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Watch Lee Daniels Show Off His Editing Skills In New Clip From "The Paperboy"

by Tambay A. Obenson
May 18, 2012 10:19 AM
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Oh Lee Daniels... I've been looking forward to seeing your first post-Precious work (it's been a while hasn't it), and, thus far, the 2 clips I've seen from The Paperboy haven't really wooed me. I'm a bit concerned. 

This clip new clip especially; yes, I know, it's just one clip, but, as The Playlist notes (where I lifted the below clip), these kinds of juxtapositioning of images, and sophomoric transitions/cutting are just that... sophomoric. Stop it! 

Yes, we can see that Zac Efron's character is having a mental moment; he's daydreaming. We got it. Please don't have several sequences like this throughout the film. I'll probably get a headache. 

A little subtelty goes a long way.

On the other hand, it's good to see David Oyelowo in this. The talent in this alone makes it a project worth paying attention to. I hear Nicole Kidman has a "Fatal Attraction" reveal moment in the film, and Daniels has promised that this film delivers even *dirtier* deeds.

The Paperboy is scheduled to screen at the ongoing Cannes Film Festival shortly, and we'll get our first reactions to it when that happens, by way of reviews from those writers who are in attendance.

*Fingers crossed*


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  • BluTopaz | May 19, 2012 11:20 AMReply

    idk it looks pretty funny to me. Yeah the transitions are awful, but Nicole plays great trashy broads. And Oyelowo's lines here are hilarious.

  • Bondgirl | May 18, 2012 11:33 PMReply

    Nicole looks like she is squeezing out another Oscar performance in that pic. Is this film supposed to be a white girl's Monster's Ball?

  • Mark & Darla | May 18, 2012 11:20 PMReply

    'Shrugging my shoulders' love it, people daydream differently, this is Lee interpretation of a daydream state of mind it may not be yours, to each own.

  • CareyCarey | May 18, 2012 11:20 AMReply

    idk, for me -- it's hard to judge the editing without seeing how it fits in the overall theme of the movie. I mean, if it takes away from the flow of the movie, and thus disturbs my viewing pleasure, than yeah, it could be a concern. However, since I am not a frustrated filmmaker who has to resort to writing -- to earn a living -- about those who are actually making films, I tend to not focus on the small stuff. Having said that, that music was irratating! On the other hand, "You serious, I'm sweating like a pregnant nun back here" (good line)

  • Bob Wilson | May 18, 2012 4:22 PM

    You sure as hell aren't one to talk, because you're the same moron who talked misguided trash about Steve McQueen's films and praised a hack like Tyler Perry in the same sentence, and you were too dumb to realize "Shame" was more about loneliness than sex addiction, schmuck. THE DAY OF THE GEECHEE IS GONE!

  • CareyCarey | May 18, 2012 12:33 PM

    *LOL* Well Ali, I wasn't quite sure who to put on full blast, the The Playlist or -- you know -- but this post was nitpicking 101. Listen, I realize that it's popular -- and somewhat lazy -- to jump on Lee Daniels. And then, as some of the comments will attest to, it becomes a dog pile on the rabbit fest. That's right, when the author or authors opens with their fangs in a scratch and claw position, many follow suit. But it appears -- in this thread -- that many (Veronique, Critical Acclaim, and maybe you) didn't fall for the okie-doke. So hope is still alive. Maybe one day black folks will take the good, champion the sweet, smell the roses and leave the rest behind -- instead of constantly finding fault around every corner. The latter is very lazy and somewhat irresponsible. But I understand -- mess & controversy sells. Er'body knows how to do the messy mess.

  • Ali | May 18, 2012 11:45 AM

    "However, since I am not a frustrated filmmaker who has to resort to writing -- to earn a living -- about those who are actually making films" Carey, stop! LOL! I don't know if you mean like I think you mean it...but STOP!

  • Neziah | May 18, 2012 11:18 AMReply

    Pretty corny. The film looks like it needed a better editor, but what else can you expect from the guy who made Shadowboxer?

  • misha | May 18, 2012 11:06 AMReply

    Tambay, subtlety and Lee Daniels does NOT go hand in hand. You should know better! LOL

  • turner | May 18, 2012 10:52 AMReply

    Never was a fan of his work since seeing what's got to be one of the worst films ever, Shadow Boxer! As for Precious; shock and awe; nothing more. and yeah, those dissolves were tired.

  • casey | May 18, 2012 10:40 AMReply

    it's "Basic Instinct" not "Fatal Attraction"...duuuh, get it right

  • Vanessa | May 18, 2012 10:35 AMReply

    I see. I watched it twice. The scene would have had more impact had it just played out with her coming out of the house and getting in the car, kissing him.. in real time - no slow motion, editing effects, then him snapping out of with David Oyelowo. It's just unnecessary and slightly irksome. I'm really diggin Oyelowo in this btw.

  • Veronique | May 18, 2012 10:26 AMReply

    I actually liked it. What was the problem ?

  • Micah | May 19, 2012 11:29 AM

    While the flow was a little unsettling, I didn't mind it at all. I think it could work just fine in the film. I was more concerned about the last clip that was shown on here. This just seems like an artistic choice as opposed to poor chops.

  • Critical acclaim | May 18, 2012 11:22 AM

    Me too. Absolutely nothing wrong with it. An artistic choice. Just because your Indiewire croonies dislike it, you deem it sophomoric? That's sophomoric.

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