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A Valued Reader Sees Mel Gibson In Jodie Foster's THE BEAVER!

Published at: April 22, 2010, 4:50 p.m. CST

Beaks here...

I've been curious about Jodie Foster's THE BEAVER ever since we learned it would star Mel Gibson as a depressed man who goes through life communicating with people via a beaver hand puppet. Though I loathe quirk for quirk's sake, I have zero difficulty picturing Gibson pulling off a character like this. He does crazy exceptionally well. Add in Foster as his wife and the on-the-verge-of-stardom Anton Yelchin as his scheming son, and this is a film with serious potential. Does it fulfill that potential? Let's see what our anonymous contributor thinks...
Gentlemen, Last night, I saw what we were told was the very first screening of dir. Jodie Foster's "The Beaver" at the Arclight in Sherman Oaks. Aside from the occasional un-color-corrected shot and some weird audio levels here and there, this appeared to be by and large a finished film. **POSSIBLE SPOILERS AHEAD** To give a quick plot synopsis, Mel Gibson stars as Walter Black, a successful depressed rich white man that's done everything successful rich white people do to overcome their depression: medication, really expensive experts. His wife Meredith, played by Jodie Foster, chooses not to engage and loses herself in her work. They have two sons - an extremely intelligent schemer played by the very talented Anton Yelchin and a very young extremely shy son played by Riley Thomas Stewart. Walter is eventually kicked out of the house, finds a beaver puppet in the trash can, and after a failed suicide attempt he assumes the identity of the talking beaver. From there, the beaver helps him take charge of his life and surprisingly it works for awhile - family and jobwise. Meanwhile theres this other plot going on with Anton Yelchin where he's trying to write the graduation speech for the smokin' hot valedectorian played by smokin' hot Jennifer Lawrence. For both storylines, things start to descend into serious conflict. I will spare details because I'd like to keep this as spoiler-free as possible. I will say that it goes to some pretty dark places in the second act ... and then meanders around in the third. SO that brings me to what works and what didn't work for me in The Beaver. The performances all across the board were stellar - Mel Gibson delivers his best performance in well-over a decade (although he's been in like 2 movies since) and I wouldn't be that surprised if he gets a nomination out of this. There is a clear distinction in his brain between The Beaver side of him and the Walter side of him both of which glue your eyes to the screen. Jodie Foster is good overall though I wouldn't say the script gives her that much to do besides be concerned. And Anton Yelchin - this kid is goin places and I guess he's already gotten to places but he's extremely charming, believable, and has all the qualities for a soon-to-be leading man. The chemistry between him and Jennifer Lawrence is very natural. The drama in the film is very powerful - at times - and Jodie Foster does a very smooth and straight-forward job as director. There aren't any huge gimmicks and there are occasional tricky shots and sequences that spice things up. I was surprised at first at how dramatic of a film it was, there are laughs throughout but it's definitely more of a drama than a comedy. This comedic restraint works to the films advantage, because I'm sure we all could picture the painfully broad Tim Allen/Brendan Fraser/Katherine Heigl vehicle version of this movie where the puppet is CG and voiced by George Lopez. What wasn't working for me was the pace of the film, the disjointed plots, and the third act. The pace could be a pretty simple change - I think there's about 10-15 minutes could be cut out of this film easily and give it a stronger pulse - bits and pieces throughout ESPECIALLY in the third act. The disjointed plots and weak third act on the other-hand - that's kinda unfixable. The problem is.. Walter's story and Anton Yelchin's story are pretty compelling on their own and I kept waiting for stronger parallels to bring them together. There's a HUUUUGE shocking and incident (which would pain me to give away) in the end of the second act that brings them together. This is where the film had me BY THE BALLS and I was uncertain where it would go next. This is where I assumed Walter and Anton Yelchin would work out their shit - especially since they have zero screen time together leading up to this. Well.. apparently the screenwriter was equally uncertain as I was and thus wrote a sad queaf of a third act. Instead of seeing some big shift, the main characters - who are in pretty pathetic condition at this point -.... just sort of slowly get better on their own.... they KINDA connect with each other... and then it ends....... SPOILERQUEAF. I had a hard time guaging what the rest of the audience thought, as it always is with a drama. There were laughs throughout and some even clapped at the end. I heard some others complain about it too though. As a nerd rage aside, it annoys me that some script like this always tops the Blacklist every year, because its transparent. You can just picture some little development stooge reading it and just wanting option it because of its wacky logline and the fact that it's "a movie about a dude that walks around with a beaver on his hand... and it ACTUALLY MAKES SENSE." Well... ok? Is a weird idea "making sense" enough to make a good movie? If a fuckin gerbil learns how to talk and just "makes sense" does that mean the gerbil should give speeches in the UN or star in the next Todd Haynes film or run for president? Fuck, no. And crazy concepts don't make great scripts and great movies if all they are is a concept. The Beaver is slightly more than just a concept but it's definitely not a great movie either. 5/10
Please keep in mind that THE BEAVER is still coming together, and that one man's "sad queaf of a third act" could be another's... brilliantly understated conclusion (sorry, but I lack the verve to complete that analogy). Still, it's great to hear that Mel is at the top of his game in a film that might be a little more challenging than EDGE OF DARKNESS. There's no release date yet for THE BEAVER, but I've a feeling it'll turn up at the Toronto Film Festival in September. Summit Entertainment will distribute in the U.S. Looking forward to it.

