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Which Film Would You Most Like to See?
Fall From Grace - Steven Soderburg
23%
 23%  [ 3 ]
Silent Sky - Danny Boyle
7%
 7%  [ 1 ]
The Painter - Clint Eastwood
30%
 30%  [ 4 ]
Breaking Bigfoot - Nicolas Winding Refn
7%
 7%  [ 1 ]
Baby Face - George Clooney
7%
 7%  [ 1 ]
Searching - Martin Scorsese
0%
 0%  [ 0 ]
The Bartender - David Fincher
0%
 0%  [ 0 ]
Fathers and Uncles - Jason Reitman
0%
 0%  [ 0 ]
Comatose - Duncan Jones
15%
 15%  [ 2 ]
The Magnificent Seven - Christopher Nolan
7%
 7%  [ 1 ]
Total Votes : 13

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PostPosted: Sat Dec 10, 2011 3:33 pm    Post subject: The Make A Movie Draft IX (Final Products!) Reply with quote

Here are the final results of our 9th Make A Movie Draft. The participants picked their entire crew from an ordered draft and crafted their stories from there. Be sure to vote in the main poll as well as fill out our awards ballot for the films!

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Best Lead Actor:
Best Lead Actress:
Best Supporting Actor:
Best Supporting Actress:
Best Visual Effects:
Best Score:
Best Ensemble Cast:
Hottest Cast:
Best Original Screenplay:
Best Adapted Screenplay (taken from source material, may not be applicable):
Best Director:
Best Picture:


So without any more delay I will present the films! Please don't post until they are all up.
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Loosely based on the life of Tiger Woods, Fall From Grace (directed by Steven Soderbergh) follows the life of Brian Fowler (Gosling), the Super Bowl winning Quarterback for the New York Jets. Fowler seemingly has the perfect life with the fame and glory of being the NFL’s most marketable player and an adoring wife (Howard) and family. However, behind the facade of perfection lies a life filled with lies, sex and a drug addiction. Things begin to unravel when a journalist, Emma Draper (Blount), is assigned to profile Jackson. Emma finds that there is more to Jackson than meets the eye, but as she digs deeper she becomes more and more attached to him.




Ryan Gosling --- Brian Fowler

The star QB for the New York Jets who in the prime of his career has become America’s golden boy. The movie revolves around Brian as his life begins to fall apart and he is left alone to pick up the pieces. As he fights to save his marriage and his drug addiction he begins to fall for the woman (that unbeknownst to him) broke the story.




Emily Blunt --- Emma Draper

British Journalist who sets out to break the facade of Ryan living the perfect life. However, as she digs deeper she finds herself in a precarious position when she begins to fall for him.




Joseph Gordon Levitt --- Alex Ryan

A rookie QB who struggles to coexist with Brian but is forced to fill his shoes when harsh allegations are leveled against Brian.



Paul Giamatti --- Steven Black

Brian’s agent and confidant who turns a blind eye to his ‘extra-circular’ activities (and at times partakes in them). However when Brian’s life begins to spiral out of control Steven drops Brian as a client and signs Alex as a client.



Dallas Bryce Howard --- Dana Fowler

Brian’s seemingly perfect wife and mother of their two children. She is oblivious to Brian’s many faults and wrongdoings. When the news of his infidelity and drug addiction breaks she files for divorce and takes custody of their children.



Jamie-Lynn Sigler --- Rachel Malone

The most boisterous and attention craving of Brian’s mistresses who authors a ‘tell all’ book about her affair with Brian after the news breaks.




Laurence Fishburne --- Tom Morrison


The Jets Head Coach who is a former assistant to Bill Belichick in New England. Naturally he does not take Brian’s off field behavior well and benches him in favor of Alex.



John Slattery ---- Vick Allen

A cameo as Rachel’s attorney.



Emma Roberts --- Lilly Thorton

A young barista whom Brian had an affair with and met while with his wife at a coffee shop. Unlike Rachel, Lilly shys away from the media attention as her life is consumed with unwanted attention.


Critics Reviews


Chicago Sun-Times ---Roger Ebert

“Ryan Gosling delivers again with a performance that is sure to earn Oscar consideration”

Associated Press --- Jake Coyle

"...a microcosm of the dark side of the sports world. Aaron Sorkin brilliantly weaves elements of Tiger Wood's "Fall from Grace" into this can't miss film"

Entertainment Weekly ---- Owen Gleiberman

"Gosling and Blunt have undeniable chemistry and the supporting cast led by Gordon-Levitt and Giamatti cement this film's cast as one of the year's best."






Review
dream_catcher_9 wrote:
Fall From Grace

Not a whole lot of details about the plot, but a lot of truth that is relatable in the real world to be honest. We have this gold digger who wants to cash in on her affair, a innocent young girl who was caught in the mess who doesnt want any attention, an agent who is there for his player when the going is good, but when the going gets tough he bolts. A hard nosed coach who doesnt like what he hears when his star QB is involved in some shady extra ciricullar activities, and least but not last a star player
who seemingly has the perfect life, but when you dig deeper he has real world problems just like everyone else.

I like the idea of this story and think it could be a good movie if there was some comedy in there. Not a lot but bits and pieces, because this seems like a serious type of plot. Overall Id give this a C+, I like the idea and I would watch it if it became a movie, but just not enough details to nitpick and critic.

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In the year 2143 World War III happens, the world is left shaken and many countries in ruin. The United States was safe from most damage, but did have Washington DC and Los Angeles taken out in attacks and wiped off the map. Russia had a similar situation with St. Petersberg and Moscow, but used it as a chance to retake the area that was part of Russia prior to the fall of communism. China, one of the main factors in starting World War III, has been set back significantly and is partially occupied by UN forces. Japan and Taiwan took most of the damage that China brought out and are nearly inhabitable except for small areas because of the destruction. Iran used World War III to expand their country taking over most of the Middle East heading into Africa and they hold half of Egypt.

A decade later the world is starting to rebuild, but no country has returned the power that they had. Russia is struggling to hold together all the countries they took over. China has regressed into a very low end third world country. Iran has in fighting among the various countries they've taken over. In the US, there are factions forming with the move of the government to New York City and unrest for not being able to stop two cities from being destroyed.

That is when they came. First contact was reached as 10 large carrier style spacecraft came into orbit around the earth. Some countries tried to contact them peacefully, others assumed it was no good, and humanity will never really know for sure as Iran launched a preemptive strike against the aliens. Weapons prove to be generally ineffective against the ships, doing minor damage, but with the world divide like it is after World War III, they can't coordinate an attack that might actually push the aliens back.

The aliens used humanity as slave labor, leaving some humans on earth and taking about half the population to a dozen other planets on which the alien race already lives. Most of humanity falls in line, a small group fights back, and some of humanity works their way in with alien race becoming slavers and bounty hunters trying to track down humans who have escaped their slavery.

We join the story for real five years after the aliens have enslaved humanity. We follow the story of humanity trying to free themselves from the aliens and the more personal story of Levi trying to reunite with his family who was taken from him.

Thomas Jones is leading the resistance on earth trying to stop the aliens from taking more humans and free humanity and earth from the aliens. He is contacted by both Stephen McCallum and Levi to help them get their families back.

Thomas Jones meets with them and Amelia to get them off the planet. Gloria gains knowledge of the plot to get them off the planet and contacts Wallace Gilbridge to stop them. Gilbridge is very interested because he is already trying to track down Stephen's daughter, Laura.

Amelia manages to get Stephen and Levi off the planet, but they are chased by Wallace Gilbridge and they don't know where to look for their families. Stephen leaves Amelia and Levi to look for his family and Levi's. Levi stays with Amelia because she reminds him of his two daughters. He knows it might take him longer, but he wants to keep her safe.

Amelia and Levi stumble across Marcus who has escaped from the aliens and has discovered a way to slow down if not stop the aliens. Amelia immediately turns her efforts from finding Levi's family to defeating the aliens.

Stephen is grabbed by Wallace Gilbridge and is brought to the aliens head planet and government system to be judged. His daughter, Laura, is also on the planet in hiding. He sees her and she sees him, but he is taken into captivity. Gilbridge waits for Laura to show herself, but she sends Kari, who she helped escape with her, in her place with the plan to how to free Stephen.

Stephen escapes and the aliens punish Gilbridge because of Stephen's escape. Gilbridge decides to join the resistance, but when he returns to earth, Thomas Jones doesn't let him in. Gilbridge branches off on his own to stop the slavers on earth.

Stephen with Laura and Kari try and find Levi to return one of his daughters. They return to earth and run into issue with Gloria. Laura wants to continue fighting and helping people so she leaves Stephen and Kari with Thomas Jones to protect them on earth.

Laura meets up with Amelia and Levi and they go to stop the aliens. Gilbridge hears about the plot and goes to Gloria about what is going to happen. Thomas Jones, Stephen, and Kari are then left to hurry to get to Amelia, Levi, Marcus and Laura.

The aliens track down Melody and Maria to try and stop Levi et al from stopping them. Levi backs down, but Amelia goes forward. Maria is killed by the aliens but Laura sacrifices herself to help Melody escape and gets captured.

They go forward with their plan to stop the aliens. They succeed and Laura is freed from the aliens. They return to earth where they start to deal with the likes of Wallace Gilbridge and Gloria.

- Thomas Jones (Robert Downey Jr.) is a leader of a resistance pocket on earth.

- Wallace Gilbridge (Johnny Depp) is a bounty hunter working for the aliens.

- Laura (Eva Green) daughter of Stephen McCallum who was taken by the aliens to another planet and has escaped.

- Stephen McCallum (Liam Neeson) was left on earth by the aliens, whose daughter was taken by the aliens. He joins up with Jones to try and get his daughter back.

- Gloria (Helen Mirren) a slaver on Earth whose job it is to keep track of various humans the aliens are interested in using as slaves.

- Amelia (Rooney Mara) a resistance fighter who fights the aliens across their planets and coming to Earth at times.

- Levi (Daniel Craig) a resistance fighter who looks out for Amelia who lost his family to the aliens and is searching for them.

- Kari (Elle Fanning) Levi's younger daughter

- Melody (Jennifer Lawrence) Levi's elder daughter

- Maria (Emma Thompson) Levi's wife

- Marcus (Forrest Whitacker) was taken by the aliens as a slave and escaped from them and is on the run. He was a scientist on earth

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rabbisson wrote:
The Gnat's movie - Interesting plot, like the Mara casting a lot. This is a good role for her. I think the plot needs a bit more fleshing out, there isn't REALLY a resolution but in a movie like this, maybe there doesn't need to be.

