Monday, May 31, 2010

10 thoughts on...Sex and the City 2.

  1. So Sex and the City 2 forgos the substance of its television incarnation for a more frivolous romp with old friends, who cares? This is intentionally exuberant fun that will be adored alongside Mamma Mia! as a camp classic. Allow the (predominantly male) critics moan for artistry.
  2. This is a much more cinematic experience than the first outing. From Aaron Zigman's score to the cinematography, this feels less like a television experience on a bigger screen. Phew!
  3. Carrie Bradshaw has had some fashion mishaps but that ridiculous hat that shrouds her head as she boards her plane for Abu Dhabi is her worst piece of clothing. Fact!
  4. One of my main disappointments with their first outing was its focus on Carrie overshadowing Miranda Hobbes and Charlotte York. Thankfully the sequel grants Kristen Davis and Cynthia Nixon many more moments to shine - and they do, providing some of the very best highlights of the film. Their confessional scene of motherhood is an uncharacteristically (and most welcomely so) potent scene in a film of frills.
  5. The choice of music is atrocious. I demand that someone be permanently fired for their selection of 'True Colours' for the final moments of an otherwise terrific final act. Also 'Empire State of Mind' should have been limited to one appearance, the trailer already exhausted that tune. Boo!
  6. Sarah Jessica Parker may find herself answering for Charlotte's 'Irish' nanny when she takes her annual holiday to the Irish coast. I thought I was immune to such inaccurate portrayals of the Irish, apparently I am not. Can we (Ireland) please get an apology Miss Parker?
  7. Liza. "It's a law of physics: any time there's this much gay energy in a room, Liza manifests." If only this were true. Although I have no idea how you could top the gay energy the film manages to squeeze into Stanford and Anthony's wedding.
  8. Big's, who is now commonly referred to as John Preston, method of punishing Carrie is delightfully sweet. Although the television series failed to draw me to his charms, the films have succeeded effortlessly.
  9. The first film may have shelved the sex, the second wears its Samantha on its sleeve. She reinstates herself as an advocate for female sexuality. "CONDOMS!...I HAVE SEX...FUCK YOU, I'M AMERICAN!" One of my favourite cinematic break downs.
  10. I can't wait for a third helping...

Sunday, May 30, 2010

Smile. Inglourious Basterds.

It's a bingo!

Sunday, May 30, 2010

"Leave her alone!"

"Don't be a good neighbour anymore to her. I'll have to send you a love letter! Straight from my heart, fucker! You know what a love letter is? It's a bullet from a fucking gun, fucker! You receive a love letter from me, and you're fucked forever! You understand, fuck? I'll send you straight to hell, fucker!...In dreams...I walk with you. In dreams...I talk to you. In dreams, you're mine...all the time. Forever."

Saturday, May 29, 2010

Friday, May 28, 2010

Tickling The Happiest Girl in the World.

It is extremely rare that I enter the cinema without any preconceptions of a film. I am, after all, an obsessive film buff who spends much too much time catching the latest film news. Walking into The Happiest Girl in the World was a rare privilege as it I had no clue to its content. It was rather exciting, allowing me to wallow in the wonderfully enigmatic first act before...well, I don't want to say any more and jeopardise the potential for others to equally enjoy this gem of a film. Check it out!

Friday, May 28, 2010

My dissertation as three ants.

My dissertation may be thwarted by those in power. Fortunately none of these powerful people are Judge Claude Frollo. Phew!

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Revisiting (500) Days of Summer.

Once upon a time...audiences and critics fell for the charms of (500) Days of Summer. I did not. Not one of the three times I have sat down and watched the film. Sure, it's a good film with some great moments but it never fails to irk me in key moments. It isn't the numeric narrative structure that echoed the intelligence of Charlie Kaufman without any of the wonder. Or the vivid exclusion of non-heterosexual relationships (how 'hip' is that?). Instead it is it's presentation of relationships...

WARNING: this is an opinion will not apply to all.

"You're not the only one that gets a say in this, and I say we're a couple god damn it!"

(500) Days of Summer is a film that celebrates the selfishness of love through a character who cannot feel beyond his own desire. Fitting then that this character of Tom Hansen, as played by the wonderful Joseph Gordon-Levitt, is the fictional creation of the film's screenwriter, Scott Neustadter. Neustadter is a man who, we can safely assume, is inclined towards bitterness. And don't we all? It is unfortunate, however, that such bitterness prevents him from presenting an objective examination of a failed relationship. Ironically this limited portrayal of romance reflects negatively upon his fictional self; this is one case where personal prejudice should have been confined for the sake of creativity.

Summer, as played by the equally wonderful Zooey Deschanel, is the victim of Hansen's idealistic doting. She states in no uncertain terms that her interest in their relationship is limited yet Hansen chooses to ignore this, attempts to enforce his romantic ambitions (see the above quote), fails, and then turns depressive in his longing for a relationship that he was never realised. Boo! When does he, or the film, consider the position of Summer in this relationship? She is relegated as an almost blank canvas for the protagonist to evolve. This is why this should never be considered alongside great relationship musings such as Annie Hall or Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, as they enliven a relationship not one person's disillusioned notions of one. Selfishness is a key component of any relationship but when it is the main ingredient there are some fundamental flaws, and (500) Days of Summer (I feel) depicts a failed relationship that contains little depth and requires no investigation. If only Neustadter felt this way we may have been given a stronger film, and you would have been saved this rant.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Towels x4

How else should one celebrate Towel Day other than lusting over pretty people in minimal clothing?

Find out more about this wonderful day here.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Gratuitous Male Lusting.

