My Baby Ate Your Dingo and other ramblings

Love Means… Never Having To Explain Why You Were In Jail
January 13, 2009, 1:05 am
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I’ve Loved You So Long  ( 2008 )  Written and Directed by Philippe Claudel

lovedyou460Kristen Scott Thomas plays Juliette a women recently released from prison after serving 15 years for killing her 6 year old son.  Juliette is now living with her sister, whom she hasn’t seen in years.  The film centers around Juliette a broken soul haunted by her past who is searching for the  ability to adapt to her new life as a free women.  Juliettes younger sister  Lea graciously welcomes Juliette into her life, along with her two adopted daughters,and husband Luc.  Luc does not take well to the fact that Juliette is living with them or that she is allowed to be around there children. He fears for the saftey of his children. Juliette is so far gone she would almost seem to be a ghost.  Lea desperately tries to bring her sister back form the depths of hell, but cannot because she does not fully understand her sister reasoning behind the murder.  Juliette will not reveal her reasoning and her sister is obviously curious.  The film is a lot to take in but is tragically moving, a story about redemption and re-humanization. Kristen a native of England flawlessly delivers a stunning performance in French.  She can move between French and English flawlessly without anyone noticing.  


Blame it on Checkers.
January 12, 2009, 10:30 pm
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Frost Nixon 2008  Directed by Ron Howard   Screenplay by Peter Morgan 

Frost/Nixon surprised me.  I went into the film with great hesitation. I had read reviews, seen previews but still wasn’t all that fascinated in seeing the film, however, I left the theater completely enraged… in a good way!  I was so moved by Langellas performance as Richard Nixon that I literally wanted to heave my five dollar Diet Pepsi at him!  He played Nixon flawlessly.  The film stands out strictly due to the astounding performances by Frank Langella and Michael Sheen.frost-nixon-0  The supporting cast is comprised of Kevin Bacon playing Nixon’s aid , Oliver Platt, Sam Rockwell and Matthew Macfaydan all lend a comedic hand playing Frosts “three crack investigators”.   The story of the Frost/Nixon interview was something I never even knew about before this film came out.  Frost, a British playboy and television journalist recorded a series of 12 interviews with former President Nixon after his impeachment and resignation as Commander in Chief.  This was Nixon’s first interview since he left office.

The story sort of drags on and I really was only interested in seeing their final showdown. The film did capture my attention and created a sort of anxiety as I sat there watching poor Frost get his ass handed to him by Nixon.  Im would say I enjoyed this film but I wouldn’t call it a top film of the year.  I certainly think the film hasn’t received as much recognition as it deserves, particularly on Sheen’s part.  What I didn’t like about the film is how Nixon is seen as intelligent, presidential and sympathetic.  For a president so reviled it is astounding to see him, so many years later, being portrayed as a redemptive person.  I suppose it might be because a certain president (2001-2009)  is so dim witted and corrupt that even Nixon can be portrayed as a “good man”


Where’s Regis?
January 12, 2009, 4:13 pm
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Can I get a little privacy please?

Can I get a little privacy please?

Danny Boyle’s Slumdog Millionaire is one of the most original films I have seen in recent years.  Set in the slums of Mumbai,  Slumdog Millionaire focuses on the life of impoverished teen Jamal Malik.  Malik becomes a contestant on Indias Who Wants To Be A Millionaire and wins the grand prize.  After winning authorities suspect him of cheating, so Jamal explains his reasoning for answering every question correctly.  The film takes you deep inside Mumbai and the life of the people living there.  Intertwined is a romance story between Jamal and his childhood sweetheart.  What I liked most about this film was the way the story develops.  A series of flashback reveal the story and the truth behind his winning.  Jamal and his brother make there living by coning Foreign Travelers at the Taj Mahal or by stealing.  In a way Jamal is like Oliver Twist. 

It is breathtakingly shot, heartfelt and quickly paced.  I found the editing to be a bit too fast, but I know that it was for aesthetic value.  Im just not a fan of Bourne Identity style editing.  The music accompanying the fast paced shot adds a sense of adrineline and excitment.

The film uncovers the societal divide in India.  Where the rich live alongside the poor.  People living in cardboard boxes and men and women bathing along the Ganges.  This film has already racked up a bunch of awards and will most likely win Best Picture at the years Academy Awards.  Although I enjoyed this film, I do not love it.  I would like to see it win Best Picture because it will bring some much needed credit to Mumbai.

