Archive for July, 2007

July 11, 2007

>Gorgeous and talented Miss Pfeiffer


Only Michelle Pfeiffer to wear a tacky dress and look wonderful despite of anyhing. She´s coming up with two films this summer, Hairspray (the photo above) and Stardust. I´m not so excited about any of these films, but i´m going to see them just because i wanna see Michelle on the big screen.

In all those years as a cinephile, i only got to see this lady in a movie theater once, that was when i saw Tim Burton´s Batman Returns. Okay, i also saw The Prince of Egypt, but it doesn’t count. Michelle, besides her tremendous good looks (she’s nearly 50, but she still looks as beautiful as ever), is a good actress, but people usually don´t remember her for this fact. Here’s a list of my fav films she participated, as well as her good performances:

  • Scarface (1983)
  • The Witches of Eastwick (1987)
  • Dangerous Liaisons (1988)
  • The Fabulous Baker Boys (1989)
  • The Russia House (1990)
  • Batman Returns (1992)
  • Love Field (1992)
  • The Age of Innocence (1993)
  • White Oleander (2002)

P.S.: On the second photo, Michelle at the Hairspray premiere in LA, july 10, 2007. I really like her white dress and peep-toe pumps.

July 2, 2007

>Weekend: Hitchcock + von Trier + Tarantino


Oh yeah, weekend with three genius, or with three of my fav movie directors. Nothing better to do when it’s rainy and chilly: just to sit in the couch and see a great film (though one of them i saw in the movies, but i had some nice hot chocolate with me).

Saturday evening: Alfred Hitchcock’s The Birds (1963) – The next scream you hear may be your own!

It was even better than the first time i saw it. The lack of soundtrack is the genius touch in this classic film which psychological tension grows in the same level as the thrilling moments for those who watch it. The emotional breakdown of the jealous old mother who only fears to be left alone, the kiss between two nearly strangers, the fear of the unknown, the comic explanation of a christian freak, and birds were never so scary. Hard to pick my fav scene, but i’d say the attack of the birds on Tippi Hedren’s character after she just opened the room’s door. That one has been reproduced in other art fields over and over. My second fav Hitchcock’s piece.

Sunday afternoon: Lars von Trier’s Breaking the Waves (1996) – Love is a mighty power.

In the words of the danish filmmaker, it was just a “simple love story”. Sure, why not, The Village was just a love story, after all. But that’s way too simplist to define this disturbing and moving life story of a catholic young woman who took her beliefs and faith beyond the borders of sanity. Bess (Emily Watson, who should have won the academy award in 97, though Frances McDormand wasn’t bad at all) marries Jan, an outsider, a non-member of the small-minded village where she was raised. After the marriage, he has to work abroad as an oil-rigger, and Bess can’t bear the loneliness, but her feelings are misunderstood as a sign of madness. She prays to have her Jan back as soon as possible and her wishes come true when he suffers in accident at the rig, that might make him never walk again. As a good catholic girl, Bess truly believes what happened to Jan is a result of her wishes. With her out of mind faith and her unique kind of love for Jan, she will go through a via crucis to make her lover healthy again. Lars von Trier always takes the best from their leading ladies, and in this film there’s no exceptions. And again the same kind of fragile/strong woman as a victim of the world she lives. The story is divided in nine sections: a prologue, seven chapters and an epilogue. Each part opens with a 70’s beautiful song, also the time where the movie takes place. A piece of art.

Sunday evening: Quentin Tarantino’s Grindhouse volume 1 (2007) – GRIND HOUSE (n):A theater playing back-to-back films exploiting sex, violance, and other extreme subject matter.

At first sight i thought this was going to be the first Tarantino movie i had seen that i would dislike. Or the only thing i could say about it is that besides a fetish for female feet, he also has a thing for butts. But it’s much more than that! Though you can’t take this film seriously, it’s pure entertainment and laughing. Tarantino was always a big fan of B productions from the 70’s, and Death Proof (the story of this volume 1) is how he declares his love for this genre(?) of films. The bad editing, the awful cinematography, the not so great dialogues, everything is so good! Even the bad acting of stunt double and non-actress Zoe Bell (playing herself) doesn’t bother at all, on the contrary, and wait until you see the best action scene of the year performed by a real (?) actress. Of course he didn’t make this film thinking of any awards, he made it for himself and he didn’t take himself seriously. One of the best of the year so far.