A quick post to show you some of the pictures I took at last night’s Alice in Wonderland World/Royal Premiere.
It was an extremely interesting night. Myself and Mary Hart are now best friends. She liked my sparkly shoes and my ridiculous hair. What a result. Enjoy the pics. Timmy B and Johnny Depp are far too cool for school.
A Single Man – Review
Last night I witnessed something remarkable.
Tom Ford’s A Single Man wasn’t a film that I hadn’t really heard of until I the news filtered through about Colin Firth’s BAFTA nomination. However, based on what I saw, I’m glad I made the decision to see this and not ahem… Wolfman.
Set in Los Angeles in 1962, at the height of the Cuban missile crisis, A Single Man, is the story of George Falconer, a 52 year old British college professor [Colin Firth] who is struggling to find meaning to his life after the death of his long time partner, Jim [Matthew Goode]. George dwells on the past and cannot see his future as we follow him through a single day, where a series of events and encounters, ultimately leads him to decide if there is a meaning to life after Jim. George is consoled by his closest friend Charley [Julianne Moore], a 48 year old beauty who is wrestling with her own questions about the future. A young student of Georges, Kenny [Nicholas Hoult], who is coming to terms with his true nature, stalks George as he feels in him a kindred spirit. A Single Man is a romantic tale of love interrupted, the isolation that is an inherent part of the human condition, and ultimately the importance of the seemingly smaller moments in life.
The film is quite astonishing really and this sense of appreciation is exacerbated when you consider that this is the directorial début of Tom Ford, he also wrote and produced the film (self financing the film) and this incredible adaptation of Christopher Isherwood’s powerful book took a mere 21 days to shoot. He’s set the bar so high on this film, I think he could quite happily hang up his directorial gloves and feel satisfied.
Ford recently said that A Single Man, “is Colin Firth’s film” and to a certain extent this is very true. Ford allows the camera to linger on Firth and is positioned to make you feel every ounce of torment that George is subjected to as he comes to terms with the removal of part of him and the acceptance of his current situation. Firth’s performance is tender in all the right places and as a viewer you become heavily invested in the character even though he is veiled with a blanket of mystery and sadness. His performance is a cooking pot of emotions as even when on the verge of ending his life he is able to find humour in the situation. Whilst the film really is a gargantuan showpiece for Firth, that isn’t to say that the supporting roles aren’t equally up to the task of making this film even more beautiful. I make particular reference to Nicholas Hoult, who has popped up in various places over the past few year e.g. About a Boy and Skins, but in this role excels as Kenny who shows George that life does go on. Having said that though, the film really is a triumph for Ford and I cannot enthuse enough about it. The colours that Ford has chosen and the soft directorial touches he adds throughout provide the viewer with an array of contrasting shots and textures, all of which neatly tying into the world in which George lives.
Whilst it may not sound like your cup of tea, A Single Man is a highly charged emotional rollercoaster and has, in much the same way as Ford, a potent blend of charisma and style. Quite honestly before I had seen this I would have backed Jeremy Renner for the Oscar for best male performance, but on reflection you won’t see a more beautiful performance than that given by Firth. I don’t envy the Academy forced to pick between the two of them though. Could be an extremely interesting awards ceremony this year. If you can, get out and see the film sooner rather than later.
Check out the trailer here
Super Bowl Sunday was something of a write off for me. My weekend jaunt into Bath really took its toll and I passed out at 9.30pm, missing the entire game.
Oh well! Anyways, here a couple of the Super Bowl TV Spots that took my liking.
Megan Fox’s Motorola Devour Super Bowl Spot
Motorola hooked up with my future wife for this one. The extremely hot Transformers star is seen in the bath and shows the benefits of the phone for the social media enthusiast… and what can happen with a badly timed Tweet. Such a shame the phone is uglier than Shia Lebeouf’s left foot.
Prince of Persia
Mixed feeling about this film…. until I saw Gemma Arteton in a recent play ‘The Little Dog Laughed’ and thought to myself… Wow, she CAN act. Gyllenhall is also pretty good value for money. Should be a good one. This spot doesn’t reveal too much more, but gives Arteton the opportunity to dish out her sultry voice with a ladle.
Alice in Wonderland
Tim Burton. Johnny Depp. Sold. This cheeky little spot gives more of an idea of the beastly CGI and the battle. The line that HBC has at the end of the clip has already become a firm favourite here at Feref.
The Last Airbender
Gives a much stronger indication as to what the film is about and I’m hoping that it will be a return to form for N. Night Shyamalan. Looking forward to seeing Dev Patel in his next big role since Slumdog Millionaire
There’s nothing I like more than Gladiator in a forest. I’m not going to pass judgement on this just yet. I’m always open to movies, but was anyone really crying out for this to be made? I hope I proven wrong in the summer.
That’s all for this post… but be sure to check back soon for more incongruous mind ramblings.
Thanks for reading!