February 22nd, 2010


Lonely boy

Praise creative geniuses like Polanski whether or not they have a dark side that people don't want to know about. If you visit my thoughts thru this blog from time to time, you probably know that I'm a info junkie when it comes to being first in line for tickets for the movies I want to see. Since Trainspotting introduced me to the work of Ewan McGregor, I've slowly been developing a following. But I can't help but wonder whether his scene in that movie in which he unsuspectingly finds himself in bed with a barely legal teen may have had some influential significance with the directors decision to cast him as the leading role in The ghost writer. I fed my film fetish this weekend, because I don't know how long The ghost writer will be in theatres, quite honestly. So much controversy with the extradition trial.

I may not have the greatest taste in movie choices, but I know how to satisfy the beast within, and before Polanski's new film premiered in L.A., I was so hard up for a movie fix, I accidentally discovered a documentary about the Pentagon Papers. That was boring. And yet, there is a strange coincidence in the way these two movies end. The ghost is hypnotically accurate the way it masterfully depicts the results of being a loser, while the former, if you know your history, contains a definite end without closure.

I like movies to be entertaining, and the only excuse that I can give to justify my decision to sit thru a documentary like The most dangerous man in America has to do with my curiosity over freedom of the press versus bloggers' rights. In a sense, there's plenty of entertainment in Daniel Ellsberg. Some of the reviews I've read about the Ghost writer describe it as an abstract depiction of the life of Tony Blair. My favorite part in the film doesn't occur until the film is one hour and ten minutes into the story, and by then I still don't know what the ghost writers name is, but the significance of my favorite two minute scene includes Olivia Williams (of Dollhouse fame) and Ewan McGregor. He is hard at work reading the draft copy of the memoirs he was contracted to edit, and Mrs. Lang, the Prime Minister's wife, happens to walk in and see the current page he is reading from. She comments why he has underlined her name, Ruth, whenever it appears in the text.

If I reveal a line of dialog between the ghost and Amelia Bly, I don't think I would be giving away the ending as a similar line also appears in earlier scenes not so close to the ending.

THE GHOST: I got you a present

The ghost hands a package to Amelia. Conversation ensues… blah blah blah

AMELIA: Something about the beginsings. That's what I heard.

THE GHOST: Beginning?

AMELIA: No. Beginnings. Beginning.

Note the letter "s" as in former Prez Clinton's statement: That depends on what the definition of the word 'is' is. There's also another interesting name to puzzle over. It is that of John Maddox, played by Jim Belushi. I leave you with the lyrics to Collapse )

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