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Sarah Polley and Quint chat about SPLICE, genetic engineering, working with effects and much more! Sundance 2010!

Ahoy, squirts! Quint here with the first of a few cool interviews from my Sundance adventure! The fest is still going on, I have many movies to see and many more interviews to do, so I’m going to keep the intros short and sweet… Here’s my chat with Sarah Polley co-star of SPLICE. I conducted this interview before seeing the movie, so there’s a little probing going on in the beginning but we get our feet pretty quickly, I think. I found Polley to be extremely sweet, extremely smart and, of course, extremely beautiful. Here’s the chat!

Quint: I haven’t had a chance to see the movie yet, so I hope these questions aren’t boring. When you haven’t seen the movie you are kind of forced to do the dull stuff, lik “What’s your character?” and get some of the groundwork there. So, what’s your character? (laughs)

Sarah Polley: (laughs) Yeah, nobody has seen it, so that’s fine. I play Elsa, who is an extremely ambitious, energetic, dynamic, and playful woman who loves to milk every second out of life. She’s also a little bit terrifying, because she is really manipulative and controlling. She wants to get what she wants and she usually does. I don’t think I have ever wanted to play a character as much as this one. She is so complicated and loveable, but totally messed up.

Quint: I love CUBE, I love Vincenzo [Natali]’s style.

Sarah Polley: Visually, he is such a master.

Quint: I get that there is a sci-fi element to it from the clip that has been online. It looks like it’s got a little scariness to it as well.

Sarah Polley: Yeah, it’s kind of a bit of everything. I think if you go in expecting a horror film, that’s not what you are going to get. If you expect sci-fi, it’s not totally what you are going to get, but it’s kind of a mix of a lot of different things and also I think just pulls off this very specific relationship, both between a couple and also their “child.” You see all the stages of parenthood played out in an extremely short space and time in their most nightmarish version. I guess it’s kind of a Freudian nightmare and it’s also got these horror elements and these sci-fi elements and stuff.

Quint: Let’s talk a little about Guillermo del Toro stepping in as producer. I’ve got to imagine that if he was attracted to the project he must have loved the creature. He’s attracted to creatures with souls. Again, I haven’t seen much, but I have to assume that that’s what you guys were going for.

Sarah Polley: Absolutely and it’s funny, because there are people that haven’t seen the film and they are like “So, is the creature really scary?” It’s like, “I don’t know… The people are really scary.”

Quint: So, the people are the bad guys here. That’s a little Frankensteiny.

Sarah Polley: Absolutely. I think it’s about humans wanting something from something and that’s what makes it horrible.

Quint: I’ve seen pictures of… What’s the name of the creature again?

Sarah Polley: Dren. It’s a pretty good creature.

Quint: It’s very elegant, even beautiful.

Sarah Polley: And the woman who plays it, Delphine [Chaneac] is one of the most beautiful women I’ve ever seen, so yeah it’s a very complicated story, because there is also this relationship with this beautiful woman, which has some complications. (laughs) Like it does with any parent, when your daughter grows up.

Quint: So how did that work? Obviously there was a lot of CG done to make the creature, was Delphine on set then and working in the scene with you?

Sarah Polley: She was and that’s what was great, that I was almost always working with another actor and a good actor.

Quint: Instead of looking at a tennis ball or something.

Sarah Polley: Exactly. Just having something to play off of made our jobs a lot easier. When it’s a baby it’s a puppet, but a very real puppet like you could actually feel affection to it. It was super cute.

Quint: I imagine it has to help. There must have been a little apprehension when reading the script of creating that emotional contact with something that is not going to be there. That chemistry has to work in movies like this or else people won’t buy the effect.

Sarah Polley: Absolutely. I think I also really trusted Vincenzo. Like you said, he’s a genius visually and I had seen all of his films and combined with this script, he was going to make a really great film.

Quint: So gene splicing is a big part of how you create the creature. Did you do any research into any of this stuff?

Sarah Polley: I did. Actually I was in a genetics lab for about three weeks and I worked with this geneticist and he showed me his entire work and his entire project that he was doing research on and taught me how to use all of the equipment, so I spent long periods of time just playing with vials and droppers, just so that stuff felt organic and real. There’s nothing worse than seeing an actor like phonetically say scientific dialogue that they don’t understand.

Quint: Talk a little bit about Adrien [Brody]. I don’t know him very well, but I’ve been on a couple of movie sets with him. He struck me as a very dedicated actor, like when he commits to something, he commits 110%.

Sarah Polley: Yeah, he’s hugely hardworking. He’s a lot more hardworking than most actors I think. He really commits himself and he’s always prepared and on time and those are qualities that are really underrated. He’s also hilarious. As much as he seems really serious, he’s also hysterically funny and that’s great when you are doing something like this to have someone who can actually make you laugh.

