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Perspective

I thought I was prepared for The Impossible.

the-impossible-movieI knew the movie was based on a true story. I knew the director had used real water — not CGI — to recreate the 2004 tsunami. I knew the fate of the family portrayed by Naomi Watts, Ewan McGregor and three child actors.

It wasn’t enough.

The Impossible is brutal — as realistic a retelling as I can imagine.  Watching Naomi Watts and Tom Holland, who plays her oldest son Lucas, being swept away in the tsunami waters is harrowing.  I don’t know how they could have shot those scenes and escaped real injury.

But while it is difficult to watch such personal and physical devastation, the movie is uplifted by the family’s will to live and determination to find each other, despite incredible odds.

Is it the obvious holiday film?  No.  But it does make you realize how lucky you are to be at home, surrounded by family and friends, safe and sound.

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Good show

Did you spy the lucky Brits chosen to participate in the London Olympics Opening Ceremonies?

Ewan McGregor. Kate Winslet. J.K. Rowling. Daniel Craig. Mr. Bean. Sirs Paul McCarthy and Kenneth Branagh…and the Queen herself, of course.

But what about the loyal subjects who got snubbed?

Mashable.com writer  Annie Colbert highlights 10 notable no-shows in director Danny Boyle’s epic extravaganza.

Ricky Gervais. Wallace and Grommit. Ask.com’s Jeeves. Pseudo-Brit Madonna.  And what about Robert Pattinson?

He could have really used the attention this week.

While I see the logic behind Annie’s picks, I think she missed the most obvious omission in Boyle’s Olympic costume drama —

The cast of Downton Abbey.

They were dressed and ready and waiting for their cue.  Seems like a misstep to me.

Just saying.

 

 

Delicious

Happy Bunny Day!

If you’re hanging out at home with family and friends and looking for a ‘bunny of a film,’ I recommend Miss Potter, starring Renee Zellweger and Ewan McGregor.

It wasn’t a big box office hit in 2006, and I haven’t seen it on premium channels much, either.  That’s why I bought the DVD.

I love it that much.

It tells the story of Beatrix Potter, the author of the beloved children’s book, “The Tale of Peter Rabbit,” and her quest for personal independence and publication at the turn of the century — no small achievement for a female in 1902.

She is assisted by rookie editor Norman Warne (McGregor), who publishes her books and becomes much more than a business colleague.

Their growing relationship is not happy news to everyone, and the movie tells the tale with old-world charm and romance, for which I am a sucker.  I think you will like it, too.  It is Easter, after all…

Enjoy the sweetness.

Here’s to love

I have discovered the next Broadway hit.

It happened last night, quite by accident, while I was still basking in the glow of Sunday’s incredibly entertaining Tony Awards.  (A lineup of stellar performances + The Book of Mormon’s awards domination + the incomparable Neil Patrick Harris = GREATNESS.)

I plopped down on the couch for an evening of sloth, and what did I find on HBO?

Down with Love

Did you see it?  This 2003 romantic comedy was an homage to the 1960’s sex comedies starring Rock Hudson and Doris Day.

In Down with Love, Renee Zellweger plays a bestselling author who advises her readers to ‘give up men,’ a credo much at odds with journalist Ewan McGregor’s playboy lifestyle.  The two get involved in a relationship that is not what it appears.  Hilarity ensues.

I love this movie.  The script is smart and funny and filled with double entendres.  (These are my people.)  In one scene, the two leads work out separately yet together via split-screen; the effect is very, very naughty.

The costumes and set design are amazing as well.  The characters live in a New York City that alternates between cotton candy pastels and race car brights, not unlike the world imagined in this year’s Broadway smash How to Succeed in Business without Really Trying.

I imagine Down with Love as a musical; the movie was not, although Zellweger and McGregor did sing the title song over the movie credits.  And both can sing.

Oh, to have Ewan McGregor on Broadway.  Tony-winner David Hyde Pierce was in the movie version as well.

This may be my best idea to date.  Let’s bring Down with Love to the Great White Way!

Eye full

To make it in Hollywood, a girl used to have to know how to act or know someone.

Today?

She needs GINORMOUS eyes, too.

It’s true.  The latest crop of actresses have the largest eyeballs I have ever seen.  We’re talking eyes so huge, they are practically on either side of their head.

Like fish.  Freaky, pretty fish.

Are more girls being born with these bulbous baby blues?  Or are casting directors merely drawn to how actresses with prodigious peepers look on television and film?

Goodness knows Disney is guilty of perpetuating this trend.  Every princess from
“Beauty and the Beast” to “Little Mermaid” has been drawn with impossibly enormous eyes.  In their latest movie “Tangled,” Rapunzel has green eyes so gigantic, the two combined are bigger across than her waist.

(But I really loved that film…so I’m gonna give it a pass.)

So, let’s consider some human examples.  Anne Hathaway in Devil Wears Prada and Love and Other Drugs. Amanda Seyfried in Dear John and Letters to Juliet. All of the actresses on ABC Family’s “Pretty Little Liars.”  Mila Kunis, who goes toe-to-toe with Natalie Portman in the ever-so-creepy — and I mean that as a huge compliment — Black Swan.

All new Hollywood.  All wearing those mega-watt eyes.

In fact, when I tried to think of a successful actress with even slightly squinty eyes, I had to go back a few years to Renee Zellweger, who was so charming with Ewan McGregor in Down with Love and won an Oscar for Cold Mountain. And she’s really just squinty in comparison…not squinty in that Clint Eastwood/Dirty Harry “Make my day” kinda way.

See what I mean?

So, if you have your sights set on the bright lights, make sure your eyes are a sight to behold.

(Meaning they are big…really big.)