Google has provided me with the name of the beauty who stole my heart at the Cannes closing ceremony; Guillaume Canet. I would like to add that Google also gave me his phone number, and he is currently en route to my door...but I would only be deluding myself. Fortunately for Marion Cotillard, she has no need for illusions and can have the real deal. I would be jealous if it were not for the pitch perfect coupling. Damn those beautiful film types!

Monday, May 24, 2010

50 years of Kristin Scott Thomas.

It is no secret that I have a huge crush on Kristin Scott Thomas, so any attempt to celebrate her 50 years are automatically hindered by my inability to convey my true adoration. She is one of the greatest assets cinema has to offer me, what more can I say?

I adore her whilst stuck in Hollywood fare (Bitter Moon, The Other Boleyn Girl, Confessions of a Shopaholic), whilst breaking my heart (The English Patient, Chromophobia, I've Loved You So Long, Nowhere Boy), tickling my funny bone (Keeping Mum, Easy Virtue), or both (Four Weddings and a Funeral, Gosford Park). She is a cinematic treasure that deserves celebrating!

And I wish her a very happy 50th birthday!!

Sunday, May 23, 2010

10 thoughts on...the Cannes closing ceremony 2010.

  1. Kristin Scott Thomas as the Cannes MC?? Hoorah!
  2. Leap Year is a Cannes award winning film?!? Not that one, this one!
  3. I really don't like Tim Burton. For many reasons. One being his inability to follow KST's simply instructions to state the winning individuals. I know he isn't fond of public appearances but that is rather silly.
  4. Mathieu Amalric can now claim to be a Bond-villain-turned-celebrate-Cannes-director. I would imagine that is some rare achievement. Hoorah!
  5. How much actress lusting can a show pack into 30-40 minutes? Behold Charlotte Gainsburg, Diane Kruger, Kirsten Dunst and Juliette Binoche above while imagining Salma Hayek, KST and Penelope Cruz in their vicinity. Yum!
  6. I never got a chance to celebrate this but Poetry is one of the many Cannes 2010 films I cannot wait to see. Hoorah for its Screenplay award!
  7. Another Year must wait until Oscar 2011 for its award glory.
  8. HOORAH for Juliette!! I'm sure she gave a wonderful speech with an appropriate political bent (free Jafar Panahi!) - a shame that I could not understand a word of it.
  9. Javier Bardem is loved. By me, by Cruz, and by Cannes. Cruz (just!) held back those tears when he thanked her!! Adorable.
  10. I must look into this Uncle well as this man!

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Excitement x4

I may be as excited as Miranda, Samantha and Carrie (could anyone be as excited as Charlotte?) for the release of Sex and the City 2 next Friday. Other excitable mentionables are A) the sun (it is gorgeous in London!), B) the Cannes award ceremony, C) more sun, and D) even more sun. I like the sun. As much as Carrie likes shoes, Samantha loves men, Charlotte enjoys squealing and Miranda spouts cynicism.

Friday, May 21, 2010

Gratuitous Actress Lusting.

Who doesn't love Helen Mirren and her 'feisty older woman' persona in film? She is always a blast and - despite another tragically revealing trailer - Love Ranch looks like a fun romp in familiar territory. I think it could bring her a fifth Oscar nomination if the race is as weak (it too often is). Regardless this promises to have Mirren in full swing - taking on society, Joe Pesci and a hunky Argentinean. Hoorah for this upcoming Mirren lovefest!

Thursday, May 20, 2010

A quick celebration.

As always, I have one hundred and one things I want to get off my chest...but they can all wait for a celebration of my transition from film student to professional. Not only am I on the ladder but I have jumped a few paces to a position where opportunity is my bedmate. I am excited. Deliriously so. Hoorah!!

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Smile. Cinema Paradiso.


Tuesday, May 18, 2010

"Who is that?"

No it is not Anne Hathaway but it will be me, arriving to my interview tomorrow being as appropriately disillusioned as Hathaway's Andrea Sachs. I shall say no more so not to jinx anything. Simply - Hoorah!

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Cannes Excitement.3

The first of my two part Cannes excitement is Blue Valentine. You may remember that I predicted the wonderful (and gorgeous!) Michelle Williams to find herself nominated for the Actress Oscar 2011 for her work here...and it seems that critics are ready to crown both Williams and co-star (and equally gorgeous!) Ryan Gosling. "Utterly devastating", "one to be treasured"...I cannot wait! But I will have to, so for now I will drool over the beautiful leads.

The second part concerns itself with Certified Copy, the new Abbas Kiarostami film starring Juliette Binoche. If I could, I would have that wonderful teaser for the film as an installation on my is stunning! So I'm glad to hear that the film is pretty good or, if you're TimeOut London, "the best film so far in this year's Cannes competition." Who could ask for a better recommendation?

Again, let us pause and take in the beauty below!

Tuesday, May 18, 2010


Andrew, are you going to bring me my lemon or am do I have to squeeze it from my hat?

How I wish Goldie Hawn graced our screens more often...

Monday, May 17, 2010

"This is Communism at its absolute best."

Those who are familiar with Joanna Lumley as Absolutely Fabulous's Patsy may be as shocked as I was when it first aired to see her in Up In Town. In this series of six ten-minutes monologues, we are presented with the reflective Madison Blakelock (Lumley). As she muses over her failed marriage, her rat invested home and her family, we are thrown into the midst of this woman's world - in fact we may understand it better than she does herself. Kudos to writer/director Hugo Black and Lumley. I particularly love her yearning for a more cinematic life.

It is stunning. So stunning that I felt the need to share with these terrific abstracts from each episode. Enjoy, and feel free to pay it forward...

Episode 1 - Clothes Memories
Episode 2 - Daddy's War
Episode 3 - Rat Problem
Episode 5 - Tony's Funeral
Episode 6 - Who's the Father?