MirrorMask (2005) is the brainchild of Dave McKean and Neil Gaiman, which in itself should be enough to make you want to watch it. It is about Helena who works with her parents at a circus. After a heated argument with her mother, her mother falls ill and Helena naturally blames herself. Soon after she wakes up in the middle of the night and discovers that she has entered a different world, the City of Light, which is being consumed by shadows. She agrees to help restore the city by finding the Mirrormask, together with Valentine the juggler.
The cast consists of, among others, Stephanie Leonidas, Gina McKee, Rob Brydon, Jason Barry and Stephen Fry. The visual art is designed by McKean, and as such is weird, magical and beautiful, and makes up for the fact that the story and dialogue is not as brilliant as it could have been.
Still, if you want a visually beautiful experience I recommend this film.
And please don’t let this terrible trailer put you off…
Greetings gentle reader. The weekend is again upon us, and today I will recommend to you one of my all-time favourite TV-shows, Green Wing (2004-6).
Starring such brilliant actors and comedians as Tamsin Greig, Mark Heap, Stephen Mangan, Julian Rhind-Tutt and Sarah Alexander, this British show is a very strange take on the hospital genre. Despite its slightly overdone setting (seriously, how many hospital shows do we really need?) it is nothing like its American counterparts. Check out some clips:
Also, the insanity of the characters is beyond most shows you’ll ever see. While none of them can be called normal or sane in any way, none can beat the wonder and sheer madness of staff liaison Sue White. Oh, Sue White!
Such a lovely bag of Scottish crazy!
So to follow up on yesterday’s post, this Friday’s film suggestion is Capote (2005).
The story is partly biographical and depicts the writer Truman Capote’s investigation into the murder of a family in Kansas, with the intention of turning the story into a novel called In Cold Blood. Despite being an arrogant, flamboyant outsider, he manages to get the locals to open up to him and reveal information, and he even develops a close relationship with one of the killers. However, as he digs deeper into the story, he finds himself struggling with his own emotions and reactions.
The film is shocking, sad, funny and, I think, quite honest regarding the tension between Truman’s sympathy for the killers and his need for a closure to the novel, which only an execution can provide. Capote is beautifully portrayed by Philip Seymour Hoffman, who won several awards, including the Academy Award for Best Actor, for his work.
So go watch it, people!
Continuing in the vintage vein from yesterday’s post, today’s film is an old classic, George Cukor’s The Philadelphia Story (1940), starring Cary Grant, James Stewart and the amazing Katharine Hepburn.
The story revolves around rich girl Tracy Lord (Hepburn), who is about to get married. In the days leading up to the wedding, her ex-husband C.K. Dexter Haven (Grant) returns to complicate things, and with him are two reporters trying to get the scoop of the year: the inside story on the wedding.
Clever quips are wittily exchanged, and the self-assured heiress learns some important things about herself and her soon-to-be husband (not to mention her ex). In the mix is also Tracy’s amazingly cool little sister, Dinah.
I thouroughly recommend this film this weekend!
Finally Friday! And what better way to celebrate than curling up on the sofa with a good old Disney movie? Well, not that old, mind you, because the movie in question here is no other than the fantabulous The Emperor’s New Groove (2000).
Poor spoiled-little-brat emperor Kuzco is transformed into a llama by his cunning and evil advisor, Yzma, and finds himself shipped off into the countryside due to henchman Kronk’s moral standards and a whole bunch of random coincidences. Hilarity ensues.
This is one of my all time favourite Disney films. It is self-aware, includes awkward silences and has so many good quotes. And Kronk is adorable!
Want to be happy tonight? Watch this film!
Yes, it is summer! Long, bright days and nights filled with sunshine and laughter. Or maybe constant rain, as is the case here at the moment. So I was thinking, why let all this good bad weather go to waste? This is perfect for some real horror. So this Friday I think you should all watch The Grudge (2004). This is the Americanized remake of the Japanese film Ju-On (2002), they are both directed by Takashi Shimizu, and they are both equally terrifying.
The story goes like this: A social worker gets assigned a house where bad things dwell. Anyone who enters it ends up on the spirits death list, but can the curse be lifted?
These films are perfect if you’re looking for a good scare.
This Friday I think you should all enjoy some quality drama, and with that in mind I hereby recommend to you the glorious sadness that is A Single Man (2009).
The story begins when George (Colin Firth) gets a phone call that his partner of 16 years has died in a car accident. As this is the USA in the 60s, George is not invited to the funeral and is left dealing with his loss alone. The viewer follows him through one day, a week later, where plans and friendships are made and remade, and several perspectives of life is encountered. Intertwined with this are memories of the time George and his boyfriend spent together.
The film is directed by Tom Ford, which ensures that everything is classy, stylish and beautiful, and includes such wonderful actors as Colin Firth, Julianne Moore and Nicholas Hoult.
You really need to see this.