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!