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  • Beau S.
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    #124966

    Part 2 hit 500 and will be closed soon.

    Continue here.

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    Ashkan
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    I found the movie better than the play due to the cuts from scene to scene instead of dragging pages of dialogue for endless minutes. However, better direction could have definetly sharpened this movie into a much better showcase for the actors.

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    From the last topic:

    Given all these “Meryl Streep Working with Mediocre/Bad Directors” discussion, what think of the following: 

    1. Considering Carnage in 2011, would Roman Polanski (considered an Auteur) have done a better job directing August: Osage County?
    2. Would Steven Spielberg who intended to direct a Mamma Mia movie version have outgrossed the US$ 610 million global receipts it achieved?
    3. Would Mike Nichols have done a better job for Hope Springs?  David Frankel was just a last minute substitute recommended by Meryl after Nichols drop out.
    4. What about the Alexander Payne project with Meryl Streep, Paul Giamatti & Reese Witherspoon about Dwarfism?
    5. The Flora Plum shelved project of Jodie Foster with Meryl already attached and wanted to do.
    6. Hoping Pedro Almodovar directs The Good House or the NY based project Pedro optioned recently for Meryl to do.

    Was Meryl lined-up for Flora Plum?  I thought that was a Russell Crowe vehicle.

    Steven Spielberg wanted to direct Mamma Mia?  

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    PJ Edwards
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    This is David O. Russell-lite. Streep is an absolutele force to be reckoned with though. But this film realy does show that you can’t just put a camera in front of a bunch of famous actors and get great performances out of them much less make a compelling film.   

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    Etchie
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    From the last topic:

    [quote=”etchie88″]

    Given all these “Meryl Streep Working with Mediocre/Bad Directors” discussion, what think of the following: 

    1. Considering Carnage in 2011, would Roman Polanski (considered an Auteur) have done a better job directing August: Osage County?
    2. Would Steven Spielberg who intended to direct a Mamma Mia movie version have outgrossed the US$ 610 million global receipts it achieved?
    3. Would Mike Nichols have done a better job for Hope Springs?  David Frankel was just a last minute substitute recommended by Meryl after Nichols drop out.
    4. What about the Alexander Payne project with Meryl Streep, Paul Giamatti & Reese Witherspoon about Dwarfism?
    5. The Flora Plum shelved project of Jodie Foster with Meryl already attached and wanted to do.
    6. Hoping Pedro Almodovar directs The Good House or the NY based project Pedro optioned recently for Meryl to do.

    Was Meryl lined-up for Flora Plum?  I thought that was a Russell Crowe vehicle.

    Steven Spielberg wanted to direct Mamma Mia?  [/quote]

    Before Flora Plum got shelved, the last financier was Luc Besson’s Europacorp (now with The Homesman) and Ewan McGregor was supposed to replace Russell Crowe and they were looking for a replacement for Claire Daines.  Meryl was supposed to have a supporting role.  In one of the interviews addressing the comment made by Jodie Foster “It kills me not to have work with Meryl”, Meryl responded with “I really would like to do Jodie’s project”.

    On Mamma Mia, Judy Craymer the creator & producer of Mamma Mia mentioned that she hold out optioning the film version from Steven Spielberg who wanted to direct & film it as Judy wants to have creative control.  Steven’s offer was even before the offer of Tom Hanks & Rita Wilson.  

     

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    Etchie
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    “Over The Top” is how I review A.O. Scott NYT review on August: Osage County.  Is he mirroring and likewise reliving the film’s characters & performances ???

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    benbraddock
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    The New York reviews are deadly!!!!
    Someone has it in for Harvey and this film…
    I think Oscar-wise..its DONE!!!

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    Etchie
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    On Metacritic, both NYT & LAT reviews are classified as mixed @ 40 and not really negative. A:OC currently has a metascore of 58 and may potentially go up after so-called “highbrow critics” who may expectedly not like A:OC have chimed in.  A:OC is still way Fresh @ Rotten Tomatoes @ 73 (it actually ticked up by 1 point since yesterday).  The Newsday 1 star is kind of an anomaly and as with the Olympics, they normally discard the highest & lowest score.

    If one read the reviews carefully, they are more critical on the source material & direction and not so much on the acting.  In fact, there were Twitter reactions from the “theater going brethren” as the NYT review questions the awards achieved by A:OC as a play.  Apparently, those that found the play A:OC as overrated suddenly spoke in concert with the NYT review.

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    Even though the main ciriticism is against the script and the direction, that will still hurt the contenders in the acting categories. Especially since they got some mixed reviews themselves.

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    Etchie
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    To what extent will the Academy voters be influenced by Reviews & Film Critics?  Do reviewers & critics have a vote?  To note that some voters hardly have time to watch screeners, will they be influenced by a minority review?  For nominations, passion & #1 votes would be key and these are not influenced by Film Reviews & Critics.  The #1 votes are mostly “built-in support” to which A:OC have something.  Harvey Weinstein is betting that A:OC will be a Best Picture nominee — so take comfort coming from Oscars # 1 Power Player.

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    KT
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    Etchie’s point makes sense.  This movie has been nominated for so many acting awards already.  This criticism is coming late to the game, possibly too late to have an impact on Oscar nominations.  I don’t think it will be BP nominated though.

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    The people who matter have been extolling the actors in this one, critics be damned.

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    I wouldn’t say its chances are completely over. It could end up being the Les Mis of this year – bad reviews, but enough key support from core supporters to get it a few nominations (most likely actress and supporting actress).

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    Could it be that the delays in the release of A:OC would be to neutralize & lessen the effect of whatever expected negative reviews from critics?  If so, then it is a smart move from Harvey Weinstein.  Another wave of reviews due upon its wide release on Jan 10 still and past Oscar nomination deadline.

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    Harvey Weinstein regretted showing A:OC in Toronto unfinished and vowed not to show any unlocked film @ festivals in the future.  George Clooney mentioned that they are so proud of A:OC and want to have it a long run & legs, possibly way beyond Mar 2 Oscar telecast, which was their reason for A:OC delays.  They mentioned that they don’t want A:OC to be just a 1 or 2 weekend thing and avoided the holiday clutter.

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