Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Monday, September 18, 2017

Kiss.


Monday, September 18, 2017

My favourite shot...IT


Sunday, September 17, 2017

Pause.


Sunday, September 17, 2017

10 thoughts on...mother!


*Spoilers alert*
  1. There are many films described as a 'mindfuck' but I think this film deserves it more than any other. And that's a good thing, even if I'm not sure how I feel or what I think of the film itself.
  2. Jennifer Lawrence is terrific. This is unlike anything she's done before and this may be her best performance. 
  3. I wish Darren Aronofsky and co hadn't shared their thoughts on what the film is...the biblical references are interesting but I choose to believe the film is much more about the whole of women and life in the digital age.
  4. The house design is a perfectly realised metaphor for those things that should ground us (the environment, a sense of home, a barrier to the outside world). Whenever it is frequently invaded or abused it is painful to watch. Kudos.
  5. I wish Kristin Wiig would pop up in every film. 
  6. I am one of the many willing Michelle Pfeiffer to have a massive comeback. Unfortunately this is not it. She's great in the film (as everyone is), but there is no way she'll find herself with an Oscar nomination. Still, there's plenty here to keep the cinephiles' adoration. On Oscar talk, surely this film will be too difficult for the academy? It seems like a stretch to even imagine nominations for obvious choices: Actress, Cineamtography and Sound Editing.
  7. I still can't believe Noah exists. Otherwise I rate Aronofsky as one of America's most interesting directors. 
  8. I think I loved it. 
  9. Is that Rachel Weisz in the opening shot of the film?
  10. It's thrilling to watch filmmakers be so bold in their storytelling. 

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Smile.


Saturday, September 16, 2017

Friday, September 15, 2017

10 thoughts on...Follies


  1. I am always grateful that there's a National Theatre (even with recent questionable programming such as Salome) but I usually take it for granted. There's no chance of that with this epic musical being brought to the stage in such an impressive way. Long may it continue.
  2. There will never be a better Sally. Imelda Staunton goes beyond the script to bring depth to a relatively simple character/characterisation. It is a privilege to watch her and her 'Losing My Mind' is special.
  3. Stephen Sondheim is a genius. 
  4. I'm not sure I've ever felt more joyful in the theatre than watching 'Who's That Woman?'...
  5. ...and I'm so glad to see Tracie Bennett give 'I'm Still Here' everything. She was exceptional as Judy Garland in End of the Rainbow and deserves much more work than she seems to get.
  6. I want to be able to dance.
  7. Could this ever work as a film? Probably not...but imagine the terrific actors who would get a great part. Would it be too much to have Goldie Hawn or Liza Minnelli cast too?! As long as Rob Marshall and Meryl Streep keep away from it...
  8. I am going to tell everyone to see this as an NT Live cinema screening in November.
  9. I would love to see a drag version of this...I hope Ru Paul and/or the Drag Race Stars are reading.
  10. There will never be a better production of this musical.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Monday, September 11, 2017

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Saturday, September 09, 2017

Friday, September 08, 2017

Top of the class...life changing theatre.



To mark two truly special pieces of theatre in London right now, Follies and Girl from the North Country, I wanted to take a moment to celebrate my other love: theatre. It's only been six years since I started to religiously go to the theatre, and it has been a nurturing activity to match filmgoing. Here's some productions that were particularly striking...
  1. London Road (National Theatre)
  2. Mr. Burns (Almeida Theatre)
  3. Merrily We Roll Along (Menier Chocolate Factory)
  4. Girl from the North Country (The Old Vic)
  5. Follies (National Theatre)
  6. A View from the Bridge (Young Vic)
  7. Strange Interlude (National Theatre)
  8. Misterman (National Theatre/Landmark Productions)
  9. The Night Alive (Donmar Warehouse) 
  10. Tie: Good People (Hampstead Theatre), Love (National Theatre) and My Night With Reg (Donmar Warehouse)

Thursday, September 07, 2017

Wednesday, September 06, 2017

Smile.


Wednesday, September 06, 2017

Who's that girl?


A movie legend in my eyes for this performance alone, I was lucky enough to be at an event with Fenella Fielding today. 

