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Sunday
Sep132015

Say U.N.C.L.E. to Guy Ritchie

If you haven't seen The Man From U.N.C.L.E, directed by Guy Ritchie - then you haven't seen the best action / romantic drama of 2015.  Ritchie's style of shoot-em-up old world glamour have never been better.   Clearly romanced by the 60's his references are often retro, so set in the height of the cold war (1963) - Ritchie is really in his element with this film.  This big screeen adaptaion of hte hit 60's TV series is set inside a CIA / KGB power struggle to contain nuclear weapons in the hands of a mafia stronghold.  Representing the US - Henry Cavill.  Every bit the Superman in his fine tailored suiting, Cavill has the charm and ease to portray an undercover CIA agent.  In the Russian corner - Armie HammerHammer (Social Network) is a 2015 designer wearing version of Dolf Lundgren's Drago from the Rocky movies.   Brute force kept underwraps, almost The Hulk without radiation.  Adding the element of romance and sexual tension is the unwilling spitfire mechanic played by Alicia Vikander (Ex-Machina).  Her character is complicated, and her Audrey Hepburn / "My Fair Lady" like makeover in perfect 60's style is worth watching the film in itself. 

At the helm of that dark force is one of the best femme fatale characters I've ever seen on screen.  I'd challenge anyone to find a better portrayal of the glamour and evil represented by this archetype than seen here by Elizabeth Debicki (The Great Gatsby).  She oozes seduction and evil.   I went on my Summer holiday to the South of France just after seeing this film, and I was looking for Ms. Debicki to turn the corner when I was in any glamorous setting on the Riviera!

The Costuming, cinematography, and direction are seamless.   Dizzying at times, it's a sheer pleasure to watch.   Hats off - and hopefully Oscar nominations for Joanna Johnston's Costume Design, John Mathieson's Cinematography, Guy Ritchie's Direction, and of course various nominations for the cast.

Bravo Guy Ritchie.   The Cold War never looked so Hot!  See the film now, while it's still in theaters..  watch the trailer below.




Sunday
Dec082013

BLUE JASMINE - WOODY ALLEN DOES PARK AVENUE

Woody Allen was back at the box office this year with Blue Jasmine.   Starring the Hollywood heavyweight Cate Blanchett, Blue Jasmine is Allen's telling of a Bernie Madoff like story at the expense of the Park Avenue hedge fund wife. The Classic CHANEL Jacket as seen in the New York Times PH: Tony Cenicola - Approx $6,000.00 Allen has an incredible ability to skewer subjects with such accurate depictions that straddles the edge of caricature - but remain based in real life examples.   If you live in New York, watching this film you will no doubt find yourself thinking "oh, that's just like..."  - many times.

Jasmine is the ultra privileged wife of a New York Hedge Fund financier, philanderer, and ultimately a ponzi scheme crook played brilliantly by Alec Baldwin.  The movie is told in a flashback format that follows Jasmine as she goes to live with her poorer, blue collar sister in San Francisco. THE TALENTED AND BEAUTIFUL - CATE BLANCHETT Jasmine has gone from her Park Avenue life of Pilates, fundraisers, and private planes to sleeping in the spare room of her sisters walk up apartment in last year's CHANEL jacket. Her life of luxury just a memory.

Actually, the Chanel jacket is a fantastic prop that travels throughout the film.  It was a genius choice by the costume designer, as it proves the investment in those magical tweeds by Chanel.  One luxurious jacket and your fashionable for the next 20 years!  It was a brilliant choice to make that a white Chanel jacket.. showing us just how luxurious Jasmine's life was.  Buying a $5,000.00 jacket in white - that is luxury. (If you only buy one Chanel jacket - choose black).  Cate Blanchett is transformative in her role as a woman who had everything that money can buy, but at the same time.. nothing.  

Woody Allen is a master at pinpointing the human condition.  His movies cover the range of emotions from fear to joy, ecstasy to sorrow, and usually a big dose of inadequacy from an insecure character that is the unseen Woody of the film.  There is no filmmaker that puts New York on film more intimately than Allen.  With two gorgeous cities like San Francisco and New York in one film - what's not to love.

If there has ever been proof that we get better with age, Woody Allen proves that point with Blue Jasmine.   Click images and links to see more and find the film.


 

Thursday
Mar282013

EXTRA EXTRA - THE PAPERBOY DELIVERS!

