"PLUM ROLE: If, indeed, Russell
Crowe takes on the role opposite Claire Danes in Flora Plum, we
could see a career high for both Ms. Danes as well as Ms. Foster,
as a director. There has long been a sense of the tentative in Ms.
Danes' work that has not served her (or audiences) well. Hard to
imagine any tentativeness opposite Russell Crowe. You have to either
put up or shut up. Likewise, much as I have loved much of Jodie
Foster's directing work, it sometimes gets precious. And again,
I think that Crowe can keep her from that. (Of course, you have
to give her credit for hiring him in the first place.)"