I saw this movie “Like Crazy” with the new Jewish idol who plays the boyfriend turned husband at the Modern film fest. It was okay. I liked it a lot. It’s another movie with a strange ending and you don’t know what happened. But the two in the film get busy. She’s from London and he’s from Santa Monica. They get busy but it is not in your face. They do it in LA and in London and think they can’t live without each other until they do and until they get married to each other.
He cheats like a big greasy dog on her and she cheats on his with her neighbor and they even get engaged. What is the use of saying you love someone and then fucking someone else’s brains out? That’s what this movie is about in a few words but only they keep the explicit sex off the screen. The music was absolutely fabulous though.
Princess Diana of England is not dead to the film industry. A filmmaker is showing a film at Cannes about details of Diana’s death and included a photo of her dying which has not been seen before. Dodi Fayeed is behind the film. Recall that he said a plot was afoot in the death of the couple because the Royals did not want Diana to marry an Arab, a Muslim too boot. Can you say too hot to handle?
LONDON – As Prince William and Kate Middleton honeymoon in a secluded spot, the paparazzi who stalk them are back in the spotlight.
There’s a brewing legal battle over publication of 5-year-old photographs of bridesmaid Pippa Middleton sunbathing topless, and anger about gruesome photographs of the late Princess Diana in the moments after her 1997 car crash appearing in a documentary about her death.
The publication of the Pippa pictures — showing the 27-year-old on a powerboat with older sister Kate (in a revealing bikini) and William (in a red and white bathing suit) — prompted the Middleton family to file a formal petition to Britain’s independent Press Complaints Commission.
Heloise reviewed the book “The Politician” and it was a good read. Let’s see what Sorkin does with it.
Cannes film goers gave boos and jeers at the film Antichrist when it was shown at Cannes.
They really wanted to know why it was a part of the festival. To this amateur reviewer it sounds like the movie abused the audience in its graphic violence aka torture scenes.
Who will pay money to be abused? You would be surprised.
It was shown at Cannes this month. I am glad to see more dramas revolving around historical figures, especially ones that are not well known. Hypatia was a religious woman, forget the atheist and pagan tags because Christianity would not exist were it not for official religion of Rome — Stoicism and the splinters it created. Plotonius and Platonism included in the mix. Religion is not what you think and as soon as the world realizes that there will be no more wars.
Mumbai, India is the setting for this brutal look at slum life in a southern Indian city. It follows the life of three slum dwellers, called slum dogs by the film’s writer, who said he “just made up slumdog.” Ouch!
Well, the natives are a bit restless about the dog part. However, here in America, dog can be a friendly word, but when you are poor, black and the underdog being reminded of it well, hurts. I’ve been to India and traveled by plane, and by taxi from the city of New Delhi to its northern Punjab region. This region is not nearly as bad as the south but just the same you see people living virtually EVERYWHERE in India.
And what distinguishes India even more than having to step over people sleeping in parking lots in the train station and living on the train tracks is the veritble smell of India. It is the smell of burning that distinguishes her.
The hero and heroine of Slumdog have lots of adventures that take them from the beauty of the Taj Mahal to an orphanage that uses and abuses the kids. Here’s where it got ugly. The violence and torture in the movie rate it a strong caution. It is not a kid’s movie even though kids are portrayed in the film.
Its star works his way up to an office job in an offshore calling center where he takes the chance to become a contestant on “Who Wants To Be a Millionaire?” Indian style. It looks like the American version only the questions are very different and as the host says, even scholars have not made it up to the highest levels.
They are suspicious that he has cheated and the police are called in and carry him off for interrogation. The interrogator is the dad from “The Namesake.” He must question young slumdog to get to the bottom.
This is how the story is told in flashbacks that last for long stretches of the film. The end is fabulous. Don’t leave too early or you will miss one of the best music videos ever. It reminds me of the old days back in the 1970s when my ex husband first took me to screenings of Indian films on the north side of Chicago. I’ve always loved Indian films and this one is no exception.
Don’t miss Slumdog Millionaire. Will it win best picture of the year? I predict it will. I’ve seen its biggest competition “Curious Case…” and slumdog will win hands down.