Friday, March 26, 2010

UTW review of The Ghost Writer



Go here if you want to read my review for Roman Polanski's latest film The Ghost Writer in this week's Urban Tulsa. It's kind of a political thriller. I liked it.

5 comments:

Guy Gadbois said...

Like the 1st comment on your UTW review, his drugging & raping of a 13 year old child has nothing to do with his professional abilities or success.

Joshua Blevins Peck said...

Uhm, I don't think I mention that they do have anything to do with each other; my intention was to point out how I forget how good a filmmaker he is due to what I know about his personal life via the media; how knowledge of someone and what they've done overshadows other areas of their life, in this case, his films.

I guess I didn't make that clear enough and should have worked on that to make it more obvious.

As I said, the guy is divisive. Had I not mentioned anything about it, some people may have been, "why didn't you mention he raped a 13 year old?"

Just trying to write something about separating his past from his work...

Anonymous said...

Almost every reviewer seems to mention or allude to it which while having NOTHING at all to do with the merits of the film is almost understandable since it all came back with the arrest last fall. I don't recall all this renewed outrage when THE PIANIST came out.

But it's annoying enough to have it mentioned in the lead without it being factually incorrect. He plead to non consensual sex with a minor. He was not convicted of sexual assault.

Guy Gadbois said...

JBP: I know you were writing about his work but for someone who committed such an egregious crime & fled his punishment (judicial misconduct doesn't outweigh the fact he committed statutory rape), I don't think he deserves reprieve.

sunflowerr said...

Focusing purely on the film itself, the opening scene is one of the best I have ever seen in regards to setting the tone for the movie. I love this film and I think you guys are focusing on entirely the wrong thing.