> Chapter1-Take1: November 2014

John Green from the set of Paper Towns (VIDEO)

Did you love the movie The Fault in Our Stars based on John Green's book? Filmmakers are hoping the success of that movie will bring you out to see the adaptation of Green's Paper Towns, now shooting in North Carolina. Nat Wolff — he bonded with Green on the set of TFIOS when he played Augustus best friend Isaac — takes on the starring role of Quentin, an ordinary guy in search of an extraordinary girl. Cara Delivingne is the girl, Margo Roth Spiegelman.

Photo Credit: Regina Weasley tumblr

The director is pretty much a newbie, Jake Schrier, whose solitary feature film credit Robot & Frank must be pretty impressive to get the John Green followup. If his career track is like Josh Boone's, the director of TFIOS, the best is yet to come for him. Boone has spring-boarded his success with a plum job, the making Stephen King's Lisey's Story and the even bigger plum of making The Stand. Especially with the recent announcement that Warner Bros wants Boone to break the mammoth book up into four parts! And they don't mean a four part mini-series, it's going to be four feature films, a trend Peter Jackson started with his The Hobbit trilogy.

Back to the matter at hand, Paper Towns. Hate to be a curmudgeon but to my knowledge Paper Towns doesn't have the die-hard, devoted following that TFIOS had; while I think Wolff is a fantastic, fresh new face, the filmmakers might find they needed bigger names to bring in the audience. But maybe not. It's scheduled to come out this June, right at the start of summer when YA movie goers are more disposed to go out and catch a flick. And YA adaptation screenplay writers extraordinaire, Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber (500 Days of Summer, TFIOS, The Spectacular Now) wrote the script which makes imagining the advertising pretty easy ...

With Paper Towns in production I'm hoping the writing duo can get back to work on scripts for Where'd You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple and Me Before You by Jojo Moyes. Seriously, they must have completed scripts for these projects long ago. The news about Where'd You Go Bernadette came out in 2013 but is still listed as being In Development. Me Before You is scheduled to come out on August 21, 2015 with with Sam Clafin and Emilia Clarke attached.

And now for my Slacker Sunday video the always energetic John Green from the set of Paper Towns.

The Imitation Game starring Benedict Cumberbatch: Image Gallery

The Imitation Game stars Benedict Cumberbatch, Keira Knightley, Mark Strong, Charles Dance, Rory Kinnear, Matthew Goode, Matthew Beard, James Northcote, Allen Leach and Tuppence Middleton.

Rest in Peace P.D. James: 'The thing about being a writer is you need to write.' #book2movies

P.D. James, one of the world's greatest crime writers, died on November 27th. The British writer was 94. My mystery-loving mother introduced me to James and her series of books featuring Scotland Yard's Adam Dagliesh, a complex poetry-writing detective, a few decades ago. Several of the Dagliesh books have been adapted for film and television including Death of an Expert Witness, Shroud for a Nightingale, Original Sin, Murder Room, Cover Her Face, Death in Holy Orders and The Black Tower.

One of her James' non-Dagliesh books Children Of Men, became Alfonso Cuaron's 2006 Oscar nominated film of the same name starring Clive Owen, Julianne Moore, Michael Caine and Chiwetel Ejiofor.

Her final book, Death Comes to Pemberley, the novel that imagines Austen's Pride and Prejudice' Darcy and Elizabeth later in life and embroiled in a murder scandal, has been adapted for television by the BBC with Matthew Rhys and Anna Martin Maxwell as Darcy and Elizabeth. I haven't been able to see this yet but I intend to.

Published in 2011, James told NPR the novel "combined my two great enthusiasms. One is for the novels of Jane Austen and the second is for writing detective fiction."

Affectionately called the Queen of Crime, James didn't publish her first novel until she was in her early forties. About writing as she grew older, James had this to say ...
"With old age, it becomes very difficult. It takes longer for the inspiration to come, but the thing about being a writer is that you need to write," she said. 
"I hope I would know myself whether a book was worth publishing. I think while I am alive, I shall write. There will be a time to stop writing but that will probably be when I come to a stop, too."

Rest in Peace P.D. James; I like the image of you in your last days with a pen in your hand.

Oh and on the off chance heaven is real, would you please give my mother a hug for me? If she's not working in the garden, chances are you'll find her reading one of your books.

Still Alice: Listen to a song from the score

I heard it through the grapevine ... okay, make that twitter. Check out this tweet from singer/songwriter Haroula Rose:
Naturally, being Still Alice obsessed at the moment, I tweeted Haroula to see if she knew where Brand New Start played in the context of the film; here's her response.