Filmmaker Lee Daniels is no stranger to controversial, if not disturbing subject matter.   His #OscarWinner PRECIOUS left an indelible mark on audiences for his gritty and all too real portrayal of an abusive and dysfunctional family, and one girls journey out of a horrific life. NICOLE KIDMAN IN THE PAPERBOY

With The Paperboy, Daniels has been able to leverage his legitimized standing as an Oscar nominated director and attract a level of Hollywood talent that are Tabloid, Red Carpet, and Media magnets.   Nicole Kidman stars as a death row groupie with her heart set on a derelict killer played by John CusackMatthew McConnaughey is a newspaper reporter (hence the title) trying to uncover the evil secrets hiding under every rock in this 1960's based story of a South Florida bayou town.   Get ready for a bumpy ride. NICOLE KIDMAN, ZAC EFFRON, & MATTHEW McCONAUGHEY  The twists and turns even surprised this jaded viewer, and Mr. Daniels really likes to go to extremes to get his point across. His ability to make you uncomfortable as you wait on the edge of your seat for the inevitable is a cruel talent.  

Sixties fashion references are always enjoyable to watch on the big screen, and so strange to see how mainstream that look is today.   You would almost not know it was a retro film, with the effect Mad Men has had on the fashion world.   Companies from Prada to Banana Republic have morphed their style to the 1960's,  thanks in part to Don Draper.

To rent or buy the film click -The Paperboy now.  You will not be able to say it was boring!   Watch the trailer below:



Tuesday
Dec112012

DON'T MISS LES MIS! LES MISERABLES 2012

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The latest musical telling of the French Revolution on the big screen this holiday season is a blockbuster!  Victor Hugo's Les Miserables starring Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Anne Hathaway, and Amanda Seyfried is dazzling.   The portrayal of the troubled souls living in a time whenANNE HATHAWAY, HUGH JACKMAN, & RUSSELL CROWE AS YOU'VE NEVER SEEN THEM IN LES MISERABLES so few had anything to be happy about is a powerhouse of emotion.   Director Tom Hooper has created a film that is destined to be a classic.   Jackman has never had a SACHA BARON COHEN & HELENA BONHAM CARTER - LES MISERABLESrole so perfect for him in Jean Valjean.   Russell Crowe will surprise audiences with his commanding prescence and voice as Javert.   Anne Hathaway is a perfect Fantine, and Amanda Seyfried is the angelic Cosette - and she is an angel!   Sacha Baron Cohen & Helena Bonham Carter bring the comic relief as the crooked innkeepers Thenardier - Hysterical!   The cinematography and costumes are dreamy, and emotions run high.   There was not a dry eye in the house at the screening I saw.  They will make you cry!

The movie opens Christmas day, you can pre-order tickets now.  It will sell out!   What a great Christmas day movie to see.   Victor Hugo's Les Miserable is able to convey the beauty and horror of European History during the 19th century.  In the tradition of Charles Dickens Scrooge or Oliver Twist, Les Miserable will fill you with the spirit of the season.  If you can't wait for the movie, take a listen to the iTunes songs now! Click SING LES MIS to hear them.   Click XMAS with Les Mis to pre-order tickets.

Watch the trailer here:

Thursday
Nov012012

SKYFALL - THE LATEST 007

James Bond comes roaring back to a theater near you this November.  SKYFALL is the latest installment starring Daniel Craig as agent 007, hitting US theaters November 9th.  

The man with the license to kill is sure to thrill fans around the world!  Music super-star Adele joins the famous legend of recording a Bond theme.   Title track - SKYFALL has those unmistakable Bond horns and the unmistakable vocals of Adele!   Adele has also become a new mother in recent weeks, welcoming a baby boy into the world.   Bond and a baby - Bravo Adele!  Be sure to watch the Bond trailer below, and download your copy of Skyfall by Adele on itunes now.   


Monday
Jun252012

SNOW WHITE & THE HUNTSMAN

The timeless tale of Snow White comes alive on the big screen and in the flesh this year with a big budget and big cast!  Oscar winner and Glamazon- Charlize Theron is wicked sexy as Queen Ravenna in Snow White & The Hunstman.  This Queen has one serious beauty regimen!!  One you have to see to believe.  Snow White is lessKRISTEN STEWART AS SNOW WHITE helpless beauty and more Joan of Arc rebel in the 2012 version of this beloved story.   Kristen Stewart of Twilight fame plays the famous Snow White.   With this script, Stewart's Snow White is less "Damsel in Distress" and more "dame in armor dress". CHARLIZE THERON AS QUEEN RAVENNA IN SNOW WHITE & THE HUNTSMAN  Along for the ride or rescue is Thor himself Chris Hemsworth as The Huntsman.

Theron is beautiful and wicked. To hear her give the "Mirror Mirror" chant is worth the ticket price alone!  Stewart is forgettable, and Hemsworth is as good as this script allows him to be.   The special effects are fantastic and really takes a fairy tale to a place your imagination could never quite achieve.. but your brain didn't have the computers this production team had!!     The Blu-Ray disc gives all the rich, colorful detail.   Watch the trailer below:

To buy the DVD - click SNOW WHITE AT HOME.