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John William Walker -- Leonardo DiCaprio

Abagail Grace Turner -- Cate Blanchett

Sebastian Michael Taylor -- Colin Firth

Gideon Keith Hall -- Michael Caine

Duncan Xavier Clarke -- Jeremy Irons

Sessy Marie Walker -- Judi Dench

Sir Edmond James -- Ian McKellen

Sir Thomas Howard -- Anthony Hopkins

Sir Michael Longfellow -- Tom Wilkinson

Sir Robert Hall -- Ben Kingsley

Sir Anthony Carber -- Jim Broadbent

Sir James Cass -- Geoffrey Rush

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Director -- Clint Eastwood
Writer -- Dustin Lance Black
Music -- Alexandre Desplat
Producers -- Brian Grazer, Ron Howard, and Robert Lorenz
Editing -- Joel Cox
Cinematography -- Tom Stern
Special Effects -- Craig Barron (Matte World Digital)
Sound Designer/Editing -- Richard King
Costume Design -- Jenny Beavan
Set Decorator -- Gary Fettis
Production Designer -- James J. Murakami

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An older man is seen walking down a wide path that leads to a rather substantially sized house. He walks up to the front door, knocks on it, and removes his hat. An older lady opens the door and he informs the lady that he is Sir Edmond James and he has some news for her. She lets him in and says exactly who he is. He is a former painter and was knighted by King George III for his contributions to society. She asks him what he’s doing there and he says that her son, John William Walker, has died. She doesn’t even break down into tears. She asks him how. Hung himself, he says. Without showing any emotion, she thanks him for his visit and the news. The door closes behind him and the screen fades to black.

John William Walker is alone in his room, working on his latest painting, when Abagail Grace Turner walks in. She has a basket full of food and sits it down next to him. He’s too busy and too into his work to even notice. She picks up an apple out of the basket and offers it to him. He doesn’t even hear her. She asks him again. He still doesn’t hear her. His mind is visualizing too many things to take a break. Abagail finally nudges John and he snaps out it. He takes a bite of the apple. She smiles at him and gives him a hug. Abagail asks him how his painting is coming along and he tells her that it’s probably going to be his best one yet. He’s certain it’ll be recognized as a true masterpiece. She kisses him on the forehead, tells him she loves him, and leaves. As she heads outside she notices the five “wise men” walking down the street discussing things with each other. She glares at them and goes about her business.

Walker wraps his painting up carefully and tucks it under his arm. He takes it to the most prestigious museum around, The British Museum, located right in London. Walker heads into the main lobby area and demands to speak to the head of the museum so that he could have his work displayed for the entire world to see. The museum head comes down and introduces himself as Gideon Keith Hall. He informs John William Walker that new paintings are not being taken at this time and to come back at a later date. Walker urges Hall that all he needs to do is just show him the painting and he’ll change his mind. Hall insists that he doesn’t need to see it and that Walker can come back next month and try. As Walker begins to walk out of the museum he notices that there are open spaces on the walls. Open spaces that are waiting for paintings. He walks out of the museum with a confused look on his face.

As he’s leaving, Sebastian Michael Taylor passes right by him and refuses to acknowledge his existence. Taylor walks into the main lobby and is greeted by a hug from Hall. This irks Walker and he is seen fuming as he walks down the street back to where he lives. Walker arrives back home and slams his painting into the ground, destroying it. He begins to stomp on it when the door opens and Abagail walks in to find him going completely nuts on the painting. She runs up to him and embraces him as tears stream down his face. He breaks down completely and embraces her back. She asks him what's wrong and he tells her that he's never going to get a fair shot in this world as a painter unless he does something drastic. She gently strokes his hair and tells him it's going to be alright. He continues sobbing until she kisses him. He finally stops and they engage in an intimate moment together.

Sebastian Michael Taylor walks up to John William Walker, clutching something shiny in his right hand. He thrusts it into Walker's stomach and then takes it out. The knife is literred with blood and Walker clutches his stomach. Taylor grabs Abagail's hand and then begins to kiss her. Walker springs up out of his bed in a panic and realizes that it was all just a dream. He walks over to the sink and splashes his face with water in order to get the bad thoughts out of his head. He looks over at his bed and sees Abagail laying there still asleep and without a care in the world. He grows enviable of her and her situation. He sits down next to her as she sleeps and brushes her hair over her ear. He then lays back down.

Walker awakens early the next day to the sound of birds chirping outside. He rolls over and realizes that Abagail has already left to go back to her place. He gets dressed and heads over the painting exposé that is being headlined by renowned painter Duncan Xavier Clarke. Clarke is a man in his mid-to-late 50's. He looks weathered by the time and stress of being a painter. Walker views Clarke as his mentor, someone that he looks up to. Walker walks up to Clarke and introduces himself. Clarke says that he's heard of Walker and that it's nice to meet him. Walker glances at Clarke and sees a man who he does not expect. Walker tells Clarke that he looks weak and puny. Clarke takes exception to it and says that Walker has no real talent and won't make anything of himself. Walker is hurt by this claim and breaks the easel that is setup next to them. As Walker turns to walk away, Clarke makes a comment to the crowd that a real man would have stayed and taken the criticism rather than run away like a petulant little child.

Walker is walking along the streets in a lethargic mood when he is approached by the five “wise men”. They introduce themselves to him. They say that they know who he is and they all begin to talk to him individually. Sir Thomas Howard tells John William Walker that he thinks his paintings could use a little pep in them. Sir Michael Longfellow agrees and says people want to see happy paintings rather than dull tones and death. Sir Robert Hall insists that Walker attend one of their meetings to better understand the use of colors. Sir Anthony Carber tells Walker that every painting should tell a story but in a way that people can relate to. Sir James Cass is the last one to talk to Walker and chimes in by telling him he needs to get a better grasp of life in order for his paintings to be of more consequence. They all tip their caps to Walker and go about their way. Walker walks off left worst for ware after this day.

Abagail gently places a kiss on the lips and stares deeply into his eyes. He begins to caress her body all about when she says his name, “Sebastian”. Walker’s eyes shoot open and he soon realizes he was going through another terrible dream. He gets out of bed and gets dressed. He heads over to his mother’s house to see her. She’s happy to see him and he’s happy to see her. She tells him that they need to see each other more, especially because he’s all the family she has left. She insists that he needs to stop this whole painting thing and settle down with Abagail. John tells his mother that he’s low on money and needs some. She tells him she can’t give him anymore because he’ll just spend it all on painting stuff and not take care of himself or Abagail. He starts to shout at her that she never cared for him. She only cares that the family name doesn’t die. She begins to cry and eventually gives him the money that he wants.

Walker gets back to his hobble and finds Abagail waiting for him. She asks him if he’s okay and he tells her that he’s been having these weird dreams that involve Sebastian Michael Taylor stabbing him and kissing Abagail. She begins to worry about his mental state and tells him so. Walker grows outraged and begins throwing things. She asks him to go seek help. He says that he will. They embrace and she says she has to go to see her mother. After she leaves, Walker heads out to see if he can get some help but along the way he spots Sebastian gabbing it up with Gideon Keith Hall. They’re going on as if they’re best friends. Walker continues to watch just to understand their relationship better. They continue talking for quite some time and with each passing minute, a more aggressive look begins to emerge on Walker’s face. Walker pulls out a concealed pistol and walks up to Sebastian, shooting him square in the back of the head. Pieces of his brain, and blood, spray out and onto Gideon. He falls over from the surprise. As the sight of Gideon hitting the ground registers, Walker quickly realizes that it’s all just a daydream. He’s still there observing the two of them talk. He gets out of his chair and now knows what he must do.

A private party is arranged at the British Museum and all the top painting minds in London are invited. Walker is walking up the steps with Abagail when he’s approached by Sir Edmond James. He tells Walker that he admires his work and that he needs to keep doing more like it. Walker asks him if he’s mistaken and Edmond says no. He has the right man. Walker gets a smirk on his face, clearly satisfied with the acknowledgement. Walker asks Edmond if he’s going to be inside at the party and Edmond says no because he’s frowned upon being at these. Walker asks him why and Edmond tells him that the other “wise men” don’t look to kindly upon him anymore. They didn’t like the fact that he changed his thinking on what was acceptable and they became too crazy for his liking. He leans in and whispers into Walker’s ear not to trust them or anyone else associated with the British Museum. They part ways and Walker and Abagail enter the party.

Inside, they meet with everyone and appear to be having a good time when Sebastian notices Abagail and smiles at her. This causes Walker to grow jealous. He asks if they have a problem and Sebastian says that they do. Walker asks what it is and Sebastian tells him that a man as pathetic as him doesn’t deserve a woman as beautiful as Abagail. Walker goes to take a swing at Sebastian but is restrained by Gideon Keith Hall and the five “wise men” who had been observing the situation. They escort Walker out of the British Museum and tell he and his work will never be allowed inside there ever again. Walker sits down on the steps and begins to break down. Abagail comes up behind him and gives him a hug. He asks her why didn’t she stay and she tells him that she loves him too much to give up on him. He tells her that he loves her and she echoes the sentiment back. The two go back to his place and spend the night together.

For the next few days, Walker is alone with his thoughts. He consumes alcoholic drink after alcoholic drink. With each passing glass, he thinks of a new way to get back at all of them. On a particularly gloomy day, he follows the “wise men” and begins to learn their habits. He knows where they stop to chat, where they stop to eat, and where they stop to have their fun. He begins to think of the best way to kill them. The next day, he follows Gideon and conjures up a plan on how to get him out of the picture. He follows Gideon home from the museum and thinks that because Gideon is older, all he has to do is kill Gideon in a way that isn’t messy and people will think it was just from natural causes. On the last day, he follows Sebastian to and from his home. He learns exactly which route he walks and where he stops. He figures that when Sebastian stops by the stables to see his horse, he can hit him over the head with a horseshoe and pin it on a freak accident. After heading home that day, he has one last drink and then lays down.

The five “wise men”, Gideon Keith Hall, and Sebastian Michael Taylor all show up at his home bearing gifts. When he accepts the gift from each, he notices something odd. The “wise men” give him a gun. Gideon gives him a knife. And Sebastian gives him poison. He stares at them all with a blank expression and asks what it’s for. In one echoing sentiment, they tell him to choose how he’s going to kill himself. If he’s going to be a murder, be one who only takes the life of someone he cannot stand. Himself. Walker awakens in a cold sweat and begins to shake. Abagail is there once again to comfort him. She tells him that everything is going to be okay and that he has a visitor so he needs to pull it together.

When she introduces the visitor, it’s Sir Edmond James. He greets the both of them and tells John William Walker that they have business to discuss. Walker obliges him and they talk. Edmond tells Walker that he knows what he’s up to. Edmond says that he followed Walker while Walker followed the others. He wants to make sure Walker isn’t going to do something crazy. Walker asks Edmond if he’d tell anyone. Edmond says he’s going to keep it to himself unless something happens that makes him have to tell someone. Edmond extends his hand to Walker and tells him that Walker doesn’t want to do that. As they let each other’s hand go, Edmond tells Walker that his best days are ahead of him. Don’t get too down and remember who you are. As Edmond opens the door to leave, he looks back at Walker and utters one last thing. Beat them at their own game. As Edmond leaves, Walker knows what he must do.

