Friday, December 26, 2008

This isn't an acceptance speech...

After three Oscars, seven husbands and unlimited (and arguably undeserved) screen admiration who wouldn't be this funnily disillusioned?

Friday, December 26, 2008

RIP Eartha Kitt

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Top Ten 2008.1

So the title may suggest this is the first in a series...but this depends how bored I get (and I can get very bored), so we'll play it by ear. So lets start with obligitary Top 10 Films of 2008. Be prepared for some controversy.
  1. I've Loved You So Long
  2. The Diving Bell and The Butterfly
  3. There Will Be Blood
  4. Man On Wire
  5. Rachel Getting Married
  6. Australia
  7. Lust, Caution
  8. RockNRolla
  9. Sweeney Todd
  10. Hunger Happy-Go-Lucky (see new post)

Saturday, December 20, 2008


"After that it got pretty late, and we both had to go, but it was great seeing Annie again. I... I realized what a terrific person she was, and... and how much fun it was just knowing her; and I... I, I thought of that old joke, y'know, the, this... this guy goes to a psychiatrist and says, "Doc, uh, my brother's crazy; he thinks he's a chicken." And, uh, the doctor says, "Well, why don't you turn him in?" The guy says, "I would, but I need the eggs." Well, I guess that's pretty much now how I feel about relationships; y'know, they're totally irrational, and crazy, and absurd, and... but, uh, I guess we keep goin' through it because, uh, most of us... need the eggs."

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Gratuitous actress lusting.3

Who isn't lusting after Kate Winslet right now? With the release of The Reader and Revolutionary Road she will be once again be the centre of a media whirl. The ever graceful, funny and talented (she even managed to provide some gravitas to the awful - and I mean awful! - The Holiday) Winslet will have my support come Oscar time, along with the media as a whole it seems and the actress herself, and after phenomenol work in the likes of Sense & Sensibility, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and Little Children she has every right to want one. My personal favourite Winslet moments are the moments of insightful outbursts from her creations...her description of her first love in The Holiday, her defence for the character of Madam Bovary in Little Children, her description of her childhood in Eternal Sunshine, her defence for her actions as an SS guard in The Reader, etc. There are simply too many Winslet moments of cinematic perfection to mention here (we haven't even got to her iconic Rose in Titanic or her Marianne Dashwood in Sense & Sensibility!). She is overdue her Oscar, so come next Febuary I will be hoping she will be strolling onto the podium to collect the Lead Actress gong for Revolutionary Road (and not Supporting Actress for The Reader as a) the role is not supporting, b) that is Penelope Cruz's Oscar and c) Winslet is a leading lady).
And now I will leave you with a Winslet treat that has somehow managed to remain somewhat neglected...her performance in Romance & Cigarettes and her show stopping musical number. Enjoy!

Friday, December 19, 2008

Fasten your seatbelts.

The Academy Awards. A source of much excitement, anticipation, disappointment, disgust and joy. And I can't get enough. Especially this year's best actress blood bath; Hollywood legend (Meryl Streep) vs. the annual K/Cate performance (Kate Winslet AND Cate Blanchett) vs. a Hollywood princess (Anne Hathaway) vs. the comeback queen (Kristin Scott Thomas YAY) vs. the critical darlings (Sally Hawkins, Marissa Leo) vs. Her (Angelina Jolie). Wo-wo-wo-WOW!

That is 8 women for 5 places. Sounds fun, eh? Well I will be laughing if She remains out of the loop and Hawkins, Streep, KST and Winslet remain along with Hathaway (it seems inevitable she'll be nom'd...I will be seeing Rachel Getting Married on Monday, and I do hope she wins me over). Unfortunately I think She will be taking KST's place, uh!

Outside of the actress category there are many things to ponder...will The Dark Knight be ignored for Best Pictre (please say yes!)? Will Winslet be wrongfully nom'd for The Reader in the supporting category and somehow steal Penelope Cruz's Oscar (please say no)? Will Hugh Jackman sing and dance his way through the whole ceremony (please give us a strip tease!)? And what will Hathaway continue her big red dress thang she has been sporting these past few Oscar years (if it ain't broke...)?

