Last night Julianne Moore won a SAG Award for her work in Still Alice.
I saw the movie on Sunday, so I know why.
Her portrayal of a 50-year old Columbia University professor with early on-set Alzheimer’s is amazing…because you can’t see what she’s doing.
She simply has Alzheimer’s.
And everyone around her in the movie looks like they’re acting.
In the movie scene represented by the still above, Julianne’s character is out running in her New York City neighborhood, and is suddenly lost. She starts to hyperventilate, and everything becomes an unrecognizable blur. The audience is in there with her.
It’s really scary.
I won’t pretend this movie is easy to watch, but I think it’s important to see.
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It’s hard to believe it’s been over three years since I first saw The Trip starring Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon.
I saw it in the theater then. Today was a chance encounter on HBO.
And I watched it again.
I still laughed at the two comedians’ competitive conversations and celebrity impressions. But this time I found myself trying out a few of the characterizations — with very limited success.
Why can’t I do impressions better? And why are they so darn good?
Obviously they have invested far more than 90 minutes towards this endeavor, but I wonder if I would be able to achieve any success with a lifetime of practice.
Do the Brits just have an edge?
I say yes. (This stance saves me a lot of time and effort.)
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Dear Academy voters:
Please give the Best Supporting Actress Oscar to our gal Emma Stone.
I know her category is filled with amazing actresses who delivered performances equally worthy of the award…
But I think Emma’s acceptance speech would be one for the books.
Just take a gander at the statement she released upon hearing she was nominated:
“Well, this is surreal. I am completely knocked out. Thank you to the Academy for this incredible honor. I am very proud and lucky to be a part of Birdman and can’t believe it came to this. I am so f–king excited. Are you allowed to say f–k when you’re making a statement for the Oscars? I’m just really f–king excited.” (via E!).
BOOM (figuratively dropping the microphone)
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I love Wes Anderson films.
I love the way they look — the elaborate little worlds he creates and populates with lovable, quirky characters and every type of minutiae imaginable.
On Golden Globes Sunday, it seems appropriate to pay tribute to such an amazing talent. Thank goodness Ana Romao has done just that on Vimeo.
Good luck tonight, Wes. I think The Grand Budapest Hotel is your best film to date.
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“…what I do have are a very particular set of skills, skills I have acquired over a very long career. Skills that make me a nightmare for people like you.”
— Liam Neeson, Taken
Do you really, Liam?
Your daughter gets abducted in the original Taken.
You and your wife get kidnapped in the sequel.
And now your wife gets killed in Taken 3?
I travel all the time, frequently to exotic ports of call, and — knock wood — have somehow managed to avoid kidnappers and murderers (although, I will admit, I have come close to killing a few airport employees from time to time).
So, tell me, Liam…
What exactly are these special skills you possess?
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Since I had a late night celebrating New Year’s Eve — thank you, Skype — I decided to ease into 2015 reading on the couch.
No, Cary Elwes wasn’t here with me, darn the luck — but his memoir of the casting, preparation and filming of The Princess Bride reads like a candid conversation.
Elwes reminisces about every step and misstep (literally) in his journey as the sword-wielding Westley, true love of Buttercup and (SPOILER ALERT) secret identity of the Dread Pirate Roberts. Every word telegraphs his enduring love for the role and for the cast and crew, as do sidebars from co-stars Mandy Patinkin, Robin Wright, Wallace Shawn, Billy Crystal and director Rob Reiner.
But it is Elwes’ gratitude and humility some 25 years later that are most endearing. He has enjoyed a successful career in film, but acknowledges that he owes an enormous debt to…
The Man in Black.
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I saw the movie Whiplash last night, and found it extremely compelling.
Are you planning to see it? Here are a few things you should know.
- It’s not about jazz. They play music, sure…but the selected songs — even the title track — are simply vehicles for the story. The film could have just as easily taken place in the world of sports or the culinary arts.
- It is about abuse. The relationship between a music student and his no-holds-barred instructor — portrayed with gut-wrenching intensity by Miles Teller and J.K. Simmons — is difficult to watch. Teller is attacked emotionally and physically at every level, and like a hostage in a kidnapping incident, has a twisted love/hate relationship with his captor that boggles the mind.
- It’s hard to watch. In the theater where I saw the film, there were several horror movie trailers that preceded the feature presentation. I found that odd until I saw the film. There are definite similarities.
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