I should rewatch Carry On Screaming soon!

Tuesday, September 05, 2017

Monday, September 04, 2017

10 thoughts on...Detroit.


  1. It's thrilling to see a talent such as Kathryn Bigelow being so bold and ambitious with her work in terms of storytelling but also with her choice of content. The narrative and how it's told will, and should!, spark something within its audience.
  2. What a horrific event. If it wasn't true you (well I) wouldn't believe it...
  3. ...and it's more frustrating that it seems that little has changed.
  4. This cast is super. I would single out Algee Smith as he's transformation is the one that seeps into your consciousness.
  5. I don't know how Will Poulter could play this part so convincingly. His performance is up there with cinema's most memorable cowardly villains. A truly nasty character.
  6. Barry Ackroyd's intense close ups are unbearable to watch.
  7. I wanted to walk out of the cinema once the police arrived at the motel. It's rare that my gut reaction is to walk out.
  8. That opening overview of racial history in the US was terrific. A well judged introduction.
  9. It seems like they will but I hope award bodies don't forget about by the end of the year...it deserves to be in discussion for Picture, Director, Screenplay, Cinematography and Editing at least. 
  10. It will take some time for this film, and the event it depicts, to fade into the background of my mind.

Monday, September 04, 2017

Pause.


Sunday, September 03, 2017

An irresistible statement.


'...what's attractive on stage need not necessarily be attractive off!'

Saturday, September 02, 2017

Friday, September 01, 2017

Top of the class. Comedies.


I don't need a reason to celebrate my favourites films so the recent list of top 100 comedies from the BBC is the excuse for this. And it's made me think about what I consider a comedy...in short the below list are films that have made me laugh out loud repeatedly. Of course the films and the order would if you asked me any other time but all of these films have a special place in my memory.

  1. Bridesmaids
  2. Fargo
  3. Billers Over Broadway
  4. The Philadelphia Story
  5. Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown
  6. Carry On Cleo
  7. The Birdcage
  8. Muriel's Wedding
  9. I Heart Huckabees
  10. The Addams Family Values
Honourable mentions: Annie Hall, The Apartment, First Wvies Club, The Heat, Little Miss Sunshine, Love and Death, Mean Girls, My Best Friend's Wedding, Singin' In the Rain, Some Like It Hot

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Who's that girl?


I'll be seeing Stockard Channing tonight on the stage performing in Apologia

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

10 thoughts on...Logan Lucky

  1. Riley Keogh (so good in American Honey too) is one of the most exciting emerging actors right now.
  2. Seth MacFarlane shouldn't be encouraged to do such loud, obnoxious performances.
  3. Any film that reminds me of Little Miss Sunshine is ok by me.
  4. Fans of comedic heist films have been in luck recently with The Nice Guys, Baby Driver and this. 
  5. Why does Hilary Swank have so few roles?! And why doesn't she have something more fun to do here?! She deserves better.
  6. Channing Tatum has perfected the down-on-his-luck antihero. 
  7. Although I am a fan of Steven Soderbergh (as a personality and as a director/writer/producer/whatever he turns his hand too), I can't help but wish this was filmed by the Coens brothers. They would have given a screwball comedy edge. But I'm still glad he's back making films.
  8. Without spoiling the ending - what a joy!
  9. I feel like this may be the start of audiences wanting more of Daniel Craig than Bond. Or I hope it is.
  10. Feeling this purely entertained at the cinema seems rare. 

Monday, August 28, 2017

Saturday, August 26, 2017

Friday, August 25, 2017

Thursday, August 24, 2017

An irresistible statement.

'Don't know what happened, it's all a crazy game!'

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Pause.


Wednesday, August 23, 2017

How do you describe a feeling?


An enthralled audience for the first preview of Follies. A terrific achievement from everyone involved.

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Smile.

 

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

And the nominees are...90th Academy Awards


Ahead of the slew of festivals over the coming weeks I thought I'd embarrass myself OR allow myself to be smug on 23 January. Or probably a bit of both...

