Tattoo Time

The New York Film Critics Circle and the National Board of Review are sitting down today for a screening of David Fincher‘s The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, which, given what Fincher has been saying about it, may be more of a critics pick or a Fincher fanboy fave than what most of us regard as an “Academy film.”

A select group of Fincher fanboys (Hitfix‘s Drew McWeeny, First Showing‘s Alex Billington, etc.) are now watching Tattoo at Sony Studios. I thought my incessant Social Network and Zodiac ravings quaified me as a Fincher fanboy, but I guess not.

The dates and times of subsequent screenings will be made known later today, I’ve been told. I’m hoping to hear a comment or two later today from somebody about how it plays.

  • Colin

    Is it really worth getting angry over? No one really reads reviews of films before opening weekend anyway.

    But on another point, when did McWeeny, Billington and Faraci get such clout?

  • DiscoNap

    I really have started to like the rhythm of the over-long final trailer, even if they show it incessantly. Plummer looks like one of the real improvements over the Swedish take. Not exactly counting the days, but it’s one of the few holiday season trailers I’m not sick of.

  • Tristan Eldritch2

    In fairness, your campaign of behalf of Social Network should have earned you a private screening.

  • Alexander

    As the Blogosphere Turns…

    Normally mild-tempered and reasonable columnist resorts to blackmail and extortion to see film a little bit earlier than he will anyway… News at 11…

    Wherever Blake Edwards is, I’m sure he’s wishing he could be around to make a film about today’s Hollywood-Columnists-Critics Nexus.

  • Tristan Eldritch2

    Edit for illiteracy: “on behalf of”.

  • Matthew Starr

    Cmon Jeff name names! Who was the irate columnist. If you’re going to post gossipy stuff like this at least give us the juicy details.

  • MechanicalShark

    Hah, Faraci’s probably going to be GLARING at Billington the entire time. They have a little HATE FEUD going. Mostly because Devin thinks Billington is a film philistine and does not deserve to get to go to special screenings and panel discussions and set tours.

  • http://www.badassdigest.com Devin Faraci

    I wasn’t invited to this.

  • Rashad

    Not sure how critics can name a movie the best of the year without even thinking about it for a full day.

  • J. Ho

    Devin Faraci is a massive tool and a douche but he’s also a fantastic writer. The sucess of Badass Digest and what happened to CHUD after he left says it all.

  • Alexander

    There’s truth in that, J. Ho. Faraci is always a consistently good read.

  • Schumacher, le garde-chasse

    “Devin Faraci is a massive tool and a douche but he’s also a fantastic writer.”

    Give me a break. His adeptness at reader provocation does not a good writer make. His mechanics are sloppy, his prose frequents the purple, and his insights are about as fuzzy as the rest of his sociopathic, frequently inebriated mind is. The man champions the little-seen and the strange, and for that, I’ll give him mild props (even if he has a Harry Knowles-like tendency to praise a film for what it’s trying to be, rather than what it actually accomplishes), but at best, he is wildly competent. No more, often less.

  • K. Bowen

    Gentlemen, might I suggest you retire to Twitter for an entertaining free-for-all?

  • Ray DeRousse

    Alex Billington was invited to this, and the guy who serves hot dogs outside the Home Depot near my house wasn’t?

    That Billington must really know how to suck a dick.

  • Krillian

    Never heard of Billington. Huh. Thought I was plugged in.

  • Sasha Stone

    Open season on film bloggers? Those guys are aces. Alex is one of the nicest people I’ve ever met online. A true blue, a hard worker and a good writer. Ditto Devin. It’s hard to invite anyone without other people feeling shut out. If Jeff gets in then everyone who writes about the Oscars would want to get in and if they get in the film critics (long) lead want in. So – how do you please everybody? I see their point…plenty of people out there get first looks where other people don’t. I was miffed when I didn’t get into the Iron Lady screening a while bag. So we throw a tantrum and it’s over. We’ll all see it soon enough.

  • LexG

    Not a Faraci fan, but that terse “I wasn’t invited to this” is pretty funny. Makes me think of Dice Clay flipping out on CNN: “Where do you get your fuckin’ information?”

  • DiscoNap

    Yeah Devin dragged my 20 year old ass into the online film world as much as anyone, sadly. Been into the Wells-man forever, but that was different. Wells is like a Studio 54 Bartender who made good, Faraci is one of us. Still a douche though.