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  • April 22, 2010, 4:51 p.m. CST

    Number One!

    by kevinwillis.net

    To not make a crack about the title of this film.

  • April 22, 2010, 4:52 p.m. CST

    Beaver

    by belasco_house

  • April 22, 2010, 4:52 p.m. CST

    I meant second

    by belasco_house

  • April 22, 2010, 4:53 p.m. CST

    The Beaver? Seriously?

    by LordPorkington

    Let the obvious comments commence...

  • April 22, 2010, 4:53 p.m. CST

    Nothing In That Review

    by kevinwillis.net

    Makes me not want to see this film when it comes to DVD. So I will be renting it.

  • April 22, 2010, 4:53 p.m. CST

    A little hard on the Beaver last night...

    by Iowa Snot Client

    They should call this movie Successful Rich White Man.

  • April 22, 2010, 4:54 p.m. CST

    In Other Words, I Look Forward To Renting Jodie Foster's . . .

    by kevinwillis.net

    Never mind.

  • April 22, 2010, 4:55 p.m. CST

    I thought it was spelled 'queef'

    by belasco_house

  • April 22, 2010, 4:57 p.m. CST

    Gee, Ward, Don't You Think You Were a Little Hard . . .

    by kevinwillis.net

    On the . . . oh, never mind.

  • April 22, 2010, 4:58 p.m. CST

    A lot of people have been curious about

    by Ingeld

    Jodie Foster's beaver. A president was shot because of it.

  • April 22, 2010, 4:58 p.m. CST

    Yay! Jett is Back. I Love Jett.

    by kevinwillis.net

    The most connected man in Hollywood.

  • April 22, 2010, 4:58 p.m. CST

    I miss Mel in movies.

    by Human_Bean_Juice_

    Everyone should

  • April 22, 2010, 4:59 p.m. CST

    Welcome back JettL1993

    by umbral_shadow_

    We missed ya. What else have you been working on lately?

  • April 22, 2010, 4:59 p.m. CST

    I too was asked to do a script re-write on this

    by PinkFloyd7

    I changed the ending and had Mel go apeshit and kill everyone, cutting off heads and shit in typical Mel fashion. I don't think the studios used my ending, though.

  • April 22, 2010, 5:03 p.m. CST

    I heard Jodie Foster's Beaver is tight...

    by umbral_shadow_

    on a tight schedule, I mean.

  • April 22, 2010, 5:09 p.m. CST

    Jodie Foster's Beaver gets a thumbs up.

    by Ingeld

    From this reviewer.

  • April 22, 2010, 5:14 p.m. CST

    Probably a million better words to use than queef.

    by OutlawsDelejos

  • April 22, 2010, 5:15 p.m. CST

    Queef?

    by Ingeld

    Is Queef Latina in this movie?

  • April 22, 2010, 5:21 p.m. CST

    Early reader reviews?

    by seppukudkurosawa

    I remember when this site used to do those. *looks starry-eyed into the distance*<p> This looks good. Though I'm a big fan of Apocalypto, I suspect his Viking movie will be pipped by both How to Train a Dragon and Refn's Valhalla Rising. Speaking of the latter, why doesn't this site ever review movies like that? It's hardly outside of AICN's remit. And it seems a bit off that Refn's last movie, Bronson, ended up on most of your best of the year lists without ever having been given any coverage on AICN. This isn't a mindless kvetch, but AICN could be so much more if you guys got a little more hands-on with this site.

