That eternal bad-boy of the movies, still no stranger to controversy, turns 80 today. Ignoring the Oscars, and charges that his long-held anti-Zionism is really antisemitism, he remains a figure worth fighting over.
We open our brief salute with the trailer for the upcoming documentary, via Anne Thompson, “Two in the Wave,” the film covers the brief friendship, and long estrangement, between Godard and Francois Truffuat, who was Joe Strummer to Godard’s Johnny Rotten, the Beatles to his Rolling Stones, if you will.
I’ve basically got an hour here, though some of the news was gathered earlier. Let’s see how we do…
* The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences has issued an APB for 79 year-old cinema bad boy, Jean-Luc Godard, director of such groundbreaking classics as “Contempt,” “Breathless,” “Weekend,” “Alphaville,” and others that might be just a little bit of work to sit through (but sometimes work is good for you). It seems they want to give him a lifetime achievement award, but when you’ve made a life of flouting cinema conventions and being lauded more than just about anyone in artsier quarters, an Oscar might not be a guy’s greatest craving. If you have information on the whereabouts of the cineaste, please report it in comments forthwith.
* You know that standard sitcom episode where the office prima donna is given a new “assistant” and is terrified the new guy is really just a replacement in waiting? I’m thinking the set of “Mission: Impossible IV” might be just a little bit like that and I’m in now way implying that I think the new guy is a vastly more interesting actor than the other guy. Okay, I am.
* Oh, brave, brave Dennis Miller, taking on sacred cow James Cameron whom no one has ever made fun of or criticized. (Remember the “king of the world” remark? Remember about a million pre-“Avatar” release blog posts and few million others afterwards?) Is THR’s Paul Bond completely in the thrall of rightwing radio memes?