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Beyond the buzz around Brad


 

Hitting the keyboard for a quick update on an insane day. In the course of few hours, my schedule of on-on-one interview schedule includes Ricky Gervais, Renee Zellweger, Spike Lee and John Malkovich. So far I’ve just done Gervais who was utterly charming, even when I interrupted his seamless flow of wit with an asthmatic coughing spasm. “Bronchial asthma,” I gasped, grabbing a water bottle. “Don’t worry. It’s not contagious.” Offering to thump me on the back, which wasn’t necessary, Gervais filled the awkward interlude with an anecdote tabout how he was choking once in a restaurant and a friend shouted, “I don’t know the Heimlich manoever!”—as if to absolve himself in advance of any responsibility if Gervais choked to death.

two dudes in black t-shirts

two dudes in black t-shirts

A quick update on movies at TIFF. So far my favorite, hands down, is Jonathan Demme’s Rachel Getting Married. I’m not alone in this. But everyone seems surprised that Anne Hathaway is so darkly brilliant as the acerbic heroine, a woman who goes straight from rehab to her sister’s wedding, where she creates havoc. “I didn’t think she had it in her” is the line I’m hearing a lot as Oscar buzz builds around her performance. I don’t know. I’ve always liked Anne Hathaway, whether in Brokeback Mountain or in Get Smart. And the movie itself, which has a hurtling, train-wreck energy—Monsoon Wedding meets Celebration—is exhilarating.

Tonight all the excitement is about Brad Pitt, who hits the red carpet for the premiere of the Coen brothers’ Burn After Reading. Pitt and George Clooney both play hapless narcissists who think they are much smarter than they are in a film that’s all about Darwinian declensions of intelligence and stupidity. George is actually way funnier Brad, whose cartoonish parody of a dim-witted personal trainer is too broad to be believed. Yet aamong the performances in Burn After Reading, the real gems are those by John Malkovich as a defrocked CIA operative and J.K. Simmons, who plays his superior.

[An apology to those who have had the misfortune to read raw, unedited drafts of this blog. I keep screwing up the title of Burn After Reading, calling it Burn Before Reading, Burn While Reading, and Burn And Reading. As if I’ve caught some kind of malapropist virus from the dolts in the movie. Hey, typing is hard.

A final tip for tonight: if you want your noir served straight up, and without the flip post-modern irony, check out Three Monkeys, a film of stern, breathtaking beauty by Turkish auteur Nuri Bilge Ceylan (Climates). For my money, it’s the best TIFF has to offer in this evening’s program.


 

Beyond the buzz around Brad

  1. The three monkeys theory

    Maybe you have seen some figures that represent three monkeys, one deaf, one blind and a dumb one…
    The first time I meet this figures they were disposed in column, in the top was the blind monkey, in the middle the dumb and in the bottom the deaf monkey. I think about this combination and arrive the conclusion that the communication was not possible. The blind monkey in the top has the best perspective, if he is blind and the group becames blind. The dumb monkey in the middle can hear from the top but can not say anything to the deaf monkey in the bottom whatever can not hear…
    So if we put the monkeys this way the communication is not possible between the monkeys and the surroundings and beteen the monkeys. There are different ways of putting the monkeys but all of them except one dont awoll communication.

    The correct combination is this
    In the top must be the deaf monkey, that sees and tell to the middle whatever he sees, in the middle the blind monkey that hears from the top and talks to the bottom, in the bottom the dumb monkey that hears from the middle and sees…If you put the monkeys this way the communication is possible, and they can arrive and solve problems that they couldnt if they are alone or in the bad hierarchy. Itch monkey have two virtues and one defect, but if you put them in the correct way they can work as one unity with no defects…This is an axample of unity in diversity.
    Another similar parabole can be found in the case of the sheeps, the dogs and shepherd, in this case the shepherd is in the top, he sees and tell to the dog whatever he sees, his virtue is perspective of future, in the middle is the dog that hears from the top , his virtue is strenght, he speaks the sheeps that are in the bottom of the hierarchy, they hear from the dogs, sees and in silence obey..The problems came when the sheeps dont want shepherds and the wolf occupy the power…
    In our society there are a lot of blinds in the position they must not been (in the top), they dont have perspective of future, or worse when the top positions are occupied by dumb monkeys that see perfectly but they are used to make silence because they own interests and to protect they corrupt possition!!

    If we put the monkeys the correct possition we found a bonding state were communication is possible and all the monkeys can work as an unity and solve problems and arrive places were they couldnt if they are alone like tradition puts them or if they are in antibonding states, or what is the same corrupt states…

    Autor Yeray Santana Aday
    Theory Intellectual protection
    Note My political theory is being silenced by the media worldwide, the newspaper and all the printed media doesnt want to hear anything about my discovery and point of view.
    Note sorry for the mistakes but I think that the idea is very clear!!(see also spanish version).

  2. The three monkeys theory

    Maybe you have seen some figures that represent three monkeys, one deaf, one blind and a dumb one…
    The first time I meet this figures they were disposed in column, in the top was the blind monkey, in the middle the dumb and in the bottom the deaf monkey. I think about this combination and arrive the conclusion that the communication was not possible. The blind monkey in the top has the best perspective, if he is blind and the group becames blind. The dumb monkey in the middle can hear from the top but can not say anything to the deaf monkey in the bottom whatever can not hear…
    So if we put the monkeys this way the communication is not possible between the monkeys and the surroundings and beteen the monkeys. There are different ways of putting the monkeys but all of them except one dont awoll communication.

    The correct combination is this
    In the top must be the deaf monkey, that sees and tell to the middle whatever he sees, in the middle the blind monkey that hears from the top and talks to the bottom, in the bottom the dumb monkey that hears from the middle and sees…If you put the monkeys this way the communication is possible, and they can arrive and solve problems that they couldnt if they are alone or in the bad hierarchy. Itch monkey have two virtues and one defect, but if you put them in the correct way they can work as one unity with no defects…This is an axample of unity in diversity.
    Another similar parabole can be found in the case of the sheeps, the dogs and shepherd, in this case the shepherd is in the top, he sees and tell to the dog whatever he sees, his virtue is perspective of future, in the middle is the dog that hears from the top , his virtue is strenght, he speaks the sheeps that are in the bottom of the hierarchy, they hear from the dogs, sees and in silence obey..The problems came when the sheeps dont want shepherds and the wolf occupy the power…
    In our society there are a lot of blinds in the position they must not been (in the top), they dont have perspective of future, or worse when the top positions are occupied by dumb monkeys that see perfectly but they are used to make silence because they own interests and to protect they corrupt possition!!

    If we put the monkeys the correct possition we found a bonding state were communication is possible and all the monkeys can work as an unity and solve problems and arrive places were they couldnt if they are alone like tradition puts them or if they are in antibonding states, or what is the same corrupt states…

    Autor Yeray Santana Aday
    Theory Intellectual protection
    Note My political theory is being silenced by the media worldwide, the newspaper and all the printed media doesnt want to hear anything about my discovery and point of view.
    Note sorry for the mistakes but I think that the idea is very clear!!(see also spanish version).

    Please, could you help me to publicate in your blog this interesting discovery..

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