Sunday, July 18, 2010

Inception Island or How I'm Seeing Double

Leo is really perfecting his "grieved by his wife" role no? Despite the differences in style, tone and subject matter, at heart these two Leo DiCaprio films have an unstable man trying to keep his grasp of reality intact. I enjoyed both of them more than the critical community it seems, but then I'm a sucker for smarter-than-they-think-they-are screenplays and for well-executed plot twists that aren't really that twistey to begin with.

But really, who can blame DiCaprio's characters with these beauties at his side?

I don't even know if I could pick one over the other... Actually yeah: Marion's deep blue expressive eyes trump even waif-y Michelle's downcast eyes.

Monday, July 12, 2010

The Kids Are All Right, or How I kinda wanna drink with Annette Bening now

Saw The Kids Are All Right and yes, all the praise is well-deserved. It is a hysterical film that treads difficult issues and doesn't shy away from being at once light and funny, while remaining serious and heavy. The cast is in top form of course:

Wasikowska, Hutcherson and Ruffalo provide solid support for the main couple, but clearly the film belongs to Julianne Moore and Annette Bening who give nuanced and funny performances. Moore plays the west coast hippie "good vibe"/fun mom while Bening plays the uptight, 'write thank you notes' mom. In my head, it's as if a gay Carolyn Burnham (American Beauty) had married a sunnier/hippier Laura Brown (The Hours).

But you know who in my head, did the best supporting work in the film?


(props to @ClaytonArbo for the punchline)

Thursday, July 8, 2010

15 Reasons you should be watching Web Therapy, or How look! Funny famous people!

Are you watching and keeping up with Lisa Kudrow's hilarious web-improv series Web Therapy? Why the hell not? The premise ("50 minute therapy sessions are just too... much, I do 3 minute sessions via iChat") is hysterical and the guest stars alone should make you chuckle.

Don't believe me? Here:

15 Reasons you should be watching Web Therapy.

Tim Bagley

Rashida Jones & Dan Bucatinsky

Bob Balaban

Jane Lynch (playing an anger-prone exec = COMEDY GOLD!)

Julie Claire

Courtney Cox-Arquette (playing a psyhic!)

Steven Weber
Alan Cumming & Victor Garber

Michael McDonald

Julia Louis-Dreyfus (As Fiona's sister = DysFUNction!)

Selma Blair

Molly Shannon


Of course

Lisa Kudrow