  • April 22, 2010, 5:22 p.m. CST

    With Justin Bieber as The Beaver

    by NippleEffect

    Proof: http://tinyurl.com/yjde8hf

  • April 22, 2010, 5:31 p.m. CST

    MR HAT: THE MOVIE

    by br1947

    Mel Gibson is ...Mr Garrison! I would pay so much money to see that!!!

  • April 22, 2010, 5:37 p.m. CST

    Agreed

    by Eklassen

    I was also at that screening and I more or less agree. Though honestly, I did not care at all for the Anton's romantic storyline.

  • April 22, 2010, 5:38 p.m. CST

    Jodie Fosters' The Cunt

    by nolan bautista

    i got no time for witticisms and double entendres..

  • April 22, 2010, 5:42 p.m. CST

    looking forward to it

    by calloway98

    Whatever the state of the movie, at least it is an ORIGINAL idea and not another remake, reinvisioning, or adaptation. I am ALL about having more original ideas in the movie theatre! You know why all the films being remade are happening?... because they were all kick ass original ideas back in the day! MORE originality Hollywood!

  • April 22, 2010, 5:45 p.m. CST

    I was asked to do a re-write on this

    by palimpsest

    but I was sacked for not being able to spell "properly". Fuckers.

  • April 22, 2010, 5:48 p.m. CST

    This sounds like a South Park episode

    by SlimButNotreally

    Where Butters plays the son who finds the beaver puppet

  • April 22, 2010, 5:51 p.m. CST

    Beaver jokes are too easy. User your imagination.

    by mistergreen

  • April 22, 2010, 5:55 p.m. CST

    They want to finish this in time for Kristallnacht

    by AzulTool

  • April 22, 2010, 6:01 p.m. CST

    RELEASE THE BEAVER!

    by Iowa Snot Client

    How may a mortal man face and defeat the Beaver?

  • April 22, 2010, 6:07 p.m. CST

    Jodie's Beaver will get slammed hard

    by umbral_shadow_

    by the critics.

  • April 22, 2010, 6:17 p.m. CST

    Mel Gibson and Joan Rivers!

    by fiester

    I wanna see that buddy cop flick! <p> No, actually I'd just like to see the footage of them stuck in an elevator together for 2 days.

  • April 22, 2010, 6:18 p.m. CST

    Get Mel back in Max's boots now!

    by EastcoastAvenger

    If Mel Gibson want's to play with puppets thats fine. He seems to want to go the actors actor rout with his career now. But if he wants to jump start his career again he needs to get involved with a big summer money maker again. Just like his friend Robert Downey Jr. did a few summers ago. Mad Max would do it for him! If puppets are whats doing it for him these days have Max run through Sesame Street if it will get Mel to consider reviving the franchise. I don't want to see Max without him.

  • April 22, 2010, 6:20 p.m. CST

    re: blacklist scripts and annoying "quirk"

    by mrgray

    I agree with the reviewer that too many of the blacklist scripts read like art-school kids who think they're "clever". Some people seem to suffer from the mistaken belief that "different" = "good" when that's just not the case. Witness "The Voices", which is under consideration by Ben Stiller. It has to be one of the most awkward (in a bad way) scripts I've ever read, and yet: in development. Likewise with "Butter", which I believe has/had Jennifer Garner interested. I mean, kudos to those writers for getting interest in their bad but "quirky" scripts. But it makes burgeoning screenwriters look bad.

  • April 22, 2010, 6:24 p.m. CST

    Does her beaver still look as it did in

    by Phategod2

    Nell

  • April 22, 2010, 6:28 p.m. CST

    Mel Was All Up Her Beaver

    by LaserPants

    Waving a Nazi flag and massaging a crucifix in a sexually threatening manner.

  • April 22, 2010, 6:29 p.m. CST

    And Jerry Mathers as THE BEAVER!

    by Shwarma

  • April 22, 2010, 6:34 p.m. CST

    so mel talks through foster's beaver?

    by jason baum

    she must be sitting on his shoulders...

  • April 22, 2010, 6:38 p.m. CST

    Hell Yea! I totally agree

    by BlackBriar

    Give him his Boots and Double Barrel!

