Yes, the cinematography was good. Yes, Natalie Portman was very good. And yes, I like all 5 stars: Natalie Portman, Vincent Cassel, Mila Kunis, Barbara Hershey and Winona Ryder.
Even so, holy crap is this film overrated. We weren’t more than 10 minutes into it before one of us asked if we should turn it off.
The plot is one-dimensional: obsessed artist becomes more obsessed. The portrayal is scattershot: volatile, clipped, scenes that leave the viewer guessing what is real and what is not. But it isn’t clear why I should care? It isn’t because the protagonist is appealing. It isn’t because the story line is attractive. And am I really supposed to think the show won’t go on?
I like Natalie Portman a lot. But, let’s face it: she got a Best Actress because 1) she’s deserved one for a while, 2) she learned to dance for the role, 3) the role is about a crazy person, 4) she takes her clothes off, and 5) she simulates orgasm.
I haven’t paid attention, but I sure hope South Park, Family Guy, or The Simpsons has done a parody of this.
Of course, it has all the big names, plus those actors you always had a soft spot for, like Charles Napier for me, plus lots of people I’d forgotten about, like Susannah York, and lots whose faces I recognized but whose names I never knew, like William Campbell and John Wood.
The cops didn’t do this on their own; they were asked to look into this:
Utah Highway Patrol officers issued the citation against Brewvies in early September after a complaint was filed with the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control.
Yes, the violation is an exploitation of a law intended for another purpose:
The law is generally used to regulate strip clubs, which aren't permitted to have nude dancers — g-strings and pasties are required to be worn — if they serve liquor. The law is applied only to businesses with liquor licenses, so it wouldn't apply to alcohol-free theaters.
I wonder if this got called in by the owners of other movie theaters or restaurants: it is legal, and quite common in Utah, for restaurants that serve liquor to offer dinner packages that include movie tickets.
The fine issued by the state liquor board Thursday is the first for Brewvies, which only allows people 21 years and older to attend their movies and serves food and liquor to patrons. But under state law, many PG-13 and R-rated movies could net the theater a fine because of prohibitions on showing a film with sex acts, full-frontal nudity or even the "caressing" of breasts or buttocks.
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