Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Thursday, August 25, 2011

10 thoughts on...One Day

  1. I'm not sure that authors should adapt their own texts for the screen. Of course there has been some notable successes but one of the obstacles that this particular adaptation faces is its loyalty to the original novel. David Nichols is a talented writer but his story feels rather clunky onscreen.
  2. One of the main reasons for the above point is the need of the narrative to present the same day over a twenty year period. On film this feels like a gimmick (not helped by the awful graphic design). And it is nonsensical.
  3. I love Patricia Clarkson.
  4. Edinburgh is beautiful. As is Rome. And London.
  5. Anne Hathaway is a talented actress (see: Rachel Getting Married) and she does good here but her accent is atrocious. Yes, there is enjoyment in her inconsistency but I would have hoped for more. 
  6. Lone Scherfig remains an interesting director, despite this dip of quality. I am very excited to see what she will do next...there is talk of an Irish film.
  7. Jim Sturgess is perfectly cast as Dexter...
  8. ...as is Romola Garai as Sylvie. Which shocked me. I have not been a fan of Garai. She was the weakest link of the otherwise perfect Atonement, has been in many disappointments (including the recent ITV adaptation of Jane Austen's Emma) and was most definitely not how I imagined the character (I was thinking more of a Rosamond Pike beauty). I was wrong about the latter and am ready to be converted into a Romola fan.
  9. I love Diana Kent.
  10. Thankfully the hideous trailer does not reflect the film. There are some issues with the film but it remains an entertaining film with some nice moments.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Paris x4

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Travel advice from...Audrey Hepburn

"Never a briefcase in Paris. And never an umbrella. It's the law!"

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Monday, August 22, 2011

Confessions of a KST-aholic.

A few months ago, after I heard that Kristin Scott Thomas will be taking some time off work, I consoled myself with the release of Sarah's Key and Bel Ami. Instead it would seem that this may be adding salt to the wound. The trailer for the latter almost guarantees disappointment already, and the former...

Where to begin? It felt like an exploitation of one very dark period of history combined with some very poor quality of film-making. Kristin Scott Thomas is no stranger to more commercial films but Sarah's Key promised to be much more than a piece of entertainment...ironically this problem seems due to the film's incessant desire to keep the audience entertained instead of focusing on the story (which I'm sure would have been engaging enough without the unnecessary 'drama' attached in this film). Thankfully, Kristin is never less than watchable. I just wish she was surrounded by people as talented as herself.

Friday, August 19, 2011

Subtitled wisdom confessions.

Friday, August 19, 2011

Who's that girl?

Seven days ago I excitedly went to see Betwixt. I knew it was a musical. And I knew it starred Ellen Greene (swoon!). But I did not know that it would be held in a tiny theatre where I would be mere inches away from one of my screen idols. The play itself was a highly energetic yet superficial creation saved by the presence of one immense talent (and you know who I am mean...). Not only did she have the showstopping number but she also had one hell of a sleazy song...which concluded with a wink directed at myself! This is one trip to the theatre I will treasure forever.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Catch-up: my life in the past few weeks through cinema.


Pissed off.



"I just don't understand it".

 Relief / escape.

Developing a cold.