Reese Witherspoon made me cry…

True confessions, Reese made me cry. And early in the morning. (Maybe I was crying because it was so early in the morning?)

But seriously. Rendition was amazing. I really liked it. Not only did I find it gripping and emotional and important, but it was my first film this year that made me think about storytelling techniques.

I don’t want to give away spoilers for a film I think everyone should see… but there are multiple storylines and an interesting twist in how the writer/director uses those storylines. Just something I’d never seen before and I thought it really worked to heighten tension, build to a climax, etc. etc.

Another very cool festival experience was the world premiere of Stuart Townsend’s new film Battle in Seattle about the WTO riots in 1999. The audience gave a five minute standing ovation… I’m not sure I thought it was five-minute-standing-ovation good… but clearly others did and Stuart and Charlize were too cute for words. During the Q&A someone asked how each of the actors got involved in the project and they all gave these long-winded answers about how great the script and subject matter were and how badly they wanted to be involved… And then the mike went to Charlize and she said, “I just wanted to sleep with the director.” Seriously, they were too cute.

All-in-all a great day but I’m a little too tired to blog much and need to get up in less than 6 hours if I want to make my screening of Eastern Promises, and I want to pay the films I saw today justice when I talk about them.

I’m just going to say one more thing. In person, Brad Pitt is the most beautiful human being on the planet. Oh, My, God. (Says Maureen from the third row, realizing she’s not over him like she thought she was when he left his wife for that slut.

  7 comments for “Reese Witherspoon made me cry…

  1. Anonymous
    September 9, 2007 at 9:25 am

    I love Charlize and Stuart,but cant help feeling a lil let down by her manner.He has supported her thru thick n thin,and i think she couldve cheered up a bit,and showed a bit more enthusiasm for her man,knowing it was his longtime dream to make this movie.
    I’m happy to hear he got a standing O,he’s a great guy

  2. Anonymous
    September 9, 2007 at 9:27 am

    any videos of Charlize & Stuart at the premiere of Battle in Seattle?

    especially the part where she answered, ” I just wanted to sleep with the director.”

    thanks for the post.

  3. Anonymous
    September 9, 2007 at 5:02 pm

    If it’s not because of Charlize this independent movie would have found a lot of difficulties to be realised so thx to charlize who tributes a lot, charlize has been 100 % supportive to her man from the beganning they’ve choosed to put the limelight on the movie bettre than the attention gossips on their couple they aren’t attention whores they’ve been focused on the film and that is class , all the ppl who saw them at the screening said that they were too cute and supportive to each other .

  4. Anonymous
    September 9, 2007 at 5:03 pm

    If it’s not because of Charlize this independent movie would have found a lot of difficulties to be realised so thx to charlize who tributes a lot, charlize has been 100 % supportive to her man from the beganning they’ve choosed to put the limelight on the movie bettre than the attention gossips on their couple they aren’t attention whores they’ve been focused on the film and that is class , all the ppl who saw them at the screening said that they were too cute and supportive to each other .

  5. September 9, 2007 at 11:46 pm

    I soooo wish I was there. This sounds great. If you have a chance stop by my blog tomorrow- I’ve got Alison Pace visiting and I want to look like I have friends.

  6. September 10, 2007 at 4:59 am

    OMG, anonymous #1. Were you in the theatre? Did you watch her? Hear what she said??? I thought she was incredibly supportive. (And felt like a total voyeur a few times watching them embrace.)

  7. September 11, 2007 at 1:38 am

    you saw Brad Pitt in person…

    I may have to touch you when I see you next. You know, soak up ‘the vibe’. It’s like being 1 degree away *swoon*

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