Category Archives: Movies

I’m still waiting

I saw Hunger Games – Mockingjay Part 1 this morning.

mockingjayI don’t want to offend anyone with a Twilight comparison, but it reminded me of Twilight Eclipse –

Stuff happened, but it was very much a placeholder until the final installment hits theaters next year.

This Hunger Games has no games, so the energy is inherently lower.  Katniss and the rescued survivors are living below ground in District 13, where everyone wears identical grey jumpsuits — no flaming dresses or garishly bright clothing, even on Effie who is almost unrecognizable.

We only see the folks from the Capitol — including Peeta, who we assume is being held prisoner — on small video screens. But those scenes are, for me, some of the most compelling.

By movie’s end, Katniss and the rebels have rediscovered their energy and purpose, and things are getting really exciting…

And then it’s over.

Should be a great finale…next year.

A true story

The movie Foxcatcher, starring Steve Carrell, Channing Tatum and Mark Ruffalo, is based on a true story. That’s about all I knew — well, that and Carrell wears a prosthetic nose.

And we all know a fake schnoz can land you an Oscar. Just ask Nicole Kidman.

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After seeing the film, I’m glad I was so uninformed.  This telling of Olympic wrestler Mike Schultz’s relationship with his sponsor, millionaire John du Pont, is so slow and deliberate that I might have lost patience if I had known how it was going to end.

But the performances — not the plot — are the reason to see this film.  All three actors disappear into these characters who, with the exception of Ruffalo, struggle with varying shades of mental illness and mommy issues.

And when actors who usually take pratfalls raise their game to this level, you simply have to see it.

Fair warning — you may never look at Michael Scott the same way again.

 

Who ya gonna call?

ghostbustersPeople were horrified at first at the mere mention of a Ghostbusters reboot.

An all-female cast?  Blasphemy.

Then names like Melissa McCarthy and Sandra Bullock were tossed around.  And director Paul Feig tweeted a confirmation that the remake was indeed happening.

Now the tide appears to have turned, and everyone is stoked.  Actresses that aren’t even known for comedy are publicly ‘begging’ to be cast.

gillian andersonGillian Anderson, for example.

True, she’s got plenty of experience hunting otherworldly creatures on The X-Files…but comedy?

Not so much.

But when I think about some of the biggest moves I’ve made in my career, they didn’t start with your typical cover letter-resume-interview. I picked up the phone and asked for the job.  Who knows?  Might work the same in Hollywood.

So, go get ‘em, Gillian.

You could be exactly what this crazy redo needs.

Everything you want is out there waiting for you to ask. Everything you want also wants you. But you have to take action to get it. — Jules Renard

 

 

O Canada!

Columbus Day is a weird holiday.

I mean — if I worked in an office, I’d love the day off as much as the next person.  But celebrating the life of a man who enslaved and tortured Native Americans is a bit distasteful.

So today I pay tribute instead to a different holiday  –

CANADIAN THANKSGIVING!

Thank you, Canada, for so many amazing celebs who entertain us all in television and film –

Canada Actors

 

I’m know there are also female Canadian actors to be thankful for, but hey — it’s my blog.

I know what I like.

 

Fun rerun

edge of tomorrow I didn’t see Edge of Tomorrow when it was in theaters.

I thought the ‘Groundhog Day meets Aliens’ premise sounded interesting — and goodness knows its reviews on RottenTomatoes.com were very fresh — but I just never saw it.

(Based on its box office numbers, several people had the same attack of inertia.)

But now it’s OnDemand, so I finally watched it today.  And it’s good.

The Groundhog Day conceit is handled with a lot of humor, and it doesn’t feel repetitious.  Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt also do a bit of role reversal in this film, with Emily occupying the skilled warrior role and Tom the clueless PR mouthpiece.

It’s nice that Tom can make fun of this action hero self.

Not that he isn’t a pretty fast learner…

Drop. Your. Sword.

I watched The Princess Bride for the umpteenth time again today.

(It came on TV suddenly; what else could I do?)

I was playing on Facebook and Twitter at the same , where I encountered a bunch of pumpkin stuff. This spurred a random thought –

Are there any Princess Bride pumpkin carvings out there?

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As you wish!

Sticky sentiments

Back in late August,  I shared the happy news that my Upper West Side neighborhood is getting a local bookshop — indeed, the Shoppe Around the Corner that inspired You’ve Got Mail is returning to the hood.

Apparently the owners wanted to get a feel for the locals’ reaction to their announcement.  So they used an old-school method — post-it notes — to recreate comments aka Facebook on the storefront window:

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I’d say it’s pretty positive.