Sunday, January 18, 2009

First Review of David Mackenzie's "Spread" Starring Ashton Kutcher and Anne Heche

While my fan's effort here have received some nice compliments via email-thanks very much, others no doubt had a few good laughs at me as David was apparently a no show...if he was I sure as f didnt see him :((((

Right, well to most accounts the Qik 24hoursatSundance was a fun event (I actually liked it and huzzah, I even saw this blog listed among the scores of people who were blogging, tweeting and chatting about it, many thanks, esp to the staffer who included me on the list, thanks much!!!) The film's after party with EW was great fun (even one the true greats Anthony Kiedis of Red Hot Chili Peppers was there-you should read his book too, amazing life he's had, bless he is still around and making killer music). Photos below, but the first of the reviews of Spread which premiered last night at the Sundance film festival, are now starting to trickle online.

From Salon, who has always been a very positive about the film work done by David Mackenzie, had a great review with definitely positive things to say regarding Ashton's improved acting and the direction from David. Quotage of note: Kutcher turns out to have terrific acting chops well beyond the doofus self-mockery of his TV-host and pitchman personas. His character, Rikki, is an all-American pretty boy grown worldly-wise before his years, who narrates part of the movie after the fashion of William Holden in "Sunset Boulevard." Although that's a definite influence it's not a spoiler (i.e., Rikki isn't dead)....Mackenzie delivers that story as a blend of sex comedy, dark satire, and morality tale that recalls various aspects of "Shampoo" and "Less Than Zero" and "The Graduate," but has a couple of nifty surprises and a poisonous sting in its tail that's all its own. Heche is tremendous in a difficult role,

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