Tuesday, October 11, 2011

My First Vlog Entry - British TV / Doc Martin

Well, hello there! I am finally making my debut via my first Vlog entry today. I know that I have dedicated this blog to solely discussing film but it's time to divulge my other passion which is British TV. So, without further adieu, off I go...!

And to get you started, here are some memorable quotes from Series 1 (Season 1). Doc Martin really does have the best one-liners said with a dead pan face.

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Rent It! - Win Win

I watched this really clever film, Win Win, over the weekend and really fell in love with it. I must say that Paul Giamatti is one of the best indie film actors around. Mind you, I know very well that he acts in mainstream flicks but man, oh man, does he know how to take an indie film and really make it his own. Shall I remind you when he portrayed Harvey Pekar in "American Splendor" or as the non-drinking merlot Miles character in "Sideways". This film had a great supporting cast such as Mike Flaherty's wife portrayed by the lovely and sassy Amy Ryan. You know who she is - was nominated for an Oscar for "Gone Baby Gone", she was also on "The Wire" for years and most recently on "The Office".

Can we talk about Bobby Cannavale. Love him and have had a crush on him since his days on the series, "Third Watch" but maybe you remember him on "Will & Grace" but I think we should all agree that the most memorable role could quite possibly have been in the SATC episode titled, "Easy Come, Easy Go", where he has a fling with Samantha and tells the girls that he has funky tasting spunk. But seriously, who is the kid who stole the show? Alex Shaffer, who has no previous acting experience but who could really wrestle as he won the New Jersey State Championship.

Melanie Lynskey plays the druggie mother of Alex Shaffer's character and perhaps she looks familiar as the stalker shrink on "Two and a Half Men" but come on, let's dig deeper. She played George Clooney's sister in "Up in the Air", and was the very first person to kiss Kate Winslet in "Heavenly Creatures" when she was sixteen. Also, Rocky Balboa's brother-in-law, Burt Young plays the kid's grandfather (loved seeing him!). And last but not least, Jeffrey Tambor plays the assistant wrestling coach, always able to deliver his comedic timing in a succint and hilarious way.

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Go See: "50/50"

There is a 100% chance that you will love "50/50", even if you're not a fan of Seth Rogen. Director Jonathan Levine ("The Wackness") put together an amazing cast and of course, the multi-talented Joseph Gordon-Leavitt steals the show playing the anguished, emotionally suffering lead. I'm such a huge fan of his - ever since his "3rd Rock From The Sun" TV days, we all knew he had an amazing talent. If you saw "500 Days of Summer" or the haunting, indie flick "Mysterious Skin", you would know what I mean.

This film delicately and raw-ly showed a real side to someone who has cancer and how his family and friends react. There is a pivotal moment in the car when Adam comes to an emotional crossing point with himself and might I just go ahead and say it - I think he will be getting some nominations for his performance in this film. Adam is comforted by a Doctor-in-Training youthful Anna Kendrick, who struggles with maintaining a barrier between doctor and patient. His overbearing mother is played by Angelica Huston (amazing!) and his girlfriend is played by the lovely Bryce Dallas Howard.

I don't even want to say much more about the film because you really need to see it to understand the range of emotions covered in this film. I will say that it really touches you in trying to understand the human emotion, even when it's not spoken.