Friday, May 31, 2013

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Top of the class. Films of the 1960s.

10. Carry on Cleo

9. Repulsion

8. Mary Poppins

7. Marnie

6. The Graduate

5. A Bout de Souffle

4. The Sound of Music

3. 2001: A Space Odyssey

2. The Apartment

1. 8 1/2

Honourable mentions: 101 Dalmatians, Darling, Jason and the Argonauts, My Fair Lady, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf

Monday, May 27, 2013

Smile.

Monday, May 27, 2013

An irresistible statement.

"I'm not bad, I'm just drawn that way."

Monday, May 27, 2013

Spending time in the sun x4

Monday, May 27, 2013

The definition of fierce.

Monday, May 27, 2013

10 thoughts on...Star Trek Into Darkness

  1. Without giving anything away, I really loved Benedict Cumberbatch's character. This is the most impressive aspect of the new film, introducing him and developing him in a way that gives an underlying threat to the otherwise standard narrative.
  2. I love Spock. And Zachary Quinto is lovely to watch.
  3. Michael Giacchino's score gives the film the feel of an old fashioned film (or television) fantasy adventure...
  4. ...unfortunately the film does otherwise struggle to maintain its insistence that it is an epic film. Yes important things are happening but the stakes never feel quite high enough to justify some moments. 
  5. And there's definitely no justification of Alice Eve stripping to do some work. Pretty disappointing that this was included in such a high profile film.
  6. Zoe Saldana deserves better roles. She's so watchable on screen. Perhaps that Nina Simone film will showcase her talents so that roles like this will  be behind her...if such a thing is possible.
  7. I'm quite nervous about J.J. Abrams directing the new Star Wars films. This is a solid piece of entertainment but it doesn't feel like the narrative is engaging on a personal level. We wanted Luke to discover his past and save the princess, I'm not sure I cared if Kirk remained pilot of the Enterprise after choosing to save Spock against procedure.
  8. Chris Pine is shockingly similar to William Shatner.
  9. Perhaps it's time for Star Trek to go back onto the small screen? Would this cast go too?
  10. I'm glad I'm not a Trekkie.

Saturday, May 25, 2013

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Cannes excitement.6

And so the moment I've been waiting for in the 2014 Cannes Festival...and it involved a rather less enthusiastic response than I had anticipated. Nicolas Winding Refn's Only God Forgives had appeared on many lists of people's most anticipated films of the festival and has been mostly received as a dud. The reaction hasn't diminished my excitement for the film as all reviews confirmed on thing that I was hoping for - that Kristin Scott Thomas delivers one terrific performance. All hail KST!

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Monday, May 20, 2013

An image to treasure.

James McAvoy in Trance. Although he isn't good-looking in the traditional sense there is something about his earthy features and piercing blue eyes that has made him one of the most attractive leading men in films today, in my opinion at least.

Sunday, May 19, 2013

An irresistible statement.

"One day everything is fine the next you're in an episode of Murder She Wrote."

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Cannes excitement.5

If the hype is to be believed, the Coen brothers have continued their streak of classic movies with Inside Llewyn Davis. This feels like the first film to get the press excited at Cannes 2013, perhaps this is because of the media friendly cast and creatives but I'm choosing to believe that they genuinely are impressed by this film. And I'm so happy that Oscar Isaac has generated buzz around his lead performance, he's such a terrific actor that deserves mainstream attention.

Saturday, May 18, 2013

Smile.

