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Old 01-13-09, 10:01 PM
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The Informers (Jordan, 2009): Billy Bob, Basinger, Rourke, Renfo, Ryder

I could have sworn I created a thread about this film, but nothing came up. This is Brad Renfro's last film appearance, and it premiers at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival.
A drama based on Bret Easton Ellis' novel set in 1983 Los Angeles, where movie executives, rock stars, a vampire, and other morally challenged character mix and commingle.
Director:
Gregor Jordan
Writers:
Bret Easton Ellis (screenplay) &
Nicholas Jarecki (screenplay)
Release Date:
1 May 2009 (USA)

Cast:

Billy Bob Thornton ... William
Kim Basinger ... Laura
Mickey Rourke ... Peter
Winona Ryder ... Cheryl Laine
Jon Foster ... Graham
Amber Heard ... Christie
Rhys Ifans
Chris Isaak ... Les Price
Austin Nichols ... Martin
Lou Taylor Pucci ... Tim Price
Mel Raido ... Bryan Metro
Brad Renfro ... Jack

Trailer:

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New York Times piece
A few pics
IMDB
Old 01-14-09, 07:42 PM
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Re: The Informers (Jordan, 2009): Billy Bob, Basinger, Rourke, Renfo, Ryder

Christ, I remember nothing about this book. Need to read it again. Trailer looks pretty good.
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Re: The Informers (Jordan, 2009): Billy Bob, Basinger, Rourke, Renfo, Ryder

Very excited about seeing Brad Renfro's last performance,he was a great actor. R.I.P
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Re: The Informers (Jordan, 2009): Billy Bob, Basinger, Rourke, Renfo, Ryder

I like Ellis but I haven't read this one yet. It seems that they have gotten the feel of Ellis' 1980s, so that's good.
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Re: The Informers (Jordan, 2009): Billy Bob, Basinger, Rourke, Renfo, Ryder

Looks like a good cast, but that looks horrible.

= J
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Re: The Informers (Jordan, 2009): Billy Bob, Basinger, Rourke, Renfo, Ryder

Red-band NSFW trailer
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Re: The Informers (Jordan, 2009): Billy Bob, Basinger, Rourke, Renfo, Ryder

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Same NSFW trailer as above but embedded.


and a must see for Amber Heards nude scene. (which is featured plenty in the trailer)
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Re: The Informers (Jordan, 2009): Billy Bob, Basinger, Rourke, Renfo, Ryder

Brief clip. Mickey Rourke looks to be in full-sleaze mode.
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Re: The Informers (Jordan, 2009): Billy Bob, Basinger, Rourke, Renfo, Ryder

Hmmm.....

Like the cast but not sure about the rest.
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Re: The Informers (Jordan, 2009): Billy Bob, Basinger, Rourke, Renfo, Ryder

amber heard is all kinds of naked in this thing
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Re: The Informers (Jordan, 2009): Billy Bob, Basinger, Rourke, Renfo, Ryder

HD Trailers:

http://www.apple.com/trailers/independent/theinformers/
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I'll give it a look.
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Re: The Informers (Jordan, 2009): Billy Bob, Basinger, Rourke, Renfo, Ryder

Variety review:
Rating less than zero on the sophistication scale, “The Informers” is thus a totally faithful adaptation of Bret Easton Ellis’ novel -- and an accurate look at early ‘80s-era Los Angeles. Stumbling alongside wasted cases at the top and bottom of the economic ladder -- from Billy Bob Thornton’s near-catatonic studio exec to Mickey Rourke’s lollipop-sucking kidnapper -- the film is banal by obvious intent. The only question, as with other Ellis adaptations including “American Psycho,” is whether auds will appreciate the aggressively shallow depiction of an aggressively shallow milieu, or mistake the pic’s implicit critique for the crime itself.
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Re: The Informers (Jordan, 2009): Billy Bob, Basinger, Rourke, Renfo, Ryder

Bump, for release tomorrow.
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Re: The Informers (Jordan, 2009): Billy Bob, Basinger, Rourke, Renfo, Ryder

Read this "brutal" review at CHUD.com:

REVIEW: THE INFORMERS

Rating:
Fuck God out of 10
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Re: The Informers (Jordan, 2009): Billy Bob, Basinger, Rourke, Renfo, Ryder

This is getting some bad reviews, but I am still interested in checking it out...but probably when it hits DVD.
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I'm going to a screening in a couple of hours. As I said before, I'm an Ellis fan so I will see how this one turns out.
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Originally Posted by CHUD.com
But a late entry in this sweepstakes of shit, The Informers, has emerged as a strong contender for the title. This film, an adaptation of a Bret Easton Ellis book of short stories, is one of the worst things I have ever seen, and I once saw the charred corpses of two people who had been burned alive in a horrific car crash. The idea of sitting through The Informers a second time makes me twitch; the only reason I made it through once was because I knew I had to suffer in order to warn you people away.
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Re: The Informers (Jordan, 2009): Billy Bob, Basinger, Rourke, Renfo, Ryder

Originally Posted by Jaymole
This is getting some bad reviews, but I am still interested in checking it out...but probably when it hits DVD.

Bad is an understatement.
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Re: The Informers (Jordan, 2009): Billy Bob, Basinger, Rourke, Renfo, Ryder

It's got a 19 at Metacritic.
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Re: The Informers (Jordan, 2009): Billy Bob, Basinger, Rourke, Renfo, Ryder

I just saw it. Completely pointless. Has so many WTF does this have to with anything moments. Have not read the book.
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Re: The Informers (Jordan, 2009): Billy Bob, Basinger, Rourke, Renfo, Ryder

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Has so many WTF does this have to with anything moments.
Then it's probably pretty faithful to the book. Glamorama, for example, seemed to be comprised almost entirely of "WTF" moments.
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Re: The Informers (Jordan, 2009): Billy Bob, Basinger, Rourke, Renfo, Ryder

Yeah I just read some more about it on IMDB and it says that it was short stories. The one about the vampire (played by Brandon Routh) has been cut. I guess I just didn't get an Altman Short Cuts type vibe to the film.
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The film is pretty close to the book. Certain things have been switched around and cut to make things easier.

It's not a great movie but it serves it's purpose. If you have read the book and know what you're getting into then I don't think you will think it's terrible. It's a movie that starts nowhere and goes nowhere, like the book; nothing is accomplished or changed, it's just a series of events. It's a very shallow movie and that's what it's supposed to be. In that respect, it works.
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Originally Posted by NoirFan
Then it's probably pretty faithful to the book. Glamorama, for example, seemed to be comprised almost entirely of "WTF" moments.
Oh yeah, Glamorama is quite FUBAR. I remember cringing beyond belief when
Spoiler:
Victor had the three-way and the guy gets it on with him. If you've read the book you'll know what I'm referring to immediately.


The Informers was actually my first Ellis book that I read, and I definitely want to see the movie, if only because of that. And Rourke.

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