Cool Haroula — speaking of cool, what a cool name!— Julianne Moore's character goes into a yogurt place —the Pinkberry's near Columbia University where her character is a linguistics professor — a couple of times during the course of the movie; blame my brain for not recalling which scene exactly but maybe that's better so I don't spoil it for you? I have a feeling it's the second time around though, and if any of my fellow Still Alice fans know, don't hesitate to give a holler.

The Pinkberry near the Columbia University School of the Arts. Photo courtesy of Mihika Barua.

The song is lovely, and haunting.  I'm new to Haroula Rose's music but the song A Brand New Start isn't new. It came out in 2011 on her second album These Open Roads.

Have a listen and read the lyrics below. While I'm not sure which section of the song is used in the movie, for me the key lines are :
You gotta walk so far
Lose who you are
Fall apart
To get that brand new start

                    BRAND NEW START
In the evening when the storefronts close
I watch as everybody walks away 
But I want to stay 
I stare down the empty streets aglow 
Wonder at the windows and homes 
In the morning kids are off to school 
Yellow buses, all the rules remain the same 
Stay in line, be kind 
Wait your turn but try to win 
Be good, like you should 
You gotta walk so far 
Lose who you are 
Fall apart 
To get that brand new start 
When you meet a stranger down the road 
Say hello, but all the same 
Don't get too close 
That's a lesson we've all been taught 
To protect what you've got 
And so you stay away 
These roads are open and wide 
There's room for everyone to move side by side 
So it's a shame, it's a pity 
In every town or city 
That we learn to walk in single file 
You gotta walk so far 
Lose who you are 
Fall apart 
To get that brand new start 
No one tells you how to grow 
They teach you everything but what you need to know

Based on the book by Lisa Genova Still Alice stars Julianne Moore, Kristen Stewart, Alec Baldwin and Kate Bosworth and is set for release January 16th after a short Oscar qualifying run December 5th in Los Angeles and New York.

Benedict Cumberbatch and the cast of The Imitation Game talk about keeping secrets, women's work and more : Q&A

Rather than the usual film critic type, the Weinstein Company got Walter Isaacson to conduct a Q&A with the cast of The Imitation Game. Are you familiar with Walter Isaacson? As the author of The Innovators: How a Group of Inventors, Hackers, Geniuses and Geeks Created the Digital Revolution as well as Jobs,* the best selling Steve Jobs biography, Isaacson is a great choice to moderate the discussion about the math geniuses who broke the Nazi codes during World War II, thereby turning the war around.

*The same Steve Jobs bio, btw, that Aaron Sorkin is currently adapting for Danny Boyle to direct. Apparently it's a done deal that Michael Fassbender set to play Jobs with Seth Rogan on as Steve Wozniak —now that's good casting. Jessica Chastain is rumored but not confirmed to be attached, quite probably as Jobs' wife Lauren Powell, an MBA who likely deserves her own movie.
In addition to being a successful nonfiction author, Isaacson has been chairman of CNN and the managing editor of Time magazine. Basically he's a high-powered brainiac which I think steers this Q&A in a very thorough, very intelligent direction. Of course, whenever you have Benedict Cumberbatch speaking that's what happens, because the newly engaged Benedict is very clearly a deep, thoughtful, well-spoken intellectual.

Got about a half hour? I think you'll enjoy the discussion with the cast of The Imitation Game — and do note what Keira Knightley has to say about being the solitary woman in the boys' club.

The movie stars Cumberbatch as key computer genius and closeted homosexual Alan Turing, Knightley as fellow genius, mathematician and fiancĂ© Joan Clark, Matthew Goode as fellow code breaker, chess champion and rival Hugh Alexander, Rory Kinnear as Robert Nock the detective who sniffs into Turing's background, Allen Leech as John Cairncross — a codebreaker suspected of spying, Matthew Beard as Peter Hilton another math genius, Charles Dance as Commander Denniston, Mark Strong as MI6 director Stewart Menzies and James Northcote as Jack Good, a very young (24 years old) codebreaker at Bletchley Park. 

If you want the inside story on all the characters involved, there's a really fascinating piece at the Telegraph.  

Nicole Kidman and Reese Witherspoon to tell "Big Little Lies" on the big screen CORRECTION! little screen!

UPDATE 11/25/2014: 

BIG LITTLE LIES is getting the True Detective treatment with David E. Kelley scripting!
Per Deadline.