Bring on Febuary 2009.

Friday, December 19, 2008

Merry christmas.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Dreams of an impossible princess...

Another day another rumour...and this one most definately whets my appetite! Rachel Weisz as Catwoman/Selina Kyle in Christopher Nolan's third instalment of his Batman movies? Wo-wo-wo-WOW!

A) She stops Miss A Jolie from jumping into the cat suit, B) she's hot, C) this picture, D) she deserves to hit the big time (undoubtedly this turn would bump her into the A-list), E) she is the perfect choice and F) I may actually enjoy this Batman film as opposed to Nolan's previous efforts.

Yes the rumour sounds too good to be true...but only time will tell if they take a risk with such a low profile actor. In the meantime I will have my fingers, toes and everything else crossed...

Monday, December 15, 2008

Somewhere maybe someday, maybe someday far away...

I'll find a second little person who will look at me and say...

Beautiful song from the supposedly brilliant film that is Synecdoche, New York (fingers crossed!). After this song, Australia and yesterday's flashback to TEP I don't think anyone could wake me from this swoonful coma I have found myself in. Well apart from Lars Von Trier or another viewing of the Sex and the City movie. Urgh.

Sunday, December 14, 2008


"You're wearing the thimbull"

"Of idiot...I always wear it, I've always worn it...I've always loved you" (cue Gabriel Yared's wonderfully overblown score)

Melodramatic, straightforward and completely romantic...this is The English Patient and was, arguably, the greatest romantic epic of the 90s (yes, that is including Titanic). It also caused many a tear.

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Gratuitous male lusting.4

So it this is a little unneccessary, every man, woman and child can't help but lust after Hugh Jackman. Whether riddled with uncontrollable anger in the X-Men series (and the upcoming Wolverine movie) or love in The Fountain or jealousy in The Prestige or pride in Australia, Jackman brings the sex. And now he is to host the 2009 Oscar ceremony...perhaps after the failed attempts to break America through the artisticly driven TF and Australia, Jackman will finally break out of his Wolverine mode and break into Hollywood for good. A boy can dream...

Friday, December 12, 2008

10 thoughts...on the Golden Globe nominations.

  1. BOO! Australia received 0 noms. (Bye bye Oscars!)
  2. YAY! Brendan Gleeson's nod for In Brudges. Totally deserved and wholly unexpected, *applause*.
  3. HUH?! Tom Cruise for Tropic Thunder..really? Who the hell votes for these awards?!?!!?
  4. YAY! Sex and the City was completely ignored, I hope that puts an end to any sequel speculation.
  5. WTF! Eastwood composed Changling's score?!? And wrote a song for Gran Torino! What can't that man do?
  6. HISS! Anne Hathaway is creeping nearer to Oscar nomination-dom! (Although this won't upset me so much as long as Kristin Scott Thomas remains and Angelina Jolie pisses off).
  7. MEH. Angelina Jolie. I would be happier never to see her again.
  8. Mmm...Could Winslet win double? Is it possible? Will she cry when she wins her Oscar? Or will she kill Streep if she steals it from her? Oh the possibilities!
  9. Grr...what did The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Frost/Nixon, The Reader, et al have that Australia didn't? (Answer: audience approval, award worthy-ness and less pop culture references).
  10. Will I even watch this ceremony?

Thursday, December 11, 2008

There's no place like Oz.

Or more correctly, there is no place like Luhrmann's world. As with Moulin Rouge!, I cannot help but feel like a teenage girl during my first crush. One glimpse into the widely passionate, ambitious and romantic world of Luhrmann's and I'm putty! Or maybe it was Hugh Jackman? Or Nicole Kidman's terrific ott performance? Or Brandon Walters' big brown eyes? Or the use of a certain cinematic treasure? Or or or...(You get the picture...I fell for the film). Now just look at this picture below and lets drool together...

