Teresa just sent me links to articles and pics about Kate Robin’s ”Intrigue With Faye,” staged at MCC Theater in New York City in 2003 and featuring Benjamin and Julianna Margulies. It received poor reviews from critics, but it was very successful with audiences and I think it was a pity it was never made into a movie, as it is good material for a screen comedy.
Here is a link to a site with some photos from when The Cleaner was filmed at Loyola Auto Interiors:
Since the news has been reported in several media, I can post it here as well
I appreciate Benjamin’s and Talisa’s tact in keeping info about their daughter’s condition confidential, while they worked to help little Sophia overcome her disability, and only went public about it when things seem to be turning out for the best.
Launched in 1989, NBC’s “The More You Know” series of brief public service announcements has utilized the talents of some of Hollywood’s brightest stars, writers, and directors to deliver messages about such topics as tolerance, mentoring, parental involvement, violence prevention, health, and the environment. The winner of numerous Emmy and Peabody Awards, “The More You Know” has been praised for its effectiveness in harnessing the power of television for a greater good.
Benjamin did clips on violence prevention in 1996, reading, substance abuse, and family communication.
I thought I could share the clip Benjamin did on violence prevention.
(It’s a wmv file, zipped)
It is not new, though it is new to me, but here is an interview with Ben – accompanied by nice pictures – published last year on Moves Magazine.
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Based on a play of the same name, The Woodsman is a moving tale of a man’s attempt to re-enter society. Walter (Kevin Bacon), a convicted child molester, returns to his hometown after a 12 year in prison, moves into a small apartment across the street from a grade school, gets a job at a lumberyard, and mostly keeps to himself. A quiet, guarded man, Walter finds unexpected solace from Vickie (Kyra Sedgwick), a tough-talking woman who promises not to judge him for his history. But he cannot escape his past; he is warily eyed by his brother-in-law – Carlos (Benjamin Bratt) -, shunned by his sister, lives in fear of being discovered at work, and is hounded by a suspicious, verbally abusive local police officer, Detective Lucas (Mos Def), whose role is to make sure Walter is staying away from children. In the movie, Walter must deal with the temptations around him, including the nearby grade school and a young bird-watcher, who he realizes is being abused at home and who helps him understand the damage he has done in the past. He also comes to suspect that a man he has seen watching children near his apartment building is also a child molester.
The movie was shot in Philadelphia, was nominated for the “Grand Jury Prize” award at the 2004 Sundance Film Festival, won the “Jury Special Prize” at the Deauville Film Festival, and was a featured film at the 2005 Traverse City Film Festival.
What to say of this movie? It is disturbing and unsettling, but it is brilliant, solid, thought-provoking. Kevin Bacon adopts a minimalist acting style, his performance is mesmerizing. Benjamin is characteristically superb and intense.
I went to my local library last to look for books for summer reading and came home with Traffic, instead, that I had not watched for a while.
Don’t watch this film just because there is Benjamin in it because he doesn’t have much screen time, but I think it is a good film, acted brilliantly, from which no character gets away clean.
The central focus of the film is the drug epidemic in the US and Mexico. It tells three separate stories that are each distinct unto themselves, yet interwoven into a common thread. One story takes place in Mexico and revolves around a cop with a conscience (Javier Rodriguez/Benicio Del Toro), the second story takes place in Ohio and Washington and involves the country’s new drug czar (Robert Wakefield/Michael Douglas) and the troubles he faces on the job and with his daughter who is a drug addict, and the third story takes place in San Diego and involves DEA agents (Montel Gordon/Don Cheadle and Ray Castro/Luis Guzman) trying to take down a big drug trafficker (Carlos Ayala/Stephen Bauer) whose wife (Helena/Catherine Zeta-Jones) learns the drug trade while he’s detained. Each story is shot in a different colour filter with the Mexico scenes being bright but grainy, the Ohio and Washington scenes in a moody indigo and the San Diego scenes in a sunny, vivid illumination. There are several other subplots that are also of note and move the story along. All of these vignettes interlock with one another somehow, serving to bring the story full circle.
It is a complex film that should be given repeated viewing to understand… if you blink, you’ll miss a vital part.
I missed The Cleaner premiere on Tuesday because thought I can get the channel it airs on on cable, because – due to my living in Europe – it would have meant for me to be up till very late at night (or very early in the morning ) to watch it and it is not really doable on a weekday. I plan to catch one of the re-runs of the Pilot on Saturday or Sunday.
I’ll wait till I’ve seen two or three episodes before I share my views about the series, but comments are welcome, if anyone has any to share already.
Meanwhile, here is a blog of a viewer sharing her views on The Cleaner:
Diane Ford (Michelle Monaghan), a vivacious and successful independent truck driver, leads a carefree life of long-haul trucking, one night stands and all-night drinking until the evening her estranged 11-year-old son (Jimmy Bennett) shows up at her door.
Peter hasn’t seen his mother since he was a baby and wants Diane as little as she wants him; but with his father Leonard Bonner (Benjamin Bratt) in the hospital, Diane and Peter are stuck with each other – at least for a while.
Burdened with this new responsibility and seeing the life of freedom she’s fought for jeopardized, Diane steps reluctantly into her past and looks sidelong at a future that is not as simple or straightforward as she had once believed.
Directed and written by James Mottern, Trucker premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival on April 24 and is awaiting further release.
News, reviews and interviews can the found at the the movie official fan site.