My Image, Shot by Vera Anderson of LA

On talent and long term spousal abuse….

You may have noticed that I changed my image from the James Dean wannabe in the wifebeater t-shirt, complete with scowl. Back then I was in mixed mood psychosis and got the photos taken by a German photographer who understood light and shadow. Sort of a Marlene Dietrich or Greta Garbo ‘personae’ thing. I didn’t want to part with it and I took a poll and numbers were split. I don’t want people to think I’m the type of rebel who is ‘anti-everything.’ I stand for as much or more than I stand against. I’m not angry at the world. I fight for my health. so I chose a picture I’m fond of at the request of two ladies who know me well. I’m smiling.

It was taken by a woman who photographed me here and there my entire acting career, a brilliant, talented gal named Vera Anderson.

 

She was married to a guy who had untreated, or self medicated bipolar disorder. For anyone over 40, do you remember the very early days of Cable, the ‘Z’ channel, similar to what “Sundance” is now?

Vera’s  husband, ahead of his time, pioneered it.

 

His role models were Jack Nicolson, Roman Polanski, Sam Peckinpah, Martin Scorcese.

He would have LOVED Quentin Tarantino.

Bipolar/substance abusing, refusing his meds, he beat her and she left him. He stalked her relentlessly and the day before his marriage to another woman, he begged her to come back. She said no and he shot himself in the head. “That’lll show you.” He was an ass.

After his death she went on to write a book called “A Woman Like You,” about all the women who endure long spousal term abuse, finally snap and kill their husbands only to serve life in prison;  no one factoring in the effects of PTSD or whatever you wanna call it.

It didn’t seem fair to her. She’d been down that road and bought the T-shirt.

The proceeds from the book went to charity. She had always wanted to direct film and she did one really good film that won an award at AFI (American film institute) but never got picked up by a distributor called “The Dogwalker.”It was a little film about the redeeming aspects of having to care for a little dog. You’d have loved it. Every time Vera took my picture I looked like myself, but better. She was the only photographer that ever ‘got me.’ If I write my book and it gets picked up, I’ll look for her yet again to see if she’ll snap me up.

“13 Hours” (Bengaze) Pablo and Liev Schreiber. Can u believe these two are brothers?

 

 

 

schreiber as Pornstache on 'orange'                              Schreiber

 

Does anyone remember Ray Donovan or the Newspaper editor in “Spotlight” played by Liev Schrieber? He has a talented brother, Pablo, who played the comic relief role of “Pornstasche” or however the hell you spell upper facial hair. Pictured above. He also plays the outspoken, irreverent and defiant operative in “13 Hours” nicknamed Tonto. He wisecracks, even in the midst of carnage, provide greatly needed comic relief. The film is worth seeing even if you are tired of the the mashed about topic, just to see Pablo’s genius at work.

New Films Clair and I must see and soon

I research and coordinate films of worth (I think) for one of my best bipolar buds, Clair and I to watch. We met at a local drop in center and seeing her is one of the ways I achieve balance. Michael, my husband and I go see good stuff too.

“The Big Short” (about 2008 meltdown and those who profited) is on my “Shortlist” lol

 

We must see “Legend”  (about the british gangster identical twins, both played by Tom Hardy),

  “James White” with Cynthia Nixon from Sex in the City as a terminally ill woman with an alcoholic druggie son coming to grips with it,

“The Danish Girl” (Trans w/Eddie Redmayne and my new favorite actress, Swedish superstar 22 years old Alicia Vikander, And for sure,

“The Big Short” about the 2008 meltdown and the guys who got rich betting on it.

 Cast of Big Short:

Ryan Gosling (with that heavy lidded, sullen and sarcastic gaze)

Christian Bale as a metal head antisocial investor

Brad Pitt as their moralizing supervisor

Comic Actor Steve Carrell and others I can’t remember.  

 

Quentin’s “Hateful 8” xmas

 

“Concussion” with Will Smith as a doctor taking on the NFL

 

“Carol” with Kate Blanchett and Rooney Mara ‘Dragon Tatoo’

 Ron Howard’s adaptation of Moby Dick with Chris Helmworth as Captain Ahab (from “Blackhat,” that hacker film we watched in your bedroom last week.)

  

“The Girl in the Book” Michael Nyquist from ‘Dragon Tatoo’ and the girl from Revenge in a book publishing, toxic family of origin drama where she faces her demons as the tries to write the female version of “Catcher in the Rye.”