Quint: So you and he are a couple in the movie, right?

Sarah Polley: Yeah.

Quint: So can you talk a little bit about working with him and just what that was like creating this history. I imagine you guys don’t meet at the beginning of this movie…

Sarah Polley: Exactly. I think the fact that we can make each other laugh really hard really helped, because there’s some instant familiarity in that, so because we were constantly having a really good time together, it’s a lot easier to imagine that history and create something out of it.

Quint: Cool, so what have you got next? You must have a dozen things lined up.

Sarah Polley: I’m directing another film in July. I’m also making a documentary right now and so I’m sort of working on both projects simultaneously, so I’m hoping I’ll have two films in a little more than a year and a half.

Quint: Can you say what the documentary is about?

Sarah Polley: It’s so in process right now that I’ll say it’s about something now and then it’ll be about something different.

Quint: So it could change.

Sarah Polley: Vaguely speaking it’s about storytelling and memory. It’s pretty experimental and not necessarily a mainstream film and then the feature film I’m making is about a relationship and I have a cast that I’m so excited about, but I’m not able to announce yet which is driving me crazy. I couldn’t be more excited about it.

Quint: Now that you have directed, is it at all difficult for you to step in as an actor and just leave the director behind?

Sarah Polley: Not at all. I’m delighted to leave the director behind. To actually be able to sleep at night… it’s like why would you ever want to carry around the insomnia that comes with directing? So no. I feel like I’m very happy to not have responsibility for the whole film and to concentrate on my little piece of it and watch another filmmaker realize their vision and go through the hell of making a film.

Quint: Do you pull from your experiences on other sets, working with other directors? You have actually gotten to collaborate with some great filmmakers, so I imagine that’s influenced you as well.

Sarah Polley: For sure it has. It totally has and yet you always want it to be more of a film school than it actually is, because you are doing a job. You want to be observing and learning everything you can, but not at the expense of being focused on your job, so I always hope that I’m going to learn more than I actually do. That said, yeah I think everything I know about filmmaking I have learned from filmmakers I have worked with and with Vincenzo it’s great for me, because I’m never going to make this kind of a film. I’m never going to make a genre film or a sci-fi film. I’m never going to make the kind of images he can make and I don’t think visually in the way he does, so to be around a filmmaker who has a skill set that you are just never going to have, who makes a totally different kind of film than you do, it’s such an amazing experience.

Quint: I don’t know how Vincenzo works, but just from a viewer’s perspective it seems like he’s not the kind of visual director that just leaves the actors out in the cold. If you look at something like CUBE, there are so many things going on between all of the characters. If all he was was focused on the idea of the movie or the visuals of the movie, it would just be a mess.

Sarah Polley: I think that’s what surprised me the most about working with him. I knew he would be extremely articulate and eloquent with individual stuff, but I didn’t expect that he was going to be so articulate when it came to character. I felt like he was more prepared and more insightful into character than most filmmakers I work with who direct dramas. His real focus is on that to a certain extent, so that was kind of amazing to me that that was part of his vocabulary as well.

Quint: Great. Well, I think that’s about all I have.

Sarah Polley: Awesome. It was really nice to talk to you. Have a great rest of the festival.

Quint: Thanks, you too.



I have one more SPLICE interview hitting in the next day or two, this time with director Vincenzo Natali. Thankfully I had actually seen the movie by the time I interviewed Vincenzo, so we delve a bit more into the mythology of the creature and the inspiration for the story. Keep an eye out for that one, squirts! -Quint quint@aintitcool.com Follow Me On Twitter



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  • Jan. 25, 2010, 4:45 a.m. CST

    Sarah Polley is pretty hot

    by The_Crimson_King

  • Jan. 25, 2010, 4:48 a.m. CST

    I love you Sarah Polley

    by drturing

    you're a woman who inspires devotion and kindness and respect. Everyone should have a crush on Sarah Polley. Hey but why do actors pay as a complement to other actors 'he's always on time'. Like that's a huge commitment thing that just is unheard of. I mean dude, every other job in the world that's not a compliment, it's just a base requisite. That said I wouldn't want my brain surgeon acting, nor would I want Christian Bale attempting to repair a subarachnoid hemmhorage.

  • Jan. 25, 2010, 5:07 a.m. CST

    Sarah Polley is pretty much perfect

    by judderman

    Beautiful, intelligent, multitalented, better than mortal man deserves.

