Friday, July 13, 2012

we shall return to Oz

The first preview for Disney's Oz: The Great and Powerful has been released and my first impression is meh.

It stars James Franco (doing his best Johnny Depp impression) as a magician, who after becoming trapped in a storm wakes to find himself in a foreign land called Oz. Here he encounters three witches played by Rachel Weisz, Mila Kunis and Michelle Williams and then something happens

As you can tell I’m not very excited about this movie, it may have something to do with the fact that once again Disney are telling me that because I have brown hair I am an evil witch.
Thanks Disney!

Saturday, July 7, 2012

dance me to the end of love

The Daily Life is proving to be one of my favourite internet spots. It is an eclectic mix of pop culture, food and odd topics; much like my brain. Todays oddities were Liz Lemon and Troy Barnes rapping and more importantly a top 20 list of movie dance madness!

I love dancing. Choreographed, drunken, I love it all.

The list was pretty good, covering the expected dirty dancing etc. If you are interested to know what they think click here...

More importantly, here are my top 5 cinematic dance moments:

5. Mary Poppins - Step in Time

Mary Poppins would have to be one of the best musicals ever. Wonderful accents, ceiling tea parties and pigeons. Could you ask for anything more? Yes! rooftop dancing. Kick your knees up, step in time!

4. Nice moves Potter.

I love Harry Potter. I love this scene.

        I love his dancing the most.

3. Grease 2 - We're Gonna Score Tonight

What can I say, this movie is amazing.

2. Romy & Michelle

For my 10 year high school reunion I intend to behave like Heather and dance like this.

                                            And now drumroll please......

                                  my number one best movie dance scene ever is

1. Toy Story 3

This is how you finish a movie.

Friday, July 6, 2012

Take This Waltz

A few weeks ago I went to see Take This Waltz and since then I have been trying to figure out whether or not I liked it, loathed it or just maybe loved it.

The film is about Margo (Michelle Williams), who upon meeting a handsome neighbour starts to question her comfortable existence.  I'm very easily won over by self indulgent movies and this one has a very Sofia Coppola feel to it*. It threatens to question the idea of taking chances vs playing it safe, however like Williams's Blue Valentine it feels a little watered down.

It does have a great cast, with Seth Rogen (Husband), Luke Kirby (Handsome man) and Sarah Silverman (Best Friend) rounding out the mains. Rogen and Silverman are particularly lovely, and I would have preferred to watch the film from their perspective.

I think my issues with the movie are due to the fact that Margo is a very unlikeable character, by the end I was rooting for her to fail.

I really did love parts of this movie.

There is a wonderful version of Leonard Cohen's Closing Time, accompanied by dancing and vintage dresses.

Maybe I was wanting too much? Maybe I've just become a cynical movie goer? Maybe it was just crappy?

My favourite beard loving movie critic David had this to say about it:

 "it does have these sort of rather strange and seemingly slightly clunky elements of coincidence and contrivance and what have you, but it seemed to me that maybe it's a little bit like a Leonard Cohen song"

I do love Leonard but I just don't know about this.

* meaning RIDICULOUSLY self indulgent