Wednesday, November 26, 2008
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
Sunday, November 16, 2008
Friday, November 14, 2008
Friday, November 14, 2008
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
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
Sunday, November 09, 2008
Thursday, November 06, 2008
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
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!