  • Jan. 25, 2010, 5:45 a.m. CST

    Sarah Polley is indeed the real deal

    by AsimovLives

  • Jan. 25, 2010, 5:46 a.m. CST

    SARAH POLLEY, FOREVER PISSING AWAY HER CAREER.....

    by TehCreepyThinMan

    You know, she's a quality actor, but apart from GO, and that fucking terrible Dawn of the Dead remake, Polley has done nothing but work in "indie" films, which is all fine and dandy, but she needs to realize that you need one really big film every soo often so that you can continue to persue the projects that you want.<br> <br>I'm not saying that she should try out for Transformers 3 but why hasn't she went after more prestige films? She could easily out act and out class the usual bimbos that populate mainstream cinema today. But really, SPLICE? Something that seems to have been shot YEARS ago and is only seeing the light of day recently not to mention that it looks DTV.<br> <br>The woman doesn't have one single truly GREAT movie to her credit except for, maybe, The Sweet Hereafter which came out about 13 years ago.<br> <br>I understand that she's Writing and Directing now but she wont have those oppertunities if she doesn't try to make some really good movies with some decent box office because althought I thought her Directorial debut, Away From Her, was good, it did nothing financially.

  • Jan. 25, 2010, 5:49 a.m. CST

    Demode, QUINT SLOBBERS IN THE PRESENCE OF ANY FEMALE FLESH....

    by TehCreepyThinMan

    Because he can't believe women are talking to him.

  • Jan. 25, 2010, 6:01 a.m. CST

    TehCreepyThinMan

    by AsimovLives

    Might have you ever considered the notion that for Sarah Polley, making those indie movies is not pissing away her career? Might you ever consider that for people like Polley, those who go for commercial careers are the ones pissing away their careers? Might it ever consider that for Polley, there's more important things in her career then getting very rich very fast? Like having artistic and professional integrity and high ambitions other then monetary?

  • Jan. 25, 2010, 6:09 a.m. CST

    Vicent Natali is also the real deal

    by AsimovLives

    He's one of the very rare filmmakers who for real, not ony he like sSF, he really understands it. And all his movies show. This is the guy who should had directed movies like I AM LEGEND or THE ISLAND. He would know how to deal with them. He would had been far more faithful to the genre then the action movie bullshit we got instead. Though i would never wish such a sad fate as having Vicent Natali to have to direct a movie staring Will "fresh Big Willy" Smith and have to bend and sacrifice his artist integrity to Smith's egolomanianc dumb action star prima-donna wishes.<br><br>Can't wait to see Natali's newest movie. All his new movies are always over-due.

  • Jan. 25, 2010, 6:10 a.m. CST

    how gentle...

    by AdzonVonMelk

    the colour of the background-wall harmonize with her shirt and skin... dear god - this skin!!!

  • Jan. 25, 2010, 6:59 a.m. CST

    Ladies and gentlemen, AsimovLives ...

    by MorganLeafy

    does it again. Nothing is ever grey in his world; everything is either brilliant or completely crap. Well, that movie Cube that I’ve seen must have been made by another Vicent Natali; because the version I saw was uninspired and incredibly dumb. It sure as hell didn’t want to make me want to see another movie by him. On the other hand, you might not like Will Smith as an actor or person but I am Legend was engaging and profound for a Hollywood movie.

  • Jan. 25, 2010, 7:16 a.m. CST

    Sarah Polley hasn't wasted her carreer.

    by MorganLeafy

    True, she could have been bigger, but at least she has done her own thing and never lowered herself to do crappy romcoms. Just last weekend I saw her in another sci-fi movie, Mr. Nobody with Jared Leto and Diane Kruger. It goes without saying she was amazing. In my book she has not one but two great movies, Exotica and the Sweet Hereafter, which is more than 95% of all A-list actors can say.

  • Jan. 25, 2010, 8:13 a.m. CST

    Natali and Polley

    by filmcoyote

    Always look forward to a new Natali. Love Cube, Cypher, Nothing. Can't wait for Splice. As for Polley the argument she needs to make big shit movies in order to continue to work in indies is clearly nonsense as she has never been short of work. Her eshuing Hollywood movies in favour of her preferred personal projects would have caught up to her by now if it was going to. She clearly cares about integrity not fast bucks and thank gods there are a few American actors that do. She is not only not pissing away her career, she is making it all the stronger by setting a standard. For that i applaud her.

  • Jan. 25, 2010, 8:27 a.m. CST

    AsimovLives, IT'S NOT ABOUT GETTING RICH FAST....

    by TehCreepyThinMan

    It's about doing what you need to do so that you can do what you want. A smart actor like, say, Maggie Gyllenhaal, will do The Dark Knight so that she can get small scale projects greenlit just with her name attached. Furthermore, now that I think of it, Gyllenhaal has had a much more interesting career then Polley given that she was in Donnie Darko, Cecil B. Demented, Sherrybaby, Secretary, Adaptation and Confessions of a Dangerous Mind.<br> <br>Polley’s problem is that she does nothing but crap indie films and crap studio flicks. As I said, it’s not about getting rich as fast as possible, as it is about picking good projects that allow you to work with interesting people while offering you a showcase for your talents which then allows you the freedom to choose what type of movies you would like to be in and see made. In that respect Sarah Polley has been pissing her career away.<br> <br>If she was going to be in, say, Iron Man 2, instead of Scarlett Johansson then I would be very excited as Polley is a much better actor then Johansson and would be a great addition to that movie. Furthermore, if Iron Man 2 was a smash hit then it would give Polley enough clout to make all the indie films she would like. You can be the best actor in the world but every soo often you do need a hit if you want people to consider you to be a worthwhile commodity to cast in their films, otherwise you’re going to lose roles out to the likes of Johansson, Megan Fox and the rest of their ilk. Polley is better then those bimbos.

