Besides the movies, one other perk of the entertainment industry that appeals to me is the red carpet moments before a major award ceremony because… You never know what’s coming!!!;]
As if portraying a character in the movies is not fulfilling enough, some actors just have to take things from reel to real life! Take a look at the hilarious antics of Sacha Baron Cohen as his alter ego The Dictator takes on Ryan Seacrest who is interviewing the celebrities on behalf of E! Entertainment. The Dictator ends up “spilling Kim Jong-il” onto the unsuspecting Ryan and the E! Entertainment host does well to maintain his composure on Live TV. Well done Ryan, no wonder you are paid so much;]
A move back into nostalgia lane paid off for The Artist, which won the top 3 honors of Best Picture, Best Actor and Best Director at the Academy Awards Ceremony held earlier today (or at night in the US). The black-and-white mostly silent film, save for a few dialogues here and there, is certainly a refreshing take for movie goers of today since the days of the silent film era back in 1895-1929.
French actor Jean Dujardin walked away with the much coveted Best Actor Oscar, and I’m pretty sure that’s only the beginning of more Dujardin to come:) Can’t wait to see for myself how great this movie is when it finally hits theaters in my country.
Although Meryl Streep has already 2 Academy awards in the bag, it took her another 13 nominations and 30 years to win her 3rd Oscar for her leading lady role as Margaret Thatcher in The Iron Lady. Her previous Oscar win came in 1982 for her role in the movie Sophie’s Choice. Her win for The Iron Lady is her 17th nomination, the most for any actor in the Academy Awards and a really remarkable feat at that.
Despite mixed reaction from both critics and normal movie-goers on the film, Meryl’s performance as Thatcher was largely praised and well received. During the announcement for the best actress award, when Meryl’s name was revealed she received a standing ovation from the crowd, which was really a heart warming scene to behold. Her speech was light hearted yet heart felt, and was mostly aimed at thanking the husband and for the friendships formed with colleagues new and old throughout the years.
I really look forward to seeing more delightful works from this amazing lady who you can truly see has a genuine love for her art. Below is a video of her thank you speech and her interview by the media backstage:
Meryl Streep is one of the few actresses that I really love and respect. Her acting really touches me and her films usually don’t disappoint. The poise and grace that she carries with her into her works really inspires me to be as dedicated and committed to the things I love. Meryl Streep has portrayed the roles of many real-life characters before and is known for her ability to master almost any accent! Her latest work as seen in The Iron Lady is another testimony to the real talent that she has in bringing characters to life.
OVERVIEW: The Iron Lady takes viewers into the life of Margaret Thatcher, the first and only female Prime Minister of The United Kingdom. It does not go very in depth into the events detailing her run in office. Rather, it reflects more on the intimate and personal aspects of her life and the sacrifices made throughout the pursuit of her career.
MY TWO CENTS’ WORTH: You have probably heard this a million times from others who have caught the movie, but I’m still going to say it anyway. Meryl Streep is amazing as Thatcher! Her performance from the dressing, gesture down to the accent is impeccable and it was a really rewarding experience to watch.
In the movie, Thatcher’s struggle with dementia is communicated through the cheeky bouts of bantering between Thatcher and her deceased husband whenever he appears during her intermittent spells of hallucination. I actually liked that approach a lot as i found it very connecting and raw.
The story flashes between the present – featuring a Thatcher with a mild onset of dementia – and the past, which follows a young Thatcher’s path from being a grocer’s daughter to an oxford graduate to trying to break the barriers of a male dominated scene and getting into the House of Commons, and also her marriage to Dennis Thatcher.
I liked how the movie explored the interior aspects of Thatcher’s emotional being through a recurring theme showing the personal price one pays for power. The story itself was slow moving as a whole, and so it might not be everyone’s cup of tea. Apart from the performance, I felt that the story could have been stronger as it certainly left me feeling somewhat unsatisfied at the end. I was still left wanting in my depth of understanding towards the Iron Lady’s endeavours and popularity in the political playground.
Overall, it is a movie with a very good performance as can be attested by Meryl Streep’s Best actress win and nomination in the Golden Globes and Oscars respectively. Notice how it didn’t get a Best Picture nod, well… I’d say Meryl Streep alone is reason enough to watch this movie teehee;]
After a 3 year hiatus, UNDERWORLD is back for a fourth round!!! With Kate Beckinsale reprising her role as the vampire Selene after taking a break from the 3rd installment, things are looking to get hot and exciting again! Being a huge fan of the storyline behind the Vampire and Lycan races, as well as the super hot kick ass Kate Beckinsale, I was really excited about the movie and went to catch it within a few days of its release.
OVERVIEW: Kate Beckinsale returns as Selene who wakes up from a 12 year cryogenic state and finds herself in an unfamiliar existence. The world has discovered the existence of both Vampire and Lycan clans and are out to eradicate both immortal species, resulting in an all-out war ensuing.
MY RANT: I must say that Beckinsale looks hotter than ever in that skin tight suit, and she delivers the punches and sassy lines with her signature deadpan tenor that reminds us so much of the Selene we love (although I must add that I wished there had been more witty lines added to give more sass and humour to the movie). The story moves away from the crux that makes up the first three installments, which revolved around the history of the two immortal clans as well as the ongoing feud between them. All previous installments took place in a world where the humans were oblivious to the clans’ existence.
This fourth installment instead focuses on the not so distance future, where Selene wakes up from a 12 year cryogenic imprisonment state and finds herself in a world where Vampires and Lycans are being hunted and eradicated. After escaping from the facility in which she was imprisoned, Selene struggles to keep up to date with the changes of the times, while also searching frantically for the whereabouts of her lost hybrid lover Michael. Along the way she encounters a detective, a new vampire ally, as well as a young hybrid girl who has also escaped from the same facility.
For those who came for the action they won’t be disappointed. There is still the much loved scenes of blood and gore, and for once you even see Selene up against humans for a change; and of course they don’t stand a chance against her. The parts where Selene does come up against a human and annihilates them leaves a little uneasy taste in my mouth. This is because I am used to seeing her fight off the baddies, who most of the time are evenly matched with her if not more powerful. Seeing my hero Vampire warrior tear through defenseless humans kind of reaches a level of lowness for me. But anyway moving along, Selene does take part in some mean chase/action sequence and the CGI effects are pretty decent. The overall fight scenes are also entertaining especially one where a grenade is involved.
At the end, the movie closes with a cliffhanger, a sure sign that a fifth one should be coming along pretty soon – YAY! Though some people have criticized the show as having a weak storyline and the same old fighting scenes comprising of Selene slaying the baddies in her smoking hot leather suit, I would say SCREW IT. Most of the audience are (I presume) fans of the franchise, and I am pretty sure that they are not here expecting a deep and sophisticated storyline, they are here to have a ROCKING GOOD TIME! For me what sealed it was the fun factor and the excitement of watching my favourite Vampire Warrior return to kick some mean Lycan ass, and with some awesome CGI to boot! 🙂
Finally got the blog settings and theme done and am all ready to start ranting soon! Hope I’ll stay focused this time round and keep this blog running. So until my next post, take care and I’ll be seeing ya;] Peace out.