  • April 22, 2010, 6:43 p.m. CST

    The Beav...

    by The_Lovely_Funkiness

    Can't wait until everyone is talking about this. Not because of the quality of the film, just the potential of comedy gold with the title. It's gold Harry, gold!

  • April 22, 2010, 6:45 p.m. CST

    Thanks for the "POILE" alert

    by EddieMurphysLaugh

  • April 22, 2010, 7:11 p.m. CST

    The Beaver has just has a Brazillian

    by umbral_shadow_

    the new title is The Bald Beaver.

  • April 22, 2010, 7:43 p.m. CST

    Here we go

    by Maceox

    After I finish this movie, I am going to try and sneak into Jodi Foster's Beaver.

  • April 22, 2010, 7:44 p.m. CST

    More

    by Maceox

    Jodi Foster's Beaver really stinks.

  • April 22, 2010, 7:45 p.m. CST

    And

    by Maceox

    I was so distracted by this guy talking, I just could not get my head into Jodi Foster's Beaver.

  • April 22, 2010, 7:46 p.m. CST

    And

    by Maceox

    Could some one mop out Jodi Foster's Beaver, somebody spilled something in there.

  • April 22, 2010, 7:47 p.m. CST

    Also

    by Maceox

    All this people were being rude, how did all these dicks get into Jodi Foster's Beaver.

  • April 22, 2010, 7:49 p.m. CST

    When I'm feeling down

    by gotilk

    nothing picks me up like putting my fingers into a beaver. It's like having a big, happy, hot, wet sun drip little moist drops of sunshine all down my arm.

  • April 22, 2010, 7:53 p.m. CST

    I heard that Foster's Beaver

    by gotilk

    was a little loose and uneven, but after a few cuts they felt like they had tightened it up quite a bit.

  • April 22, 2010, 8:03 p.m. CST

    I thought that...

    by ccchhhrrriiisssm

    ...only women were allowed inside her beaver?

  • April 22, 2010, 8:06 p.m. CST

    Recall that scene in "The Producers,"

    by James_Camera_On

    the original, funny movie, where the Bialastok and Bloom are searching for the worst script ever written? And they come across this: "Gregor Samsel awoke one morning to discover he had been transformed into a giant beaver." Okay, that was a cockroach and anyway Bialastok dismissed it as being "too good." That is how I feel about this. It's bad, it's really, really bad, a high-concept from hell ("It's just like a hooker-with-a-heart-of-good, only she is a hand-puppet.") but awful as it is, it won't draw in even the bad-movie freaks. Everyone involved should just forget about this and send it directly to DVD.

  • April 22, 2010, 8:06 p.m. CST

    We're talking about her movie here, ccchhhrrriiisssm

    by gotilk

    Jesus fucking christ, man. Get your head out of the gutter.

  • April 22, 2010, 8:10 p.m. CST

    Wait.....

    by D o o d

    so is it jodie fosters beaver he is holding in his hand....? Damn, this is a major spoiler!

  • April 22, 2010, 8:19 p.m. CST

    THE BEAVER will go belly up

    by GhostofLesterBangs

    sorry, couldn't resist.

  • April 22, 2010, 8:20 p.m. CST

    Jodie wanted to stretch her Beaver

    by umbral_shadow_

    but after two hours the audience got bored so she decided to shave it to maintain their interest.

  • April 22, 2010, 8:20 p.m. CST

    You know what pisses me off?

    by gotilk

    All these people who haven't even seen it yet saying Jodie Foster's Beaver stinks.

  • April 22, 2010, 8:22 p.m. CST

    I mean, what are the chances guys here

    by gotilk

    or ANYWHERE will EVER see Jodie Foster's Beaver?

  • April 22, 2010, 8:32 p.m. CST

    Something smells fishy here....

    by 60091

    C'mon....'The Beaver'? Come on out of the closet already Jody...

  • April 22, 2010, 8:33 p.m. CST

    60091

    by gotilk

    "Come on the Beaver"? hold on.. getting back up.... wait.. oh man.

  • April 22, 2010, 8:51 p.m. CST

    If this movie was called Jodie Foster's

    by gotilk

    Bad Clam, people would be making all sorts of innuendo-laced jokes about her vagina. Good thing they picked a better name than that. Because I personally find that kind of humor repulsive, juvenile and a pointless waste of thought.

