Thursday, November 29, 2012

Moustaches x4

Thursday, November 29, 2012

10 thoughts on...Silver Linings Playbook

  1. David O. Russell can conquer all genres. What's next? (I'm hoping for a historical epic.)
  2. It's so good to see Jacki Weaver in a major film.
  3. Jennifer Lawrence will be remembered alongside the likes of Shirley MacLaine in The Apartment and Kate Winslet in Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind as one of the most charming yet complicated love interests in cinema.
  4. Bradley Cooper is impressive in a deceptively difficult role. And he makes it look effortless (so will be forgotten when award nominations are announced).
  5. I wish there was more dancing in movies. It's so romantic.
  6. The arrival of Christmas (in the film) made me feel very emotional.
  7. It seems that Julia Stiles has suddenly turned very old. It seems like yesterday she was a teenager with 10 Things I Hate About You and Save the Last Dance.
  8. I loved that Singin' in the Rain made an appearance!
  9. It's a shame that the film falls into a major cliche at the end (with a misunderstanding that causes heartbreak only to be rectified with a chase and declaration of love), but it is difficult to begrudge this on such a joyful film. I wanted to love it and the performance, and I definitely do. Probably more than I had hoped for.
  10. These last few months have proved 2012 to be a pretty good year for film.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

How do you describe a feeling?

Facing an unnecessary evil.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Advice on life...from Donna Murphy

"Skip the drama!"

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Smile.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Subtitled wisdom.

Monday, November 26, 2012

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Pause.

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Kiss.

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Advice on troublemaking boys...from Brendan Gleeson

"No boy is so bad that you can't find a scrap of goodness in him"

Saturday, November 24, 2012

10 thoughts on...The Master

  1. Paul Thomas Anderson is an incredible filmmaker.
  2. I know a lot of people are saying this is his least accessible work but I think this the only reason for this is that the relationships between characters and the outcomes of these relationships are more ambiguous than his previous films. 
  3. Philip Seymour Hoffman may give his best performance of his career here.
  4. Would it be possible for your body to survive after consuming as much toxic liquid as Freddie Quell does?
  5. This is a film about taking control of life. Or the inability to control life. And it is startling.
  6. This isn't my favourite film by Anderson but it is equally as fascinating as any of his films. And enjoyable.
  7. It would be wonderful if this turned out to be a major Oscar contender. It deserves recognition for Anderson, the acting, cinematography, music (especially as Jonny Greenwood was robbed for There Will Be Blood), editing and Best Picture.
  8. There are so many scenes that have been burnt into my memory: the Processing of Freddie, the roaming naked women surrounding Lancaster Dodd, the outburst of Dodd to Laura Dern, the masturbation scene...I could go on and on.
  9. Amy Adams is surprisingly brave in his film. Her role almost falls into the background until moments where she commands the attention of those around her, including the audience. Wonderful.
  10. I can't see how anyone would deserve to be called Best Actor in the year of Joaquin Pheonix's performance.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Monday, November 19, 2012

Friday, November 16, 2012

An image to treasure.

Friday, November 16, 2012

Pause.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Advice on being a better person (in America) from...Nicole Kidman

"You're not anybody in America unless you're on TV. On TV is where we learn about who we really are, because what's the point of doing anything worthwhile if nobody is watching? And if people are watching then it makes you a better person."

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Smile.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

An irresistible statement.

"You know that point in your life when you realise the house you grew up in isn't really your home anymore? All of a sudden, even though you have some place where you put your shit, that idea of home is gone."

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Dreaming.

"I sometimes wish I was an orphan. All my favorite characters are."

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

A film within a film.

Monday, November 12, 2012

An irresistible statement.

"If I'm going to make a fake movie, it's going to be a fake hit."

Monday, November 12, 2012

Kiss.

Monday, November 12, 2012

My favourite shot...Annie Hall

Friday, November 09, 2012

Who's that girl?

I'll be spending my evening in the audience watching Sally Hawkins in Constellations with Rafe Spall. I'm prepared for something magnificent.

