Daniel Day-Lewis does a remarkable job of playing Christy Brown, the artist who grew up with cerebral palsy but managed to have a productive life, dealing successfully with his handicap and becoming a respected artist and writer. He learned to paint and write with his only controllable limb - his left foot. Lewis and his co star Fricker both won an Oscar for their performance.
The story is told in flashbacks, which works just fine, we see Brown being honored for his achievements - before we see the flashback to his youth and his struggles to communicate with those around him, and how Brown falls in love with a therapist (FIONA SHAW), much to his mother’s fear that when the love is not reciprocated his heart will be broken. I admit, some parts are painful to watch.
Who will win this years Academy Awards?Here are my predictions.
(Let me know yours, do you even care who wins anymore?)
Best Motion Picture of the Year
My Winner: The Artist (2011): Thomas Langmann
Best Foreign Language Film of the Year
My Winner: A Separation (2011): Asghar Farhadi (Iran)
Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role
My Winner: Jean Dujardin for The Artist (2011)
Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role
My Winner: Meryl Streep for The Iron Lady (2011)
- I GOT THEM ALL RIGHT!
An experienced cop, Duvall, and his rookie partner, Penn, patrol the streets of East Los Angeles while trying to keep the gang violence under control. An interesting film directing by Dennis Hopper, that shows Gangs vs. Gangs vs. Police - through the eyes of two police officers, in an authentic way. Here and there we see some clichés, but thanks to the great performances by Sean Penn and Robert Duvall, you don’t mind them. Don Cheadle and Trinidad Silva lead a good supporting cast of “Gangster”.
Currently my latest obsession is “Call Me Fitz”, my “new” favorite TV Show. Watched the first four episodes one after the other and thoroughly enjoyed this rather adult, quirky, dark comedy. Starring Jason Priestley who is great as Richard Fitzpatrick - or Fitz; most of you probably know him best as Brandon Walsh from “Beverly Hills, 90210”.
He plays morally bankrupt car salesman, who is forced to become business partners with his inner conscience, an off-beat do gooder intent on healing Fitz’s mangled psyche, played by Ernie Grunwald, one hilarious disaster at a time.
This two have a great chemistry, the other characters, all weird in their own little ways, blend together nicely with him into a working but dysfunctional family of colleagues in a car sales lot. I think the whole concept is original and very well implemented. It’s funny, (the whole 25 minutes long!), the character are likable and the stories are varying.