  • April 22, 2010, 8:53 p.m. CST

    I would fuck Jodie Foster's Beaver

    by Itchy

    What ? I don't really understand humour.

  • April 22, 2010, 9:02 p.m. CST

    sounds like south park ep where..

    by cloudrider`

    cartman's hand became j.lo, literally. you know, where cartman talked through his hand and even gave handjob/blowjob to ben afflect.

  • April 22, 2010, 9:05 p.m. CST

    OVERATED SCRIPT

    by VermithraxPejorative

    Thsi was on the hollywood blacklist, number one actually, and after having read it I have no idea why. It wasn't that funny, and the satire wasn't that clever. By the end of the script I really didn't feel like I learned a whole lot yet the script was trying to convince me that I had. The dialogue was strong in places, but over all I couldn't see it as a great film. I'm curious about this movie because after all the praise I had assumed I missed something major or something jsut wasn't clicking with me alone.

  • April 22, 2010, 9:10 p.m. CST

    JettL1993 should crawl back up his mother's Beaver

    by Wookie_Weed

    I know one person who worked/may continue to work on a Bond 23 treatment, and you are nowhere near it buddy. Oh, I take back the "crawl back up your mother's Beaver" remark, that's untrue -- you were actually the first person who was born out of your mother's arse.

  • April 22, 2010, 9:25 p.m. CST

    so how do i get on

    by frank cotton

    this blacklist?

  • April 22, 2010, 9:41 p.m. CST

    The Jodie Foster's Beaver References Don't Work Here.

    by Zipperhead

    Not after the pounding it took in The Accused.

  • April 22, 2010, 10:21 p.m. CST

    I'll see it for Mel, he sounds awesome in here

    by TheWaqman

  • April 22, 2010, 11:15 p.m. CST

    Nothing kills a humor hardon quite like a

    by gotilk

    gang rape reference.

  • April 22, 2010, 11:16 p.m. CST

    Jetl1993

    by w1za

    You know for a writer you should probably choose your words more carefully.... You definitely just admitted you're no stranger to a cock in your mouth. :/

  • April 22, 2010, 11:26 p.m. CST

    Anton Yelchin should've been Spiderman

    by RedJester

    Damn tragedy, that... Looking forward to this one!

  • April 23, 2010, 12:04 a.m. CST

    A nice review!

    by Manatee

    This reviewer sums up my feelings about many movies... terrific set-up, interesting characters, but a screenplay that falls to shit late in the 2nd act. It's the Hollywood condition.

  • April 23, 2010, 12:28 a.m. CST

    JettL is a Meta Performance Artist

    by kevinwillis.net

    Come on. Let the man work.

  • April 23, 2010, 12:33 a.m. CST

    Spoiler from the Beaver Screenplay

    by Man in Suit

    I read most of the Blacklist screenplays from the past two years and I really liked most of the Beaver. Unfortunately, the ending as written (*SPOILER*) involves a cheerleader/valedictorian delivering a quirky/"moving" graduation speech that has been written by the misfit Yelchin character. Valedictorian speeches are only a big deal in bad high school movies. Has anyone in real life ever heard a valedictorian speech that changed their life? Hopefully there is time to lose that speech. The script had a lot of potential!

  • April 23, 2010, 12:52 a.m. CST

    Sock Puppet Movies Realy Come Off Well!

    by Merlin_Ambrosius

    Maybe Jodie should just have done a muppet movie instead. Ever since seeing The Muppet's bohemian rhapsody, I've been itching to see another one!

  • April 23, 2010, 12:54 a.m. CST

    Regarding "Leave It To Beaver":

    by Merlin_Ambrosius

    Who the hell names their kid Beaver anyway?!? You might as well have named him Pussy as he will be getting his ass kicked all day at school!

  • April 23, 2010, 2 a.m. CST

    I'd Love To See Jodie's Beaver!!!

    by Media Messiah

    Mmmmmmm???

  • April 23, 2010, 2:02 a.m. CST

    I was also asked to do a script re-write on this

    by Happyfat73

    But the development monkey didn't like that my version had Mel Gibson talking via a gutted rabbit. They also didn't like that it had Gwyneth Paltrow getting punched in the face. So I told him to go perform the reproductive act on himself - and took the job of polishing the Iron Man 2 script instead.

