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Film noir lives!

Do I dare to hope either of these will be any good?

THE BLACK DAHLIA
Scarlett Johansson, Josh Hartnett, Aaron Eckhart, Mia Kirshner
This trailer (finally, there's a trailer!) gave me chills. It looks good. It has some of my favorite people in the universe in it (apart from Hilary Swank, heh.) But, let's face it, Brian De Palma is a hack. :-/ And the subject matter is SO dark. I've read some James Ellroy but never his Black Dahlia book. I want to see this but I'm a little afraid that it will be a) bad or b) just too damn disturbing. (Opens wide Sept. 15)

And HOLLYWOODLAND
Adrien Brody, Diane Lane, Ben Affleck
This also gives me pause. Who was it who was saying everyone seems kind of miscast? Susan Sarandon might make a better aging mob moll than Diane Lane (who I adore, however!) I want to see this despite the presence of Ben Affleck, who I usually can't bear to watch for even a second on screen, not since his Good Will Hunting days anyway. (Opens wide Sept. 8)

So I'm keeping fingers crossed these will be halfway decent. If anyone says "noir" (or "vampire") I'm there! I just can't help it!

(I think I need a ScarJo icon!)

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inthekeyofd
Jul. 27th, 2006 11:58 pm (UTC)
I saw the Black Dahlia preview..DAMN IT LOOKS GOOD, if you can catch it, there is a FANTASTIC documentary that they did on James Elroy's book where they are all sitting around discussing the case, and they are convinced that one person has solved the crime, I don't want to give it away, because it is a spoiler, but believe me, his evidence is EXTREMELY convincing.

But Hillary Swank is the femme fatale.., not really seeing that, but I've read some things on the movie and they say she's wonderful in it.

And Hollywoodland, I can't stand Ben, but I can watch him easier than Matt..everyone knows the story about the former Superman, but still, it actually looks pretty good.
halfdutch
Jul. 28th, 2006 02:39 am (UTC)
I've seen part of that documentary, but never the whole thing. I know there was a recent book on the subject that claimed to have a very good case for who the real murderer was.

True crime stuff fascinates me and I used to watch those forensics shows like "The New Detectives" long before CSI came on. But then I kind of O.D.'d on it and now I like to limit my exposure. There's only so much dark stuff you want in your head and some of that stuff is in my head for good. :-/

I can't buy Hilary Swank as a femme fatale, but who knows? She could pull it off. I loved her in Boys Don't Cry but since then, eh. It is good she's trying for something different than just playing butch all the time. She was good in "Insomnia," if you ever saw that, although that was a small role. Very good film and I'm not really an Al Pacino fan!

Oh you prefer Ben to Matt? I used to lump them together as frat boy types I wanted nothing to do with, and they were just so overexposed after winning their Oscars. But then Matt started to impress me with some of the roles he took and I hear over and over how down to earth he is and he wasn't the one having all these high-profile romances in the tabloids. I loved him in the Bourne films, those are just fantastic. I was very skeptical he'd make a good spy, being so baby-faced. Anyway, he's slowly won me around, while Ben has gone in the opposite direction with stupid action movies. But I think he's trying to go back to smaller, better films and be more lowkey, so we'll see. I just think Matt's a better actor. ;)

I will check out both films and hope for the best!
inthekeyofd
Jul. 28th, 2006 03:06 am (UTC)
Honestly, for me, it's like the lesser of two evils between those two...funny, they've written a whole bunch of movies since Good Will Hunting..if you have ever heard the backstory on that particular screenplay you know what I mean. Plus, Matt proclaims his love of the Red Sox and yet, I've seen pics of him in a Yankees hat..it's a small thing, but still.. *yes I'm that much of a fan of the Sox.*

And Matt, I am not too big to say I really LOVED the Bourne movies, maybe it's because he didn't have to much to say, or because i saw them before I read the books..which are totally TOTALLY different..I mean, I think they only used one plot point from the second book, but other than those, I've told you how I feel about him..but I will agree, he is the better actor between the two..but maybe it's me, Ben just seems a little..I don't know, nicer or something.

Either way, I LOVE LOVE true crime books, that's why I can't watch the news half the time because I'm always saying, "He did it.." I've read enough true crime to know that. *smile*

The CSI shows..the original one especially seeing it's the only one I watch..love it..but I loved the repeats of "Quincy."

halfdutch
Jul. 30th, 2006 06:03 am (UTC)
Ahh, Quincy, yay! I've just discovered a local channel reruns so I watched an episode the other day! Good times, LOL.
queenbtch
Jul. 28th, 2006 12:51 am (UTC)
I still haven't quite forgiven Ben Affleck for going down the action-movie, screen hunk road. He was in a number of my favorite movies (Dazed & Confused, Chasing Amy, Good Will Hunting, Dogma) and then....nothing. I still hold out hope that his buddy Kevin Smith will berate him enough to make him see that he should really be making much cooler movies than he is right now.

Adrian Brody....*gazes dreamily into space*....I love Adrian Brody.

If all else fails, they look like they'll both have gorgeous art direction. I'm easily distracted by pretty.
halfdutch
Jul. 28th, 2006 02:42 am (UTC)
Ahh, I guess I've only ever tolerated Ben. He's just never been my type at all. He was fine in Good Will Hunting & Shakespeare in Love but those are small roles, LOL. And I like Chasing Amy well enough. But then he started making stupid action movies and being in the tabloids all the damn time and I started to get allergic to him!

Adrien though ... he's got that weird intensity about him that's very compelling. I first saw him in "Summer of Sam" and he pretty much *was* the whole movie.

And yes, the art direction on both looks amazing. *checks release dates again*

Between these and the two big period magician movies, I think I'm going to be a pretty happy girl this fall. *crosses fingers*
queenbtch
Jul. 28th, 2006 04:24 pm (UTC)
Adrien though ... he's got that weird intensity about him that's very compelling. Mmmm, yes. And I love skinny boys with good noses. His is a very good nose. A noble nose. I want to bite it.

There are two big period magician movies? I know about the one with Bowie in it. What's the other?
halfdutch
Jul. 30th, 2006 06:01 am (UTC)
Ahh, there's The Prestige which is the one with Bowie, LOL. (It stars Christian Bale, Hugh Jackman & Scarlett Johansson. Yowza!)

And The Illusionist with Ed Norton and Jessica Biel.

The Prestige looks better -- better cast, better director, but I do like Edward Norton. He's got that intensity thing that Adrien has, doesn't he? I feel like Edward hasn't been in a decent movie in ages! So I hope this one's good!
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