I'm loving the choices that book-bent Nicole Kidman and Reese Witherspoon are making for their film projects. Kidman has the adaptation of SJ Watson's Before I Go to Sleep coming out on September 12th - I kinda can't wait to see her with Colin Firth and Mark Strong - and is currently shooting The Family Fang. Her costar, Jason Bateman, is also directing the movie based on the Kevin Wilson novel. As for Reese Witherspoon, she was planning to play Amy Dunne in the David Fincher/Gillian Flynn collaboration of Gone Girl but had to drop out which is why we'll see Rosamund Pike instead when it hits the multiplex on October 3rd. Watch the credits and you'll notice Witherspoon is still producing under her Pacific Standard production company banner. Instead of playing Amy, we'll see Reese as the real life Cheryl Strayed in the screen tale of Strayed's memoir Wild, when it comes out in December.  

Now these literary-minded ladies have teamed up, optioning the screen rights to the just-published - and already a New York Times bestseller - Big Little Lies from Australian author Liane Moriarty. The Oscar-winning actresses are planning on co-starring as the mommies of kindergarteners whose lives go a little haywire when young mother Jane and her own odd little boy enter their lives. A little haywire as in there's a murder in the schoolyard! No word on who'll play the young mother Jane. 

Witherspoon’s Pacific Standard and Nicole Kidman's film company, Blossom will produce with partners Bruna Papandrea and Per Saari co-producing with Kidman and Witherspoon. Hell, even Moriarty who wrote a bunch of best sellers I haven't read - What Alice Forgot, Three Wishes, The Hypnotist’s Love Story and The Husband’s Secret - gets a producer credit.

According to Deadline other books on Witherspoon's Pacific Standard slate include M.A. Larson's Pennyroyal’s Princess Boot Camp series of children's books about witchcrafty young things which I'm not really interested in and J.Courtney Sullivan's The Engagement, about a diamond ring and a female copywriter in the 30's, which I am. Reese also plays a supporting role in Paul Thomas Anderson's adaptation of Thomas Pynchons Inherent Vice. In addition to The Family Fang, Nicole Kidman's Blossom Films has plans for adaptations of A.S.A. Harrison's The Silent Wife and Reconstructing Amelia by Kimberly McReight. 

So that's what the stars are reading, what about you?

images: Nicole Kidman in Before I Go to Sleep
             Reese Witherspoon in Wild

Still Alice Image Gallery

Still Alice Image Gallery

Still Alice, based on the book by Lisa Genova, stars Julianne Moore, Kristen Stewart, Alec Baldwin and Kate Bosworth. Written and directed by Richard Glatzer and Wash Westmoreland. Still Alice will be released on January 16th, 2015 after a short Academy Award qualifying run beginning December 5th in Los Angeles and New York.

My take on the movie

Image Source: IMDB

Inherent Vice: New York Film Festival Panel with Paul Thomas Anderson and Cast

Director Paul Thomas Anderson, Joaquin Phoenix (Doc Sportello) and Katherine Waterston (Shasta)

Thursday I shared my take on the  Inherent Vice movie the latest from The Master director, Paul Thomas Anderson, the master behind Boogie Nights, Magnolia, There Will Be Blood, Punch Drunk Love and his first feature, Hard Eight. I told you I'd transcribe my notes on the Q&A with the director at the DGA and get them up here as soon as possible. I still haven't done that. And since it's Slacker Sunday, when I like to take the easy way out and post a video,  I thought I'd share the press conference from the Inherent Vice panel back at the New York Film Festival.

What's notable is that while almost the entire cast is present, many questions are for the genius filmmaker himself. Directors: the new celebrities.  I like the fact that everyone — except for the director — seems rather awkward.

Here the is the panel discussion — can you guess who doesn't say a word? And no, the elusive Thomas Pynchon wasn't in attendance. That we know of.

Have a good Sunday. For tomorrow's Dreaming of France post, I've found another video interview with French composer Alexandre Desplat. The six time nominee is very much in the movie news right now as he composed the scores to both The Imitation Game and Unbroken, so come back and have a look see.

It's 2014 and Big Brother IS Watching: 1984 coming to the big screen again

SONY, the studio behind Still Alice (where, oh where is the trailer? I can't wait for everyone to see it, I loved the movie so much) has hired a writer and a director to tackle 1984. It will be the third time around for George Orwell's dystopian classic where individuals are not allowed to have even freedom of thought, let alone action. Love? Forget about it.

