Thursday, December 31, 2009

A quick word on 2009.

My final nod to the cinematic year of 2009, in 2009, comes in the form of its most blissful moment. The complex nature of relationships summed up within four glorious minutes: this is as perfect as filmmaking can be.

Grab your hankies.

Thursday, December 31, 2009

Happy 2010.

It was a good year for Kate (praising her lucky stars?), it was a good year for me and I do hope it was a good year for you.

And now to a new year, a new decade and a whole bunch of movies and movie-related events we have yet to get our grubby hands all over. Hoorah!

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Apologise to Betty.

My infatuation with Sandra Bullock continues with this terrific piece of advertising, which manages to be more enjoyable than the film it's selling.

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Gratuitous male lusting.8

Swords and sandals and shirtlessness will be all the rage in 2010 with the arrival of that Jake Gyllenhaal torso in Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time and the chest bearing of Channing Tatum and Jamie Bell in The Eagle of the Ninth. All I can say is...yum!

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

A quick note on Dancer in the Dark.

After countless viewings I am still distraught by it. It may now be causing me actual harm.

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

"I'm the green fairy"

I wish Kylie Minogue would pop up in more movies.

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Gratuitous actress lusting.5

After a day of intense study (the only type I know), it was a pleasant surprise to sit at the telly and find the one and only Sandra Bullock in the midst of her most satisfying and fun outing, Miss Congeniality. Gracie Hart is a wonderful concoction that is all Bullock's, a persona that fuels all of her on screen outings. Is this a lack of talent or a surplus of charisma? I'd argue she's the embodiment of an old fashioned 'star' who should have been thrown to the curb by the new age standards of our youth obsessed culture (she is 45 after all), not enjoying the greatest successes of her career. I am one of the few hoping it will climax with an Oscar win come March 2010...and what is more, I don't think that makes me crazy or any less of a legit film enthusiastic - after all what is the Academy Awards if not a popularity contest? And who is more deserving of the popular vote than one of cinema's most likable stars? Yes, Carey Mulligan and Meryl Streep are likable, but nothing on the unlimited charm of Bullock. Imagine her reaction as she runs up to accept the prize...that is reason enough to root for her.

Friday, December 25, 2009

Thursday, December 24, 2009

"Am I ugly?"

"When I was a kid, I thought I was. I can't believe I'm crying already. Sometimes I think people don't understand how lonely it is to be a kid, like you don't matter. So, I'm eight, and I have these toys, these dolls. My favourite is this ugly girl doll who I call Clementine, and I keep yelling at her, "You can't be ugly! Be pretty!" It's weird, like if I can transform her I could magically change too."

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Top of the class 2009. Performances.

  1. Tilda Swinton, Julia
  2. Jeremy Renner, The Hurt Locker
  3. Christoph Waltz, Inglorious Basterds
  4. Mo'Nique, Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire
  5. Colin Firth, A Single Man
  6. Carey Mulligan, An Education
  7. Penelope Cruz, Vicky.Cristina.Barcelona.
  8. Mickey Rourke, The Wrestler
  9. Meryl Streep, Julie & Julia
  10. James Franco, Milk

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Quote.17

VIVIAN
I just want to know who it works out for. You give me
one example of someone, we know, that it happened for.

KIT
Name someone? You want me to name someone? You want me, to like, give you a name or something? Oh, god, the pressure of a name...

KIT
...Cindafuckin'rella!

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

My 'noughtie' director.

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Nine.

LILLI
That's directing.

Rob Marshall is naked of cinematic sensibilities: he should not be a film director. If you thought Chicago and/or Memoirs of a Geisha suffered at his clunky hands, then Nine is almost destroyed in comparison. If I ever have the opportunity to meet the man again, I will demand an explanation for his camera's infatuation with Nicole Kidman's back during her number: sure its lovely, but the emotion of the scene is hindered and, at times, lost. This is a trait carried throughout the film. One worsened by Marshall's insistence that his musical sequences take place on a stage in Guido Contini's head, despite the fact that Contini is not a director of musicals and the characters often belt out revelatory lyrics that he would have no previous knowledge of. In short, it doesn't work as it did with Chicago (and the similarly structured Dancer in the Dark), Nine would be improved by the old fashioned style of bursting into song.

