Five for the Fifth: September 2013 Edition

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Hello folks, welcome to the first FALL edition of Five for the Fifth!

As is customary for this monthly feature, I get to post five random news item, observation, trailer, actor/director spotlight, etc. and then turn it over to you to share your take on that given topic. You can see the previous five-for-the-fifth posts here.

1. I always like to spotlight a filmmaker/actor who’s having a birthday on Five for the Fifth and today happens to be Werner Herzog’s 71st Birthday today.

WernerHerzogI have to admit that I actually have not seen a single film by the German director, though I have seen one that he produced, that is The Act of Killing and saw his acting for the first time in Jack Reacher. My friend Vince and I was just talking about him not too long ago, in which we talked about his interesting love-hate relationship with Klaus Kinski. In fact, he’s going to lend me the documentary My Best Fiend – Klaus Kinski.

Even if you’re not familiar with Mr. Herzog, just reading his IMDb bio would give you a glimpse into his um, enigmatic character. Apparently he saved Joaquin Phoenix once when he was on a car crash, but then vanished after calling an ambulance. Speaking of car accidents, have you seen his PSA on Texting While Driving which was sponsored by AT & T and other phone carrier companies. It’s interesting as according to CNN, Herzog doesn’t even own a cellphone! But the article says, “… he looks at the statistics for texting-while-driving incidents — as well as our smartphone obsession and its cost in simple human contact — and recognizes the necessity of saying something.” Here’s one of the PSA video:

I’m curious what you think of Mr. Herzog and what’s your favorite film that he’s done?

2. Seems that in the movie world at least, the geek shall inherit the earth… with J.J. Abrams as the geek god. Having completed two Star Trek films, now he’s busy working on the Star Wars sequels. I’ve got to admit I didn’t really pay attention to the whole Star Wars VII development… well that is until Benedict Cumberbatch is [rumored] to be cast. Boy, this has been quite a year for crazy casting rumors isn’t it, as I was quite convinced that Bryan Cranston has indeed been cast as Lex Luthor in the Man of Steel sequel and I was rejoicing in that fact! So now Cumberbatch is apparently the latest, shall we say, victim of casting rumor ran amok. Clearly some of his fans had fun making GIFs of Benedict with a lightsaber :D

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Alas, it’s all apparently is JUST a rumor. But I like the first line of the NY Daily News article that debunked it:

Reports that Benedict Cumberbatch was cast in “Star Wars: Episode VII” seem to be full of Sith.

Full of Sith, ahah. Ah well, that’s too bad really, as I quite like the idea of him as a Sith Lord. And I think the actor would surely take that on, as he told Total Film early this year that he’s a Star Wars fan: “I was much more connected to [Star Wars] as a kid, in the way that a lot of kids are because it’s immediate storytelling, very simple – a beautifully, outrageously simple narrative in a way – and a wonderful three-act melodrama, opera. And I loved them. I really, really loved those films and I always wanted to be Han Solo…”
 

Well, what’s your thoughts about this casting idea folks? Would you be happy with Benedict Cumberbatch joining the next Star Wars movies?


3. This question is inspired by my recent viewing of MUD, in which two boys end up befriending a drifter with a shady past. I’ve always loved films about unlikely friendships. There are quite a few films with this kind of topic, and it spans multiple genres. A lot of buddy comedies often made up of people who didn’t initially get along but ended up becoming well, buddies. That’s certainly a popular variation of that theme, but I’m focusing mainly on dramatic or thriller genres.

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Richard Jenkins + Haaz Sleiman in The Visitor

Some of my favorites of such films are The Intouchables, The Visitor, The Professionals, Finding Neverland, Mrs. Brown, just to name a few. I also just read Steph’s recent review of My Afternoon with Margueritte, which I might check out.

In the spirit of recommendations, please share YOUR favorite film(s) about unlikely friendships.


