Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Smile.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

An irresistible statement.

"Sometimes it's good to do what you're supposed to do when you're supposed to do it."

Monday, June 23, 2014

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Monday, June 16, 2014

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Top of the class. 2014 in film so far.

Film
1. Boyhood
2. Nymphomaniac Part I and II
3. Calvary
4. Inside Llewyn Davis
5. The Past
 
Directing
1. Richard Linktaker for Boyhood
2. Lars von Trier for Nymphomaniac Part I and II
3. John Michael McDonagh for Calvary
4. Asghar Farhadi for The Past
5. Steve McQueen for 12 Years A Slave

Performance
1. Chiwetel Ejiofer for 12 Years A Slave
2. Oscar Isaac for Inside Llewyn Davis
3. Joaquin Pheonix for Her
4. Lupita Nnong'o for 12 Years A Slave
5. Uma Thurman for Nymphomaniac Part I

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Smile.

Friday, June 06, 2014

Thursday, June 05, 2014

Wednesday, June 04, 2014

Top of the class. Julia Roberts performances.

In decades to come I've no doubt that Julia Roberts will be considered as one of the headline movie stars of the last thirty years. She should also be remembered for some outstanding performances, both movie star turns (6, 5 and 3) and in roles that have pushed her as an actress (2 and 1). I was particularly taken with her most recent performance in The Normal Heart, a film I'll speak more about once I've had more time to consider such an emotional experience. But for now here is the list...

10. Michael Collins

9. Mona Lisa Smile

8. Steel Magnolias

7. Duplicity

6. Pretty Woman

5. My Best Friend's Wedding

4. The Normal Heart

3. Erin Brockovich

2. August: Osage County

1. Closer

Wednesday, June 04, 2014

Kiss.

Monday, June 02, 2014

Sunday, June 01, 2014

10 thoughts on...Maleficent

  1. This has been a film that I've been anxiously anticipating this for some time and am relieved to say that this is neither an insult to the original film nor an empty cash-cow like Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland
  2. Why does Sam Riley have an Irish accent?
  3. Disney continue to show audiences that true love doesn't have to be romantic, and this is a moving moment that isn't played for emotion in the way you may expect from a newbie director.
  4. Imelda Staunton can do no wrong. She's ably helped by Lesley Manville and Juno Temple. 
  5. Although my reaction is generally very positive, this still pales in comparison to Sleeping Beauty. And sadly there isn't enough villainy for it to be celebrated in the same way as, say, Disney's Hocus Pocus.
  6. Angela Jolie is key to the film's success. Even though she isn't the villain most audiences will want her to be, she conveys an emotional weight that allows the clunky storyline to feel somewhat authentic. Without her this film would have suffered greatly.
  7. It's great to see a female anti-hero in a leading summer blockbuster. 
  8. The most disappointing element to the film is the music. What were they thinking? Surely this should have been one of the more important elements to focus on in a Disney film?
  9. Elle Fanning had so little to do. She deserves more opportunities, she's so good in Ginger & Rosa.
  10. When will Disney stop rehashing their back catalogue?

Sunday, June 01, 2014

My favourite shot...Melancholia