I accidentally took a nap this afternoon and was groggy as all get out when I woke up.
The movie Billy Elliot was playing on the Showtime channel I had left on, so I decided to finish it before I attempted to do anything productive.
Jamie Bell, who played the title role, was 14 when the movie was released in 2000. And as I sat there watching, I tried to figure out what movies I had seen the ‘adult’ Jamie in of late.
Then it hit me –
He was in one of my recent favorite costume dramas Jane Eyre. He played the minister St John Rivers whose family nursed Jane back to health after she left Mr. Rochester’s house.
He was also in the cast of Man on a Ledge starring Sam Worthington, which as fate would have it…
…was on Showtime right after Billy Elliot.
How quickly a decade can flash before your eyes on premium cable!
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I saw a movie double feature this afternoon — Inside Llewyn Davis, directed by the Coen Brothers, and Her, directed by Spike Jonez. But I needn’t have bothered.
They are the same film.
Both are about men who had recently lost a partner and were struggling to reconnect. When they do, they choose individuals — and I use that word consciously — that their friends and family don’t readily understand.
Each movie follows their journey.
I would argue that Davis is the more successful of the two. Set in the 1960′s, it is stripped down and soulful, the soundtrack doing much of the storytelling and Oscar Isaac’s deep-set eyes doing the rest. I read the cats were divas on set, but I found them very affecting.
I loved this film.
Her is set in an unnamed future, told amid high rises and high tech. Compared to the very internal Davis, this movie’s heart is on its sleeve. Joaquin Phoenix’s character writes emotional, personal letters for other people for a living, yet can’t sustain a relationship…until he gets his new OS.
I do love Scarlett Johansson’s voice acting, but the movie itself is at least thirty minutes too long.
If you’re not one to spend five hours in the theatre, I suggest Inside Llewyn Davis for its beautiful story, amazing performances and soundtrack that stays with you long after you leave the theatre.
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I’m a hat girl.
I like to wear them. They look good on me. I have plenty of head.
And while I don’t really need to ever see the movie Titanic all the way through ever again, I was willing to watch the first 30 minutes or so this morning…just to see Kate Winslet board the ship –
wearing this amazing hat.
Wonder what ever happened to it? I would gladly take it.
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Tagged Academy Awards, celebrities, design, entertainment, Fashion, hat head, hats, heads up, Kate Winslet, Movies, Titanic movie, Travel
I saw American Hustle tonight.
The movie and all its stars completely deserve all the Golden Globe nominations they racked up.
But my favorite thing about the film is an actor who does not appear in any of the trailers or talk show promotion. A few of the reviews did spill the beans — so don’t read them before you go — because his performance is such a wonderful surprise!
Okay, I’ll give you a little hint: he is a funny man who plays the most incredible straight man in the movie. I loved every minute!
Go see it. And you’ll know immediately who I’m talking about…
No con here.
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Celebrities like George Clooney and Brad Pitt love to regale us with stories of the pranks they play on their fellow actors when they’re making movies. Let me tell you –
They’ve got nuthin’ on me.
I played a prank on one of my best friends this past weekend that was 30 years in the making.
But let me back up a bit…
It all began when she pranked me only a couple of weeks after we met in college. I was in her dorm room, waiting for her to get ready for dinner and noticed a framed photograph on her shelf –
Caroline with her arms draped around the neck of John James, one of the stars of the then hit drama Dynasty.
When I asked how the pic came to be, she confided that the two were dating, but she was keeping it quiet at his request.
Of course I didn’t believe her at first, but then she started producing a lot of convincing evidence: her father’s pageant and production credits, connections through musical theatre friends and a well-timed phone call from John James.
I spoke to the man myself.
Begrudgingly I had to concede — the two were a couple. He called on two other occasions when I was in her room and said hello. But during our last conversation, ‘John’ confessed that he was really Caroline’s brother.
Why did she do it? Especially to a friend that she barely knew? Because she could? Evil.
It is now a thing of legends, a story that we rehash often, laughing at her nerve and my naive acceptance. But this past weekend, I turned the tables. Now the story has a very different ending.
The satisfying conclusion, here — tomorrow…
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Writing a daily blog isn’t always easy.
Sometimes there’s not enough time in the day. Often there’s loads of time, but no ideas rolling around inside my head.
Today was the latter.
But just when my thoughts were beginning to jell, movie critic Richard Roeper posted this photo to his Twitter feed:
I had such a sugar rush, I might as well have really eaten them.
They are from Do Rite Donuts in Chicago. Guess where I’m headed next time I blow into town?
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After a beautiful early walk on the beach, Lou, Rory and I spent the balance of the morning exploring Montauk.
This guy — who we think is Chief Montauk himself — guards the southwest corner of a downtown apartment complex…but he didn’t seem to mind our posing.
Well, I was posing. (Rory appears a bit distracted.)
Several of the shops were closed for the season, but we did do some extremely low-key Black Friday shopping.
No pushing. No shoving. No injuries.
Then we spent the afternoon in East Hampton, about 15 minutes ‘up island.’
(That means west.)
Rowdy Hall was packed when we arrived, so we chatted up two locals at the bar and got all kinds of tips on other restaurants to try during our stay.
After a great lunch, we headed to the movie theatre down the street and saw Philomena starring Steve Coogan and Judi Dench. Since I am on vacation, I will keep my review short and sweet:
Heartfelt. Brilliant. A must see!
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I see a lot of movies for different reasons.
Usually it’s because of a favorite actor or genre. Sometimes the movie has Oscar buzz…or the subject matter is ‘good for me’ (meaning it’s gonna feel like homework, so I have to talk myself into going).
The Best Man Holiday is none of these.
It’s a sequel of a movie from 15 years ago that I didn’t see. I just thought the promos looked light and fluffy and fun, and that’s what I was in the mood to see.
By now I should know to never trust trailers.
The plot was exactly what I expected — best friends reuniting for the holidays — but the film deals with some very real issues. It’s saved from being throwaway by the quality of the cast who deliver genuine laughter and tears — lots and lots of tears.
I loved seeing Terrence Howard in this kinda role and movie–Taye Diggs and Morris Chestnut, too.
Rumor has it they are already talking about making the third movie. No 15-year wait this time.
I’ll be there.
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Tagged actor, celebrities, commentary, entertainment, Holiday, Humor, laughter, life, mood movies, Morris Chestnut, movie cast, movie genre, movie plot, movie promo, movie sequel, movie trailer, Movies, Oscar buzz, review, Taye Diggs, tears, Terrence Howard, The Best Man Holiday
Remember The Blair Witch Project?
It was released way back in 1999. I unwisely saw the movie the night before a business trip to Europe.
It creeped me out so much, I didn’t sleep. At all. So I was one tired, grouchy airline passenger.
Just looking at that movie still brings it all back.
Actually, one glance at this guy makes me think of it, too.
Uncanny, isn’t it?
I doubt that he has seen Blair Witch, but he certainly has the natural acting chops to pull off the close-up.
(The tongue is a nice touch, too.)
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