I thought I had read Thomas Wolfe, but it turns out I haven’t.
That didn’t stop me from going to see the movie Genius, which details the publication of Wolfe’s first two novels, and his relationship with his editor Max Perkins.
Jude Law’s Wolfe is a loud, melodramatic Southerner, self-involved yet low in self-esteem. Colin Firth as Perkins is his solid, steady opposite, the voice of reason who, despite his better judgment, is drawn to Wolfe’s charm and bravado.
I expected the movie to focus on their editorial process, and it does. But instead of passing any judgments on Wolfe as a writer, it celebrates their relationship – – more like a father and son than editor and writer.
Both of their families suffered at times from their single-mindedness, but no one more than Wolfe himself.
I now have Wolfe’s first book Look Homeward, Angel on hold at the library. I suppose I was charmed as well.
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I was ready for something light and uncomplicated at the movies this weekend, so Cameron Diaz’s new film “The Other Woman” seemed like a good fit.
A revenge fantasy, three women — the wife, the girlfriend who didn’t know he was married, and the gullible mistress — join forces to take their pound of flesh from the man who wronged them all.
Is it plausible? No. But the cast sells it, and I laughed more than I thought I would.
However, if you want to see a funnier Cameron Diaz movie that was also released this weekend OnDemand, check out Gambit.
This comedy has pedigree: The Coen Brothers as screenwriters. A cast that includes Diaz (playing an over-the-top Texas rodeo gal), Colin Firth, Alan Rickman and Stanley Tucci. And an art heist at its center with enough misdirections and surprises to keep you guessing until the final frame.
Plus, Alan Rickman is creatively nude.
(Perhaps I should have led with that tidbit.)
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Colin Firth has been called a prince on several occasions.
Last night, he got a chance to showcase his skills.
As last year’s BAFTRA Best Actor Award winner for The King’s Speech, he was called upon to present the 2012 Best Actress BAFTRA Award at last night’s ceremony. (I watched the festivities on DVR this morning during breakfast.)
Meryl Streep won for The Iron Lady, but the events that followed prove that winning ain’t always easy.
As Streep started walking toward the stage, she realized she had brought her purse, so she quickly shoved it into the hands of a woman on the aisle. Then — in a Cinderella moment that couldn’t have been scripted — Streep left a shoe on the stage steps.
Thinking on his feet, Firth rescued her pump, knelt before the newly crowned Best Actress, and put it back on.
He was rewarded with a kiss.
Streep was thoughtful and gracious in her remarks, but I wasn’t really paying attention. We had just witnessed this spontaneous, movie-like moment.
Her speech was simply the credits.
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Chemistry. Some couples got it. Some don’t.
We were all reminded of this fact during Sunday’s Oscar broadcast — for three plus painful hours. Co-hosts Anne Hathaway and James Franco were oil and water on stage; no casting director is going to be beating down their doors any time soon to pair them up in a movie.
But what about the truly great film couples?
I pondered this very important question as I vegged out in front of the TV last night, re-watching City of Angels. (I was tired, okay? Plus, that movie was made back in the days when Nicolas Cage was a good actor.)
Here’s my list of great film couples (in no particular order):
- Rachel McAdams and Ryan Gosling, The Notebook
- Vivenne Leigh and Clark Gable, Gone with the Wind
- Matthew MacFadyen and Keira Knightley, Pride & Prejudice
- Colin Firth, Renee Zellweger (and Hugh Grant), Bridget Jones’ Diary
- Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman, Casablanca
- Patrick Swazye and Jennifer Grey, Dirty Dancing
- Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal, Brokeback Mountain
- Robert Redford and Barbra Streisand, The Way We Were
- Billy Crystal and Meg Ryan, When Harry Met Sally
- Ryan O’Neal and Ali McGraw, Love Story
It’s not an exhaustive list. In fact, I’m sure I’ve missed one of your favorites.
What couple would you add to the list?
Remember — you can’t win if you don’t play.
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