I have always liked Robin Wright but never actively looked out for her movies – this has all changed since House of Cards. I absolutely LOVE her in HoC and this made me go looking for her other work. I came across a movie I’d never heard of before called “Adore” – with Robin Wright and Naomi Watts as the two main lead characters – I’m not a huge fan of Naomi but she does have a great picker for a good movie (think 21 Grams and Eastern Promises for example), so I thought I’d give this unknown movie a chance.
Set in Australia the movie guarantees 112 minutes of gorgeous Aussie accents + being a French production you know there’s some taboo sexuality guaranteed to be touched on – et voila you have an interesting movie.
Robin Wright + Naomi Watts + 2 hot Australian surfer boys + Aussie accents + sexual taboo = a pretty decent 112 mins of drama.
The story? Watch the trailer and it pretty much gives away the entire movie.
Ever since my wonderful friend Helge introduced me to the beautiful world of Hong Kong Cinema about 8 years ago I have been a huge fan.
When I talk about Hong Kong cinema I do not mean martial arts, kung fu, Jackie Chan or any of that type of genre. For me the beauty of Hong Kong Cinema lies in the small and limited world of the “second wave” of “alternative cinema” that happened mainly in the late 1980’s and to some extent in the 1990’s – perfectly orchestrated like none other by the one and only Wong Kar-Wai. Every single work of his is art – art that seduces the senses. The man is a true genius and a pure artist like very few others and he works with one of the best cinematographers of our times – the exceptionally gifted Christopher Doyle (no one can make cigarette smoke look as beautiful and sexy and desirable as this man can).
Wong Kar-Wai’s masterpieces often featuring the late Leslie Cheung as well as the wonderful Tony Leung and Maggie Cheung are some of my all time favourite movies – lush visuals and music, melancholy, always a burden of memories and dreams unachieved or unattainable, misfit lead characters, mood heavy and yearling for romance, soaked and dripping in a layer of timeless nostalgic exotic heady incense. They are a dream and they transport you in time, they hypnotise you.
One my personal all time favourites is his “Fallen Angels” – surprisingly low on the melancholy and missing both Leung and Cheung – this 1995 movie is much less romantic or time-travelly as his other masterpieces, it is very urban and often categorised as a neo-noir film about a disillusioned hit-man trying to overcome the affections of his partner, a strange drifter looking for her ex-boyfriend, and a mute trying to get the world’s attention in his own ways, all set against a sordid and surreal urban nightscape. Cue: a LOT of neon lighting (that I obviously love).
Last weekend I was lounging by the pool on Sunday afternoon just reading and being lazy – I had a copy of the latest Esquire magazine which has Daniel Craig on the cover and a full feature photoshoot and interview and also a making of/ behind the scenes of the new upcoming James Bond – Skyfall – out in October!
Sam Mendes directing. Written by John Logan. Daniel Craig. Ralph Fiennes. Javier Bardem. Dame Judi Dench. Fuck Yes.