Walker begins to paint what he believes is going to be his best picture yet. He spends days on it. Perfecting it. He’s a tattered mess, his clothes covered in dried paint, and he looks the worse for wear. Abagail approaches him with some caution and asks if she can see his work. He snaps at her and tells her that she cannot. A tear begins to fall from her face as she goes and sits back in the chair in the corner where she continues to knit. Walker finishes his painting in the wee hours of the night with nothing left to lighten the room except one candle. He smiles at the painting and wraps it up in brown paper and ties a string across it so that the paper doesn’t slip off. He writes a note, folds it up, and attaches it to the painting. He writes another note, this one to Abagail. He puts it next to her on the bed for her to read in the morning. Walker walks to the British Museum as the day begins to flicker in. He sets the painting on the top step of the British Museum and slams on the door to get their attention. He then runs off. Gideon Keith Hall opens the door and sees the package waiting there. He opens the note attached and reads it. It states that a man with a torn soul, broken heart, and crushed dreams painted this. Hang it up for the world to see what a dream will take from you. Gideon opens the package and observes the painting, never letting the image be shown. He turns and heads into the museum and closes the door behind him.

Abagail awakens to the note laying next to her. She opens it and reads it. Walker tells her that he loves her with all her heart. He tells her to look after his mother for him and that she deserves better than him. He says that all he ever wanted to do was make her proud and make her believe in him as a man. Doing this was the only way he could ever truly know how much he loved her. She breaks down in tears after reading the note. Abagail whispers “.. but I’m pregnant” as the note hits the floor. She places her face in her hands and weeps uncontrollably.

Gideon Keith Hall unveils the painting at an extravaganza a few days later. The painting is titled “Lost Dreams” and depicts a woman asleep in a bed. Next to her is a man hanging from a rope that is attached to the ceiling and a chair lying flat on the floor beneath him. The man is visibly deceased. The reaction to the painting is quite astounding. Everyone seems to love it. The colors go from warm, where the woman is sleeping, to dark, where the man is hanging. The only bright thing on his side is a candle next to the easel where a blank canvas rests. Gideon asks the man next to him what he thinks of it. The man who turns to him is Sir Edmond James. Edmond tells Gideon that it’s the best piece of work he’s seen in all his years. Gideon agrees.

As Sir Edmond James walks down the wide path, the substantially sized house is behind him. He approaches a man who is dressed in all black with a black top hat. The man has his back turned to Edmond. Edmond tells the man “it is done”. The man turns and it is John William Walker. He tells Edmond that this was the only way. Edmond tells him that he knows and that this is the greatest piece of work in the history of the world. Edmond and Walker walk down the path more as the camera pans back to a wide shot of the road ahead of them. The image of Walker glancing back at the path behind him is framed and placed to the side as the credits roll.









Review
dream_catcher_9 wrote:
The Painter

wow, this was a masterpiece. I loved all the little details you put in there.
It made the story come to life, and the way you described some of the actions John William Walker did was hilarious. Speaking of John he should get best leading actor nominations, I loved the way you told the story about a man who is angry with the world, and trying to take it out the wrong way(killing his enemies), but he learned how to get back at them, paint the best painting the world has ever seen. Now he did have to leave his mom and wife to achieve this but his life was all about painting anyways. Great choice of Leonardo DiCapro as John, I could definitely see him play this role. Cate Blanchett is elegant and beautiful so she would be good in a lot of roles and this one works for her. I also like Colin Firth as his enemy.

I was just intruguied by the whole story, was reading with anxiety waiting to see how this ended and it didnt disappoint. Not a huge fan of Clint Eastwood, but in terms of him doing this type of plot, I think it would work. I would definitely watch this on camera, just a great story about revenge, character(learning how to deal with things) and a nice mystery on top of that.

Overall Id give it a solid A.

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Buckrock101 wrote:
Breaking Bigfoot

Directed by Nicolas Winding Refn
Screenplay by Nicolas Winding Refn & Dennis Lehane
Cinematography by Martin Ruhe
Original Score by Cliff Martinez
Produced by Buck Rock


Synopsis:

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A burnt out bounty hunter is at a spiritual crossroads, when a mysterious corporation offers him one million dollars to hunt down and capture Bigfoot.



Plot description:

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We are introduced to the movie through the eyes of Jack Hartley (James McAvoy), a bounty hunter in his late 20s/early 30s, though showing the physical and emotional wear of a man three times his age. He smokes almost non-stop, he drinks heavily, and he looks on the world with a jaded eye.

He lives with Becks (Kristen Stewart), another lost soul similar to Jack. While we only see her in passing, it is strongly hinted that she is a prostitute, though she is a good, kind-hearted person. She pushes Jack to make a change in his life, to live better, to fight the darkness growing inside him.

Just as she is beginning to get through to Jack, he is approached by Theo (Hugh Jackman), an executive representing a mysterious corporation. He offers Jack a million dollars to capture Bigfoot for them. he offers Jack a way out. After some consideration, Jack takes the job. Theo reports back to head office, and a man called Leon Pike (Christian Bale). He tells Pike, "we have him".

Jack goes up to Seattle to start the search for Bigfoot. Theo puts him in touch with the chief of police there, John Haven (Ed Harris). Haven shares the case file they have on Bigfoot with Jack, giving him a starting point to work with.

Flashback scenes begin to appear. We see Jack, a few years younger, a hotshot young businessman, rising quickly through the ranks of a business in New York. He has a young daughter with a woman he is separated from.

Back in the present, his depression and despair grows. He slowly works on finding Bigfoot's trail, while at night he frequents a Jazz Bar, The Rabbit Hole. There he meets Lisa (Ellen Wong). They talk as her boyfriend, a coked-up saxophonist, plays on stage. She has a friendly, yet seductive demeanor, and the two... get intimate... together at her apartment.

Jack begins to have dreams. He is in a deserted city, snow falling, flames growing up all the buildings in the background. He sees a lone person in the ghost town... Pike. Pike offers him a light. Immediately, Jack wakes up in his shoddy motel room, caked in sweat.

On the job, he grows weary that there is something untoward going on. While investigating possible leads, Bigfoot sightings, etc, he runs into Haven, who is with another cop, Detective Hammond (Patrick Wilson). After he sees one or the other around a few times, his suspicions get the best of him, and he calls Haven to arrange a meeting. He explains to Haven that if he is doing anything to get in his way, he will cut his throat. Haven laughs it off at first, but before long, he disappears, communicating with Hammond via phone call every so often.

Flashbacks: Jack is working on a highly lucrative, yet highly contentious business deal. His people warn him to back off, but he plows ahead.

In the present, he has turned his attention almost solely to the Seattle police. He spends a lot of time tailing Hammond, and is barely sleeping. Some nights, he doesn't sleep at all. When he does sleep, he has the dream of the ghost town with Pike. One time he wakes up, not sure if he's awake or still dreaming. He looks through the dark of his motel room - Bigfoot is standing in the corner of the room. Jack's unable to control his body at all, just a spectator as Bigfoot speaks to him. It says "Pike is the one. Find Pike". Jack wakes up again, during the day, as if it never happened.

In the flashbacks, Jack continues to go ahead with his business deal. He is randomly approached in a bar by a man in a suit, who tells him to stop what he is doing, or else. Shaken at first, he soon forgets this encounter, and continues with his deal.

Present: Jack's stalk of Hammond comes to head. He confronts him, after following him around and observing suspicious behavior. Without mercy, he kills Hammond. This has a ripple effect within the police, and the corporation. We see Theo inform Pike that Jack has killed one of their men. Theo also tracks down Haven, and informs him that this situation needs to be cleaned up, immediately.

Haven reluctantly ventures back into the open. When he returns to the station in Seattle, he finds Jack in his office, waiting. Jack demands answers as to what is going on. He is sure there is a conspiracy going on, and puts a gun to Haven's head, and gives him an ultimatum. Before he can do anything, or get anything, they hear a disturbance outside. It's Bigfoot - leaving a trail of destruction, fleeing through the early morning streets. Haven takes the opportunity of the distraction, and escapes, chasing after Bigfoot. Jack follows suit, pursuing both Haven and Bigfoot. He is lead out of the city, to the Pacific Northwest wilderness. Forest, mountains, etc. He loses both of them. He ventures further into the wilderness, leaving the world behind, both literally and figuratively. Eventually, he is overcome by the elements, and passes out.

We see flashes as he regains consciousness for a moment at a time - Bigfoot, cradling Jack in his arms, carrying him up the mountainside.

Flashback: Jack makes a critical meeting in his deal, one step away from completion. His workmates continue to insist he backs down, but he ignores them. While at the office late at night, he gets a phone call. The voice is the same as the person who approached him at the bar. He tells Jack that he was warned, and that his actions have consequences. He says to Jack "you have brought this upon yourself". Right after this call is hung up, he receives another one - from the police.

Jack finds out that his young daughter and her mother have been murdered. We see as Leon Pike orders two men to go to their house. There, they find the mother and the daughter, and with little emotion, kill them both, as if it's just business as usual. Upon finding this out, Jack loses a piece of his sanity. He disappears from his job. His deal falls through without him.

In the present: Jack wakes up in a cave - Bigfoot's 'home'. Bigfoot speaks to him. It tells Jack that Pike is running everything... the police are working for him, and we find out that Bigfoot was an operative working for Pike, before it went rogue, forcing them to hire someone to deal with the situation (Jack).

Jack stays with Bigfoot for a few days... Bigfoot comes and goes, rarely there for longer than an hour or two. During this time, Jack regains a hold on his sanity... pulls himself up out of the abyss.

Flashbacks: Jack is quickly transforming from the Jack of the flashbacks to the Jack of the present storyline. Drinking, smoking, with an empty look in his eye. He tracks down the two men who killed his family, and kills them both without a second thought.

He is in some back-alley dive bar, when Pike approaches him. Jack is told that even though he's taken his revenge, it won't bring him peace. He tells Jack (a hint of sadism in his tone), that his wounds will never heal.

Present: Jack is looking more and more together. He has left Bigfoot's cave, and returned home. He prepares to move in on Pike's corporation. He learns where their headquarters are, the layout of the building, everything.

He makes it in fine. He reaches the top floor. He's in a long corridor, at the end of which, is the door to Pike's office. He approaches it, and as he does so, Pike comes out. He shows no fear at all, despite a gun being pointed at him by Jack. They come face to face... when Jack is shot in the head... by Bigfoot. He dies. We see a closeup of his face as he lies on the floor and the life passes out of him. He looks content.

We end with a final flashback scene. Jack has moved across the country, no longer in New York, now in LA. He's trawling the LA underbelly, drinking, smoking, not sleeping at all. We see him meet Becks. We see as he finds solace, briefly, in the company of another lost soul.



characters:



James McAvoy plays Jack, the central character. Heavy smoker, heavy drinker, grizzled and jaded despite being in his late 20s. Once a hotshot young businessman, he is now a private detective/bounty hunter. In an almost constant state of depression and despair.