GravityPoster_Bullock4. One of the Fall films that’s been generating all kinds of buzz this week is Alfonso Cuarón‘s GRAVITY. The first trailer doesn’t really give us anything other than Sandra Bullock spinning out of control in space whilst her shuttle suddenly breaks apart around her, and George Clooney‘s voice speaking to her.

This second trailer gives more background to her character, Dr. Ryan Stone, described as a medical engineer on her first shuttle mission (per Wikipedia). Clooney plays a veteran astronaut Matt Kowalsky, the only one Stone is able to communicate to in her desperate hour. Pretty gut-wrenching stuff.

“Is there somebody down there looking up, thinking about you?” Kowalsky asks.

“I had a daughter,” Stone whispers, “A little girl with brown hair. Tell her that I’m not quitting.”

Check out the latest trailer below:

I’m even more intrigued now, even before James Cameron calling it “the best space film ever done,” which was all over Twitter yesterday. I’ve always liked Sandra Bullock and this is a role I don’t usually associate her with but I know she’s a capable actress. Cuarón‘s a formidable director, whose Children of Men is one of my favorite sci-fi films. Sounds like he might give us another sci-fi classic with this one.

What say you folks? What’s your level of interest on GRAVITY?


5. Last but not least, now here are two films based on TV shows that definitely piqued my interest. Both of them star sexy, crush-worthy Brits of course ;)

IdrisElbaLutherThe first one is the BBC crime drama series LUTHER starring Idris Elba. According to the series creator, Neil Cross, the movie adaptation’s script is already written. Per Total Film, speaking at the Edinburgh TV festival, Cross confirmed that a feature film is going ahead, and announced that the plot will take the form of a prequel story following Luther’s early career. Mr. Elba is reportedly set to return as the protagonist. Well I sure hope so, who’s actually going to watch if he’s NOT in it??

Now, the other one is The Man from U.N.C.L.E, which is based on the  movies based on the mid 60s TV series of the same name. I love the cast so far: Two impossibly gorgeous guys, Henry Cavill and Armie Hammer, are playing CIA and KGB agents Napoleon Solo and Illya Kuryakin, respectively. The movie could’ve been called Superman Twins or something like that as I could totally see the 6’5″ Hammer as Superman as well.

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So far Hugh Grant (who’ll be playing the head of British Naval Intelligence) and Jared Harris have joined the cast as well. I’m sooo glad Henry got the role, I remember months ago that Tom Cruise was originally cast in his role. I think Henry is a better choice as he’s much closer to Armie’s age (not to mention height).

Set in the early 60s at the height of the Cold War, the film is set to begin production next week in England, with location filming in Rome and Naples (nice!). Scott Z. Burns (a Minnesota native!) who wrote The Bourne Ultimatum, Contagion, Side Effects, etc. is penning the script. I think if Guy Ritchie is making this more like a action-adventure comedy like his Sherlock Holmes films, this could be a lot of fun. 

What are your thoughts on either one of these projects? Or you can also tell me what other TV series you’d like to see being made into a feature film.


That’s it for the September 2013 edition of Five for the Fifth, folks. Now pick one or do them all!

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55 thoughts on “Five for the Fifth: September 2013 Edition

  1. 1. Easy, Aguirre: The Wrath of God (1977).

    2. Benedict Cumberbatch seems to be this year’s Michael Fassbender; I’d go with either in the next Star Wars film — just not anymore lens flares ;-)

    3. Midnight Run; plenty of thrills and unlikely friendship (along with some comedy) in that.

    4. Way, way lots of interest in GRAVITY. Alfonso Cuarón just doesn’t produce enough film IMHO.

    5. I really need to start catching up with LUTHER, otherwise there is some interest. And I’m old enough to remember watching THE MAN FROM U.N.C.L.E first-run on television as a kid.

    • Hi Michael! Thanks for being the first to answer :D

      I still need to see that 1977 film, it’s a cult classic I’ve missed out on.

