OMG! Jack is writing about a movie I heard about! Actually, I thought that this film had an amazing story. The film in question is Margaret and it has an amazing cast including Anna Paquin, Mark Ruffalo, Matt Damon, Matthew Broderick and more!
It’s honestly a fascinating case study in perserverence and filmmaking. It took four years for this film to see the light of day… That’s a hell of a long time. So much so in fact that during the break the star of the movie landed one of the hottest series on television.
Check out the story of Margaret and when Jack met Mark Ruffalo after the jump!
No matter how many times I write an entry for this column I always love Mike’s reaction. Typically it’s usually along the lines of, “what the…” or “I Love it.” Today’s entry I believe will belong into the former category as its one of those films most people missed despite a cast comprised of Sookie, The Hulk, Ferris Bueller, Jason Bourne and many more recognizable faces. I’m talking about the movie, “Margaret.”
(Editor’s Note: I’ve heard of this one! LOL! M-)
After close to four years of editing (including help from Martin Scorsese and Thelma Schoonmaker) and one lawsuit, the film saw a limited release in late 2011. Although the film only played on 14 screens (during its widest U.S. release), the film received five star reviews from Time Out, The Daily Telegraph, and The Guardian plus generated serious awards consideration by Fox Searchlight. To my knowledge, the film only played at the Cinefamily in Los Angeles otherwise you had to wait for the home video release to discover “Margaret”
Margaret tells the story of Lisa Cohen (Anna Paquin), who witnesses a bus accident involving bus driver Maretti (Mark Ruffalo) and becomes tangled in the aftermath of the tragedy. Soon Lisa is overcome with emotions and unintentionally affects the lives of many different people while she seeks out the truth.
Anna Paquin leads an amazing cast co-starring Mark Ruffalo, Matthew Broderick, Matt Damon, Kieran Culkin, Olivia Thirlby, Rosemarie DeWitt, Allison Janney and Jean Reno. Honestly, last year this was one of my favorite films I discovered when a friend passed along his screener. Now on DVD/Blu-ray, you can also catch the extended cut if you can handle the three hour version. I strongly urge you to check out this well-crafted drama!
Last Thursday I met up with Mike and Susan for the Mark Ruffalo talk show taping. However I was less enthusiastic about the event as I already met Mark a few years before and had a more pressing engagement that night. Fortunately for everyone waiting, Mark signed on the way inside and went down the line.
He signed autographs and was initially strict about the one per person. After taking a few pictures in a row, Mark graciously signed my Blu-ray and made his way down.
I actually got him to stop for a few seconds when I asked him about directing, but he was being bothered by the one videographer “interviewing him.” Some people from the middle and front managed to snag an extra graph at the end, but Mark made his way back down taking a few more pictures before filming his segment. Afterwards, the MTF Family compared autographs and it was interesting to see everyone leave all at the same time. Although Mark was kind enough to sign despite being rushed, his autograph has definitely gone downhill. Susan did a great job comparing the two. Still, I love it when celebs care enough for their fans and take the time even when they’re feeling rushed. Mark is a class act and I appreciate you being awesome. Until the next time, happy autograph hunting!
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