Archive: October, 2010
If there’s laughter to be found in Charles Ferguson’s Inside Job, a deeply researched and chilling analysis of how the financial meltdown of 2008 happened, and who was responsible, it’s in the scenes in which Ferguson has the culprits on camera.
Danny Boyle’s 127 Hours – the amazingly cinematic account of real-life climber Aron Ralston’s ordeal, trapped in a crevice in a Utah canyon – has its gala premiere at the Philadelphia Film Festival on Sunday night, and then opens locally on Nov. 12. Its star, in case you haven’t heard, is one James Franco -- the famously busy thespian who seems to be enrolled in about five or six colleges, is pursuing various masters and doctorates, paints, played Allen Ginsberg in Howl and just finished the Planet of the Apes prequel, Rise of the Apes.
SnagFilms’ “Midterm Madness Festival,” up and running on the non-fiction films site through Election Day, brings together more than 15 titles – many award-winners, some debuting on-line for the first time – that address issues being debated by the voters and the candidates as we head towards the pivotal mid-terms elections of Nov. 2. Red state, blue state, Tea Bagger or weed smoker, there’s a film here for you. A few highlights herewith:
The brilliantly scripted, deftly delivered opening scene of David Fincher’s The Social Network takes place in a bar, where Harvard brainiac Mark Zuckerberg, soon to invent something called “The Facebook,” gets epically blown off by his girlfriend, a B.U. student named Erica. Well, the actress sparring with Jesse Eisenberg in that scene is Rooney Mara, and anyone curious to know what Lisbeth Salander is going to look like (with supplemental pierces and tattoos) in Fincher’s The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, well, here she is. Mara doesn’t have much screen time in The Social Network, but her character’s brutal rejection of Zuckerberg haunts him mightily -- in a sense, she’s the cyber-muse that launched Facebook. So, next time up, as the titular Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, it’s Mara who gets to play the computer nerd – a Swedish computer nerd with martial arts skills and serious sociopathic tendencies.