Aubrey O’Day Wins Fug Madness

•April 8, 2009 • Leave a Comment

Fug Madness at Go Fug Yourself is over and Aubrey O’Day has won.  I am ridiculously disappointed about that.  I was for Tilda Swinton (affectionately known as just SWINTON on GFY) right from the beginning.  At least I can comfort myself with the knowledge that Aubrey only just beat SWINTON, with 51% of the vote, but I am still sad.

Maybe she can can be even more crazy/awesome in her sartorial choices and win next year…

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Series 6 of Spooks

•April 7, 2009 • Leave a Comment

The new series of Spooks started last night on ABC1.  I had never watched it before, but having heard good things about it and knowing that Rupert Penry Jones (Persuasion) and Peter Firth (Northanger Abbey, The Picture of Dorian Gray) were in it, I thought it was about time that I did.

Spooks

I thought it was pretty good and I think I will try to watch the rest of the series.

About this series:

SYNOPSIS

The award-winning, edge-of-your-seat spy drama is back with another white-knuckle ride through the perilous world of deadly terrorists, international cover-ups and treacherous double-agents.
Over the course of 10 hour-long episodes, Adam, Harry and the team are immersed in their most intricate operation to date as the complex relationship between the UK, Iran and the US is put under the spotlight…
But who can really be trusted under this new world order?

CAST LIST

  • Adam Carter – Rupert Penry-Jones
  • Ros Myers – Hermione Norris
  • Harry Pearce – Peter Firth
  • Jo Portman – Miranda Raison
  • Zafar Younis – Raza Jaffrey
  • Connie James – Gemma Jones
  • Juliet Shaw – Anna Chancellor
  • Malcolm Wynn-Jones – Hugh Simon
  • Home Secretary – Robert Glenister
  • Bob Hogan – Matthew Marsh
  • Ben Kaplan – Alex Lanipekun
  • Ana Bakhshi – Agni Scott
  • Dariush Bakhshi – Simon Abkarian

 

I like the idea of the same story running through a whole 10 episode series.

Spooks is very dramatic and, in the episode I watched at least, is all about life and death situations.  The great thing about it is that despite never having any down-time, it is still believable.

 

Links   Spooks at ABC   IMDb

I’ve Loved You So Long (Il y a longtemps que je t’aime) (2008)

•April 6, 2009 • 2 Comments

I went to a movie at the Sydney Travelling Film Festival in Dubbo last night, which just so happened to be the last movie – I’ve Loved You So Long.

I've Loved You So Long poster

“Léa (Elsa Zylberstein) and Juliette (Kristin Scott Thomas) are sisters. The film begins with Léa, the younger sister by fifteen years, picking Juliette up at the airport. We soon realize that the two sisters are almost complete strangers to each other. Juliette has just been released from prison after serving a long sentence. Léa was still a teenager when Juliette, a doctor, was sent off to prison.  Léa contacted Juliette when she was released and suggested that Juliette come to live with her. Juliette had no particular desire to see her sister again.Luc (Serge Hazanavicius), Léa’s husband, is quite reserved, almost hostile, about Juliette’s presence under their roof. Luc and Léa have two adopted Vietnamese daughters, who are 8 and 3 years old. Luc’s father, Papy Paul (Jean-Claude Arnaud) also lives in the house. He’s a charming old man who spends all of his time reading since a stroke deprived him of the power of speech.Life together isn’t easy to begin with. Juliette has to relearn certain basics. The world has moved on and she often seems confused. Although she may seem cold and distant, her attitude stems more from her being ill at ease. Helped by some, such as the kindly but tactless social worker and her open-hearted but depressed parole officer (Frédéric Pierrot) whose confidante she becomes, Juliette is also rejected by others, particularly employers who throw her out as soon as they find out what she did.Léa’s attitude is ambiguous. She avoids talking about Juliette’s time in prison at all costs. She wants nothing to blunt the happiness of their reunion and getting to know each other again. Luc mentions it reproachfully, as does Juliette in a different way.Gradually, the real Juliette emerges. She opens up to the world once more, thanks to her two nieces, with whom she becomes very close after being very stiff with them at the beginning, and Michel (Laurent Grevill), a friend of Léa’s, and Papy Paul, who, in a more symbolic way, knows what it’s like to be locked away.  Juliette gets a job as a medical secretary at the local hospital on the condition that she never mentions she used to be a doctor. Her relationship with Léa becomes much stronger and more intimate. Even Luc succeeds in pushing his preconceptions to one side and seeing Juliette as his sister-in-law, not as someone who just spent 15 years in prison.But a huge question hangs over Juliette’s renaissance. What terrible thing did she do fifteen years ago and why? For all the others, it’s a recurrent thought that they dare not put into words. And for Juliette, locked away in her secret, it’s a burden to bear, which holds her back from engaging in her life and believing that she too has the right to be happy.”