Kristen Stewart plays Becks, one of Jack's only companions. A fellow lost soul, it is strongly hinted that she is working as a prostitute. Despite this, she has a kind heart, and like Jack, is trying desperately to make it through the darkness of her life.




Christian Bale plays Leon Pike. Head of the mysterious corporation that hires Jack to go after Bigfoot, it ends up that he is running everything, including being behind the danger towards Jack in the flashbacks. A calm, confident, malevolent character, always dressed in a ridiculously expensive suit, perfectly groomed. The physical manifestation of Satan.




Hugh Jackman plays Theo, an executive working for Pike. He is calm, on top of things, and robotic. Almost unhuman.




Ed Harris plays John Haven, head of police in Seattle, as well as being in Pike's pocket. Has an overly cheery, jolly demeanor, but as it goes on, we learn that he's a coward. He disappears when Jack turns the heat on the cops.




Patrick Wilson plays Detective Hammond, a cop working under Haven, and the main guy for all things regarding Pike and Jack. Responsible for keeping Jack under control, and because of this, is stalked and killed by Jack.




John Hawkes plays Diego, Jack's "agent" of sorts. He gets Jack all his work as a bounty hunter, and is the one who puts him in touch with the corporation.




Ellen Wong plays Lisa. She is in an abusive relationship, with a saxophonist who often plays at a jazz bar in Seattle. There, she meets Jack, and they end up sleeping together.




Anna Kendrick plays the mother of Jack's daughter, in the flashback scenes. The two are separated, but still get on fairly well together. She is killed, along with Jack's daughter, as the fallout from Jack's deal.




Ciaran Hinds plays Pike's executive in the flashback scenes. He meets with Jack, and tells him to desist on his business deal. He plays the same role for Pike as Theo does in the present day storyline.




Chris Cooper plays Jack's boss in the flashback scenes. He strongly urges Jack to stop what he's doing, when it is apparent that it could end badly. Jack ignores him.




Kiefer Sutherland plays one of Jack's workmates in the flashbacks. He, like Jack's boss, urges him to back off.





Ha Jung-woo and Peter Sarsgaard play the two goons working for Pike, who kill Jack's daughter and her mother. They are hunted down by Jack, and subsequently murdered.




Buck Rock has a cameo as Andrew, Lisa's abusive boyfriend. A coked-up saxophonist, his substance abuse leads him to his violent and unpredictable ways, but also to his mad sax skills. He is only featured significantly in one scene, where Jack witnesses him beating Lisa in an alley behind the bar. Jack goes yard on him, beating him to a pulp.







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dream_catcher_9 wrote:
Breaking Bigfoot

Really enjoyed the adventure of this one. I was confused about Bigfoots relationship with Jack, but in the end when he was shot by Bigfoot,
im assuming he was told by Pike to try and get to know him and get in his thoughts when they were in the wilderness. I really enjoyed the flashbacks as we see how this man(young man) went from hot shot to nothing to having some peace. Enjoyed Bale as Pike, i think he would get some best actor nominations. He was this ruthless character who destroyed Jacks life, but also brought him some joy by him meeting Becks.

I have not seen any of Refn's movies so I cant comment on how he would direct this one, but just from reading reviews of "Drive" I think you could definitely add some stylish and gruesome violence in this. Love Kristen Stewart as Becks. She plays that innocent and vulnerable character exceptionally well. I enjoy how this doesn't necessarily have a happy ending, it just shows that life is unpredictable.

Overall I would give this movie a A- on first read through.

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Searching



Directed by Martin Scorsese
Written by Paul Schrader

Tom Hardy as Dylan Clarke- A former British marine and World War II veteran who by 1954 is working as a private detective in New York City. His family was poor growing up, and he spent most of his childhood and teenage years in street gangs. After the war he wanted to stay in America to get as far away from his family and upbringing. After an unsuccessful attempt at a boxing career he was steered into the profession by Ray Ellis (Spacey), a retired police officer who works out at the same boxing gym as Clarke. He lives on the Lower East Side of Manhattan with his fiancé Chloe (MacDonald).

Kevin Spacey as Ray Ellis- An NYPD retiree who spends much of his free time working out at Gleason’s Gym in Brooklyn, where he befriends Dylan. He knows Dylan doesn’t have the respect for authority for the NYPD, but sees his potential as a private detective.

Kelly MacDonald as Chloe Ross- A seamstress’ assistant who is engaged to Dylan. They met after he investigated the disappearance of her brother. Though she succeeded in curbing most of his rowdy behavior, she is still uncomfortable with him not being Catholic.

Natalie Portman as Rachel Aaronson- The wife of a prominent lawyer who has gone missing. She comes to Dylan to investigate his disappearance.

James Caan as Herschel Strauss- The leader of a gang running Lower Manhattan. He

Edward Norton as Sean Doherty- Strauss’ right hand man. He handles some of the most sensitive assignment.

Albert Brooks as Jacob Aaronson- Rachel’s father-in-law. He suspects Strauss had something to do with the disappearance, since he knew that Aaronson worked for him, but is too afraid of Strauss to want an investigation.

Andre Braugher as Adam Bryant- The manager of Gleason’s Gym. He is good friends with both Ellis and Clarke. He was a successful boxer on the verge of breaking out before getting into a street fight and breaking his hand in three places, from which it wouldn’t heal.




The year is 1954. Private investigator Dylan Clarke (Hardy) lives on Manhattan’s Lower East Side with his fiancé Chloe (MacDonald). Clarke is troubled by his past, both of his rough upbringing on the streets of London and of his stint in World War II. He wakes up from a nightmare, which he has often. These nightmares combine some of his more brutal, violent memories; flashes of his fellow Royal Marines disemboweled or without limbs, the bloodied face of a schoolmate he had beaten to a pulp for making fun of his haircut, the shocked look of a Nazi soldier while a bayonet impaled his chest, it all leads Clarke to wake up in a sweat. He sees Chloe sitting up, who tells him he had woken her up a half hour ago. He looks at the clock, and though it’s not even 6:00 in the morning he starts to rouse himself, knowing even if he could go back to sleep he might fall back into another round of nightmares. Over breakfast he tells his wife that he’s expecting an appointment today¸ from a woman, Rachel Aaronson (Portman) whose husband has disappeared. She had called him over the weekend, noticeably distraught.

When Dylan arrives at his office at 8:45, Rachel is already there. She tells him that her husband Eli is a very successful lawyer with a slew of high profile clients. She tells Dylan that her father-in-law (Brooks) suspects local gang leader Herschel Strauss (Caan) as the culprit, but he is too afraid of Strauss to do anything himself, and begged Rachel not to dig into it.

After work, Dylan takes the subway to Brooklyn to work out at Gleason’s Boxing Gym. There he meets his friend and mentor, Ray Ellis (Spacey), who he tells about his new case after a lengthy sparring session. Ellis is familiar with Strauss and his organization, having been a homicide detective during Strauss’ rise to power, during which time he was responsible for murder after murder. According to Ellis, Strauss’ cunning and wide-reaching influence have helped him evade arrest, and that he always stays at least one step of the police.

Ellis gives Dylan access to some of his files having to do with Strauss. After a trip to Rachel’s husband’s office where he takes his files for investigation, he spends hours pouring over both files, looking for some kind of common thread connecting the two. As he is almost ready to give up, he notices the name Sean Doherty appearing frequently in both. Doherty (Norton) was an Irish street hood informally adopted by Strauss, who mentored him until he became his most trusted henchman. Doherty had been accused of three murders over the past six years, all of which he was acquitted for, and each time he was represented by Eli Cohen, Rachel’s husband.

After interviewing jailed members of Strauss’ gang, who he gets access to through Ellis, he finds out about one of their most common hangouts: a billiards hall in Tribeca. He shows up at the billiards hall, where he nonchalantly starts conversation with some of the patrons, a few of whom he recognizes from the police files he got from Ellis. Some of them become suspicious about all the questions he asks, many of which pertain to Strauss and Doherty. This tension is escalated when Dylan continues to win games of pool, and money from his opponents. He realizes that the situation is touchy and that he wasn’t going to learn much from these guys, so he tries to leave. They are not happy with having their money being taken, and try to beat him up and take their money back. But Dylan’s training as a boxer and Marine kicks in, and he is able to handle all four of his attackers, before Sean Doherty hears the commotion and enters the room, apologizing to Dylan.

After leaving, Dylan sits in his car, staking out the pool hall. Hours pass before Doherty leaves. He watches him get into a limo, and follows him to a townhouse on the Upper East Side. Another two hours later, he sees Doherty exit with Strauss, who he recognizes from Ellis’ files. After they leave, he sees all the lights in the house off, indicating it its emptiness. He scales a fence, sneaks into the backyard and picks the lock of the door.

Once in what looks like Strauss’ office, he tears the room apart for anything having to do with Eli Cohen. One of the first things he comes across is a folder with the NYPD letterhead; probably acquired from a rat he had working in the department. The folder contains an affidavit from Cohen to a state prosecutor, detailing his knowledge of Strauss’ organization. A transcript of a conversation held with Eli indicates that Eli had to hide his cooperation in order to obtain more evidence.
Dylan puts all the files back, and returns to his car, waiting for Doherty and Strauss to return. When the car arrives back at the townhouse, only Doherty comes out.

Taking advantage of his being alone, Dylan approaches him as he unlocks the door, incapacitates him and ties him to a chair, wearing a ski mask as to not reveal his identity. Unfortunately, Sean recognizes his British accent, making the disguise useless. After removing the mask he interrogates Sean, who does not give up any information until Dylan breaks each of his pinky fingers, promising that his thumbs are next. He confirms Dylan’s suspicions, and tells him that the lawyer has been killed, his body buried in a swamp around Yonkers.

Dylan returns home to Chloe, leaving Sean bound to the chair in Strauss’ house. He is woken up in the middle of the night by a phone call from Rachel. She is hysterical, and says that now her father-in-law is missing. Dylan realizes that Strauss and Sean assumed it was Jacob who spawned the investigation, as Strauss and Jacob had grown up in the same neighborhood and knew each since childhood.

Dylan races out of the house to Strauss’ apartment, where he sees the limo parked out front and lights on inside. He sits in his car, checks his M1911 pistol and observes silhouettes on the third floor. The sun has yet to rise and the streets are empty, making it easy for Dylan to again sneak into the house via the backyard. Once in the house he is able to handle all the gangsters guarding the lower floors, before finding Sean, Herschel and Jacob in the top floor. Jacob’s face is bloody, obviously having been tortured.

Dylan threatens to shoot, but his threats are ignored as he watches Herschel himself slit Jacob’s throat. Before he can fire, one of Herschel’s men hits him over the back with a stool, knocking the pistol from his hand. A brawl ensues, which ends in Dylan taking Herschel’s knife and holding it to his throat, while Sean has Dylan in the sights with his own pistol. Dylan kills Herschel and in the same motion, throws his body at Sean, who is knocked down. Dylan is able to incapacitate him and leave him for the authorities, while he stumbles out of the building into the sunlit Upper East Side morning.

