Thursday, July 14, 2011

Confessions of a KST-aholic.

So I was lucky enough to be invited to the press night for Betrayal. As I wasn't a fan of the production when I saw it a few weeks ago in previews, the following may sound incredibly strange...but I loved it.

The improvements were many and effective: scenes are shorter, positioning is stronger, and the two male characters have stronger definitions. Obviously Thomas' performance was as impressive as before but she is now equaled by her co-stars, Ben Mills and Douglas Henshall.

I may need to return for a third viewing.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

A quick rant. Tree of Life.

At the start of the year I hoped that Tree of Life would be "stunning". There are a handful of moments that demand such a description, in the superficial sense that the film is beautifully shot, but all this good work is undermined by a weak narrative and the clumsy use of metaphor. It feels like a joke.

As the film (finally!) reached its concluding sequence(s), a Venetian mask is shown falling into the ocean...there is no previous reference to such a prop (nor to masks at all) but the addition is only shocking that it seems that Terrence Mallick embraced the sheer silliness of a film that will be as good/bad as the viewer demands: you can create a grand meaning or run away from the nonsense.

Either way Mallick has captured the attention of the film world. And I hope it takes him another six years until we see his next film.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

An irresistible statement.

"There's something about you that sticks."

Sunday, July 10, 2011

An irresistible question...from Leila Hatami.

One of the most intense experiences I have ever had in a cinema, A Separation is a complex investigation of gender and class in Iran set against a truly discomforting is easily one of the best films of the 2011. Beautiful.

Wednesday, July 06, 2011

30 Day Film Challenge: Day 19

Day 19: Your Favourite Action Film...Jurassic Park
Dinosaurs. People running. Frights. Laughs. Smiles. Terrific visual effects. And one hell of a score. This is as good as film entertainment can be. And definitely my favourite action film...that doesn't have shades of science-fiction or thriller.

Wednesday, July 06, 2011

30 Day Film Challenge: Day 18

Day 18: Your Favourite Comedy Film...Bringing Up Baby
I tend to enjoy my comedy as black, sardonic, camp or romantic...But I wish I had more of an opportunity to enjoy my comedies as screwballs, especially if they were as blissful as Howard Hawks' Bringing Up Baby

I have seen this a countless number of times and I will still laugh at its many comedic moments. The tale of a paleontologist (Cary Grant) whose attempt to impress a potential investor is thwarted then supported by his newfound friendship with a seemingly dimwitted socialite (Katharine Hepburn) is full to the brim with charisma and it will still brings joy to audiences after 73 years.


Runners-up: The Birdcage, Muriel's Wedding, Some Like It HotTeam America: World Police

Wednesday, July 06, 2011

Happily Ever After x4

Monday, July 04, 2011

Loudly I'll sing about flowers and spring.

"I'm as corny as Kansas in August,
I'm as normal as blueberry pie,
no more a smart little girl with no heart,
I have found me a wonderful guy.
I am in a conventional dither,
with a conventional star in my eye.
And you will note there's a lump in my throat,
when I speak of that wonderful guy.
I'm as trite and as gay as a daisy in may
a cliche' coming true,
I'm bromitic and bright as a moon
happy night pouring light on the dew."

I'm in love with a wonderful guy.

Monday, July 04, 2011

My favourite shot from...the trailer for War Horse.

Since I saw the West End production of War Horse earlier this year, I swore that Steven Spielberg would never do this material justice on the big screen. This trailer has quietened this claim: I was blown away. Yes it SCREAMS all those things I feared: it it a prestigious wartime drama that will manipulate its audience within an inch of its life while injecting emotion into a real horse that could never replicate the beauty of the stage productions' puppets...but I can't help but want this slice of Spielberg cinema. And it will be visually stunning.

For now I have been converted. And I cannot wait to see it next January.

Sunday, July 03, 2011

Friday, July 01, 2011

Top of the Class. 2011 (So far...).

We've just finished the sixth month of 2011 so I thought I would (as I did last year) toast the best of year thus far...

Film: Rabbit Hole

Notable others: Blue Valentine, PinaPotiche, Source CodeTangled, True Grit

Director: Francois Ozon for Potiche

Notable others: Derek Cianfrance for Blue Valentine, Ethan Coen and Joel Coen for True Grit, Duncan Jones for Source Code, John Cameron Mitchell for Rabbit Hole, Wim Wenders for Pina

Lead Performance: Nicole Kidman in Rabbit Hole

Notable others: Catherine Deneuve in Potiche, Aaron Eckhart in Rabbit Hole, Ryan Gosling in Blue Valentine, Isabelle Huppert in Copacabana, Kristen Wiig in Bridesmaids, Michelle Williams in Blue Valentine

Supporting Performance: Jacki Weaver in Animal Kingdom

Notable others: Amy Adams in The Fighter, Christian Bale in The Fighter, Rose Byrne in Bridesmaids, Gerard Depardieu in Potiche, Donna Murphy in Tangled

Screenplay: True Grit

Notable others: Animal Kingdom, Blue Valentine, Rabbit Hole, Tangled, True Grit