Tuesday, July 28, 2015

The Loft - Film Review

I appreciate a good story just like anyone else, and will watch most any film either to get inspired. Escape from the mundane, or simply watch actors perform their roles, well maybe even directors navigate the story.   

So I watched The LOFT, in this case, mostly by force. Someone suggested the film for our weekly get together over wine and film talk. I rolled my eyes at first when I saw the selection, but nevertheless, engaged in viewing the story about five grown men intent on cheating, in their twisted world, decide to invest in an apartment/loft to use as they pleased. No one but the five would know of the place. Except fantasies often times, do not turn out well, in reality, because in the real world, there are consequences, and those consequences could turn into something unimaginable, or was it?   

I have to say I didn't like the film, nor the story, feeling lost and confused at times, not because I didn't follow it, it was too much, or just downright over the top, one mystery adding more to the next, and so on, unfolding in a way pretty predictable or at least it was to me. The only part I appreciated is when I announced to my film club what I thought was happening, it happened exactly the same time one of the actors assumed was also happening...hence the story...I cannot tell just in case you want to see it, or not. 

The annoying thing is that I have seen the 2010 version of the LOFT, and back then I knew I should have passed it, why I repeated the same mistake, I have no idea. 

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

French Film Recomends - On Bastille Day

I live for French films and watch them religiously through any means possible - legal means - that is. I have included here some of my favorites, and a list here of most all films I've seen, and there are even more which would take me forever to compile. But you get the point. . And oh... Happy Bastille Day France!!! May you continue to inspire me for the rest of my life...

Thursday, July 2, 2015

London Has Fallen - Gerard Butler - First Trailer

Here's the thing, not since 300, was there a film starring Gerard Butler  worth a mention. Not his fault, he delivered his best of acting, but the films had no audience, or proper marketibality.  Until of course Olympus Has Fallen in 2013. I guess Butler is meant to play in action films more than anything else. Since then I've been patiently waiting for London Has Fallen, and I can't believe we have to wait another six months - since the action packed film is slotted for 2016 release.

Check out the trailer and let me know what you think - will London Has Fallen have the same impact as Olympus Has Fallen.

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.