Hi Rian, hope you are still reading this thread. Wanted to weigh in on your reaction to my review over at Twitch. First off, I loved BRICK, and after covering the film for quite some time before released my expectations were thru the roof and somehow EXCEEDED. Nice.
**Potential mild spoiler for forum readers** Bloom went south for me when the story tried to get weighty and dramatic when the fun set-up couldn't support the weight
(so to speak). It's tough to have it both ways (Wes Anderson & David Mamet) and the balance wasn't quite there. And Joseph Gordon Levitt seemed to mine the teen angst in Brick in relation to what the picture was trying to do better than Adrian Brody managed to project mid-thirties-malaise in the context of Bloom.
I'm also curious why The Brothers Bloom was originally titled Penelope. I know that in her own charismatic way, Ms. Weisz is the heart and soul of the film, but at the same time, that title seems doesn't seem to fit (and I guessing it was changed due to the Christina Ricci fable). The Brothers Bloom is definitely the better title.
**potential minuscule spoiler for forum readers** I would like to note that amputee kittens in film are always a good thing, as I did really like the opening grift in the film. The highlight of the picture.
Question: Did you (Rian) enjoy the Argentinian grifter flick "NINE QUEENS"?
FYI: I'm happy that you are a fan of Twitch, because a number of us are big fans of your work. Oh, and if you ever wish to have a chat regarding LOOPER, BLOOM and BRICK, I'd really love to. (firstname.lastname@example.org
Twitch Coverage of Rian: (http://twitchfilm.net/site/search/results/ff74853e512c9888ade847e8d06751f9/
Twitch Coverage of Brick (http://twitchfilm.net/site/search/results/183b41def3592ec8a3b9555e1f447cd3/
My previous Review of BRICK: http://kurtscomment.blogspot.com/2006/08/kbt-presents-brick.html
p.s. to one other commenter in this forum: Personally, I generally like Quirk(tm)
and loved the Life Aquatic & the pirate attack scene.
p.p.s. not to sound surly, but on Jeffrey Wells - I sat beside him in one of the TIFF press screenings (Before the Devil Knows You're Dead) and he did some of the rudest personal hygiene things in the screening. (Who takes their shoes off and puts their feet up in a Theater? Who cleans their ear with a pen (or car key, it was dark) in a screening? Weird and distracting. Strange fellow, or I caught him on the wrong day.