Mmmm...Ok. So the film has obvious flaws but these flaws are simply the result of Luhrmann's uncontrollable ambition and therefore are rather less offensive (yes the film should be shorter but sshhh!... the man has a story to tell).

Simply put...ignore its reception in America ($30 million in two weeks, no Golden Globes noms, poor reviews), go see it for yourself and leave yourself victim to Luhrmann's charms.

Tuesday, December 02, 2008

The fall of an Empire.

We all have our adolescent heroes...some had Batman, others had Radiohead but I had Empire. Along with a certain Miss Kylie Minogue and the original Star Wars trilogy, Empire lit up my life like no other. Month in, month out I would sell my soul to get my hands on the new addition asap.

Cut to last Friday, as I waited for my friends (me being extra early as usual), when I casually strolled into the nearest newsagents. What was up on the magazine shelves but the shinny, new Empire. The last of the year no less; filled with a review of the cinematic year, an Oscar special and Hugh Jackman. My reaction? Keep walking. That is right friends...I left Oscar, Jackman and Empire on the shelf. I was not possessed, I was not drunk, I was meerly making the right choice. Empire has fallen.
'Why', do you ask? Well any avid film buff could tell you the recycled articles they are currently publishing as 'special'. I can only imagine when the writers sat together, wondering who and what would be included in their Oscar special they went for the obvious (Jolie in a Eastwood flick, Winslet, Blanchett, Frost/Nixon, Hoffman, etc.) and when given the dilemma of crowning The Dark Knight the best film of 2008 while also granting it a two page DVD review they decided to simply regurgitate the same spiel they have been offering since its release back in July, TWICE. And wouldn't it have made more sense to put Hugh on the cover for the upcoming Australia rather than the very distant Wolverine spin-off? (The obvious conclusion is Wolverine sells more copies and Empire sold out).

This is only the tip of the iceberg, any educated cinemagoer can tell it has turned into mush. Or am I being harsh? Regardless this is the end of a very beautiful friendship.

Wednesday, November 26, 2008


Introducing my second review for Film Ireland, on Lakeview Terrace. Unfortunately I emailed my first draft, therefore obvious errors are included to bring down my ego a notch or so. As LT must have done for the flailing Neil LaBute. Anyone ready to forgive him for his Wicker Man remake yet?.....................................................didn't think so.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

How do you describe a feeling?

Grace is me. College is Dogville. Lars Von Trier is a genius.*
*fortunately these first two sentences are obviously (if you've seen the film) untrue, but this is how I describe a feeling. And LVT is a argument.

To understand why click here, then here. Or be brave and go immerse yourself in LVT's world for three wonderful hours...

Sunday, November 16, 2008

It's coming...

On December 1st KylieX2008 will arrive on DVD...just in time for my birthday. Hooray!

All you can do is step back in time...

Friday, November 14, 2008


Here is my first Film Ireland review, of Quarantine. The review isn't perfect. But it is the start! Just go see [REC] instead.

Friday, November 14, 2008

We'll love you so long.

Unfortunately for me, the opportunity to see a true artist of the screen is rare. Yes there was one time a few years ago when I bumped into Robert De Niro...but by that time he had become little more than a self parody (and has done little to redeem himself since). Other than that I have been always been looking from the outside in, well more gazing/drooling rather than merely looking. Last night, however, I was one of the lucky audience members to be in the presence of Elsa Zylberstein, an professional actor for some 20 years who has come to my attention via her terrific role as guilt-burdened sister in I've Loved You So Long (I have already professed my love and admiration for this flawless film)...she was in Dublin to promote her second remarkable cinematic effort of the year, La Fabrique des Sentiments, with a screening of said film and a subsequent Q&A session, during which I simply fell in love with this wonderful artist.

