"No unshot movie will ever fill me with such apoplectic loathing as and's The Lone Ranger, which will hit screens in December 2012. There's no option for but to portray Tonto as a Native American Jack Sparrow. And poor , such a perfect fit as the Winklevi twins in The Social Network, using his straightforward blue-eyed jockiness to play the Lone Ranger? In a script written by the thoroughly corrupted and? The only element affording a sliver of hope is that Revolutionary Road screenwriter Justin Haythe is co-credited." — Jeff Wells, Hollywood Elsewhere
Jun 9, 2011
Reviewing movies before they are imagined
Online film commentators faces many hurdles that traditional film critics do not, but chief among them has to be the inability to watch the films they often write about. They get around it by a variety of ingenious means. They review the script. They review the trailer. They review the title. They inhale deeply, clear the channels and intuit, through sheer ambient divination, the quality of the vive they are getting from the general direction of the yet-to-be-released movie. I don't think I've ever read someone review an entire film before a single frame of it has even been shot before, though. Naturally Wells 's insights into the quality of The Lone Ranger bring out my competitive side. So here goes: Paul Thomas Anderson's next film after The Master is going to be a minor work from a major filmmaker who seems systematically intent on denying himself creative possibilities. There. I just reviewed a movie that hasn't even been imagined yet.