Fashion is cruel, not the other way around

I’m currently sawing a dress for my cousin’s wedding and, as usual when I saw,

I wonder what it’d be like working in the world of fashion, designing clothes and so.

But, as usual, American cinema made it impossible for me or barely doable

It seems from Devil wears Prada that to do so, you have to be insufferable.

I could just not care like Reese Witherspoon in Sweet Home Alabama.

I could, as Kate Hudson in Raising Helen, not feel having a family would be in my karma.

And don’t get me started on Disney’s One hundred and One Dalmatians,

Cruella simply puts fashion to a level close to barbarians.

Deny me if I’m wrong but people usually tend to like me so I’ll stick to sawing my own dress.

Anyway, Designers wouldn’t take me without a catchphrase, everybody has one in the US.

 

 

Sunday’s Review 9: The Iron Lady

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If a thief does a beautiful job stealing, he’s still a thief. After seeing The Iron Lady, I feel robbed. Here is what happened, or what it looked like: The King’s Speech was a huge success and so was, a few years ago, the french La Vie En Rose. Seeing this, Phyllida Lloyd (the director) or Abi Morgan (the scenarist), whoever came up with the idea first, thought “Let’s choose an important but unpopular politician, have a great performer doing him or her, film it the same way they did Edith Piaf, and we’ll be sure to own a success”.

The choice of storyline is easy and not so well executed. And, on top of that, I don’t see what story the movie is telling us. It doesn’t makes us appreciate Margaret Thatcher, which is certainly a wise thing but doesn’t help us appreciate the movie surrounding her. It tries to give an insight of politics at this time in England, partly succeed, but doesn’t go really deep. It mentions Thatcher’s family life but doesn’t really go with it either. It’s like they had a subject but couldn’t choose an angle to talk about it.

Meryl Streep, here, gives a top level performance and that’s what fooled us all. I was saying last week that a great idea could make a great movie but called for greatness in the acting and directing. Here we have the great acting but nothing above it – or under it, depending on your point of view.

I often admire conmen such as Thomas Crown in his affair or Neal Caffrey on White Collar but then realize that their victims wouldn’t feel the same. I guess I could admire The Iron Lady if I wasn’t one of the victims.

Besides Meryl Streep’s acting, the thing I can give them credit for is the poster, she certainly is warning me with her mocking condescending look: “Watch out, you’re about to be really disappointed by us”.

All aboard

Driving trains may look like a monotonous job from the outside

But trains are always adventurous and wanting to drive those is quite wild.

It’s the perfect place for a James Bond heist because there is no getting away.

There is always a bridge, a tunnel, an explosion or a fire to get in the way.

Last Sherlock Holmes avtually used a considerable number of those prospects.

And often, trains turn out to be dangerous when yet nobody expects

Them to be. I’m sure Thomas the Tank Engine and all his friends had unlikely escapades

And in lots of children story, the train is synonymous of daredevils raids.

The Polar Express won’t deny it and certainly not either the Hogwarts Express.

It’s as risky as not having a catchphrase, everybody has one in the US.

 

 

Hum…Yes…Proceed

I studied a little bit of psychology a few years ago and I must say

Movies are really honest about this job and show it the real way.

Meryl Streep in Prime or Robin Williams in Good Will Hunting,

Julia Robert’s therapist in Everybody Says I love You whose walls are listening.

Bruce Willis in 6th Sense or young Anna Kendrick in 50/50

And, certainly the best, Lisa Kudrow in the series Web therapy.

You will, I hope, sense the irony in this list and add to it the recent Dangerous method

Who, if really interesting and well played, is far from our current analysis period.

In Treatment is closer to reality but is exactly creeping me out because of this closeness.

Going through this for a catchphrase could be analyzed, everybody has one in the US.

 

 

The return of the newsies

A few weeks ago something draw a huge smile on my face,

I was in the streets and suddenly heard a voice I thought disappeared from earth face.

This same voice is at the center of the movie I saw yesterday and called Newsies.

Newsies were those young boys shouting headlines to sale papers in ancient centuries.

Nowadays, everybody already knows the news of the day because there is an App for that

This guy I heard surely was just nostalgic or wanted to be looked at.

He was handing out the free morning papers so would be payed the same without doing it

Whereas young Christian Bale had to put his soul in his voice to be able to eat.

That’s a bread job from the days of yore and seeing it reborn filled me with fondness.

In those days I wouldn’t have needed a catchphrase but today, everybody has one in the US.


 

 

Sunday’s Review 8: Rear Window

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Rear Window is the proof a great idea can make a great movie but also asks for great surroundings. What I mean is that, although the succeeding of this movie lies on an excellent idea, that I will be developing below, it wouldn’t be such a classic if the acting, directing and all setting weren’t as great.

I don’t need to tell you how James Stewart and Grace Kelly are amazing or how Alfred Hitchcock has a way of directing and filming that is so ahead of his times that even today, It’s blowing minds away. So, what I’m going to do today is explain why I think this particular film is better than any other on that genre.

