Sunday, November 28, 2010

Essential cinema. Shelter.

Essential cinema is when you can't find the words to declare the praise so deserving of a film. Such is the case with Shelter. Stunning.

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Friday, November 19, 2010

Subtitled wisdom.

My week has been one full of conclusions. Some desirable and some not. But...it is indeed over.

Monday, November 15, 2010

Working Boy.

"Don't fuck up!"

Yesterday I was hoping for a position that can be summed up in one word: awesome. I have to wait some six weeks before I know the outcome of that ambition but today another job came left of field...and has made me equally happy. I don't think I'll fuck up, but it is always nice to remind myself not to.

Monday, November 15, 2010

Working Boy.

"I know I can do the job."

Feel free to cross your fingers and toes as I am moments away from pressing the 'send' button on an email forwarding my application for a job I so fervently want.

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Monday, November 08, 2010

Everything is more complicated than you think.

"...You only see a tenth of what is true. There are a million strings attached to every choice you make; you can destroy your life every time you choose. But maybe you won't know for twenty years. And you may never ever trace it to its source. And you only get one chance to play it out. Just try and figure out your own divorce. And they say there is no fate, but there is: it's what create. And even though the world goes on for eons and eons, you are only here for a fraction of a fraction of a second. Most of your time is spent being dead or not yet born. But while alive, you wait in vain, wasting years, for a phone call or a letter or a look from someone or something to make it all right. And it never comes or it seems to but it doesn't really. And so you spend your time in vague regret or vaguer hope that something good will come along. Something to make you feel connected, something to make you feel whole, something to make you feel loved. And the truth is I feel so angry, and the truth is I feel so fucking sad, and the truth is I've felt so fucking hurt for so fucking long and for just as long I've been pretending I'm OK, just to get along, just for, I don't know why, maybe because no one wants to hear about my misery, because they have their own. Well, fuck everybody. Amen."

Saturday, November 06, 2010

Thursday, November 04, 2010

10 thoughts on...Another Year followed by a Q&A with Mike Leigh.

  1. This is as potent and beautiful a film as ever there was. The portrayal of the human condition is key to all the films of Mike Leigh, and so it is here. It is impossible to turn away from the open wounds that surround the content couple performed by Jim Broadbent (gush!) and Rush Sheen. It is a tragic celebration of what life is and not, as is popular within film, a celebration of what could be.
  2. Every single performance is outstanding, as is now expected from a Leigh film. Lesley Manville will be the one remembered during award season, and deservedly so, but it is Imelda Staunton who grabbed my attention. Her cameo during the first part of the film was so intense, so heartbreaking that I could not help but see the rest of the film through her very depressed eyes. That is some achievement in a film that boasts top turns from its very able cast.
  3. I do not want to fit the portrayal of a singleton here. A destructively unhappy individual with a HUGE pull towards alcohol and melodramatic theatrics. Compared to the adorably happy couples who spend their Sundays throwing parties and digging earth this is unnerving. It is almost enough to make me marry the next available boy. Save me!
  4. Leigh is adorable in person. As much as on paper/screen.
  5. When asked the obvious questions regarding the abolishing of the UK Film Council, Leigh was gauged the situation quite beautifully. The Government may have made an ill-advised judgement but film will carry on.
  6. Why are audiences of BFI such idiots? They are the type who celebrated the Emperor's new clothes not out of duty but because they actually saw the supposed new outfit. They are tiresome.
  7. There was a mouse in the BFI. I almost shrieked. Can I go back into the dark of NFT1 after this?
  8. I only want to live in Spring or Summer if life is according to Another Year. Winter is a bit too gloomy for my taste.
  9. "Do you want a cuddle?" One of the best line readings I have had the chance to watch. Unfortunately too funny to be Manville's Oscar clip, which will certainly exist if she is campaigned as Supporting Actress.
  10. It really made me want a bottle of red. Does that make me a bad singleton in the making? Or - worse - am I already this 'bad' singleton?!?

Monday, November 01, 2010

10 thoughts on...The Kids Are Alright.

  1. I hate Julianne Moore? Could it be possibly true?! Unfortunately yes. Her character here is what I would consider the misfortunate product of the American Dream. She is fuelled by passion yet is unambitious, she is content yet wants more. In short is so unintentionally destructive that the other characters would benefit from her exclusion. I usually adore Moore but here I was rooting for her early exit so that characters could have a happier ever after.
  2. I forgive Mia Wasikowska for Alice in Wonderland. Who knew she could be so good?
  3. I'm embarrassed to admit it but I found it odd to see celebrities portraying a relatively happy homosexual couple onscreen. This is not a criticism of the film, it is definitely a good thing that such a relationship is portrayed with established actors, but I could not buy into the idea of Moore and Annette Bening as a married couple. Or perhaps it my may hatred of Moore and my...
  4. Love for Bening! She is simply wonderful in this film. I adore high maintenance characters facing life changing predicaments. This is almost a sequel to Carolyn Burnham of American Beauty but with more screen time. I could happily applaud an Oscar win for this performance, although I will be rooting for Natalie Portman...
  5. Josh Hutcherson is too attractive for his age. Yum!
  6. Although I didn't like the film much, it is terrific to see it win so many supporters and it should most definitely see itself as a Best Picture nominee with a handful more to boot. Original Screenplay, Actress and Supporting Actor. As I'm not a fan of Moore here I'm more certain of her chances at being nominated alongside Bening (performances I dislike by people I adore ALWAYS seem to succeed).
  7. I would not want either Moore, Bening or Mark Ruffalo to be my parent. They are awfully selfish.
  8. I need a glass of wine. How many do these characters drink during the course of the film?!? Perhaps more than in Sideways.
  9. I am glad to see Bening and Ruffalo adoring Joni Mitchell as I often do.
  10. Did I really hate Moore so much!? Oh my!