 

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I luv Jeremy Irons, Kevin Spacey, Paul Bettany, Stanley Tucci &Tarantino

kevin

 

 

Can’t wait for Quentin Tarantino’s “Famous 8” also his 8th film. He often is nostalgia driven in his choice of song, camerawork, choice of actors who haven’t worked in years. (he revived Uma Thurman and John Travolta in 1993’s “Pulp Fiction,”  Michael Keaton in 1999’s “Jackie Brown” and also the career of black actress Pam Grier from blacksplotation films like “Foxy Brown.” He also works with Samuel L Jackson, Kurt Russel, Germany’s Christopher Waltz (a two time academy award winner for best supporting actor) and Brad PItt.

 

Just for kicks yesterday I watched a movie about a financial crisis at an investment company. Their risk-benefit equation was off, and their stock was worthless. It featured Demi Moore, Paul Bettany, Kevin Spacey (for comic relief of the tension) Stanly Tucci, Jeremy Irons and Simon Baker. There was a priceless scene after 80% of workforce on the floor was fired summarily, security guards, instant disconnection of cell phone and internet access etc. It’s grave and tense. Paul Bettany walks into Kevin Spacey’s office. Spacey had worked their thirty years. His head was laying on his desk and you’d think it was work related anguish. Bettany says “What’s wrong?” Spacey looks up tearfully and says, “My Dog’s Dying, She’s at the vet, bla bla I’m spending a thousand a day to keep her alive” and I just burst out in hysterical laughter for five minutes.

 

Then at the end, when Jeremy Irons has told them to sell all of their worthless shares supposed to be worth trillions of dollars and bankrupt all the other people on wall street and their investors, there is this scene where he is fine dining with a white tablecloth in an exclusive restaurant in the building. He is hunched over his table, drinking his wine like a vulture. He is doing a very dishonorable thing, saving his ass and bankrupting others. He’s like a lion dining on the carcass of the investment world. It’s great work.

The Film “Legend” re London’s Kray Twins: Morrissey would be proud!

Yesterday I saw a British film about the notorious Kray Twins of England’s Gangtster lore called “Legend.”

The same actor played both twins, Thomas Hardy.  Legendary they were. They ran London’s East and West Side. One of the twins was a sociopath, so there was a Steinbeckian  “Of Mice and Men” theme running through the film; where one brother had to look out for and do ‘damage control’ on the other. The sociopathic brother was institutionalized twice for insanity. But sometimes he made more sense than the sane sibling. There was stylized violence cagily fraught with slapstick physical comedy like I’ve never seen.

There was this one scene where members of the House of Lords were photographed in a homosexual orgy with the sociopath and this scandal cemented their place as ‘legitimate’ club and casino owners above reproach.

Then their taste for senseless violence caught up with them.

Again.

Violence hasn’t been this funny since  The Three Stooges.
Why do I mention Morrissey? His song, “The Last of the famous international Playboys” was about The Kray Twins. It was like the film, tongue in cheek.

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I luv Jeremy Irons, Kevin Spacey, Paul Bettany, Stanley Tucci &Tarantino

kevin

 

 

Can’t wait for Quentin Tarantino’s “Famous 8” also his 8th film. He often is nostalgia driven in his choice of song, camerawork, choice of actors who haven’t worked in years. (he revived Uma Thurman and John Travolta in 1993’s “Pulp Fiction,”  Michael Keaton in 1999’s “Jackie Brown” and also the career of black actress Pam Grier from blacksplotation films like “Foxy Brown.” He also works with Samuel L Jackson, Kurt Russel, Germany’s Christopher Waltz (a two time academy award winner for best supporting actor) and Brad PItt.

 

Just for kicks yesterday I watched a movie about a financial crisis at an investment company. Their risk-benefit equation was off, and their stock was worthless. It featured Demi Moore, Paul Bettany, Kevin Spacey (for comic relief of the tension) Stanly Tucci, Jeremy Irons and Simon Baker. There was a priceless scene after 80% of workforce on the floor was fired summarily, security guards, instant disconnection of cell phone and internet access etc. It’s grave and tense. Paul Bettany walks into Kevin Spacey’s office. Spacey had worked their thirty years. His head was laying on his desk and you’d think it was work related anguish. Bettany says “What’s wrong?” Spacey looks up tearfully and says, “My Dog’s Dying, She’s at the vet, bla bla I’m spending a thousand a day to keep her alive” and I just burst out in hysterical laughter for five minutes.

 

Then at the end, when Jeremy Irons has told them to sell all of their worthless shares supposed to be worth trillions of dollars and bankrupt all the other people on wall street and their investors, there is this scene where he is fine dining with a white tablecloth in an exclusive restaurant in the building. He is hunched over his table, drinking his wine like a vulture. He is doing a very dishonorable thing, saving his ass and bankrupting others. He’s like a lion dining on the carcass of the investment world. It’s great work.

New Films Clair and I must see and soon

I research and coordinate films of worth (I think) for one of my best bipolar buds, Clair and I to watch. We met at a local drop in center and seeing her is one of the ways I achieve balance. Michael, my husband and I go see good stuff too.

