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  • Chris Beachum
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    Continue in Part 2.

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    LA26
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    Margot and Cate will be guests on Graham Norton’s show on January 13: https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m001h0zx

    A preview of Margot’s interview for CBS Sunday Morning was released. The entire interview will be available on Sunday.

     

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    The full CBS Sunday Morning interview:

    She and Jean were also interviewed together:

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    FreemanGriffin
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    I wish it was Thursday already so I could see this and have an actual real and honest opinion of it! I absolutely love the trailer – will the promise of the trailer be delivered in the whole film? I will find out Thursday! (: (: (: So looking forward to this movie!

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    RIDLEY SCOTT
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    I know a lot of people in Goldderby hate Brad Pitt, but Margot Robbie have good chemistry with him. She is doing several interviews with Pitt too

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    I love this film. Yes, it’s a story that’s been done to death already but the way it’s told is so much fun. Even the crazy parts made a lot of sense–and that ending took me by surprise.

    Everybody is a superstar here. Robbie, Pitt, Smart, Adepo, Li and of course Calva all got stellar moments. The music is definitely my favorite.

    The biggest negative (and this is probably my theater’s fault) was that (SPOILERS!!!!!!!!!) during that scene with Maguire when they were heading to meet “the next big superstar,” the film started to look weird like I’m watching a music video or like one of those Insta filters got activated. I thought it was just to convey that one scene (because that was okay) but it kept on until the last shot of the film before credits rolled so I was like… was that on purpose or was that just my theater fucking up?

    Anyway, one of the best films of the year thus far!

    I just love movies. And awards.

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    Just got home from it – it’s really a shame because there is a great movie lurking within if only Chazelle had stayed away from grotesqueries and over the top weirdness. The performances are all great. The camera work, the PHENOMENAL score (an Oscar contender for certain), production design, makeup & hair, sound, and editing – all really excellent. But the script and the wildly uneven direction (I will never forgive him for the Tobey Maguire sequence – blech!). For me the very best performance – and the only character who gets any real insight into himself – is Brad Pitt as movie star Jack Conrad. He is superb. All of the main actors have great moments. It’s the director and the writer that keep this movie from being a great one, despite his also doing superb work. A few examples: the scene where they are all frustrated with having to film with sound; the “cockroach” scene between Elinor and Jack (btw Elinor is more of a combination of Adela Rogers St. John and Elinor Glyn even more than Hedda Hopper); all of the scenes of movie-making within the movie.

    The film is worth seeing for the performances and the 60% of the film that is superb but it is hard to get through that other 40%.

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    Just got home from it – it’s really a shame because there is a great movie lurking within if only Chazelle had stayed away from grotesqueries and over the top weirdness. The performances are all great. The camera work, the PHENOMENAL score (an Oscar contender for certain), production design, makeup & hair, sound, and editing – all really excellent. But the script and the wildly uneven direction (I will never forgive him for the Tobey Maguire sequence – blech!). For me the very best performance – and the only character who gets any real insight into himself – is Brad Pitt as movie star Jack Conrad. He is superb. All of the main actors have great moments. It’s the director and the writer that keep this movie from being a great one, despite his also doing superb work. A few examples: the scene where they are all frustrated with having to film with sound; the “cockroach” scene between Elinor and Jack (btw Elinor is more of a combination of Adela Rogers St. John and Elinor Glyn even more than Hedda Hopper); all of the scenes of movie-making within the movie.

    The film is worth seeing for the performances and the 60% of the film that is superb but it is hard to get through that other 40%.

    I’d probably place it at closer to 70/30, but overall I agree with so much you said. The first sound filming scene is one of the funniest things I’ve seen this year, and the “cockroach” scene was the one that best got to the heart of what (I think) the film is trying to say about movies. Some of the subplots just didn’t really add to the movie – I loved Li Jun Li and Jovan Adepo, but you could kind of remove their characters completely from the story without the central plot being particularly effected. I can’t say I want them cut because I like the performers and the characters were interesting, but you sort of felt the movie gesture towards giving them their own subplots but clearly never actually has any interest in connecting them to the overall story. I also agree Pitt was very good, one of my favorite of his recent performances. And I think the grotesqueries worked to a point, but I agree there were some moments that felt very performative and just there for shock factor.

    What did you think of the ending? I thought it was pretty unnecessary, almost like Chazelle didn’t trust his movie to stand on it’s own two feet so he felt the need to remind you of all these other great moments from movie history just to make sure you understand MOVIES ARE GREAT. Honestly while this movie wasn’t perfect, enough of it worked for me that I would’ve walked out of the theater with that feeling without the montage. It also immediately dates the movie because it’s ‘cataloguing of movie history’ will never pass 2022. There were like 7 endings the movie had already done that would have worked so much better as actual endings lol.

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    I know a lot of people in Goldderby hate Brad Pitt, but Margot Robbie have good chemistry with him. She is doing several interviews with Pitt too

    Disgusting. That’s what he is.

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    Disgusting. That’s what he is.

    angelina jolie is a horrible person and is a liar, brad pitt is a wonderful person

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    Expect Angelina has already won a case in Luxembourg after he tried saying she didn’t pay a dollar for the winery shares he gave her back in 2013. Sounds more like Brad is the Amber in this situation in regards of the truth trickling out in court because they couldn’t support their claims.

    That being said, I didn’t like it as much as I expected too. I LOVED the script but it was rough finishing the last leg. I personally think Chazelle’s writing is weaker then his other talents and this unfortunately highlighted it. I am dying to know his thought process behind the ending because I didn’t like any of it lol.

    Brad and Margot were great as usual and props to Diego for holding his own. I hope we see more of him in the future. Tobey’s character was a great edition as well and I am surprised he wasn’t really mentioned in the reviews I saw. Still hoping it can pull a BP nomination and a decent box office run.

    For anyone who has read the script and watched the movie, which one did you like better? Anything you would have done differently?

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    I actually enjoyed Babylon, but I have a really hard time seeing it make the Best Picture lineup.

    The explicit content and the way it seems like it’s actively trying to condemn the entire film industry at times are going to be too much for older academy voters.

    At my matinee screening, one older gentleman got up, literally shouted “THIS IS TOO MUCH!”, and stormed out.

    Even without the offensive material, the film suffers by tonally meandering over its 3 hour+ runtime, going from an engaging PTA knockoff one moment to a wild Happy Madison production the next.

    It’s probably BTL or bust for Babylon.

     

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    This movie was horrible. The Jack and Sidney characters and stories should have been left on the editing room floor. The first day on the movie set and the montage at the end were great; but the rest of it was almost unwatchable, especially the scenes with Maguire’s character. This was the most disappointing cinematic experience I’ve had in many years.

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