Episode 51 — Liz and Dick
Posted 11 December 2012 - 12:05 AM
Posted 11 December 2012 - 02:00 AM
He did do a string of tweets about the notes he was writing for an American Pscyho followup that sounded amazing. But yeah, no fun to follow.
Posted 11 December 2012 - 06:39 AM
So the impression I got was the same one Paul, Jason, June and Drew had; that those all in black confessionals were supposed to be Taylor and Burton reflecting on their life, love and careers from the afterlife. At one point I toyed with the idea that it was all some cosmic version of the Office, which was only strengthened when Creed Bratton showed up.
But then, Taylor started talking present tense about how she missed Richard. Wait, aren't you both dead and giving an interview together? Wasn't he just sitting besides you for the past 40 minutes? What the fuck is happening here?
It really feels like Lifetime cast Lohan in this because of some cynical belief that one actress struggling with alcoholism and substance abuse should be able to method act her way into portraying another actress struggling with alcoholism and substance abuse, kind of like a shitty Daniel Day Lewis. The results were hilariously bad, even by Lifetime standards.
Posted 11 December 2012 - 07:42 AM
I am so glad that you guys jumped on the one line that genuinely made me burst out laughing (one of the very few times in this movie): "I'm not saying it's colon cancer..." What kind of beside manner is that?! There's better bad news delivery in Scrubs!
Oh god, and the black box scenes! Once they used it to explain Richard Burton not winning his Oscar, I stopped trying to interpret its use. Sometimes they're reflecting on their life with some hindsight, sometimes they're just narrating, sometimes they're riffing off each other, sometimes they talk as if they're not right next to each other, sometimes they act like they're dead, sometimes they act like it's an interview from late into their live. Who even knows! Also, you guys didn't stress how randomly they're placed in the movie: they can be a big part of the film for 5 to 7 minutes, then disappear for ages before being brought back again. It's never consistent.
I used to sort of silently root for Lindsey Lohan to get back up and stop being such a mess, a la Britney Spears. This movie could have been her Blackout, to keep up the comparison: not great, but something that proved that she was willing to really push herself, to prove that she really was going to try to get back into the acting world, as June was pointing out.
But instead she decided to turn in that type of bored, doesn't-want-to-be-there, irritatingly bland anti-acting that actresses like Kristen Stewart are turning out constantly. She can't be half-assing these things! K-Stew can sort of get away with it because she was in a billion dollar franchise. Lohan has been out of the game pretty much since I was in middle school!
Posted 11 December 2012 - 08:06 AM
Was anyone else just disturbed by her lips? They seemed to be pushing them to be bigger. That or the makeup department were just like "yeah we can't save this" and just left them alone.
also, no requesting action on twitter until YOU get on twitter.
Posted 11 December 2012 - 08:09 AM
That said, I LOVE when huge real-life events like big concerts or the making of big movies are reproduced on basic cable made-for-TV budgets. I wonder at what point in the pre-production stage they just give up and say "Fuck it, no one's going to buy it anyway, so let's just film the 'Cleopatra' scenes in my garage. My backyard can be Spain".
Posted 11 December 2012 - 09:00 AM
Posted 11 December 2012 - 09:11 AM
Hey, that's on HER, and this is hardly the only place you'll find anyone bagging on her and her lifestyle. If anything, shame on the makers of this film for exploiting the Lohan situation, because like they keep pointing out, the movie is one big wink to the audience. It's based on ANOTHER person, but it really seems like a big excuse for Lohan to basically play herself.
Posted 11 December 2012 - 12:30 PM
Posted 11 December 2012 - 02:17 PM
I didn't think they were dead either, but I also don't think the movie was smart enough to be THAT meta. It just seems like another made-for-TV movie convention, like you would see that framing device being used, and you would never make the mistake that this was a REAL movie. More than "Inside the Actors Studio", it seems like a play, because they're still coming off as just completely insincere performances. They're still "on".
Posted 11 December 2012 - 02:21 PM
I cried laughing when Jason said: "The only thing that's fat is her weird, bloated face. Is that too far?! I don't know, guys! I don't understand what is happening here."
That made it all worth sitting through this awful Lifetime movie. They can't all be winners like Rob Lowe's Untouchable, guys!