In short, La Fabrique des Sentiments (or The Love Factory for those resistant to foreign titles) is a thought-provoking look at the concept of love and happiness in the modern world. At times it is unforgiving in its portrayal of modern society, where greed and desire - however natural - turns everyone into a form of villain. Yet it (thankfully!) resists falling into the overtly cynical waters of the likes of Closer, this is a personal story about a woman and her uphill struggle for happiness. So personal infact that not only is our leading lady (Zylberstein) in practically every scene, but the camera zooms so close to her face that we can see every fault (if Zylberstein and her make-up team had one). Under these conditions it is clear that the film's success rested on Zylberstein's performance, and she doesn't disappoint as she creates another captivating character...however, the somewhat erratic narrative and visual style leads the film off-course at times.

Interestingly, Zylberstein brushed off any fear she may have had in undertaking such a prominent role stating plainly that, as an actor, her main concern is fulfilling her director's vision and creating interesting characters. This alone should ensure a role in a PT Anderson/Woody Allen/Mike Leigh film (all of whom she mentioned as her top director choices...just putting it out there incase it helps). GIVE IT TO HER! Anyway...Zylberstein was as generous, elegant and intelligent as you would expect and dealt with a handful of somewhat misguided questions with incredible grace ("how does it feel to be playing against the wonderul Kristin Scott Thomas when you know she is getting the better role and giving the better performance?"...ok I'm paraphrasing, but fundmentally this was the Joeso's question).

In one sentence: I am in love with this woman. Now check out I've Loved You So Long! Best. Movie. Of. The. Year. (Yes...much better than The Dark Knight). Now lets pray that the Academy get over their fear of foreign-language performances, remember ILYSL is a double-acted drama and grant Zylberstein a much deserved Best Supporting Actress nomination. If only...

(Also, is it just me or does Zylberstein share a striking resemblence to Vera Farmiga?)

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

The only way is Up.

Watching a new Pixar trailer is like discovering a new friend...refreshing, interesting and oh so exciting! Their next outing Up is no different.

We're introduced to 78-year old Carl Fredricksen, 8-year old Russell and, their wonderful mode of transportation (courtesy of some very strong balloons), Fredricksen's house. So we can expect another wonderful buddy-comedy from the imaginative and charming team of Pixar? Yes!

Monday, November 10, 2008

Brace yourself...

Yes it looks like Strictly Come Dancing with real A-listers, but the combination of the world's greatest Dame (forget Mirren!), the hottest Italian, French and Spanish cinematic exports alongside The Kidman (she's due for a BIG comeback...*cross fingers*) and The Daniel Day Lewis is irresistible. And yes I forgot to mention Fergie (who I have yet to forgive for the awful Sex and the City theme song), Kate Hudson (hopefully back to Almost Famous form) and Rob Marshall (hopefully someone has given him some imagination and backbone)...but Nine can't fail, right?

Just look.

Sunday, November 09, 2008


"You wouldn't be able to do these awful things to me if I weren't still in this chair."
"But you are, Blanche! You are in that chair!"
The campest line, in the campest movie with the campest performances (by two of Hollywood's campest divas). Wonderful.
Now I'm just waiting for a Hollywood remake. I'm picturing Elizabeth Taylor (but who could compete with her star power and co-star?)...or Jennifer Aniston and Angelina Jolie.
But please just leave this classic alone!

Thursday, November 06, 2008

Do you want an Oscar?

Kate Winslet has graced many a magazine cover since her rise to megastardom in Titanic...but she has never been quite The Diva, until this...
Winslet takes Sharon Stone's iconic Basic Instinct look, infuses it with some old Hollywood glamour and displays a raw ambitiousness that has been previously out of sight (and reserved for flailing American starlets...step up Annette Bening). But now, she bares all...and she really wants an Oscar. And after five nominations - Sense And Sensibility, Titanic, Iris, Eternal Sunshine, Little Children - she deserves one. But less of the desperation please. I like my actresses cool and collected, let the Oscar come to you, Winslet is in - and watch the link below to fully appreciate this - a Holocaust flick with The Reader...(although my bets are on the suburbia drama Revolutionary Road directed by her hubbie, Sam Mendes).

Go team Winslet!