  • April 23, 2010, 2:36 a.m. CST

    You walk out with those fuckin' creeps...

    by TheUmpireStrokesBach

    ...and low-lifes and degenerates out on the streets, and you sell your little Beaver for peanuts?

  • April 23, 2010, 2:55 a.m. CST

    was at the same screening

    by GhostDad

    Worst movie I've ever seen. I'm dead serious. It's a disjointed mess that fails as a drama, comedy, or even a black comedy. It defies any sort of logic and it's full of characters who simply exist to react to Mel Gibson, who also finds a way to get battered and bruised. Mel should have just used the puppet to be Anti-Semitic, blaming it all on the puppet

  • April 23, 2010, 2:55 a.m. CST

    was at the same screening

    by GhostDad

    Worst movie I've ever seen. I'm dead serious. It's a disjointed mess that fails as a drama, comedy, or even a black comedy. It defies any sort of logic and it's full of characters who simply exist to react to Mel Gibson, who also finds a way to get battered and bruised. Mel should have just used the puppet to be Anti-Semitic, blaming it all on the puppet

  • April 23, 2010, 2:55 a.m. CST

    So Foster's character dies?

    by shaneo632

    I assume that's the BY THE BALLS moment.

  • April 23, 2010, 2:59 a.m. CST

    shane063

    by GhostDad

    No, Gibson cuts off his own hand with a bandsaw to kill the beaver, which is now "real" and trying to take him away from his family and life. There, I saved you $12.

  • April 23, 2010, 3:04 a.m. CST

    Foster's character

    by GhostDad

    is just there, contributing very little to the story. There's a montage of her and Mel having sex in various locations, while he still has the puppet on his hand. But then she's loses it when he wants to take the puppet for dinner (somehow worse than fucking a beaver puppet?!) That is really the entire movie. People going "OK he has a puppet" and then picking random times to finally say "OK enough with the puppet," like everyone at his work having no problem with their CEO being a lunatic with a puppet until they book him on The Today Show and he acts like a lunatic with a puppet.

  • April 23, 2010, 3:40 a.m. CST

    No Beaks, Mel does sane exceptionally badly

    by JT Kirk

    I know it's easy to mix those 2 up.<p>Anyway, still seems like someone borrowing from the WB sitcom Unhappily Ever After, and it bums me out to hear there's a big dramatic turn throughout the film just because this could have been a straight big-budget comedy without being pandering shit the way far too many big-budget comedies are these days.

  • April 23, 2010, 4:01 a.m. CST

    mel gibson in jodie foster's beaver...

    by VikkiMarsdale

    nawww, too easy.

  • April 23, 2010, 8:46 a.m. CST

    Mel Gibson's favorite movie is The Producers

    by Stuntcock Mike

    "THAT'S OUR HITLER!"

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  • April 23, 2010, 9:44 a.m. CST

    is the beaver clean?

    by Clean_Vageena

    nobody likes a manky beaver.

  • April 23, 2010, 9:46 a.m. CST

    What's wrong with "Edge of Darkness" Beaks?

    by blakindigo

  • April 23, 2010, 10:42 a.m. CST

    THAT BEAVER'S NOT FOR YOU!

    by Weasel

    Alright guys, let's get real here. It's been an open "secret" for many, many years that Ms. Foster is not merely a Daughter of Sappho, but an exceptionally butch one at that. Don't get me wrong, gentlemen, no one can play "intelligent" like Jodie Foster, but it makes me cringe in my theatre seat every time I see her attempts at playing a heterosexual romantic partner. It just doesn't work for her! As hard as she tries she has ZERO sexual/romantic chemistry with her male co-stars. That's just something you can't fake! You can see a "mannish" swagger to Ms. Foster's body language (and her voice) going all the way back to her years as a child star. Jodie, for God's sake, please just give it up. You were never meant to be a lipstick lesbian and your attempts to play such in certain films is just embarrassing to both you and to your audience!

