Photos of Mischa participating in a shoot at her boutique in Spitalfields have been added. Mischa poses with her bags and the new range of iPhone 5 cases designed with Uunique London.
Thank you Mila Kunis Web
According to Wikipedia Mischa’s attached to a movie titled ‘L.A. Slasher’ in 2013.
Mischa’s actually already filmed this project – I posted a rough cut teaser trailer for LA Slasher a few posts below. It seems they didn’t want people embedding the clip but I’m sure you can manually search for it on Vimeo if you’d like to take a look. She was only on set for a few days so it’s probable the role isn’t massive.
Sam,from that trailer ‘LA Slasher’ looks really cheap and nasty.Just the sort of project Mischa should be giving a massive swerve.
I would be very,very interested to know Sam what you personally think are Mischa’s best 3 films of the last 5 years? I have to admit I’ve not seen any of them..the Ben Banks or Bhopal ones look possibly the most promising.
The preview for LA Slasher didn’t look great – but I’ll reserve judgement until it’s properly edited.
Truth be told, I haven’t really completely enjoyed any of Mischa’s movies. I think she seems to choose movies based on the individual characters she gets to play rather than the movie as a whole. Each character she’s played has been different and interesting in their own story arc, but I don’t think a movie can work if you’re only enjoying it cause of one person. I hope that her future choices aren’t just based on her character, but the quality of the screenplay overall.
I should preface this by saying that I’m not typically a fan of independent movies – production value and pacing is important to me when I watch a movie and unless a script is super clever, I think indies rely too much on exposition. But I’ll talk about the ones I’ve seen to give you an idea of what I think.
In terms of overall enjoyment, Homecoming probably leads the pack. I have a soft spot for b-grade horror flicks and this one fits right in. It was a little over the top but it was fun and it didn’t take itself too seriously. If the production values were higher, this could have easily been a proper theatrical release. On the right side of ridiculous.
I also really enjoyed Mischa in Don’t Fade Away. Her performance opposite Ryan Kwanten was organic and believable and they’re probably my favourite on screen pairing thus far. I think Mischa’s scenes were the life of this movie, she really gave the screenplay a charismatic energy. But the rest of it was a little mopey and quiet. There were some stunning shots and musical sequences, though. And it had a nice overall message.
Walled In was a another one that I thought had potential. I found the first half to be really captivating as I like horror/thrillers that convey a more eery quality rather than in your face gruesome or disturbing imagery. But all the work they did creating this quietly sinister atmosphere evaporated when they kick into the reveal portion of the movie which makes the whole thing come across very unreal and ridiculous. Unlike Homecoming, I felt this went too far and instead of being funny ridiculous, it was just ridiculous.
You and I was a mess. A mess of epic proportions. This is one movie that I can’t believe got made – especially with a respectable cast and respectable director behind it. Once again, Mischa’s character was fine, but the rest of the movie was just gross.
I most recently saw Ben Banks and I had high hopes for this one. I once again wasn’t a fan of the movie overall, I found it a little random and there were too many storylines going on that were basically unrelated to each other. Mischa’s character was the life of the movie, and I found Mischa’s performance to be really down-to-Earth charming. If this were re-edited to create a more cohesive movie, then it would have been more enjoyable. Plus, there’s this Christian/religious undertone to it, which had me making WTF faces at the screen. Oh, I should mention that the movie was shot absolutely beautifully. Some stunning visuals. But, cinematography alone can’t save a movie.
Going back a little further, Closing the Ring was pretty solid but just way too long. I liked Mischa in this movie a lot and I think she worked really well with her co-stars, but overall it was a little too Sunday afternoon tea time at the seniors club. Assassination of a High School President was interesting, and Mischa as Francesca is a definite highlight. Equal parts sexy and flirty, this movie was a just a little slow moving. And then there’s Virgin Territory which was almost as stupid as You and I – but at least that was intentionally goofy. I think.
In terms of what’s coming next, things don’t look great for Cyberstalker or Apartment 1303. Especially since Mischa’s expressed distaste for both of these titles. And if she’s not connected to a script herself, we’re clearly not going to be.
I’m most looking forward to I Will Follow You Into the Dark. I’m a little concerned about the production value, but if the movie has enough heart to off set that, then it might be a winner. Bhopal appears to be the big dramatic piece that I’ve been missing, but it’s taking forever to come out. All the clips and stuff from Bhopal look compelling, so I hope this one makes an impact somewhere in the world. And I also really like the concept of The Sibling – especially since the whole movie is based on one day. I hope it can deliver some interesting scares and an interesting twist. All three of these titles seem to have strong concepts and purposeful direction, so I hope that leads to more compelling overall viewing.
