Thursday, April 29, 2010

Friday, April 23, 2010

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Mildred?

I can spot the camp determination in her eyes yet Todd Haynes's Mildred Pierce still seems blasphemous to me despite my love for him and his leading lady Kate Winslet.
Read more here.

Monday, April 19, 2010

Love Love Love.

Anything Kylie excites me so this is almost unbearable. Could she making another foray into the world of film? (Perhaps a musical extravaganza starring her Green Fairy?) I do hope those rumours of X-Factor remain rumours. Or perhaps she is announcing her imminent explosion into glitter? More realistic is news of her eleventh studio album. YAY.

Make that a double YAY after the leak of new track, Love Love Love; a perfect piece of pop music that finds Kylie a "sucker for romance". Aren't we all? Hoorah!

Friday, April 16, 2010

Sunshine.

How could you stay mad at that face? Welcome back Amy Adams to my (long) list of actresses I adore.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

I Am Torn.

It almost seems a case of the empress's new clothes with Tilda Swinton's labour of love, I Am Love. She adores the film, the critics adore her and so the film is celebrated as the greatest cinematic achievement of the year thus far...and it doesn't quite hit that mark.

Yes it is a wonderful piece of cinema but, at too many times, it irks with its suicidal dedication to cinematic detail. What makes this more frustrating are the handful of moments when the film comes into its own and becomes a fabulously engrossing tale of love. These moments are filmmaking at its most beautiful and, it may come as no surprise, that they are anchored by the terrific performance of Swinton who (as always) swooned me. So much that I wanted to declare this film, her most recent attire, the masterpiece she so believes it is.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

I fell in love.

I heart I Heart Huckabees. That is all.

Monday, April 12, 2010

Tickling the Sex and the City 2 trailer.

So the fabulous trailer of the fabulous Carrie, Charlotte, Miranda and Samantha told me everything I wanted to know about the upcoming (and fabulous) Sex and the City 2. Why? Although I was once in love with the foursome back when they were conquering television, their first cinematic outing was less fabulous. Unless you take fabulous to mean irrational behaviour with a devotion to camp and not the dictionary definition of "extremely pleasing or successful" - it was neither. So why the hell do I know that I will be sitting with these women for one more adventure? The same reason I returned to the recent Star Wars trilogy despite assurances of disappointment, nostalgia.

And here is the where the awful trailer could actually be this films trump card...it is all about the nostalgia. The sassy one-liners of Samantha, the endless puns of Carrie, their unmatched passion for fashion, the continuation of Big vs and Carrie, and...
...yes that is Aidan. Sure it is disappointing that Carrie will jet off to Abu Dhabi only to discover her old flame that she left broken hearted (twice!!) instead of venturing onto new territory (why do cinematic westerners only fall for 'their own kind' when on exotic locations?) but this well trodden ground is what fans want to see. Right? Sure I would prefer the film to be as daring as the original television series but this is film, and it is a pleasure (no matter how guilty) to see have the chance to catch up with these women...despite the comparatively poor showmanship. It also gives everyone (AKA gals and gays) the opportunity to down some cocktails and lose themselves in some exuberant fun...no matter how irrationally charged these women have become.

Saturday, April 10, 2010

I must not get overly excited about this film.

Hype is a dangerous thing. Especially when it comes to that style of filmmaking that signals buzz words such as "indie", "lighthearted", "offbeat comedy", "Oscar darkhorse", etc.. The Kids Are Alright, like Little Miss Sunshine and Juno before it, has delighted festival audiences and is now one of the most anticipated films of the year. For me it has the added hype of being the next film of my cinematic wife, Julianne Moore. She plays funny, happy and gay. Hoorah! She also seems to laugh A LOT - which I love. Double hoorah!

Still I must keep myself from excitement...I won't get my greedy eyes on it until the end of the summer. Boo!

Thursday, April 08, 2010

Tickling Whip It.

Adorable...

Feisty...

Fun...

Poignant...

...And unforgettable. (I am smitten!)

Monday, April 05, 2010

Smile. Moulin Rouge!.

Come what may...

Monday, April 05, 2010

Gratuitous Actress Red Head Lusting

One of many weaknesses. And yet I cannot explain exactly why...instead I'll just celebrate a select few flame haired beauties! Also, I am not including those who have strayed too far from their roots (sorry!), hence no Nicole Kidman or Julia Roberts. And Amy Adams is still in the corner for Leap Year.

The Old Flame
Bree Van De Kamp is the delicious creation of Desperate Housewives. She was the conservative homemaker with a camp flair for dramatics. It was love. A shame then that the show, and this character, deteriorated so quickly.

