March 31st, 2021 / 6 Comments


Robert Pattinson is easily the most successful child star to come out of “Harry Potter”

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According to The Insider, although Rob only appeared in one Harry Potter film “The Goblet of Fire” (well two technically if you take the pics of Cedric into account in the Order of the Phoenix), he is the most successful child star to come out of the franchise:

Could it have been anyone else? Pattinson spun his one-movie role into the leading man of one of the other biggest franchises of the 2010s: “Twilight.”

After a decade of distancing himself from big blockbusters by starring in films like “Good Time” and “The Lighthouse,” Pattinson is ready for his big, mainstream comeback. He starred in “Tenet,” “The King,” and is going to become Batman next year. There’s no one else that compares, honestly.

Thanks @Monsieur_HJ for heads up

March 27th, 2021 / No Comments


IndieWire Explain Why There is No #Tenet Oscar Campaign

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IndieWire have provided an explanation on why there is no Tenet campaign and as they explain we don’t have to look further than Christopher Nolan. Below is an excerpt, but you can read the full article by clicking on the link:

“Tenet,”…has two Oscar nominations for VFX and Production Design. It received one Golden Globe nomination (composer Ludwig Goransson); five Critics Choice craft nominations; sound editing, VFX and production design guild nominations; and one BAFTA nod, for Special Visual Effects. It has not won any to date.

Last summer, as all studios delayed their big-budget releases, Warners was ready to wait on “Tenet.” Nolan was not. Driven by a fervor to release his baby and/or single-handedly save movie theaters, he campaigned the studio to release the film and made his own statements that positioned his glossy puzzle box as the make-or-break movie of the pandemic.

This wasn’t Warners’ game plan. According to sources, the studio tried to calculate ideal theatrical release timing that would yield the most return on its investment. Distribution executives measured pandemic case rates against possible theater openings. This turned out to be a zero-sum game, but studio executives are also known to christen those gifted filmmakers who have global-brand bonafides as the smartest people in the room.

“Tenet” scored strong overseas numbers, but middling reviews (Metascore: 69). Limited access to theater seats over the next six months led to disappointing box office ($363.3 million worldwide so far). As theaters reopened around the country last weekend, the movie sold out on some New York and Los Angeles screens (playing to 25 percent capacity), just in time to play for vaccinated Academy voters.

It’s too late for that. Back in November, a bruised Nolan told Warners to put money on extending its release, not an Oscar campaign. Warners put its “Tenet” money into theaters where possible and published a Blu-ray as well as HD DVDs. Warners did not mail screeners to Academy members, did not plunk down $12,500 to upload the film on the Academy portal, placed no FYC ads, and mounted no digital screenings or Q&As.

After “Tenet” received its two nominations March 15, Academy voters who clicked on the screening portal for links to the film saw that “Tenet” was “unavailable.” That meant any Oscar voter would have to find a DVD or a theater playing the film, which reaches HBO Max May 1 — six days after the Oscars ceremony April 25. It also means that Nolan’s Oscar campaign ban was depriving his own top-tier craftspeople of career-buttressing support. A 69 Metascore is more than respectable; Oscar-winner “Bohemian Rhapsody” scored 49. “Tenet” should have easily scored five or six nods.

Nolan finally relented; “Tenet” will be uploaded to the Academy portal March 29. “While we actively chose not to campaign the film,” said one Warners source, “at the filmmaker’s request, we will be supporting the nominations by putting the film on the AMPAS platform and passing members through the theaters.”

February 24th, 2021 / 3 Comments


“Tenet Highlights Why Robert Pattinson Is The Right Choice for Batman”

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Mark Lynch wrote this great article for on why Tenet proves that Rob as the right choice for Batman (not that WE needed any convincing). I like that Mark states “If Chris Pratt can go from the goofball in Parks and Recs to Star-Lord and Chris Evans from Not Another Teen Movie to Captain America then why can’t Robert Pattinson be allowed to make a similar jump?” Indeed Mark, indeed. Below is an excerpt, click on the link to read the full article:

The first time we see Robert Pattinson in Tenet, he looks and moves exactly like Bruce Wayne would in public. He’s dressed really nice, smiling, talking really smooth, and gave an appearance that put everyone watching him at ease. If you’ve ever seen Bruce Wayne in a comic with civilians or in Batman: The Animated Series, you know how often he plays the opposite of what he truly is.

