Thursday, March 23, 2006

The Notorious Bettie Page

by Jackrabbit Slim

What's the level of interest for The Notorious Bettie Page? As someone who used to work in skin magazines, Bettie Page is close to goddess status and her story is pretty interesting. Director Mary Harron's track record doesn't thrill me. I hated American Psycho, thought I Shot Andy Warhol was so-so. But I'll probably see this. Also nice to see Gretchen Mol come back after being anointed a superstar, then slipping into complete obscurity.


Blogger Colin said...

Well, it’s the third collaboration between the team of Herron and Guinevere Turner. “I Shot Andy Warhol” is one of those movies I keep meaning to see, yet never do. The reason I keep meaning to see it is because I really enjoyed their adaptation of “America Psycho.” I realize that it was very different from the book, but I think that it worked on its own merits. Then again, despite most critics thrashing Bret Easton Ellis’ “Lunar Park,” I loved it, so my tastes with regard to his material are probably somewhat odd.

As for Mol, well she’s never done anything for me. I particularly remember watching “Rounders,” which was right around the time she was supposed to be the next big thing. Instead, she was just about the only thing I didn’t like in the movie. I also remember being completely into “The Sweet and Lowdown,” until she appeared near the end, and her shrill acting almost killed the vibe I was getting. I guess the last thing I saw her in was “The Shape of Things,” and she was actually okay in that, but nowhere near as good as the other three principals.

Militating against that is the fact that this flick has gotten some great buzz so far, right? And it’s got Lili Taylor and David Strathairn, who always turn in great performances. And the subject matter sounds pretty...interesting.

3/23/2006 01:16:00 PM  
Blogger Chris said...

I loved American Psycho, and I Shot Andy Warhol had some great moments even though it was kind of a chore to watch. I'm not all that familiar with Betty Page, but I'm interested based on the huge talent involved in the production.

3/23/2006 02:05:00 PM  
Blogger LesterG said...

Loved American Psycho in both incarnations (hell, I've got a Pat Bateman action figure sitting on my desk).

The film doesn't particularly interest me but it bodes well that they're getting a theatrical release when it was originally intended to premiere on HBO. Missing from the poster: "From the writer of Bloodrayne".

3/23/2006 03:21:00 PM  
Blogger Jackrabbit Slim said...

I liked the novel American Psycho for it's gleeful carnage. I think the film missed the boat entirely, and I remember leaving the theater feeling like I had just been hit in the head with a bag of shit.

3/23/2006 03:29:00 PM  
Blogger Colin said...

I remember when I saw "American Psycho" in a theater that I commented afterward that it was in a sense a critique of the novel. Taken in that sense, I liked it a lot. But I can imagine that if I cared about it being faithful to the tone of the novel at all, I would have been really disappointed.

Conversely, "The Rules of Attraction" was almost slavishly faithful to the tone of the novel, and I loved every minute of it (even though most hated it).

I would say that the film version of "Less Than Zero" falls somewhere in between, but that movie is all about Robert DOwney, Jr. any way.

3/23/2006 03:37:00 PM  
Blogger LesterG said...

Speaking of "The Rules of Attraction" - I'm still wondering if we'll ever see Roger Avary's "Glitterati".

I've heard conflicting rumors over the past three years (rights problems, HBO is turning it into a series, it's still not completed, etc.) but nothing substantiated. The European Vacation section of ROA was absolutely phenomenal and I’m interested to see how it works at feature-length.

3/23/2006 03:51:00 PM  
Blogger Count Olaf said...

My introduction to Gretchen Mol was the Thirteenth Floor (a movie completely overshadowed by the Matrix and its phenomenon) was good. She was good.

3/24/2006 06:29:00 PM  
Blogger Jackrabbit Slim said...

Saw this over the weekend, not thrilled. I think the E! True Hollywood Story about Bettie Page was more compelling. Mary Harron seems to be interested in Page as a cultural artifact, but doesn't delve very far into who she is as a person. Perhaps that's because there really wasn't much there--just a simple country girl who retroactively became a cultural touchstone.

5/01/2006 07:52:00 AM  

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