  • Sasha Stone

    While back…not bag….ergh.

  • coxcable

    If every Hollywood blogger published their movie reviews on the day of release (the ethical standard for decades), then the studios wouldn’t have to use early screenings, embargos & set visits to push them around and pit them against each other.

    But no… to a blogger, a legitimate review — by even the most talentless writer — is the same as breaking news.

  • Lonesome Rhodes

    I’m sure Alex Billington is a perfectly nice dude, but he writes like a 9-year old on the IMDB message boards.

  • Drew McWeeny

    Thanks, Jeff.

    Should I forward you the rest of my schedule for this week so you can publish that, too?

    Or maybe you could do me the very mild courtesy of shutting the fuck up about where I am and what I’m doing until I decide what and how to publish.

    Me sitting in a screening room is not news. Don’t be a dickbag because you weren’t there.

  • The Pope

    Jeff’s real pissed because he though after having shouted so loud for Zodiac and The Social Network, he reckoned Fincher valued him not only as a friend, but a crucial ally in making sure the film is understood.

    Guess what, Jeff? You’re just another cog. And a small one at that.

  • Gaydos

    Alexander wrote:

    “Wherever Blake Edwards is, I’m sure he’s wishing he could be around to make a film about today’s Hollywood-Columnists-Critics Nexus”

    Do we need to wait for the film? Can’t someone assess what’s happened, why and the impact on filmmaking, marketing and criticism?

    But then I still want to know the name of the guy on the grassy knoll.

  • Gaydos

    Site A makes X number of dollars based upon X millions of unique visitors, time of engagement, etc.

    Site A gets FIRST LOOK at Studio Contender B and quickly “reviews” the film gushingly to said X millions of uniques, which benefits their business.

    (Although with the crashing value of CPMs, not sure what THAT means in Z$ terms.).

    Studio C benefits tremendously from advance gush and this effects the awards season races which ALL entertainment sites and publications are covering in order to generate Y$.

    Jeff mentions an important detail that illuminates a key moment in this process, which Alexander above brilliantly calls “today’s Hollywood-Columnists-Critics Nexus,” in real time and this mention is bitchslapped back as “not news?”

    On a site that is predominantly about awards season news, reviews and information????????

    BTW: I think that was also Murdoch’s view of the pesky reports of phone hacking.

  • Eloi Wrath

    “Or maybe you could do me the very mild courtesy of shutting the fuck up about where I am and what I’m doing until I decide what and how to publish.”

    Jesus, McWee. You make it seem like he just posted your wife’s social security number online or something. How are those rage issues coming along?

  • BobbyLupo

    Drew – it’s not enough that you got to go to the screening that Jeff didn’t? Now you have to beat him at overreacting too?

  • Chris Willman

    Imagine all the stalkers Drew McWeeny had to deal with outside the studio gates because of Jeff’s loose lips.

  • Matthew Starr

    Drew sounds like Jeff just revealed his most intimate secrets or something. The best part about this time of year is bloggers and critics crying over who gets to see what first.

  • Sasha Stone

    “Jeff’s real pissed because he though after having shouted so loud for Zodiac and The Social Network, he reckoned Fincher valued him not only as a friend, but a crucial ally in making sure the film is understood.

    Guess what, Jeff? You’re just another cog. And a small one at that.”

    Na, that’s crap and insulting to David Fincher. Do you really think he’d only invite people who were nice to his movies? It’s not that. The people he invites early are usually people whose work HE respects, not the other way around. It’s a way of testing the waters before the onslaught. Jeff isn’t a cog, you must know this.

    But I can’t really argue with Gaydos. Shit’s fucked up. But here’s what I do know – you can try to coddle the bloggers all you want, you can invite them early to screenings, you can put them flesh up against a celebrity or two and they will gush and gush and gush. But if the movie ain’t all that? It doesn’t get very far once the critics take a bite out of it. This is why film criticism is still vital…let it never die.

  • Drew McWeeny

    Yeah, yeah. “Oh, no, Drew said mean words.”

    It’s a classless move, and Jeff knew exactly what he was doing. But god forbid I have an opinion on it since he’s chosen to drag me into something that’s between him and the studio.

