Dallas Buyers Club directed by Jean-Marc Vallée. Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto look like they will stop the traffic with it. the sweet Jennifer Garner stars in it also with the screeplay by Craig Borten and Melisa Wallack. Based on the true story set in 1986 in Dallas, of a man diagnosed with HIV who began smuggling alternative medicine with Rayon an HIV-positive transgender woman. Read the original story it’s based on here. This at a time it must be remembered when Ronald Reagan was in power in the USA, from 1981 -1987. And for seven out of those eight years he refused to say the AIDS word let alone acknowledge the AIDS epidemic that was happening at the time. By ’95 – in New York alone – more Americans had died of AIDS than had been killed in the Vietnam war. The italiced is a quote from page 474 of John Irving’s novel, which I review here, his thirteenth novel, In One Person I have seen criticism of the story but it can’t be over-estimated the dreadful impact Reagan’s (and the like) ignorance had in condemning a generation to death to put it simply. That’s what his inaction did, and that’s the backdrop of this story. Have always admired Jared Leto films and music. Truly is a chameleon. Deadline recons that the performances of Matthew and Jared are prime Oscar contendors for their roles in the Dallas Buyers Club. Summer Fling was the first film I saw Jared in, though in Ireland it was called The Last of the High Kings. The Last of the High Kings also stars Gabriel Byrne. They add to a nice little story based in and around Dalkey if I remember correctly, and in County Dublin in Ireland. It also has a very young Cristina Ricci in it, I must get it out again over the weekend. If you aren’t familar with Jared Leto’s eclectoic site check it out. Jared’s also a member of the super successful rock band Thirty Seconds to Mars, along with his brother Shannon and Tomo Miličević. I will be writing up more on another Jared Leto film, and John Irving’s books, see In One Person review. Tweets by @JaredLeto
Paolo Sorrentino’s La Grande Bellezza is a work of art. I found it in the end quiet moving, like the protagonist Jep Gambardella, you, come see it’s beauty, what beauty really is. I would advise seeing it in a cine. I am fortunate to have the best cine in Dublin close by, the Lighthouse, which is a fitting venue.
It is a story of an aging writer who recollects his lot, his life, his presence. La Grande Bellezza di Paolo Sorrentino. [The photo below is of Paolo]. Tis funny how you gravitate towards some film. So too with the film La Grande Bellezza directed by Paolo Sorrentino music in the clip is The Lamb by John Tavener. My second piece of advice about the work of art is to buy the accompaning music. It is beautiful. Eclectic.
The wry perfectly goofy pic by Nocturcal is of Sean Penn’s character in This Must Be The Place. I hadn’t realised the same director did both, which was a great suprise. This Must Be The Place is worth the seeing for Penn alone, Is only worth seeing for Penn alone. It is a folly, in comparison and if Paolo were to make it better, get rid of all other characters except his wife, the male kid, the mother and the old man and the first half of the movie, really. The rest is sh!te. It’s wonderfully set in Dublin too, mostly. La Grande Bellezza beautiful score is rendered on a CD set, one with eighteen tracks the other with twenty one including The Lamb. Via EMI, The compilation includes choice pickings from La discoteca, performed by Exch Pop True [bootleg below] and Everything Trying, written and performed by Damien Jurado. Update The Great Beauty won at the 26th European Film Awards. Tweets by @SorrentinoPaolo
I am a John Irving fan. Young, and those with heart, those travellers around Europe that spend time out here, whether it’s Vienna, Mardrid or Berlin will have Irving as one on their reading essentials. Like an air ticket, a rail pass, spending time in the Mediterranean, Irving is a rite of passage. He his books stay long after you have departed to pastures new. Hotel New Hampshire, The Fourth Hand, The World According to Garp of which In One Person has been likened to are great reads into a different world. Of mid America, a small group of friends/ family and Europe. So.. I knew any doubts I had about continuing with In One Person was just me rushing ahead wasn’t really a goer. Irving starts off the novel ever the voyerist. Which he does gleefully. If he were a kid I would have thought he was trying to shock though he tells Billy, the protagonist’s life story flawlessly. He muses on Billy’s rite of passage very well. Looking back after reading I would like to know more about Billy’s life. Not a negative (!) but I knew as I kept reading I was going full circle – from not sure if I could finish it to wishing Irving would slow down. I currently (2013) edit, write, put together a magazine whose demographic is conservative. After reading this novel I had to write it up, even for such a publication. It’s an accomplished piece of storytelling, am glad I read it. I will reread in over time. A honourable piece of storytelling for a subject which still needs everyone to be stand-up-able and perhaps be educated about. John Irving fans will love it, mostly but some not. But if you want a recommended read here’s In One Person. In One Person: A Novel in hardcopy I never believe book cover promo’s though they may give you an idea of the story.
