Thursday, November 30, 2006

For your consideration

What do you do when you live in Hollywood and you're leaving for the other side of the world the next day for half a year? You go to an industry screening of course! c'mon people... get with the programme ;) So... tonight I went to the Writer's Guild to see a screening of Bobby... the new film written and directed by Emilio Estevez about the day that Bobby Kennedy died. Now .... you need to understand a little backstory. Way back in the mid to late 80's when I was at university, I had a big crush on Emilio.... Young Guns... Repo Man, The Outsiders.... his Billy the Kid cracked me up with the crazy laugh as he blew people away - "best dollar an' eighty I ever spent" ... plus he was short... suited me just fine! He wrote and directed a few things.... mostly non-memorable.... the fun Robin Hood with a 'doh' at the end - 'Wisdom', then 'Men at Work' (stick to the band and don't bother watching the movie!), the Vietnam vet returning home drama 'The War at Home', and one I didn't see - 'Rated X' a biopic about two brothers who had a porn business that led to their downfall into greed (sounds like a winner). But now..... after quite a hiatus..... there is 'Bobby
..... and this one is quite something. Firstly... *everyone* is in it! Harry Belafonte, Anthony Hopkins, William H Macy, Martin Sheen, Laurence Fishburne, Sharon Stone, Demi Moore, Ashton Kutcher, Lindsay Lohan, Heather Graham, Helen Hunt, Christian Slater, Elijah Wood ... plus a bunch of people whose faces you know and names you don't. It's an amazing bunch and they all outdo themselves...even the ones that are normally mediocre! They obviously were impassioned by the material....and it is inspiring. The actors working the kitchen are something to look out for. Plus it documents the landmark of the Ambassador Hotel which was recently demolished.... a travesty, in my humble opinion. Very moving film... I won't say much more... other than go and see it. It gives food for thought in this day when we surely need some politicians like Bobby to rise up and lead the country out of the mess it's in. Sobering and sad and worth remembering.

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