  • Jan. 25, 2010, 8:32 a.m. CST

    AsimovLives, ANOTHER GREAT EXAMPLE, GANGS OF NEW YORK....

    by TehCreepyThinMan

    Sarah Polley and Cameron Diaz were both up for the same role and the studio insisted on casting that giggling idiot because she was more bankable despite Scorsese’s wish to cast Polley. See what I’m saying?

  • Jan. 25, 2010, 8:56 a.m. CST

    Dren?

    by hst666

    That was Joanie's name for Potsie when she had a crush on him. "Nerd" backwards. <p><p> Coincidence or not?

  • Jan. 25, 2010, 9:07 a.m. CST

    Cube

    by Chesterfield Slacks

    The movie tried hard but was utter nonsense. Watched it with a group of hard-core FX artists. We were laughing at the fact that the characters all start losing it like hysterical babies after less than a day without sleep. The guys were saying "they should work as FX artists. We pull 30 hour days without complaining!" Could have been much better without the typical Canadian over-acting-shouty syndrome.

  • Jan. 25, 2010, 9:12 a.m. CST

    Chesterfield Slacks, BUT CUBE DID HAVE NICOLE DEBOER......

    by TehCreepyThinMan

    She was in Rated X, about the Mitchell Brothers, which starred Charlie Sheen and Emilio Estevez. Estevez also Directed the movie and it was partially shot here in Hamilton, Ontario. Anywho, DeBoer looked FUCKING AMAZING in the movie.

  • Jan. 25, 2010, 9:18 a.m. CST

    TehCreepyThinMan: Sure, you know better...

    by NotVeryFunny

    We should all be grateful for your insight. But instead, how about we call you an asshole.

  • Jan. 25, 2010, 9:28 a.m. CST

    Sarah Polley Is Quite Gummy

    by FreeBeer

    Sorry Sarah Polley

  • Jan. 25, 2010, 9:45 a.m. CST

    Chesterfield

    by RedEgiraahgnal

    But how often during these 30 days days are you about to get killed by invisible traps? Not to mention that at the beginning of these 30 days you don't wake up in some kind of strange prison without even knowing what happened before.

  • Jan. 25, 2010, 9:48 a.m. CST

    FilmCoyote... Its spelled Eschew

    by Lucidz

    Also, am I the only one that thinks Sarah looks older and beat down in those pics? She was hot in Dawn though. Also, if you think I Am Legend is profound, you ARE the weakest link.

  • Jan. 25, 2010, 9:49 a.m. CST

    Was I the only one who got a bone

    by Itchy

    when they showed Sarah Polley's tits in John Adams on HBO ? I mean, sure she was about to get one savagely sawed off by a hack 18th century doctor to try to stop her breast cancer ... but still ... she's hot and they were fun to look at.

  • Jan. 25, 2010, 10:02 a.m. CST

    TehCreepyThinMan

    by LiquidLunch

    Or, maybe she's just happy doing what she wants? But maybe you should pitch to her your ideas for her career and she'll the error of her ways and take you on as her agent/manager. (sarcasm)

  • Jan. 25, 2010, 10:26 a.m. CST

    I thought NO SUCH THING was going to be one of...

    by FlickaPoo

    ...my favorite movies judging from the previews...but it was just sort of OK.<P>Speaking of Sarah Polley.

  • Jan. 25, 2010, 10:40 a.m. CST

    ...I want to see SPLICE today. Too bad it'll probably...

    by FlickaPoo

    ...be a year before I do.

  • Jan. 25, 2010, 10:45 a.m. CST

    You're All Making Assumptions

    by cymbalta4thedevil

    For all we know Sarah Polley reads for every blockbuster bimbo part that comes down the pike, and someone else gets the role. Or she throws all those scripts away and does the one thing a year she cares about. What are her options in a male dominated Hollywood making PG-13 action crap for teenage boys? The girlfriend? The young wife? The star's spunky sidekick?<br /><br />I didn't know Scorsese wanted her for GANGS OF NEW YORK but I did know she had Kate Hudson's ALMOST FAMOUS role and then pulled out of the project. Would she have had Kate Hudson's career if she'd stayed? Somehow I doubt it. And I don't think she would have wanted it.<br /><br />

  • Jan. 25, 2010, 10:47 a.m. CST

    Exit Through the Gift Shop

    by seign

    Hey Quint. I sent you an email but I'm going to try here as well. Just wondering if you had a chance to check out Exit Through The Gift Shop last night and if so, what you thought. The Banksy movie. I'm having trouble finding any reviews of the movie online this morning.