Your enjoyment of the film will then greatly depend on your love for musicals and your enjoyment of the performances...but there is little room to dislike those. Well, except for Sophia Loren who shows little interest in her limited role. She should have taken some tips from Kate Hudson and Fergie (ouch!), both of whom erupt through the screen to mark their brief appearances onto the audience's memory. The rest are equally admirable. Judi Dench is fun as the feisty, one-liner-a-minute assistant. Marion Cotillard is wonderful as the "perfect Catholic wife" in desperate need of escape. Penelope Cruz channels a raunchier Marilyn Monroe with a naive sexuality that bursts through the screen. Kidman - my pick for best in show - rises above her thinly written role and is surprisingly affecting as the unloved muse. And Daniel Day-Lewis, although lacking sexual charisma, creates a convincing struggling artist and a solid center for events...I still would have preferred to see Javier Bardem in the part though. The ensemble is so mesmerizing (especially when grouped together as they are in the first and last moments) that the film is never less than enjoyable despite the technical craters that should prevent such fun (at least for anyone with a knowledge of film form).

So it is neither the disaster some may have predicted nor the masterpiece it might have aspired to be. Yet it remains a pleasure to sit and watch a grand Hollywood musical, especially with such a grand cast.

Sunday, December 20, 2009

I'm going home...

Saturday, December 19, 2009

A quick note on Nine!!!

After months of anticipation, I will finally feast my eyes on it in a handful of minutes.

That's all.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

A quick rant of disappointment about the 2010 Oscar race.

One surprise (Diane Kruger for Supporting Actress, leaving no room for Julianne Moore) and that's all folks!

This Oscar season seems to have finished before it even really started. Both with regards to the eventual nominees (though, I suspect SAG's Kruger and Globes' Moore will be replaced by Marion Cotillard) and winners.

Unless something changes it will be Up in the Air for Picture, Kathryn Bigelow for Director, Meryl Streep for Actress, Jeff Bridges for Actor, Mo'Nique for Supporting Actress and Christoph Waltz for Supporting Actor. Not a bad line-up by any stretch of the imagination, just unexciting.

Poo.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Off with their head!

She likes a warm pig belly under her aching feet, and we already love her. Applaud the arrival of Helena Botham Carter's The Queen of Hearts.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

A quick apology regarding Jeremy Renner and the Golden Globe Nominations 2010.

How did I miss this?!? I was certain that Jeremy Renner was nominated for the Golden Globes' Best Actor Drama! And am gutted that he was snubbed and that I missed bitching about it on my initial reaction. I know the Globes like their celebrities - and, on that front, Renner is no competition (yet!) for the likes of George Clooney, Morgan Freeman and Tobey Maguire - but I doubt their performances will linger quite like Renner's. Hopefully the SAG nominations will pick up on him so that Oscar's short memory is refreshed!

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

"How do you know when you're falling in love?"

DR. MARK EISEN
"Well, I don't make very much dough. And when I find myself wanting to spend 10 bucks on a girl, well, then I know I'm falling love."

Ginger Rogers is not impressed. She prefers her romantic gestures to be of the toe tapping variety. Or at least 15 bucks.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

My 'noughtie' screenwriter.

Runner-up: Alexander Payne.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

10 thoughts on...the Golden Globe Nominations 2010.

