Posts Tagged Matt Damon
Description: When he’s dispatched to a small town similar to one he grew up in, a salesman [Matt Damon] for a natural gas company grows conflicted.
“You offered us money. All we had to do to get it was be willing to scorch the earth beneath our feet.”
This quiet film shows both sides of the natural gas issue through the eyes of a small farming community that’s struggling with a failing economy. As a natural gas company swoops in to buy up land, various people consider their future options. Will money from the company improve their lives or will the natural gas development exploit them and destroy their values? Wish it covered fracking in a bit more detail. Wonderful, thoughtful script by Matt Damon and John Krasinski and superb acting by Damon, Krasinski, Frances MacDormand, Rosemarie Dewitt and Hal Holbrook.
Promised Land is provocative and even confusing with a great twist. I got a bit teary at the end. Matt Damon’s character gives this speech to a farmer about how he grew up in the Midwest and couldn’t wait to get out of there and how the guy is most likely subsidized by the government and he didn’t understand why he’d keep on doing something that was so unforgiving and so outdated. To me that’s honest and makes complete sense. As much as people don’t want to give up the way things are, sometimes change needs to happen. We could re-allocate our resources in different ways. We need to embrace progress and change and move into the future without harming each other, our environment and animal.
–review by Amy Steele
Starring: Matt Damon, John Krasinski, Frances Mac Dormand, Rosemarie DeWitt, Hal Holbrook
Director: Gus Van Sant
Screenplay: Matt Damon and John Krasinski
Studio: Focus Features
Rating: R (for language)
Release Date: January 4, 2013
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
*remember not to touch your face so much. germs. germs. germs.*
directed by Steven Soderbergh
The Adjustment Bureau
Based on a Phillip K. Dick story, an aspiring politician [Matt Damon] falls for a ballerina [Emily Blunt] but mysterious forces keep the would-be lovers apart.
Starring Melissa Leo and John Goodman.
Kevin Smith stirring up controversy among the conservative right. What he does really well already. After a group of teens accept an online invitation for group sex, though they soon encounter Pastor Abin Cooper [Michael Parks], his followers, and their sinister agenda.
Written and directed by Josh Radnor
Starring: Josh Radnor, Malin Akerman and Zoe Kazan
A glimpse into lives of six 20-somethings who face a true challenge when struggling [is there any other kind?] writer Sam [Radnor] becomes the guardian of a boy who becomes separated from his family in the subway.
starring Mia Wasikowska and Jamie Bell
If you don’t know one of the most famous stories about a Governess EVER, I don’t know what to say except go get the Bronte novel and read it.
Red Riding Hood
I’m going to forget that Catherine Hardwicke directed Twilight. Now there’s a medieval village haunted by a werewolf and Valerie [Amanda Seyfried] falls for an orphaned woodcutter [Lukas Haas].
Starring: Bradley Cooper, Abbie Cornish, Anna Friel
A copywriter [Cooper] discovers a top-secret drug, MDT-48, that enhances intellect and other abilities. While his life changes, he also considers the drug’s questionable origins.
–very dashing. sophisticated.
–a favorite of the night. excellent fit, lovely color. classic style. Claire might be one of the skinniest actresses I’ve ever seen [interviewed her years ago].
–stunning. Olivia is gorgeous and can wear anything. This dress is amazing.
–looks like a plush texture to the jacket. like it. cool guy.
–pretty sure this is the most handsome I’ve ever seen Matt look. I like the longer hair.
–classy, sophisticated. beautiful.
–great hair. attitude. nice silhouette to the dress.
–dark green is such a perfect color for Catherine and the way this dress flows on her. gorgeous.
–another fantastic green gown worn by the svelte Mila.
–Halle glows in this one. I also like that she showed a lot of leg with sophistication.
–fab. just simply great.
–she looks dewy and so lovely in pink. it’s definitely her color.
–the layers on this black and white funky dress really suit Jennifer. her hair is great too.
–a crowd favorite. nice and flowing for maternity.
–hard to say much about most of the guys. I just like Ryan a ton.
–va-va-voom. not many women can pull off this mermaid style.
–Megan’s make-up is alluring and pink makes her pop. Brian doesn’t look too bad either.
–The frills on this are just enough to make it fun and flouncy but not too out of control. wish it were blue or a darker color though.
ALICE IN WONDERLAND [Mia Wasikowska, Helena Bonham Carter, Johnny Depp]
–Women rule the underworld in Tim Burton’s trippy take on the classic children’s story. Red Queen vs. White Queen while a plethora of dreamy and psychedelic encounters abound for a confused Alice.
THE GHOST WRITER [Ewan McGregor, Pierce Brosnan, Olivia Williams. Kim Cattrall]
–Landing a cushy writing gig for a former-Prime Minister involves sleuthing and peril in this exceptional, taut thriller.
All films are currently in theaters.
AVATAR—Didn’t see it. Heard the special effects are good. No particular desire to really see it either.
THE BLIND SIDE—This film was okay. I understand why it’s a crowd pleaser: people love feel good sports stories where a person overcomes personal setbacks and ends up having great success.