Ironic isn't though, Big Brother is Watching used to sound so ominous and threatening. Now the government knows who we're talking to, and likely what we're saying, while corporations know many of our thoughts, plot our behavior patterns and we don't seem to care much, just say, gimme more, gimme more. Our complacency is what's pretty frightening to me.

So ... Paul Greengrass has been hired to direct the film based on a script by James Graham. Graham also wrote the book for an upcoming musical adaptation of Finding Neverland. Which could be heaven or well, you know, hell!

Greengrass is the director best known for Captain Phillips with Tom Hanks, and the Bourne movies and have you heard? He and Matt Damon are reteaming for numero four. Not sure what that does for Jeremy Renner and his Bourne Legacy off-shoots but knowing Damon will Be Bourne Again pleases me greatly. Not usually what I'd call my kind of flick, but I could watch the Bourne Indentity with Damon and Franka Potente as Maria, the woman he falls in love with, anytime. Such a strong team, a true partnership, which is my idea of romantic perfection. We're in this thing together.

Whoops, back to 1984 —some days I wish I could — no word on who they're thinking of to play Winston Smith, the man who dares to buck the system. In the last version which came out in, wait for it ... 1984, John Hurt played Winston with Richard Burton, in his final role, as O'Brien, the high-ranking government official. Suzanna Hamilton was the woman who Hurt falls in love with. I'm not familiar with her work but she seems to have had a long if subdued career since.

I haven't read the book since, when, high school? so the details are fuzzy. But the concept is cemented into our universal subconscious, Big Brother IS Watching and that's not a good thing. I'll repeat that - It's NOT a good thing!

Let's take a look at the trailer for the magnificent looking John Hurt/Richard Burton version and see if that sparks some casting ideas. I'd love to hear your thoughts. Oh yeah, I know you're out there, and I even know where you came from. But have no fear, unless you share them with me, I don't know your thoughts. Not yet, anyway.

Could the composer of the scores for The Imitation Game and Unbroken finally win an Oscar?

I might as well go ahead and make a fan page dedicated to Alexandre Desplat, the French composer behind so many incredible music scores. This year he's the man behind the music of The Imitation Game the film about Alan Turing starring Benedict Cumberbatch, The Grand Budapest Hotel, The Monuments Men and Unbroken, the Angelina Jolie film coming out on December 25th.

The man has been nominated six times — six times! (hey cinephiles, can you name them? answers below)— and has yet to win. I'm wondering if he might not get nominated for more than one movie this go round, and finally take the prize home? Oh I know I say it doesn't matter if you win or lose, when you're at this level it's all about the artistry. Truth is a win bumps up an actor's asking rate, I suppose the same holds true for music. In any case, I'm rooting for a nomination, he's such a musical genius, he deserves the recognition.

Here's what he told Variety about crafting the score for The Imitation Game, a project he was given just three weeks to write!
“I wanted music that could be subjective, inside this head of this awkward, brilliant mathematician. At the same time I wanted music that would depict the epic scope of the war; a tender, fragile love story; and the thriller element, the spy story. I wanted music that felt classic, yet at the same time had elements that were unique and contemporary.”
According to Variety,
"Desplat suggested mirroring the complexities of Turing’s thought processes with three pianos. These pianos, Desplat says, “were programmed, or should I say computerized, with random algorithms, as an homage to Turing’s invention. These fast scales and arpeggios have a dual task, playing both the fast activity of Turing’s brain, and the chase — the ticking clock to crack the Enigma code.” 
Let's listen: THE IMITATION GAME  Score by Alexandre Desalt 5:30
The CD will be available November 24th, the MP3 version is available now.

Gorgeous, isn't it? Thrilling and romantic, just as he wanted. Swoon.

For Unbroken, Desplat not only had more time, but also got to meet the real Louis Zamperini, the World War II hero at the heart of the film. Zamperini died this past August but his home was just a couple of blocks from Desplat's new L.A. studio so Desplat, who used to run past Zamperini's home all the time, asked if they could meet.
“A few stars were aligned,” Desplat recalls. “I asked if I could meet Louis, chat with him, learn about his musical world, his sound world.”

“The orchestra is much larger (than ‘Imitation Game’), but I always kept the orchestra to a gentle dynamic. Never fortissimo,” says Desplat. “He’s a hero, but a human hero, not a superhero. So when the orchestra swells, it’s very powerful but without overwhelming either the character or the film.”
The score to Unbroken won't be available until December 15th and for now I can't find anything other than what's in the trailer which as you know doesn't mean it's going to be in the film, but its all we have so let's take a listen. Oh, all right, I guess you can watch if you like.

