Don Bauder 2:30 p.m., Aug. 1
Every year or so, the New York Times pretends not to be trading on purest celebrity appeal by doing one of these "actors are artists, and we understand that better than you do" pieces in their Sunday magazine. This year, they got their chosen few to dress up as villains from other films, because, well, inside baseball and actors reflecting on their craft and the great community of creativity, c'est all just too marveilleux pour words.
It's okay, I guess - they even have video! Gary Oldman wins the creepy-crawly award for playing a dummy, and Viola Davis' horrific take on Nurse Ratched is nothing if not memorable. I was a little surprised to see Pitt's Eraserhead in the group - I always thought Henry was more victim than villain.
Who's your Daddy?
But the real oddity is Mia Wasikowska as The Home Wrecker, a look apparently inspired by Bernardo Bertolucci's The Conformist. Yes, the film hails from 1970, but it's set back in Nazi days, no? So there's really no excuse for what you are about to see. It starts off well enough, with Mia regarding herself in that dangerous way women sometimes do...
And who could possibly criticize her insouciant twirling of an axe - so casual with her powers of destruction!
But then they have to go and ruin it. Because, by golly, unless TV and movies have lied to me, no home occupied by a straight man was ever wrecked by a woman in a polyester pants suit.
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