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Fur Tries To Fly
2006-11-10 09:12
by Jon Weisman

I was skeptical of the concept of Fur: An Imaginary Portrait of Diane Arbus taking the real 20th-century photographer and trying to tell the story of her soul through fiction, in sort of an ultra-serious use of the same technique as Curb Your Enthusiasm and Larry David.

I mainly went to Fur because LACMA presented a rich Diane Arbus exhibition that fairly enthralled me toward the end of my first year working there, and to check out Nicole Kidman to see if she might give an Oscar-worthy performance. Kidman might get some notice, but I don't think the movie will be big enough to get her in the final five; in any case, it's Robert Downey, Jr. who steals the film. Fur starts out rather fidgety for the first 20-30 minutes, but the more Downey's character became involved, the more he involved Arbus, the more involved I came.

In the end, I think what Fur is saying is every bit as important as what a movie like Flags of Our Fathers is saying - beauty and heroism are equally complex and misunderstood concepts.

Trivia worth knowing: Arbus' husband, Allan, later played Dr. Sidney Freedman on M*A*S*H. Now 88, Arbus attended the opening for the LACMA exhibition a few years back.

2006-11-10 09:55:43
1.   Greg Brock
Robert Downey Jr., the Dwight Gooden of acting. That guy is one of the great actors around town, and, I believe, could have been the actor of his generation. I'm still a huge fan, and he steals everything he's in.

Heck, I even liked "The Singing Detective"

2006-11-10 14:49:48
2.   DXMachina
I even watched Ally McBeal because of Downey. And the one thing that will always make me stop and watch an old M*A*S*H episode is if I see Sidney Freedman in it.
2006-11-11 17:08:17
3.   Benaiah
I just watched the visiting college episode of Veronica Mars (Titled: The Rapes of Graff) and when I saw George Michael, I thought "Awesome, always have a soft spot for the AD cast, except on 40 good years." But then I saw Maebe too, and well lets just say I had a big grin on my face. V.M. has the best celebrity guest stars, I have seen Paris Hilton, Xena, Kristin from Laguna Beach and a bunch of other famous people I can't remember now. Just a sweet bonus on top of having maybe the best dialogue on TV.
2006-11-12 11:04:39
4.   Benaiah
Just a follow up, but I loved the episode where Keith hangs out with Laura San Giacomo, who played Enrico Colantoni's fiancee in "Just Shoot Me". The producer's love to have little casting winks at the audience. (and yes if you do the math you will notice I watched A LOT of V.Mars last night).

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