In the first action scene, Neil displays all of his skills. He’s scaling a building, taking people out stealthily, and doing it all smoothly. He went from seemingly modest to a full-on threat in less than ten minutes. This is a switch we’ve seen Batman flip on multiple occasions. An underrated aspect of Bruce Wayne, Christian Bale did this well in the The Dark Knight Trilogy, effortlessly evolving from pompous, billionaire playboy to the heroic Caped Crusader in the blink of an eye. If Pattinson can do it in Tenet, he can definitely do it in The Batman.

…If there was any concern about him looking believable in a fight (not that there should have been), those can be put to rest instantly. We see Pattinson in action scenes and he looked believable. On that note, just how good does he look in the trailer for The Batman?

Batman is aggressive. He doesn’t kill, but he certainly puts a lot of people in hospitals with injuries that will take months to years to recover from – something that Pattinson convincingly portrayed in that trailer.

January 12th, 2021 / No Comments


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Brandon Katz from The Observer wrote this interesting piece on what Matt Reeves and Rob may need to overcome to bring a fresh take on The Batman:

When Robert Pattinson broods into frame in Matt Reeves’ The Batman next year, he’ll be the third actor to play Bruce Wayne in live action since 2005. If we count The Lego Batman Movie and Zack Snyder’s upcoming Justice League cut, The Batman will be the seventh major movie to feature the Caped Crusader in a lead role in that same span (eight if we’re also counting Ben Affleck and Michael Keaton’s returns in The Flash). When audiences bemoan Hollywood’s lack of originality and industry critics point to its desperate reliance on franchises and reboots, this is what they’re referring to: the endless recycling of a single character. While these detractors stand on solid ground, reusing the same character doesn’t inherently prevent an original cinematic experience.

Reeves’ Gotham appears more stylistically grounded. Its wet and weighted fog descends on an old city besmirched by new evils. It stands in stark contrast to the the major metropolitan center of Nolan’s Dark Knight films and the nondescript futurism glimpsed in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Pattinson infuses his Batman with a manic ferocity that stands apart from Keaton’s stillness and Ben Affleck’s weathered lived-in rage. It may nominally be the same character, but The Batman seems to be exploring different aspects of their psyche. In the social media era of the enraged fanboy and incel army, it’s valuable to explore the havoc wrought by a well-resourced but unstable and violent loner who perceives himself above the masses. Especially when he sees himself as the hero.

Reeves has described his take as “very psychological” with an emotional “humanist bent” (the David Fincher vibes are hard to miss). Previous iterations seemed to focus more on the character’s source of trauma and duality, as well as the ideology of his villains, than on the psychological cost of all that pain. With all due respect to Burton’s stellar run, cycling through beautiful girlfriends between films isn’t exactly cutting edge commentary about sacrifice.

Finding the character at a different time in his life bridges the gap between the well-covered depictions too. While Batman Begins told an origin story and Justice League featured an older, more experienced character, The Batman takes place in the second year of Bruce Wayne’s vigilante career. The relatively new setting finds our hero not yet the valued symbol of strength he will become nor the mysterious disruption he must first have been.

The superhero genre continues to expand and amalgamate new veins of storytelling. … Reeves is promising more of a noir crime story than the farcical camp of Joel Schumacher or the hyper-realism of Nolan. A surrealist nightmare that differs from its predecessors in style, tone and intention.

The names may be the same—Batman, Catwoman, Riddler, Penguin—but the context has shifted. Reusing the same character does not automatically guarantee a recycled on-screen product. Reeves previously reinvented the well-worn Planet of the Apes franchise into something more meaningfully allegorical than its legion of B-movie extensions. So too can Bruce Wayne be reborn.

