Love is Blindness

Photo courtesy of Indiewire.com

Seeing the trailer (click on the link below) has me counting down the days for December when F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby comes back to the big screen. Fans of Baz Luhrmann are doubly-psyched.

Unless you’ve been living under a rock you’d know that Leonardo DiCaprio, Carey Mulligan, Tobey Maguire and Joel Edgerton all star in the upcoming film. But what’s really got me going is the music choice for the trailer. Jack White’s cover of the U2 song, “Love is Blindness” is genius. If you’re lucky, it’s the type of song that sends you plummeting back into memories of the emotional firestorm that accompanied first love. For those of you that are robots never experienced an all-consuming chemical reaction with someone else, here are a few more films chosen for their lush style and accurate depiction of that cataclysmic dopamine overload we call desire.

“The Lover” (1992) Jean-Jacques Annaud

Based on the semi-autobiographical 1984 novel by Marguerite Duras, the film details the illicit affair between a teenage French girl and a wealthy Chinese man in 1929 Vietnam. The cinematography is lovely, the location lush, and the talent is gorgeous (Tony Leung and Jane March). Stylish and steamy.

“Kama Sutra” (1996) Mira Nair

Two childhood friends (one is a courtesan, the other a princess) grow up to become rivals. Exotic, excellent costuming, beautiful cinematography and solid acting talent. Spoiler alert: the caste system + true love = tragedy.

No video link here, too hot for the blogosphere, but just check out the star, Indira Varma, in costume. Now that’s a girl that can “werq” (Hey, Ru!) a pearl necklace.


Wuthering Heights” (2009)

Emily Bronte’s novel in its umpteenth film iteration. This one is superior for one reason: Um, Tom Hardy. As Heathcliff so, it’s a real bodice ripper. Here’s a teaser for you…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(Pardon the music but this is a fan trailer – there is no official one for the series)

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Zou Bisou Bisou

Megan Draper, cheap cover artist or fabulosity?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So, we don’t have real cable and can’t watch Season 5 of Mad Men. However, because it’s all over the Internet, we do know last night’s scene stealer was Megan Draper and her version of Gillian Harris’ song, “Zou Bisou Bisou.”

Here’s the original below, feel free to click, watch and hum for the rest of the day.

Zou Bisou Bisou

I just found this link too, great info on Gillian Harris.

Prometheus Rising

I was eleven years old when I watched the movie Alien. It scared the crap out of me but in a titillating, roller-coaster kind of way. At that age I wasn’t old enough to comprehend how the movie really was the first, truly Feminist horror movie. Also lost to me was the high caliber of movie craft and screenwriting accomplished in the film. What mattered then was that it was immersive and terrifying.

Since then, I’ve seen it more than a dozen times. And upon each viewing I come to the same conclusion: Alien has no flaws. It is a masterpiece. Don’t agree with me? Turn off your phone, take a Ritalin if need-be, and sit your ass down to watch that sucker again. You’ll see.

Ellen Ripley politely requests you sit your ass down and watch Alien again.

I’m writing about Alien because its director, Ridley Scott, just finished making another movie. Prometheus is Scott’s first foray back into the genre (a hybrid of horror and science-fiction) since AlienPrometheus is set to open in theaters on June 8th and it seems poised to be epic but before I get carried away with the details, I thought I’d post a few pictures from my husband’s book collection for fun.
In early 1980 my husband was a rabid, thirteen-year old fan of Alien. He bought this book pictured below. This movie was one of the first things we discovered to have in common – it topped both of our favorite movie lists.

For Prometheus, Scott demanded casting control and got it– Charlize Theron, Noomi Rapace, Idris Elba, Michael Fassbender, and Guy Pearce will add that special kind of gravitas (or maybe the word is just “talent”) so sorely lacking in most modern horror.

Charlize Theron as "Vickers" and Idris Elba as "Janek"

Charlize Theron is set to play the character “Vickers” –a company-gal– and Idris Elba (of HBO’s “The Wire” fame) has been cast as the character “Janek.” Excited as I am about both of these actors, what’s really got my attention is the role Noomi Rapace (below) has been cast.

Noomi Rapace will be playing the role of Scientist "Elizabeth Shaw"

 I won’t tease you with any more details but here is a link to the official trailer(s) and news.