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The Bartender

Directed by David Fincher
Created by James McMurry
Produced by Scott Rudin
Cinematography by Jeff Cronenweth


Lead:

Philip Seymour Hoffman as Dave Schwartz



-Dave is a bartender in New York City. After a series of murders involving regulars in his bar, he goes to the police and tells them that he had a dream, which predicted the events. He is labeled schizophrenic, and put on trial for obstruction of justice


Support:

Marisa Tomei as Irene Schwartz



-Irene is Dave's wife, also a licensed psychiatrist


Tobey Maguire as Tobias



-Tobias is Dave's son-in-law, he seeks revenge for his dead wife


Skeet Ulrich as Paulie



[img]-Paulie is a dirty cop, caught up between several different parties[/img]


Mark Boone Jr as Paulie's Killer




Nathan Fillion as Rick



-Rick is an influential, powerful tool, who entertains young women at the bar


Jared Leto as Rick's Killer





Small Roles:

James McMurry as Jimmy

-Jimmy is a 21 year old kid, very depressed, who is a more positive part of Dave's dream


Alison Brie as Jimmy's Woman




Steve Burton, Jenna Fischer, and Kirsten Dunst as Murdered Morgan (m), Murdered Morgan (f), and Dave's Daughter Morgan


Felicia Day and Leighton Meester as Rick's Fans





Plot Summary




“How does the defendant plead?”

“Not guilty by reason of mental defect, your honor.”

“I DON’T HAVE A DEFECT, I HAVE A GIFT!!!”

“Counselor, quiet your client down.”

So began the obstruction of justice trial of Dave Schwartz, a New York City bartender, recently diagnosed as schizophrenic after telling police he had a vision warning him of events that would be happening to 4 of his regulars. The detectives didn’t believe that he could have known all of these details without somehow being involved.

Schwartz told a detective that, in a dream, his recently deceased father said the following:

“Let Jimmy drink”

“Tell Paulie to get legit”

“Morgan’s revenge”

“No more fake fame”

Jimmy had just turned 21, and was in a deep depression. He came to the bar every night, usually leaving after being cut off by Dave. Loneliness was his main issue, as he had no friends and had never had a girlfriend.
Paulie was a cop, widely known to be dirty. He took “dirty” to a whole new level. He was involved with several prominent gangs around New York, and they were catching on. It was only a matter of time before his lies cost him.

Morgan was Dave’s daughter, married to Tobias. She was found dead outside of her home, dead from what appeared to be a drug overdose.
Fake fame clearly referred to Rick. Rick was a fiction novel writer, but he had long been accused of plagiarism and less blatant use of themes from other authors’ works. He spent his nights in the bar entertaining young women.

Dave, against the advice of his lawyer and wife (Irene, a well-known psychiatrist), testified. He told the jury what each statement meant to him, and what his relationship with all parties was.

He insisted on starting the dream with Jimmy’s story, though it wasn’t of much importance to the prosecution.

[flashback] Jimmy sits alone at the bar, sad as always, on his way to inebriation, as always. Dave notices that a woman at a booth has been staring at him all night. At this point, Jimmy is clearly wasted, and needs to be cut off. But, heading the words of his vision, Dave gives him one last drink, and signals the woman. She comes to the bar and sits next to Jimmy, who vomits on the bar. She helps him into the handicapped restroom, and stays with him as he continues to regurgitate all of the alcohol he drank. After, she talks to him for a while, talking him through some of the loneliness and abandonment issues he’s been dealing with. After about an hour of talking, she gets blunt. At this point, the story becomes a little more graphic than the court would like, and…

“Your honor, is this really necessary?” The prosecution asks.

The Judge agrees that enough has been said, and orders Dave to move on.

So, Dave now explains what happened with Paulie.

[flashback] Paulie is at the bar talking to a very odd looking man. Dave overhears them talking about “delivering the goods”. Dave has overheard many conversations like this one, as Paulie is well-known for taking any kick he can get. Dave distinctly remembers an ominous tone when (in his dream) he heard that Paulie needed to “get legit”. Paulie left with the other man at closing time, and Dave decided to follow them. They drove off to an abandoned warehouse, and after both got out of their cars, the man pulled out a gun and shot Paulie in the chest and then in the head.

[prosecutor]“So, if you saw this man shoot Mr. O’Donnell, why didn’t you come forward?”

[Dave]“I didn’t want to get involved. Can I continue now?”

Dave continues with “Morgan’s Revenge”

“My daughter Morgan was murdered, IN COLD BLOOD, six months ago. Her killer made it look like a suicide, so the cops did nothing about it. My son-in-law Tobias was as devastated as I was, and I knew he was seeking revenge.”

[flashback] Tobias sits in his car, insanity in his eyes. The camera pans to the back seat, where a woman is tied up. He gets out of the car, pulls out a knife, and sneaks around the back of a suburban home. He sees a man sitting on a couch, and makes his move. Tobias jumps through the glass door, charges at the man, and stabs him to death. Seemingly having gained confidence, he went back to his car, threw the woman in the street, and did the same to her.

As it turned out, both murder victims were named Morgan. Tobias had complained of a police cover-up, so since he couldn’t directly avenge his wife, he chose a different path. If his Morgan couldn’t live, neither could other Morgans. Unfortunately for him, he hadn’t thought things through, and was arrested the day after the first 2 murders.

Without pause, Dave continued onto “No more fake fame”

[flashback] Rick embodies the faux star. He has few real talents, but he makes up for it with money and influence. Always dressed in the finest suits, Rick is easy to hate. As he was entertaining a few young ladies one night at the bar, a man walked in and shot him.

Now it was Dave’s wife, Irene Schwartz, turn to take the stand. She spoke briefly of her husband’s recent losses (their daughter, his dad), and said that the stress and trauma he’d been through simply made him think too much of a dream. As she is talking, Dave’s expression completely changes, and he stands up.

“I did it. I did all of this. My daughter did commit suicide, but it was after she was drugged and raped by the writer. I hired a man to come in and shoot him. My daughter gave her statement to the dead cop, and he didn’t do [anything], so I had him killed too. I told my son-in-law to seek revenge, to stop at nothing to get revenge, even if it meant blood. I saw the depression in the kid, and I didn’t want him to turn out like me; crazy, hell-bent on punishing the world for their transgressions, so I paid for the whore, I over served him, because I knew it would turn his life around, and the world needs less people like me!”

The courtroom went crazy, the judge tried to keep order, to no avail. Officers came and removed Dave.

Dave’s wife, lawyer, and doctors convinced the judge to put him in a mental institute, claiming that this was all a part of his psychotic break, and that there’s no way he could have orchestrated it all.

…but did he? Who knows?








Review
dream_catcher_9 wrote:
The Bartender

Intriguing plot that I thought was pretty well thought out. My favorite character was probably Jimmy and what he was going through. Knowing that Dave hired that girl for him to help him with his confidence
was a nice thing to do and shows that Dave was not as bad a person as some thought.

I thought the other characters were cast well, Tobey was probably my least favorite because I don't see him as a killer type. I also liked the flashbacks and how everything was told in a courtroom, I could see this looking real good on camera.

David Fincher is my favorite director so Id defintely see this film, and I think he would do a really good job with it. He is known for a dark outlook, and mystery in his movies and this fits it rather well. Overall Id say you did a good job and Id give it a B+ on everything I have read.

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Fathers and Uncles

Directed by Jason Reitman

Written by Mitchell Hurwitz (Arrested Development) and Dan Harmon (Community)

Produced by Judd Apatow and Rob McElhenney (It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia).

Score by Philip Glass

Plot:

Two best friends (Charlie Day and Donald Glover) lead uninspired lives. When Kenny's (Day) father passes away, his uncle (Hamm) steps in to fill the void. Bryan (Glover) and his adoptive father (Cranston) struggle to find anything in common. In order to grow closer, the four of them take a road trip around the east coast. In their travels, they get mixed up with a Russian mob boss (Mortensen) feuding with a rival gang (Elba/Harris/Gilliard Jr), as well as a corrupt cult leader (Mackie). Hilarity ensues, as does bonding between the four leads.

Characters:



Charlie Day as Kenny Wilters. The lead, Kenny is in his late-20's and has little to show for his years. Wilters is funny, but awkward and not incredibly bright. He tries to get closer to his new, womanizing uncle (Hamm).



Donald Glover as Bryan Stevens. A young, frat kid who is best friends with Kenny (Day), his roommate. Bryan is nerdy, mostly because his adoptive father (Cranston) is as well.



Bryan Cranston as Cray Stevens. Nerdy and always uncomfortable, Cray adopted Bryan (Glover) when he was 4. There is a disconnect between the two and he wants to become closer through this trip. His wife (Sagal) and older son (Hunnam) are completely different and don't understand him.



Jon Hamm as Steven Wilkins. Kenny's uncle, he is a smooth-talking womanizer who is removed from his family. When his brother (Simmons) dies, Steven agrees to take the trip to appease his nephew (Day).



Viggo Mortensen as Arkady Zelenov. Ruthless and hateful. He is out for Bryan's (Glover) blood after he becomes romantic with Zelenov's daughter (Mulligan).



Carey Mulligan as Trina Zelenov. The daughter of Arkady (Mortensen), she falls for Bryan (Glover).



Anthony Mackie as Reverend Thomas Felter. Charismatic, his followers are convinced he is a prophet. The leads discover him to be a fraud.



Idris Elba, Wood Harris, Larry Gilliard Jr. as King Three. They run the drug game in D.C. The group gets mixed up with them as they run from Zelenov.



Guy Pearce as Victor Zelenov. Arkady's (Mortensen) #2 and brother. He does a lot of the dirty work.



JK Simmons as Kurt Wilters. Is hit by a car 10 minutes into the film. He's Kenny's (Day) father and Steve's (Hamm) brother.



Katey Sagal and Charlie Hunnam as Cray's family. His wife and son. He is very removed from them emotionally and wants to connect with Bryan (Glover).







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rabbisson wrote:
Fathers and Uncles - Comedies really aren't my cup of tea unless they're shock comedies, and I'm not sure about the casting for this one. I like Day and Glover a lot, but Hamm seems a bit out of place. I do think that I'd find this enjoyable, but I would have loved to see more of a plot summary.

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Comatose
Directed By Duncan Jones
Written By Jonathan Nolan
Inspired by BBC's Life on Mars.


Summary:
After tragedy strikes five people, they awake in 2001. As Glen Wilson (Tom Hanks), Amy Johnson (Brit Marling), Jacob Westerly (Cillian Murphy), J.B. Smart (James Franco), and Susan Watson (Kate Winslet) explore their old lives, they try to find ways back to the present. As each character is haunted by errant beeps of hospital machines and echoes of doctors talking about their comas, the need to wake up becomes more dire. As the date moves closer to September 11th, some begin to wonder if they can change the future.


Tom Hanks is Glen Wilson

A family man with a normal job and an ordinary life.