    You may want to really try to puzzle through this one, Jeff. Why do you think you might not get invited to things? Is it because you consistently shit where you eat? And once you’ve done that so much that it’s ruined your relationships, do you really think it’s right to start shitting where other people eat as well?

    Defend your demented Emperor God, kids. Of course Jeff did nothing wrong. Of course he should never be held responsible for his actions. That would be crazy.

  • Gaydos

    Agree completely with Ms. Stone.

    And one more observation: if you take the ten Oscar nommed films and the top ten films from the Sight and Sound annual crix survey and figure out what kind of film is midway between the two lists, you know what film you get?

    THE TURIN WAR HORSE.

  • Sasha Stone

    For the win. Turin War Horse = masterpiece.

  • coxcable

    Drew, the reason you’re upset is because deep down you know that studio scheming like this is unethical. Using selective access with reviewers with the expectation of playing ball is corrupt. If anyone gave a shit about Hollywood these days, it would be investigated.

    We like Wells because despite being part of the awful system, and occassionally out of his mind, he’s generally a straight shooter… like Omar on The Wire.

    The studios wouldn’t dare fly his ass to Moscow to see Transformers and expect anything but authentic venom in return.

    That makes him an asshole. And more ethical than you.

  • hiviper

    McWeeny: The reason we love Wells is because he shits where he eats, so to speak.

  • Markj74

    This whole ‘Oscar blogger’ film idea that has been swatted around here recently really needs to be put in motion. Aaron Eckhart as Jeff, Maggie Gyllenhaal as Sasha and Jonah Hill as McWeeny. Script by Aaron Sorkin. Directed by Terry Gilliam.

  • LexG

    If you jerkoffs wanna see this shit early, get a nice DVD subtitling job, they’ll hook you up. You can type out the last 56 minutes of any six-months-off movie you want in glorious 1.33 black and white with a big STAMP across the image, and you don’t get to see the first half of it first, and it takes you two-three days to type out an hour of show, then you get to QC between 15-30 versions of it over the next week or so, until you hate it and you have to work with balding depressing sadsacks who hate all movies and whine about everything and all the wonder of Hollywood is destroyed forever.

    Fuck life.

  • Markj74

    Oh the irony of Drew calling other people ‘kids’.

  • Eloi Wrath

    “Defend your demented Emperor God, kids. Of course Jeff did nothing wrong. Of course he should never be held responsible for his actions. That would be crazy.”

    Good lord, you’re a pompous ass. What Jeff did was the equivalent of this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AERwgNvgMmc

  • markj

    This whole ‘Oscar blogger’ film idea that has been swatted around here recently really needs to be put in motion. Aaron Eckhart as Jeff, Maggie Gyllenhaal as Sasha and Jonah Hill as McWeeny. Script by Aaron Sorkin. Directed by Terry Gilliam.

  • markj

    Oh the irony of Drew calling other people ‘kids’.

  • BobbyLupo

    “Yeah, yeah. “Oh, no, Drew said mean words.””

    I don’t think anybody cares that you were mean so much as that you seemed to get really really disproportionately angry. And I don’t think people were defending Jeff as more than a side effect of laughing at you for being ridiculous.

  • Gaydos

    Why hasn’t Patrick Goldstein weighed in on this?

    And why hasn’t ANYONE HERE weighed in on Goldstein’s proposal to penalize the promotion and marketing of any films that aren’t Smurfs or Michael Bay blockbusters?

    BTW: I have NEVER read his critique of the $150 million marketing spend for films of that ilk that is now the norm.

    However: he finds it unseemly, make that immoral, to market or promote specialty films and dramas, ie the films that need the awards season to find an audience and recoup. He uses Harry Potter, the ultimate anomaly, to do a mullah number on anyone who wants to tubthump their awards contenders.

    Yeah, I know, as if things weren’t tough enough for makers of grownup films. Now we need a luxury tax on anyone who dares to promote “Black Swan” and “Social Network.”

    But I think Goldstein is guilty of proposing half measures.

    Let’s go back to the source of all this trouble: let’s ban film festivals!

    No more champagne and Ferrarris and Hugo Boss suits, Cartier jewels and Jimmy Choo! They make the world of filmmaking so unfair on the poor makers of blockbusters who aren’t invited to their parties!

    It’s hair shirt time and we should all be ashamed for BEING IN SHOW BUSINESS!!!!!