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Henry's Crime
ARYA
2011-04-07 09:30


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aww luca, so nice of you to mention you agreed with my commentary on this site!

http://www.movingpicturesnetwork.com/25231/keanu-reeves-competition/

((hugs))

ARYA
2011-04-07 11:18


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The entire interview is up on youtube now. It's flipped but its not a problem.
Keanu in a silk suit is making me nuts!
That keanu youtube feed is a cool feature here.
inkhuldra
2011-04-08 03:28


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Ani, here's a HC review that I believe should be adopted into the archive:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/marshall-fine/huffpost-review-ihenrys-c_b_845947.html

Edit: another review -- not as positive, but a fairly thorough article in a world where most movie critics are content to write five sentences and call it a "review":

http://www.movieline.com/2011/04/review-james-caan-steals-keanu-reevess-show-in-henrys-crime.php

I guess I'll just keep editing:

Here's an interview where Malcolm Venville describes the setup of a scene in HC:

http://www.indiewire.com/article/in_his_own_words_malcolm_venville_shares_a_scenes_from_henrys_crime/

nafsunaek
2011-04-08 06:18


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Thank you for the links!
LucaM
2011-04-08 12:42


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ARYA - how could I not agree ? ;)

ink - thanks for the links :)

inkhuldra
2011-04-08 23:07


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Here's a nice interview by Dorothy Robinson at the Metro:

http://www.metro.us/newyork/entertainment/article/825549--keanu-reeves-is-excited

nafsunaek
2011-04-09 00:37


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Nice indeed! One for the archive?
LucaM
2011-04-09 03:35


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You mean Morpheus didn’t crack you up?
... only Reeves. ;)

What is your relationship with your fans, do you think?
I don’t know. You make it sound like there is one relationship. Like, there’s only one. It’s good?

You think it’s good?
[Laughs.] Sure.

pure Reeves humor ;)
and no, it's not only one ;)

LucaM
2011-04-09 15:20


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http://kea.nu/4bn

another review.
as Henry, a miscast Keanu Reeves
Keanu. Reeves. miscast. as Henry.
for crying out loud...

inkhuldra
2011-04-09 15:22


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OK, so I won't tell you what goes on in this vidclip from the NYC HC premiere. I won't tell you what Keanu does. Just watch it. ROTFL!

http://www.movingpicturesnetwork.com/25327/keanu-reeves-shows-silly-side-henrys-crime-premier/

Edit: Oh and BTW, could James Caan possibly make it more clear that he doesn't like how the movie turned out? Jeesh!

LucaM
2011-04-09 16:16


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ink - thanks for the link :)
what was it that Vera was saying? quirky, boyish, funny? ;)


LucaM
2011-04-09 19:20


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http://kea.nu/4bq

part of the Viev show.

LucaM
2011-04-10 18:18


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http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2011/04/08/PK711IQGPB.DTL

Q: "Henry's Crime" is about a guy who acts so he can rob a bank. Why did you think this could work as a film?

A: I was actually involved in the development of the script. My producing partner, Stephen Hamel, had the idea of a guy robbing a bank that he'd already (wrongly) gone to jail for robbing. That, to me, was a provocative sentence. What is that story, and why? And we started to come up with this guy who worked at a tollbooth, who was in a netherworld physically and emotionally. We just started to build this story, and it became more and more - I don't know, not implausible - but fantastic, I guess. But that started to turn it into a fable, and we knew we wanted to make it comedy.

Then all of these characters were born: Max - Jimmy Caan's character, the mentor - and the stage director (Stormare) and Vera Farmiga's Julie, the fireball actress. We spent about five years working on the script. I was drawn to this idea of this guy who's stuck in his life and decides to do something quite outrageous to change his life, who, during the course of the film, we see develop into a person.

Q: What about Henry appealed to you?

A: Who he is and his sensibility. He starts quite quietly, almost where you can't hear it or see it. You can see his discontent, it's almost existential, this guy sitting in this tollbooth in the middle of the night, alone. He comes home to his wife, who's going to work. We feel something wrong. And I was drawn to what this guy does, and his humor. He's nonjudgmental, and I found him pliantly willful in a weird way that I like.

LucaM
2011-04-10 18:29


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http://www.movieline.com/2011/04/vera-farmiga-on-henrys-crime-source-codes-ending-and-awards-overload.php?page=all
LucaM
2011-04-10 23:09


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watched Henry's Crime today. the Russian dubbed version. and 'watched' is the right word for it, because I don't understand that language so was forced to actually watch the movie and remember the lines from the script...
And it's an interesting experience. The colors are bleak. the beauty is in the details. the soundtrack is a character in itself. Glad they cut some scenes, wish they'd kept others. Watching Stormare direct Reeves in Cekhov... is almost priceless :D And while Caan and Farmiga do shine and steal the show, it's Reeves' bass line that holds the story together.


looking forward to hear it in English now ;) :D

inkhuldra
2011-04-11 02:05


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Here's Movieline's HC review:

http://www.movieline.com/2011/04/review-james-caan-steals-keanu-reevess-show-in-henrys-crime.php

ARYA
2011-04-11 12:29


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spoiler alert.








Agree Luca. It's the reevsian magic that is the constant in a world full of mean people he is sweet and non retaliatory in every situation. Excepting in the whole robbing the bank thing...which of course is the catalyst for all the change. I need the dvd to view the details better. I am seeing a lot of Jjaks Clayton here. He comes back for the girl he loves. Not much of a fan of Caan. I love how Julie was staring at him just waiting for him to wake up and jump his bones :)

ARYA
2011-04-11 12:34


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"He's nonjudgmental, and I found him pliantly willful in a weird way that I like."

Yeah, in a way he likes cuz thats the way he appears to be. lol

LucaM
2011-04-11 18:25


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spoiler alert continues



ARYA - yeah, definitely a good morning ;)
loved that scene in the script, and it translates well on the screen ;)
in a way Henry and Julie are like water meets fire.

also loved the way Henry transforms through acting ; Julie is an actress, so it's only normal to use her own grief onstage. but Henry IS Lopakhin; he's not acting; when he says 'the cherry orchard is finally mine! all mine !' it's because they've actually broken into the vault and are loading the money in the car... the editing between the robbery / the play going on is masterful. He actually becomes Lopakhin, but he's also Henry, so it's Henry who comes back to the theater and improvises the whole 'meet me in Moscow' scene...
this interplay between 'professional' actress and 'amateur playing himself' has humor but also depth - IF one chooses to see it that way.

... I'll shut up now. saving a longer batch of comments for later, after I manage to listen to the darned film in English :(

Later edit : re. that water to fire thing. maybe that scene with Niagara Falls in the background was making this point. maybe there's a meaning in the fact that Julie is facing the water while Henry stands with his back to it.
maybe I'm over-thinking everything, as usual :|

...and then there's that 'parallel' between Henry and his wife having breakfast / Henry and Julie having breakfast...

will go away now :D

ARYA
2011-04-12 00:35


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I will validate all your parallels Luca! Very observant. I will need more viewing too when I get the dvd.

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