New month, new Hidden Gems challenge. This month I was looking into the career of Amy Adams. An actress that has been bringing it for years but whose filmography is not very familiar to me. Leaving out her miniseries Sharp Objects which I contemplated on watching for this at one point, I crossed off three of her movies to find a hidden gem.
Not going to lie, reading this typecasting theme for the first time gave me hives. It is a brilliant theme, don’t get me wrong, but it also expects some serious thinking. I had to ask Brittani for help because this typecasting thing was for some reason very difficult for me. Even now I’m not sure if I got it right.. it’s such a tricky and frustrating theme because it focuses on careers rather than movies. And frankly, most of the careers I follow from start to finish have been less about typecasting and more about being everything.
This review sort of contains spoilers.
For years, I have kept a certain distance from Sofia Coppola and her movies due to them being extremely boring for my taste. They take forever to build up, they have very many empty-scenes (a term that I will explain later), and the payoff is usually unsatisfying. The reason I don’t necessarily like Sofia Coppola’s movies is because I have a hard time actually watching them, which makes The Beguiled a special one. But, I must confess that since initially rating it, I have lowered my score from 4 to 3, because the more I think about The Beguiled, the more I’m disappointed in its direction and lack of intrigue.
Another Monday, another bitter sweet start to the week. Over the weekend, one of the most well known street style photographers, Bill Cunningham, past away at age 87. Such a sad loss for the creative world.
HUGE spoiler alert.
Though I should really narrow down the list of classics I have on my list (for BOT), I can’t hold back the need to criticize Upside Down like there’s no tomorrow. Before I saw it, I thought, well, I’m sure it’ll be better than the fourth Die Hard (according to IMDb) but as soon as the movie’s intro began, I knew I had made the biggest mistake ever. The torture, the pain, the clichés – and all of that in 3D!
Since I was quite busy watching movies last week, I have a line-up of reviews to write and post for the entire week. Today, my fingers are itching to continue with a movie going for the Best Picture, but I decided that I’ll write it for tomorrow and therefore I can be super critical this Monday morning – starting the week with the lowest rating since my new rating system seems rather harsh but the corncob was made for a reason. And yes, Bachelorette, the comedy that tried to achieve The Hangover and Bridesmaids, fails to impress me on all the levels.
I don’t try to be sexy, but if you are sexy it comes out. If you’re not, you’re not.
13. April 1982
2011 Cannes Film Festival Best Actress and Golden Globe nomination
This is a rather important piece of work, based on Jack Kerouac’s novel On the Road, which just happens to be one of the best novels from 20th century. Autobiographical story about Jack’s road trips around the America with his friends, On the Road features Garrett Hedlund, Sam Riley and Kristen Stewart. Now, let’s be honest, Stewart? I am not even sure about Hedlund and Riley. Who knows, maybe the supporting roles by Kirsten Dunst, Tom Sturridge, Viggo Mortensen and Steve Buscemi will save it. Maybe the three main characters are portrayed with utmost care and love. Maybe Stewart shows emotion. Trailer looks okay, but I really want to see the whole thing before I say something more about it. Although I am already waiting to develop a crush on Riley, he looks like somebody I would develop a slight crush on – which would be nice because I need new movie crushes in my life.
Not a very joyful way to start off the morning but I felt like it was the right time to talk about Lars von Trier’s Melancholia which is said to be inspired by his own depression. So you might already know what you are into when you are going to see this movie, the title gives it away pretty successfully in addition to the fact of inspiration.
My Melancholia experience was actually very interesting, it was my first time at that particular cinema. So I was excited but as the building was old and not well heated – I felt cold the entire time. In the sense of the movie though, the coldness was appropriate and actually added something to the atmosphere of the movie.
Kirsten Dunst and Charlotte Gainsbourg represent two parts of this movie, Dunst plays the depressed fresh pride in part 1 and part 2 places the emphasis on the older sister played by Gainsbourg. Three male roles stand out – with Alexander Skarsgård as the groom, Kiefer Sutherland as the husband and Cameron Spurr (with his first ever acting role) as the son. There’s no secret I enjoyed Skarsgård and I even liked Sutherland’s performance as it left me with a surprise in the end. I don’t want to spoil it, I think that everybody should decide themselves if they want to see this visually stunning movie that was filmed in Sweden or not. I would say that if I had to choose, I’d pick part 1 as my favorite and give part 2 a bit lower score. Since the whole movie came together in the end of part 2 I’m not thrilled about it, I guess that’s the issue I have with part 2. Looking away from the bigger picture I think some brilliant characteristics showed by Dunst and Gainsbourg appear from the background and make the movie realistically better.
*Side note: I enjoyed the first part particulary due to Alexander Skarsgård’s appearance where he portrayed Dunst’s groom/husband. The chemistry between them was amazing even though they had to play different chemistries during their part. I found Skarsgård very sweet and light, much like his amnesia Eric in True Blood but in a different way and to be honest, I forgot he was Eric almost right at the beginning which says a lot about him as an actor. Dunst herself mastered the role brilliantly as well and when I think about the fact that Penelope Cruz was originally wanted as the bride I can’t imagine it at all. Luckily she had to drop out and Melancholia got its right lead and there’s no surprise she won the best actress at Cannes.
It is clear that this movie is artistic and it actually reminds me of movies from Estonia – dark and depressing story-lines and a movie that leaves the audience thinking after the movie is over. I am pretty sure that I was a bit depressed even, I honestly swear to god my mood was totally down for no good reason the next day and the day after that. Thinking back I think Melancholia might have had a bigger effect on me than I let on and this is a sign of a good movie right there.
IMDb has 7,9 for this and since it isn’t aired in the States yet I think the numbers might change a bit – America is much lighter with its movies and Europe tends to be more artsy and darker. And due to the fact I’m European I got the idea of the movie, I saw the beauty of it even though the over-all theme was ugly and even though the train of events was a bit too long and whining (but so is depression). I’m giving it a solid 4 out of 5. Could’ve gotten more but since I don’t want to give away any spoilers I can’t really speak of the thing that disappointed me the most.
This is also the reason why I added stills mainly from the first part of the movie.