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James Franco

At Screen Comment we love us a good, brainy actor every once in a while—actor/filmmakers? Even better. In the previous two decades there was Spacey, then there was Malkovich, and now it’s the new guard with James Franco. Franco has that wonderful and compound quality: self-effacing while at the same time exuding a certain authority over American filmic output. The same guy who appeared in ... more >

James Franco on Emceeing the Oscars

By ALI NADERZAD - December 2, 2010Upon hearing the news that James Franco would host the Oscars along with Anne Hathaway I reached out to him to get the skinny.But first, who’s saying what in the barrage of articles that quickly filled up everyone’s news readers after the announcement made earlier this week?Brooks Barnes, from the noted New York Times blog Carpetbagger pointed that Franco and ... more >

127 Hours

Every second counts
James Franco, Amber Tamblyn and Kate Mara
Directed by Danny Boyle

In movies nothing good ever happens on a mountain unless you’re Julie Andrews and then good things happen to you everywhere. There’s Kevin MacDonald’s documentary “Touching the Void” about a mountain-climbing expedition shot to hell. And what was that mountain disaster movie that at first advertised its cannibalism but later changed to a triumph of the human spirit angle? I‘m not sure if ... more >

James Franco

On directing The Clerk's Tale and taking it to Cannes

James Franco’s short film “The Clerk’s Tale” closed Critics’ Week at Cannes. During a conversation we had together he did a close reading on the Spencer Reece poem it is based on. Screen Comment - “The Clerk’s Tale” has a hint of sweet hopelessness. It reminds me of Thoreau’s famous sentence “the mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation.”I found the following sentence especially ... more >

The Pineapple Express

A deliriously-funny weed hit of a movie
Seth Rogen, James Franco and Danny McBride
Directed by David Gordon Green

Judd Apatow, the king of the American raunch-com, and David Gordon Green, the lyrical indie filmmaker, whose ethereal work has been among the best American filmmaking of the past decade. In truth, it’s not as odd as it seems. As far back as his earliest films, Green would express his interest in doing commercial projects in order to support his artistic ones. And his films have been known to ... more >