That's a noisy trailer, lots of helicopters, guns and punch sound effects to contend with but in the middle of the trailer I think I heard some distinctive Desplat sounds, a repeated bell like tone that he uses to great effect. What do you think, will this be Desplat's year?

Did you know the titles to the six films that have earned Alexandre Desplat an Academy Award nom?
Desplat was nominated for Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures, Original Score for:

Philomena (2014)
Argo (2013)
The King's Speech (2011)
The Fantastic Mr. Fox (2010)
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2009)
The Queen (2007)

Inherent Vice: My take on the movie starring Joaquin Phoenix and Josh Brolin

Inherent Vice:  An exclusion found in most property insurance policies eliminating coverage for loss      caused by a quality in property that causes it to damage or destroy itself.

Basically, you can't get insurance that covers a built in flaw. Would that you could, eh?

In a way, I was the beneficiary of the 'inherent vice' of my son's job the other day. Even though he's  currently working as a production assistant on a television show, my husband invited him to a 7pm screening of Inherent Vice. The screening was followed by a Q&A with writer/director Paul Thomas Anderson, one of the directors our son most admires. However showtime was 7pm, and when you're working as a p.a. in Hollywood, thinking you'll be anywhere but on set at 7pm is simply stinkin' thinking. It's not going to happen.

Luckily, yours truly was able to swoop in at the last minute and take his place. All in a day's work for this mom; I'm a giver.

Okay, Inherent Vice. As you know I loved the book, not so much for the plot — Doc AKA Stoner detective, is trying to find his ex-old lady, Shasta and her current old man, the wealthy real estate developer Micky Wolfman — but for the magical mystery tour that reveals life in So Cal back in the day. The day being 1970.

I think the story, full of twisty plot turns, was also secondary to Pynchon, who had a lot of fun creating a crazy cast of characters. Paul Thomas Anderson took the best of them and had himself a whole lot of fun re-imagining them for the movie and having Doc (channeled adroitly by the masterful Joaquin Phoenix)— tripping along in his stoner daze like he does — encounter them in his tribute to the author and to California, the state he loves. While Doc travels further afield in Pynchon's novel, Anderson reins in Joaquin Phoenix's Sportello a bit, both in where he gets to and how he gets there. While still the very stoned out detective, and quite the crazy, he's not quite the crazy Pynchon gives us — I was disappointed Joaquin Phoenix didn't sing.  Still he gets around, encountering wacko after wacko going from the fictional Gordita Beach to Topanga to Ojai to the Glass House AKA Parker Center, the police station in downtown L.A. and various and sundry locales in between.

Here's the thing, while Doc the stoner should be the wackiest of the wack jobs, he actually serves as the voice of sanity, pointing out the craziness of the other characters, the insanity of the world around us. Quite directly as he stares in disbelief at Josh Brolin's brilliantly funny BigFoot Bjornsen as the LAPD detective orders more pancakes in a bizarre language hybrid. Not to be outdone is Martin Short's oversexed dentist, Dr. Blatnoyd, Owen Wilson who pops up again and again as Coy Harligen, a recovering heroin addict turned temporarily brainwashed shill for the Nixon admin and Benicio del Toro as Doc's lawyer Sauncho Smilax of whom Doc asks 'whose side are you on?' Indeed! That's the question of the day. Whose side are you on? Reese Witherspoon is sensibly conservative in her role as Penny, the assistant DA; secretly dating Doc, Penny perfectly represents the two-faced straight world,  'the system', the man, all of which conspire to keep the average citizen in his or her place, so the greedy corporations and the politicians in bed with them, can keep on keeping on. In contrast to all the misdeeds of the thugs and the police, Doc Sportello is the good guy, a wise man, in a film filled with liars and fools, 'gypsies, tramps and thieves.'

Anderson expands the role of SortilĂ©ge from the book where she waxed poetic about the lost continent of Lemuria; in PTA's film, Joanna Newsom's "LĂ©ge" does the voice over as Doc's maternal, all-knowing side-kick, the teller and interpreter of Doc's wistful tale. She has a beautifully nuanced and wispy voice filled with affection for Doc, a bit of a romantic fool himself. He's clearly still head over heels in love with Shasta played by Katherine Waterston — shimmering bravely in the part that calls for a complex mix of sweetness, toughness and a flash of full frontal nudity.