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December 2nd, 2020 / 7 Comments


Robert Pattinson “is one of the best actors alive today”

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Jan Dabrowski of Film Org (Poland) wrote an article about Robert Pattinson being “one of the best actors alive today” and provides his evidence from his 5 favourite performances – Little Ashes, The King, Good Time, The Lighthouse and The Devil All the Time. Here’s an excerpt of what Jan had to say:

Robert Pattinson is one of the best actors alive today.  If someone snorted at that point, one of two things has happened. Either his consciousness stopped 10 years ago or he avoids Pattinson’s films. For the last 12 years (i.e. from the premiere of the first Twilight), the actor managed to show in all possible ways that he finds himself in very demanding roles, that he can move crowds with facial expressions and voice, that he is a master of accents and characteristic characters. The Youth Vampire Saga is just a few films from his body of work, which currently consists of 39 productions, and Pattinson is currently 34 years old. An impressive result.

It is simply ignorant to consider him “the wooden actor in those vampire movies”. Now Pattinson does not have to prove anything to anyone, and before 40 he made appearances in films that include David CronenbergRobert Eggers and Christopher Nolan. From this he is the new Batman which not only sounds promising, it will probably open up an even wider path to prestigious productions and cooperation with the most appreciated artists. Regardless of how Pattinson’s career unfolds in the future, there is now plenty to choose from. Below are my personal top 5 best performances:

[Little] Ashes

… Pattinson starts out as a shy introvert to become a living lion and a hysterical, and with every acting charge he makes an impression. And he was only 22 at the time. Anyone who mocks him for Twilight should applaud him just as earnestly for Ashes.

[The] King

… The Dauphin mocks the English king at every opportunity, and Pattinson adds another nasty villain with an excellent accent to his achievements. 

Good Time

The only glimpse of good that can be found in it is the bond with the brother he cares about. This feeling, combined with aggression and dissatisfaction with everything else, makes this creation one of the most interesting in Pattinson’s career, which could finally go crazy in a very expressive starring role.

[The] Lighthouse

… It is difficult to recognize him, because his face changed with his speech and behavior, new grimaces and facial expressions appeared. Even during the acting charges and the most touching scenes, Pattinson keeps his character within the convention. This is one of the biggest bricks he has contributed to building his image as a versatile, hard and effective actor who is not afraid of difficult roles or non-obvious, complicated characters.

The Devil All the Time

… And in every single scene, Pattinson is seductively angry. An arrogant pastor with a southern accent is a short but show-off role, and watching this slimy guy make the viewer feel dirty just to watch. This impression is similar to that of Jake Gyllenhaal in Nightcrawler: a slippery, nasty type that will lead everyone to a poor end. With the role of Teagardin, Pattinson took another big step in his career towards the well-deserved Oscar.

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November 24th, 2020 / No Comments


The Wrap Includes “Tenet” in 10 Films that could dominate “Below the Line” Nominations | Oscars 2021

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The Wrap has listed 10 films they consider will feature in the “below the line” nominations in next year’s Oscars. I’m gathering below the line means sound, editing etc rather than mainstream awards for Best Movie, Best Actor etc etc. Here is why they think Tenet will be successful:

It’s not always necessary to pile up nominations in below-the-line and technical categories to do well at the Oscars, but it sure does help. Apart from “Green Book,” whose five nominations only included one BTL nod (for film editing), most big Oscar winners in recent years have also scored with the voters who make up most of the Academy membership: sound editors and mixers, visual effects artists, cinematographers, editors, designers, composers and the like.

Even after the two sound categories were merged into one earlier this year, below-the-line artistry is responsible for nine of the 23 Oscar categories, with directing, writing and acting responsible for seven.

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If voters had been able to see “Tenet” in a theater, the way God and director Christopher Nolan intended, it’d be a slam dunk in many categories. On a smaller home screen, the sheer power of the visuals might occasionally be overshadowed by a nagging feeling that what’s going on is kind of incomprehensible. (I say this as someone who drove out of L.A. County to see the film in a socially-distanced theater, where I could be dazzled and forget about nitpicking.)

But Nolan’s track record is formidable and this is one of the only real Movie Movies in the running, so it’s hard to imagine below-the-line voters not recognizing the scale and virtuosity of what they’re seeing on screen — even if that scale is toned down a bit because of COVID.

Strongest categories: Editing, visual effects, cinematography, sound, production design

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