James Franco's Child of God

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  • 03 May 2013 at 8:55 pm #3357

    Candy Minx
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    I am living in Pilsen Bob. Pilsen Chicago…and it’s the best neighborhood in the city.i love it. yes it was at one point a Czech neighborhood but now it’s is diversified with tons of Hispanic population, hipsters, artists, families etc. it is great pastime of mine when I’m on the pink line to play a guessing game…identifying who gets off the train at 18th. The skinnier the jeans towards 18th. As one gets further from 18th the pants legs get wider and wider.


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    04 May 2013 at 8:09 am #3358

    Richard L.
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    Re: “The skinnier the jeans towards 18th. As one gets further from 18th the pants legs get wider and wider.”

    Kinda like the bigger the flowers on the dress, the older the woman.

    But what we take for synchroncity or quirks of ethnicity is more accurately explained by salesmanship. Corporations seduced us into buying what they sell and convince us that it was our idea all along. Why are Americans fatter than they used to be? Not because we have become a nation of lazy dudes, moochers, and takers (who vote for the socialist Obama; another joke), for even as Rush Limbaugh propagates that idea, we need only look to his example to see the oxy-moron.


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    25 Jul 2013 at 8:43 am #3682

    Well, it looks like “Child of God” will be premiering in competition at the Venice Film Festival.


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    28 Aug 2013 at 2:57 pm #3867

    Here’s the initial teaser trailer to Franco’s “Child of God,” which premieres in a few days in Venice.

    http://thefilmstage.com/trailer/first-teaser-introduces-james-francos-cormac-mccarthy-adaptation-child-of-god

    It’s a poorly-assembled teaser, thus proving my theory correct that James Franco is the fecal equivalent of King Midas: everything he touches turns to shit.


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    28 Aug 2013 at 11:39 pm #3872

    Rick Wallach
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    A little premature. Might just be a leaked or purloined bit of footage. This has been known to occur, no?

    Anyone hear anything about his As I Lay Dying yet?


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    31 Aug 2013 at 6:47 pm #3908

    Glass
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    A review out of Venice, the first one I’ve seen. Granted it’s only one review, but fears might be realized that Franco’s COG is some pretty weak sauce: http://blogs.indiewire.com/theplaylist/venice-review-james-francos-cormac-mccarthy-adaptation-child-of-god-20130831

    A nice review from Variety: http://variety.com/2013/film/reviews/venice-film-review-child-of-god-1200594365/

    Scott Haze talks about COG, playing Lester Ballard: http://www.metro.us/newyork/entertainment/2013/09/05/child-of-god-star-scott-haze-gives-metro-his-first-ever-interview/


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    08 Sep 2013 at 2:04 pm #3943

    wesmorgan
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    This doesn’t look like a rave review to me. Barry Hertz writes from the Toronto International Film Festival:

    “…. watching/enduring James Franco’s Child of God was like suddenly coming down with a case of stomach flu, with the only appropriate reactions being nausea and retching. Adapted from a Cormac McCarthy novel, the 100-minute film (which feels like 127 hours long) stars Scott Haze as a mumbling, profanity-prone mountain man who goes through bouts of violent paranoia and…um…necrophilia. It’s a violent, ugly film that earned the most mid-screening walk-outs I’ve ever seen during a TIFF presentation. While it’s admirable that Franco wants to constantly expand his areas of expertise, this project is more of a stain on his ever-expanding CV than anything else.”

    http://www2.macleans.ca/2013/09/07/tiff-2103-diary-day-two-from-dead-cheerleaders-to-a-lively-zac-efron/


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    12 Sep 2013 at 4:20 pm #3967

    Ken
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    From Cormac McCarthy’s ‘Child Of God’ by James Franco:

    … When I finally got to talk to my favorite living writer, Cormac McCarthy,
    I said, “I am going to be asked why I wanted to make a movie about this subject, so I’m going to ask you why you wrote a book about this subject.”

    In a high, slow moving Southern drawl, he said, “Oh, I don’t know James, probably some dumbass reason [chuckle].”


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    13 Sep 2013 at 9:11 am #3968

    Richard L.
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    Links come and links go. Here’s a more complete James Franco quote from the link:

    When I finally got to talk to my favorite living writer, Cormac McCarthy, I said, “I am going to be asked why I wanted to make a movie about this subject, so I’m going to ask you why you wrote a book about this subject.”

    In a high, slow moving Southern drawl, he said, “Oh, I don’t know James, probably some dumbass reason [chuckle].”

    I knew he was famous for not talking about his work, but I hate not getting answers. In art school, for better or worse, you learn to talk about your work, at least with other artists. “Well, I see it as a metaphor for, or an extreme example of isolation and someone who is pushed outside of civilized society. Lester just wants to connect, he wants to love and be loved, but he is incapable of being intimate with another (living) person because he’s a creep. But with dead bodies he gets to control both sides of the relationship. The fact that there is an actual body aids his imagination in the creation of another outside of himself. It all helps him believe that it is not just a solitary enterprise. He gets the best of both worlds: he gets to be in control of both sides of the relationship and he gets to trick himself into thinking that he is interacting with someone else.”

    “Oh, I don’t know, James. I just know that there are people like him all around us.”

    “Yeah.”

    I guess what McCarthy meant on the phone is that Lester is a manifestation of the recurrent violence that flows through McCarthy’s oeuvre. But recurrent violence, or the portrait of a killer isn’t the only thing I read in the book, and it isn’t the only thing I tried to do with the film. For me it was a way to use shocking material (presented in a considered way) in order to talk about the human condition. There are no actual images in our film that are any more disturbing that seeing a city decimated in Transformers, innocent people being run over by the Rock in Fast and Furious 6, or hundreds of people destroyed from afar by General Zod in Superman—what is disturbing about our film is the context. But I want that disturbance, because it enables me to talk about the universal theme of needing love in a fresh way. And as Ezra Pound said, “make it new.”

    A CHILD OF GOD follows THE ORCHARD KEEPER and OUTER DARK in a trilogy about the evolutionary fall of consciousness into animal man. CHILD OF GOD is McCarthy’s tale told of an idiot, full of sound and fury and signifying nothing–except for the compassion and the genuine humor of laughing at our own foibles instead of at someone else’s foibles, of recognizing ourselves in the Other.

    It is a challenge for the observer, and for the community of observers, to find not only empathy but compassion for the outsider, to find the God within us who watches every sparrow fall. It is what Christians often preach but seldom practice.


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    13 Sep 2013 at 10:28 am #3970

    Candy Minx
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    Great find of quotes Richard (and Ken), thanks for posting them here.

    I think James Franco is right on in his reading of CHILD OF GOD…and I believe he has described the novel very well.

    I also agree with what you observe, most profoundly said, about compassion for others…and Others.


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