Having a detective movie behind closed doors is not that original. Having a reporter doing all the investigation is even dull. Usually, the crime takes place in one unique place while a reporter coincidentally gets information that makes him suspicious. Then, the tension goes up as the reporter gets closer to the crime scene in his investigation, and put his own life at risk. What Hitchcock did was taking the same first elements and then, taking it all upside-down.

He managed somehow to have closed doors on the investigation and have the crime getting closer to the reporter (James Stewart). Usually when a film is “in camera”, all the actual cameras are pointing at the room, not looking everywhere but in the room. Here, we are the one locked in that one room alongside our reporter and the action of the movie takes place everywhere else.

Never on any other closed doors story, a tension got so palpable with all the action taking place outside the room the doors are closed to. Here, it’s the feeling to be trapped in this room, unable to be part of the action, that gives so much tension to the pitch. And, because being locked in the room didn’t seem enough of an impediment, Hitchcock goes further and puts us (excuse my next words) in a bloody wheelchair!

 

Semester feedback

Today, let’s step back a bit and see what I’ve done so far.

For almost six months now, I’ve talked to you in rhymes, here I would use car, star or guitar.

I’ve explored a lot of job possibilities through quite a lot of movies or series,

By the way I can’t count the number of times I used the words “movies” and “series”.

I shared my feelings about coffee, food, cabs, Christmas or America in general.

I looked up doctors, lawyers, teachers, dancers and even an Army General.

Some thought I would have been done by now or hoped I’d drop off my hat.

They’ll be surprised, and maybe appalled, to know that I’m going to keep doing that

As long as I don’t find myself what I’ve been looking for all along. Will you guess?

A catchphrase of course! Everybody has one in the US.

 

 

They lived happily ever After

I’m a huge fairy tale believer and that’s certainly caused by my love of cartoons.

From Tex Averys to Walt Disneys, even considering Looney Toons,

I never stopped being a child in front of those sketches or films.

But now that I grew up I realize, among other unlikelihoods in the realms,

That many characters in cartoons don’t have anything to earn a living

And seem to be fine with it. As princess Rapunzel, I’d like to spend all day painting,

Baking or reading. But where does her food, paint supplies and books come from?

I guess it’s not her witchy false mother who goes to the factory and bring her salary home.

OK, I might be bringing that up only to show you Tangled trailer, I love cartoon’s quirkiness.

Fairy tales did a good job for their catchphrase, ever after everybody has one in the US.

 

 

You’re on

As I’m looking for a job as a journalist, some offers propose to work for the radio.

I don’t think I’m a fit for it but, in order to be sure, I have to check with my alter ego.

The one that lives through movies and TV shows and on which I completely rely on.

He says radio can be a matchmaker for a Sleepless Tom Hanks in the state of Washington,

Radio guys can give strength to soldiers as Robin Williams in Good morning Vietnam.

Uma Thurman and Anne Heche were there,  just talking about love; a love-talker, that I am.

But of course my alter ego turned to a radio expert which he found back in England,

The one who, after a try-out in Love Actually, owned a Boat That Rocked and

is called Great Bill Nighty. So, if I decide to go for radio, he’s my master and captain, no less.

I’m sure he would find me a catchphrase, everybody has one in the US.

 

 

 

Sunday’s Review 7: The Descendants

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The only thing I have heard so far about this movie is what an astonishing performance George Clooney is giving. When I saw it this week, I was quite disturbed. This film has lots of qualities and Clooney’s role is finely interpreted but I always thought he was an excellent actor. From O’brother to Ocean’s Eleven, from One Fine Day to Michael Clayton, From Burn After Reading to the Ides of March, he composed beautifully the parts given to him in very various genres. My point is, saying that The Descendants is the role of a lifetime for George Clooney is belittling the rest of his career which I find just as good.

Now, the movie itself is really worth being seen. First, indeed, for all actors performances, Clooney’s as well as Shailene Woodley’s and Amara Miller’s who play his daughters and all the actors playing the King family as well. But then, the film stands out for its way of dealing with family drama in a true voice. There is no place for excessive good sentiments or, on the contrary, too much cynicism. It’s right in key and in measure. The only black spot to this music might be the rhythm.

I don’t know if this is the Hawaiian atmosphere that gave me this feeling of being off tempo all along but it made my sit in the theater uncomfortable. Then again, it helps sympathize with Matt King (Clooney) which is struggling with so much in the movie that his spot mustn’t be that comfortable either. Anyway, it’s the kind of movie that you know is good because all ingredients are well executed but maybe not the kind that you get out of saying “Wahou, it was awesome!”

To get back to my first point, George Clooney is really fantastic in his role as he had been for long now so, does he deserve an Oscar for his work? Yes, indubitably; Does he deserve it more for this particular role? I don’t know.