  • Jan. 25, 2010, 10:56 a.m. CST

    TehCreepyThinMan

    by seign

    Obviously Sarah's choices in movies aren't hindering her career. She is still very active in films, obviously, and I don't see her career suffering because she doesn't choose to do big studio movies. I think her career path is more respectable than someone who cashes in on a big studio movie every other year so they can pursue their passion projects yet still make a ton of cash.

  • Jan. 25, 2010, 11:10 a.m. CST

    Wasting a Career

    by Chigurhwasaghost

    I'm pretty sure getting nominated for a best original screenplay oscar as a 29 year old woman is the opposite of wasting a career. I would hate to hear about what you think of my career!

  • Jan. 25, 2010, 11:12 a.m. CST

    Oscar

    by Chigurhwasaghost

    Apologies...best adapted screenplay oscar

  • Jan. 25, 2010, 11:18 a.m. CST

    Also...she's fiercely Canadian

    by Chigurhwasaghost

    One thing you guys are also omitting is that she is Canadian. Living in Canada, I can tell you that she is one of the most dedicated actress to Canadian film out there. So a large portion of those "crappy indie films" she does, she does them because they are Canadian. When the film industry up here is struggling as it has always been, there are certain artists that will support mediocre work in order to support the Canadian film industry. There is no doubt that she is interested in making money in Hollywood, but I think her heart will always be here, versus actors like Ryan Renolds or Michael J. Fox.

  • Jan. 25, 2010, 11:25 a.m. CST

    she totally reminds me of my friend

    by Bouncy X

    they dont really look alike but there's just something similar about the way they are and talk and their facial expressions. not that Sarah isnt sexy herself but of course my friend is much hotter. :p

  • Jan. 25, 2010, 11:56 a.m. CST

    Chigurwasaghost

    by cymbalta4thedevil

    That's a good point about her support for Canadian filmmakers. People in America think if you're not being chased by paparazzi or walking a red carpet on E! every five minutes that you don't care about your career. Those things have nothing to do with acting. Or screenwriting. Or directing.<br /><br />She already is a NAME actress when it comes to indie films. Critics and people who seek out good films already know who Sarah Polley is. If she ends up having an "indie queen" career like Parker Posey or Lili Taylor before her, so be it. There are actresses out there who would love to have even one of the roles those actresses have been able to play in film or television.

  • Jan. 25, 2010, 11:58 a.m. CST

    RedEgiraahgnal

    by Chesterfield Slacks

    30 hours, not days. Regardless, the acting was all over the map, and quite unconvincing. Good first effort for a filmmaker though. Too bad Canadians have to make movies on lunch money budgets.

  • Jan. 25, 2010, 12:43 p.m. CST

    Chesterfield Slacks

    by Chigurhwasaghost

    As a Canadian who watches a lot of Canadian film and who has a lot of friends and family in the film industry, I'm not sure if "lunch money budgets" are the problem. Look at District 9. Quality can be had for little money. The primary problem in Canada is the funding structure. Film-makers up here depend on Government grants for funding, because the market isn't big enough to have decent production companies. As you can imagine, the process to get government money can be more restrictive creatively than private business. The work needs to be deemed "artsy" enough, because they are arts grants, and often are required to somehow represent Canada. This creates film that is often very Canada specific, and film that veers away from the mainstream. I think Splice is exciting from a Canadian film industry perspective. It seems to take more risks, and is a bit more "blockbusterish" than you average Canadian fare. It might not be great, but it is a step in the right direction.

  • Jan. 25, 2010, 1 p.m. CST

    I hope Quint asks Vincenzo Natali

    by Series7

    What he thought about Harry's animation.

  • Jan. 25, 2010, 1:01 p.m. CST

    Polley was the BOMB!

    by Series7

    In No Such Thing. Interesting movie.

  • Jan. 25, 2010, 1:35 p.m. CST

    Wrong, MorganLeafy (again!)

    by AsimovLives

    I only mention the very good and the very bad because who gives a fuck about middle of the road uninteresting milquetoast?

  • Jan. 25, 2010, 1:37 p.m. CST

    MorganLeafy

    by AsimovLives

    And if you think Cube is a bad movie, then i cna only conclude you must dislike good sophisticated intelligent movies. I bet you loved JJ Abrams's Star Trek, didn't you?

  • Jan. 25, 2010, 1:42 p.m. CST

    Hollywood Sucess Vs. Solid Work

    by DangerDave

    Polley is doing just fine. <P> and is HOT.