Saturday, November 01, 2008

Gratuitous actress lusting.2

Judi Dench has been relatively quiet of late. She was last seen - with my personal favourite Dench performance yet - in Notes On A Scandal. An expectedly delicious, disturbing and endlessly captivating performance. This weekend sees the release of Quantum Of Solace...the pseudo-sequel to the Casino Royale and, among a handful triumphs and heavily edited sequences, sees Dench reprise her role as the Best Bond Girl EverTM (more commonly known as 'M'). YAY. Then there is the wonderfully star driven musical extravaganza that will be Nine (= Dench + Nicole Kidman + Penelope Cruz + Sophia Loren + Kate Hudson + Marion Cotillard + Daniel Day Lewis) and Rage (not too educated on this one, but the combination of Dench with Dianne Wiest - SWOON - is enough for me).

But what makes Dench the perfect actress to gratuitously lust over is her back catalogue of wonderful performances...A Room With A View, Mrs. Brown, Shakespeare In Love, Chocolat, Iris, Ladies In Lavender, Pride & Prejudice, Mrs. Henderson Presents, Casino Royale, Notes On A Scandal and, now, Quantum Of Solace. With one look Dench can penetrate you, cause fear to run through your skin or cause joy to elevate your spirits. She is one of the most gifted performers of our generation (even if, by her own admission, this took her many years to achieve...hence her late cinematic bloom) and with Nine, Rage and future projects, will continue to amaze. Go Judi!

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Gratuitous male lusting.3

"He's magnificent"...Francis McDormand sums up Lee Pace in two words (in the underrated and underviewed Miss Pettigrew Lives For A Day). Beautiful to look at, a great voice and a talented actor (just see him in the television movie Soldier's Girl). As the sweet, passionate and puppy-eyed Michael in MPLFAD he will steal your heart...prepare to swoon!

I warned you!...

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

The wonderful Sia.

While wandering the streets of Dublin, I bumped into this wonderful woman...having seen in her back in early 08, I could not but fall for her charm, voice and music.

So sit back and enjoy...

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Bride Wars: The End of Cinema?

There must be something wrong when a film such as Beverly Hills Chihuahua beats a combination of diCaprio + Crowe + Ridley Scott (Body Of Lies) to the top spot at the US box-office? (And if you have no idea what BHC is, well I am simply green with envy!). Even worse is the idea that Anne Hathaway (on the verge of Oscardom with Rachel Getting Married) has teamed up with Kate Hudson (once a promising talent before she submerged into the lazy romcom stakes) for Bride Wars.

The tale of two childhood friends, who find themselves similtaneously engaged and are torn apart due to their desire for the same wedding location and date. I love a good bitchfest, and if this had been filmed with the likes of Bette Davis and Joan Crawford (*drool*) I would be more forgiving but surely this cannot be anything but an awful waste of - Anne Hathaway's, anyway - talent? Surely Hollywood has to wake up and see there is more to women than materialism, idiocy, marriage, bitching and shopping (and desperate outbursts of aggression while we're at it)? Perhaps not...especially when much of the US of A is currently rooting for a woman who incorporates this idea, (for you numbnuts) Sarah Palin, and these chick flicks make buckets of money.

For shame.

Now you should wash your eyes...and - if possible - your memory.

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Gratuitous actress lusting.1

The one and only Gena Rowlands. Depending on your cinematic experiences you will remember her from The Notebook (teenage girls), Paris Je T'aime ('cool' cinemagoers), her marriage/cinematic partnership with John Cassavetes (film critics) or her stunning screen presence and performances (film lovers). My personal favourite Rowlands work is Opening Night...delving into the mind of an insecure and aging actress, 'star' and woman has never been so captivating...and Rowlands was born to play such women (in Woman Under The Influence, etc.).
As well as being a fine actress, Rowlands is a terrific screenwriter. Just watch her Quartier Latin segment of Paris Je T'aime...a wonderful exploration into past love, pain and regret.
Now its time for Rowlands to start getting the recognition she so rightly deserves! (Am I the only one that can see her in a What Ever Happened To Baby Jane? style movie?!?)

