Female Filmmaker Friday: Infinitely Polar Bear, 2015 (dir. Maya Forbes)
When I first heard about this film I was a bit hesitant to watch it, but it was released during A Year With Women and I felt it would be wrong to skip it. The reason for my hesitation was that it is a story about a man with bipolar disorder, and although it is based on the real-life childhood of writer/director Maya Forbes, I was afraid of how the character would be depicted. The last major film to feature a character with bipolar disorder was David O. Russell’s Silver Linings Playbook, and while I thought that Bradley Cooper did an excellent job portraying the disorder I felt like the tone of the film betrayed him. The worst theatrical experience I have ever had was watching that movie and seeing him do such a great job and being surrounded by people laughing at him. I didn’t feel like they were laughing with him. They were laughing at him. Which made me feel as if they were laughing at me as well. Seeing what Cooper did in that film was like watching myself. I have had bipolar disorder half of my life. I felt that Russell’s direction of the film betrayed the great work Cooper did and I was afraid that it would happen again. Thankfully, this was not the case. Not only did Mark Ruffalo do a great job in his portrayal of the disorder, but I felt like Forbes brought much more empathy to the character and in the tone of her film, while imbuing it with equal amounts of humor and pathos.
Movie Quote of the Day – Begin Again, 2014 (dir. John Carney)
Gretta: I told you, I write songs from time to time.
Dan: What do you write them for?
Gretta: What do you mean what for? For my pleasure. And for my cat.
Dan: Oh really? Does he like them?
Gretta: She. Yes, she seems to.
Dan: How do you know?
Gretta: Because she purrs.
Dan: Maybe she’s booing.
Gretta: No, she purrs at Leonard Cohen, too, and she has very good taste.
Dan: Maybe she’s fucking with you.
Movie Quote of the Day – Infinitely Polar Bear, 2015 (dir. Maya Forbes)
Cameron: There’s a semi-private in my apartment building. . .
Cameron: What do you say?
Maggie: Oh. My stairwell days are over.
Cameron: You have stairwell days?
Movie Quote of the Day – The Avengers, 2012 (dir. Joss Whedon)
Movie Quote of the Day – Just Like Heaven, 2005 (dir. Mark Waters)
Elizabeth Masterson: David?
David Abbott: What?
Elizabeth Masterson: Tell him thank you.
David Abbott: We’re really grateful, Jack.
Jack Houriskey: I’m not doin’ it for you.
David Abbott: Then why are you doing it?
Jack Houriskey: Because someday, trust me, I’m gonna need help movin’ a body. When that day comes, I don’t wanna hear any shit from you.
Movie Quote of the Day – Shutter Island, 2010 (dir. Martin Scorsese)
15 Breakthrough Performers of 2010
Many of the stars on last year’s list continued to dominate cinema in 2010; and just like last year a few of the stars on this year’s list have been working for quite some time, but in 2010 they’re finally getting their due.
Andrew Garfield made his debut in 2007 in the not-well received Lions For Lambs and the under-seen Boy A. Last year he was fabulous in Terry Gilliam’s The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus, sadly that too went a little under the radar. This year, however, Garfield had two stand-out performances: as Tommy in the much-debated adaptation of Never Let Me Go and as Eduardo Saverin in David Fincher Best Picture contender The Social Network. Garfield has received multiple nominations for his performance in the latter and is widely considered a front-runner for a Best Supporting Actor Oscar nomination next week. He’s also been named the new Spiderman, which has begun filming already and is due out in theaters in 2012.
Movie Quote of the Day – 13 Going On 30, 2004 (dir. Gary Winick)
Matt: Jenna, what are you… Why are you here?
Jenna: Matty, I told you – something really weird is happening. Yesterday was my 13th birthday and then, and then today I woke up and I’m this, and you, I mean – you’re that! You get it?
Matt: [long pause] Are you high? You been smoking pot? Doing X? Fallen into a K-Hole? You doing drugs?
Zero-Time Academy Award Nominees – 20 of the Best Contemporary Actors Who’ve Never Been Nom’d For Oscar
I decided to do this list in alphabetic order, by last name. These are some 20 contemporary actors who have yet to be nominated for an Academy Award and who, in my opinion, deserve to be.