Saturday, May 18, 2013

10 thoughts on...The Great Gatsby

  1. No one can ever say that Baz Luhrmann is not afraid to take risks or leap forward with his ambition. He is a true visionary of contemporary cinema, and one that inspires love or hate from the audience. I've always loved him...
  2. ...but I'm not sure I could love this film. The main reason for this, as it is for my feelings towards the book, is Nick Caraway. To use Daisy's vocabulary, he's a brute of a character and one that I never enjoy spending time with. He's perfectly cast with Tobey Maguire but he's never likable, particularly in this version where the narrative is structured through his recollections and writings with a doctor. 
  3. Carey Mulligan is perfect as Daisy, a character I could never visualise before.
  4. Luhrmann seems to have matured as a director, while there are strong elements of the superficial in this film he has decided to make his villains into developed characters rather than the usual mousetache twirlers. It helps that Joel Edgerton is such a terrific actor.
  5. The film starts with a very impressive use of 3D that invites you into the world of the film, but then it's rarely used again other than to establish the distance between Gatsby and Daisy. I was expecting more, particularly from the party scenes.
  6. Leonardo diCaprio is the perfect Gatsby.
  7. My two favourite characters, Jordon Baker and Myrtle, seemed to be sidelined. I guess that makes sense in this adaptation where Luhrmann has focused on the romance between Daisy and Gatsby but it's still a shame to see these two interesting female characters with little screen time. Particularly Jordon Baker.
  8. I'm so happy that this film is doing well at the box-office in America. Where would cinema be without directors like Luhrmann?
  9. The soundtrack is used in an interesting way, 'Young and Beautiful' is the stand-out song that acts as the romantic theme of the film...and I'll always swoon when I hear it now.
  10. I think I may need to see this again in the cinema.

Saturday, May 18, 2013

Cannes excitement.4

Sofia Coppola has yet to make a bad film, the trailer looks terrific and Emma Watson has shown she's quite the talent in The Perks of Being a Wallflower. It may not have been universally praised by the critics but I'm pretty certain I'll be a big fan of The Bling Ring.

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Cannes excitement.3

A film with Robin Wright playing Robin Wright directed by Ari Folman delving into the world of celebrity, ambition, creativity, identity and technology sounds irresistible. Count me in!

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Cannes excitement.2

Baz Luhrmann returns to Cannes to open the festival with The Great Gatsby. How could I not be excited?!

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Smile.

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Cannes excitement.1

Nicole Kidman. On the Cannes Jury. That's enough for me to be excited about this year's festival. That fact she's joined by Ang Lee, Lynne Ramsay and, to a lesser extent, the President of the Jury is Steven Spielberg makes it all the more delicious.

Monday, May 13, 2013

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Top of the class. Best Actress nominees who didn't win.

This is a list, again inspired by The Film Experience blog, that celebrates nominated performances which I (if I didn't have the actual winners imprinted in my head) would believe had won an Oscar. This is not to say that these are the top ten performances that I think deserved to win the Oscar. Here it is...

10. Anne Hathaway in Rachel Getting Married

9. Emily Watson in Breaking the Waves

8. Glenn Close in Dangerous Liaisons

7. Kate Winslet in Titanic

6. Gena Rowlands in Gloria

5. Shirley MacLaine in The Apartment

4. Nicole Kidman in Moulin Rouge!

3. Imelda Staunton in Vera Drake

2. Katharine Hepburn in The Philadelphia Story

1. Bette Davis in All About Eve

Saturday, May 11, 2013

10 thoughts on...Iron Man 3

  1. The chemistry between Robert Downey Jr and Gwyneth Paltrow continues to be the main strength to this particular franchise. They are a charming pair, if only Howard Hawks or George Cukor were around to put them into a screwball comedy.
  2. Ben Kingsley is cast spectacularly well in this film.
  3. Aren't special effects incredible?
  4. I loved the relationship between Tony Stark and the young boy, especially as it managed to be sweet whilst maintaining the ugly-yet-charming appeal of the character.
  5. Rebecca Hall really needs to get herself cast in better roles. Or at least demand that she is given a character rather than *spoiler* cannon fodder.
  6. The post-credits scene is over-hyped but fun.
  7. I want to see a solo movie with Mark Ruffalo's Hulk.
  8. What is the point of Don Cheadle's character? I'm pretty certain you could take him out without altering the film much.
  9. Guy Pearce is an underrated actor. Perhaps not for this performance but in general.
  10. This is escapist entertainment that I'll enjoy once, but never twice.