Thursday, January 31, 2013

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Kiss.

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Smile.

Monday, January 28, 2013

Gratuitous male lusting.

Yesterday I had the pleasure of seeing an incredible production of Stephen Sondheim's Merrily We Roll Along and - amongst the many and frequent pleasures/successes - it featured an impressive performance by the very dashing Mark Umbers. I am now dreaming/hoping that this musical somehow finds its way onto cinema screens with Umbers returning the lead role despite that fact that A) this has a time shifting narrative that proves difficult to convey well on film so would scare away producers, and B) if there was a film version in the works producers would want to go with a much more familiar face than Umbers' to sell the movie. Still I hope I have the opportunity of watching this production again when/if it transfers to the West End.

Monday, January 28, 2013

5 wishes for...Star Wars Episode VII

  1. This one is obvious...that J. J. Abrams manages to achieve what he did with his Star Trek reboot and enrich a world of adventure and fantasy without succumbing to geeky indulgence too often seen with tent-pole movies and auteur blockbusters.
  2. That there isn't a dependence on CGI like the prequels.
  3. That J. J. Abrams makes the right decision about bringing back the original trio of leads Carrie Fisher, Harrison Ford and Mark Hamill. If I was in his shoes I'm not sure that I could refuse them a cameo.
  4. That C3PO and R2 D2 return. In my mind there is no question that they are needed in each and every Star Wars film.
  5. That it's an improvement on the prequels. How hard could that be?

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Friday, January 25, 2013

"Thank you, thank you"...

"I believe that in our fast moving computer-age it is the medium of television that joins together the global community, and it is the television journalist who serves as messenger bringing the world into our homes and our homes into the world. It has always been my dream to become such a messenger. I look to you gentlemen now to make that dream a reality."

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Smile.

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Top of the class. Performances in Shakespeare in Love

10. Simon Callow

 9. Colin Firth

8. Geoffrey Rush

7. Joseph Fiennes

6. Ben Affleck

5. Gwyneth Paltrow

4. Imelda Staunton

 3. Tom Wilkinson

2. Mark Williams

1. Judi Dench

Thursday, January 24, 2013

A thumbs up.

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Dreaming.

"I swear the day I turn 18, I'm out of here."

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Subtitled wisdom.

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

10 thoughts on...Django Unchained

  1. Where is the energy, the intensity and the passion that exists in all of Quentin Tarantino's previous films? His personality is lost within a tedious and repetitive story that lingers too long on disengaging moments.
  2. Could Sally Menke have made this a good or great film?
  3. Samuel L Jackson is outstanding going against type as Stephens. His should have been the Oscar nominated performance from this film rather than Christoph Waltz who's required to play a friendlier version of his Han Landa without the superb script present on Inglorious Basterds.
  4. How did this manage an Oscar nomination for Best Picture? Is it that there is a historical setting or do the Academy suddenly have a taste for Tarantino after their (deserved) celebration of Inglorious Basterds?
  5. I'll no longer consider Tarantino as one of the contemporary filmmakers who will guarantee a solid/interesting role for his female actors. The representation of women in this film is atrocious, as is the misuse of its talented female cast.
  6. Peter Jackson would have made (at least) a trilogy out of this one film. There is so much and too much going on...
  7. ...including that awful last 20 minutes which is as much an endurance test as anything I've ever seen in film.
  8. I hope this is as bad as Tarantino can be. 
  9. Leonardo diCaprio is strangely unremarkable here despite playing a character that is decidedly against type. Perhaps the hype drowned his chances of truly impressing?
  10. I wish I could erase this experience from my mind.

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Smile.

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

A film within a film.

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Advice on love...from William H. Macy

"Love is a journey."

Monday, January 21, 2013

My favourite shot...Lincoln

Monday, January 21, 2013

An irresistible statement.

"You don't have to say you love me..." (but we do)

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Spot the difference.

Jennifer Lawrence and...

Bette Midler asking, "What does it say? I beat Meryl!"

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Smile.

Sunday, January 20, 2013

And the winner is...SAG Awards 2013

Best Ensemble
Win: Silver Linings Playbook
Upset: Lincoln
Wish: Argo

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Lead Role
Win: Daniel Day-Lewis in Lincoln
Upset: Hugh Jackman in Les Miserables
Wish: John Hawkes in The Sessions

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Lead Role
Win: Jennifer Lawrence in Silver Linings Playbook
Upset: Jessica Chastain in Zero Dark Thirty
Wish: Naomi Watts in The Impossible (I'd be happy to see any of these three women win!)

Outstanding Performace by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role
Win: Tommy Lee Jones in Lincoln
Upset: Alan Arkin in Argo
Wish: Philip Seymour Hoffman in The Master

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role
Win: Anne Hathaway in Les Miserables
Upset: Sally Field in Lincoln
Wish: Anne Hathaway

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Friday, January 18, 2013

Spot the difference.

I just noticed the similarity between Sinead O'Connor's music-video for 'Nothing Compares 2 U'...
...and Anne Hathaway's close-up whilst performing 'I Dreamed A Dream' in Les Miserables.