Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Spain and Television Series Worth Watching on Netflix

I don't normally watch soap operas for the sake of boring myself with the same characters living a circle where everyone sleeps with the other, or has the baby of one person, and living with another and/or destined to become a powerful person if they kill everyone on the show. 

But lately, I've been sucked into the soap opera world only because I was using the details of period soaps to piece together my third novel. So, I started with a Scottish/British (Monarch of the Glen) soap, then went on to a British soap (Last Tango In Halifax) and now challenging myself with two soaps from Spain. Naturally with English subtitles, thank you Netflix.

The first one is Velvet: Set in Spain in the 50s/60s fashion world, taking us back to an exciting era in fashion which in all honestly I long for. The fascinating thing about this show is the beautifully designed set, and the elegant costumes, use of decor and all things associated with 1950-60s. It is in my opinion, the best period show I have seen for as long as I can remember. The only trouble is Netflix only airs Season 1. I think there is a petition to get season 2 on there. Let's keep our fingers crossed.

The second is Grand Hotel set in the early 1900, a suspense novella, the cast compiled mostly to blackmail and threaten one another to gain power. Something I loathe but for the sake of watching a period film simply and perfectly capturing an era, is worth every second of this show. From what I could tell this one lasted from 2011-2013 (not sure how many seasons they were able to get during that time). But by just watching the first five episodes, I got sucked in, even though I wondered how long the story-line could be kept up, before knowing the show ended in 2013. Take a look and be prepared to read subtitles. The show is available also on Netflix

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Cannes Film Festival 2015 - and Moi

I am so excited to be attending some of the events at the Cannes Film Festival this year. Hopefully those interested in connecting with me, will drop me a line. Until then the countdown begins to 16Apt2015 when the list of films will be released.

For up to the minute information please click here to be redirected to the official site of the festival.

Also, for those of you familiar with the festival, the poster design is as important each year as the event. For this year's selection it is non other than a beautiful image of Ingrid Bergman. Three time Oscar winner, and jury president in Cannes in 1973. She's worked with many directors and actors of her time, and at the Cannes classic section they will feature a documentary by Stig Bjorkman called Ingrid Bergman: In Her Own Words.

Stay tuned...

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Clint or Scott Eastwood - Either Way It's A Win Win Situation If You Ask Me.

This was me in the late 70's - lusting over a much older man

This is me now, lusting over a not-so-much older man
Thank you Clint Eastwood (That is all I have to say today)

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby - Film Review

I love Jessica Chastain and James MacAvoy. I think both are talented actors of their generation, and have a gift to portray most any character successfully. So, while I wait out for the list of films to be shown at the Cannes Film Festival 2015, I've been watching a slew of films on Netflix, just to keep busy. Oh why am I making excuses for, I love watching film, the making of a film, actors, directors, film get the picture :)

The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby has three versions on Netflix: His story, her story, their story. I started with HIS story because I am a diehard fan of James MacAvoy. The film, just so you understand, is about a relationship, and a young couple's struggles to making it work through a traumatic experience of loosing their child-although not sure from what or how? I do wish that was explained clearly in the film.

Anyway, His story focuses on his reaction to the loss, more so after his wife Eleanor (Jessica Chastain) leaves him, not really disappearing in my opinion. This could have been accounted for better from director (Ned Benson).

Another anyway:  Watching HIS version, I got the just of the entire film. Although a few minor details were not shown in HIS story. In HERS we got a glimpse of her struggles, linking the gaps in HIS version. Although, in all reality, in HIS version, you were not aware that you were really missing out on some important details (if you know what I mean). If not, here is the explanation. Only if you happen to be a film buff, or a critique, you could figure out some things didn't add up.  Otherwise, you simply watch HIS version and think that's all there is to the movie. UNTIL of course you watch HER version. Phewwwwwwwwww.

It's a good story. A dark story, very simply acted, the dialogues well versed. But it didn't impact me the way I was hoping that it would. So, here's what you do. If you have time watch HIS, then HERS, and then THEIRS. Although you can pass up on the THEIRS, because it gets boring and the editing isn't done very well.  This film reminded me of when you see two similar photographs in a magazine, and they ask you to find the difference. Well, if you pay close attention, you can see the acting is different, and the dialogue a little different in each movie, even though the shots are excatly the same, or are they?


Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Pride And Prejudice and Zombies - Please Say It Isn't So

What is going on? Do we not have enough material for movies? I mean I understand zombie films, and attempts at getting another blockbuster. But to mix classics with zombies is just going over the top. I'm not sure what the message is we are sending to young audiences with films such as these?

Anyway, the film is slotted for February 2016 release, and I honestly don't care.

Friday, March 27, 2015

Cannes Film Festival 2015 - Looking Forward To It

French films, I've been thought in school, were the beginning of filmmaking. Georges Méliès being one filmmaker I learned about. I suppose even back then I was fascinated by France and all things French. Fast forward to a century later, I have been very determined to attend the Cannes Film Festival, and very year, I don't get a chance. This year, I am going, and very excited that I will be able to write about it here.

While we wait out the list of films which are to be announced on April 15th, I have decided to add a few foreign (to us in the US) films I recommend to see on Netflix:

1. Un Amor, a Spanish Film based on two good friends who fall for the same women, to find her breaking both of their hearts.

2. Chinese Puzzle, a French Film, about a man, who's estranged wife moves to New York with his children, making life difficult for all of them.

3. Jet Lag, French Film, I have seen several times only because I admire Juliette Binoche. The story is about two people stuck in an airport, naturally finding love. Cheesy, but a fun film to watch.

4. Barbecue, French Film about a 50 year old man, finding himself after experiencing a heart attack, that although he has been living a clean healthy life, that instead of protecting himself from getting sick, he has been missing out on life. The scenery is beautiful in the film the story an eye opener with typical French storytelling, organic and natural. I loved it.

5. Shirley Valentine, A British Film I felt I needed to throw in there since it's filmed in Greece. This 1989 film could very well be a classic. The story of a woman who's not appreciated by her family, goes to Greece for a holiday and ends up changing her entire lifestyle. Funny, entertaining, and inspirational.

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Huntsman - Prequel In The Works With Chris Hemsworth

There shouldn't be a Hunstman prequel, but I guess every movie needs the story before and the story after to clear up all the things we were left puzzled about. Based on First Showing here is the synopsis: 

As of now, there aren't a lot of specifics on the story, but the prequel takes place before Snow White ever crosses paths with Ravenna and will follow the huntsman Eric as he is sent on a quest to find the stolen magic mirror, which puts him on a path to face something from his past, in addition to the evil Snow Queen (Blunt), the sister of Ravenna (Theron). No word on how the dwarves will come into play this time around, but we'll find out sometime down the road. Cedric Nicolas-Troyan will make his directorial debut on the film with a script from Frank Darabont most recently, and the film arrives on April 22nd, 2016.

Okay, well if that's the case, then I am on board. It is always fun to stare at a screen with Chris Hemsworth-ness plastered across it.