Highlights of the Oscars

It was Sean Penn’s turn to give an example of how to accept an Oscar, much as Mickey Rourke did with the Baftas opening with the ironically funny: “You Commie homo-loving sons of guns” , adding some Rourke-like modesty: “I know how hard I make to appreciate me.”

And finally making a heartfelt speech worthy of Milk himself on the “shame” of those who voted against gay marriage and the right of equality for all. While also paying homage to expected winner Rourke himself, who he described as “courageous” in “rising from the ashes” and his “brother.”  Spoken like a true gentleman and deserved Oscar winner.

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Slumdog Mania

Azharuddin Mohammed Ismail (Salim), Photo: Pathé/Guardian

Azharuddin Mohammed Ismail as Salim Photo: Associated Press/Guardian

So Slumdog seems to be hotly tipped to win the Oscar and while it is quite an involving film (was going to say entertaining but would that be right?) and Boyle directs with his usual breezy authority and how-did-he-do-that visual wizardry. And the gameshow as trigger to episodes in Jamal’s life was quite a clever concept if not original to the film.

There was still much that made me like David Cox at The Guardian hesitate to call it the best film of the year. And were news of the world actually watching the film ‘feelgood film of the year’!? I mean it had a happy ending but acid being poured onto a child’s eyes does not produce a pleasurable all is alright with the world sensation. (Or are you meant to feel good that it’s not you, therein lies the moral haziness, but more on that later).

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It’s official Joaquin Phoenix has gone slightly mad

Hollywood Reporter announced today that Casey Affleck was directing a doc on Joaquin Phoenix’s burgeoning rap career.  Honestly you couldn’t have made this up. He will be produced by Sean Combs aka Puff Daddy. And with him on board I’m sure he will be rapping some rivet tales of the streets over first-class beats. Tales of the difficulties of having to choose which director to work for, which restaurant he should eat in tonight, you know hard-hitting stuff. I mean really who the hell’s gonna take him seriously. At least when Daniel Day-Lewis decided to become a shoe-cobbler there was less room for absolute public humiliation. I guess he just likes to walk the line.

Highlight of the BAFTA’s: Mickey Rourke

What a legend. His speech was one of the only entertaining moments of the evening. Bar Mick Jagger’s banter about a music/actor exchange program for which “Judi Dench is gamely trashing hotel rooms” and “The Pitt family are starring in ‘The Sound Of Music'”.

His speech was how speeches should be full of honest humility: “Thankyou Darren Aronofsky for giving me a second chance, after fucking up my career for 15 years”  and trademark lotharian cheekiness:  “I wanna thank Marisa Tomei for being so brave and taking off your clothes all the time. I enjoyed looking at you.”

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Sex and the City 2: The Sexist Backlash


From left to right: Cynthia Nixon, Kristin Davis, Sarah Jessica Parker, Kim Cattrall, Photo:New Line/Everett /Rex Features/Guardian

From left to right: Cynthia Nixon (Miranda), Kristin Davis (Charlotte), Sarah Jessica Parker (Carrie), Kim Cattrall (Samantha) Photo:New Line/Everett /Rex Features

Talk that the new sequel of Sex and the City has been confirmed has been inevitably met with the same critcisms as last time. That they are just too old to be talking about sex anymore, let alone having it.  As Stuart Heritage at  Heckler Spray joked:

“…presuming it takes three years to make Sex And The City 2, the four main actresses will have a combined age of 192 by the time it’s released. Luckily the writers are taking this into consideration, and the subplot about Sarah Jessica Parker’s vaginal prolapse is thought to be very moving.”

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Isabelle Adjani’s new classroom drama

Reuters have reported that  the beautiful and talented Adjani is starring in classroom drama that will be showing in the Berlin film festival, here’s what they say about it:

“La journee de la jupe” (Skirt Day) deals with the tensions over immigration, education and race that have haunted France since the 2005 riots that blew up in the shadow of the grim tower blocks that ring many French cities.

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Revisions on Bale: Are We Too Harsh On Him?

Bale hase been reported as eating a bit of humble pie  for his rant by David Thomson on the Variety website:

“I was out of order beyond belief,” he said. “I acted like a punk, I regret that. There is no one who has heard that tape that’s been hit harder by it than me… I’m not comfortable with this notion of being a movie star. I’m an actor… I put so much into what I do and care so much about it and sometimes the enthusiasm just goes awry. I’m embarrassed by it. I ask everybody to sit down and ask themselves, have they ever had a bad day and have they ever lost their temper and really regretted it immensely…I’ve seen a rough cut of the movie and it looks fantastic and Shane did a wonderful job. Please don’t allow this incredibly embarrassing meltdown to overshadow this movie.”

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