 

 

The cast

Kristin Scott ThomasKristin Scott Thomas (Four Weddings and a Funeral, Mission: Impossible, The English Patient, Gosford Park, The Golden Compass, The Other Boelyn Girl, Easy Virtue, Confessions of a Shopaholic)…..Juliette 

 

Elsa ZylbersteinElsa Zylberstein (Jefferson in Paris)…..Léa 

 

 

 

 

Lea and Juliette in I've Loved You So Long

 

Serge Hazanavicius

Serge Hazanavicius…..Luc


Laurent GrevillLaurent Grevill…..Michel
 

 

 

 

Frédéric Pierrot….Fauré
Lise Ségur…..P’tit Lys
Jean-Claude Arnaud…..Papy Paul
Mouss Zouheyri…..Samir
Souad Mouchrik…..Kaisha
Catherine Hosmalin…..The teacher
Claire Jonhston…..Juliette and Léa’s Mother
Olivier Cruvellier…..Gérard
Liliy-Rose…..Emélia

 

Writer and Director – Phillipe Claudel

 

A few things I wold like to say –

…this movie is perfect.  There is not a single thing that about it I would change.

…it is mysterious, sad (many people in the cinema were crying), funny and beautiful.

…all of the acting is excellent, especially that of Kristin Scott Thomas and Elsa Zylberstein.

…and, I don’t know what it was, but something about the cinematography reminded me of As Time Goes By.  I know that that is a very strange comparison to draw, but I mean it in a good way.

 

While I’ve Loved You So Long is definitely not my favourite movie ever, it is very well done and is worth seeing.

 

Links   I’ve Loved You So Long at sonyclassics.com   Rotten Tomatoes    www.ivelovedyousolong.co.uk

Where the Wild Things Are trailer and what I’m thinking

•March 26, 2009 • 2 Comments

Where the Wild Things Are

 

Where The Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak (1963) used to scare the hell out of me as a child, and therefore I hated it.  It turns out I wasn’t the only one frightened by it:

 

 

“The book became a bestseller, though there was some controversy over the drawings of monsters. In the book The Art of Maurice Sendak the following is noted in a conversation between a mother and the author:

Mother: “Every time I read the book to my daughter, she screams.”
Sendak: “Then why did you continue reading it to her when she does not like it?”
Mother: “She ought to, it’s a Caldecott book.”

Sendak mentioned that he thought that was ridiculous and “if a child does not like a book, throw it in the trash.”

 

Anyway, now it’s been turned into a movie and I think it actually looks pretty good.

 WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE

 

It is directed by Spike Jonze and features the voices of Forest Whitaker, Paul Dano (I love him in Little Miss Sunshine!), James Gandolfini and Catherine O’Hara, among others.

The trailer and poster don’t seem to have the same dark feel that the book had, but it may just be that I’m remembering it wrong.

It’s Australian release date is 10 December 2009 and in the US, it’s 16 October 2009.  I’m not sure if I’ll bother to go see it yet, but at least it looks interesting!

Knowing

•March 24, 2009 • 3 Comments

I saw Knowing last night.  I only went because I got free tickets to a preview screening.  It’s not something I would have chosen to go see in normal circumstances because I’m not a Nicolas Cage fan (IMO, Ghost Rider and National Treasure aren’t much good) and he is the lead actor in this movie, but I did see it and I ended up really, really liking it.

Knowing poster

 

Synopsis

Academy Award® winner Nicolas Cage (National Treasure 2, Leaving Las Vegas) stars in KNOWING, the next gripping action-thriller of global proportions from Australian visionary Alex Proyas (I, Robot, The Crow).
When a professor stumbles on a set of coded numbers, written in 1959 and buried in a time capsule at his son’s school, he makes a startling discovery. The cryptic message predicts every major disaster of the past 50 years and holds chilling predictions about future catastrophes—the last of which hints at destruction on a global scale.
Rose Byrne (Troy, Two Hands), Ben Mendelsohn (Australia, ‘Love My Way’) and Chandler Canterbury (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button) also star in this riveting feature about a father’s desperate battle to save his child—and the world.

 

Trailer

 

Knowing is convincing, entertaining and thought-provoking and Nicolas Cage is actually quite good in it.  Mostly, he delivers exactly what is needed, but there are a few moments that just seem wrong e.g. when his charcter, John, is in conversation with Rose Byrne’s character, Diana, there is a line “I know how you feel” and instead of being touching, comforting or in any way empathic, it comes across as creepy.

 

John Koestler (allmoviephoto.com)

 

Rose Byrne (Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones, I Capture the Castle, Troy, Casanova, Marie Antoinette, Damages) is excellent.  Her reactions to everything that is happening seem natural and are just right.  Her American accent is good too.

 

Diana Wayland and John Koestler (allmoviephoto.com)

 

The two children are fantastic!  Chandler Canterbury plays John’s son, Caleb, and Lara Robinson plays Abby, Diana’s daughter. 

