Monday Mood: Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

THIS is gonna be good! 

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See Margot Robbie (she was so amazing in I, Tonya) as Sharon Tate in Quentin Tarantino’s new film.

Information taken from dazeddigital.com

Quentin Tarantino’s next movie, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, will chronicle late 60s Los Angeles, following a struggling actor (Leonardo DiCaprio) and his stunt double (Brad Pitt) as they chase fame. The murder of Sharon Tate, Valley of the Dolls actress, model, and wife of director Roman Polanski, plays a major part in the film’s narrative.

Margot Robbie plays the late Sharon Tate, whose death at the hands of cult leader Charles Manson’s followers in 1969 shocked Hollywood and the world. The I, Tonya actor has now shared a first look at her character on set. She has long blonde hair worn in a similar style to Tate, with a black turtleneck, white miniskirt, and white go-go boots.

Tate – who was heavily pregnant – was murdered along with four others in the home she shared with Polanski, when four members of the infamous Manson family invaded. Manson demanded the attack after record producer Terry Melcher – who previously rented the house Tate was residing in – snubbed him over a recording contract.

Robbie previously told Indiewire that Tarantino was one of her “bucket-list directors”, and that “as long as I can remember, I’ve been a huge Tarantino fan.”

Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt shared an image of themselves in costume in set back in June. Tate reportedly appears as a neighbor. The cast also includes Burt Reynolds, Dakota Fanning, and Luke Perry among others.

The film is Tarantino’s ninth film, and his first since the Oscar-winning The Hateful Eight in 2015. The director has  previously discussed retiring after his tenth feature film.

The movie is scheduled for release before the end of July, 2019 by Sony Pictures.  The film was originally scheduled for release on August 9 to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the Tate–LaBianca murders.

This is a film worth waiting for.  An incredible director with equally incredible actors.

 

 

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Art/Film:  “Breakable You” &  “It’s Only the End of the World”

Two Films, two dysfunctional families involving two playwrights with two very different stories.  These were my first two choices to see at the Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF). They make my world seem a whole lot less complicated and normal.

Image courtesy of Harmoney Productions
Image courtesy of Harmoney Productions

I saw the world premiere of a movie entitled “BREAKABLE YOU” mostly because two actors I really admire are in it.  Holly Hunter (the piano, what women want) & Alfred Molina (Chocolat, Frida).

“We’re all fakes until we have a good idea, and then we’re geniuses” – quote from the film.

This arguably dark comedy revolves around Eleanor, a psychologist (Holly Hunter) following the divorce of her plagiarising playwright husband  Adam (Tony Shalhoub)  who tries desperately to regain a former successful Broadway following.  They have a bi-polar philosophy grad student daughter named Maud (Cristin Miloti) who chases a forlorn uncommunicative man named Samir (Omar Metwally) who is trying to overcome an unbearable loss of his own.

Almost immediately following the divorce Eleanor embarks on an affair with her first love who happens to be her ex-husband’s brother (Alfred Molina).  Sound complicated?  It is. The setting takes place on New York’s upper west side with the Manhattan literary crowd.

If this sounds familiar like something from Woody Allen; trust me, it’s not!

“IT’S ONLY THE END OF THE WORLD”  (Juste la fin du Monde) is gaining awards buzz and for good reason.

Photo: theplaylist.net
Photo: theplaylist.net

I chose this one because of the amazing all French cast: Marion Cotillard, Vincent Cassel, Léa Seydoux, Gaspard Ulliel & Nathalie Baye.  They were all unbelievably brilliant even if at times it was in-your-face hard to watch.

In brief the story is about a young writer returning home after 12 years to try to reconcile and tell his family some terrible news.  The news being that he is dying.  But the whole family is dying in a psychological sense.  This is one of the best (or worst) cases of family dynamic dysfunction I have yet to witness on the big screen.  Let’s just say….

My next selections from hereon in will be more uplifting.

The Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF) is from January 2 – 16, 2017.    There is an abundance of fabulous films to choose from.  For more information go to: https://www.psfilmfest.org/

Film/ART: Mad about MAUDIE

Maudie…

is the true life story of Maud Lewis, a self taught painter who rose to fame despite all odds. maud1It was the film chosen for the OPENING GALA at the 35th Vancouver International Film Festival (VIFF). maud3maud4

It did not disappoint.  In fact it was one of the most compelling movies I’ve seen in a long time. A hauntingly beautiful movie about suffering, unlikely romance and ultimately success against numerous setbacks, in a cinematic landscape.

This quote by Elisabeth Kübler-Ross best sums up the main character’s personality:

“The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of the depths. These persons have an appreciation, a sensitivity, and an understanding of life that fills them with compassion, gentleness, and a deep loving concern. Beautiful people do not just happen.”

Set in Nova Scotia in the 1950s and 1960s, the story unfolds as Maudie (played by Sally Hawkins) crippled with rheumatoid arthritis decides to leave her family who have taken advantage of her personally and financially, for once and for all.

She meets a lonely reclusive fish peddler named Everett Lewis (played by Ethan Hawke) when he tries to hire a housekeeper.

The film unfolds from there as we find out how these two opposites fare in each others lives.  Everett is a very difficult man and Maudie is determined to see it through with wit, heart and ART.maud2

It’s okay to give away the ending because by now everyone knows that Maud Lewis became a well-known and well deserved folk artist whose paintings hang in the White House.

This film is an Irish-Canadian co-production.

Cast member Kari Matchett is Canadian.  She plays Sandra, a woman visiting from New York with nice shoes, a nice manner and an interest in the art that is revealed inside the little house Maud and Everett live in. She commissions Maud to paint some cards for her.

The movie was filmed in Newfoundland near Trinity (a location I visited while in Newfoundland a few years back) so it was familiar.  The real location was near Digby, Nova Scotia (another location I visited on that same trip).  The remote scenery is breathtaking.

Irish Director Aisling Walsh  along with two other female producers were there to help promote the film and answer questions from the audience at the very end.

I met Aisling Walsh in the lobby after the film.  Everyone had a ballot to vote how much (or how little) they liked the movie from 1-5, with 5 being the highest.  I told her that I would give it a 5 but it really deserved a 10.  Also, I was a mess from tearing up so much it’s a good thing I wasn’t wearing mascara.
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“Maud’s story epitomizes triumph over adversity – “Art Gallery of Nova Scotia

https://www.artgalleryofnovascotia.ca/maud-lewis

To find out more about VIFF or buy tickets please visit: https://www.viff.org/