Picture
Call Me By Your Name
Darkest Hour
Downsizing
Dunkirk
The Florida Project
Mudbound 
The Papers
Phantom Thread

Director
Luca Guadagnino for Call Me By Your Name
Christopher Nolan for Dunkirk
Dee Rees for Mudbound
Steven Spielberg for The Papers
Joe Wright for Darkest Hour

Actress
Annette Bening for Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool
Judi Dench for Victoria and Abdul
Frances McDormand for Three Billboards Outside of Ebbing Missouri
Meryl Streep for The Papers
Kate Winslet for Wonder Wheel

Actor
Steve Carrell for Battle of the Sexes
Daniel Day-Lewis for Phantom Thread
Tom Hanks for The Papers
Gary Oldman for Darkest Hour
Denzel Washington for Inner City

Supporting Actress
Mary J. Blidge for Mudbound
Julianne Moore Wonderstruck 
Michelle Pfeiffer for Mother!
Juno Temple for Wonder Wheel
Kristin Scott Thomas for Darkest Hour

Supporting Actor
Javier Bardem for Mother!
Steve Buscemi for The Florida Project
Jason Mitchell for Mudbound 
Mark Rylance for Dunkirk
Michael Stuhlberg for Call Me By Your Name


Monday, August 21, 2017

10 moments to cherish...Imelda Staunton's film performances.

Tomorrow night I'll be watching the first preview performance of Follies and I unashamedly feel like an Imelda Staunton fan-girl. I consider her Britain's best working actor, male or female, and to watch her on stage is something special indeed. She has excelled in the four productions I've seen her in (A Delicate Balance, Sweeney Todd, Good People and Gypsy), whether she's the lead or not. Her filmography is also impressive but she deserves much better roles than the ones she's been given, with Vera Drake being the one exception. I hope there's similarly challenging and rewarding film roles for her in the future, because to watch her get such opportunities on stage is a privilege. Regardless of the size and depth of role, Imelda is consistibely memorable in her roles and here's 10 moments to best celebrate her...

10. Singing, The Virgin of Liverpool

I've never seen this film (and may never do...), but it seems unforgivable to make this list and not include Imelda singing something. She has some voice...but listen to her renditions of 'Everything's Coming Up Roses' for full proof. Time for a Gyspy remake?

9. Her excitement at making broth, Nanny McPhee
One of many actors (Emma Thompson, Celia Imrie, Angela Lansbury) having fun with a broad character here. Her genuine joy at making something unpleasant for the kids, unknowingly steered by Nanny McPhee, is a delight.

8. Saying farewell to Paddington, Paddington
A sweet scene where she sends her nephew off for better opportunities...with marmalade. Sweet. Perhaps she'll join him in London for the sequel?

7. Kicking Emma Thompson out of Hogwarts, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix 

I'm not a big fan of the Harry Potter series but I was very pleased to see an actor such as Imelda get such a juicy and (compared to other great actors in the films) a prominent role as Dolores Umbridge. The highlight? This moment where she sacks Emma Thompson's Hippy-esque teacher to the shock of the school and, more importantly, Maggie Smith and Michael Gambon. What a great foursome.

6. In a rocking chair, Shakespeare In Love
A comedy moment to break away from the romantic fumblings of Joseph Fiennes and Gwyneth Paltrow.

5. Grabbing Hugh Laurie's paper in excitement, Sense and Sensibility 
Imelda is given one of the less complex characters in the film but she remains memorable as the excitable wife to austere Hugh Laurie. This moment is a delight.

4. A night out in London, Pride

The scene where herself and four other Welsh women have a night on the town and sleepover in a male couple's home. And find their stash of porn and sex toys. Joyful.

3. Buttering bread with Billy Nighy, Pride

I am cheating here but I had to include both scenes from Pride as they are so different and so cherished by myself. Has there been a more humble coming out scene in cinema? This is wonderful, particularly for Imelda's nonchalant reaction. The silence between the two is superb too. I

2. Rating her depression, Another Year

Depression is tricky to translate to screen but in the space of a few minutes Imelda gives one of cinema's great portrayals. A rough start to a beautiful film.

1. Being asked for her wedding ring in prison, Vera Drake

This breaks my heart. One of cinema's greatest performances and one of its most devastating moments. She should have won that Oscar.