  • Jan. 25, 2010, 1:54 p.m. CST

    "Dren": Nerd backwards!

    by JayLenoTookMyJob

    From Happy Days, the ep where Joanie falls for Potsie, your right! I remember that one but I'm surprised you did. I've found that no one "gets" references from TV shows that aired before 2003 or so anymore because TVLand now shows nothing but shitty reality shows and Roseanne reruns anymore. It's a sad situation.

  • Jan. 25, 2010, 2:33 p.m. CST

    ANSWER ME THIS THEN, HOW MANY GREAT MOVIES HAS SHE DONE.....

    by TehCreepyThinMan

    I'll wait for your response....

  • Jan. 25, 2010, 3:28 p.m. CST

    Who Cares?

    by Chigurhwasaghost

    And what's a "great movie". Pretty subjective.

  • Jan. 25, 2010, 3:43 p.m. CST

    Much love and respect for Sarah Polley

    by gun_will_travel

    One of my favorite actresses. Always takes interesting and challenging projects and performs well in them - isn't that what a good actor is supposed to do? And Dawn of the Dead 2004 was pretty great in my book.

  • Jan. 25, 2010, 4:36 p.m. CST

    TehCreepyThinMan

    by AsimovLives

    The Sweet Hereafter, The Claim, Exotica, eXistenZ, My Life Without Me, Away From Her (as director). And i think "The Adventures of Baron Munchausen" is pretty underrated.

  • Jan. 25, 2010, 4:40 p.m. CST

    gun_will_travel

    by AsimovLives

    The mroe time passe,s the less and less i like the Dawn Of The Dead remake. and it's the only movie from Zack Snyner's career which i still don't think it's completly, dumb, stupid and bad. But i'll come around.

  • Jan. 25, 2010, 6:21 p.m. CST

    AsimovLives, THE SWEET HEREAFTER (1997), EXOTICA (1994), THE CLA

    by TehCreepyThinMan

    Furthermore, she only cameoed in eXistenZ (1999) while NO ONE saw My Life Without Me (2003) and she was about 9 years old when she did Baron Munchausen which came out in 1988. Maybe she should continue Directing because she sure as hell hasn't made one single grea or even really good movie in a long fucking time and don't even bother mentioning that fucking awful Dawn of the Dead remake because it was shit and Polley only did it because it shot in Toronto.

  • Jan. 25, 2010, 6:21 p.m. CST

    THE CLAIM (2000)...

    by TehCreepyThinMan

  • Jan. 25, 2010, 6:27 p.m. CST

    your reality, sir,

    by frank cotton

    is lies and balderdash and I'm delighted to say that I have no grasp of it whatsoever

  • Jan. 25, 2010, 8:19 p.m. CST

    My Life Without Me: A Tree in a Forest?

    by Chigurhwasaghost

    "while NO ONE saw My Life Without Me" - If "My Life Without Me" was filmed and no one saw it, does that mean it sucks?

  • Jan. 25, 2010, 9:28 p.m. CST

    TehCreepyThinMan

    by blackwood

    You know, it's the internet and everything, but I find your personal crusade against Sarah Polley's career both creepy and unbalanced.<p>She's a national fucking treasure and you're a piece of shit.

  • Jan. 25, 2010, 9:50 p.m. CST

    Lol, she was at a restaurant @ Sundance 2 years ago...

    by BadWaldosRevenge

    ...I remember recognizing her with a group of friends at Taste of Saigon, a vegetarian Vietnamese restaurant, one night when I chatted with a fellow Sundance goer. We buddied up after a screening for a dine-in at an established restaurant, which requires two persons or more as a rule in Park City. We sat next to her table. She looked much cuter in real life, albeit now married. However, that film "Away from Here" was aesthetically weird and not good. Better luck with improved direction. I saw THE CUBE as part of the Midnight line at Sundance 2000. Yeah, I'm old.

  • Jan. 25, 2010, 9:57 p.m. CST

    Damn typo of year...

    by BadWaldosRevenge

    I saw CUBE at Sundance 1998, the first year I went to the festival. That's the festival where Headgeek visited to see GODS & MONSTERS and cried a waterfall. I mentioned SMOKE SIGNALS which he missed at Sundance and then he called it best film of the year afterwards. Has to do with right theatrical setting and mood for optimal moviegoing experience, like Roger Ebert raved over AGUIRRE THE WRATH OF GOD for similar reason. Dunno if that film still holds up now. Strange times.

  • Jan. 25, 2010, 10:29 p.m. CST

    OFFICIAL: AVATAR HIGHEST GROSSING MOVIE OF ALL TIME

    by Colt19801980

    Just passed Titanic

  • Jan. 26, 2010, 12:07 a.m. CST

    "Also...she's fiercely Canadian"

    by JumpinJehosaphat

    Which is the same as my desk lamp being "fiercely a desk lamp." I kid, of course. I love that she's championing her country's film industry.

