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Oct 1st
08:24 pm
More MAOW twitters (2) and a Blogger's Review  

There was a screening in NY today:

This one was from London:

JDBRecords Blog (NY)

In 1937 at the then newly-founded Mercury Theater (now gone), Orson Welles staged a production of Julius Caesar. The making-of-the play is dramatized in Richard Linklater's lovely new film. Even though the story is primarily a coming-of-age tale, its rooted in interesting theatrical history.

Through sheer luck and charisma, young Richard (the charming Zac Efron who holds his own) lands the role of Lucius. Throughout rehearsals, he watches the work of future stars such as Joseph Cotten and begins to fall in love with Welles's assistant (Claire Danes), a seemingly warm but savvy Vassar grad, who has bigger dreams of her own.

The film primarily belongs to newcomer Christan McKay who portrayed Welles once before on stage in "Rosebud: The Lives of Orson Welles." He does indeed have the mannerisms and speech down pat, but what McKay does in this film is enigmatic, alluring, and often electric, giving the story the shot of gravitas it sometimes lacks. His Welles is temperamental and selfish, but never the villain, a complicated genius of his time.

Like the folded up papers Welles leaves for his cast on opening night, Linklater offers up this little love note. Some Welles aficionados may be disappointed that this film is more Shakespeare in Love, less Magnificent Ambersons, but it seems a wise decision that Linklater does not pay tribute through imitation. In fact, the straightforward approach makes the risk and the mastery of Welles's Caesar seem greater; the re-imagined scenes of the stark production is one of the film's highlights. Richard Linklater, whose resume is all over the map, often deals with the restless and the lovably aimless (from Dazed & Confused to Before Sunrise and Sunset), because of this, his films tend to sag a little, as this one does. I was quite happy, however, to be lost in this little gem.


And tomorrow ccmskatechick will be seeing it at Woodstock :D and will report back to us later.

ETA: I hope more HQ stills get released soon so I can have some variety of pics in these posts, lol.

ETA2: Another mini-review popped up this morning...

by Lee Hartgrave

BEST NEW MOVIE FIND has to be “Me and Orson Welles.” Richard Linklater’s coming of age feature is set in 1937 and stars teen throb Zac Efron who plays a young aspiring actor. By a fluke he lands a small role at Orson Welles Mercury Theatre Company. Welles is launching a groundbreaking version of Julius Caesar. Welles has a huge-ego and he crushes new and old actors like bugs that just get in his way. He may be brilliant, but not a very nice man. …It is a beautifully crafted and disturbing epic tale of an unforgiving incident, an unlikely love and friendship that fades away. Julius Caesar may be on the stage – but two generations of characters drift apart. LOOK FOR THE OPENING – IT’S A SPELLBINDER OF BREATHTAKING BEAUTY! RATING: FOUR BOXES OF POPCORN (highest rating)

Mood: okayokay
22 22 comments Comment
bettybaby63bettybaby63 on October 2nd, 2009 02:52 am (UTC)
love it.....is it my imagination, but are the reviews mainly all positive???? compared with the variety of appraisals we got from TIFF?
elena_claytonelena_clayton on October 2nd, 2009 06:22 am (UTC)
that's what I thought too!
all the reviews I've read have been really complimentary.
Bee: Zac - Rolling Stone - looking downjeezbee on October 6th, 2009 11:35 pm (UTC)
I wouldn't get my hopes up too high because of the response seems more positive than after TIFF.

It's normal with reviews (on basically all movies) that the positive ones comes out first and the negative ones later. People loving a movie typically review/post about it first, while the ones who don't, wait until they "have to."

Of course I hope that the new reviews will continue to be just as positive but I wouldn't be on it.
bettybaby63bettybaby63 on October 7th, 2009 12:29 am (UTC)
oh thanks for your insight! what you said makes sense, i just never thought of it that way.

thanks again.
zettaiyozettaiyo on October 2nd, 2009 05:58 am (UTC)
Why the heck do I keep getting an authentication required pop up when I come on your blog after the maintenance????
hunny miss (aka lets fead him to the gators)ehs_wildcats on October 2nd, 2009 06:22 pm (UTC)
Is it still doing it?
-Jo-: thanksgreenie_breizh on October 2nd, 2009 06:21 am (UTC)
Oooh I can't wait to hear what ccmskatechick has to say :D
IceGoddess: why so serious dirty little secretccmskatechick on October 2nd, 2009 01:25 pm (UTC)
I'm so bloody excited for tonight. Still cannot believe I'm actually going to see this movie finally. I'm heading up early to wander around the village and to see what the whole festival is like. Twitter will be my real time updating crack for this ;)

I'll do my best to get you guys initial thoughts tonight off the crackberry and then a full out dissertation on Sunday night when I get back.
hunny miss (aka lets fead him to the gators)ehs_wildcats on October 2nd, 2009 01:35 pm (UTC)

I thought of one thing but I'll twitter it to you later as I am in a rush to get out the door.
IceGoddess: heylo there dirty lil secretccmskatechick on October 2nd, 2009 02:28 pm (UTC)
That's fine, no rush :) I've got UberTwitter on the BlackBerry so I'll get it in time.
Troll St. Trollglamour_addict on October 2nd, 2009 04:10 pm (UTC)

have a blast!
butterflybee260: pic#92303803butterflybee260 on October 2nd, 2009 04:18 pm (UTC)

Have fun bb! :D
It's Audrey not Aubreyaudrey_za on October 2nd, 2009 04:20 pm (UTC)
Have fun, safe travels, pay attention to EVERY LITTLE DETAIL of the film, lol. ;)
-Jo-: yaygreenie_breizh on October 2nd, 2009 10:19 pm (UTC)
Have fun!!
It's Audrey not Aubreyaudrey_za on October 2nd, 2009 04:19 pm (UTC)
"the charming Zac Efron who holds his own"

That's all I wanted to hear/know. :D
Troll St. Trollglamour_addict on October 2nd, 2009 04:53 pm (UTC)
C did you inform that guy he's not tweeting the real zac?
hunny miss (aka lets fead him to the gators)ehs_wildcats on October 2nd, 2009 05:01 pm (UTC)
Yes. :)
bettybaby63bettybaby63 on October 2nd, 2009 06:25 pm (UTC)
excited to get our own review today/tonight!!!!

and we really got absolutely nothing from last night?????
ibangzac on October 3rd, 2009 03:29 pm (UTC)
also, i've like 40 new zac pictures, fan pictures etc, but i don't where to post'em, lemme know if you wanna see (:

hunny miss (aka lets fead him to the gators)ehs_wildcats on October 3rd, 2009 03:36 pm (UTC)
are they from zf?
ibangzac on October 3rd, 2009 03:49 pm (UTC)
yea, are you on the forum?
hunny miss (aka lets fead him to the gators)ehs_wildcats on October 3rd, 2009 04:19 pm (UTC)
yeah, i don't really participate. i just look for pics there.

eta: and thanks for alerting me on the pics being posted.

Edited at 2009-10-03 05:18 pm (UTC)