DISTRICT 9—A sci-fi film with a strong message about humanity made on a shoestring budget. This film is so powerful and brilliant. It is provocative, haunting, and makes you think long after you’ve left the theater.
AN EDUCATION—Though quite pretty to look at, I just couldn’t relate to the story of the precocious high school student gallivanting about with a guy in his 30s. I’ve loved every film that Nick Hornby has written but most are from his own novels. Perhaps that made the difference here. Read my review.
***THE HURT LOCKER—Using documentary-style guerrilla techniques, this film is intense. My heart was pounding during the opening scene and I remained on the edge of my seat through the entire film. Read my review. Should win.
INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS—I adore all of QT’s films and this one has to be one of his absolute best. Who can’t appreciate this type of revenge/ turn about fantasy for WWII? And in typical QT fashion, the dialogue is crisp and clever, the action non-stop and the cast of characters divinely flawed and devious. Truly a superb ensemble cast.
PRECIOUS—Heartbreaking story. Just a tough go. Quite well done.
A SERIOUS MAN—Going to try to watch this tonight.
UP—Wait a minute! Up is in both the Best Picture category and the Best Animated Picture category? Is that fair? Didn’t see the film but plan to.
UP IN THE AIR— A poignant and offbeat film that captures this recession and the downtrodden workers who get laid off every day from jobs they’ve been at for years and years. Clooney and Farmiga have a fantastic synergy too.
Actor in a Leading Role
Jeff Bridges [Crazy Heart]
George Clooney [Up in the Air]
***Colin Firth [A Single Man]— Firth shows range and becomes totally immerse in the character. He shows everlasting, appealing, unconditional love and also deep grief and that’s not easy to do on screen.
Morgan Freeman [Invictus]
Jeremy Renner [The Hurt Locker]
Actor in a Supporting Role
Matt Damon [Invictus]
Woody Harrelson [The Messenger]
Christopher Plummer [The Last Station]
Stanley Tucci [The Lovely Bones]
***Christoph Waltz [Inglourious Basterds]— Such a deviously evil character.
Actress in a Leading Role
Sandra Bullock [The Blind side]—Mediocre film. Usually I cry and am completely moved by based-on-true-story films. Not so here. I think a la Julia Roberts, if you do a dye your hair blonde, talk loud, and do a based-on-true-story blockbuster, you win win win.
Helen Mirren [The Last Station]– Mirren is wonderful in this little-seen film and there-in lies the problem, little scene.
Carey Mulligan [An Education]– Many male critics went ga-ga over Mulligan. Hmm. Wonder why? Because she played a high school girl [uniform and all] who had an affair with a 30-something ladies’ man. Me? Not particularly memorable.
Gabourey Sidibe [Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire]– Major break out role in this devastating film.
***Meryl Streep [Julie & Julia]– This film was super popular and Streep was the reason. In a seemingly effortless performance, Streep is spot-on as Childs. My review.
BRIGHT STAR Janet Patterson—the costumes certainly fit the period but I don’t know how much they advanced the film. This should be nominated for Best Pic. My review.
***COCO BEFORE CHANEL Catherine Leterrier—I adored this film so much I didn’t want it to end. The fashion certainly drives the film about this successful pioneering fashion icon. Audrey Tautou morphs into Coco. Read my review.
THE IMAGINARIUM OF DOCTOR PARNASSUS Monique Prudhomme—missed it
NINE Colleen Atwood—missed it
THE YOUNG VICTORIA Sandy Powell—costume of the utmost importance in establishing Victoria [Emily Blunt] and those around her. lavish and colorful.
AVATAR– James Cameron
***THE HURT LOCKER–Kathryn Bigelow—should/will win
INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS–Quentin Tarantino—love QT
PRECIOUS– Lee Daniels—isn’t this his first picture? Great job for that.
UP IN THE AIR–Jason Reitman—liked the film quite a bit.
Writing (Adapted Screenplay)
District 9– Written by Neill Blomkamp and Terri Tatchell
An Education–Screenplay by Nick Hornby
***In the Loop– Screenplay by Jesse Armstrong, Simon Blackwell, Armando Iannucci, Tony Roche—read my review for this clever, hysterical send-up of Washington and London before the Iraq War.
Precious– Screenplay by Geoffrey Fletcher
Up in the Air– Screenplay by Jason Reitman and Sheldon Turner
Writing (Original Screenplay)
The Hurt Locker– Written by Mark Boal—the strength of The Hurt Locker is in the acting and direction, not really its script as there’s little dialogue.
***Inglourious Basterds–Written by Quentin Tarantino—chock full with dialogue and with its over-the-top WWII fantasy-themed script, I think that QT wins this one.
The Messenger– Written by Alessandro Camon & Oren Moverman
A Serious Man– Written by Joel Coen & Ethan Coen
Up– Screenplay by Bob Peterson, Pete Docter, Story by Pete Docter, Bob Peterson, Tom McCarthy
In their first film together since Kevin Smith’s Dogma, Ben Affleck and Matt Damon will work with Touchstone Pictures and Gone Baby Gone‘s producer for an untitled project to release in 2011.
The film is a true story of two Philadelphia lawyers who work 15 years pro bono to overturn a false murder conviction.