Brit Marling is Amy Johnson

A woman whose life is in shambles, but her return to 2001 gives her hope that she can save her brother who committed suicide on September 11th.

Cillian Murphy is Jacob Westerly

A self-absorbed professional gambler who takes advantage of his knowledge of the future to rake in wealth in 2001.

James Franco is J.B. Smart

An actor who become addicted to heroin at some point after 2001, but his return to the past gives him a second chance at avoiding fatal mistakes.

Kate Winslet is Susan Watson

A tough cop that looks to stop the terrorist attacks of 9/11 as she jumps back 10 years.

Milo Ventimiglia is Alex Johnson

The suicidal older brother of Amy Johnson.

Amy Ryan is Maude Wilson

Caring wife of Glen Wilson.

Ellen Paige is Eve Coogan

Roommate of Amy Johnson who tries to keep her grounded and convinced that she is indeed in reality in 2001.

John Simm is Jack Watson

Husband of Susan Watson.

Andrew Howard is unnamed gangster.

Stabbed Westerly in 2011 and in 2001 follows him getting tabs on his suspicious winnings.

Diane Keaton is Joane Smart

Mother of J.B. Smart. Had lost touch with her son, but his new lease on life in 2001 gives a second chance at their relationship.

Harvey Keitel is Lieutenant Tony Spiano

Susan Watson’s boss at her precinct in 2001.

Mel Gibson is Mel Gibson

Mel Gibson.


Synopsis
The movie begins with a montage of five people waking up on August 11th of 2011, with tight camera shots of their eyes opening. All five get out of bed. The characters go about their days. Glen Wilson (Tom Hanks) greets his family at the breakfast table, kisses his wife (Amy Ryan) and goes to work at his very ordinary cubicle- job company in mid-town Manhattan. Jacon Westerly (Cillian Murphy) awakes in a luxurious hotel room in Las Vegas and goes into the Belagio, parking himself at a poker table. J.B. Smart (James Franco) wakes up alone in a New York City penthouse, and gets a cab ride to a movie set where he is starring in a film. Susan Watson (Kate Winslet) awakes alongside her husband (John Simm) and dresses for work (a police uniform), making her way over to the NYPD’s 17th Precinct station. Amy Johnson (Brit Marling) wakes up in the afternoon in her crappy studio apartment in Westchester (just north of NYC).
Glen Wilson’s (Hanks) day proceeds as usual, a boring day at the office. A bad thunderstorm picks up on his walk home, and as he crosses a crosswalk, a cab loses control and strikes him, tossing him to the pavement. His eyes close.

Jacob Westerly (Murphy) boards a flight to New York, lands at JFK, and gets dropped off by his cab at a hotel in New York City. After dropping his things off he walks the streets trying to find a place to eat, but is met by a mugger who asks for all he’s got. Westerly refuses and scoffs at the man for his low status in life, and is subsequently stabbed, left bleeding on the sidewalk. His eyes close.

J.B. Smart (Franco) is acting in an indie movie that takes place in Soho, New York. Directed by Mel Gibson, he has his typical day on set but is shown to be an erratic, fidgety person. He can barely function as the day progresses and when he gets back to his dressing room he shoots up heroin. He slumps in his chair and begins to have a seizure, his mouth foams and he passes out.

Susan Watson (Winslet) in her day at the NYPD has an urgent call to a location where a woman is being held hostage. In an altercation at the crime scene she is shot and falls to the ground. Her eyes close.

Amy Johnson (Marling) visits the grave of her dead brother. We see it has been just over ten years since his suicide, as he took his life on 9/11/01. She cries uncontrollably as she holds his picture (Milo Ventimiglia) and returns to her apartment where the thunderstorms have picked up again. She goes to the roof of her apartment building and attempts to commit suicide. She lands on a parked car badly injured and bleeding everywhere but appears still alive. Her eyes close.

All five awake in similar places we last saw them, but none have any injuries. Wilson stands up as if he had just tripped and fell, perplexed as to how he isn’t badly injured or where the cab that hit him went. Westerly feels his torso for the stab wound and is at a loss when he isn’t injured at all – the same for Watson. Amy Johnson actually wakes up in an NYU dorm room, freaking out as to where she is. This wakes up her roommate
Eve (Ellen Paige) who is quick to calm Amy down. Amy looks in the mirror to find she looks younger and faints at the realization that she is somehow back at college.

Glen Wilson stumbles around New York City disoriented and confused. As he staggers his way back to his family’s apartment on Pearl Street, he looks up to see the two World Trade Center towers still standing. “No way.”

Westerly finds goes back to his hotel to find it missing. He asks a pedestrian where the hotel is and they tell him this is just an old apartment building but that they should knock it down anyways. Westerly finds a news stand and looks down at The New York Times to find the date is August 11th, 2001.

Watson returns to her precinct to find an entirely different set up in the police station and a different boss (Harvey Keitel) whom she repeatedly asks what’s going on. Freaking out, her boss tells her to take the night off.
Smart awakes in his apartment, feeling refreshed. His formerly trembling hands are now calm and his desire for heroin non-existent. He turns on the TV to find ESPN is playing highlights of the Montreal Expos and New York Yankees game. When he looks for his cell phone, he finds and old Nextel. The date on his phone is of course August 11th, 2001 which send him into shock.

All five characters begin to explore their new surroundings in the coming days. Wilson returns home to ask where the kids are and his wife (Amy Ryan) asks him what he is referring to. He panics and begins to wonder what happened to him when he was hit by the cab. All of the characters hear errant beeps and flickers of light that no one in their surroundings seem to notice.

Watson turns on her police radio and hears doctors talking about her, saying that she is in a coma. She tries to scream back at them but no one responds. Smart has a similar encounter while watching TV as a news anchor begins a story about his overdose and subsequent coma. He slams the TV with his hands trying to yell that he is awake but the news story suddenly stops and continues on a different topic.

Westerly comes to grips with the reality quickly. As a man of few personal connections, he finds that he can prosper in 2001 with the ability to predict and therefore place bets on sporting events as they happen.

Johnson finds her brother Alex (Ventimiglia) who is still alive and over the coming weeks attempts to bring him out of his depression. After drawing up theories of her own about why she is there “Time travel? Purgatory? Drug trip? Insanity?” she comes to the conclusion that the only reason she is in 2001 is to save her brother’s life. Her roommate (Paige) tries to snap her out of these crazy ideas but Johnson won’t listen).

Glen Wilson treats the situation as if it were all virtual reality. Without care for consequences believing he is not real, he drinks heavily and lives recklessly. What he finds though, is that when he finally let go of care for the little things, is when he finds finally happy again – just as he did feel in 2001.

J.B. Smart takes this as a gift from god. Though the errant life support machine noises and dreams of being paralyzed haunt him, he believes it is just all a test. He feels he has been given a second chance. A chance to avoid the drugs that began to ruin his life; and that the hospital noises are just prods at his consciousness to use again. He reconnects with his mother (Diane Keaton) and enjoys the glory days of his acting career.
Watson is affected worst of all by the distractions of her unstable world. The light flickers, stray hospital noises, and dialogue of doctors and visitors on her radio drive her insane. Her husband (Simm) is unable to control her instability.

Westerly becomes very rich over the coming month, constantly winning sports bets and raking in money constantly. Soon, though, the wrong people begin to become suspicious of his actions. He starts to get followed by a gangster (Andrew Howard), the same man who stabs him in 2011, who constantly pesters him about how he is somehow so lucky.

As September hits the calendar, both Watson and Wilson decides it is their duty to stop the terrorist attacks of 9/11. As both are detained as suspected terrorists themselves, they finally meet in a holding cell. They begin to exchange stories of time travel and realize they are experiencing the same thing. Watson feels far less crazy after this encounter but both are held in prison for ten days.

Smart reads the New York Times as he has coffee with his mother in mid-town. He reads a story about two people who have been detained that claim to be from the future and know details of a potential terrorist attack. They are pictured (Susan Watson and Glen Wilson). He darts out of the coffee shop to the precinct they are being held at but is told by an officer that he is a high profile celebrity and that he doesn’t want to get mixed up in this sort of thing. That it is crazy talk. He sees them in their cell and walks out not knowing what to do.

The day of 9/11/2001.

6:00 AM: J.B. Smart turns on the TV to watch the national news (as he is aware of the impending attacks) when the anchor starts telling saying that “Actor J.B. Smart is due to go into surgery later today as a last resort to possibly bring him out of coma. The surgery is the last hope for Smart who will be taken off of life support if it fails.” Slamming the TV and running around his apartment freaking out, he doesn’t know what to do with himself while he waits for the fateful strike of the towers and his surgery.

The attacks of 9/11 are successfully diverted, and Amy Johnson calls her brother, with renewed hope that her brother may not commit suicide. The phone goes to voicemail. She takes a cab to her brother’s apartment in Westchester, which we now see was her apartment ten years in the future. When she busts open the door, she finds him dead. Beside herself and unable to cope with what has happened, she decides the only way to wake up from the horrible reality she is in is to try to commit suicide again. She leaps off of the building top she jumped from in the future, plunging to the pavement.

Westerly’s apartment gets broken into by gangsters who want the money he has won from them back. He tells them to - off and the gangster that had been following him (Andrew Howard) tells him in an almost ghostly, echoed voice that he took advantage of his situation and that he doesn’t deserve to live. Unsure of whether it is a delusion, he tries to escape but is stabbed in the same place he was stabbed ten years later. He collapses.

Susan Watson and Glen Wilson are touted as heroes for their aid in diverting the terrorist attacks, getting released from prison, but both are ordered for psych checkups. They are administered a serum that could help their flashes and delusions. The situation seems illogical to them, but it knocks them out cold.

J.B. Smart walks outside in the bright sunlight unable to get his mind off of what is to come with his impending surgery. The city turns to night. The people vanish. He stands in an empty Times Square, shocked at what is happening. He hears echoes of a doctor saying the heavily anesthesia will deepen his coma but is necessary for the surgery. As his world collapses inception-style, he runs as fast he can down the street until his legs begin to go limp and he falls down. He hears echoes that he “must help them” but can’t fight the tiredness that has overcome him. His eyes close as he lays in the dark, deserted NYC street.

He awakes in a hospital bed. He presses the nurse button and doctors rush in as they tell him he has awoken from a coma. He finds he has returned to 2011, and attempts to find Glen Wilson and Susan Watson, who he discovers are in the same hospital. While he walks the hospital halls, he sees a body coming through the halls; one that has just died. A crying woman runs up the bed for one more look at the body, who we find is Amy Johnson who has passed away, unable to come up from her coma.
He hears a flatline and nurses rushing into a room. When he looks in, he sees a man he doesn’t recognize (Jacob Westerly) also having died in his coma. Panicking at the idea that Watson and Wilson could be dying too, he runs through the halls looking for their rooms. He finds Wilson had just woken up as well and was reunited with his family. Watson is only one room over, with the same fate.

