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

Quote.6

"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

Quote.5

"You're wearing the thimbull"

"Of course...you 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.