Wednesday, November 30, 2011

An irresistible statement.

"You wouldn't have to be drunk to bed Catherine Deneuve. I don't care what your sexual history to that point had been by that point."

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Relationship advice from...Katharine Hepburn

"Two is the loveliest number in the world."

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Working boy.

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

One opinion...Michelle Williams and My Week With Marilyn

When a film is crippled by a poor script only talent can compensate. When a film is crippled with an awful script like My Week With Marilyn the talent - although on display - is squandered.

There are too many conflicts, too many characters and not enough development to keep this film interesting. For the first 10-15 minutes we delve into the world of our protagonist, Colin Clark (Eddie Redmayne), whose ambition to succeed in the film industry is sidelined with the arrival of Laurence Olivier (Kenneth Branagh) and Marilyn Monroe (Michelle Williams). From then the film becomes a muddled tale of Monroe's relationship with Olivier, her acting coach, her female co-star and Clark. Oh and there is a romantic subplot between Clark and a wardrobe assistant (a very unimpressive Emma Watson). A film that is undecided in its focus is always going to have an uphill struggle. And who is the biggest victim of this? Williams.

Williams is the only element of the film that overcomes the script. Even the most inauthentic moments are given credence on her part, she is one of the few life rafts. Unfortunately she is never granted much more to do than represent the icon, we never delve any deeper than Monroe's image. This feels like a waste of an opportunity, and of Williams' talent.

And despite what I said earlier this week, I doubt very much that Williams could win an Oscar for a performance within a film so poor.

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

And the race begins.

With the Gotham Awards, Independent Spirit Award nominations and the NFYCC awards announced, Oscar season has begun...and I am very excited.

Monday, November 28, 2011

10 thoughts on...the Rountable Series 2011: The Actresses

 
  1. Carey Mulligan has a beautiful voice. And it is going to age very well. 
  2. Charlize Theron is much more outspoken and confident than I remember...and I like it. With this newfound characteristic and that upcoming performance diva, I am finally finding myself wanting to see more of her. Strange.
  3. I'm disappointed none of the six women mentioned Downfall when the interviewers asked if Adolf Hitler should be presented empatheticly.
  4. Octavia Spencer is asked, "What scares you?" And her first answer is: "The dark". She is lovable.
  5. Everyone loves Blue Valentine. And, more significantly, everyone loves Michelle Williams in Blue Valentine. And rightly so. 
  6. I'm not sure why but I love that Theron can't watch herself in a car scene. (She must have me under some spell!?)
  7. Glenn Close has fulfilled her dream role with Albert Nobbs. It is strange to hear an actor, particularly one with so much talent, sound content.
  8. Viola Davis does not know how to play the Oscar game. She will not win unless her attitude changes dramatically.
  9. I love how humbled Spencer is amongst these women. The others seem to take it in their - very skilled - stride.
  10. The Oscar is Williams' to lose, right? Close, Davis and Theron are no threat. Meryl Streep is too celebrated and Elizabeth Olsen is too obscure. Williams it the right age, her career has come to fruition and she is playing a Hollywood icon within an accessible film. I would love to applaud her win.

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Relationship advice from...Dawn French

"Relationships are best measured by farting...the stages of a relationship can be defined by farting."

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Reasons to be excited for the re-release of Titanic x4

 Kathy Bates as Molly Brown.

Grand shots of the majestic Titanic.

Kate Winslet's hat(s). And her costumes in general.

The conclusion.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Professional advice from...Sigourney Weaver

"You just keep plugging and bring me your ideas and we'll see what we can do..."

Lies.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

"I often wonder how you managed to invent yourself?"

When I came out into society I was 15. I already knew the role I was condemned to, namely to keep quiet and do what I was told, gave me the perfect opportunity to listen and observe. Not to what people told me, which naturally was of no interest, but to whatever it was they were trying to hide. I practiced detachment. I learned how to look cheerful while under the table I stuck a fork into the back of my hand. I became a virtuoso of deceit. It wasn't pleasure I was after, it was knowledge. I consulted the strictest moralists to learn how to appear, philosophers to find out what to think, and novelists to see what I could get away with, and in the end, I distilled everything to one wonderfully simple principle: win or die.

Monday, November 21, 2011

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Gratuitous actress lusting.

Who wouldn't want to go on to India with this threesome of British acting talent?

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Subtitled wisdom.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

In denial.

"They're not wrinkles. They're just crinkles."

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

The new addition to my life through cinema.