In Relativity Media's Limitless, Bradley Cooper plays a misanthropic writer who happens into a stash of a miraculous pharmaceutical called NZT. The drug allows his mind to operate at full potential, with a total focus on his goal, allowing that goal to dictate his every action and propelling him inexorably toward unprecedented success. Our current Rogue of the Week, Sean Kirkpatrick, made his feature directorial debut with such ferocity and persistence that we've occasionally wondered if he might have his own stash of NZT.
Last weekend, the lavish action-fantasy Sucker Punch was bested at the box office by a kid-friendly sequel about a wimpy kid. Some folks probably got a kick out of pointing and laughing, but even if everyone is already declaring Sucker Punch a commercial failure, it's a noble failure from director and co-writer Zack Snyder. While he has arguably not yet directed a film with emotional substance to match his stunning technical virtuosity, Snyder has proven to be a distinctive visual stylist and, more importantly, a cat who is willing to take risks that are not simply substantial, they're downright roguish.
After Bradley Cooper played the romantic comedy archetype of the douchebag boyfriend to perfection in Wedding Crashers, he could have ended up stranded on Typecast Island, doomed to forever play the sleazy boyfriend who doesn't – and shouldn't – get the girl. The actor managed to avoid typcasting, however, and with the success of Limitless, his first solo starring role, Bradley Cooper is now breathing that rarefied, flower-scented air available only to bankable leading men.
To be Rogue of the Week, it's not enough to simply be successful, though. It takes someone who does the unexpected, and makes unconventional choices.
His dream project, the HP Lovecraft adaptation At The Mountains of Madness, may have gotten the axe from Universal this week, but Guillermo del Toro can rest easy knowing that, though his last two mega-projects have not come to fruition, he has principals and lets his passion dictate his choices. The Pan's Labyrinth director, who previously declared that he would never direct a movie that didn't contain monsters, is our first Rogue of the Week to earn the title not simply based on the movies he has made, but also on those that he hasn't made.
Remember the scene in Jerry Maguire where, upon being fired,
the sports agent played by Tom Cruise has a massive, borderline hysterical
meltdown in front of his entire office and asks, "Who's coming with
me?" Then, of course, Renee
Zellweger is the only one who impulsively follows him out? Well, this week, Charlie Sheen was
Jerry Maguire, and America stood up, put our goldfish in a Ziplock bag, and
followed him out of the office. Just look at the sheer number of Twitter followers he gathered in less than 24 hours - over 1 million (@charliesheen)!?!
Maybe it is the loyal fan in me. Or perhaps, it is sort of a relief to hear a filmmaker speak his mind whether you like what he has to say or not. Either way, I like Kevin Smith as a person, a writer/director and yes, even as a twitter enthusiast.
Years ago, Mr. Smith was in a little movie called Catch and Release (2006). I had a one on one interview with him to talk about the film and his role, but somehow the conversation geared toward horror. He told me about an idea he had called Red State. Back then, there was no script, no anything, just an idea. It also happened to be an idea that sounded very intriguing.
The Golden Globe Awards have come and gone, and the person everybody is talking about is Ricky Gervais. Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve probably heard about his hosting gig rubbing quite a few people the wrong way.
During Gervais's time on stage, he went after a slew of celebrities including Robert Downey Jr., Charlie Sheen, Tim Allen, Sylvester Stallone, and Cher. His humor did not sit well with many of those in attendance that night, especially when the joke was on them. Downey Jr., Allen, and Tom Hanks each made their own quips in response. All in all, it was a pretty tense night, yet it was the most fun I’ve had watching the Golden Globes in years.
Earlier today, we reported that Davis Guggenheim’s excellent documentary, Waiting for “Superman”. was nominated for Outstanding Achievement in Documentary Filmmaking by the DGA.
As a filmmaker, Guggenheim has examined the failing of America’s educational system. The idea that so many children are being passed on from grade to grade and not really learning is absolutely heartbreaking. While I won’t delve too deep into the film itself for this particular story, it is very clear that something is terribly wrong within our public school system. This was a subject that needed to be opened up, and this absorbing documentary did just that.
The first time Nicolas Cage caught my attention was in the classic 80s flick Valley Girl, and he was totally awesome. This funny, sweet look at a strange romance between a punk rocker (Cage) and a valley girl (Deborah Foreman) is a cult classic for good reason. The script is great, and the chemistry between Cage and his leading lady, Foreman (April Fool’s Day, Waxwork), is impressive. Valley Girl really encouraged people to take notice of what this guy could do.
To be "Rogue" is to make your own rules and not settle. To be a Rogue of the Week, you must take a chance and do something daring. Someone who is "Rogue" deviates from the standard and won’t settle for the norm.
Our Rogue of the Year poll began with sixteen names. Each candidate was notable for doing something Rogue-worthy. In fact each of them rewarded with Rogue of the Week. Those rogue's include everybody from Helen Mirren to Halloween’s Michael Myers. They were given an equal shot thanks to your votes. It finally came down to four names for Rogue of the Year, Ron Perlman, Eminem, Mila Kunis and Michael Douglas.