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Set photos, Green Zone
  • More photos from the filmed training session at Gugulethu are at Just Jared, Socialite Life and Faded Youth Blog.

  • From an article at The Times:

    Damon has spent at least a month in the Cape. This weekend he visited the Overture Restaurant on the Hidden-Valley Wine Estate in Stellenbosch.

    A waiter at the restaurant, who asked not to be named, said Damon was “friendly” and tipped the hospitality team a generous R3500.

    His party of about 24 people included family and friends, according to the waiter.

  • There's a test screening of Green Zone (perhaps the first test screening) today.
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    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: March 18th, 2009 10:19 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Green Zone

    The reactions on Twitter to the Green Zone screening are currently about seven positive reactions to one negative response. Paul Greengrass was at the screening. No detailed reports or leaked reviews yet.

    The film was said to be almost complete barring the completion of a few special effects shots. But we know how Greengrass likes to tweak.

    Edited at 2009-03-18 10:20 pm (UTC)
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: March 19th, 2009 08:21 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Green Zone

    A positive review is now at Aint it cool news:

    http://www.aintitcool.com/node/40495
    From: (Anonymous) Date: March 19th, 2009 03:05 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Green zone review

    Fantastic review! This sounds like everything I want in a movie; a well-made, intelligent thriller which isn't afraid to plunge into the political realities that were driving action on the ground, with an especially juicy reflection on the complicity of the press followuing 9/11. This review has me so amped to see this film. Can a movie as smart as this one appears to be actually make any money? Anyway, can't wait to see a preview :)

    thanks for the info

    Paula
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: March 20th, 2009 09:25 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Green zone review

    Judging by the reader comments on the Aint it cool news site, the movie will struggle to get an impartial audience to view the film on its merits. Lots of potential issues for individuals: its political message, subject matter, the Greengrass style, any movie that's set in Iraq or relates to war etc... The movie will have a lot to overcome if it is to perform well, regardless of its quality.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: March 20th, 2009 12:26 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Green zone review

    I agree on your comments. Those above issues (war subject matter, etc.) doesn't lead to good box office. The public craves for light fair escapism (Beverly Hills Chihuahua, MallCop, etc.) from the depressing economy.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: March 20th, 2009 02:24 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Green zone review

    Oh, I agree that it's an uphill slog. Some people won't give it a shot regardless of how good it is, particularly those with a political interest in rewriting history. But this movie also has a lot going for it that other Iraq movies did not.

    1. General public good will toward the Bourne series.
    2. The Iraq portion of the war will begin to wind down.
    3. Greengrass's commitment to making a film that "people want to see" (according to Matt).
    4. Greengrass's track history with sensitive material (United 93).
    5. Reteaming of Matt and Greengrass.
    6. I firmly believe this movie won't fall into the same ruts as other Iraq war films. It is out of character for either Greengrass or Damon to make a pedantic or shallow movie.
    7. I don't think negative board comments foreshadow general public opinion. People who are inclined to be negative are just more likely to comment, it's human nature.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: March 21st, 2009 08:59 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Green zone review

    All good comments. A lot may depend on the marketing of the film, and its release date. If it's heading towards a late summer release, they should begin promoting it soon with a well-made trailer.

    Even one reviewer who didn't like the movie said Matt was charismatic and performed well in his confused saviour role.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: March 21st, 2009 08:57 am (UTC) (Link)

    Informant review

    Here's another review of the Informant (from a test screening). Less enthusiastic than other reviews, but Matt's performance is praised:

    http://thefilmnest.com/2009/03/the-informant-review/
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