Monday, July 30, 2012

Sunday, July 29, 2012

One reaction. The Dark Knight Rises

I have anxiously waited for the release of The Dark Knight Rises not because of my love for Christopher Nolan's previous two films of his Batman trilogy (which I liked but did not love) but for Anne Hathaway's performance as Catwoman. Michelle Pfeiffer's portrayal in Batman Returns is one of my favourite performances of all time, as such I didn't want Hathaway to a) disappoint in comparison or b) impress to the point that Pfeiffer's performance would be erased from audience's collective memory. Thankfully Hathaway found a way of creating a character that is identifiably Catwoman without trampling on the memory of previous interpretations. Phew! This new Catwoman is less cartoonish and much angrier - and she is incredibly fun to be around. Unfortunately the film as a whole does not much her uniqueness, as this feels like a retread of The Dark Knight with less interesting villains. I think it's time for someone with a sense of humour to reignite this franchise.

Sunday, July 29, 2012

10 thoughts on...the Olympic Opening Ceremony 2012

  1. I am very happy that Coronation Street's Sally Webster made an appearance.
  2. The Queen should be escorted by Daniel Craig's James Bond regularly.
  3. Danny Boyle is rather brilliant, if not completely to my taste.
  4. Mary Poppins defeating Voldemort was more entertaining than Harry Potter doing so.
  5. I love Mr Bean.
  6. The clip of A Matter of Life and Death was wonderful.
  7. Kenneth Branagh was a terrific choice to recite The Tempest and signal the Industrial Revolution. 
  8. I wish there were more nods to British theatre.
  9. I hope Ireland win some medals. Or, at least, one.
  10. I need to see Chariots of Fire.

Friday, July 27, 2012

Thursday, July 26, 2012

My favourite shot of...Blue Velvet

Maybe this should favourite sequence rather than favourite shot, but I do love it.

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Top of the class. Forgotten performances.

There are too many performances that are overshadowed by performances within their own film. It is one of the most frustrating aspects of being a film buff. Here is a collection of ten performances that deserve to be celebrated as much, if not more, than their colleagues.

10. Alison Janney in American Beauty
9. Helen McCrory in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2
8. Christina Ricci in Monster
7. Imelda Staunton in Shakespeare in Love
6. Alexis Zegerman in Happy-Go-Lucky
5. Aaron Eckhart in Rabbit Hole
4. Jennifer Garner in Juno
3. Michael Sheen in The Queen
2. Gary Lewis in Billy Elliot
1. Patrick Wilson in Little Children

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

An irresistible question.

"Why you'd come here tonight?"

This is followed by a kiss from Kylie to the recipient of her question (in the trailer for the upcoming Jack and Diane). The answer is too obvious.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

My last four weeks through movies.

I've been throwing myself into a new job and finding many interesting (and, thankfully, nowhere as horrifying as the above) content. And, as is a symptom of being distracted, I've been very quiet online. Apologies. I will rectify this.

Monday, July 16, 2012

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Smile.

Sunday, July 15, 2012

10 thoughts on...Magic Mike

  1. This was not the film that its trailer promised. I had thought (and had hoped) that this would be a fun romp in the same vein as Burlesque. Instead we have a film that has more in common with The Wrestler, as it is a perceptive tale set against the largely unseen world of male performance. It isn't pretty, it isn't fun but it has a brain. All unexpected.
  2. Did I like this film?
  3. I am fascinated by Olivia Munn. Her role is a small one but she has an irresistible screen presence. I can't wait to see her again.
  4. I'd like to see more miniature pigs in films.
  5. Matthew McConaughey deserves the universal applause he is receiving for his role here.
  6. This could be a good stage musical.
  7. Stripping is not attractive. And neither is this cast. Should that matter?
  8. Steven Soderbergh is an eclectic director. I hope this helps somewhat in making his Cleo a reality, whether on stage or on screen.
  9. Channing Tatum is developing an interesting career. 
  10. I wish Alex Pettyfer shaved (his face).

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Pause.


Thursday, July 12, 2012

Smile.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Sunday, July 08, 2012

Top of the class. Performances in Synecdoche, New York

An underrated gem of a movie that must resonate with anyone with a passion in the arts and in the reasons for life features some of the best actors in contemporary film and there isn't a bad performance in sight! As much I think it is time to celebrate the film through its talented cast...

10. Deirdre O'Connell

9. Michelle Williams

8. Emily Watson

7. Robin Weigert

6. Catherine Keener

5. Hope Davis

4. Dianne Wiest

 3. Tom Noonan

2. Samantha Morton

1. Philip Seymour Hoffman

Saturday, July 07, 2012

An irresistible question.

 "Tell me which of these letters come first, this one or this one?"

Saturday, July 07, 2012

Reasons to love my job x4

 Working in the theatre.

Working with people I admire.

 Bumping into celebrities I admire.

Being appreciated.

Friday, July 06, 2012

Thursday, July 05, 2012

Monday, July 02, 2012