Like; “His most daringly political, sexually transgressive, and moving novel in well over a decade” (Vanity Fair). Winner of a 2013 Lambda Literary Award A New York Times bestselling novel of desire, secrecy, and sexual identity, In One Person is a story of unfulfilled love—tormented, funny, and affecting—and an impassioned embrace of our sexual differences. Billy, the bisexual narrator and main character of In One Person, tells the tragicomic story (lasting more than half a century) of his life as a “sexual suspect,” a phrase first used by John Irving in 1978 in his landmark novel of “terminal cases,” The World According to Garp. In One Person is a poignant tribute to Billy’s friends and lovers—a theatrical cast of characters who defy category and convention. Not least, In One Person is an intimate and unforgettable portrait of the solitariness of a bisexual man who is dedicated to making himself “worthwhile.” Tweets about “#johnirving” More on John Irving’s offical site.
The Villagers (Conor O’Brien, Tommy McLaughlin, Danny Snow, James Byrne and Cormac Curran) wrote a song for Sochi.
In the advent of the 2014 Olympics in Sochi, please find attached a song written for you, your mother, your father and your gay brothers and sisters in Russia.
Occupy Your Mind – written by Conor J O’Brien and produced by James Ford. Buy Occupy Your Mind at iTunes – http://smarturl.it/OccupyYourMindiTunes Video directed by Alden Volney
‘Cos it’s the funniest feeling So let’s slip inside Out of this world Out of this life ‘Cos this place called Home Is no longer mine So now I need to occupy your mind
Well there’s a crack in the ceiling And there’s a hole in the sky And there’s a government warning They don’t like our kind But now it’s three in the morning And I’m feeling just fine And I just want to occupy your mind
Our bodies are dancing Divisions all die Eye of the beholder Beholding the eye And in this infinite space, dear I can hardly feel time And I just want to occupy your mind
Tweets by @wearevillagers www.europafitness.com/chat/p/5145/
Pierre Deladonchamps, Christophe Paou, Patrick d’Assumçao star in Alain Guiraudie’s Stranger by the Lake. France still produces interesting film (saw another recently I must write up too), and it sure shows in this.. A simply observed tale set by a lake in France in summer. L’inconnu du lac – Edition collector 2 DVD linked above.
I was devout of knowledge on director Alain Guiraudie whose film it is. Some scenes and thoughts crossed my mind at times, the unflattering shots of his actors at times. But then maybe we’ve gotten too familiar with the photoshopification of imagery. And well nudity is nudity. It was interesting. The characters in the movie, are presented quiet orginally, and in the end the monster could easily be either of two of the folks… n’est pas? The older man’s characterisation is arresting. I would like to see Alain Guiraudie develop the ordinary subtle dark characterisations in more movies. Must get out Alain Guiraudie’s other films. I’ve read reviews of Stranger by the Lake saying it is hitchcockian, it is. So many films put alot of effort into trying to be film noir, and L’Inconnu du Lac has natural hints of it, even though set in by a scenic lake in the French summer. Impressive acting all round. One I will watch again. Posteritati has the poster of the movie. and I like the poster’s look, excellent graphics. Stranger By The Lake 2013 Original U.S. One Sheet Movie Poster
So, a movie set in Buenos Aires. If you are familiar to the pre 2013 aindreas.com you know this is kinda a repost. I plan on doing more of same of my favourites. Apartment Zero is one I only saw recently. Does Buenos Aires well, reminds me of Colm Tóibín‘s The Story of the Night: A Novel. A brilliantly atmospheric novel. Colm s book is also set in Argentina, though in a time a little earlier, in the time of the General, a time when the streets were empty at night, and people trained themselves not to see. It makes for a great companion piece to the movie and will stay longer after I reckon.
Alors que Buenos Aires sort de la dictature, Adrian Leduc, jeune dandy couvert de dettes, est contraint de partager son appartement avec un autre locataire. Il s’agit du charmant Jack Carney très vite apprécié des autres locataires, à la différence d’Adrian. Leur relation ambiguë va peu à peu se transformer en amitié, Interesting movie that passed me by on it’s original release – I lived in Paris at the time which might explain it. Great story, Hart Bochner is stunning [exhibit one below]. In a previous post about this movie [which didn't survive my blitzing of pre 2013 content,] a commenter* was equally praising of the writers behind the script. It deserves a stage production. Is made for theatre in my estimation, and would love to see other folks bring their interpretation to the characters. For me the story just shies away a bit on some of the [non-]relationship at the centre and the brutal crescendo between the two main characters played by Hart and Colin Firth. But maybe that’s just how a tale of psychopathic’ nature is? Directed and co written by Martin Donovan, and co-written by David Koepp. Mr. Donovan is a protege of the great Luchino Visconti *.
Leo’s Room ( El cuarto de Leo), a movie for your classic gay film library.
Leo runs into Caro, a childhood school friend. The casual re-encounter is observed as are other interludes in Leo’s life in the city, and I guess you could say he stands at a cross roads. Directed by Uruguayan, a fine debutant Enrique Buchichio, with this his first film impressed no less than Variety), he shows a thoughtful calm observant eye for Martín Rodríguez as Leo.