 

Caleb Koestler (www.aceshowbiz.com)

 

What’s great about this casting of Abby, is that she looks a lot like Rose Byrne.  This means that Lara Robinson and Rose Byrne can play some characters other than their main ones as well e.g. Lara is also Abby’s grandmother, Lucinda Embry, as a child and, in a photograph, Diana as a child.  Rose Byrne is also Lucinda as an adult.  I hope that made sense.  If it didn’t, don’t worry, because it isn’t at all confusing in the movie.

 

Diana and Abby Wayland (www.aceshowbiz.com)

 

As it says in the synopsis, it is directed by Alex Proyas, of I, Robot fame.  It is always good to see Australians working on great films and for Knowing, not only is the director Australian, but so are many of the actors, including Rose Byrne, Ben Mendelsohn, Nadia Townsend, Alan Hopgood, Adrienne Pickering, Danielle Carter, Alethea McGrath, Doug Lennie, Tamara Donnellan and Travis Waite.  It was also filmed in Australia, and more specifically, Melbourne.

Ben Mendelsohn (Quigley Down Under, The Secret Life of Us, Love my Way, Australia) plays Phil Beckman, John’s colleague and friend.  I don’t really have anything to say about him.  He neither particularly stood out as being good, but also, he was in no way bad.

Nadia Townsend (Sea Patrol, Chandon Pictures) plays Grace Koestler, John’s sister.  I think she did a really good job.  Even though we don’t find out much about this character, she is still interesting.

Alan Hopgood (The Games, Something in the Air, Blue Heelers, City Homicide) plays Rev Koestler, John’s father.  I don’t like the way this character is portayed.  He is just the stereotype of a pastor.  In fact, he reminds me of the priest that was on Passions, except not quite that exaggerated (thank God!).

Danielle Carter (Something in the Air, Blue Heelers, City Homicide, Underbelly, All Saints) plays Miss Taylor in 1959.  I think she is great – really quirky.

Alethea McGrath (Something in the Air, Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones, Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith, Blue Heelers, Curtin, City Homicide) plays Miss Taylor in 2009.  There are a few things about this character that don’t quite add up when you consider what had happened in the past, but I won’t go into the details.

David Lennie (Summer Heights High) plays Principal Clark.  This charcter isn’t very important, but I just wanted to point on that David Lennie is the guy who played Doug Petersen, or ‘Paedophile Pete’ in Summer Heights.

 The writing credits include Ryne Douglas Pearson, Juliet Snowden, Stiles White, Stuart Hazeldine, Alex Proyas and Richard Kelly.

It is beautifully shot and it has a great soundtrack.  The music was composed by Marco Beltrami.  There was also one song that John listened to twice in the movie, once near the beginning and once near the end.  I know I’ve heard this song before, but I can’t figure out what it is, so if anyone knows please comment and tell me.

Knowing was financially backed by Summit Entertainment, which was also Twilight’s production company.  This is interesting because, I think, Knowing has a similar look and feel to Twilight, except it had better special FX.

 

In Australia, Knowing’s release date is the 26 March.

If you’re interested, the official website is http://knowing-themovie.com/  It’s pretty and has some good content.

 

Go see Knowing at the cinema; don’t wait for the DVD, because it really is a good movie and I think you’ll be missing out if you just watch it at home on your TV.

That said, don’t watch Knowing if you’re someone who is frightened really easily (unless you want to be frightened), because it is quite scary and horrific.

My Twilight and New Moon posts

•March 22, 2009 • Leave a Comment

 I seem to have tired of all that Twilight news a little; I’m still reading some of it, but I don’t feel the need to read every little scrap anymore and I haven’t bothered to post any of it either.  If you do want to read about every single thing that occurs in the Twilight world, searching on Google News will give you it all.  MTV Movies Blog is also very good: it provides a level of coverage somewhere between what you get in the average newspaper and all of those links at Google.

This doesn’t mean, of course, that I’ll never write anything about Twilight ever again, just that it might be some time and when I do, it’ll probably be a bit different.

Anywhere, here are all of my previous Twilight and New Moon posts if you want to catch up (from the most recent to the least) :

New Moon News No. 2

New Moon News No. 1

Twilight News No. 5

Twilight News Again

Even More Twilight News

More Twilight News

Twilight

Typealyzer – the personality type of my blog

•March 12, 2009 • Leave a Comment

Typealyzer analyses the personality type of blogs.  This one got:

 

ESFP – The Performers

The entertaining and friendly type. They are especially attuned to pleasure and beauty and like to fill their surroundings with soft fabrics, bright colors and sweet smells. They live in the present moment and don´t like to plan ahead – they are always in risk of exhausting themselves.

The enjoy work that makes them able to help other people in a concrete and visible way. They tend to avoid conflicts and rarely initiate confrontation – qualities that can make it hard for them in management positions.

 

Interesting, eh?