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You Should Probably Read This Article About Kenneth Lonnergan

By Gabe Delahaye / June 19, 2012 - 1:15 pm

Kenneth Lonergan’s Academy Award-nominated 2000 movie You Can Count on Me is easily one of the best dramas ever written/acted, regardless of what Kelly says. (She hates it and to this day I do not understand why. It’s great!) It’s so good! Have you seen it? You’ve seen it. And you should see it again. That’s how good it is. So everyone was very excited about his second movie, Margaret, which he filmed in 2005 with Ana Paquin and Matt Damon and Mark Ruffalo. But then the movie never ever came out and there were all these rumors of lawsuits and 3-hour director’s cuts and stuff. Then eventually the movie kind of was released, but practically as a secret joke, in two movie theaters last year and no one saw it. (My friend Rich saw it on an airplane somehow? So I guess that was where the real fans saw it.) The movie is finally coming out on DVD in July with two different edits of the final product including the highly contentious 3-hour director’s cut. It’s exciting! I am excited! But so there is an article in this coming Sunday’s New York Times magazine that you can read on-line right now that details the whole struggle over the movie, all the lawsuits and stuff, and talks a little bit about Kenneth Longergan’s new play, Medieval Play, which is about the catholic church in the 1300s (?!!?!), and his early work writing Analyze This, and the hundreds of thousands of dollars he’s borrowed from Matthew Broderick. It also talks about the constant conflict between art and commerce, and the lasting effects of a rancorous, drawn-out, litigious disaster like this on a would-be “auteur” director, and it also talks about how good Margaret is. Just read it! You want me to blockquote it? Why? Read the whole thing. Bye!