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Wednesday, December 15, 2004

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MercuryX23

Paul Walker?!?!? Damn, Aaron. Makes me wish you never gave me the book to read. There must be some studio exec who hates books or Ellroy or both and is just laughing and, perhaps, using pages of the book to light his fat Cuban cigar. Paul Walker?!?!? He's like Freddie Prinze Jr.-lite (who is, in turn, Keanu-lite). There's nothing in that vapid vacuous head of his. And the sad part? His nothing is infinitely better than Bedhead Hartnett's fuck you to the craft of acting. When I pay my money to see the film, I'll be paying De Palma to jab a red hot spike of mediocrity into my brain...sigh.

Jette

I loved that book so much, and I think there is a wonderful movie hiding in there. But it won't be Mr. De Palma's movie. Every time I hear about this movie, I feel like I'm witnessing a slow, horrible trainwreck.

Ed

Oh, come on. How can you judge a man on a moment?

phyrephox

I think you are grossly underrating Femme Fatale. I believe Rosenbaum had a particularly good review of it, as did Ed Gonzalez at Slant.

cjk

I'm glad De Palma is doing this. The book's obsession with doubles and doubling is right up De Palma's alley. And no, I don't think he's lost it. I thought Femme Fatale was excellent, and Mission Impossible - admittedly a work for hire - had some wonderful set pieces. I'm not thrilled with the casting of Hartnett. But if De Palma could get a good performance out of Kostner, he might work a similar miracle in Hartnett's case. From my perspective, the casting of Johansson and Swank is a major plus.

Chris Dumas, Ph.D.

I beg to differ: DePalma was precisely the correct filmmaker to shoot The Black Dahlia. And you, based on the evidence above, are not.

Aaron

Well gee, when you make an argument like that, what can I say? Well, other than ... such complexity in your hypothesizing and comments makes me anxious to try to find your dissertation. Must be a fascinating read, regardless of the subject.

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