“The Big Short” (about 2008 meltdown and those who profited) is on my “Shortlist” lol

 

We must see “Legend”  (about the british gangster identical twins, both played by Tom Hardy),

  “James White” with Cynthia Nixon from Sex in the City as a terminally ill woman with an alcoholic druggie son coming to grips with it,

“The Danish Girl” (Trans w/Eddie Redmayne and my new favorite actress, Swedish superstar 22 years old Alicia Vikander, And for sure,

“The Big Short” about the 2008 meltdown and the guys who got rich betting on it.

 Cast of Big Short:

Ryan Gosling (with that heavy lidded, sullen and sarcastic gaze)

Christian Bale as a metal head antisocial investor

Brad Pitt as their moralizing supervisor

Comic Actor Steve Carrell and others I can’t remember.  

 

Quentin’s “Hateful 8” xmas

 

“Concussion” with Will Smith as a doctor taking on the NFL

 

“Carol” with Kate Blanchett and Rooney Mara ‘Dragon Tatoo’

 Ron Howard’s adaptation of Moby Dick with Chris Helmworth as Captain Ahab (from “Blackhat,” that hacker film we watched in your bedroom last week.)

  

“The Girl in the Book” Michael Nyquist from ‘Dragon Tatoo’ and the girl from Revenge in a book publishing, toxic family of origin drama where she faces her demons as the tries to write the female version of “Catcher in the Rye.”

 

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Movies about what it means to be French.

I was doing movie listings and mini reviews, but had a huge flare up of back pain and had to cut back. I will pick it up again soon…like in a few days. The list is enormous because it’s the holidays. I try to weed the most obviously marketing action adventures out unless they have redeeming qualities.

The New York Times has now reviewed Amazon Prime’s “The Man in the High Castle” three times. It’s a ‘what if’ Holocaust tale about America in the early 60’s, after the Nazis and Japanese won WWII. The Japanese have the west coast and the Nazi’s New York. Times Square has swastikas on all the glaring neon lights. Amazon Prime has promotions where you get a credit card with a 50 buck credit and a reduced rate. All said, we spent a total of 20 bucks for our annual membership.

Netflix’s original series, based on a Marvel Comic book, “Jessica Jones” does not disappoint. The character is multidimensional and even though she has superpowers, her active alcoholism is her Achilles heel.

The New York Times paid homage to Paris Friday in their movie section by listing some French Movies that show what it means to be French.

They are:

“Girlhood”

“Days of Glory”

“A prophet”

“Of Gods and Men.”

 

Movies about what it means to be French.

I was doing movie listings and mini reviews, but had a huge flare up of back pain and had to cut back. I will pick it up again soon…like in a few days. The list is enormous because it’s the holidays. I try to weed the most obviously marketing action adventures out unless they have redeeming qualities.

The New York Times has now reviewed Amazon Prime’s “The Man in the High Castle” three times. It’s a ‘what if’ Holocaust tale about America in the early 60’s, after the Nazis and Japanese won WWII. The Japanese have the west coast and the Nazi’s New York. Times Square has swastikas on all the glaring neon lights. Amazon Prime has promotions where you get a credit card with a 50 buck credit and a reduced rate. All said, we spent a total of 20 bucks for our annual membership.

Netflix’s original series, based on a Marvel Comic book, “Jessica Jones” does not disappoint. The character is multidimensional and even though she has superpowers, her active alcoholism is her Achilles heel.

The New York Times paid homage to Paris Friday in their movie section by listing some French Movies that show what it means to be French.

They are:

“Girlhood”

“Days of Glory”

“A prophet”

“Of Gods and Men.”

 

I promised You Documentaries this week

Documentaries

Upcoming

Little Girl Blue…Janis Biopic

On Showtime right now: “Listen to Me Marlon.” Live Clips and interviews as well as film clips from the actor before he died. Said to be really good. Playing a lot. Record it ahead of time if you have that option.

Madam Phung’s Last Journey: True Cinema Verite about  transgender’s sheltering and protecting each other in Vietnam

Mia Madre (Italy) about female filmmaker

“Palio” Italy. About travel in Italy.

“Sembene” Political take on Sengales

“Taxi” Iranian film taken from car camera. This filmmaker has been banned since 2010.

“Song of Lahore” Pakistan. A traveling Pakistani troupe of musicians.

“Jacskson Heights” US  A part of Queens where 167 languages are spoken.’

“Steve McQueen: The Man and Le Mans.” Its about his obsession with race cars and the road it took him on.

“Ingrid Bergman, In her Own Words.” A documentary about the actress.

“In the Basement” What people do with their basements

“What our Fathers Did.” Another take on the Holocaust.