Friday, June 26, 2015

Who Says Films Don't Influence - In Home Decor That Is

One of my favorite things about film is the set decor. It is just as important as the clothes the actors wear. The decor plays a major role in defining the character, or the period of the film, and it has such an impact on the audience. Like me for example with the film AS GOOD AS IT GETS, You've GOT MAIL, or anything set in the east coast. I get inspired to improve my own style at home to look just like those homes.

Anyway, here's an article to prove my point. Which decor do you relate to most:

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Grace of Monaco - Nicole Kidman and A Film Review

Two weeks ago, while in Paris writing in my usual room at my favorite hotel by the Arc de Triomphe, I decided to turn the television for the first time in days. Mind you I had been in Paris for a week at this point. Anyway, to my surprise an English film with French subtitles - Grace of Monaco.

I watched it naturally, since I was truly an admirer of Grace Kelly, as an actor, a princess, and even her philanthropy work.

The sad thing is the film got really bad reviews, but I liked it. Not so much Nicole Kidman playing the role, I would have preferred Naomi Watts. But that's fine, she portrayed the character well enough for me to see past all of the flaws.

Anyway, the story is simply a period in Grace's life. More particular a political time when the French president Charles De Gaulle was in disagreement  on who Monaco should pledge it's allegiance to. The film suggests it was Grace who won the president over and was able to help in building a solid relationship between France and the Sovereign state.

I had no idea....

When I got back to the states, I watched the film again on Netflix, and I hate the fact,  I was able to see the shortcomings in Kidman's performance. (I hate when I do that). But I have to say, I appreciated the period film, in costume, scenery, and decor. Watch it if you are in into that sort of thing.

Two film posters: European version and the American version. I find it interesting the variation.

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Aloha, Emma Stone and Casting Dramas - Two Sides of the Story

I scrolled through my phone, reading headlines this morning and when I saw a stream of articles about the casting nightmare for the film Aloha, I rolled my eyes. At first I figured its best I keep my opinions to myself, but then I figured I would jump on the bandwagon, trying to determine the many reasons I could see director Cameron Crowe's choice in casting Emma Stone for the role.

Not a minute too soon, while I sat writing this post, did I see articles streaming about Crowe's reply to all those voicing their concerns over casting a white woman to portray a non-white character, explaining perfectly the reasons behind his choice. And there you have it, accept it or not...unless of course this is truly a great marketing ploy for the film that was doomed from the beginning.

The twisted logic in Aloha almost seems to be that since there’s a wide berth in the ways a person of mixed Asian descent could look, it would be fine, then, for a white person to play one of them. (Then again, it seems Cameron Crowe might have trouble identifying Asian people.) Being that it’s so rare to see roles that reflect mixed-race parentage, it’s disappointing that a plum opportunity went to a white actress. Yes, even in a bad Cameron Crowe film. {source}

Cameron Crowe's explanation, which potentially is logical, if one looks at the bigger picture.

 Thank you so much for all the impassioned comments regarding the casting of the wonderful Emma Stone in the part of Allison Ng. I have heard your words and your disappointment, and I offer you a heart-felt apology to all who felt this was an odd or misguided casting choice,” Cameron wrote in an essay for The UnCool. “As far back as 2007, Captain Allison Ng was written to be a super-proud ¼ Hawaiian who was frustrated that, by all outward appearances, she looked nothing like one. A half-Chinese father was meant to show the surprising mix of cultures often prevalent in Hawaii. Extremely proud of her unlikely heritage, she feels personally compelled to over-explain every chance she gets. The character was based on a real-life, red-headed local who did just that.” {source}

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Cannes Film Festival 2015 In A Nutshell

I hate making excuses for anything. But this time around, I have to say, I was very disappointed that I was unable to sign on to my blog and report to you everything I witnessed at the Cannes Film Festival 2015. Weeks later, I feel it's a bit too late to voice any opinion I have about the event.

I did get to see loads of red carpet events, starts walking about town, numerous films, short or long, and even saw the entire ceremony on a giant screen just outside the theater on award day.  From it all, here are my selection of films in the competition catagory to take note of and see when they become or are available in your neck of the woods:

Carol: The must talked about film with Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara, set in 1952, about two women who potentially fall for one another. A beautifully film movie worth seeing. Possible Oscar contender.

Valley Of Love: The story of two people, Isabelle and Gérard who travel to Death Valley, California after their son Michael, a photographer commited suicide, leaving them a letter to go there and follow a plan he had designed for his estranged parents.

Julien and Marguerite de Ravalet, son and daughter of the Lord of Tourlaville, have loved each other tenderly since childhood. But as they grow up, their affection veers toward voracious passion. Scandalized by their affair, society hounds them until, unable to resist their feelings, they flee.

A contemporary fairytale about desire, passion, hope, love and death. A timeless story, beyond all morality. {source:}

There is more I'll discuss in the coming days. Glad I'm back online and able to share my opinion.

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Cannes Film Festival 2015-bound for B-LOT-BUZZ

I am excited, very excited in fact to be able to attend certain festivities at the Cannes Film Festival I cannot divulge here, the festival happening in a few weeks. This of course has been a lifelong dream of mine, and with two books and this wonderful blog under my belt, I am ready for the challenge, to mingle, to star gaze, and be a celebrity myself.

So stay tuned while I report live from the scene in just two weeks. In the meantime, here and some do's and don't if you plan to attend the festival:

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

The Wedding Ringer - Film Review

I couldn’t have watched a funnier movie of late, than the Wedding Ringer with Josh Gad and Kevin Hart.  It’s weird how when you’ve seen one movie about weddings, you’ve seen them all or most movies about weddings end up the same, although entertaining, often times not so funny. Or maybe I’m wrong, some are pretty funny.

Anyway, yesterday I was invited to watch Wedding Ringer – now out on DVD through Red Box and wherever else you rent your movies from. The story about a businessman (Kevin Hart) who helps not-so-popular guys out of their wedding bind—more specifically,  when they don’t have a best man, he stands in. Enter newly engaged Doug (Josh Hart) who, after calling a dozen or so acquaintances to find a best man, and seven ushers, he resolves to contacting BIC (Kevin Hart) to pay him to become his best man. Only with one condition: BIC has to find 7 ushers also. You get the point.


I think the best part of the film for me was the chemistry between Hart and Gad, which made watching the movie pure delight. I do recommend it to anyone needing a good laugh, or even those who can relate, or not. It is good not so clean fun. Have I confused you enough yet?

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Ten Historical Films with Actual Accounts

With a few days to the much anticipated Russell Crowe film THE WATER DIVINERS being released in theaters, and the controversy of the Armenian people in regard to the historical events detailed in the film not being at all accurate--that upsetting me also, I decided to look for suggested films online which detail historical events accurately:

Click here for the list of films if you are a historical buff