      Yeah, no more lens flares is right!! I’d love it if Benedict is cast though, he’d make an awesome Sith Lord!

      Luckily Midnight Run is on Netflix Streaming :D

      You’re right, Cuaron needs to do more films. Even his Harry Potter film was great. I’m even more intrigued by GRAVITY now.

      Oh, did you like that UNCLE show? So funny that it starred Robert Vaughn who I remember as Superman III villain, and now Superman himself is taking on his old role, ahah.

      • Yes, I did enjoy the show, which was a response by the TV network to cash in on the James Bond films. It was fun. They released some of the episodes strung together as movies in Europe, IRRC.

        • I should check that out! It does sound like a fun show. I don’t think we ever got that series in Indonesia when I was growing up, but maybe that’s before my time, ahah.

  2. Happy Birthday to the German legend. Herzog is one awesome dude. I wish the Cumberbatch news (and Cranston news) were all 100%. I reported on both of them at the CK but it just didn’t stick. Figured I’d at least go for it. I love your mention of The Visitor. It’s an incredible film with outstanding performances. As for unlikely friendships? Let the Right One In. The Station Agent. Big Fish (always have to mention this lol). Midnight Run. The Goonies. I could go on and on. I refuse to watch the latest trailer for Gravity because I want to see no more footage. So I’ll pass. I almost reported the Luther news as well, but I have 2 episodes left and didn’t want to weigh in on that until I was all caught up. Such a damn good show though. And The Man from U.N.C.L.E sounds great, but I’m really beginning to not like Armie Hammer more and more as his career seemingly dwindles to shit.

    • Hello Nick! Yes Mr. Herzog is truly one of a kind isn’t he?

      Those rumor mills are nuts aren’t they? I really thought they were true, esp. that Bryan Cranston one that I commented on your site. I wish both rumors were true actually.

      Oh, Big Fish is a good one! I haven’t heard of The Station Agent, gotta look that up.

      I hear ya about wanting to come in fresh to a film, I only saw it once and that’ll be it.

      I’m still neutral about Hammer, primarily for me Cavill is the one who sold the film for me, I just wish he’s in more films! Nice to see Hugh Grant on it too, he’s quite good in supporting roles.

  3. 1. I think the only Herzog movie I’ve seen is Rescue Dawn. It’s pretty good!
    2. As you know, I’m not a fan of Star Wars, so don’t really care. But I’m a fan of Cumberbatch!
    3. My favorites are Intouchables, Léon and Driving Lessons.
    4. I’m dying to see Gravity. The buzz has been amazing and those trailers are awesome. Besides, I’m a fan of everyone involved.
    5. Not really intrigued about Luther but The Man from U.N.C.L.E sounds great. Love the cast!

    • I really need to see Rescue Dawn, thanks Fernando!

      Ha..ha.. me neither but I do love Benedict, I was hoping he’d be cast as I’d then watch it :D

      Oh which one is Driving Lessons again? Haven’t heard of that one.

      Yeah, Gravity can’t come soon enough. It’s out in October here, how ’bout in Mexico?

      I’m sold on UNCLE for Henry, he’s finally gonna play a spy after all :D

      • It’s pretty good. Bale is, as always, stellar. Great work by Steve Zahn too!

        Yeah, I think I’d watch it for him too. I still need to get on the original trilogy, though!

        It’s a very sweet little indie film from the UK, starring Rupert Grint, Julie Walters and Laura Linney. I remember liking it a lot.

        Yeah, October as well (the 11th). It should open here first, though. The director is Mexican, after all ;) haha

        • Oh cool! It’s funny I’m actually interested in seeing Zahn in a serious role. I mean I love Bale too of course.

          Ahah I forgot you haven’t seen the originals yet. Well I grew up w/ two brothers who love SW so naturally I’ve seen those.

          Oh wow, I LOVE that cast, Laura Linney is great in everything!