Smart returns to his 2011 apartment in a daze. He opens his window and breathes the fresh air he had taken for granted. Watson is visited in the hospital by all of the NYPD of her precinct, being touted as a true hero.
Glen Wilson gets in a cab with his family, returning home from the hospital. When he gets out, he walks towards the building’s door but catches a glimpse of something he can’t believe. He turns around and sees the World Trade Center still standing. In utter shock, he says “No way.” And the film cuts to black.





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rabbisson wrote:
Comatose - I love love love love love love love the concept for this movie. It's brilliant, and the casting is very good outside of perhaps Hanks. I do think it's tough to pace this movie correctly with the ensemble cast, and I worry about getting bogged down with all of the jumpcuts. However, I applaud B.Y. for the willingness to take risks: I always seem to love the concepts he comes up with.

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GJ Studios Presents...



In this remake of the 1933 film, Baby Face chronicles the story of Lily Powers, a woman raised by her abusive father. After she has enough with her father's tenancy to force her on other men for money, she runs away from home. She goes to New York and begins to sleep her way up the ranks of a high profile bank in New York, The Gotham Trust.

Directed by George Clooney
Written by Charlie Kaufman

Starring....


Michelle Williams as Lily Powers

Quote:
Lily is a beautiful woman who grew up under the constant oppression of her alcoholic father. Since she was a teenager, Lily's father had offered her to customers to help support his illegal alcohol business. Because of this, she has grown up with a sever distaste for men, but also knows how to use her sexuality to get what she wants.


Michael Fassbender as Courtland Trenholm

Quote:
Courtland is the playboy grandson of the bank's founder. He is elected president of the bank when controversy overtakes their public image. He eventually comes to care for Lily, becoming the first real man to genuinely do so.


George Clooney as Mr. Cragg

Quote:
Mr. Cragg is one of the few father figures in Lily's life. Even during Lily's life at her father's bar, Mr. Cragg has looked out for her, backing her up when he can do so. It is Mr. Cragg who first convinces Lily to run away from home and make an new life for herself.


Chris Evans as Ned Stevens

Quote:
Ned Stevens is a high profile employee of the bank. He is ensnared by Lily and they begin an affair. Ned has caught Lily using sex to get her way in the office before, but he still is caught in denial about their relationship. Ned is also engaged to the Bank President's daughter, Ann Carter, which complicates matters to their breaking point.


Alec Baldwin as J.R. Carter

Quote:
J.R. Carter is the president of Gotham Trust, and father of Ann Carter, Ned's fiance. J.R. tries to give off the image of a man that made his way to the top with hard work, but what he really is, is a man that isn't afraid to get his hands dirty to get his way. When Ned and Lily's affair is revealed, J.R. fires his daughter's fiance. Behind his back though, he actually begins an affair with Lily on his own.


Mary Elizabeth Winstead as Ann Carter

Quote:
Ann is the fiance of a high profile employee of Gotham Trust, Ned Stevens. She plays a small role in the film, but the fact that she is the Bank President's daughter complicates matters when her fiance begins an affair with Lily.


Stellan Skarsgård as Nicholas Powers

Quote:
He illegally creates and distributes alcohol during the prohibition era. At the speakeasy where he does this, he also uses his daughter to attract business, by means of selling her to men. He is abusive of his daughter, and a despicable human being.


Zoe Saldana as Chico

Quote:
Chico used to also work at the speakeasy where Lily resided. When things started to get too rough for them, they both decided to make their escape. Chico is Lily's escape accomplice as they make their way to New York, but she is left behind by Lily when she starts to gain real power over the employees of the bank.


Bob Odenkirk as Earl Davis

Quote:
Earl is one of the head board members at the bank. He plays a big role in the film when the bank begins to gain massive controversy over a sexual scandal involving Lily and several employees. He is also one of the few people who see right through Lily's manipulation as she tries to extort the bank.


Stephen Graham as Jimmy McCoy Jr.

Quote:
Jimmy is the personnel director at Gotham Trust. He is the first conquest that Lily takes on, seducing him in order to get her foot in the door at the bank.


Andrew Lincoln as Michael Brown

Quote:
Michael Brown is an influential U.S. Senator who plays a small role earlier in the film. Brown is visiting the bank president one day, when Lily takes notice of him. After hearing about his status, Lily tries to make her move on him, but before she can execute her plan, Ned intervenes and stops her.


Mark Strong and Don Johnson as Oliver Hughes and Landon Gates

Quote:
Hughes and Gates are two board members at Gotham Trust. They both play relatively small roles in the film, but play a part when Courtland Trenholm is promoted to bank president. Both of them argue that Trenholm is nothing more than a playboy buisnessman wannabe, and are outraged at the decision.


Aaron Staton as Ed Riggle

Quote:
Ed is a regular customer at Lily's father's speakeasy. He frequently comes there to get his drink, and has grown fond of Lily's services as well. When Ed gets violent one night, Lily pushes him away. Thing are about to get ugly before Mr. Cragg steps in and makes him leave.


Marion Cotillard as Arianne Moreau

Quote:
Arianne is only present in one scene in the film, but in an interesting one. When Lily is sent to work at the Paris branch of the bank, she accompanies Courtland to an exquisite French restaurant. Courtland is there to meet with her husband, and the two of them walk off to talk business, leaving Lily at the table with Arianne. Arianne represents the French doppelganger of sorts to Lily. Lily sees herself in the way that Arianne presents herself. She sees that Arianne and her are the same person. The two of them subtly converse about their conquests, and their distaste for men, but neither will explicitly say what they are talking about.




The film opens at a speakeasy during the Prohibition era. Nicholas Powers (Stellan Skarsgard) runs a bar where he not only excels in the sale of alcohol, but makes a small profit on the side from his daughter, Lily (Michelle Williams), who he has forced into prostitution since she was a teenager. One of these days, a regular at the speakeasy, Ed Riggle (Aaron Staton), starts trying to make a move on Lily. The night is late, and Lily just wants to go home after being there all day. Ed doesn't like this idea, and grabs her by the arm, starting to drag her. Ed is tapped on the shoulder and clocked by another man. This man reveals himself to be Mr. Cragg (George Clooney). Mr. Cragg is the only father figure in Lily's life. He feels bad for the things her father puts her through, and has developed a good relationship with her from regularly visiting the speakeasy. After Ed is chased off, Mr. Cragg sits down with Lily to talk about it. Mr. Cragg advises her to run away from here. She is old enough now to be able to make a life on her own. Cragg tells her to leave this life behind her, and forge a new one through determination.

Lily heeds his advice and begins to plot her escape. When she goes home, her father backhands her when she walks in. He is upset that she turned down Ed, a high paying regular customer. The two get into a heated argument before Nicholas storms out. He returns to his distillery, but minutes later the entire shack goes up in flames in a still explosion. Lily runs out to see the fire, and she knows that this is her opportunity to escape. Lily, along with her friend, Chico (Zoe Saldana), train hop onto a New York City bound train and leave the speakeasy forever.

Lily ends up making her way to a place called the Gotham Trust, a powerful bank in NYC. In a beautiful outfit, she decides to get a meeting with the personnel director (Stephen Graham). She is able to easily seduce the man, sleeping with him once in return for a job at the bank. Lily discovers that she can use the same sexuality that tormented her for years to get HER way instead, and begins to do so. She starts looking for a higher ranking employee to conquer. Instead, the next viable person she sees is a visiting U.S. Sentator, Michael Brown (Andrew Lincoln). She approaches him and begins to turn on her charm. Brown almost seems interested before Lily is pulled away from Ned Stevens (Chris Evans), now her boss. Ned asks her if she thinks what she's doing is smart. Trying to get her way just by sleeping with everyone. In response, Lily does a fantastic job of acting innocent. She breaks down and lies about her own insecurities, leaving Ned feeling sorry for her. Ned apologizes, and tries to excuse his own insulting nature. Lily says it could be forgiven for a drink.

Some time later, we see Lily again. She has now ensnared Ned Stevens, and the two are secretly going through with an affair. Ned is worried, because he is currently engaged to the bank president's daughter, Ann Carter (Mary Elizabeth Winstead). Ann catches Ned making out with Lily in his office one time, and chaos ensues. In the falling out, Ned is forced to meet with J.R. Carter (Alec Baldwin), his fiance's father and his boss. J.R. speaks down to him in the most obvious way. Coming off condescending, almost like a disappointed parent. He preaches to Ned about living an honest life, and expresses his disappointment in Ned's lack of fidelity. J.R. remains calm-headed throughout the entire meeting, but then fires Ned. Telling him to never show his face at the bank again. Ned leaves J.R.'s office in shock. J.R. then invites his next scheduled meeting in, Lily Powers. Lily plays off the same "play dumb", "play innocent" act that she pulled on Ned, crying that no man has truly cared for her, and her acting out is only a result of such. J.R. seems intrigued, and comforts her. The two end up going back to Lily's home that night.

A couple weeks pass by, Lily now on her next conquest, J.R. Carter, the president of the bank. The two of them have a fancy dinner at Lily's home. As they eat, J.R. drops an interesting bombshell on Lily. J.R. claims, "you don't think I know what you're doing?". He explains that he is well away of the strategy Lily is using, playing off sexuality to advance through the ranks. It is a deal he agrees to. He says that he's not mad, but rather, impressed. She does what she has to to get what she wants, just like him. And more than that, he respects the strategy. J.R. leans in, and then gets a more serious look on his face. He says that she can play her little game, and he will play willingly, but warns her not to dare insult his intelligence. Just then, there is a knock at the door. Lily goes to see who it is, and is scared when Ned shows up at the door, alcohol on his breath and looking like hell. Ned lets himself in, not yet seeing J.R., who is behind a screen in the living room. J.R. hears him however, and calls out to Ned. Ned looks over and sees him standing there. In a fit of rage, Ned charges J.R., who is sleeping with the very woman he got fired for sleeping for. The two get into a fist fight for several minutes. Ned eventually pins J.R. to the ground, and then grabs a jeweled candlestick off the fireplace. He begins to mercilessly beat J.R. with the object, but ends up inadvertently killing him in the process, beating him to death. Ned backs away from the body, and leaves the building. The last shot we ever see of Ned shows him in the elevator, leaning up against the back rail as he lets out a heavy sigh, with a shocked look on his face. Lily sees all of this unfold, and petrified, calls the police.

