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February 18th, 2011

Easy A

Olive and Rosemary  EASY A

Rosemary and Olive are a sumptuous comedic team. I loved this movie.

Smart, funny and just a little bit clunky, Easy A featured a fabulous cast with Patricia Clarkson (Rosemary), Emma Stone (Olive), Stanley Tucci (Dill) and Lisa Kudrow at her evilest best.
Patricia Clarkson's camp roles will always be my favorite beginning with the dominatrix in High Art

February 12th

Kids Are All Right

Nic and Jules

I thoroughly enjoyed The Kids Are All Right, even though I didn't expect to like it.

The buzz about the lapse into heterosexuality made me dubious, but damn, it was so realistic and so human that I didn't get disgusted. Every time Jules (Julianne Moore) said "I'm gay!", I would laugh. Jules was such a dork and wonderfully portrayed by Moore.

February 4th

Beautiful People

I’m sure this book has received one too many comparisons to Running With Scissors, so I’ll leave that alone.

Simon Doonan’s memoir is witty, fey and downright depressing. He paints a dreary English landscape in contrast to the glitzy lives of the beautiful people, one of whom he longs to be. Now that the BBC has aired a new series based on this book, methinks he has arrived.

Cairo Time

Patricia Clarkson

I can’t believe I’m about to trash a Christine Vachon vehicle for Patricia Clarkson. Vachon is high up on my idol list and I could watch Clarkson for hours with the sound off.

However, Cairo Time, while providing the scenery without dialogue, had as its backdrop a culture I find repugnant. The whole thing skeezed me out.

January 23rd

The Runaways

Kristen Stewart, Dakota Fanning and the cast were excellent wild ones.

The presumption that girl/girl love is a non-issue was somehow reassuring. Didn't like the music then, so I certainly didn't love it now. Wish the focus had been on Joan Jett and her triumph as a legend instead of Cherie Currie (Cherry Bomb) and her defeat by drugs.

January 22nd

Mr. Right

Cute. Shallow.

The King's Speech

Quite a good film, really, until it fell apart.

Colin Firth, who deserves the Oscar for his performance, embodied his character with subtlety and nuance. Geoffrey Rush and Helena Bonham Carter were excellent also. It was the writing and direction that flawed this film. At about the 2/3's mark, the pacing slowed down to unbearable and revelations of plot and character disappeared. While truly impressed by Colin Firth and captured by the story, the film making never fully realized what it had begun.

January 15th

Bath Reflections

In a candle-lit bath, smoking and examining the bruise on my shin from my klutzyness with the snowblower, the bath scene in Klute came to me and then a flood of memory images of Jane Fonda on film.

Sneaking into Barbarella was one of the highlights of my high school years. A woman who could blow up an orgasmatron, I was hooked.  Barbarella was sequentially followed by They Shoot Horse Don't They, which bored me; and then Klute which floored me (in a good way).

The 5000 Fingers of Dr. T

Dr. Seuss' flamboyant The 5000 Fingers of Dr. T has a cult following which includes me.

Now a new 3 disc Soundtrack CD has just been released and I can't wait to hear it. NPR The making and talent within The 5000 Fingers is a fascinating story in its own right.

Film: Evening

Claire Danes, Toni Collette, Vanessa Regrave, Meryl Streep, Natasha Richardson, and Eileen Atkins, with these excellent actors on board, how could it flop?

Well, it wasn't because of the actors. The Susan Minot novel turned screenplay by Michael Cunningham lacked any sort of writing chops. The characters are drawn with crayon despite the skills of the actors. The storyline borrowed and re-used, the staging ridiculously stiff and corny, and the timing was just all wrong.

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