          That’s right! They might hold Gravity premiere in Mexico too maybe, sometimes they do that if the talent/filmmaker is from that region.

            • I even like Linney when she guest-starred in Frasier, one of my fave shows. She’s quite underrated I think.

              How far is Mexico City from Tijuana? Pardon my ignorance about how big Mexico is, ahah. Btw, well done on the Blogathon Debut post on Eraserhead, I just left a comment on Chris’ blog :)

              • Yes, very underrated.

                And it’s a pretty big country, actually. I think it’s among the top 15 largest in the world. Tijuana is about 1500 miles from Mexico City.

                Oh, and that’s not my post! I reviewed Amores perros which will go up tomorrow!

                • Yikes! That’s quite far then, I thought you could just drive there, ahah.

                  Oh dear, why did I think it was your post?? My brain’s not working properly. Ah well, I look forward to Amores Perros then. I haven’t seen that one, I’ve only seen Babel & 21 Grams from Iñárritu.

  4. 1) Dude is old, lets not pretend he actually knows how to text.
    2) If Benedict Cumberbatch isn’t the coolest name in Hollywood, then I don’t know what is. All of his characters should just keep his name. Benedict the evil… Benedict the marvelous… Benedict the nerd… they all work!
    3) Lethal Weapon. Especially when you take into account their real-life personalities and worldviews, Mel GIbson and Danny Glover make pretty unlikely buddies.
    4) I’m having a tough time picturing Bullock in anything other than a chick-flick/indie-woman role. I know she’s done them (The Net, A Time to Kill), just seems so long ago.
    5) Never heard of either of these TV shows. But, for Armie Hammer’s sake, I hope Cavil can still fly and pull Hammer’s career out of the abyss that Lone Ranger dropped him in.

    • Ahah Gene! That’s not very nice thing to say to Mr. Herzog!

      It IS the coolest name in the world. I can’t believe someone actually wanted him to change it when he became an actor, I’m glad he didn’t do that!

      Wow, so many mentions of Lethal Weapons, now you guys make me want to rewatch ‘em.

      Did you see Bullock in The Blindside? I think she can do drama just fine.

      Ahah, so true about Hammer and the Lone Ranger! I love Cavill though, so he’s the main draw for me here.

      • LOL. C’mon though, 71? Don’t worry about me texting, you just keep your bifocals on the road buddy. LOL. Yeah, that is kind of mean. :)

        I did like Bullock in The Blind Side, but to be honest that role didn’t require a lot of depth from her. I do think she can do it and Gravity, it just seems like it’s been a long time since I’ve seen that out of her.

        • That is mean, come on man, you’re supposed to be the Light ;)

          Yeah, sounds like her role in Gravity is pretty intriguing. I’m glad she’s doing that as when she did that comedy w/ Melissa McCarthy, I’m really not that interested. I mean she’s likable, but I’m not fond of crude comedies.

  5. A movie prequel to BBCs Luther? With Idris Elba? YES!
    Man from U.N.C.L.E? Loved the 60s TV show. I still enjoy seeing David McCullum in NCIS.

    • YES indeed for Elba ;) WOW, I had no idea that’s David McCullum in NCIS, he looks so different now, ahah. I can still recognize Robert Vaughn as he’s got kind of an unusual face.

  6. 1. I think I only saw Rescue Dawn, I liked it but I never had much interest in seeing other films from him.

    2. I don’t like Star Wars, I was never really a fan of those movies, they are just so cutesy and silly. But IF Cumberbatch, who is a great actor, will be a part of those, I’ll watch them.

    3. The Secret Garden is a lovely example, it’s also about the friendship between kids so it’s even more beautiful.

    4. I wasn’t very interested until today, but that trailer really is breathless especially given all that dialogue between Bullock and Clooney. Powerful stuff.

