Posts Tagged Joseph Gordon-Levitt
The Rum Diary
starring Johnny Depp
based on novel by Hunter S. Thompson
– an American journalist working in Puerto Rico during the 1950s seeks a balance between island culture and the ex-patriots
The Ides of March
starring Ryan Gosling and George Clooney
–idealism. dirty politics. Ryan Gosling.
starring Brad Pitt, Robin Wright, Jonah Hill
–story of Oakland A’s general manager Billy Beane’s successful attempt to put together a baseball team using computer-generated analysis to draft players
starring Anna Paquin, Matt Damon, Mark Ruffalo, Allison Janney
–a woman witnesses a bus accident and the question of whether or not it was intentional affects many people’s lives.
starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Seth Rogan
–comedy about a young man’s battle with cancer
Martha Marcy May Marlene
starring Elizabeth Olson
–a woman flees an abusive cult
The Skin I Live In
starring Antonio Banderas
written and directed by Pedro Almodovar
–a plastic surgeon creates a type of synthetic skin that withstands any kind of damage
10 Things I Still Love About 10 Things I Hate About You
1. The central character Kat (Julia Stiles) is a smart, independent, outspoken feminist. She knows what she wants and is not bothered by public opinion. Kat is not a freak even if the 18-year-old may read The Bell Jar for fun [I spent a few summer days in college on my deck reading The Bell Jar] and hanging out in lesbian nightclubs. She possesses a self-confidence and quick wit that boys may find threatening. [Most likely due to the female co-writing team.]
2. The intelligent script is co-authored by two women, Karen McCullah and Kirsten Smith. There’s little superfluous banter. Instead, these savvy kids would make Shakespeare proud.
3. The Bard receives the utmost deference. Kat’s best friend, Mandella (Susan May Pratt) keeps a photo of William in her locker and tells someone she is “deeply involved” with Shakespeare. In an English class, the teacher raps one of his sonnets. Plus Shakespearean dialogue is scattered throughout the film that is based on Taming of the Shrew.
4. The only featured sport in this high school atmosphere is……women’s soccer!
5. Boston favorites Letters to Cleo, featuring Kay Hanley, perform three songs.
6. It’s nice to see Heath Ledger healthy in one of his early roles.
7. The cast consisted of mostly new faces at the time and not just a bunch of the usual teen flick subjects. The exception was Joseph Gordon-Levitt (Third Rock from the Sun) who turns in a charming performance as the patient suitor of Kat’s sister Bianca (Larisa Oleynik). Also Oleynik and Stiles were both in high school at the time, thus playing their own age.
8. The popular girl, Bianca, is not vapid. In fact she sees right through the school stud (Andrew Keegan) in a reasonable amount of time for a sophomore.
9. Kat does not give up everything for the boy. Patrick Verona (the late, talented Heath Ledger). Kat’s big plan is to head to Sarah Lawrence College in the fall. She never changes but finds someone who accepts her as she is.
10. Julia Stiles and Health Ledger both had Shakespeare connections. Stiles soon after appeared in O, a retelling of Othello with Mikhi Pfeiffer and Josh Hartnett. Ledger was a member of the Globe Shakespeare Company.
Extras include: cast interviews, audition tapes, and interviews with the director and the co-writers
AVAILABLE ON DVD JANUARY 5, 2009
Everyone was saying how you woke up this other guy.
–Luvlee [Fisher] to Chris [Gordon-Levitt] about his coma.
Chris Pratt [Gordon-Levitt] seemed to lead the charmed life: star hockey player, pretty girlfriend, popular, family wealth and a number of prospects ahead of him. Now, he lives by lists. People do not expect much of him. And he seems an easy target and you get uneasy when anyone talks to him. Stuck in a mind he did not choose to be in, nor wants to be can be surprising and is often frustrating for Chris. He’s now treated differently. Sometimes he surprises himself and gets frustrated too by his slow verbalization process or the way he blurts things out at times.
Gordon-Levitt expresses a naivety and just the right expression. On the extras, Gordon-Levitt said he intentionally did not get much slept and was really worn out on the set to get in to the mindset of this character. It’s an impressive character study. Fully aware of his shortcomings, the character knows at times how slow and complicated things are and other times is lucent.
Despite wealthy parents he works cleaning floors at the local bank and lives in a shady part of town with his blind friend. Guilt? Some form of self-punishment? Townies befriend him and convince him to collaborate on a scheme to rob the bank; will he go through with it after all. Especially conniving and convincing is Luvlee [played by the effervescent Fisher]. Chris hasn’t received so much attention in a long time. But will he risk it all for the thrill or for the money or the power that it will provide?
The Lookout is a superior psychological thriller.
STEELE RECOMMENDATION: Top of the netflix queue.