16 01 2010

Starring Daniel Day-Lewis, Marion Cotillard, Judi Dench, Penelope Cruz, Sophia Loren, Kate Hudson, Fergie, and Nicole Kidman.

Nine is the film adaptation of the Broadway musical which was based on Frederico Fellini’s masterpiece 8 1/2.  So to clear up any confusion, this is technically not a remake, even if it kind of feels like one.  The story follows Guido, a popular and well respected director who’s struggling with the production of his latest film as well as the many women in his life.  This story worked in 8 1/2 because Fellini was able to intertwine reality with dreams, fantasies, flashbacks, etc., so the viewer got a close but surreal look into Guido’s mind.  With Nine, everything’s done by the numbers, the story and the music both begin to feel redundant after about 30 minutes, and it all amounts to an epic waste of talent.

Daniel Day-Lewis is one of my favorite actors, and yet even my own bias towards anything he’s involved with won’t stop me from chalking this up as one of the biggest disappointments of 2009.  Probably should have seen it coming, seeing that I consider Rob Marshall to be probably the 2nd best (Ron Howard’s all over this one) example of an utterly mediocre and overrated Hollywood director.  The performances are all flashy and fun, the costumes are great and even a few of the musical numbers were nice, but it never gets much deeper than that.

RATING:  5/10

New PTA film

9 12 2009

After There Will Be Blood, which might be my favorite film of the last decade, I think Paul Thomas Anderson is easily the best young writer/director.  I also happen the think that Philip Seymour Hoffman, who’s appeared in every PTA film other than There Will Be Blood, is the best current actor after Daniel Day-Lewis.  So the news that PTA just finished an original script for a new drama about the rise of a religious organization in the ’50’s that’s set to star Philip Seymour Hoffman might be the most exciting news I’ve heard all year. 

The film is still untitled, but is expected to shoot sometime next year for a 2011 release.  WOOT!