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I’d almost forgotten that the 2008 Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award winning drama August: Osage County was being made into a film. Until my friend emailed me and invited me an advance press screening. Of course I’d go! August premiered on Broadway in 2007 and I was supposed to go see it but then the Local 1 strike of 2007 happened and Broadway shut down for the week of Thanksgiving (I happened to be interning at The Broadway League - then known as The League of American Theatres and Producers - so it was an interesting time to say the least). A few months later, I finally broke down and paid for a student ticket. Three and a half hours flew by in the theatre but I think most of the play flew right over my head. In other words: it wasn’t my pick for the Tony Award that year.
But I was excited to see the film regardless. I mean, it has Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts. It couldn’t be that bad. And it wasn’t. It wasn’t half bad at all. These two women give the best performances of their lives. The entire movie is an emotional roller coaster. It made me really thankful that none of the plot points have happened in my family.
Julianne Nicholson is heartbreaking as Ivy. Juliette Lewis is the necessary comedic relief as as Karen. Abigail Breslin is Jean, Roberts’ daughter, and she’s a totally perfect little bitch. Dermot Mulroney, though usually a gentleman in movies, is a complete slime ball in this film (in a the completely perfect way he’s supposed to be, naturally).
The movie was just under two hours. I have no idea how they cut an hour worth of text from the play but they did and they upheld the integrity of the play perfectly. I liked the movie more than I liked the play, but seeing the movie made me want to re-read the play. I think that’s the sign that the movie has served it’s purpose.
August: Osage County is the perfect family Christmas movie this year.
Sometimes it’s good to post your every thought on Facebook. For example I posted last week that I was beyond excited for Catching Fire and the next day my friend Andrew texts me saying he can get passes to an advanced screening from Time Warner Cable and he’d go down at lunch that day to see if he could obtain two. And he does and you’re beyond excited. This, I will admit, is probably the best thing Time Warner Cable has ever done for it’s customers.
Last night at the AMC on 34th and 8th, I took in a screening of Catching Fire. We were all given free popcorn, soda, a poster, and a t-shirt (admittedly it’s the ugliest t-shirt I’ve ever seen, but it was free and I’ll wear it to bed, so it’s all good). The theatre was packed and I got there only 15 minutes beforehand (Andrew was more on top of his game though, so he grabbed seats early). I was so. excited. (Nerd admittance: I wore the same gold sweater that I wore to the Scholastic screening of the first movie in 2011. The gold sweater is huge now and barely fits anymore, but I still love it.) The theatre hushed as the lights went down and I could barely contain my excitement.
tl;dr version: It lived up to everyone one of my expectations. It was two and a half hours of bliss. The cast was phenomenal and it’s a wild ride. I can’t wait to see it again. Now for more detail, and two spoilers, keep reading.
I’d bought a ticket a few weeks back for Cuatro! at the CBGB festival and completely forgot what day it was for until about two days ago. Luckily Tanya was also going, so after a long day of work yesterday, and a delicious meal of authentic tacos at a tiny little place called Oaxaca on a street called ‘Extra Place,’ I met up with her at the Anthology Film Center on 2nd and 2nd.
Because the band, and CBGB’s, is awful at planning, they booked the premiere of this film on the same night as Broadway Idiot, and since Broadway Idiot had a talkback afterward, of course everyone went there. There were probably 15 people at Cuatro!, but we didn’t care. We were there to have fun.
It also made me want to pick up my guitar (which has been sitting in it’s case for a few weeks now) again. Which is always awesome too.
I look forward to see Broadway Idiot soon, and all the future documentaries to come from Green Day (fingers crossed, right?).