J.P. Davis, American screenwriter and actor wrote and got the making of Fighting Tommy Riley off the ground. He too stars in it as Tommy. I read he got inspiration from seeing a boxing coach in New York having total belief in his protégé and of the trainer being the only one to see it, everyone else wrote the kid off. He thought it was pretty special. wrote it up, performed it in his off Broadway one man show and later into a screenplay. The story has two main protagonists. A young fighter and a not so young coach both in need of a second chance, and they chase the dream of their future. Well worth seeing for it’s sensitivity and it is a well handed story, with Eddie O’Flaherty directing. Jaime Painter Young did a neat review of Fighting Tommy Riley which has a great story about honing in on getting the coach cast. “..luck, or perhaps destiny, played an important role in this project when it came to finding the right Marty. As O’Flaherty tells BSW, “Coincidentally, the friend who had introduced me to JP, his wife–Laura Salvato, who does a lot of theatre in L.A.–knew we were looking for Martys, and she mentioned Eddie Jones to me. The name wasn’t familiar to me, and I think I just kind of stuck it somewhere in the back of my mind. Then one night I came home, and the area that I live in has a local paper that I almost never get, because the house that I live in has two residences, and that paper usually goes to the other resident. So the fact that we got it this time was a coincidence. The paper did an article on another resident in the area who was in theatre and had this great performance in Death of a Salesman, and I saw this image that was exactly what I pictured our Marty looking like. I sat there staring at it, mesmerized.”
Unfortunately when O’Flaherty woke up the next day, the paper had mysteriously disappeared, and O’Flaherty hadn’t caught the actor’s name, Eddie Jones. “I thought, ‘OK. I’m going to have to go through all this work and find the paper, the editor or whomever, and find out who this actor is.’ But the very next day I walk out my door, and there’s another one lying right on my doorstep with Eddie Jones’ picture, and this time I grabbed it and looked and there was the name. We called the Screen Actors Guild and found out who his representatives were. We called his agent and told him about the project. We sent over the script, and Eddie read it. We got a phone call from Eddie saying he wanted to meet with us.”
Found it not so easy to find a decent quality trailer,
below is one from Sina. I improvised.
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Michael Fassbender stars in director Steve McQueen’s Hunger, co written with Irish writer Enda Walsh. When first viewing it I could not but think it took a none Irish guy to make a movie of it, the it being Bobby Sands. Maybe not, maybe it takes an outsider to tell it straight, like Mr. McQueen seems to have gone on to do with 12 yrs a Slave. Booby Sands was at the time a 27 year old Irish Republican Army volunteer, who died in 1981 while on the Hunger Strike aimed towards getting him and other Irish Republican inmates’ status as political prisoners. It would succeed after many of the young men died. It was a huge news story. It is said to have left a shadow over Thatcher’s record. Amongst many shadows some would say. If the movie deals with the politics of the times ( or even now?), it does so slightly.
The story starts more or less with Brian Milligan (who I’d like to see more of)’s character arrival as a new prisoner in the notorious Maze prison in County Down (now mostly demolished), who shares his cell with Liam McMahon‘s during the dirty protests. It’s upfront about the almost early 20th century behaviour of the prison guards. Michael Fassbender’s Bobby Sands story is told, quiet sparingly. Dialogue is minimal. The priest is portrayed by Liam Cunningham. The then UK Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher can be heard describing the inmates of the Maze prison as not political prisoners but criminals. The Hunger Strike is almost avoided it’s so lightly told, there is so little dialogue. The scene where a feather falls while Bobby Sands lies almost catatonic in his bed was a good metaphor for the movie. If you’re ever been with someone dying, it’s a beautiful time, the film tries to convey the same I think, to be in someone’s company at such a time? The film captures the the almost crushing violence of the maize and it’s striking, the contrast when it seemingly halts when the Hunger Strike is in flow. The story is very delicately handled, and uses expressive touches to give sense to a powerful story with little dialogue. It has still enraged some folks (go see some of the forums online) which is bizarre. Guess some do not like any representation of history.
Hunger is required film for anyone interested in film, faultless acting and direction. More so if you lived though the period the movie is set in. It is so simply told, it’s quiet beautiful. And quiet sad.
Also worth checking out is Hunger co-writer Enda Walsh’s The Small Things and Other Plays. it is a collection in one book of some of his plays and stories. This collection includes the critically acclaimed Disco Pigs (originally a play, then a film), misterman (a wonderful play), bedbound, and The Small Things, as well as four previously unpublished plays (The Ginger Ale Boy, Chatroom, Lynndie’s Gotta Gun, and How These Desperate Men Talk).
Michael #Fassbender below. Tweets about “#fassbender”
Jelle Florizoone and Mathias Vergels star in Flemish director Bavo Defurne‘s Noordzee, Texas – North Sea Texas. You have a kid that’s gay? This is the movie you as a parent would like them to see. It’s a story well told, wonderfully acted and effortless. I did wonder where is it going? Having watched in once, twice I know. A lovely film about an endearing group of protagonists. It hits all the buttons of plausibilities and sensibilities. An endearing film and one you will watch again and again.