Saturday, October 11, 2008


"Baby, you are gonna miss that plane..."
"I know"
The perfect ending, to the perfect sequel to the perfect musing on love and relationships. Perfect.

Saturday, October 11, 2008

your disco needs YOU!

Today is the day to embrace my campness. Britney's new music-video has been released, Womanizer. Thankfully Britney has gone back to the paper-thin storyline that once adorned the videography of herself, Kylie and Madonna. Yes she is attractive, sexy even but she comes across as the 'manizer' while the supposed 'womanizer' -right - is thrown about, stripped and tormented sexually by Britney (as slut/secretary/waitress/chauffeur), hence the point of the song (if there is one?) is lost. Still its a fun video and it doesn't hurt that the 'womanizer' in question is very easy on the eye. But this will be remembered for Britney (unsurprisingly), and good Britney at that (surpringly). A chauffeur driving her car with her heels
while teasing her attractive client is an idea that any Pop Diva or Gay Icon would kill for, and now it is all Britney's (thankfully not Madonna's...ew).

Speaking of ideas that Pop Divas and Gay Icons would kill about this...Kylie Minogue (*faints*) + Dannii Minogue + ABBA + feathers (I can only imagine these played some role). The equation is incalcuable you say? Well here it is...The Winner Takes It All as performed by the Minogues (hopefully that won't catch on) for some television show...all I will say is it out-camps Kylie's Your Disco Needs You, and that is saying ALOT. Will there be a music-video? Will it be a single? Will there be glitter? These questions have yet to be answered...

But for now we have the song itself (helpful note: the particular Minogue on the visuals is the Minogue on vocals)...

and Britney's video too...


Wednesday, October 08, 2008

À la claire fontaine...

"I'm here!...

I'm here."


Month in, month out film advertisements have been promising us eager cinemagoers masterpieces...some deserve the title (There Will Be Blood, Man On Wire) while others did not (Wall-E, The Dark Knight). I've Loved You So Long is the former. Most definitely.

At its core the film is an investigation and celebration of humanity, of life, of forgiveness and of love. Well written, well acted and beautifully shot this is, arguably, the most deserving film for the masterpiece label. Undeniably this boils down to two factors; the script and Kristin Scott Thomas.


Juliette (KST) is invested with such humanity that we the audience can not see her for anything but as a victim, regardless of her past crimes. Like her, we can see no immediate future for herself. Like her, we are trying to understand the situation she has found herself in. She remains relatively mute for the initial hour, gradually opening up to the world around her, struggling to come back to life.


It is a beautiful characterisation and KST deserves all the praise previously awared Helen Mirren, Nicole Kidman, Charlize Theron come Oscar time (although how likely is it that she will be so successful as a] this is a subtitled performance and b] she has not been so popular of late). This is not to diminish the quality of work from her fellow actors, everyone does a wonderful job but this is KST's show as constructed by the terrific Philippe Claudel (a la Daniel Day Lewis, PT Anderson and There Will Be Blood). And it is one hell of a show...with a conclusion that is up there with Before Sunset and Dogville (AKA pretty damn impressive!).


I loved, loved, LOVED it!

Friday, October 03, 2008

Gratuitous male lusting.2

Jason Beitel. A dancer for Kylie's Showgirl tours and X tour (also in her video for The One, and Ida Corr + Fedde Le Grand's Let Me Thing About It). It was love at first sight...teehehe. No matter how big his feathers are, or how much glitter he has covering his boot-iful body this man will always be the - second (if with Kylie) - greatest thing on show. Enjoy...

Wednesday, October 01, 2008

Empire. The 500 Greatest Movies Of All Time.

While going through the list of Empire's 500 Greatest Movies Of All Time many things went through my head...

  1. There has been an obvious mix up between David Cronenberg's Crash and Paul Haggis' Crash. Empire must have meant the former not the latter film. Yes?

  2. The Fountain - just - made it in! YAY!

  3. Empire readers must not like Julie Andrews, neither Mary Poppins or The Sound of Music made it in...(I still love you Julie!).