    5.Elba needs to be in the movie or there is no movie, I mean it is called Luther :) I’ll definitely see it, though the end of season 3 was so perfect, meddling in the story, even by adding prequels to it, seems unnecessary. Let’s hope that Cavill/Hammer movie won’t be another flop for these two.

    • I hear ya Sati, I’m not sure I could handle his films to be honest. I saw the description of My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done and I was like, ummm no. I might check out Rescue Dawn though.

      Cutesy! I’ve never heard it described that way but I guess so, I’m not terribly fond of it but I know my brothers are SOOO into it growing up. Cumberbatch is on a roll, I’ll watch him in anything!

      I’ve got to check out Secret Garden now, that does sound lovely!

      I think the second trailer REALLY piqued my interest. The first one is so cryptic, a lot of ppl in the theater are actually laughing when it came on!

      Ahah yeah, Idris HAS to be in it, it’d be ridiculous if he isn’t! I would love to see him in that role for the big screen, he’s got such a strong screen presence! I do hope UNCLE would turn out to be a success as Cavill needs to be in more films!!

  7. 1. That’s easy. Fitzcarraldo w/ Encounters at the End of the World in 2nd. I love Herzog. The dude is pretty much the standard of what a documentarian should be as his feature-film works is also amazing. There’s more that I want to see but he’s just so cool.

    2. Benedict Cumberbatch as a villain for the new Star Wars…. just as long as there’s no lens flares.

    3. Unlikely friendships… Lethal Weapon. It’s the perfect example of a unlikely pairing. An aging veteran who wants to retire who teams up with a suicidal rulebreaker as they later become the best of friends.

    4. Gravity is among one of the 10 films of 2013 that I want to see so as I’m a big Alfonso Cuaron fan.

    5. I’m not familiar w/ either shows and I don’t know. I have no opinion about this.

    • Hi Steven! The more I read about him the more I’m fascinated by Mr. Herzog. Such a unique persona, and of course very brilliant as well.

      Ahah, I think it’s been established that NOBODY loves Abrams’ lens flares. Yes, hope there’s no more of those!

      I actually wanted to say ‘aside from Lethal Weapon’ in my question as I somehow knew ppl would answer that, ahah. It’s a good one though.

      I hope Gravity lives up to the hype, but my gut says it will :D

  8. Hey Ruth,

    1.) I love me some eccentric nut jobs, I would say The Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans is one of his better films and one of Nicolas Cage’s better recent performances as well.

    2.) I would not mind Cumberbatch in the new Star Wars film, as long as he plays a Hut ;-)

    3.) An unlikely friendship film Bernie, also a great dark comedy.

    4.) Can’t wait to check out Gravity, please don’t be terrible, please don’t be terrible

    5.) I got to check out this Luther show I keep hearing about. Not feeling it for the Man from U.N.C.L.E., Just re-watched that last Sherlock Holmes film and hated it just as much as the first time.

    • Hi Adam!

      Eccentric nut job, ahah. That’s how I’d describe Nic Cage, so I guess that’s perfect :D I should check out Bad Lieutenant.

      Noooooooooo!!! [cue Vader's voice]

      Oh right, Bernie is a good one, VERY unlikely friendship indeed, but doesn’t end well though.

      If it’s terrible, I won’t ever listen to anything James Cameron says :D

      Oh no, not fond of Ritchie’s style eh? I suppose it’s an acquired taste. I quite like his work in Lock Stock and Rocknrolla.

  9. 1. Herzog’s definitely an interesting filmmaker, his style is not for everyone. I guess my favorite film of his is Aguirre, the Wrath of God, such an odd yet brilliant film. Apparently he threaten to shoot Klaus Kinski with a gun because Kinski refused to do a scene in the movie.

    2. After the prequels, I sort of loss interest in anything Star Wars related. And with JJ Abrams doing the new sequel, I don’t have much faith in it.

