Jul 19, 2013

Saw this trailer posted on Balloon Juice,

And, honestly, despite loving many of these stars (Laura Linney, David Thewlis, Peter Capaldi, Daniel Brühl, Stanley Tucci, etc, ... ) and thinking that Benedict Cumberbatch is the absolutely perfect choice to play Julian Assange, I am not excited about this motion picture.

I do not for a minute believe that Dreamworks and Bill Condon are the right choices for this subject matter.  This seems to me to be the perfect recipe for disaster, an awful film, even if it is boffo at the box office.

I hope I am wrong.


Meanwhile, anybody see this amazing story on the front page of the NYT today? (Love my weekender subscription!) Olga Dogaru, who lived in the tiny Romanian village of Carcaliu, became haunted by the staggeringly beautiful paintings her son had brought home in a suitcase one night. There were seven paintings in all, including a Picasso, Matisse, Monet, and Gaugin.

The seven paintings stolen, and supposedly incinerated.

When Ms Dogaru learned that her son was a suspect in one of the greatest art heists in recent times, she thought the best thing to do to protect her son was to incinerate all seven paintings in a wood burning stove! (Or so she says, ... )

Now somebody needs to make a flipping movie of THAT story!

I will get right on it.

Have a great Friday everyone,

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