  • Jan. 26, 2010, 1:43 a.m. CST

    AsimovLives are you still here?

    by MorganLeafy

    Cube is not a bad movie; it’s a very bad movie. It’s based on a single good idea that might have sounded good when the joint he was smoking that night was a little too strong it wasn’t enough for a movie. You only like intelligent stuff, right? So then you thought the autistic guy who happens to be good with math was a clever idea? Indeed, the director must have really done his homework to come up with something brilliant as that! You probably think that just because it was low-budget that it was cool. There are other low-budget sci-fi, that work not because but despite of their low budget. Those are usually movies based on a single cool idea with a story too thin to make it into a bigger movie. When those movies work and the directors show talent they move up to the Champions League (Aranofsky, Peter Jackson), when they’re hacks they keep fucking around in the margin (Danny Cannon, Natali). Oh , about the Star Trek thing: how much time of your life have you spent writing about it? Time well spent!

  • Jan. 26, 2010, 3:43 a.m. CST

    No, i'm over there

    by AsimovLives

  • Jan. 26, 2010, 3:49 a.m. CST

    TehCreepyThinMan

    by AsimovLives

    Who the fuck cares if nobody saw MY LIFE WITHOUT ME? The movie is still very good. Audiences attendence do not a good movie make. Or you mistake TRASNFORMERS 2 for a good movie because lots of people payed to see it? Jesus's sake, dude, get a grip!

  • Jan. 26, 2010, 4:04 a.m. CST

    Well then Asi

    by MorganLeafy

    answer the question: what was so good about Cube?

  • Jan. 26, 2010, 4:14 a.m. CST

    CUBE IS A VERY BAD MOVIE!!!!

    by AsimovLives

    AHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!! Biggest laught of the month!!! Thanks for the laught, man! Wow, just wow!!!!

  • Jan. 26, 2010, 4:15 a.m. CST

    MorganLeafy, what's good about Cube?

    by AsimovLives

    EVERYTHING!

  • Jan. 26, 2010, 4:23 a.m. CST

    MorganLeafy, you must really like JJ abrams' Star Trek, don't yo

    by AsimovLives

    You must really think that's a good, if not great, movie, don't you? You must think that's how SF should be like, don't you? You know how telling it is to think ill of Cube but good of JJ's Trek?

  • Jan. 26, 2010, 4:32 a.m. CST

    JumpinJehosaphat

    by AsimovLives

    What's wrong about being proud to be Canadian? Might it ever corssed your mind that Canadians might have very good reasons to be proud? Might it ever corssed your mind how xenophobic you look on account of your observation? Sure, Canada is to blame for Celine Dion and Bryan Adams, and we are yet to get an appology from their government. Still, there's absolutly no excuse for your lowly opinion of the country. They have better helth system then the USA, which means their goverment actually cares for the well-being for their citizens. I'd rather a country like that.

  • Jan. 26, 2010, 4:38 a.m. CST

    The evil things USA and Canada did

    by AsimovLives

    USA invaded a foreign country for soddy reasons. Canada unleached Celine Dion to the unsuspecting world. I'm tempted to think Canada did the lesser evil.

  • Jan. 26, 2010, 4:46 a.m. CST

    Ok, looks like I have to keep it simple....

    by MorganLeafy

    for our Portuguese friend before he goes into another one of his Star Trek fits. You say everything about Cube is good. Cube has character that is autistic and is good in math. Thus, you think that character was a good point of the movie instead of a ridiculous, even offensive cliché? Btw, Star Trek was good for about 2/3 before it came boring.

  • Jan. 26, 2010, 5:41 a.m. CST

    MorganLeafy

    by AsimovLives

    let's start with that piec eof shit Star Trek so we can get over it quickly and out of the way: that movie was mediocre in it's first 5 minutes and became an horrible retard piece of shit for the remain of it's running time. And it was boring from the first to the last frame.<br><br>Back to Cube: in case you didn't realised, all the characters inside the Cube were deliberatly put in there for a specific reason. All of them had a skill which would gave them a bit of a fighting chance. The autist with a computing brain is one such element. And the definition for that type of people is SAVANT. And they do exist. So, everybody in the Cube is sa deliberatly set person with a skill to help them out. With the exception of the odd man out, the guy who at the begining we would think was the one which was the best equipped to be the survivor and the leader of the team, and becames, instead, the deliberate chosen cause for the fall of the team, more so then the traps themselves. That's when Cube becames metaphorical, as an extention of our world, a point brough home with the incredible monologue by David Hewlett. In that short scene alone Cube proves to far smarter, intelligent, mature and well thought out then all the combined careers of JJ Abrams and Michael Bay.<br><br>And it's rich you complain about one "cliched" character in Cube when your beloved JJ Trek is filled to the grills from begining to end with cliched characters which are older then my roman ancestors. Give me a break, will you.

