Eli Wallach Transformation

The excellent Eli Wallach, whose career spanned over sixty years, passed away this week at the age of 98, and I’m consumed with thoughts of transformation. Of course, he lived and worked for so long that life was a transformation in and of itself. The man from The Godfather Part III is the same man who hilariously shuffled about with Cloris Leachman in New York, I Love You. But he was also a man that melted into his roles. It’s an amazing, yet eternally undervalued talent. We gush for the names who always, and will forever look like themselves – the Robert Redfords and George Clooneys — but the real magic comes from the character actors whose roles trump image, those who disappear, those who leave little to no taste of the real person behind the performance. Some need full masks and CGI to transform, but others need just a hint of makeup or sometimes (shockingly) nothing at all as they’re enveloped by their characters. Elite actors like Wallach allow us to simply enjoy the character and pretend, briefly, that they’re real.


Sure! Maybe! At this point, it’s within the realm of possibility that anyone could direct Thor 2. It’s not probable, but it is possible. Deadline Zuni reports that Marvel Studios are “getting close” to picking a director for the sequel to the superhero flick starring Chris Hemsworth. With a set July 26, 2013 release date, the studio really just needs to drop the hammer (meow-meow!) and pick a helmer. And the Deadline-rs seem to believe that the studio might be looking in to go in a new and unexpected direction – with Monster director Patty Jenkins. Jenkins directed Charlize Theron to her Oscar for Monster, but has kept a relatively low profile since – directing episodes of television programs instead of jumping back into the feature world, including work on Arrested Development, Entourage, and The Killing. She’s a talented director who should certainly be doing more feature work, but it remains to be seen if she’d be up for (or even right) for this sort of film. If Jenkins does get the job (and Marvel is said to be “pretty serious” about her), she would be only the second female director to helm a Marvel property (the only other is Lexi Alexander, who directed Punisher: War Zone in 2008). Of course, we’ll have to wait and see how this supposed scoop pans out, but it’s certainly an interesting possible choice to think about.


Without H.R. Giger’s design for the alien in the original Alien, it wouldn’t have come close to having the impact that it had. It was the launch of not only a frightening new monster to invade our nightmares, but also of an iconic beast that permeates pop culture. Thousands of monsters movies attempted it, and Alien found success because of Giger. Now, it’s loosely confirmed that he’ll be back on board for the prequels. Good news by any stretch of the imagination.


Find out all the essentials you’ll need to survive the Cloverfield monster attack from your Movie Style Guy, Robert Fure!


The new ‘Cloverfield’ trailer is out. The monster is in there. How about we slow things down a bit and get a better look?

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