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Tuesday
Jan 15 2019

Mary Poppins vs.Mary Poppins Returns: Supporting Characters

by Lynn Lee

Among the sharper observations I've seen regardingMary Poppins Returnsis that it is toMary PoppinswhatThe Force Awakenswas toStar Wars: A New Hope.  In each case,the sequel feeds shamelessly off fans' nostalgia by recreating every beat of the original film – the plot arc,the character dynamics,even the distinctive look of the original,tweaked to reflect the changing mores of the past several decades.  In short,it'sthe same movie,just repackaged.

Setting aside whether it needed to be made at all,does Mary Poppins 2.0 improve at all on the original formula?  InThe Force Awakens,the one real added value was the new characters.  In many ways they felt like rebooted archetypes fromA New Hope,yet for the most part they also felt fresh and intriguing.  Is the same true forMary Poppins Returns?  Let's do a side-by-side comparison...

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Friday
Nov 23 2018

Review: Write When You Get Work

byMurtada Elfadl

For a film that starts with Finn Wittrock taking his shirt off,Write When You Get Workdisappoints.He plays a New York City drifter working odd jobs and living off petty crime schemes.His ex (Rachel Keller) has left that life behind after the break-up and is now trying to make it working at a prestigious school in the wealthy Upper East Side.Of course their worlds collide as he tries another get-rich scheme that involves one of the parents of the kids in her school (Emily Mortimer)...

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Monday
Mar 20 2017

Review: The Sense of an Ending

by Lynn Lee

Elliptical and enigmatic,The Sense of an Endinghas the quality of a mystery,but one that raises more questions than it answers.  That is,without a doubt,fully intentional.  It's a film that's designed to make you go "hmm,"not "aha,"and there's something admirable about how studiously it avoids going for an obvious narrative or emotional knockout punch.  But by the same token,there's something a little unsatisfying about it,too.

Based on the Booker Prize-winning novella by Julian Barnes,the film centers on an aging Londoner,Tony Webster (Jim Broadbent),who,upon being notified of an unexpected legacy,finds himself revisiting his memories of an incident from his youth and eventually coming to grips with the fact that he's never fully acknowledged or even recognized the truth of what really happened...

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Tuesday
Mar 18 2014

Linkomaniac Pt. 1

The Daily Beasttalks to Uma Thurman about Lars von Trier and gender politics
Five Thirty Eightparses Shakespeare and finds thatRomeo & Juliethave a relationship that's not totally based on getting to know one another.Duh!
The WirereviewsDoll & Em,a new miniseries starring Emily Mortimer

PlaybillKatharine McPhee has landed a series lead gig in a CBS show calledScorpion.(I guess they never sawSmash?)
Salonon the eve of the release ofDivergent,a reminder that not every YA best-seller aiming forHunger Gamesphenom status succeeds:Beautiful Creatures,City of Ember,The Hostand more...
The GuardianBrittany Murphy's final film,Something Wicked,is completed four years after her death
Vulture294 "issues"Glee has addressed in its first 99 episodes
Varietythey went really young casting Peter Pan for that self proclaimed "international"and "diverse"Panfilm which keeps casting white people in all the roles (so I guess what they mean by diverse is international and all ages).The boy's name isLevi Miller

Today's Long Read
The complete short story"The Birds"which inspired Alfred Hitchcock's 1963 classic and will inspire the remake (argh) which might star Naomi Watts and be directed by Diederik Van Rooijen-- which I keep hoping will be cancelled -- is available online if you've never read it.It's from Daphne du Maurier who Hitchcock obviously liked as she also wroteRebecca.(Thanks to Sashafor pointing it out.)

Thursday
Oct 13 2011

"The Age of Scorsese" Photos

Editorial photoshoots that recreate old movies are always good for both smiles and grimaces.The latest in this long chain of stars playing other stars (a motif we've discussed before) involves the films of Martin Scorsese in Harper's Bazaar "The Age of Scorsese"photographed by Jason Schmidt.

I was thrilled to see two underappreciated actors (and real life marrieds) Alessandro Nivola & Emily Mortimer inThe Aviatorparts that brought Leo & Cate Oscar attention.For what it's worth,Mortimer has a sweet small role in Scorsese'sHugo(see previous post)as a flower shop girl to follow her sick small role inShutter Island.

As you'd rightly expect they're adorable while discussing the shoot in theaccompanying videos.

Emily:We were worried about not having chemistry in our shot.It's a still frozen in time from a movie so it's a different thing trying to...and also our faces at those angles don't necessearily look as good as Cate Blanchett and...
Allesandro:Speak for yourself.
Emily:Well,you're much more handsome than Leonardo DiCaprio.Obviously.

Love.

Meanwhile,can we please declare a moratorium on using Jodie Foster'sTaxi Driverunderage hooker as a iconic look for child stars?It's like a rite of passage for them but you'd think people would get tired of tarting them up by now!So here's Chloe Moretz as.Keanu Reeves gets the DeNiro role.

There's a few moreover at Harper's BazaarinvolvingGoodfellas,Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore(Emily Blunt) andGangs of New York(Christina Hendricks and Jack Huston...Christina is a definite improvement over the original but,then,it's kind of Cameron Diaz's worst performance.)

Finally,Kate Bosworth attempts to channel La Pfeiffer (the guy playing DDL is uncredited) fromThe Age of Innocence.

Anyone pretending to be Michelle Pfeiffer is going to be a problem for me but ..Bosworth?Hmmm.To her credit in the video that accompanies the article,Kate echoesElizabeth Olsen's recent confessioncalling LaPfeiffer "one of my favorite actresses of all time"so I guess we'll forgive her for treading on hallowed frizzy-haired ground.

Wednesday
Jul 06 2011

Sudden Flashback: Ladies in Waiting

Ialwaysforget that Emily Mortimer and Kelly Macdonald were Cate Blanchett's right-hand (and left-hand) girls inElizabeth(1998).

(And Daniel Craig was in it,too!)

None of those ladies had to wait long for their careers to blossom...though in the case of Emily & Kelly maybe the careers should've blossomed more spectacularly.Aren't they great?Lovely & Amazing Emily can next be spotted in the comedyOur Idiot Brother(opening in August) and Kelly is playing "The Grey Lady"(aka Helena Ravenclaw) inHarry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2(opening...well,you know when.)