The New Flames
Both Emma Pillsbury (Glee) and Amy Pond (Doctor Who) are adorable bodies of insecurities pining over Mr. Shue and the Doctor, respectively. I am smitten with both.

The Ultimate
Julianne Moore. Enough said.

Sunday, April 04, 2010

Psychic or psycho?

  • I thought I would share my thoughts on my choices for The Film Experience's actress psychic contest. It is nearly impossible to predict so early for something so unpredictable as the Oscars. This time last year the Actress contest seemed destined for Meryl Streep and Carey Mulligan, no one saw Sandra Bullock coming. In fact I didn't have faith in Mulligan, instead opting for Brenda Blethyn (London River), Penelope Cruz (Broken Embraces), Hilary Swank (Amelia) and Sigourney Weaver (Night Train) to join Streep as nominees. How silly was I? Now let that silliness continue with this batch of predictions...

      • Annette Bening for The Kids Are Alright

  • Bening is Hollywood royalty still waiting to be crowned in a film that has already earned raves and seems destined to be an Oscar contender.
      • Anne Hathaway for Love and Other Drugs

  • Hathaway is another waiting to be crowned (she should have been back in 2009!) and has crucial support in the form of her huge popularity and potential as one of Hollywood's brightest, and most interesting, stars of this new decade. Will they want to encourage this with a second nomination?
      • Helen Mirren for Love Ranch
  • There comes a time in a Dame's life when Oscar will love you playing feisty, older women in pleasant films. Ask Judi Dench. Mirren, in this role of feisty, older woman, would seem to hit that spot that Oscar holds dearly. She managed a nomination for this last year with The Last Station, I think she could do it again.
      • Mia Wasikowsa for Gus Van Sant Project
  • Wasikowsa is the new child wonder of cinema. We had Saoirse Ronan, before her we had Haley Joel Osment, etc. - is it her time? Oscar usually jumps on the bandwagon for such celebrations of adolescent talent, so why not here? That is unless Gus Van Sant opts for his more divisive filmmaking.
      • Michelle Williams for Blue Valentine

  • This seems right. Williams has been working hard, and impressing audiences, for years now. If the film hits the right note and reaches a wide enough audience, she could easily find herself on this list.

  • Note: I am presuming that Julianne Moore will be placed in Supporting Actress for her role in The Kids Are Alright as strategies of late use this template as a default.

  • So am I crazy? Is this list possible? And who would win out of this five?

Sunday, April 04, 2010

A quick question.

Don't you love when a character, portrayed by a favourite performer, shows a passion for those things you yourself adore?

While You Were Sleeping presents Sandra Bullock lusting over Florence. Her Lucy may now be my favourite Bullock creation. Hoorah! (Now enjoy the gratuitous actress lusting below).

Saturday, April 03, 2010

Friday, April 02, 2010

Cinematic heroes.

I usually don't like Ewan McGregor. Yes the same Ewan McGregor who stars in that film that continues to rock my world (Moulin Rouge!, if you have to ask). I even dislike him when he adopts an American twang that never quite sounds right. And yet I instantly fell in love with him in I Love You Phillip Morris. I guess the title hinted at this reaction, but it took me by surprise. Especially because that twang was as prominent as ever. Nothing could detract from his portrayal of Morris, the most satisfying representation of homosexuality from Hollywood yet.

He basically plays the role of the token girl - he is passive to the protagonist's tale, confined to the capacity of love interest and blonde - yet, despite these limitations, McGregor manages to convince the audience that Jim Carrey's Steven Russell would fall so fast and fight so hard for Phillip Morris. McGregor's performance seemed to incorporate all those characters I adore; the uneasy vulnerability of Marilyn Monroe (in anything), the feisty determination of Elizabeth Bennett, the romantically charged ideologies of Ralph Fiennes in The English Patient (or McGregor in Moulin Rouge!). He was the epitome of romantic interest without falling into any of the pratfalls too many encounter. Hoorah!

Some may question why I would name such a limited role as the most satisfying portrayal of homosexuality, with good reason; he is given little back story, we do not see him outside of Russell's world and his interests seem to hang on the notion of love. This latter point is why I was so delighted to see such a character. Hollywood likes their queer characters to suffer (predominately at the hands of AIDs, social prejudice, greed, etc.), they have never (to my mind) allowed a character to be devoted 100% to the notion of love. And it isn't subtle, this is an overblown Hollywood romance. As Russell and Morris deserved.