“She Has Followers…”

“It’s hard to say whether Sound of My Voice is a wholly bogus and pretentious indie enterprise or a weirdly compelling bit of low-budget storytelling,” writes Movieline‘s Stephanie Zacharek, an obviously bright critic and a fine writer whom I don’t trust any more. “Probably it’s a little of both — this is the kind of picture that may often make you snort audibly, even as you’re wondering how the heck it’s going to resolve itself.

“And ultimately, even if the payoff isn’t quite what it should be, the picture leaves a faint chill in its wake. You probably won’t feel totally shafted for sticking with it — maybe just a little punk’d.”

Incidentally: I really don’t like to watch people eating. A shot of somebody slipping or stuffing any sort of prepared food into their mouth pretty much ruins any idea I might have at the moment to eat or sample something. And my skin positively crawls when I watch someone applyiing pate or some exotic spread to a cracker of some kind and then popping it into their mouth.

  • thevisceral

    Who hurt you Jeff? Just tell us.

  • creepingmalaise

    What did we learn from this post?

    Jeff no longer trusts Stephanie Zacharek, and he is repulsed by watching other people eat, with particular attention to crackers and pate.

    …and the movie?

  • Sasha Stone

    I know, what a peculiar quirk. I actually like watching actors eat – especially when it’s real eating – like Bugsy eating that plate of shrimp scampi after Virginia throws that ashtray at him, or Elle MacPhearson eating an apple while she’s flirting with Alec Baldwin in The Edge — or even, I guess, Julia Roberts and her friend eating pizza in Italy in that truly putrid film Eat Pray Love. Not sure what it is but there’s something fascinating about watching actors eat – maybe because you know they had to do the take a whole bunch of times and that they have to shove that shit down and look like they like it.

  • JR

    “maybe because you know they had to do the take a whole bunch of times and that they have to shove that shit down and look like they like it.”

    Just like a porn star?

  • Glenn Kenny

    I’m sure that Stephanie is questioning the legitimacy of her very existence at this very moment.

    I wonder if Phillip Noyce ever sets up a shot and suddenly thinks, “Oh, mustn’t have anyone CHEWING, I know how dear Jeff gets about that…”

  • Indeed

    And yet Jeff wanted to sleep with Moneyball, featuring one of the greatest screen eaters of our time.

  • Circumvrent

    I cannot think of one movie where someone spreads something on a cracker and pops it in their mouth. Not one.

    However, the strongest moment I remember from Neil Labute’s Nurse Betty is the peculiar way that Morgan Freeman dries his hands early on in the movie.

  • George Prager

    “Sasha loved to watch a man eat.”
    — Hack middlebrow novelist from the `50s

  • George Prager

    The weirdest eater in movies is Robert Redford. I’m thinking of Ritz crackers in DOWNHILL RACER, Haagen Daaz in LEGAL EAGLES, cookies in ALL THE PRESIDENT’S MEN, whatever it was that he took out of the oven in BRUBAKER. And if he’s not eating something he’s always holding a prop in his mouth usually a pen.

  • a_loco

    I immediately thought of Moneyball after reading that sentence. Watching Brad Pitt eat reminds of Brando playing with the glove in Waterfront. He turns chewing into an artform: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3gIaozs095k

    Also, best constantly eating throughout a film award goes to Tyrese in 2 Fast 2 Furious. GOOD MOVIE.

  • Gabe@ThePlaylist

    WEH HONGREH.

  • Colin

    I’m glad someone mentioned Brad Pitt constantly eating. That’s like my number one movie rule of the last ten years.

  • Ira Parks

    GEORGE PRAGER SAYS…

    [WELLS TO PRAGER: Bertolucci references, including but not limited to LAST TANGO IN PARIS, are always welcome. What isn't welcome? Any reference to Brando's declaration involving a rat, especially not in a thread about eating.]

  • Ira Parks

    ROBERT BILLS SAYS…

    Hi, first time to comment, long time reader. I was the food wrangler on NINE AND A HALF WEEKS. I’m building a blog about my adventures with food and chewing on that set in 1986. Robert Cashill is teaching me how to start the blog, because I wanted one that no one reads, it’s just for me and some friends. Anyway, look for it in May.

  • Hallick

    Sometimes it’s as as if Jeff was walking below a ringing bell tower one day and looked up to see Andy Rooney in a life and death struggle to wrench himself free from his own eyebrows. Before he knew what was happening, those crotchety bastards implanted themselves directly into his forehead and brain.

  • Storm Serge

    Well I would say Brad Pitt hand gesticulations are just above him eating. Just above.

    This looks and feels like the sum of Primer and that Aubrey Plaza/Duplass time travel movie that’s on the way

  • phantasmata

    My favorite Pitt-Mastication moment is in Fight Club when Norton rings him up from the payphone:

    “Yeah, I star-69ed you. I never pick up my phone. So what’s up?” *CHOMP CHOMP CHOMP*

    Also, Brit Marling is incredible; one of the most charismatic people to come down the pike in ages.

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    Not sure what it is but there’s something fascinating about watching actors eat – maybe because you know they had to do the take a whole bunch of times and that they have to shove that shit down and look like they like it.

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