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16 May 2007 @ 09:45 am
wayback wednesday: Fur (no spoilers)  
So, the girl and I watched Fur: An Imaginary Portrait of Diane Arbus this weekend and thought it was great. I was surprised to learn afterward that it was critically-panned. Mind you, I went into the film knowing almost nothing about Diane Arbus, so it didn't have anything to live up to in terms of biography. Every bit of it looked gorgeous thanks to rock star production designer Amy Danger and director Steven Shainberg. If you liked what they did with the look of Secretary, you'll likely love what they did here. I would confidently hang any still from that film on my wall as art.

But it wasn't just pretty to look at it. Shainberg and screenwriter Erin Cressida Wilson wrote a great story that married the somewhat dreamlike and nearly realistic elements quite nicely. Despite taking its time and meandering a bit, the story never dragged for me. The acting was splendid. Even dressed up as a wookie, Robert Downey Jr. performed amazingly (as usual). I was worried that Nicole Kidman would bug me, but she was suprisingly excellent. Strangely, I think I prefer her acting when she has dark hair.

Listening to: Rilo Kiley - "Bulletproof"
a foxy vixen, so illustriousgloriamunty on May 16th, 2007 02:19 pm (UTC)
Oh, I wanted to see Fur...
a foxy vixen, so illustriousgloriamunty on May 16th, 2007 02:20 pm (UTC)
I liked Nicole Kidman best with the false nose in The Hours.
The Mud Puppy: Exposedmudpuppy83 on May 16th, 2007 04:09 pm (UTC)
I see you changed the image from when I looked earlier.

Of course, being a Bettie fan I can't complain.
Diary of an Ass Monkey: comics: wonder spankingassmonkeydiary on May 16th, 2007 04:10 pm (UTC)
Heh... I wondered if anybody caught that. I typed in the wrong date by mistake and ended up giving you a taste of what next week has in store.
The Mud Puppy: Always Look On The Bright Sidemudpuppy83 on May 16th, 2007 04:23 pm (UTC)
'Twas not a bad image...I just happen to be more fond of Bettie. :-P
Francis the Talking Mulezipzilla on May 17th, 2007 04:42 am (UTC)
Hooray for Betty Page!