  4. Not one Pedro Almodovar movie or one Lars Von Trier movie made it onto the top 500. Surely there was some cinematic villainy at work? Or perhaps voting was spread too thinly across their many masterpieces? Regardless...BOO!

  5. The battle between Batman and Batman Returns is over...and the winner is BR! WOOHOO!
  6. Bringing Up Baby, INLAND EMPIRE, Eyes Wide Shut, Bell de Jour, Punch-Drunk Love, and many, many more deserved some sort of placing! (unlike Crash, Saw, Pirates of the Caribbean 2, Donnie Darko - yes I went there! -, 300 and a handful of others).

  7. Did I make the right choice to buy The Wizard Of Oz cover? (Batman Returns looks good...)

  8. The Empire Strikes Back places higher than Star Wars. Justice (although I love both).

  9. Indianna Jones is not the second greatest movie of all time, not even close. Grrr...

  10. Jessica Rabbit is incredible. I like those apples.

  11. I have no belief in the modern cinemagoer. Yet Eternal Sunshine of the Spoltess Mind placed 77! Faith is restored! (ish).

  12. Steven Spielberg should continue directing films that were once on the slates of more interesting directors. (Please?). Am I missing the Spielberg appreciation gene?

  13. Why am I still buying this magazine after all these years?!?! Time for a move perhaps...Sight & Sound? Maybe.

Polls like this can never please everyone. But at least they give us something to bitch, talk and laugh about when you're stuck for conversation.

Wednesday, October 01, 2008

Trailer: Australia.

The new Australia trailer has been unleashed (the only verb that could do justice to the combination of Baz Luhrmann, Nicole Kidman, Hugh Jackman and the romantic epic genre), so prepare to be left breathless…

I have watched it several times by this stage and each time I have been left speechless. Unsurprising really when I have watched Strictly Ballroom, Romeo + Juliet and Moulin Rouge! countless times and am still blown away.

If this were not a Baz Luhrmann production I would not have much faith in the project. Especially with Kidman’s overly British accent, a factor that funnily enough sums up why I have the utmost faith in Luhrmann; it is over-the-top, highly theatrical yet gives way something deeper, thoughtful and real (as Kidman’s accent softens during the closing moments of the trailer). This is all without praising the breathtaking cinematography and sets/costumes, which speak for themselves. How could I not be banging on Luhrmann’s door for the final product!

Bring on the 26th of

Monday, September 29, 2008


"Look, Dave, I can see you're really upset about this. I honestly think you ought to sit down calmly, take a stress pill and think things over."

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Friday, September 26, 2008

A women under the influence.

After watching The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas (a haunting yet captivating look at World War II's Holocaust) I could not help but sing - or sob - the praises of a new cinematic face.

Supporting the somewhat iffy - yet impressive - child performers in TBITSP is Vera Farmiga (last seen in The Departed as the lover of Leonardo diCaprio and Matt Damon), the wife of a Nazi commander, mother to a 12-year old daughter smitten with Nazi ideals (thanks to a delicious officer) and an 8-year old son bewildered by the Nazi regime. As with all of the supporting roles, this character is underwritten (she is christened the name 'Mother') yet Farmiga manages to provide the integral link between the audience, and the film. This is a film about actions, not politics and Mother's actions of supporting her family resonate with us all. As does her reaction to the full operations within her neighbouring concentration camp.
The characterisation is hardly original yet with Farmiga's Mother the film, arguably, doubles its punch. Her struggle to thank her Jewish house worker, her shock at the burning furnaces, her sense of propriety at her anti-Nazi mother-in-law's funeral, her loss of respect for her husband and life. These wonderful moments are indispensable, and so the films owes a large debt to Farmiga. One that would be deservedly be recognised via an Oscar nod. Unfortunately this film is unlikely to become a major awards magnet outside of BAFTAdom (it is a small British movie without much box-office success on its home turf)...but the silver-lining is that Farmiga has a juicey role in the much more Oscar-friendly Nothing But the Truth coming out in a few months. So here's hoping they show her some love! Either way, Farmiga is destined to emerge as a cinematic darling. Of mine at least.

