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.
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.
A lovely film also known as “Bed & Board” by François Truffaut about Antoine Doinel (played by Jean-Pierre Léaud who already appeared as young Antoine in “Les quatre cents coups”) who is now 26. He married Christine, who teaches the violin, and Antoine works dying flowers. When Christine is near to have a baby, Antoine decides to find a new job, and he succeeds due to a misunderstanding of his employer. In a business meeting, he meets the Japanese Kyoko (Mademoiselle Hiroko) and they have an affair. When Christine accidentally discovers that Antoine has a lover, they separate. But later they miss each other and realize that they do love each other.
I like movies that are based on true stories, especially the ones about historically relevant people - who fought the system to make a better future for us. “Made in Dagenham” is a good example, a very well done film (acting, writing, directing - I felt like I was back in the 60s). A dramatization of the 1968 strike at the Ford Dagenham car plant, where female workers walked out in protest against sexual discrimination. Starring Sally Hawkins, Bob Hoskins and Andrea Riseborough.
In 1968, the Ford auto factory in Dagenham was one of the largest single private employers in the United Kingdom. In addition to the thousands of male employees, there are also 187 underpaid women machinists who primarily assemble the car seat upholstery in poor working conditions. Dissatisfied, the women, represented by the shop steward and Rita O’Grady, work with union rep Albert Passingham for a better deal. However, Rita learns that there is a larger issue in this dispute considering that women are paid an appalling fraction of the men’s wages for the same work across the board on the sole basis of their sex. Refusing to tolerate this inequality any longer, O’Grady leads a strike by her fellow machinists for equal pay for equal work. What follows would test the patience of all involved in a grinding labour and political struggle that ultimately would advance the cause of women’s rights around the world.
A film by Kornél Mundruczó, who made great movies, that don’t get the recognition they should. Starring Félix Lajkó and Orsolya Tóth as brother and sister, who didn’t grow up together, and after her brother comes back to town, both move together and fall in love. Nobody in their little town is in favor of that, so they start to make enemies. It’s a pretty minimalistic and slow film with marvelous cinematography.
Mihail finds out when he briefly visits his mum that he’s got a half-sister called Fauna. He decides he wants to live out in the marshes of the delta, and Fauna runs off with him. Some of you may have heard of the phenomenon referred to as Genetic Sexual Attraction. This is when siblings live apart until they meet at adulthood, at which point they feel an overwhelming sexual attraction for one another. So just in case anyone would feel the incestuous side of the story is unrealistic, I promise you it isn’t.
A Sarah Polley film starring Michelle Williams and Seth Rogen, who play a married couple, also starring Luke Kirby and Sarah Silverman. I was surprised about Rogen’s performance, he’s funny but also able to show us his “dramatic” site. Williams plays Margot, and is great as always, she struggles with the question of fulfilling the parts of her marriage that are missing, through infidelity, she finds what she needs in Daniel.
I guess some people find the film boring, because not that much happens, but it’s the emotions of the characters you have to look at. The cinematography is beautiful, particularly the shots in and around water, and showcase the use of film to communicate without words.