Come Anticipate Up in the Air: Jason Reitman, George Clooney, sad songs

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just begging to have a red No line thru it really

dragon movies (rrrobyn), Tuesday, 5 January 2010 01:44 (4 years ago) Permalink

Suggesting "The Insider" is about the tobacco industry is like saying "Up in the Air" is about airplanes.

This movie is totally superficial. Enjoyable so, but still - pretty shallow. Like, the chipmunk acolyte? Her arc feels sort of abruptly incomplete. The way it was set up, she needed to fire Clooney, which would have totally set him adrift and then justified his surprisingly effusive letter of recommendation he pens for her. Like, he loses his job and gains freedom. She gets a raise and loses her soul. Something like that.

Josh in Chicago, Tuesday, 5 January 2010 01:47 (4 years ago) Permalink

"You snotty bastard."

Hell is other people. In an ILE film forum. (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 5 January 2010 01:48 (4 years ago) Permalink

Thank You Your Snoking

I'm awesome.

― girl moves (Abbott), Monday, January 4, 2010 8:32 PM (3 hours ago) Bookmark Suggest Ban Permalink

real-life lolz

meryl streep post-brazilian (s1ocki), Tuesday, 5 January 2010 04:50 (4 years ago) Permalink

seriously

meryl streep post-brazilian (s1ocki), Tuesday, 5 January 2010 04:50 (4 years ago) Permalink

much-needed tbh

meryl streep post-brazilian (s1ocki), Tuesday, 5 January 2010 04:51 (4 years ago) Permalink

People like the way I write women

Shannon Whirry and the Bad Brains, Monday, 18 January 2010 12:12 (4 years ago) Permalink

ugh

mind crystals over matter (rrrobyn), Monday, 18 January 2010 13:40 (4 years ago) Permalink

(did not watch GGs (not into pain) but will ugh in bold AND caps if he wins writing Oscar, lol)

mind crystals over matter (rrrobyn), Monday, 18 January 2010 13:45 (4 years ago) Permalink

hate reitman more and more

just sayin, Monday, 18 January 2010 15:56 (4 years ago) Permalink

The genesis story that Jason Reitman tells is by now well-honed. He discovered Walter Kirn’s novel “Up in the Air” in the independent bookshop Book Soup and spent a long time whipping a script into shape before getting behind the camera.

in the independent bookshop Book Soup
in the independent bookshop Book Soup
in the independent bookshop Book Soup

queen frostine (Eric H.), Monday, 18 January 2010 15:58 (4 years ago) Permalink

haha, he really is a shit.

caek, Monday, 18 January 2010 16:00 (4 years ago) Permalink

Oh no, he was in a bookstore.

Simon H., Monday, 18 January 2010 16:01 (4 years ago) Permalink

seriously - how pretentious

fleetwood (s1ocki), Monday, 18 January 2010 16:04 (4 years ago) Permalink

next we'll hear he writes for an alt-weekly!

Simon H., Monday, 18 January 2010 16:05 (4 years ago) Permalink

if he was honest he'd just admit he read it on his kindle.

fleetwood (s1ocki), Monday, 18 January 2010 16:05 (4 years ago) Permalink

That's not earthy enough a story, tho!

queen frostine (Eric H.), Monday, 18 January 2010 16:27 (4 years ago) Permalink

See, he was helping those poor indie bookstore workers from losing their jobs!

queen frostine (Eric H.), Monday, 18 January 2010 16:28 (4 years ago) Permalink

you have really got the wrong takeaway from this story dude.

fleetwood (s1ocki), Monday, 18 January 2010 16:30 (4 years ago) Permalink

name-dropping an indie bookstore is like the least objectionable thing this guy has ever done.

fleetwood (s1ocki), Monday, 18 January 2010 16:31 (4 years ago) Permalink

I actually don't think much of this story is particularly objectionable.

That's Hollywood.

queen frostine (Eric H.), Monday, 18 January 2010 16:35 (4 years ago) Permalink

why did you do this then:

in the independent bookshop Book Soup
in the independent bookshop Book Soup
in the independent bookshop Book Soup

fleetwood (s1ocki), Monday, 18 January 2010 16:35 (4 years ago) Permalink

Because it's hilarious.

queen frostine (Eric H.), Monday, 18 January 2010 16:37 (4 years ago) Permalink

the alliteration.

Hell is other people. In an ILE film forum. (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 18 January 2010 16:37 (4 years ago) Permalink

the title of the shop, the notion of writing a screenplay in it, the carefully modulated assertion that it was an indie bookstore, not some suburban B&N ... all hysterical

queen frostine (Eric H.), Monday, 18 January 2010 16:38 (4 years ago) Permalink

Unusual details!

Book Soup is an independent bookstore located at 8818 Sunset Boulevard in West Hollywood, California, and is the largest general interest independent bookstore in Hollywood. The store is "known for its tall, teetering stacks and mazes of shelves crammed with titles that attracted entertainment and tourist industry clientele..." Popular with many in the entertainment industry, the store hosts a number of events featuring celebrity authors including Muhammad Ali, Howard Stern, Annie Leibovitz, Chuck Palahniuk, Jenna Jameson, and The Doors. Considered a "cultural fixture" of the Sunset Strip, Book Soup has also been featured as a location in a number of films and television shows.

