Posts Tagged ‘Daniel Day-Lewis’

My Left Eye

Mittwoch, April 7th, 2010

My Left Foot is the autobiographical novel by Christy Brown, an Irish painter who suffered from cerebral palsy, which was later made into a film of the same name starring Daniel Day-Lewis, who won his first Academy Award for it. My Left Eye is currently swollen almost shut, preventing me from doing any of the things I enjoy, like looking at stuff.

My Left Eye

My Left Eye

Nine – Minute Movie Review

Mittwoch, März 3rd, 2010

Review:

In 1960s Italy, a master director tries to recover from two flops, but while everyone is set for his new film, he hasn’t yet written a single word for the script. He examines his decay while being influenced by the seven women who have shaped his life. The best that can be said about the film, based on the Broadway musical, which in turn is based on an Italian musical, which in turn is based on Federico Fellini’s Film , is that it is not as terrible as most reviews make it out to be. It’s a decent enough musical that suffers from an absence of plot and an array of characters that remain bland, which is especially surprising when one considers the acting talent involved.

Random Observations:

Nine at the IMDb

Nominated for three Oscars, for Costumes, Art Direction and Penelope Cruz as Best Supporting Actress, which is surprising, considering that the only actress with even a half-way decent performance is Marion Cotillard.

I really, really hate it when people playing foreigners in a film fake their accents. It’s one thing for the Italian to have Italian accents when they speak English, but since all of the dialogue in the film is really in Italian and just translated to English so the viewers can understand it, there is no reason for the fake accents. But that’s not even the worst here. Most accents disappear and reappear throughout the film, most notably Daniel Day-Lewis’, where it is so distracting that his performance apart from this is barely noticeable.

Also annoying: inserting random Italian words into the English dialogue to “add flavour”. Grazie and Prego do not make the film more Italian than Thank You or Please.

Fittingly, the musical number with the title “Nine” that could have actually shed some light on why the film is called that, was cut from the movie version.

Minute Movie Review – There Will Be Blood

Mittwoch, Februar 20th, 2008

Review:

“There Will Be Blood! The glowing praise from critics everywhere! Daniel Day-Lewis’ performance the best of the decade! This is the movie to watch!” To say that I was excited to see this movie would be an understatement. And then this: A complete let-down. Sure, Day-Lewis performance was decent enough, but he barely had a chance to really show his skills. The movie is two and a half hours long and after one hour you start to wonder whether anything actually happens. The movie tells two stories in the connection to turn-of-the-century oil business, that would each carry their own movie, but seem horribly mangled here. And while the absence of a real plot may be excusable by the acting, cinematography and so on, the headache-inducing score ruined the movie 30 minutes in. Seriously, I don’t see what all the fuzz is about – while the movie is not really bad, it’s also not really great.

Random Observations:

There Will Be Blood at imdb.com

The score was composed by Radiohead guitarist Johnny Greenwood. It includes air-raid sirens (in 1898…) and a lot of other noise that is just annoying. Sure, the score for such a movie should not be easy listening, but when it continually distracts from the movie, it just gets annoying. Plus, for the 20 odd least dark minutes of the movie, it is haunting and foreshadowing. You continually expect some disaster that never occurs. In future, Greenwood should stick to making pop music and devising clever marketing schemes and Paul Thomas Anderson (screen-writer and director of this movie) should get somebody who knows how to make film music to score his films.

While there was nothing wrong with Day-Lewis performance, I felt that he was easily upstaged in many scenes by Paul Dano. Although the fact that he was cast for two roles certainly was confusing.

All criticism aside: the last scene of the film is great. If I didn’t have a headache worthy of a battalion of drunken marines by that point, it might actually have redeemed the movie.

I often wonder whether I am the only one that is annoyed when a movie starts showing the year (or location) on screen, but just stops somewhere in the middle. There were certainly more breaks towards the end that should have prompted a new caption.

Golden Globes vergeben

Dienstag, Januar 15th, 2008

Am gestrigen Sonntag wurden in Los Angeles die Golden Globes verliehen. Dieser von der HFPA (Hollywood Foreign Press Association) vergebene Preis gilt schon seit einiger Zeit als nahezu bedeutungslos (die HFPA hat gerade mal 100 Mitglieder, ist also keine wirkliche Vertretung der ausländischen Journalisten in Hollywood) und die Zeiten als die Globes als optimale Indikatoren für die Oscars galten sind wohl auch vorbei. Aber dank dem Autorenstreik wurde alles noch ein bisschen unwichtiger: Statt der üblichen dreistündigen Show gab es nur eine halbstündige Pressekonferenz – ohne Stars, ohne Glanz, ohne Glamour.

Das Ergebnis war dann auch nicht sonderlich glamourös – kein Film konnte mehr als zwei Auszeichnungen davon tragen. Gewinner der Auszeichnungen als beste Filme waren “Abbitte” bei Dramen und “Sweeney Todd – Der teuflische Barbier aus der Fleet Street” bei Komödien und Musicals. Dieser gewann auch den Award für den längsten Filmtitel sowie Johnny Depp die Auszeichnung als bester Schauspieler, während bei den Dramen hier Daniel Day-Lewis für “There Will Be Blood” (deutscher Titel noch nicht bekannt?) geehrt wurde. Bei den Damen wurden Julie Christie (“An Ihrer Seite“) sowie Marion Cotillard (“La Vie en rose“) ausgezeichnet. Als bester Animationsfilm wurde unverständlicherweise “Ratatouille” (dafür gibt es noch nicht mal einen Link…) ausgezeichnet, wo doch jeder weiß, dass der Simpsons Film um Längen besser war. Eine vollständige Liste der Gewinner kann beispielsweise hier (auf Englisch) oder hier (auf Deutsch) eingesehen werden.

Neben Auszeichnungen für Filme gibt es auch noch Golden Globes für Fernsehsendungen und -schauspieler, aber wer da gewonnen hat interessiert ja nun wirklich niemanden.