Guillermo del Toro and Kim Morgan (whom I’ve personally known for several years and ran into at a Telluride brunch three or four years ago) have been travelling around for two or three years and working together on Nightmare Alley (they co-wrote the script), and now they’re married…cool. GDT was married for 20 years to Lorenza Newton, mother of his daughters Marisa and Mariana. They separated in early ’17. Morgan was previously married to Canadian highbrow director Guy Maddin for four years.
HE is looking forward to seeing Nightmare Alley sometime in early December.
“Some of our greatest cinema challenges us to really confront our own hearts in the safety of that darkened theatre. That’s part of the purpose of filmmaking.” — quote from David Fincher and David Prior‘s Voir (Netflix, 12.6).
This trailer is an excellent exercise in movie impressionism. Congrats to Sasha Stone for managing to be a part of this thing, and for telling her Jaws story in a compelling way.
2021 Reality Check: Movies stopped challenging or even slipping into the hearts of filmgoers with any regularity a long time ago. The only current movies that even flirt with this aesthetic are King Richard, Cyrano, Pig, A Hero and one or two others. Voir is therefore a nostalgia flick to a certain extent. The dual purpose of 90% to 95% of movies is to (a) repeat and reenforce woke narratives and (b) enhance corporate revenue.
Voir is having its big AFI Fest on Saturday evening. I’m hoping to snag a Netflix press screener before long.
In Aaron Sorkin‘s Hollywood Reporter interview about Being The Ricardos, he says he told Nicole Kidman and Javier Bardem that he was “not looking for a physical or vocal impersonation” of Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz. Okay, fine — Sorkin’s creation, the director says what goes.
But try to imagine Sorkin directing a drama about the Kennedy White House, and he’s cast, say, Ben Affleck as JFK and Ben starts working on his JFK accent and Sorkin says “Naahh, that’s okay, Ben…you don’t have to do that…just use your own natural voice.”
Or if Sorkin was directing a movie about Abraham Lincoln‘s final days and he cast Ben Stiller as Lincoln, and as Ben was working on his down-home, high-pitched Illinois accent Sorkin said, “Naaahh, that’s okay, Ben…just use your own voice…just talk like you did as the night watchman in the Night at the Museum movies.”