While I’m Away – Name Your Dream Cast

In about an hour I’m headed out on the first legitimate vacation that I’ve had in about two years. While I’m away Murtada and Davin will be covering the Venice and Telluride Film Festivals as well as updating their usual columns. I also wanted to leave you all with something to discuss in my absence, so here it is:

Name a hypothetical movie that has your dream cast and crew. I’ll get it started –

Woody Allen (circa 1970s)

Paul Giamatti (circa Today)
Ingrid Bergman (circa 1940s)
Fred Astaire (circa 1930s)
Arnold Schwarzenegger (circa 1990s)
Colin Farrell (circa Today)
Woody Allen (circa 1970s)
Julianne Moore (circa Today)
Robert Duvall (circa 1970s)

Written By:
Woody Allen

Cinematography By:
Sven Nykvist

Original Score:
Bernard Herrman

Your turn. Go crazy and have fun while I’m gone!

  • Director
    Wes Anderson (circa early 2000s)

    Dustin Hoffman (circa 70s (Graduate in mind))
    Owen Wilson (circa late 90s (Bottle Rocket in mind))
    Dwayne Johnson (circa late 2000s (Southland Tales in mind, plus I wanna see if he can really act))
    Gene Hackman (circa 80s)
    Leonardo DiCaprio (present)
    Elizabeth Banks (present)
    Anne Hathaway ( mid 2000s)
    Bill Murray (it is a Wes Anderson film)

    Wes Anderson/ Noah Baumbach/ Owen Wilson (Anderson worked with Baumbach on Fantastic Mr Fox and Life Aquatic, worked with Wilson on Royal Tenenbaums and Rushmore…lets put them all together)

    Whoever generally does cinematography for Danny Boyle films

    John Murphy (Score for Sunshine was amazing)

  • Jack

    I don’t want to put actors from completely different eras together so I’ll just use modern ones.

    Movie: A bunch of women who live in a polygamist sect with a cruel leader.

    Director: Clint Eastwood in Mystic River/Million Dollar Baby mode.

    Jack Nicholson (present)
    Meryl Streep (present)
    Kate Winslet (late 1990s)
    Cate Blanchett (late 1990s)
    Anne Hathaway (present)
    Emily Blunt (present)
    Laura Linney (present)

    Actors: Jack Nicholson

  • Davin

    Director: Billy Wilder

    Robert Downey Jr.
    Philip Seymour Hoffman
    Jimmy Stewart (late 50s)
    Edward G. Robinson
    Jack Lemmon

    Kate Winslet

    Greg Toland

    Written by: Billy Wilder and I.A.L. Diamond

    Score: Danny Elfman

  • Andrew R.

    I’ll go with present actors and whatnot.

    Director: Spielberg
    Score: Clint Mansell
    Cinematography: Who did Children of Men again?

    Starring: Streep, Moore, Nicholson, Pacino, De Niro. This is all circa the peak of their careers.

  • Dir: Tarantino
    Written by: Almodóvar
    Starring: Penélope Cruz, Tilda Swinton, Philip Seymour-Hoffman, Cillian Murphy
    Cinematography: Whoever did Public Enemies

  • Director: Alfonso Cuaron (circa 2007)

    Producers: Stephen Spielberg, J.J. Abrams, and James Cameron

    Writers: Christopher Nolan (circa 2006), and Quentin Tarantino (circa 2009)

    Starring: Tom Hardy (circa 2010)
    Emma Watson (circa 2009)
    Terry O’Quinn (circa 2004-2010)
    Heath Ledger (circa 2008)
    Melanie Laurent (circa 2009)
    Peter Weller (circa 2010)
    Chloe Moretz (circa 2010)
    Mia Wasikowska (circa SUMMER 2010)
    Jim Broadbent
    Woody Harrelson (circa 2007-2009)

    Cinematography: Bruno Delbonnel

    Original Score: Alexandre Desplat

    This film SHOULD happen someday, but I’m sure they can recast Ledger three times if they have to.

  • adorian

    Edward Albee’s play “Tiny Alice”

    directed by Mike Nichols

    Meryl Streep
    Ian McKellen
    Sir Ben Kingsley

    screenplay by Albee himself

    original score by John Corigliano

  • Reid

    Im just gonna go by modern day actors and how they look now. This is a western with a young man coming to a town’s longtime defender for help in saving his younger brother.

    Director: Clint Eastwood

    Producers: Clint Eastwood, Quentin Tarantino, Susan Downey

    Clint Eastwood
    Shia LaBeouf
    Robert Downey Jr. (villain)
    Brad Pitt (villain)
    Sam Worthington (villain)
    Hayley McFarland
    Meryl Streep
    Josh Hutcherson

    Written By: Mark Boal, and myself

    Cinematography: Anthony Dod Mantle

    Original Score: Marco Beltrami

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