Friday, June 21, 2013

ME AND ORSON WELLES (2008) -
Richard Linklater


I cannot lie...this is my least favorite Linklater film to date. I put it off for as long as possible. As with The Newton Boys, it's not a bad film. I'm not sure Linklater is capable of making a "bad" film, even when he toes closely to Hollywood, rides the formula line. I'm just not that big a fan of let's-put-on-a-play movies or movies about famous temperamental geniuses. I've heard the recordings where Orson Welles spews profanity at production assistants, I've listened to his Frozen Peas. So, I kinda knew he was a megalomaniacal dick already, before and after Citizen Kane. Did I need to see him manipulate, browbeat and easily steal Claire Danes from poor Zac Efron to boot? Probably not.

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