  • April 23, 2010, 11:22 a.m. CST

    Blacklist screenplays ugh.

    by Utah_Polygamist

    Gotta agree with the comments above. Those Blacklist screenplays read like Oxygen network dramas except with a guy-centered quirk. Like they'll have a story about a guy who is unlucky at speed dating seek advice from a pick up artist... except the pick up artist reveals he translated his skills during his time as an assassin! The whole movie is then the guy killing one target after another in order to gain the courage to talk to a girl. See? The story sounds achingly familiar to a million other psycho-goes-violent-then-gets-a-date movies but is just different enough to trick a twenty-something studio reader into thinking that it's something new and groundbreaking. Toss in a couple exploding brains for some ultra-violent magic and they'll treat your script like a modern day bible. But it's a dumb one dimensional idea in the end. There's no getting around it, and people who see the film will subconsciously begin to loathe its mediocrity after the flashy title credits are over. Brush away the tattoo artist coverings and all you find is a milquetoast story with a derivative approach. That's what Blacklist screenplays all have in common. They are deceptively juvenile and you come away feeling as if you saw a Saturday afternoon drama starring the cast of Night Rider. Like another poster said above, it seems like flakey college students are choosing these scripts based on the loglines (which isn't bad in of itself) and rewarding absurdity and/or moldy plotlines. Source Code is one I read based on Carson Reeves glowing praise, it's actually listed as one of the top screenplays on his blog scriptshadow (good website though.) Then I read it. The screenplay was a dull, introverted, scifi yarn about a soldier who finds out his mind is being edited by agents to want to know the details of a bomb explosion and the event gets replayed over and over again to the point where reading it was like suffering Groundhog day nausea. The twist was completely worthless too, something only a grade school kid would be impressed by. The soldier finds out at the end that he survived the explosion and he is a brain in a jar. That's it. That was the mind blowing twist that gave the writer access to the Hollywood jet set. The concept that brains can be transplanted outside the body and remain active is apparently so mind-blowing that they hurried this script to storyboard editors, tapped Jake Gyllenhaal as the lead and gave the writer a fantastic paycheck and a bright future as a script jockey. All of these blessings surrounding a screenplay with a plot dynamic that's completely fantastic to anyone who hasn't seen a 1980's episode of Doctor Who or your average Star Trek The Next Generation Will Riker story. Like I said ugh.

  • April 23, 2010, 11:42 a.m. CST

    "there aren't any huge gimmicks" in a movie called BEAVER?

    by tronknotts

  • April 23, 2010, 11:51 a.m. CST

    JettL1993, nobody believes you

    by AsimovLives

    And by that i mean NOBODY.

  • April 23, 2010, 11:57 a.m. CST

    We'll never forget, Mel.

    by Movietool

    We just won't. Not going to see this or any other movie you ever make.

  • April 23, 2010, 12:35 p.m. CST

    Media Messiah !!

    by gotilk

    My fave talkbacker! How goes it? <br><br> Hey, everyone who sees this.. I just watched a semi-documentary <br>(hard to explain.. the director explains it that the musicians lives are essentially "other" lives to such an extent that it plays more like a drama)<br>on the underground, illegal Iranian music scene. FANTASTIC! It's called "No One Knows about Persian Cats" and the director has given permission to spread it however people see fit. Some say it's public domain, but I have yet to see any solid proof of that. In any case, the director is okay with it being spread for free. And it IS worth your time. The music will shock you with it's quality, some of it in English. From metal to indie. All of it with one thing in common. It's being suppressed by the Iranian govt. Sadly. The world is a darker place, after seeing the proof in this film, for not having an Iranian presence in the world music scene. Beyond the traditional and religiously-themed music that has the governmental stamp of approval. Iran ROCKS!! Anyway, enough gushing. I could not find a better place to tell you people about this find. To stay on topic, if Jodie Foster were to want to see this film, it can be legally downloaded HERE using bittorrent. I'm not sure if there are other ways. Google it if you want to download using a different method/protocol. <br><br> http://tinyurl.com/27e3tva <br><br> While that is a Pirate Bay link, it's a LEGAL download. Clear enough? Cool. LIke I said, there may be other ways to grab it. But none of them save the director bandwidth money like BT does.

  • April 23, 2010, 12:46 p.m. CST

    GIVE ME BACK MY BEAVER...JEWBOY!!!!

    by AzulTool

  • April 23, 2010, 1:42 p.m. CST

    if only i could see jodie foster's beaver

    by DioxholsterReturns

  • April 23, 2010, 2:50 p.m. CST

    ...also starring Jerry Mathers as 'The Vagina'

    by 60091

  • April 23, 2010, 6:28 p.m. CST

    I've seen it.

    by shran

    Review is correct: It get's a little hairy there toward the end of the second act. All in all, I was left with a bad taste in my mouth. Can't say that I smell a weiner..er, winner there.