Monthly Archives: February 2010

The Weird Racism of ‘Breakfast at Tiffany’s’

Breakfast at Tiffany’s is considered a classic of both film and literature. The novella, written by Truman Capote, helped solidify his literary genius and was the last major work he completed before diving headlong into In Cold Blood. For its part, the movie provided Audrey Hepburn with one of her signature roles – maybe the signature role – and helped launch George Peppard on a trajectory that culminated in his portrayal of the inimitable Hannibal Smith in The A-Team. Continue reading

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Defending Junk – Bret Ratner Edition

I’m pretty notorious around my house for buying cheap DVD’s. No, not those crappy $1 discs with the terrible photo-copied cover art you see at Sprawl-Mart offering old Howdy Doody episodes or other public-domain goodies. No, I mean discs that once were going for $20 or more – at least that was the cover-price – but now, thanks to overproduction or underselling, have found their way into a deep discount hell. Continue reading

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I Can Play Young: 16 Adults Who Played Teens

Movies about the exploits of teens – especially sexual exploits – are normally cash cows for the studios and because the audience tends to be young and not terribly discerning they can be shot on the cheap, ensuring a quick profit. See e.g., American Pie, Superbad, et al.

But while movies about teens are cheap and easy to make, movies starring actual teens are a much more expensive proposition for the simple fact that most teens are tough to work with. Whether it’s because they’re moody, difficult, inconsistent or just because of workplace restrictions on hours , using an actual teen in the role of teen can inflate a picture’s budget before a single frame of celluloid is shot, which is why most films about teenagers have not a single teen in the cast and in the place of the teens, cast actors well into adulthood. See the recent example of Youth in Revolt starring Michael Cera, who was roughly 20 at the time of filming. Continue reading

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