actress Maggie Gyllenhaal did field one question for her approach on taking over the Rachel Dawes character in "The Dark Knight".

-Is your Batman character a damsel in distress?

-There are moments of that. Chris Nolan, the director, would joke about how I had to resign myself to being a little bit of a damsel in distress but he pushed me in other ways to make her a powerful character. I play a lawyer and have real relationships with the people I'm interacting with in the movie. She's very smart and a real rounded person. Of course, if you're the girl in Batman, you're going to be a damsel in distress to some extent but she's a really great character. So many people I play are a mess; Rachel's really clear about what's important to her and unwilling to compromise her morals, which made a nice change.
She will be starring alongside Christian Bale, Heath Ledger, Aaron Eckhart, Gary Oldman, Michael Caine and Morgan Freeman. The sequel was written by brothers Johnathan and Christopher Nolan with Chris once again behind-the-camera in the director's chair". Source:


Xenia said...

agree with Marylin on that one, I'm totally the one to be drawn by her cynematic fantasies...
And I'm much more drawn by Sylvia Plath's writing than Ted Hughe's...:)

Oh and Maggie is one amazing actress and a beautiful non conventional woman, or at least she strikes me like the non conventional cool type...
Oh and her moles are almost in the same position as Jake's...;)

Kendra said...

I posted this picture of Sylvia Plath (scanned from my book "Ariel" -one of my most precious poetry books-, in sepia and back & white) because in some of her pictures Sylvia reminds me Marilyn a bit, as example this picture of Marilyn (red-haired and pre-huge Hollywood success as platinum blonde).

I want to watch "The Dark Knight" for various reasons: Nolan is one of my favourite directors, we'll witness the last performance by Heath Ledger, and I admire Christian Bale and Maggie a lot, in Spain it will be released on 13th August 2008 :)