Friday, September 21, 2007

ON THIS POINT, CRITICS ARE UNANIMOUS! THE NEW BRAD PITT FILM IS TOO DAMN LONG!!!

Brad Pitt is a superstar actor and one of the reasons people like him so much is because he seems to be "accessible". Being pals and in films with George Clooney doesn't hurt either.

Brad Pitt has given a lot of interviews to people about his new film, "The Assassination of Jesse James By The Coward Robert Ford", a film that opens in only 15 theaters today. And yes, during these interviews, Brad Pitt has gotten more than his fair share of questions about the lady in his life and the number of children in his life. He respects the fact that a lot of people are interested in Angelina Jolie and her desire to adopt children. He answers all questions with a smile and doesn't get "testy" when the suggestion is sometimes made that Casey Affleck is the better actor in this new film he's pleasantly promoting. A question like, "Isn't Sam Shepard too old to be playing your brother?" gets a smile from Pitt and the casting decision is defended by Pitt. And when the interview(s) has/have ended, the media folks walk away saying what a great guy he is.

I've never met Brad Pitt, but I believe what people say. I'd be shocked if he wasn't "a great guy".

So when critics say something negative about Pitt's new film, you know they're saying it reluctantly. And what they're saying is, "The film is too damn long!" 2 hours and 40 minutes worth of "too damn long". But couldn't you see this coming because of the title of the film? I mean, who puts a title on a film this damn long?

To me, this is (simply) the "Jesse James" film and I hope to be able to see it in one of the two theaters showing it (here) in L.A. this weekend. In addition to Pitt, Affleck and Shepard, the film also features performances by Sam Rockwell, Mary-Louise Parker and Zooey Deschanel.

"GOOD LUCK CHUCK":

"Good Luck Chuck", starring Jessica Alba, Dane Cook and Dan Fogler opens today. It's advertised as being a comedy, but critics aren't laughing. In fact, the reviews I've read have been brutal.

"INTO THE WILD":

The Sean Penn directed film, "Into The Wild" opens today and the reviews are terrific. This is a true story about a guy named Christopher McCandless who lived a life of privilege, but after graduating from college, he gave everything away, changed his name and ended up going into the Alaska wilderness. By himself. Emile Hirsch plays McCandless. Things didn't end well for McCandless, but critics agree that Hirsch is outstanding in the role. Notable supporting performances being praised are turned in by Jena Malone as McCandless' abandoned sister and major praise is being heaped upon Hal Holbrook, who plays Ron Franz, the last person McCandless met. Overall, critics really like "Into The Wild".

"RESIDENT EVIL: EXTINCTION":

A film opening today that hasn't been reviewed (always a bad sign), is also a film that is projected to do well at the box office. "Resident Evil: Extinction", a film I plan to see this weekend.

HOPE FOR CABLE AND SATELLITE SUBSCRIBERS:

A lawsuit filed here in Los Angeles hopes to force major cable and satellite television system operators to offer subscribers the opportunity to pay only for channels they actually want to watch! I don't know about you, but I'm rooting for that lawsuit to win. How many channels would have to go out of business if this lawsuit is successful? That's not our problem! Hey, if nobody wants 'em, we shouldn't have to pay for 'em!

SPEAKING OF HIGH PRICES:

More than 83 bucks a barrel for crude oil now. Get ready for higher and higher gasoline prices again. More huge profits for American oil barons and more belt tightening for the rest of us.

CELEBRITY LEGAL UPDATES:

Nothing new to report regarding the O.J. Simpson or Phil Spector situations. But Dan Rather wants CBS to have to pay him 70 million dollars for (among other things) hurting his feelings.

EDITOR'S NOTE: OUR PICTURES PROVIDER IS OUT OF TOWN FOR A FEW DAYS. PICTURES WILL RETURN SOON.

A new blog is written every morning, Monday through Friday and is posted between 7 and 7:15, Pacific Time. Sometimes earlier. Questions and comments can be sent to scottstjames@sbcglobal.net. I do write back.

MONDAY: I'll tell you what I thought about the films I'll see this weekend and anything else that makes me say, "Whaaaat?!?"

HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND EVERYBODY!!!

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