    3. I always thought Finding Forrester was such an underrated film. It’s about a kid from rough neighborhood who becomes with friends with an old man played by Sean Connery. It’s probably Connery’s best film before he decided to retire from acting.

    4. I’m still skeptic about Gravity, will it have any storyline or it’s just going to be about two astronauts who are lost in space? But visually it looks stunning, should look great on IMAX screen.

    5. Never seen either of the TV shows but I’m curious about The Man from U.N.C.L.E movie version. If it’s as fun as the Mission Impossible or James Bond films, then Warner Bros. could have another franchise on their hands. As I mentioned before, I hope Fox will make a film version of Justified, such a great TV show. Also, I wouldn’t mind seeing a reboot of The Saint, the 1997 film version was okay but it didn’t become a franchise that Paramount thought it would.

    • I’m curious about Aguirre, the Wrath of God, I bet that’s in the documentary My Best Fiend. Vince’s gonna lend me that one.

      Fair enough about Abrams, I guess we’ll see how the SW Eps. VII turns out, I only wanna see it if there’s an actor I like :)

      Oh I LOVE Finding Forrester! Yeah it’s too bad Connery retire after that one.

      I do hope Gravity isn’t just about cool space visuals, but my gut says there’s more to it than that.

      I quite like The Saint actually, but yeah, no chance of Val ever reprising that role again, ahah.

  10. Hey Ruth!

    1. Ya know, I’m not sure I’ve seen any of Herzog’s stuff, although I did watch that anti-texting whilst driving thing, which was pretty powerful stuff and a subject I feel quite strongly about, too.

    2. Cumberbatch & Star Wars? Hell yes! I would be all over that. I dunno what kind of role he’d play but I’d be happy with anything to be honest.

    3. I’ll go for Die Hard With a Vengeance. Love Bruce and Sam in that! Or maybe Turner and Hooch :)

    4. Gravity looks great, really looking forward to that. For some reason, though, I just can’t get past Sandra Bullock in it. I think she’s a bit overrated in all honesty and she just seems really out of place to me. Hopefully the full film will dispel that though.

    5. I’ve not really gotten into Luther yet, I’ve only caught a few episodes, but I did enjoy it. I do intend to catch up with it. I’m not sure why it needs a film though, whatever happened to just making TV series?

    • Hello Chris!

      I admire Herzog for doing that PSA, he seems deeply concern about social issues. That’s why he came on board for The Act of Killing because he felt the story needed to be told.

      Glad to see you’re a fan of Cumberbatch too, he’s awesome!

      Oh great answer! I LOVE Die Hard 3 because of the Bruce + Sam Jackson pairing, it’s hilarious too!

      Awww, I love Sandra. I think she’ll be great in it. I know she does a lot of lighter stuff but I think she has the chops. I read that Cameron was impressed w/ her performance in it, I know how he loves bad ass female protagonist, ahah.

      Perhaps the creator wants the story/character to reach a broader audience? I’m on board w/ the idea as Idris is a charismatic actor.

  11. Hi, Ruth:

    In no particular order.

    Being a purist of TV shows I grew up with as a kid. I’ll pass on ‘The Man From UNCLE’. Considering how badly Hollywood screwed up another favorite, ‘I Spy’ and gave it to Owen Wilson and Eddie Murphy.

    All for a full length ‘Luther’ tale. Idris Elba rocks that role!!!

    It may sound odd, but I’d like to see Benedict Cumberbatch take on the role of a younger Norman Bates. I think the creepiness factor would work marvelously in his favor!

    Unlikely Friendships: Lee Marvin and Toshiro Mifune as soldiers stranded on a Pacific island in WWII: ‘Hell in the Pacific’. Followed by Robert Mitchum and Deborah Kerr in ‘Heaven Knows, Mr. Allison’ (1957). Directed by John Huston.

    Werner Herzog: ‘Fitzcaraldo’. Followed closed by ‘Aguirre: The Wrath of God’.

