During the jail cell scene in Paul Thomas Anderson’s The Master where Joaquin Phoenix’s Freddie Quell unleashes a fit of rage, Phoenix actually breaks a real toilet. His actions were entirely improvised. Due to the historical past of the building where the scene took place, the toilet was also considered “historical”. Phoenix had no intentions to break the toilet, nor did he think it was possible (x).
If you watch, the broken toilet pieces disappear the next time you see this angle.
A heavy-drinking loner finds some semblance of a family when he stumbles onto the ship of Lancaster Dodd, the charismatic leader of a new “religion.” (Netflix)
This was interesting. This is one of those movies that just drops you in on something and doesn’t explain a whole lot about the world. Normally, I don’t like that. I think it distances the audience. But for some reason, I didn’t mind as much with this. Yeah, there were things I still don’t quite get, the pace is a little slow, and there was terminology that the characters knew but we didn’t, but I was much more focused on the people. These are some insanely fascinating characters. Having them well-acted doesn’t hurt either. Philip Seymour Hoffman is so engaging, always has been. You can’t help but get on his character’s side throughout this. Joaquin Phoenix was also fascinating to watch, his character was so complex it was hard to wrap my head around it. I also really liked Amy Adams as Hoffman’s wife. One of my favorite moments of the whole movie was this part where she’s saying this mini-monologue about being accepted by people in the city, and it’s underscored by Hoffman typing and some music. I don’t know what it was, but it was so incredibly engaging. This is one I think needs multiple viewings to even begin to fully understand everything that’s going on, and I think it deserves those repeat watches.
Spring Awakening. Colin Richmond.
Headlong Theatre Company.
This looks really cool, but does updating the world as a concept defeat the message that kids go through the same stuff no matter if it’s 1800s Germany or present day? Just a thought.
When a single overachiever learns a girl she teased in high school is getting married before her, she swallows her pride to serve as maid of honor. (Netflix)
I was planning on reading the play before I watched this, but this got to the top of my movie list before my order from Amazon came in soo…
Anyway, I was planning on watching this even though it got mixed-leaning towards negative reviews. And I actually really enjoyed it. It’s funny, quickly paced, and the acting is great. It even throws in a lesson about friendship at the end. That being said, none of the leads are likeable. Well acted, but not likeable. Kirsten Dunst is a type-A control freak, Lizzy Caplan is an unreliable adult still acting like a teenager, and Isla Fisher is the typical “dumb whore”. Now, I say these things because they are the stereotypes given to us at the beginning of the movie, stereotypes that they all fall into. What made me like this movie though, is that by the end, you see more about them. You see why they became this way and that there is more to them than when we first met them and I loved that. Like I said, the acting is great. The three ladies killed it. Especially Lizzy Caplan. Rebel Wilson got some great moments, even though you question why here character was friends with these people in the first place. Adam Scott, James Marsden, and Andrew Rannells plays some of the guys, and they were all funny as well. Basically, I can see why people didn’t like this. It’s crude, raunchy, and full of unlikeable characters. But I was laughing out loud so that’s got to say something.