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Wednesday
Apr 16 2014

April Showers: Pulp Fiction

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I was casually skimming through Pulp Fictionthe other dayand watched scenes from the Bruce Willis portion.It's the storyline that's easiest to forget since it feels less energized by Tarantino's then shockingly fresh auteurial voice and rapid pop-culture infused dialogue and more like a general riff on cliché movie tropes (the boxer who won't take a fall,an antihero on the run,etcetera)...well at least until The Gimp shows up.But watching it again,I was reminded that Quentin Tarantino's movies used to be more firmly rooted in accessible humanity.We didn't know it at the time of course because his work was then so "new"and stylized that it didn't feelintimatein the way the movies have taught us to expect.But post-Jackie Brownhis work became increasingly cartoonish (this is not always a bad thing: I sometimes thinkKill Bill Vol 1is his best film) and though his characters are still deeply memorable they're more like "characters"than people...

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Friday
Sep 09 2011

Red Carpet Convo: Glamour Casual,Festival Orgy,Namesake Pets

Nathaniel:It says "Jose is busy.You may be interrupting."
Jose:I'm lying about my status.
Nathaniel:Pants on fire!You are never too busy for fashion.This week's red carpet lineup is kind of scattershot.That's how I feel right now with four festivals seemingly happening simultaneously this week.
Jose:That we know of.Film festivals are the Starbucks of the movie world.
Nathaniel:One for every zip code.

Nathaniel:So...this first batch is a mix of Deauville (Kate Bosworth,Shirley Maclaine,Emma Stone),Venice (Keira Knightley) and a regular ol' boring premiere somewhere (Marion Cotillard).
Jose:I recognize the dress so it was NYC.
Nathaniel:See.I'm not even hereI've already fled town mentally if not physically...yet.
Jose:I have always wondered how movie stars lose their baby fat so freaking fast.What has Marion been eating after petit Marcel was born?
Nathaniel:She's no longer eating for 2 but ‪½ ...actresses,you know.
Jose:Hopefully Guillaume is feeding the wee lad tons of baguettes and souffles but then again said baby isn't the face of Dior and Mommy is.

Nathaniel:Kate Bosworth eats for ‪⅕ so lets start with‬ her.
Jose:lol.Remind me again,why is she famous for?
Nathaniel:I can't remember...OH the worst Lois Lane.And a surfer movie,I think.
Jose:Oh true.Also for bicolored eyes and for dating Alexander Skarsgård.
Nathaniel:If you have to live on next to nothing there are worse things to nibble on.
Jose:She's totally doing a Pam face.He should get her a gig onhis show.

Nathaniel:I think this dress is kind of pretty but she is soooo tiny and the dress so delicate that it gives the impression that the tiniest gust of wind -- even something as little as the wind currents coming off another speeding luminary passing her on the red carpet -- would all but knock her over.
Jose:Kate is pretty but god am I bored trying to say something about her.
Nathaniel:So let's talk about Shirley Maclaine.She was there to be honored for her entire career.I think they showed the ballet epicThe Turning Point(1977) of all things.This outfit looks appropriate glitzy and shiny and I love Shirley Maclean Beaty but how can she not afford a better wig?
Jose:lol.Blame her colorist?This totally reminds me of thatSex and the Cityepisode when Samantha follows her ex BF in disguise wearing a wig from the Raquel Welch collection.

The Many (Great) Faces of Shirley Maclaine

Nathaniel:Jose,it needs to be asked.In the cable system of your mind,areSex & The Cityrepeats running on like 400 of the 1000 stations?
Jose:No,but Shirley and I both own the DVDs.
Nathaniel:Anyway,she looks really happy and she certainly deserves lifetime achievement plaudits.It's really a wonder to me that more young actresses don't hold her up as an icon.Her career was stellar,longlasting,and full of interesting movies and classic.And there are so many pixie types.But I guess none of them have a personality even remotely as large as hers.Which is maybe the problem.You can be merely elegant and fashionable and pretend you're the next Audrey Hepburn and people will go along with it for 5 minutes but to try Shirley Maclaine...
Jose:Amen.Anne Hathaway maybe when she grows up?

Nathaniel:So Emma Stone.Stunning again.This color is gahsome on her.But I have to say...I still don't have a bead on her personal style at all.
Jose:Her style is "Go with the greatest working designers and blow mortals' expectations every single time."
Nathaniel:Way to narrow it down.
Jose:Remember when I complained about Kate Winslet's structural obsession *fashion nerd alert*?
Nathaniel:Yes?
Jose:Well Emma is doing it right.She went with Roland Mouret,known the world over for his love of structure BUT he does structure with delicacy.
Nathaniel:I'm assuming "the world over"meaning "fashion nerd world"?

KEIRA,GWYNETH,"GLAMOUR CASUAL"and JOSE'S DOGGIE (!!!) AFTER THE JUMP.

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