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Monday, November 28, 2005

Where Is Aeon Flux?
Here's a little something for anyone who thinks the life of a film critic is all wine and roses.

This week San Francisco has four movies opening: a documentary about Indian Yogis whose very title, Naked in Ashes, makes me yawn; another docu-drama about snowboarding, First Descent, that arguably, could be even duller; Henry Jaglom's astoundingly tedious and insulting Going Shopping, and Aeon Flux.

Clearly Flux is the week's big release, but as of 11 a.m. today -- with four days until opening -- Paramount has yet to decide when, or if, they're holding the press screening. It's not as if they've decided not to screen it, it's that they haven't made any decision at all. The week is already pretty well booked with year-end awards-consideration movies, and my every move is hinging on that Flux screening. I can't commit to any other review or meeting until I know.

For example, the First Descent screening is on Tuesday night. I have an editor who wants me to review it for him, and yet I can't promise him anything, because I'm already obligated to review Aeon Flux, and the Aeon Flux screening just might pop up on Tuesday night in the same time slot. (And, believe me, that happens all the time.)

What's really weird is that December is supposed to be full of good movies, movies that have been selected as potential award-winners, and... this is all we're getting?

Apparently not even Roger Ebert knows anything yet. And time keeps passing while Paramount executives try to make up their minds...
:: posted by Jeffrey M. Anderson, 11/28/2005 Comments (3)
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