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  1. October 20, 2010 8:24 am

    What a scene-stealing competition! Every actor brought their A-game, which is part of what made it so much fun. I’m not a big fan of Richard Louis-Dryfuss either, and was pleased that his role was as minimal (and despicable) as it was. In all the good performances I think Malkovich Malkovich Malkovich’s — as the brilliant loony whose paranoia is now entirely appropriate — was my favorite. I’m embarrassed that my two favorite lines of the film are about murder: La Mirren’s, and Malkovich’s “Can we kill her now?”

  2. October 20, 2010 8:36 am

    I think I’m gonna start calling Dame Helen, La Mirren from now on!!! Agreed on all points. I wasn’t sure why Dreyfuss was even there; are people longing to see him on film? Malkovich Malkovich Malkovich is so deliciously black helicopter/tin foil hat here. It’s a vivid performance that in leaner years would make him a front runner for a Best Supporting Actor Oscar!

  3. October 20, 2010 9:56 am

    John Davidson!!! oh no you didn’t.

    I so can’t wait to go see this movie in the theater.

  4. October 20, 2010 10:57 am

    Ha. I love you for noticing John Davidson.

  5. October 20, 2010 2:45 pm

    Yayyyyyy!

  6. October 20, 2010 2:56 pm

    @Alex, I can’t wait for yours!!!

  7. Octavia permalink
    October 20, 2010 6:44 pm

    Be still my heart! The Mirren, Malkovich, and Willis just go together like marmite and toast. And that white dress! I covet it. Will absolutely see this film.
    Not such a fan of Karl Urban. But that’s probably more to do with his (more local??) reputation as a smarmy git. He just doesn’t move me.

  8. October 20, 2010 6:53 pm

    Not such a fan of Karl Urban. But that’s probably more to do with his (more local??) reputation as a smarmy git. He just doesn’t move me.

    Ooh TELL ME MORE!!!

  9. hsofia permalink
    October 21, 2010 9:49 pm

    I can’t believe how many people over the age of 35 are in this movie! I will have to check it out. Sounds like I’ll have to be wide awake when I go see it. Thanks for the spoiler free review.

  10. October 23, 2010 12:11 am

    I wanted the movie to have more Mirren! It was fun for sure but she needed to be in it more killing a bunch of mofos.

  11. Octavia permalink
    November 3, 2010 6:42 pm

    Sorry it’s taken me so long to reply! Urban is known locally as an insufferable name dropper, big noter, and general arrogant prick. He’s got a real “Do you know who I am” thing going on, which frankly even Lucy Lawless would get scorned for trying here (not that she would).
    Funnily enough, my husband started off in acting (now in I.T., ha!) and met him once at a local theatre party (the NZ acting scene is smaaaaaale town). Urban was obnoxious and everyone was giving him the side-eye; he was talking super loudly about how coooool L.A was because of how easy it was to get “the good drugs” there. Embarrassing!

  12. November 3, 2010 6:46 pm

    HAHAHAHA. So basically, what you’re saying is the douche way he played Bones was not an act! I love your NZ inside knowledge. Anything on Eric Bana?

  13. November 4, 2010 7:09 am

    this is awesome gossip — especially since I finally saw RED last night!!

  14. Octavia permalink
    November 4, 2010 7:24 am

    NZ = the size of a shoe.
    My husband just cracked up when I read him your comment. Yup, that’s Karl. He was hilarious in Xena, if you haven’t see it. But then everyone was hilarious in Xena. And I think every NZ actor in NZ at the time basically was in Xena.
    I will probably see him in the supermarket looking normal tomorrow and feel bad for writing this (he lives the next suburb over from us and my husband often sees actors in our local while I fail to notice, being absorbed in choosing canned beans or something equally interesting).

  15. Octavia permalink
    November 4, 2010 7:25 am

    Eric Bana’s an Aussie!

  16. November 4, 2010 7:39 am

    @Octavia: the way you talk about Xena reminds me of the tv show “In the Heat of the Night” — every actor or person considering acting in the Atlanta area in the 80s-90s had a bit part in that show!

  17. November 4, 2010 12:40 pm

    @Octavia: the way you talk about Xena reminds me of the tv show “In the Heat of the Night” — every actor or person considering acting in the Atlanta area in the 80s-90s had a bit part in that show!

    Oh my god, this is the gospel. I’ve been catching up on the show – which is cheesy as all get out – and I swear some of those names turn up on the playbill for any number of local production of Madea plays.

  18. November 4, 2010 12:41 pm

    Eric Bana’s an Aussie!

    Omg, Bana tricked me! I thought he was NZander by way of Croatia! My bad.

  19. November 4, 2010 12:43 pm

    Also, thanks to Netflix Instant, I have noticed that Xena seems to be a sort of finishing school for NZ actors! I’m starting to recognize names and faces of actors who have gone on to other things.

  20. evmaroon permalink
    November 4, 2010 1:30 pm

    When I started watching Xena a several years ago but after the series had ended, I was amazed at all the guest actors I knew in it. I figured the Americans wanted a free trip to NZ, and the New Zealanders saw a chance to get to Hollywood. I think the trip to NZ is the longer end of the stick.

  21. Octavia permalink
    November 4, 2010 10:08 pm

    Hahaha, it so was. That and Hercules. Which was even worse. There’s a joke here that every NZ actor has been in Xena, Hercules, Shortland St (mercifully not exported, I think) or all of the above.
    Though Hercules was like a pit of hopes and dreams; everyone thinking surely all the actors would be snapped up, yet… Kevin Sorbo the token American (sad trombone noise), the kid who played ‘young hercules’ (who was incidentally in my class in intermediate school and had the unfortunate child actor thing of being really cute as a kid, and then growing out of it)…

  22. November 4, 2010 10:45 pm

    the kid who played ‘young hercules’ (who was incidentally in my class in intermediate school and had the unfortunate child actor thing of being really cute as a kid, and then growing out of it)…

    Damn, I thought that was only an American child actor phenom! I know I shouldn’t LOL but I totally did.

  23. Octavia permalink
    November 4, 2010 11:27 pm

    Oh young Hercules definitely did a Macaulay Culkin!

  24. Octavia permalink
    November 4, 2010 11:34 pm

    *Addendum: he wasn’t young Hercules, he was one of Hercules’ kids. And…. (drumroll) was on Shortland St! I know I know, so surprising.

  25. Octavia permalink
    November 4, 2010 11:38 pm

    Last in-a-row comment I promise…

    In a cruel twist of fate, his younger sister who was not as TV-kid-cute when a child, grew up to be ridiculously gorgeous. She was the girl in ‘The Lovely Bones’ movie (which is one of those movies I know I would love, but would also regret seeing. So I didn’t see it). And she’s been in the trifecta (you sense a theme).

  26. November 4, 2010 11:48 pm

    In a cruel twist of fate, his younger sister who was not as TV-kid-cute when a child, grew up to be ridiculously gorgeous. She was the girl in ‘The Lovely Bones’ movie (which is one of those movies I know I would love, but would also regret seeing. So I didn’t see it). And she’s been in the trifecta (you sense a theme).

    HAHAHA. Oh my goodness. This is better than Entertainment Weekly and ten Xmases combined.

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