Captivating descriptions about the femme fatale character in film noir movies in the article linked above, including femme fatales as “protofeminist forerunners.” Unfortunately, it claims that femme fatales rarely exist in films/movies today. PITY.
“She smoldered, she coveted, she hated, she schemed and, above all, she manipulated the men in her life — alternately offering and withholding the promise of love and a mind-blowing screw, playing the poor saps like puppets as the moment required.”
“The femme fatale isn’t passive, waiting for her life to improve on its own. Instead she takes the initiative, attacking the problem with nerve, drive and intelligence. Yes, she uses cat’s-paws, rather than her own paws, to accomplish her goals…She is the actor, he the acted upon. It’s she who controls her destiny, for better or worse.”
A late delivery but well hung and only favorites from the likes of Radiohead, DJ Danger Mouse, RJD2, Hercules & Love Affair, Dinosaur Jr, Nicolas Jaar, Delta5, Jamie Woon, Gil Scott Heron & Jamie XX, Rhythm & Sound, Lootpack and DJ Shadow.
I did not like Lykke Li’s new album at first listen; I was still attached to Youth Novels, that’s why. The melodramatic tunes plus the rebellious youth vibe in that previous album was the Lykke Li that I’ve grown used to. However, I think she found her true sound in this one…and it is rapidly growing on me.
I am loving her new look/packaging as well. Very Sweden. Except, maybe, for that Get Somevideo. Why do I see a resemblance to Lady Gaga?!
I was rooting for Michelle Willams to win Best Actress.
However, as most predicted, Natalie Portman won the award for Black Swan. I watched the film and yes, I do praise Portman for her performance. I must say that the disturbed, insecure, paranoid and extremely perfectionist Nina is quite a character — must have been an effort to embody, and yet Portman pulled it off excellently. She also gained my admiration and respect for the fact that she rigorously trained and prepared for that role for a year. Now THAT, is total commitment.
However, I felt like all the grandiose elements in the movie collectively aided Natalie Portman in her portrayal of Nina’s character, and in turn, elevated the perception of the public of her performance. Look: the film itself had a unique and interesting concept/theme (one that has not been done as much before); it had beautiful art direction, luxurious costumes, popular designers (Mulleavy sisters) and top-of-the-line choreography/ers; and it had the talented Darren Aronofsky as a director. What could possibly go wrong, right? All of these over-hyped Natalie Portman as well, and made her performance appear better than it really was.
I watched Blue Valentine last night, and I will strongly say that Michelle WIlliams delivered a more Oscar-worthy performance. First, Williams showed such a range of emotions as she portrayed different facets of her character, Cindy Heller, as opposed to Natalie Portman who acted only one side of Nina, the ballerina: the insecure, delusional and obsessive side. Watch Black Swan again, and you’ll notice that there was only one expression on Portman’s face all throughout the movie. On the other hand, Williams dynamically portrayed both the younger, carefree, charming/charismatic Cindy Heller AND the older, tired, and grown-out-of-love Cindy Heller with such amazing contrast that I really saw the difference and the change in the character. Second, there was nothing fancy about the movie: Williams had minimal make-up, and there were no designer clothes, nor any awe-inducing cinematic effects; what I saw was just plain Michelle Williams and her poignant portrayal of the character, and nothing else. She was real and believable, and her performance was truly memorable (I mean, who would ever forget that song number + tap dance?!). For all of these, she should have won that Best Actress Award.
Watch the film, and you’ll definitely see what I mean.
I tend to be late on churning out these opinion/reflection pieces because I also tend to watch movies late — usually once their hype is over. I do this partly because I have school (yes, thaaat inevitable excuse), and also because watching it months (or even years!) after its release somewhat gives me permission to eschew reviews and critics’ opinions, and just have an uninfluenced opinion of it.
My heart is still aching as I write this piece, as I have just finished Mark Romanek’s Never Let Me Go. Watching this film was incredibly painful; I was clutching my right wrist with my left hand so hard whilst hugging a fluffy pillow, as if I was watching a thriller movie. Was this position my defense mechanism from the pain? From the inevitable sad ending of the movie? Or from the hurt caused by Kathy H.’s (Carey Mulligan) repressed love for Tommy D. (Andrew Garfield) [*heart melts*]? Well, it probably was from all of that.
I don’t exactly know what this movie is all about: is it about love? Is it a question of ethics? Or does it simply aim to highlight the fleeting/ephemeral nature of life? So many questions, but I’ve no answers, and no well-formed opinions…Just teary eyes, and a broken heart.