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From: (Anonymous) Date: August 7th, 2012 05:49 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Variety review

I love that he has to face Matt's comments with every interview he gives, how delightful for us.

It really will be interesting to see how it plays out. The reviews are basically saying the same thing - its an ok movie but not nearly as great as the previous because of its lack of heart (as in, Matt) and original action sequences/directing skills. Yet it is at 85% on Rotten Tomatoes for audiences wanting to see it, and it is a fun and heavily advertised (the ads are inescapable here in Canada too) summer action movie sure to make some money. I guess the question is - do people who want to see an action movie care about reviews? I don't really think people saw the previous "Bournes" because they were well-received by critics, that was just a nice extra for Matt's reputation. But who knows, maybe the unimpressed reviews will have the affect I want them to - I would love my faith in humanity to be restored :)

Interesting that it is just coming out now that Gilroy co-wrote Legacy with his brother. He seems to have a habit of taking sole credit for work that many people have contributed to. His stance on the film industry is fascinating to me. He doesn't care that its becoming increasingly difficult for screenwriters/directors to make interesting, original, serious low to mid-budget movies - he says he's ok with money being the priority. But I guess he's aligned with the studios in that regard, and that's why they keep him around in spite of his issues. I do wonder if his reputation with actors will ever hurt his career though (Matt's comments, and rumours that Clive Owen disliked him on the Duplicity set, etc).

Grace

PS: Maybe Gilroy is complimenting Matt because a. he knows the audience will miss him and that he is very popular and so wants to be like "I'm a fan too! And we found someone just as good!" or b. He wants to be so nice people will forget there was ever any bitterness between them that was his fault. It's strategic.
From: (Anonymous) Date: August 7th, 2012 01:22 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Variety review

I agree that Gilroy seems to be all about strategizing to try to find advatage to himself in any situation.

It's interesting that in Aaron Cross he's apparently created a character who is motivated by two things: a lust for power that he didn't justly earn (seeking to get access to the pills that make him powerful), and a desire to save his own skin.

If the reviews are correct, that pretty much sums up Cross's motivation. They say that every writer creates images of himself. Seems to apply very well in this case.
Paula
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