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|Thursday, November 29th, 2012|
|Monday, May 7th, 2012|
Walking Dead Meets Love Actually Shirt
|Thursday, March 8th, 2012|
The Maggie Smith Constellation
I was lucky enough to catch Capturing Mary
on cable, a BBC movie made in 2007. The lead is a writer who, in her seventies, goes back to the (now empty) mansion where 40 odd years ago something changed forever her way of viewing life. As she tells the story to the caretaker, the scenes she brings back from the past come to life. At the end, she goes to a park, sits on a bench, cries the hell out, becomes very still and, without a word, "talks" to the camera with unbelievable eloquence. Not exactly the kind of thing any actress can handle. That must have been why they decided not to cast an actress. They cast a monster, a sacred one. A mythical creature, like those of the legends of old that ended up having a constellation named after them. They cast Maggie Smith.
Maggie Smith is one of the four or five women in the entire history of films who made it crystal clear that, just like saints and poets, some actors are destined to help whoever is journeying to the light not to go astray.
|Wednesday, January 25th, 2012|
By now it has become an accomplished fact that the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has a problem with Leonardo DiCaprio. Freakish as it may sound, along the years it became notorious that the Academy does
have a problem with certain people. Surely, they had a problem with Richard Burton. And with Peter O'Toole, when he was at the top. And with some directors, like Hitchcock (of all people!) It's very odd, but it's the way it is.
DiCaprio's performance (at age eighteen) in What's Eating Gilbert Grape
was not one of the best by a supporting actor in 1993. It was one of the greatest performances by any actor in the entire history of films. As simple as that. The fact that it didn't make him go home with the best supporting actor Oscar will remain forever one of the freakiest episodes involving the Academy Awards. Since then, he has been nominated for this and that, but never won. In 2008 he was seen in Revolutionary Road
, as Kate Winslet's husband. They were both exceptionally good. His performance in particular represents the very best of the great American tradition in acting. The fact that it didn't get him even a nomination means that the Academy is not what it claims to be. More likely, it's an odd organization run by people who either don't know the first thing about films and the people who make them, or quite simply don't care. In any case, it's not to be taken seriously.
They have just announced this year's nominations. Leonardo DiCaprio in J. Edgar
was left out. I happen to be an actor myself. The year 2012 marks the 40th anniversary (in September) of the first time I went out there on the stage and did what actors do. Since then I've done quite a few things, mostly on the stage, sometimes on TV, seldom (alas) in films. I don't think I can be accused of boasting if I say that I know two or three things about acting. Just enough for me to be able to say that Leonardo DiCaprio's portrayal of J. Edgar Hoover having been left out of the best actor's list of nominees is an appalling act of contempt for the fact that acting is an art. It's a slap on the face of actors all over the world.
I really don't know if I missed something. Did DiCaprio ever say or do anything that the Academy took badly to the point of openly ostracizing him in such a massive way?
Well, what's done cannot be undone and that's the way it is with them. By having his amazing talent overlooked by the Academy, Leonardo DiCaprio will have to keep company with other minor performers who, according to whoever decides these things, may have been good enough to satisfy their undiscriminate fans, but certainly not to go home with an Oscar in their hands. People like Charles Chaplin, Greta Garbo, Orson Welles, Cary Grant, Irene Dunne, Liv Ullmann, Max Von Sydow (unless he finally wins this year!!), Marcello Mastroianni, Claude Rains (who didn't win even for his fabulous Captain Renault in Casablanca
), Jean Arthur, Thelma Ritter, Dirk Bogarde, Lynn Redgrave, Giulietta Masina, Myrna Loy ...
I don't know. It seems to me that the list of actors who never won the Oscar is more impressive than the list of the ones who did.
|Tuesday, July 12th, 2011|
|Thursday, June 9th, 2011|
|Sunday, May 29th, 2011|
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|Friday, February 4th, 2011|
|Saturday, January 29th, 2011|
|Friday, January 21st, 2011|
|Tuesday, December 28th, 2010|
Twin Peaks - The Definitive Gold Box Edition- $35.99 @ Amazon
Twin Peaks - The Definitive Gold Box Edition (The Complete Series)
is today's Amazon gold box deal (one day sale) for $35.99. The normal price on Amazon is $56.49 so this is a really awesome sale. I just recently picked up the DVD's from Big Lots, but after seeing the special features on this set i'm definitely picking this up.
All 29 Episodes plus the original pilot (both U.S. Network and International versions) on 10 discs
Remastered picture from the original negative with 5.1 Sound, both personally approved by David Lynch
Original broadcast 2.0 audio
Exclusive feature length documentary: 'Secrets from Another Place'
A Slice of Lynch (featuring David Lynch, Kyle MacLachlan, and Mädchen Amick)
Return to Twin Peaks
Interactive Map of Twin Peaks
The complete Log Lady introductions
Saturday Night Live: Kyle MacLachlan’s monologue and the Twin Peaks comedy sketch
Julee Cruise music video: "Falling"
On-air promos, TV spots, production documents, rare photos
|Tuesday, December 7th, 2010|
The Time Machine Is Not for Actors
I guess most people don't realize something really funny having to do with actors. Please follow me: if someone under, say, thirty-five or thereabouts, watches a film with the young Katharine Kepburn, Spencer Tracy, Greta Garbo, the young Laurence Olivier, Irene Dunne, Cary Grant, Margaret Sullavan, the young James Stewart, Jean Arthur, Myrna Loy, John Barrymore, Carole Lombard, Walter Huston, Luise Rainer, or the extraordinary British actor Robert Donat (who beat Clark Gable in Gone with the Wind
and got away with the 1939 best actor Oscar for Goodbye Mr. Chips
), in most cases their overall reaction, never mind how clever they may be, will probably be the same: "Gosh, what bad actors! Wasn't there anyone around, like the director guy, or the producer, or somebody else to tell these people that they were overacting so terribly? How could they expect audiences to believe in the characters they were playing if what you see on the screen is so far from reality?"
It took me some time to come up with the fifteen names I included in the previous paragraph. I did my best to make it a list of what I think were the most gifted actors in American films from the first decade of talking pictures. Which means one hell of a long time ago. If you watch the incredibly young Kate Hepburn interacting with John Barrymore in A Bill of Divorcement
, you will be watching two actors doing their work seventy-eight years ago!
Cary Grant and Irene Dunne in The Awful Truth
will be two of the most brilliant comedians of all time doing their stuff seventy-three years ago!
. And so on and so forth, meaning that an awful lot of water has gone under the bridge, the funny thing being that lots of people would probably say that acting has come a long way. It used to be so bad and now it's good. Now you watch actors on the screen and they look and sound like people you know and can meet anytime. As for those old-timers, holy smoke, they looked and sounded phony as hell. ( Read more...Collapse )
|Wednesday, November 24th, 2010|
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|Saturday, August 14th, 2010|