The store was founded in 1975 by Glenn Goldman. Goldman and David Mackler (both in graduate school at UCLA at the time) raised $50,000 and, after doing extensive research on where to locate their store, opened Book Soup on Sunset Boulevard. The rationale for the location, as Goldman explained, was that there "had been a period of upheaval here in the '60s—of thought and ideas—and I felt that the people who lived in the neighborhood would and could really support a bookstore." Book Soup (the name was the least-offensive of those proposed by Goldman and Mackler) was nestled between a head shop and strip club. Mackler designed the store's interior.

Ned Raggett, Monday, 18 January 2010 16:38 (4 years ago) Permalink

What were the more offensive names, one wonders.

Ned Raggett, Monday, 18 January 2010 16:39 (4 years ago) Permalink

the title of the shop, the notion of writing a screenplay in it, the carefully modulated assertion that it was an indie bookstore, not some suburban B&N ... all hysterical

― queen frostine (Eric H.), Monday, January 18, 2010 11:38 AM (1 minute ago) Bookmark Suggest Ban Permalink

uh i dont think he said he wrote the screenplay in the store haha

fleetwood (s1ocki), Monday, 18 January 2010 16:40 (4 years ago) Permalink

also how is saying "the independent bookshop" carefully-modulated

fleetwood (s1ocki), Monday, 18 January 2010 16:40 (4 years ago) Permalink

Book Fuck

Tracer Hand, Monday, 18 January 2010 16:44 (4 years ago) Permalink

Book Poop

Ned Raggett, Monday, 18 January 2010 16:45 (4 years ago) Permalink

the independent bookshop poop soup

fleetwood (s1ocki), Monday, 18 January 2010 16:45 (4 years ago) Permalink

Poop to Nuts

Tracer Hand, Monday, 18 January 2010 16:46 (4 years ago) Permalink

Rough Bindings

Tracer Hand, Monday, 18 January 2010 16:47 (4 years ago) Permalink

He discovered Walter Kirn’s novel “Up in the Air” in the independent bookshop Anal Book Hole

Tracer Hand, Monday, 18 January 2010 16:48 (4 years ago) Permalink

anal book nook iirc

fleetwood (s1ocki), Monday, 18 January 2010 16:50 (4 years ago) Permalink

"And he's called the Bookworm, you say."

Ned Raggett, Monday, 18 January 2010 16:51 (4 years ago) Permalink

He should have just said he discovered it in a book store after he read a draft that someone else had adapted and sought out the novel. In a book store. Where people often find books.

Am I wrong, or is Walter Kirn another pseudo-conservative a la Chris Buckley?

Josh in Chicago, Monday, 18 January 2010 17:05 (4 years ago) Permalink

He called himself a libertarian, I think in his KCRW Treatment interview.

hardly a giant f-off pickup (Eazy), Monday, 18 January 2010 20:35 (4 years ago) Permalink

My favorite moment from the Golden Globes was Cameron winning best director and best film, because they would cut to Jason Reitman looking snotty and disappointed in the audience. He was clearly expecting to win.

ô_o (Nicole), Monday, 18 January 2010 20:52 (4 years ago) Permalink

James Cameron is an annoying tool, but he still manages to be less objectionable than Jason Reitman.

ô_o (Nicole), Monday, 18 January 2010 20:53 (4 years ago) Permalink

Reitman has proved himself to be a prat in a lot of ways, but I'll still root for him over Avatar any damn day.

Simon H., Monday, 18 January 2010 20:56 (4 years ago) Permalink

no way

avatar's just corny, up in the air is actually straight objectionable

cozen, Monday, 18 January 2010 22:01 (4 years ago) Permalink

Avatar isn't objectionable? Straight-up racist, pandering, focus-grouped-to-death faux new age BS.

Simon H., Monday, 18 January 2010 22:29 (4 years ago) Permalink

Actually, Avatar wasn't focus-grouped.

Elvis Telecom, Monday, 18 January 2010 23:15 (4 years ago) Permalink

im pretty meh on both films but i'd reward cameron's psycho creative lunacy over reitman's mannered libertarian feel-good pat-backing any day.

both films are basically anti-human, i'll side with the one with the aliens

fleetwood (s1ocki), Monday, 18 January 2010 23:46 (4 years ago) Permalink

haha!
a friend of mine is saying that i should actually go see this movie so that my objections to it have more cred. i'm like, i don't like anything jason reitman's done, on top of that i feel manipulated into sort of liking it while watching and then feeling confused and dirty afterwards. and every time i've heard him talk or read anything, i am made to sneer, which is unattractive on many levels. my tolerance for hollywood douchebaggery is low these days. i do like clooney, but maybe this will make me not like him! ohno!
so...

mind crystals over matter (rrrobyn), Monday, 18 January 2010 23:52 (4 years ago) Permalink

Clooney (and really the whole cast) is what keeps me from outright hating this movie.

Elvis Telecom, Tuesday, 19 January 2010 02:25 (4 years ago) Permalink

see, that just makes me think of the whole Little Miss Sunshine debacle all over again - awesome cast, uncreative writing, bad movie, get mega accolades, leaves me o_O - i find that kind of thing infuriating

mind crystals over matter (rrrobyn), Tuesday, 19 January 2010 02:52 (4 years ago) Permalink


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