Like Pynchon, Inherent Vice may not appeal to everyone; it's pretty far-out there in its meandering ways. The humor —much of it digging at Doc and his marijuana-induced haze — is much smarter than that sounds. It's sharp and comes in unexpected bursts. The comedy is also sharply critical of our culture; while the world portrayed is the top of the 70's, the ideas are contemporary as the wealthy continue to devour the rest of us, sucking up our savings as they record record profits and the number of the poor and disenfranchised continue to grow.

Did I read the book? Yes, and you can read my take on the book here. But you don't have to have read the book to see this film; my husband had not read Inherent Vice but enjoyed the film just as much as I did. You may have heard PTA changed up the ending of Thomas Pynchon's book; he did. I'm still mulling over how I feel about that: I liked Pynchon's original ending, but if I look at the two as separate beings, PTA's version worked beautifully too.

The movie comes out December 16th; why don't you see it and let me know what you think? We can compare points of view.

After the screening which received applause I'd define as warm but not wild, Paul Thomas Anderson and the moderator took to the stage for their discussion. I took notes rapidly, so much so that my handwriting is very difficult to decipher, but I will transcribe them here when I can. Overall PTA, lean and rangy with a shock of grey in his hair, was funny and passionate. Talking about his reasons for making the film he spoke about the feeling that he used to think the world was going to change, but that he still wakes up everyday, reads the paper and says "WHAT THE FUCK!?!"

Here's the trailer ... enjoy.

The Blunderer starring Jessica Biel, Patrick Wilson, Toby Jones and Imogen Poots filming in Cincinnati

Pierce Brosnan, Imogen Poots and Toni Collette in A Long Way Down

I was really disappointed with A Long Way Down, the adaptation of Nick Hornby's darkly comic novel. It should have been fantastic, funny, full of snide comments, and rude behavior as well as disturbing and heartbreaking reality. Instead, the film fell flat. But I came away with a real appreciation for Imogen Poots, who played Jessie in the film. Poots was really alive, and out there, exactly how author Nick Hornby wrote her. Unfortunately the director let the production down, Poots and the rest of the cast encouraged to go for over the top and to file trite responses. Maybe because I was least familiar with her work, she really stood out for me. I'm excited that she's slated to appear as Dee Moray in Beautiful Ruins, based on Jess Walter's globe and time spanning novel, one of my favorite books ever. Nothing official is happening on that production front yet but in the meantime, Poots has just started filming The Blunderer along with Jessica Biel, Patrick Wilson, Toby Jones and William Willet. Production on the film being directed by Andy Stoddard (Downton Abbey) began this week in Cincinnati, standing in for New York City in the 1960's.

While The Blunderer was written in 1954 by Patricia Highsmith, one of the world's most gifted crime writers, the film is set in the early 1960's.

Here's the lowdown on The Blunderer...
For two years, Walter Stackhouse has been a faithful and supportive husband to his wife, Clara. She is distant and neurotic, and Walter finds himself harboring gruesome fantasies about her demise. When Clara's dead body turns up at the bottom of a cliff in a manner uncannily resembling the recent death of a woman named Helen Kimmel who was murdered by her husband, Walter finds himself under intense scrutiny. He commits several blunders that claim his career and his reputation, cost him his friends, and eventually threaten his life. The Blunderer examines the dark obsessions that lie beneath the surface of seemingly ordinary people. With unerring psychological insight, Patricia Highsmith portrays characters who cross the precarious line separating fantasy from reality.
Jessica Biel is Clara, the deceased wife with the husband and murder suspect, Walter Satckhouse, played by Patrick Wilson. Poots is a woman Stackhouse lusts after with British actor Toby Jones (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy) playing another murder suspect.

Highsmith wrote several books which have been made into movies included The Talented Mr. Ripley, Strangers on a Train, and most recently The Two Faces of January which sadly flopped. Really hoping The Blunderer captures Highsmith's psychological insight better. Oh, and long before that comes out, we'll see another Highsmith adaptation: Carol also known as The Price of Salt. also shot in Cincinnati standing in for New York. The film, a story about a young retail clerk who falls for an older woman is set in the 1950's and stars Rooney Mara, Cate Blanchett and Sara Paulson. Or will we? How do you feel about seeing a lesbian love story on screen? Will straight women watch it or do is it a lesbian-only affair? Being made with A-list actors, will Carol meet the same controversial reception as Brokeback Mountain or will it be embraced by mainstream audiences?

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...