Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Monday, October 29, 2012

10 thoughts on...the V&A Hollywood Costume exhibition.

 
  1. This was a surprisingly emotional experience. I was surrounded by films, costumes and characters I worship as well as some surprise appearances from some of my favourite filmmakers. I was overwhelmed.
  2. The exhibition seems to have covered most of the ground that you would wish - presenting iconic costumes, giving an insight into the importance of costume in storytelling in film, and giving a history of costume design in Hollywood. It should please everyone.
  3. I feel like I've met Scarlett O'Hara after seeing her green curtain dress and burgundy dress.
  4. I wish I had been involved in the making of Mammia Mia! after hearing the what Ann Roth and Meryl Streep had to say about their experience.
  5. The main sponsor of the exhibition, Harry Winston, makes sure that Kate Hudson's wonderful dress from How To Lose A Guy In 10 Days is featured prominently alongside more iconic characters (Borat, the Blues Brothers, Dorothy) with his diamond necklace. I'm sure there will be people who won't recognise the costume and others that will question its place in the exhibition. For my personal relationship with film and costume in film, I was very happy to see it.
  6. Michelle Pfeiffer's costume for Catwoman is perched above the spectator, which is slightly disappointing as I wanted to get a good look at her. But it does feel right that she is given the advantage over us.
  7. I can't wait to go to see it again. 
  8. Edith Head, Tippi Hedren and Alfred Hitchcock discussing the costumes in The Birds was an absolute highlight. It was an inspired method of bringing costume design to life. 
  9. I really disliked seeing The Artist considered a silent film alongside classic examples. Surely it isn't a silent hill as there were once upon a time?
  10. The V&A have done a fantastic job and they deserve to have huge queues for this wonderful exhibition.

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Emotions via Amy Adams.

In desperate need of a drink.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

An irresistible question.

"You guys want a beer?"

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Saturday, October 20, 2012

10 thoughts on...Beasts of the Southern Wild

  1. I don't think think there is a film quite like this. There are shades of Jane Campion, Terrence Malick and Steven Spielberg this is cinema at its most impressive.
  2. Quvenzhane Wallis is very impressive. I'd be very happy to celebrate her receiving an Oscar nomination (in the Leading Actress category) for this performance...
  3. ...as long as she is joined by a nomination for Dwight Henry (in the Supporting Actor category).
  4. This film presents a world that feels incredibly foreign to me, other than the (appropriately vulgar) representation of Western culture with the factory, hospital and 'rescue unit'. As the film explores the world as pieces of a puzzle that must fit together in order to work, it is appropriately humbling to be presented with problems faced in a world absent from mainstream cinema and media.
  5. The world is fucked up.
  6. This has to be one of the best directorial debuts of recent years, I can't wait to see what Benh Zeitlin does next.
  7. Zeitlin should also be applauded for his musical contribution with Dan Romer. I have to get my hands on a copy of the soundtrack.
  8. The film seamlessly presents the memories of its characters, giving an insight into the mind of its protagonist that lends the film its incredible charm.
  9. Life is precious. As is family. And home.
  10. I can't wait to dwell on this film for future days, weeks and months.

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Top of the class. Child performances.

As this weekend sees the release of two films featuring impressive performances by young actors, Elle Fanning in Ginger & Rosa and Quvenzhane Wallis in Beasts of the Southern Wild, I thought I would celebrate my favourite child performances. There were many to choose from but here's ten of the best...

 
10. Brandon Walters in Australia

9. Max Records in Where the Wild Things Are

8. Freddie Highmore in Finding Neverland

7. Mara Wilson in Matilda

6. Abigail Breslin in Little Miss Sunshine

5. River Pheonix in Stand By Me

4. Natalie Portman in Leon

3. Jodie Foster in Taxi Driver

2. Jamie Bell in Billy Elliot

1. Kirsten Dunset in Interview with the Vampire

Friday, October 19, 2012

Who's that girl?

I spent my evening with Anne Marie Duff as the titular Berenice at the Donmar Warehouse. A wonderful way to spend a Friday evening.

Friday, October 19, 2012

10 thoughts on...Ruby Sparks

  1. Zoe Kazan is incredibly cute. I still treasure her performance in Me and Orson Welles. And obviously a very talented screenwriter.
  2. I really love the home of the protagonist played by Paul Dano.
  3. The film is beautifully shot by Matthew Libatique...and I can't wait to see his work on Noah.
  4. I would love if Antonio Banderas would build me a chair.
  5. Doesn't it feel that Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris have taken a step backwards? Surely this would be the film that they would make before making the much more layered and satisfying Little Miss Sunshine. I'm intrigued to see what they do next...hopefully something a bit more ambitious.
  6. Dano is an unlikely romantic lead, but he definitely proved that he had the charisma to pull it off.
  7. This is much better than 500 Days of Summer which I disliked very much and which this seems to playfully reference along with other quirky romantic dramedies.
  8. There is a close-up of the titular character's ruby slippers towards the end of the film, suggesting that she is Dorothy who has landed into a foreign world...but I'm not sure the reference suggests much more.
  9. Chris Messina is always impressive. Particularly in Julie & Julia, Vicki.Cristina.Barcleona. and this. I hope to see more of him!
  10. Annette Bening is amazing. Period.

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Advice on losing from...Alan Arkin

"Losers are people who are so afraid of not winning, they don't even try."

Thursday, October 18, 2012

An irresistible statement.

"I just love finding new places to wear diamonds."

Monday, October 15, 2012

A film within a film.

Monday, October 15, 2012

Top of the class. Directors I wish Nicole Kidman would work with.

Nicole Kidman has an impressive list of directors with whom she has worked with throughout her career and is known for taking risks. What better way to celebrate this talented woman than by picking ten directors who would potentially pull her out of her comfort zone and deliver another terrific Kidman performance?

10. Todd Haynes

9. Paul Thomas Anderson

8. Leos Carax

8. Sofia Coppola

7. Claire Denis

 6. Michel Haneke

 5. Coen brothers


4. Sally Potter

3. Spike Jonze

2. Woody Allen

1. Pedro Almodovar

Monday, October 15, 2012

Running x4

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Pause.

Sunday, October 14, 2012

A thumbs up.

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Advice on maturing from...Paul Schneider

"You grow up when you decide to do right, and not what's right for you but for everybody even when it hurts."