Sunday, March 30, 2014

An irresistible question.

"Empty sex is better than no sex, right?"

Sunday, March 30, 2014

10 thoughts on...The Past

  1. How do you follow-up A Separation? It's quite surprising taht Asghar Farhadi decided to make a film whose core is indebted to his previous Oscar-winning film but what is more surprising that he succeeds in shifting the focus to create a film that feels quite different.
  2. Life is hard. Families are hard. Love is hard.
  3. The reoccurring behaviour of each character to make a decision and then reverse it is a powerful motif for the film that dwells on past decisions and whose characters place so much pressure on their current choices due to their previous misfortune.
  4. Berenice Bejo is now be remembered for her astonishing performance here (rather than her celebrated work in The Artist).
  5. The final act is rather sprawling but, and this is an internal argument I am confronted with regularly, the conclusion has such impact that does it matter if Farhadi takes so many scenes to make his point?
  6. The image above is one of the rare moments where you see a future for these characters that are literally surrounded by their past, maybe even haunted (although using such a melodramatic phrase for a film that successfully strives for realism seems unjust).
  7. The presence of Ali Mosaffa's Ahmad frustrated me. A very well judged performance and characterisation of a man who seems to have effectively abandoned his family yet regains sway within the home. 
  8. Tahar Rahim's performance is the definition of a strong yet broken man. And his eyes convey all of his pain, confusion and fear.
  9. What will Farhadi do next?
  10. That ending. Powerful.

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Kiss.

Friday, March 28, 2014

Top of the class...Pedro Almodovar films

10. I'm So Excited

9. Live Flesh 
 
8. Dark Habits

7. Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown

6. High Heels
 
5. The Skin I Live In 
 
4. Bad Education 
 
3. All About My Mother
 
2. Talk to Her

1. Volver

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Smile.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Pause.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Monday, March 24, 2014

Pause.

Monday, March 24, 2014

Smile.

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Saturday, March 15, 2014

10 thoughts on...The Grand Budapest Hotel

  1. There is too often a lack of heart when it comes to the films (that I've seen) of Wes Anderson, and Moonrise Kingdom was the first where I felt that the whole narrative was motivated by emotion. For the majority of this film I feared that this was the case here too, as we were more focused on Jude Law's simple curiousity with F Murray Abraham's inheritance. But then that final act allows the emotions to burst through the narrative, informing all that has gone before it in a glorious celebration of a relationship (or two) that a fundamental impact on the protagonist(s)'s life. Beautiful.
  2. Ralph Fiennes should do comedy more often. He's a treat.
  3. It's a shame Angela Lansbury didn't end up in the film as the catalyst to the whole story. She would have been sublime. (Although who could disagree with the alternative casting of Tilda Swinton?)
  4. I'm so happy Saoirse Ronan kept her natural accent. 
  5. Alexandre Desplat's score is wonderful. As always. He is really one of the most interesting mainstream musician working in film today. 
  6. Abraham's should be a regular of auteur filmmakers and may be one after this and Inside Llewyn Davis.
  7. I want to watch Moonrise Kingdom again.
  8. Bill Murray is always watchable. Even as the voice of Garfield.
  9. I think more films should celebrate good manners.
  10. I want to eat Ronan's cakes.

Saturday, March 15, 2014

An irresistible statement.

"When you forgive, you love."

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Monday, March 10, 2014

Well, maybe it's time to be clear about who I am...

"...I am someone who is looking for love. Real love. Ridiculous, inconvenient, consuming, can't live without each other love. And I don't think that love is here in this expensive suite. In this lovely hotel. In Paris. It's not your fault, it's my fault. I shouldn't have come here."

Sunday, March 09, 2014

Saturday, March 08, 2014

An iressistible question.

"Why do I fall in love with every woman who shows me the least bit of attention?"

Saturday, March 08, 2014

Smile.

Thursday, March 06, 2014

Wednesday, March 05, 2014

My favourite shot...Goldfrapp Tales of Us cinema event

I doubt I will ever be a fan of live events bring streamed into cinemas for the simple reason that I go to the cinema to watch a film and not to watch a concert/theatre/opera/etc. But there are opportunities for an artist as visually creative as Goldfrapp to use the medium of film to showcase their work in a new way. Sadly this didn't happen at last night's screening but it was entertaining nonetheless (being a Goldfrapp fan). And above is my favourite shot taken from the music video/short film for 'Drew'.

Tuesday, March 04, 2014

Smile.

Tuesday, March 04, 2014

An irresistible question.

"Do ya want to stay?"

Monday, March 03, 2014

Kiss.

Monday, March 03, 2014

Smile.

Monday, March 03, 2014

10 thoughts on...the 86th Academy Awards

  1. There were very few surprises with the winners and my predictions were incredibly good this year (19 out of 20). Does that matter? No, not in a year when all of the winners were incredibly deserving.
  2. Ellen De Generes is not a good Oscar host. I'm not her biggest fan anyway but this was awkward, her opening monologue offended Liza Minnelli (no!) and she went on to do lazy, repetitive jokes. But...
  3. ...there will always be the above selfie which may be the one thing that be remembered from the night. Oh as well as this version of the same image (poor Liza again).
  4. How great is it that 12 Years a Slave actually won Best Picture?
  5. A star is born with Lupita Nyong'o.
  6. Was it me or did Bette Midler and Idina Menzel come across as incredibly nervous? The latter in particular raced through her number and didn't quite reach that big note. Shame.
  7. But P!nk was incredible. Perhaps I should be less snobby and welcome more celebrities with no connection to that year of films or the industry to the party.
  8. This dancing. Amazing. In fact everything to do with Amy Adams last night. She's a proper star and Cate Blanchett's speech thankfully celebrated her too, and mentioned Woody Allen. Blanchett is a classy lady.
  9. The moment with Sidney Poitier was well played and powerful.
  10. I'm happy to wait a few months before the Oscars kick off again.

Sunday, March 02, 2014

My favourite shot...Cutie and the Boxer

Sunday, March 02, 2014

5 wishes for...the 86th Academy Awards

  1. 12 Years a Slave to win Best Picture (presented by Sidney Poitier), Best Supporting Actress and Best Adapted Screenplay (as much as it would be nice to see Philomena take something home). 
  2. Bette Midler and P!nk to duet. 
  3. Frozen's 'Let It Got' to win Best Original Song. I'm not sure I could stomach this lose to U2.
  4. An agreeable upset in the vein of Amy Adams winning Best Actress or Before Midnight winning Best Original Screenplay.
  5. That I stay awake for the whole ceremony...

Sunday, March 02, 2014

Pause.