Ellis, the precocious 15-year-old product of a broken marriage, played by appealing newcomer Graham Phillips, is the hero of Goats, an offbeat but nonetheless pedestrian ensemble piece directed by Christopher Neil from a screenplay by Mark Jude Poirier based on his own coming-of-age novel of the same title. Ellis lives in Tucson with his bohemian mother Wendy (the excellent Vera Farmiga), her Speedo-wearing bisexual boyfriend Bennet (Justin Kirk), and a bearded, pot-growing, goat-breeding hippie and part-time botanist named Goat Man (a laughably miscast David Duchovny, looking like a Jesus freak on acid) who feeds Ellis with a mind-blowing supply of drugs and roams the cacti with his two pet goats, Lance and Frieda. Then, in a mind-blowing change of culture and climate, Ellis gets shipped off to a New England prep school where he is strong-armed into joining the track team, and falls in love with a dining-hall waitress named Minnie (Dakota Johnson) who services the entire student body sexually for extra income. He is also carted off to Washington, D.C. for a reunion visit with his rich preppie father (Ty Burrell) and his new wife (Keri Russell), both of whom turn out to be nicer than his stoned mother led him to believe. Shuttled back and forth between the Arizona deserts and the East Coast snowfalls, Ellis has an unconventional upbringing, exposed to the foibles of crazy adult influences. It’s not always as interesting as it sounds.
Just-shy-of-eighteen-year-old Dakota Fanning graces the all-pink cover of February’s Cosmopolitan.
The cover of the version that went out to advertisers (and the Observer) appears to have been edited to remove all mention of “mind-blowing” activity, which reportedly happens Read More
Red Carpet Real Estate
Word on the street is that Dakota Fanning has shunned dorm life at N.Y.U, preferring something a little more private instead. The actress has taken a two-bedroom place at 225 Lafayette Street, according to the Post.
The hotel guests at Dream Downtown had suitcases, satchels and children piled up next to the check-in counter, waiting interminably for a chance at a room, and as they did swirls of fashionable men and women speed-walked by without a word or a look—they were headed to the last big event of the week, the after-party for Marc Jacobs and his spring and summer collection. The hotel guests ventured an occasional glace at the well-attired cohort with the mysterious wristbands, striding confidently toward the tucked-away area in the back, but mostly they slouched on pieces of luggage and scratched at purple eyes, unknowing of the scene unfolding out of sight.
These days, NYU seems to be lacking in its young stars, the co-eds who split their time between homework and Hollywood. Can it really have been seven years since Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen were walking around Washington Square Park in trash bags? How time flies.
But now it appears another starlet will get an education Read More
Child Actress Syndrome
In the season finale of the fourth season of Gossip Girl, Blair Waldorf banishes the character of Jenny Humphrey from the island of Manhattan, thus instigating her retreat from the Upper East Side enclave of entitlement that she once found herself on the cusp of breaching. Gossip Girl is a work of art that life Read More
RUNNING TIME 109 minutes
WRITTEN AND DIRECTED bY
STARRING Dakota Fanning,
Kristen Stewart, Michael Shannon
2 Eyeballs out of 4
Sex, drugs and rock ’n’ roll—it’s fun, isn’t it? As long as there is music to be cranked up on the stereo, so will it always be Read More
So, Twilight Saga: New Moon. Where to start with this Twilight frenzy? Well, for starters, I–and the 13-year-old girl that will forever live inside me–totally get it! In the first film (and book) of the Stephenie Meyer series we were introduced to Bella (Kristen Stewart) and Edward (Robert Pattinson), as tortured and star-crossed as Read More
Running time 100 minutes
Written by Roy Freirich
Directed by Rowan Woods
Starring Kate Beckinsale, Guy Pearce, Dakota Fanning, Forest Whitaker, Jennifer Hudson, Jeanne Tripplehorn
Fragments is aptly titled. In style and format, it’s another connect-the-dots movie cut from the same bolt of cinematic fabric as Crash, 21 Grams, and Babel. Read More
A funny thing happened during the month of January … Hollywood figured out a way to make some money—a lot of money. Contrary to popular belief, January wasn’t the coldest month on the fiscal calendar for studio executives, as no less than eight (!) movies opened with more than $19 million in ticket sales, and, Read More