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What Doesn't Kill Ya

Nov. 28, 2008by:
Brian Goodman's trailer for WHAT DOESN'T KILL YOU hit the web today and you can check it out BELOW. In the movie Ethan Hawke and Mark Ruffalo star as childhood friends in South Boston who turn to crime, much to the detriment of their friendship and their personal lives. It is based on Goodman's life.

I don't know, I've never been to Boston, but I always figured people from there said stuff like "Fahk yew", like in GONE BABY GONE or THE DEPARTED. Ruffalo seems like he's phoning this one in. Like he was in the new STAR TREK movie but for make up he just put on a pair of novelty Spock ears. See what you guys think...

Extra Tidbit: Brian Goodman reminds me of LOST!! OH MY GOD LOST!! LOST!!
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12:42AM on 11/30/2008

Phoning It In?

When I read the phrase "phoning it in," I think of an actor who brings nothing to a role and just collects a paycheck. I think of someone who doesn't bring a character to life and instead just plays a part. In other words, in my mind, phoning it in applies to performances that are more acting and less becoming. So when I see an actor play a part and it just seems like the character he or she is playing could be substituted for any other, then I would use that phrase.

However, understated
When I read the phrase "phoning it in," I think of an actor who brings nothing to a role and just collects a paycheck. I think of someone who doesn't bring a character to life and instead just plays a part. In other words, in my mind, phoning it in applies to performances that are more acting and less becoming. So when I see an actor play a part and it just seems like the character he or she is playing could be substituted for any other, then I would use that phrase.

However, understated and underplayed is not synonymous with phoning in a performance. Some roles require that the actor take a deeper more introspective role and not show an exuberant amount of energy. As I stated, acting is about portraying and inhabiting a character or person. I think Ruffalo does a good job of this. Besides, if he is suppose to be playing real life person (Brian Goodman), who is also the director, don't you think that maybe this might just be how Brian Goodman is (a low energy personality)? Furthermore, wouldn't the fact that the director is the person Ruffalo is portraying make it hard for him to not play the part right?
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8:12AM on 11/29/2008
Ruffalo seemed fine to me; yeah, he didn't seem to be hyper-intense or anything, but he sounded real to me.

And, Ethan Hawke, y'know his name just doesn't get mentioned as much as it should. He's been great in about everything I've seen him in, and yet ya never hear about him. Looks like he gives an impressive performance in this one, too.

I'm in.
Ruffalo seemed fine to me; yeah, he didn't seem to be hyper-intense or anything, but he sounded real to me.

And, Ethan Hawke, y'know his name just doesn't get mentioned as much as it should. He's been great in about everything I've seen him in, and yet ya never hear about him. Looks like he gives an impressive performance in this one, too.

I'm in.
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6:36PM on 11/28/2008

Ruffalo.

before you knock Ruffalo. If there's anyone who's dialed in their performance thus far, it's Angelia Jolie in The [link] weepy oscar bait.

Even the trailers had me chuckling and saying to myself, "...nice try."
before you knock Ruffalo. If there's anyone who's dialed in their performance thus far, it's Angelia Jolie in The [link] weepy oscar bait.

Even the trailers had me chuckling and saying to myself, "...nice try."
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4:41PM on 11/28/2008
John Q is trash compared to Training Day.
John Q is trash compared to Training Day.
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4:03PM on 11/28/2008

actually thoo

The movie is about Brian Goodman's life and therefore is far more realistic than Hollywood representations of South Boston. Check it out, it's a good flick.
The movie is about Brian Goodman's life and therefore is far more realistic than Hollywood representations of South Boston. Check it out, it's a good flick.
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2:28PM on 11/28/2008

Hardly phones it in

After seeing the film at the Toronto festival, I can assure you Ruffalo doesn't phone it in, but rather gives a thoughtful and emotional performance.
After seeing the film at the Toronto festival, I can assure you Ruffalo doesn't phone it in, but rather gives a thoughtful and emotional performance.
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1:55PM on 11/28/2008
I've been a big Hawke fan since Cuarn's "Great Expectations" (a classic in my opinion, along with "Before Sunrise" and "Before Sunset", though I refuse to watch "Training Day" as I find Denzel Washington to be rubbish in most everything I've seen, save "Devil in a Blue Dress" or "John Q"), so I'll certainly dig on this flick. Ruffalo can be very hit or miss, but I think he looks fine here with an understated performance, though that could just be the way this trailer was cut.
I've been a big Hawke fan since Cuarn's "Great Expectations" (a classic in my opinion, along with "Before Sunrise" and "Before Sunset", though I refuse to watch "Training Day" as I find Denzel Washington to be rubbish in most everything I've seen, save "Devil in a Blue Dress" or "John Q"), so I'll certainly dig on this flick. Ruffalo can be very hit or miss, but I think he looks fine here with an understated performance, though that could just be the way this trailer was cut.
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