    • Hi Kevin, sorry to hear about I Spy, I had no idea that one was based on a series. Haven’t seen it but not really interested, ahah.

      Hey, glad to see a fellow Idris fan. He rocks every role IMO.

      Y’know, I totally see him as Norman Bates. I think he can definitely do creepy very well, esp. w/ THAT voice.

      Oh I think I remember you talking about ‘Heaven Knows, Mr. Allison’ one time, that sounds like an intriguing pairing.

      One of these days I really should check out ‘Aguirre: The Wrath of God’!

  12. I was very interested in the Cumberbatch and Cranston rumors. Cranston would be such an intriguing choice for Lex. I still think the script and casting is vital for the Superman sequel. Cranston is a perfect fit.

    Gravity really excites me. Still a lot unknown about it but boy those teasers are enticing!

    • Yeah I know! If only those weren’t just rumors. I’d so love to see Cranston as LEX, he’d be awesome!

      I’m more and more intrigued by Gravity though initially I wasn’t blown away by the trailer.

  13. I like idea of Abrams as Geek God, although he’ll have competition from Joss Whedon. Cumberbatch would be a great addition…. let’s just hope someone like Ben Affleck suddenly gets cast in the movie. First Batman, then Star Wars… I don’t think I could handle that :P . The Franchise already took a hit from the prequels Lucas made.

    • Hi Asrap! Yeah, those two TV directors/producers are now ruling the geek world! Ahah, I take it you’re not fond of Affleck’s casting eh? I think I’m even more open minded now, though when I first heard it I was like WTF!

  14. I didn’t even realize it was the fifth. :D

    1) I haven’t seen a lot of Herzog’s films, but I really enjoyed Aguirre, the Wrath of God. He does seem to be quite the character.

    2) I’m not all that familiar with Mr. Cumberbatch, unfortunately.

    3) The Intouchables. Great film.

    4) I’m holding off on the trailer, but I’m definitely interested in Gravity. Cameron’s comments are especially intriguing, though I’m not sure how much credibility he has these days. :D

    5) Luther is on my short list of TV series I want to check out, so I should probably do so before the film comes out.

    Good stuff as always, Ruth!

    • Hi Eric, nice to see you stop by, as always!

      I had just become familiar w/ him only recently, and that Aguirre film is the first film review of his I read I think.

      Not familiar w/ Cumberbatch? Wow, that’s quite surprising since he’s everywhere these days, on tv and movies :D

      Ahah, I guess we’ll take Cameron’s comment w/ a grain of salt, though I wouldn’t discredit it either as he’s made some great sci-fis.

      I’ve been wanting to check out Luther too, but I probably would end up seeing the film version instead of the series.

  15. Hooray for the Fifth!! I love these, Ruth. Thank you for keeping it going.

    1) I realize that it doesn’t seem like I have seen any of Herzog’s films…
    2) I want Cumberbatch to not be in Star Wars actually. He and Simon Pegg can stay in the Star Trek world IMO. Nothing against him, but I don’t like all the mixing.
    3) Unlikely friendships? Well, “Radio” comes to mind first. There are so many good ones.
    4) Gravity is great, but James Cameron doesn’t convince me either way. The fact that he is doing more Avatar movies makes me not be concerned with his opinion. From what I see on my own with Gravity though…looks great!
    5) 24. I’m just waiting for 24 to finally get its film since it is coming back for another season. I also wouldn’t mind a Big Bang Theory movie in a similar thread to Harold and Kumar. LOL.

    • Hi T, thanks for stopping by!

      Hey, I’m glad I’m not the only one! I might check out his documentaries though, when my friend lends me his dvd of My Best Fiend.

      I hear ya about Cumberbatch not be in ST AND SW, sounds like he might not be after all.

      Which one is RADIO again, I have to look that up.

      Ahah, well I won’t hold it against Cameron for making more Avatar movies, I think that’s been the plan all along to make it a trilogy right?