How much “Pabst Blue Ribbon” can this man drink?
January 12, 2009, 3:57 pm
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Gran Torino directed by and starring Clint Eastwood is a hilarious film.  Yes, hilarious.  Maybe I am just a little immature but I found most of the dialogue to be funny whether that was intentional or not.  Clint Eastwood plays Walt Kowalski, a retired autoworker and cantankerous old man who spends his days drinking beer on his porch in Detroit with his shotgun by his side.  The film is laden with racist remarks about Walts Asian neighbors.  I am by no means racist and most of the terms Walt uses I have never heard before but found Clints delivery of those lines to be histerical.  The film is so/so and drags on.  Most of the reviews for the film praise it but I think thats an overstatement.  Yes, Eastwood is a genius even at 78 but Gran Torino is not one of the highlights of his career.  He plays a mean old man perfectly but also can bring a sense of compassion to the role.  The supporting cast includes a bunch of unknown Asian Americans, playing Walts neighbors who are haunted by an Asian Gang.  In the end Walt makes a sacrifice to protect his new found Asian “Family”.  You might be asking where the title comes from?  Its a car, yup a car.  I’ll leave my ramblings about the car out of this review.

I hope my dad's this cool when he's 78.  Replace the Pabst with O'Doul's

I hope my dad's this cool when he's 78. Replace the Pabst with O'Doul's

Golden Globes 2009
January 12, 2009, 12:24 pm
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I was overall very pleased with the results of this years awards ceremony.  I was thrilled to see Kate Winslet walk away with two prizes!  She has been over looked so many times in the past and she probably is one of the most talented actress out there.  It was an honor to witness Heath Ledger win for Best Supporting Actor, for his portrayal as the villainous Joker in Batman the Dark Knight.  Although Heath passed away in 2008 his performance will live on…AND WHAT A PERFORMANCE!   winslet_1236844i

The best picture award went to Slumdog Millionaire, however, I would have liked to see Revolutionary Road take home the Globe.  Slumdog also was awarded Best Director and Best Screenplay.

30 Rock walked away with 3 Globes and rightfully so, the show is hilarious!

Mad Men, another favorite, walked away with the Best TV series-Drama.

Mickey Rourke won Best Actor for Darren Aronofskys The Wrestler.   I hope this Globe win will lead to the Academy Award!

Nice Globes, Golden Globes that is
January 11, 2009, 10:45 pm
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Awards season officially has begun!  Here are my picks for the winners of this years Globes (doesnt mean they’ll when just means they should!).  Check back in for the results.  

Best Picture Drama-  Revolutionary Road (but i think Slumdog will win)

Best Actress Drama- Meryl Streep or Kate Winslet (either Meryl or Anne H. will win)002432832058

Best Actor Drama- Mickey Rourke (Penn might win but shouldn’t)

Best Director- Sam Mendes (danny boyle may win)

Best Picture Comedy/Musical-Burn After Reading (stupid catagory)

Best Actress Comedy/Musical- Sally Hawkins (stupid catagory)



Real men wear neon spandex
January 11, 2009, 9:15 pm
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Undoubtedly Mickey Rourke gives the best performance of the year and of his career.  Once a boxer himself, Rourke easily transforms into the broken down, washed up, Randy “The Ram” Robinson.  Perhaps this is because, well, Rourke himself is washed up and broken down.  At one point in his career Rourke had it all, looks, money and women, but lately he has fallen off the radar and those looks, well those looks have all but disappeared.  He plays the lonely hero so well you cant even tell he’s acting.

c7efaff5-c17a-2cd0-dbad4660bedd31f3To be fair to Rourke  that’s not all his character potrays.  He  is a successful pro wrestler even though he is clearly growing old in a sport that requires extreme physical contact.  Decidedly The Ram is too proud a man to stop doing what he loves.  Some may say that wrestling is fake, and it is to a degree.  It is certainly staged but a lot of physical work goes into making it look real.
  Intertwined within the story is the relationship Randy has with a single mother and stripper played by Marissa Tomei.  Both are performers in a way and are paid to give audiences a show. The two flirt back and forth for much of the film but then realize there is a connection there.  Both are sad and lonely people with no real life.

Randy’s other non-existent relationship is with his lesbian daughter played by Evan Rachel Wood.  During the highlight of his wrestling career he put his daughter second and wrestling first.  Due to this he has never had a relationship with her or with anyone.Randy’s only success in life came from wrestling and even that is dwindling.  I have never had so much sympathy for a character.  You connect with Randy and sympathize with his situation.  The film is powerful and dare I say BRILLIANT!  I am pushing for Rourke to win the Best Actor Academy Award if anyone deserves it it him!