I guess the overall theme is that most of these movies had/have potential, but none of them have so far been completely on the money. Mischa does fit in very well with the horror genre, imo, but I do wish she’d select scripts that were a little more clever. I would love to see her in something akin to the upcoming Nicole Kidman ‘Stoker’ or even an indie like Dreama Walker in ‘Compliance.’ Although, it is probably time to move away from horror/thrillers for a while so I hope her next projects are something new.
Yikes! That turned into a much longer post than I planned.
Thank you so much for that, I completely agree. I love Mischa but please none of her movies are worth buying. I’m in France so I saw most of them online and they were really disappointing. Still hoping she would take her talent for seriously …
Sam,thanks so much for that thoughtful,comprehensive,interesting and astute reply.(I particularly enjoyed your description of Attenborough’s Closing The Ring as ‘Sunday afternoon tea-time at the seniors club’type territory.The clips and reviews I’ve seen,give off just that ‘Tea With Mussolini’ish vibe.)
I’m afraid that for me the zenith of her film acting career might well have already come and gone with her first major role as an precociously gifted 11 year old,fifteen years ago in Lawn Dogs (1997).
I think it helped that she had a cool innovative director in John Duigan and a talented co-star in Sam Rockwell to spark off. Since then the roles she’s picked and been offered have seen ever diminishing returns..:( a terrible shame.
You & I does seem a particularly horrendous nadir.Unbelievable that the accomplished director of The Mission and The Killing Fields,Roland Joffe,should be attached to such a miserable turkey.Then there’s the dead end of her television career represented by the cancelling of The Beautiful Life in 2009 in an archetypical Marissa reprise,wayward beauty type role.On the other hand MB does seem to have enjoyed a productive pretty successful 2012 with her London boutique and Irish theatre ventures in particular seeming rewarding.
So she had a reputation-establishing,overwhelming phenomenonal massive global success back in 2003 with The OC.What a heartbreakingly mesmerisingly beautiful 17 year old she was then! But there has been too much pressure for her to remain as that in the public eye.Conversely what a pretty damn lousy 2009 proved to be what with the profound wisdom tooth pain and subsequent psychiatric sectioning in California on the back of the distressing Harrods public appearance
& the TBL farrago and now she’s plateauing out from those extraordinary highs and lows.I’m coming round to the fact that she might not enjoy the successful film &/or tv career one could have hoped for her but I trust hope and pray that she has a rewarding time with all,or any, ofher other ventures.Just as long as she somehow finds a way to be secure,comfortable in her skin,happyish,relaxed and unharrassed.
As the late Irish comedian Dave Allen used to say at the end of his shows;’May your God go with you’,Mischa Barton.
All she needs is one good part and the whole thing turns around. Look at what happened to Natalie Portman after Star Wars – everybody thought she was just a terrible actress after that and then she got a part in Closer and things turned around….
Hi! I’m guessing since you have a site about Sara Paxton that you are a huge fan of her. So you’ve probably seen her in the show The Beautiful Life. I have a fansite on facebook where i’m trying to get the show back on the air and i think that with enough people helping we can make it. I have read about other shows who have been renewed after years of being of the air so anything is possible. But i need some help if i’m gonna make it so i was hoping you would tell people here on this site about the fansite so we can make this happen! Thank you! The site is called Get The Beautiful Life back on the air… Hope you will help me.
Hi! I’m guessing since you have a site about Mischa Barton that you are a huge fan of her. So you’ve probably seen her in the show The Beautiful Life. I have a fansite on facebook where i’m trying to get the show back on the air and i think that with enough people helping we can make it. I have read about other shows who have been renewed after years of being of the air so anything is possible. But i need some help if i’m gonna make it so i was hoping you would tell people here on this site about the fansite so we can make this happen! Thank you! The site is called Get The Beautiful Life back on the air… Hope you will help me.
Hi is this page here … http://www.facebook.com/pages/Mischa-Barton/188876727810257 Mischas official facebook site?
i just want to make it clear that i don’t think Closer was a good film – it wasn’t- well except for Natalie Portmans pole dancing
@May: It is not official, no.
@Vivian: I think it’s very cool that TBL still has an ongoing fanbase despite the fact that it was on the air only for a short time, but to be perfectly honest, I don’t see Mischa moving backwards to this project.
@ij: Definitely agree that it only ever takes one role. Besides, I’m here because I believe in Mischa overall not just any single project she does.
We can say whatever we want but everytime I see Mischa on film I melt … I just love the way she acts and it’s just unfortunate how no one else can see it. In France people know the OC but that’s all they know from her, I’m having a hard time sharing my love for her with anyone else around me But the day she’s in a blockbuster or something you will see sheep all over the web claiming their love for her and putting all their time and devotion to fansites. That’s a little unfair but hey exposure is the only way to be successful in Hollywood apparently …