Friday, September 26, 2008

Gratuitous male lusting.1

Marlon Brando. The Streetcar days...yumyum. If only they lasted forever (lookswise at least).

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Hairy. Mommy. Salma. Samali.

How do you top a celebrity filled musical number - inspired by a cheating girlfriend fucking Matt Damon - celebrating the fact that you are fucking Ben Affleck? (and if you have no idea what I am talking about, shame on you and run to youtube!).

You stage an interview with Salma Hayek, beg her to take her clothes off, tell her she's no Penelope Cruz and then beg some more...

Thursday, September 25, 2008

"I never wanted to be Away From Her".

From whelping fear and nesting lie,
Woods and their echoes ring:

"The desires of the heart are as crooked as corkscrews
Not to be born is the best for man
The second best is a formal order
The dance's pattern, dance while you can.

Dance, dance, for the figure is easy
The tune is catching and will not stop
Dance till the stars come down with the rafters
Dance, dance, dance till you drop."

-W.H. Auden, as spoken by the wonderful Gordon Pinsent, the lucky man who got to play husband to one of cinema's greatest beauties - and actresses - then and now, Julie Christie, in Away From Her.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008


"Fasten your seatbelts, it's going to be a bumpy night!"

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

The Reel Geezers...

The thought of 'Summer Movies' (AKA a superhero movie/dumb comedy/big action sequel/counter-programmed 'chick-flick') has never truly got my pulse racing...unless, of course, it was one of the Star Wars prequels...enter: The Reel Geezers.

Marcia Nasatir and Lorenzo Semple are the old - with 80 years filmmaking experience between them - geezers in question (Marcia a agent/producer, Semple a screenwriter) and provide a wonderful desert to any cinematic experience. Including my own cinematic experience of Tropic Thunder last night. A film that has alot working for it (Tom Cruise's movie mogul, Robert Downey Jr's method actor, an evil Asian toddler) but has too much working against it (namely an underdeveloped character played by Jack Black) to be as good as it could have been. Marcia would concur, Lorenzo would ignore the two of us. That is one of the many wonderful things about this duo.

Just check this out...

And if you liked this check out their views on other cinematic offerings such as Iron Man, Sex And The City: The Movie ("...very disturbing"), Wall-E ("I'd say one of the better love stories between two robots I've seen this week), The Dark Knight ("...filled with all these random sophomoric comments they pass off as thought"), Pineapple Express, and many more...all on youtube.

Marcia - "...can there be a double truth in this?"

Lorenzo - "We won't hear it from you."

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Trailer: Revolutionary Road

I usually am only partial to trailers for films I am eager to see (currently Australia, Synecdoche New York, among others). I was not eager to see this movie. In fact the thought of Mendes reteaming diCaprio and Winslet for his second foray into America's suburbia left me cold. I presumed the best I could hope for was a good solid movie (in the same, uninspired yet accomplished vein as In The Bedroom) which may finally bag Winslet her overdue Oscar.

The trailer reveals first off that Winslet - as well as the movie in general - is most definitely in the running for award recognition (surprise, surprise!) and secondly that this may have much more to offer than your usual cinematic investigation into the American dream/domestic life/American suburbia/etc. Lets hope for Little Children rather than The Hours (one third of which, has a striking resemblence to the central plot in RR as Winslet's modern woman is repressed under suburbian life as is Julianne Moore's character). And so the trailer has left me hopeful. Granting modern cinema's romantic idols a marriage, kids and a mortgage is in itself an interesting concept...

Or am I just getting desperate due to a lack of interesting movies coming our way?!?!

Regardless the trailer introduces us to one amazing track.. Nina Simone - The Wind Is Wild. Beautiful. And set to repeat on my ipod.

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

the introduction.

welcome to ticklepickleme...a fun filled blogspot to celebrate movies, musings and Miss Minogue (among other beloved creatures on this planet, and onscreen - here's looking at you Wall-E!).

Prepare for an overload!