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“You know, 90% of the country believes in ghosts? Less than a third believes in evolution? 35% can correctly identify Homer Simpson and the fictional town which he resides. And less than 1% knows the name Thurgood Marshall. But when you put 12 Americans together in a jury and ask for justice? Something just out of brilliance happens. Often as not, they get it right.”

Films watched in 2015: The Judge (2014), dir. David Dobkin

THE FUTURIST!’s Movie Viewing Log circa APRIL 2017


XANADU (1980, Robert Greenwald)

FANTASTIC BEASTS AND WHERE TO FIND THEM (2016, David Yates)

SNOWDEN (2016, Oliver Stone)

RENT (2005, Chris Columbus)

20th CENTURY WOMEN (2016, Mike Mills)

PATERSON (2016, Jim Jarmusch)

MAMMA MIA! (2008, Phyllida Lloyd)

EASTER PARADE (1948, Charles Walters)

THE TEN COMMANDMENTS (1956, Cecil B. DeMille)

THE GOLD GHOST (1934, Charles Lamont / Buster Keaton)

THE FATE OF THE FURIOUS (2017, F. Gary Gray)

THE LOVE WITCH (2016, Anna Biller)

THE JUDGE (2014, David Dobkin)

HAIR (1979, Milos Forman)

THE GRADUATE (1967, Mike Nichols)

WHAT’S UP, DOC? (1972, Peter Bogdanovich)

TWIN PEAKS: FIRE WALK WITH ME (1992, David Lynch)

HOW TO SUCCEED IN BUSINESS WITHOUT REALLY TRYING (1967, David Swift)

LAST EMBRACE (1979, Jonathan Demme)

THE CIRCLE (2017, James Ponsoldt)

CASINO ROYALE (1967, Val Guest / Ken Hughes / John Huston / Joseph McGrath / Robert Parrish)

TOMMY (1975, Ken Russell)

Robert Downey Jr. is the most fun, creative actor I’ve ever worked with. he’s like having an excited puppy on the set all the time. And even if he’s just finished a scene where he’s been crying, he wipes the tears away, jumps out of wherever he was and makes a joke. He makes it fun for everybody. Kind of what you’d expect.
—  David Dobkin, on working with Robert Downey Jr on The Judge, in his Reddit AMA
Re: 'The Judge' screenplay summary/review.

Last year around this time, it was announced that RDJ wasn’t going to be in Inherent Vice, a project that I had been waiting for since his tentative participation was announced three years ago.

I was pissed. In fact, I fucking whined. It was as though I felt RDJ owes me an explanation for any career decision that he makes.  

Of course he doesn’t (I’m not that delusional). It’s just that when you’re such a huge fan, you get a little too emotionally invested in said actor’s career. And, you know, I adore the guy, warts and all, and I want to see him continue to do well. I’ve been particularly desperate to see him in non-franchise films.  

At that time, what we knew of The Judge was a bare gist of a synopsis, i.e., city lawyer comes back home after a death in family. Needless to say I wasn’t enthused; it sounded very generic and I wished he had dropped it instead.  

(This was all even though I had read that it was actually one of the most popular scripts in Hollywood of the past year.)

Anyway, some nice person following this blog took pity on me and sent me a copy, said that it’s actually good.

NOTE: The only reason why I haven’t posted the script for everyone to download, and I don’t intend to spread it around as such, is because I don’t think it would be in Team Downey’s best interest to do so.  

(So if you do have a copy, please keep most of it to yourself.)

The next best thing, to me, is a script review.  So here it is.

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