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Tuesday, September 12, 2006

Stranger than Fiction

Work has fallen on me like an avalanche, plus I just had a house guest, so the sprint is over.

So, blogwise, all you get is YouTube :-)

This movie is getting great buzz, and the trailer works well. It looks Charlie Kaufman-esque, though he didn't write it.


At 4:27 PM, Blogger deepstructure said...

ugh. that trailer shows waaaay too much. it's a quirky interesting idea. why ruin it by showing us the whole damn movie?

At 5:01 PM, Blogger shecanfilmit said...

I saw the trailer this weekend when my friend and I were waiting for uh Talladega Nights to start. I agree with deepstructure that it seems to show too much. I call this type of film an "existential comedy" - in the same sandbox as Charlie Kaufman's movies. Also, I Heart Huckabees. I think we'll see more of them.

At 5:18 PM, Blogger Scott the Reader said...

I don't know. It almost seems like a lot of this is first act stuff.

I'd be interested to know if anyone who read the script can confirm just how much plot is really given away here.

If Will Ferrell finds out she is planning his death on page 30, it doesn't give away too much. If it's page 60 -- or page 90 -- then it definitely does.

At 7:38 PM, Blogger Thomas Crymes said...

I think the trailer gives away just enough, but I won't really know until I see the movie. If I walk out satisfied, they showed just enough.

I know I was immediately hooked the moment I saw it.

At 8:07 PM, Blogger Chris said...

Jeffrey Wells hated it at TIFF, for what that's worth

At 9:18 PM, Blogger Patrick J. Rodio said...

I think this could be good, not sure if the trailer shows too much yet. It might. for the absolute PERFECT trailer, check out Little Children. Wow.

At 1:09 AM, Blogger Danny Stack said...

I read the script a while ago and it completely blew me away with its style, control, assurance, charm etc. In my report I called Zach Helm, the writer, the Charlie Kaufman of Charm (I had read another one of his scripts, equally as good). The trailer is top-heavy, but only a little. If the film is half as good as the script, then it should be great.

At 2:51 AM, Anonymous hotzappa11 said...

I can't wait for this, it's something i've been looking forward to since i heard Emma Thompson and Hoffman were going to be in it.

Does anyone have a copy of the script, because i can't find it anywhere, which is very annoying for me anyway.

At 8:14 AM, Blogger s.warren said...

I was in a seminar with a development exec about two years ago. It must've been a short time after this script was bought. She spent the first five minutes talking about how brilliant this script was. If I recall the details correctly, the Will Farrell character finds out about his impending demise rather early on in the script.

I've been really looking forward to this movie ever since. So I'm glad that it actually got made and is coming out fairly soon.

At 9:32 AM, Blogger Scribe LA said...

I want to be with you here, Scott, but... looks like Will's Truman Show. I was sorta on board, but looks a little bloated, I guess is the best way to put it. For my Kaufman fix I turn to Adaptation. If you get your hands on the new script, please pass it along to moi if possible.


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