  • Jan. 26, 2010, 6:13 a.m. CST

    AsimnovLives, Would You Ever Just SHUT THE..

    by FreeBeer

    ..Frap Up About Fucking Star Trek!! "let's start with that piece of shit Star Trek so we can get over it quickly and out of the way:" Get it over with quickly? QUICKLY!! You haven't should up about that fucking movie since it fucking came out!! Are you mentally ill? Seriously man, get a goddamn life already! I hate plenty of movie but I don't justify the'r exsistance any more than I have to by ranting about them NON STOP!! You're BORING us AsimovLives! You'v made any other opinons you may have completely redundant!

  • Jan. 26, 2010, 6:17 a.m. CST

    And AsimovLives, Cube Was Poor

    by FreeBeer

    A smart idea doe's not a good movie make. You need good actors, characters and script on top of a good idea. Cube could have been so much better. And before you say it, I'm not a moron who only like mindless trash, I'm a very serious cinemaphile, and any opinions you might have about me based on my tastes you may as well keep them to your egomaniacal self

  • Jan. 26, 2010, 9:13 a.m. CST

    FreeBeer, spare me the sanctimonious fake indignation

    by AsimovLives

    And Cube is brillant. Too bad you can't aprecciate it. More and more it's obvious that people who can't like a smart intelligent true SF movie movie like CUBE likes dumb stupid retard coincidence driven deux-ex-machina ploted action-movie-disguised-as-SF bullshit like JJ Trek. Jezz, i wonder why!

  • Jan. 26, 2010, 9:18 a.m. CST

    Whats the point of making fun of Cube????

    by Series7

    It was interesting, which is more then you can say for a lot of films. <P> Also why make fun of Cube when CUBE 2 IS RIGHT THERE!

  • Jan. 26, 2010, 10:18 a.m. CST

    Cube is brilliant...

    by MorganLeafy

    oh dear, it's worse than I thought. You really need to get out more, hell, even watch more movies. The 'savant' was incredibly lazy writing and killed the entire movie. Also , just because I don't like something doesn't mean I like something else. That would be one of those fallacies you always talk about. Cube was bad, Transformers 2 is worse. (Pi was an example of how it's done).

  • Jan. 26, 2010, 10:49 a.m. CST

    I agree with tehcreepythinman

    by ihatetalkbacks

    In order for Sarah Polley to do what she wants to do; she should stop doing what she likes, do something she does not like; to enable her to do what she likes...

  • Jan. 26, 2010, 11:20 a.m. CST

    MorganLeafy

    by AsimovLives

    I'm affraid it's you who need to watch more movies if you fail to understand why CUBE is good, while at the same time you are so forgiving or even embrace crap like JJ Trek. Really, you are in a serious need of some movie seasoning.

  • Jan. 26, 2010, 11:21 a.m. CST

    ihatetalkbacks

    by AsimovLives

    Sarah Polley is already doing what she wants to do.

  • Jan. 26, 2010, 12:09 p.m. CST

    Greatest photo of Sarah Polley ever

    by drturing

    http://twitchfilm.net/interviews/2010/01/vincenzo-natalis-sundance-diary-january-22-2010.php

  • Jan. 26, 2010, 2:34 p.m. CST

    AsimovLives, You're A Judgemental Ass

    by FreeBeer

    Just because someone doesn't like Cube (which isn't that fucking intelligent by the way, I,d say not at all intellegent, given that it has a great central idea going for it and they go ahead and make a complete mess of it) doesn't mean they only appreciate craptaculers like Transformers. I would argue it is you who needs an education in movies my friend, if you think straight to dvd caliber fare like Cube is amoung the most intelligent films in the genre, not even fucking close. It's an over rated movie because it's a clever idea, but it is not executed in a very clever way. Grow up and ove out of your mothers basement pal

  • Jan. 26, 2010, 2:47 p.m. CST

    JayLenoTookMyJob

    by hst666

    I was the classic TV junkie growing up. I had cable in my bedroom from around my 8th birthday (in 1978). I Love Lucy, Bewitched, I Dream of Jeannie, The Dick Van Dyke show, Happy Days, Laverne and Shirley, Welcome Back Kotter, WKRP, Three's Company, etc. - I've probably seen every syndicated episode.<p><p>Absolutely nothing to be proud of.

  • Jan. 27, 2010, 1:32 a.m. CST

    AsimovLives, since this is turning into

    by MorganLeafy

    a throwback of childish insults: listen to Freebeer. Freebeer is right (how can he not be with a name like that). Using the word brilliant constantly devaluates it. Kubrick was brilliant. Maxwell was brilliant. Natali isn't brilliant.

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