27 Oct - The BFI LFF 'A Serious Man' premiere

October 27th, 2009.

You're probably sick of yet another movie premiere journal entry... (actually, looking at the number of views these have been getting, that point was reached about a dozen premieres ago). (Oops!). But even so, I went to this one and photos were taken and I'm putting them out there. Besides, there were three academy award winners in attendance at this one... so these guys were worthy

A kinked Red Carpet means this is a smaller premiere. (From brutal experience, this typically means Charlize Theron will not attend, and even Yellow Cap Guy is only a 'maybe'). This movie was for a Coen Brothers film, so perhaps one or both would deign to attend. And John Hurt would probably show up regardless.

A kinked Red Carpet means this is a smaller premiere. (From brutal experience, this typically means Charlize Theron will not attend, and even Yellow Cap Guy is only a 'maybe'). This movie was for a Coen Brothers film, so perhaps one or both would deign to attend. And John Hurt would probably show up regardless.

A Serious Man… or four.

A Serious Man… or four.

The legally required John Hurt shot- he's been a fixture of the British Film Festival this year. If being a film star means free movie tickets, perhaps I've made yet another error in my choice of career path.

The legally required John Hurt shot- he's been a fixture of the British Film Festival this year. If being a film star means free movie tickets, perhaps I've made yet another error in my choice of career path.

"If you're wondering what I've been up to since "Z Cars (1962)" dear boy, you've got over four decades of my filmography to catch up on". 17 years to see Alien (1977) and a further 26 years to see V for Vendetta (2005). It's quite the filmography, and I've callously skipped his two Oscar-nominated roles...

"If you're wondering what I've been up to since "Z Cars (1962)" dear boy, you've got over four decades of my filmography to catch up on". 17 years to see Alien (1977) and a further 26 years to see V for Vendetta (2005). It's quite the filmography, and I've callously skipped his two Oscar-nominated roles...

It's one of the Coen Brothers! I can't tell them apart because I've never met them and the other one isn't here yet. So I'm going to play the odds and call this one Ethan

It's one of the Coen Brothers! I can't tell them apart because I've never met them and the other one isn't here yet. So I'm going to play the odds and call this one Ethan

Michael Stuhlbarg (right) plays the lead in this film. I'd mention what else he's been in, but from where I sit in 2014 arguably he hasn't portrayed his next five most well known film roles yet. And you know me, I'm all about not polluting the timeline.

Michael Stuhlbarg (right) plays the lead in this film. I'd mention what else he's been in, but from where I sit in 2014 arguably he hasn't portrayed his next five most well known film roles yet. And you know me, I'm all about not polluting the timeline.

Michael Stuhlbarg poses with one of the Coen Brothers ('Fargo', 'The Big Lebowski'). I can't tell them apart because I've never met them and the other one isn't in frame, so I'm playing the odds and calling the same Coen brother 'from two photos ago Joel' this time. I'm now therefore at least 50% accurate in identifying Coen Brothers I've never met!

Michael Stuhlbarg poses with one of the Coen Brothers ('Fargo', 'The Big Lebowski'). I can't tell them apart because I've never met them and the other one isn't in frame, so I'm playing the odds and calling the same Coen brother 'from two photos ago Joel' this time. I'm now therefore at least 50% accurate in identifying Coen Brothers I've never met!

I'm willing to irritate and anger film fans everywhere by saying I didn't find 'The Big Lebowski' funny at all. Didn't see the humour, didn't gel with the characters, was unconvinced by the hype. That said, I thought 'Fargo' was very good. (The Coen Brothers appear to be blissfully unaware and unconcerned by this, as is their right.)

I'm willing to irritate and anger film fans everywhere by saying I didn't find 'The Big Lebowski' funny at all. Didn't see the humour, didn't gel with the characters, was unconvinced by the hype. That said, I thought 'Fargo' was very good. (The Coen Brothers appear to be blissfully unaware and unconcerned by this, as is their right.)

"Pssst! Ethan! The dude over there hates 'The Big Lebowski'. What do we do?" "How many Oscars has he won?" "None" "How many have we won?" "Four. Shared. In other words, two for each mantlepiece or four shared depending on how you count it, really" (Incidentally, I've now looked online. Apparently Joel is the taller one, so this comment, while probably not correct, is at least based in accuracy) (you're welcome!)

"Pssst! Ethan! The dude over there hates 'The Big Lebowski'. What do we do?"
"How many Oscars has he won?"
"None"
"How many have we won?"
"Four. Shared. In other words, two for each mantlepiece or four shared depending on how you count it, really"

(Incidentally, I've now looked online. Apparently Joel is the taller one, so this comment, while probably not correct, is at least based in accuracy) (you're welcome!)

Former Bond Girl Maryam D'Abo sneaks past the Coen Brothers and the Paparazzi. (Maybe she's not a big fan of The Big Lebowski either?)

Former Bond Girl Maryam D'Abo sneaks past the Coen Brothers and the Paparazzi. (Maybe she's not a big fan of The Big Lebowski either?)

Aussie actor (and Academy Award ™ winner) Geoffrey Rush dropped by. I don't believe he's involved with the film in any way, but who were any of us to deny him access if he wanted it?

Aussie actor (and Academy Award ™ winner) Geoffrey Rush dropped by. I don't believe he's involved with the film in any way, but who were any of us to deny him access if he wanted it?

If I may be honest, I don't think Geoffrey Rush looks like,…. erm, Geoffrey Rush unless he's wearing a giant hat with oversized feather and a monkey on his shoulder. He was of course Captain Barbossa in Pirates of the Carribean, and had roles in the movies 'Elizabeth', 'Elizabeth : the Golden Age' and 'Shakespeare in Love' - so older style costumes do tend to be the norm...

If I may be honest, I don't think Geoffrey Rush looks like,…. erm, Geoffrey Rush unless he's wearing a giant hat with oversized feather and a monkey on his shoulder. He was of course Captain Barbossa in Pirates of the Carribean, and had roles in the movies 'Elizabeth', 'Elizabeth : the Golden Age' and 'Shakespeare in Love' - so older style costumes do tend to be the norm...

Where's the rage? The cutlass? The cursed undead minions? Here, he's just… just… waving!? He's like a…. normal person…. It’s unaccountably disappointing, and I'm spending more time looking at the unknown girl in the background than the Academy Award Winner (Me, 2014 : Or Tom Hooper, the Academy Award Winning director standing next her)

Where's the rage? The cutlass? The cursed undead minions? Here, he's just… just… waving!? He's like a…. normal person…. It’s unaccountably disappointing, and I'm spending more time looking at the unknown girl in the background than the Academy Award Winner (Me, 2014 : Or Tom Hooper, the Academy Award Winning director standing next her)

So… that's the penultimate premiere of the BFI Film Festival. The finale is the premiere of the young John Lennon biopic 'Nowhere Boy'. But that's not til tomorrow…

Until then, it means another entry for "The Archive of Movie Premieres"

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