The next scene is about a month later. The board of the bank is meeting with Lily Powers, now infamous in a highly publicized sex scandal with many leaders at the bank. The members of the board discuss possible options. Earl Davis (Bob Odenkirk), one of the head board members, introduces Courtland Trenholm (Michael Fassbender), the playboy grandson of the bank's first founder, and J.R.'s son. Trenholm is seen by the board members as an irresponsible child who is not ready to take over. Oliver Hughes and Landon Gates (Mark Strong/Don Johnson) speak up as the opposition to the idea, but they are overruled. Treholm ensures them that they made the right decision, and Trenholm is made bank president. The group then turns to Lily, and asks how she thinks they should handle her. Lily attempts to, not so subtly, extort the bank for money. She tells them that the press has offered her a lot of money for her story, and if she doesn't get some money from them, shes going to have to take the deal to survive. Earl Davis speaks up before anyone else. He sees through Lily's deception (one of the only men in the film capable of truly doing so), and instead makes a counter offer. He offers Lily a job at their Paris branch, far away from the press scandals, and out of their hair. Slightly upset, Lily accepts. On Lily's way out of the building, she runs into an old friend, Mr. Cragg. Cragg tells her that he visited to check up on her, but doesn't like what he hears. He expresses his disappointment, and says that he hoped that getting away from home would have freed her from her ways. Lily half-heatedly assures him that she is fine and doesn't need his "advice". She walks away from him, not looking back. Cragg watchers her walk away with a broken look on his face, and yells out that she is going to end up hurting someone, likely herself.

Some time passes again, with Lily making a living at the Paris branch of the Gotham Trust. She actually ends up leading a pretty honest work life there, not going to her sexuality to advance herself, but staying honest, trying to re-clear her name. She is visited by now-president, Courtland Trenholm. Treholm expresses his approval over her new work style, and ends up inviting her to dinner after the two of them hit it off. Lily meets him at an expensive French restaurant. Trenholm is here to meet with an French associate of his. His associate arrives with his beautiful wife, Arianne Moreau (Marion Cotillard). Trenholm and his associate excuse themselves from the table to go talk buisness, leaving Lily and Arianne alone at the table. Lily looks smuggly at Arianne and sees something in her. By the way Arianne carries herself around people, Lily sees herself in her. She sees that Arianne and her are the same person. The two of them subtly converse about their conquests, and their distaste for men, but neither will explicitly say what they are talking about.

After dinner, Lily follows Trenholm back to his apartment, and the two begin their relationship. The story advances rather quickly from here, as over a short runtime we arrive later on in the story. About a year later, Lily and Trenholm are engaged in the States. Trenholm has become the first man to genuinely love her, but Lily has a hard time seeing his good intentions, and sticks to her self-promoting plans. On Christmas, Lily and Trenholm are at their appartment exchanging gifts. Trenholm gives his gift to Lily. She is excited, hoping for something expensive and flashy, but when she opens it, she merely finds a framed picture of the two of them. It is a finely cut frame, but not expensive. Lily finds herself both resentful of the worthless gift, but finding a strange appeal in it. Just minutes later, Trenholm gets a call on the phone. Distressed, he excuses himself. He arrives back to tell Lily the bad news. The Gotham Trust is being indicted due to poor management. He asks Lily to give back some of the expensive treasures that he has showered her with so that he can finance his legal defense. Lily instead tells him that it is over, and she decides to flee with her money. Lily swiftly makes her leave, leaving Trenholm alone, heartbroken and now under legal threat.

Lily is unpacking her things in a hotel when she unpacks the picture frame that Trenholm gave to her. She remembers what Mr. Cragg had told to her, and begins to break down. In a wave of regret, Lily runs back to Trenholm's apartment to tell him she's reconsidered. Instead, she finds Courtland Trenholm in a pool of his own blood, dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Lily embraces his lifeless body, overwhelmed with guilt. The final shot shows her getting back into the elevator, leaning up against the back rail as she lets out a heavy sigh.








Review
rabbisson wrote:
Baby Face - This cast is killer. Michelle Williams is perfect as the lead, and Fassbender, Clooney and Baldwin should give the movie a nice blend of comedy and severity. I think the pacing is off though. I'm not sure about how the old movie was constructed, but it seems weird to me to introduce a top two character (in Courtland Trenholm) so late into the film. Williams seems like a shoo-in for Best Actress though.

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devils1854 wrote:
The Magnificent Seven
Directed by Christopher Nolan
Produced by Chris Brigham & Christopher Nolan
Written by Eric Roth, Christopher Nolan & William Roberts
Original Score by Trent Rezner
Run Time:154 minutes

Cast:

The Seven

Daniel Day-Lewis as Chris

Quote:
Chris is a veteran gunslinger, although he has grown weary of the profession. He is approached by Mexican villagers that are looking to buy guns to protect their town. He advises them to hire men instead, because it would be cheaper. After consideration, he decided to take their offer to protect the village, because for once in his life, he wants to do something good, and make a difference in the world.



Bradley Cooper as Vin

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Vin is a gambler, drunk, and womanizer. He first encounters Chris, when Chris stops a man from beating a prostitute. Later on, Vin looses all his money during a poker game. He gets into a drunken fight after he accuses the men of cheating. Chris comes to his help, and afterwards, he agrees to help Chris in saving the village.



Jeremy Renner as Britt

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Britt is one of the men that Chris locates and asks to join on the mission to save the Mexican village. Britt is a man of very few words. He would much rather let his cold, hard stare do most of his talking. He is a sharp shooter with a rifle, but his weapon of choice is his switchblade, which he uses in a fight.



Javier Bardem as Bernardo O'Riley

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Bernardo O'Riley is half Mexican and half Irish, but 100% killer. His name is known throughout the west as being the man to go to, for the tough jobs. He has squandered all his money, and is working as a farm hand, when he is approached about joining the group to protect the Mexican village. He agrees to the job because in his words "A little bit of money is better than none."



Josh Brolin as Hal

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Hal is a friend of Chris, although he does not share the same moral values. He wants fame and fortune, and as soon as he hears about Chris wanting men to protect a village, he makes his way to find Chris believing that he will be paid handily, and that there will be gold and jewels to have in the village.



Michael Shannon as Lee

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Lee is a wanted man. He is in the southwest hiding from authorities for a string of bank robberies throughout the east coast. He is nothing like the other six men. He is well dressed in the finest clothes from the east coast. He is well spoken, and well educated. He comes across the group as they are making their way to the village, and believes that a new life in Mexico is the new start that he needs.



Taylor Lautner as Chico

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Chico is a young, idealistic kid, that grew up in a small border village with nothing to his name. He believes that he must make a difference, and help the Mexican villagers get rid of the bandits. He is green, and knows little about gunfighting. He is spurned by Chris in the beginning, because Chris believes that he will be no help, but he follows the group, and finally proves himself, and is allowed to go with the group to the village.


The Bandits:

Benicio Del Toro as Calvera

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Calvera is the leader of the bandits that are harassing the Mexican village. He is a sadistic man, that will do anything to get what he wants. He takes food for him and his men whenever he wants. He even takes a woman or two, when the feeling is right. He also has no problem killing anyone who opposes him, and every so often he will kill one of the villagers, so they will fear him, and do whatever he says.



David Labrava as Ernesto

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Ernesto is Calvera's right hand man. He is just as, if not more cruel, as Calvera. He does whatever Calevra says without question, no matter how henious it might be.


Villagers:

Freddy Rodriguez as Hilario


Michael Pena as Miguel


Jay Hernandez as Alberto

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Hilario, Miguel, and Alberto are the town leaders, and volunteer to leave their village in quest to buy guns to protect themselves from the bandits. They run into Chris in town, and he sways them to hire experienced men to protect the town instead of buying guns themselves.



Roselyn Sanchez as Maria

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Maria is the granddaughter of Felipe. She meets Vin, and dislikes him at first because of his drinking, and gambling, but he ends up warming up to her, and they fall for each other.



Joaquim de Alameida as Felipe

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Felipe is the wise old man in the village, and the voice of reason.




David Zayas as Jorge

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Jorge is adamently against bringing in men to protect the town. He believes that the village can work out a deal with the bandits, and that if the men stay, everyone will be killed.




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There is a small town on the Mexican, US border that has been terrorized by a group of bandits for over a year. The bandits pillage, rape, kill, and any other vile thing they can think of. The town leaders decide that they have had enough, and three men head out to buy guns and ammo, so they can protect themselves against the bandits.

When they reach town, they come across a man named Chris, when they see him beat up a man for beating a prostitute. The group seeks out Chris, and asks him if he will buy guns for them, since no one will sell guns to them. Chris convinces the three to hire men instead of buying guns, because gunslingers are cheaper, and they are already experienced in killing. Chris sends out a call for men to come help on this voyage, and in the end six other men head south with Chris to protect the town from the bandits.

These men are The Magnificent Seven.......

Here are some exclusive plot points, and potential spoilers coming out about the new movie The Magnificent Seven, from one of the higher ups at Devils Canyon Studios.



If anyone has seen the original, then youd know that its almost like a Disney movie. All the supposed "Gunslingers" are good guys. The main reason I chose Nolan, and especially Reznor, was to make it look and sound much darker.

The main difference I have in my movie, is that none of the seven, except for Chico(because he is a normal kid), are good guys. They are killers, thieves, and all around bad guys, and are just helping the town for their own selfish reasons.

Also, the bandits dont just take food, like in the original. They set examples. Make the villagers fear them. Del Toro's character(the leader) kills for no reason. Anyone that stands up to him gets a bullet through the head. He also lets his men rape and pillage.

There are other small differences, but those are the main points, and the rationale for having Nolan and Reznor work on something like this.

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That's all of them, feel free to post your thoughts!
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I'll be putting up my ballot after work, just to keep everyone in suspense.
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Best Lead Actor: Tom Hardy, Searching
Best Lead Actress: Michelle Williams, Baby Face
Best Supporting Actor: Javier Bardem, The Magnificent Seven
Best Supporting Actress: Cate Blanchett, The Painter
Best Visual Effects: Silent Sky
Best Score: Alexandre Desplat, The Painter
Best Ensemble Cast: The Magnificent Seven
Hottest Cast: Baby Face
Best Original Screenplay: Searching
Best Adapted Screenplay: The Magnificent Seven
Best Director: Martin Scorsese, Searching
Best Picture: Searching
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Some thoughts I have;

The Painter: seems like a very Clint Eastwood type of movie... probably would be well acted, competently put together, but lacking any kind of pop. With a better director, I might really like this.

Baby Face: there's a lot I like about this, but in the end it just kinda seems like a repetitive, one-note sort of story. Also, really doesn't seem like a Kaufman film.

Comatose: has potential, but really feels like a concept film, that relies far too much on said concept, which doesn't really have a satisfying payoff. Definitely seems like a Source Code Duncan Jones film as opposed to a Moon Duncan Jones, which is why I don't really like it.

The Magnificent Seven: would have liked to see more of a plot description here, and some indication as to whether it brings anything different than the original. I love the cast. Christopher Nolan I don't like a whole lot... seems like it's a bit out of his wheelhouse. Close to being my favorite.

Searching: don't like the title, but otherwise it'd be my favorite of the bunch. Think Tom Hardy could kill it in that role, and I like to see Scorsese with somewhat of a throwback picture. I'd like it better if someone other than Schrader did the screenplay though... that just makes the whole Raging Bull/Taxi Driver throwback thing too up front and obvious. One of today's top writers could really bring an interesting update to the classic Scorsese style, imo.
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