Friday, February 17, 2006

Another Day of Reckoning...

...for fans of Julianne Moore. After several non-starters in a row (even if I enjoyed The Forgotten more than most), Juli has another seeming stinkeroo coming down the pike today. It's called Freedomland, it's a two-hour movie culled from a 586-page novel (uh-oh), and the New York Times is already calling it "an early candidate for worst film of the year." Its MetaCritic score is burbling at a low 38—equal to Yours, Mine & Ours, and mere points ahead of Big Momma's House 2 and Underworld: Evolution. Note that even in this production still, Edie Falco and Samuel L. Jackson appear to be consoling Julianne about how bad the movie is, or maybe just about how bad her wig is.

But am I going? Yes. Love make you crazy. Julianne, I hope you're feeling me.

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Blogger David Shultz said...

Why is it so hard for her to choose promising projects. Why?!

11:42 AM, February 17, 2006  
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11:42 AM, February 17, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Poor Julianne Moore. As if "The Prizewinner of Defiance, Ohio" wasn't bad enough ...

She should stick with P.T. Anderson films exclusively. They are the only performances of Moore's (other than the early performance for Louis Malle in "Vanya..." that I can bear to watch more than once. (Sorry, I am not a Todd Haynes fan and I find her performances in "Safe" and "Far From Heaven" to be more mannered than Geraldine Chaplin on a BAD day. :) )

My usually reliable sources tell me she pulled out of Tom Kalin's "Savage Grace" to do "Prizewinner," thus stalling Kalin's movie for well over two years. She's back on board the Kalin flick, so it goes, but then again I've heard that script is pale, paler, palest.

Maybe she doesn't know a good script from a poor one. Could be as simple as that.

12:17 PM, February 17, 2006  
Blogger NATHANIEL R said...

if she doesn't know a good script from a bad one... how the hell did she have that run from 1994 to 2002?

it's like she suddenly forgot how to read.

12:41 PM, February 17, 2006  
Blogger David Shultz said...

@Nathaniel: My theory is that after making a couple of brilliant choices, she wowed some major/upcoming directors who then offered her fantastic roles, but of late said directors (ie Todd Haynes, P.T. Anderson) just haven't written anything for her since 2002. Where is P.T. by the way?

12:14 AM, February 18, 2006  
Blogger Nick Davis said...

And my own theory is that she wants to prove as fully as possible that she isn't limited to "repressed housewives."

In any event, she pulls some good moments out of Freedomland, especially with some long and hard-to-manage monologues, but it's not a perf for her Lifetime Achievement reel, and the movie is still crap.

8:39 AM, February 18, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Not being able to tell a good script from a bad script isn't necessarily a quality an actor needs. Most often an actor has a nose for a good role, which is really another beast entirely. Moore's nose for a good role explains her run of luck. That some of those good roles were contained in good scripts/films is a bonus.

P.T. is prepping to shoot his Sinclair Lewis adaptation, which shoots in May.

2:23 PM, February 18, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Not being able to tell a good script from a bad script isn't necessarily a quality an actor needs. Most often an actor has a nose for a good role, which is really another beast entirely. Moore's nose for a good role explains her run of luck. That some of those good roles were contained in good scripts/films is a bonus.

P.T. is prepping to shoot his Sinclair Lewis adaptation, which shoots in May.

2:23 PM, February 18, 2006  

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