      I thought 24 movie was already underway? Not sure whatever happen to that.

    • Hello Kim! Nice to see you’re a fan of CB too, I’d like to see him do a straight drama though, that’s why I’m curious to see him in August: Osage County.

      I love Sandra too, I heard she’s great in Gravity so yeah, can’t wait!

  16. The Guardian newspaper here in The UK is raving over Sandra Bullock and Gravity.

    “Despite her and Clooney’s apparently equal billing, Bullock is most definitely the lead; she ought to be a shoo-in for a best actress nom, especially as she spends much of the movie completely on her own. I say “ought”; who knows whether the Academy’s nose-in-the-air when it comes to sci-fi will deny Cuarón a best director and screenplay shot (he definitely deserves the first). There’ll be no arguments if it gets nominated in every technical category; it’s a tour de force.”

    • Hi there Paul! Yeah, I’ve been reading all kinds of buzz about that film, nice to see the praises for Sandra, she’s a good actress but ppl always see her as not ‘capable enough.’ I hope she gets nominated too, it’ll prove that her nom for Blindside wasn’t just a fluke.

      Btw, I miss seeing Meg in movies. We still see more of Pfeiffer but not her.

  17. Nice work! Werner Herzog is my favorite living filmmaker, I love all of his films. I actually posted about him yesterday, but my Top 10 of his film would be:

    Fiction:
    5. Stroszek
    4. Fitzcarraldo
    3. Nosferatu the Vampyre
    2. Aguirre, the Wrath of God
    1. Woyzeck

    Docs
    5. Grizzly Man
    4. Little Dieter Needs to Fly
    3. Land of Silence and Darkness
    2. La Soufrière
    1. Encounters at the End of the World

    • WOW, you’re like the Herzog expert, Alex! That’s very cool man, I’m intrigued to see his documentaries. Speaking of which, I hope you check out The Act of Killing which he produced. I interviewed the director a while back and he said Herzog signed on as producer as soon as he saw it.

  18. Hello again, Ruth!
    1. I am too, not really familiar with Werner Herzog’s films, but he has a really interesting filmography. I once watched Grizzly Man and it was really heartbreaking :’(
    2. Cumberbatch will be terrific in Star Wars. I kinda hope that the ‘rumour’ was just the PR team trying to cover that he is in fact will be in the movie :p
    3. Btw, I just watched MUD yesterday and I was completely blown away. One of the best films of the year, indeed. And I also really like The Visitor :) About unlikely relationship, Ratatouille is the first that comes to mind. I’m sure there’s plenty of others.
    4. I have been waiting for Gravity since 2 years ago!! I put it into my 2012-must watch list (before it got delayed to 2013), so yesss I can’t wait to watch it.
    5. I don’t really have any interest in both projects since I don’t really familiar with the series. But maybe I’ll check it out someday.

    • Hello Fariz!

      Hey, at least you have seen one of Herzog’s docs. I’m more curious to check out his documentaries.

      Ha..ha.. we’ll see if CB would end up getting cast after all, who knows maybe it is a coverup ;)

      Glad to hear you saw MUD, it made my fave film of August. Oh Ratatouille is a nice pick!

      I sure hope Gravity will indeed live up to the hype, especially for you who’ve been waiting for so long!

      Oh I’m not familiar w/ the series either, it’s the cast that sold me :D

  19. 1. I like the few films I’ve seen from Werner Herzog. My favorite film of his is Aguirre: the Wrath of God.

    2. I could see him fitting in well in the Star Wars universe. I actually think he could play either a Jedi or a Sith. He’s great as heroes and villains.

    3. Good Will Hunting, The Karate Kid (1984 version), Shanghai Noon and Leon: The Professional are some of my favorites.

    4. I can’t wait for Gravity! The trailers have been fantastic, and they’ve really increased my interest.

    5. A Luther film sounds really interesting, but Elba HAS to be in it.

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