  1. Hoorah! This is a love-fest for some of my favourite female actors. Most noticeably with Julianne Moore's inclusion for Best Supporting Actress. Can she take this momentum all the way to the Oscar list? (And should I dare to dream that she could beat the overpowering Mo'Nique as some form of career recognition?).
  2. Will Quentin Tarantino and Inglorious Basterds be shown the same interest with the Academy Award nominations? It would be swell to see Tarantino make an Oscar 'comeback'! And it would also ensure a deserving win for Christoph Waltz for Supporting Actor (he'd look good posing alongside Moore and their Oscars, right?).
  3. I had read that Avatar had not been seen by many voters of the Golden Globes, so its inclusion is surprising and, perhaps, based more on buzz than the actual film? The recent surge of reviews suggest that it won't be the disappointment many were anticipating, it may be a comfortable Oscar contender.
  4. YAY! The Hurt Locker, Sandra Bullock (x2), Colin Firth, Emily Blunt (they love her!), Stanley Tucci, Vera Farmiga, Kathryn Bigelow and that Michael Giacchino nomination for Up!
  5. Boo! My hope that they might recognise Tilda Swinton's flawless performance in Julia was ignored. They should get over their fascination with awarding Clint Eastwood and Julia Roberts at any opportunity. Has Alfred Molina been forgotten for An Education? And will he ever get the attention he deserves?
  6. It's Complicated nominated for Best Screenplay?!? That is a bold brave statement. Will other award bodies root for Nancy Meyers' film in a similar way? Should Meryl Streep be gunning for Oscar with this instead of Julie & Julia? Or should she stick to her Oscar-safe role as celebrity-they-adore-playing-another-celebrity-they-adore?
  7. Bullock would seem ripe for Oscar love, right? Abbie Cornish is gone. Marion Cotillard may find herself kicked back into the Supporting Actress race (to the loss of Moore's nomination?). And then there will be room for herself and Helen Mirren to join Streep, Carey Mulligan and Gabourey Sidibe. Or else she will have to battle Cotillard, which would prove interesting...
  8. (500) Days of Summer is proving quite the contender...still too 'hip' for Oscar though. Right?
  9. I am very excited to see who will win in every category! Even the supporting acting categories where things are pretty much settled for Mo'Nique and Waltz. Will Mulligan beat Sidibe? Will Bigelow beat old flame Cameron (great tabloid fodder!)? Can Moore/Tucci beat Mo'Nique/Waltz?
  10. Is it me, or could any nominee for Motion Picture Drama win? I think you could make cases for any of them. Perhaps Inglorious Basterds is the weakest, but they did love it. Mmmm...

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

"Well, what's the matter with them?"

"Why don't you know? They're twitterpated...nearly everybody gets twitterpated in the springtime. For example: you're walking along, minding your own business. You're looking neither to the left, nor to the right. And all of a sudden you run smack into a pretty face. Woo-woo! You begin to get weak in the knees. Your head's in a whirl. And then you feel light as a feather and, before you know it, you're walking on air. And then you know what? You're knocked for a loop. And you completely lose your head...And that isn't all, it could happen to anybody so you better be careful! It could happen to you! And you! And...yes, it could even happen to you!"

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Friday, December 11, 2009

Making a cake x4.

Sleeping Beauty was always a favourite of mine and Fauna, Rose and especially Merry Weather were one big chunk of the reason. Their preparations for Princess Aurora's birthday is timeless. And the argument between Fauna and Merry Weather over the colour of Aurora's gown is now loaded with subtext - terrific!

Friday, December 11, 2009

Pinch me.

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies and Natalie Portman?!?

I am a mixed bag of reactions.

Friday, December 11, 2009

A quick thought on Avatar

Empire Magazine have crowned Avatar with a 5 star review, despite the fact it reads like a 3 star one. Go figure. (Idiots).

Thursday, December 10, 2009

How to lose friends and alienate people.3

By blinding people, according to the Sex and the City gals......Sarah Jessica Parker was clever enough to wear a pair of shades. Even if they give her the air of some sort of feline space trooper. Should we get excited for this retread?...Yes!