Thursday, November 08, 2012

10 moments to cherish...the full trailer for Les Miserables

  1. The young Cosette lost and alone in the woods singing 'Castle on a Cloud'.
  2. Colm Wilkinson making his cameo.
  3. Anne Hathaway singing giving her all with 'I Dreamed A Dream'.
  4. Hugh Jackman starting 'One Day More'. I had goosebumps the first time I heard it. And I'm so glad that the song hasn't been cut from the film adaptation.
  5. Cherish may not be the word to describe my reaction to Helena Bonham Carter and Sacha Baron Cohen, but I am definitely intrigued. They seem to have walked off the set of a movie with a very different film, a Tim Burton film.
  6. The transition of the young Cosette to the old, in the form of Amanda Seyfried. 
  7. Eddie Redmayne singing. He has a lovely singing voice. And is incredibly dashing.
  8. Russell Crowe looking authoritative and impervious on his horse. He may be a perfect Javert. 
  9. Samantha Barks running whilst looking incredibly worried. I'm still hoping she'll steal the limelight away from the Hollywood stars.
  10. Amanda Seyfried smiling. I'm a big fan of it.

Thursday, November 08, 2012

Subtitled wisdom.

Wednesday, November 07, 2012

Smile.

Wednesday, November 07, 2012

Spot the difference.

James Corden and Andrew Knott imitating...

Bette Davis and Paul Henreid in Now, Voyager.

Monday, November 05, 2012

Sunday, November 04, 2012

Kiss.

Sunday, November 04, 2012

10 thoughts on...Skyfall

 
*Spoilers alert*
  1. M is the focus of Skyfall's narrative. Hoorah! Judi Dench is always terrific and delivers a fine performance as a woman on the cusp of losing control within an action film. No doubt there will be a BAFTA nomination coming.
  2. Surely this is the most beautiful looking Bond film ever made? Roger Deakins deserves much praise, the screen is sombre whilst playful. I hope directors for future action films take note (particularly Christopher Nolan).
  3. Helen McCrory questioning Dench is wonderful. I would love to see these two working together on something...
  4. Speaking of McCrory, she gives as good as she possibly can with a tiny role amongst a large ensemble.
  5. I still find Daniel Craig to be an uncharismatic Bond. Even if he is incredibly attractive.
  6. I did enjoy the film but I cannot help but feel that it would have made a better television series. The narrative seemed episodic, there were many characters who I would love to have spent more time with (and yes, more than just McCrory's MP) and I think the final sequence of the film feels like it could have been the basis for its own story (where Bond revisits his past). Could Bond ever move to the small screen?
  7. Sam Mendes proved to be a good choice as director. And I hope he makes something smaller now that will equal the terrific Away We Go.
  8. Ben Whishaw is a terrific Q. I can't wait to see him in future installments.
  9. Javier Bardem is always a delicious villain. His performance here won't be as memorable as his work in No Country For Old Men, but it is suitably more campy and less sinister for Bond.
  10. Where will the series go next?

Sunday, November 04, 2012

An image to treasure.

Nicole Kidman goes to the horse races (for Melbourne Spring Carnival's prestigious Derby Day) and takes inspiration from Audrey Hepburn's trip to Ascot in My Fair Lady. Thanks to Stale Popcorn for bringing this wonderful outfit to my attention.

Friday, November 02, 2012

A film within a film.

Friday, November 02, 2012

5 wishes for...the Star Wars series

  1. That this trilogy is less political than Episodes I-III. I enjoyed it more than most people but I fell in love with Star Wars because of the sense of adventure that is amiss from politics.
  2. I hope that George Lucas is involved in some way.
  3. There are plenty of directors that make me incredibly excited to see another trilogy. JJ Abrams, Matthew Vaughn, Joss Whedon have all proven themselves with injecting personality into action films which would suit the world of Star Wars. I hope they pick a director with that skill/style.
  4. Not even my nostalgia wants to see Carrie Fisher, Harrison Ford and Mark Hamill back as the characters that made them iconic, especially for any significant role. Will it be possible for Disney to resist the obvious temptation (and audience pull) of bringing them back?
  5. That there are no surprises in the vein of R2D2's sudden ability to fly.