Why I don’t always talk about bipolar disorder, depression etc

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I should probably address the illness more, since I tag it. The reason I post so many of my global observations or stuff about Cable TV shows …..now that we’re almost done with new season of House of Cards, we’re getting Danish “Borgen” (3 seasons) and “Deutschland 83″…this is how I escape. There is something about reading the news and ongoing study regarding healthcare matters that pulls me out of bipolar depressions, so that is what I bring to the blog….stuff that’s keeping me excited and engaged with life.

At one time it was Jewelry Making.

Now, it’s reading and writing and politically oriented television like “Madame Secretary.”

But when I’m in the mood for a riotous laugh, I take a tip from my friend Dyane (“Birth of a New Brain”) and turn to “CSI Miami” to watch David Caruso as Horatio whoever, put on or take off his sunglasses, place his hands on his hips and give a deadpan-ridiculous one liner sure to make me laugh. As if life was so simple.

I’m on a Charlotte Rampling Kick

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The hostess of horror is back with a new film, “45 Years”

Charlotte Rampling specializes in roles that attempt to normalize the most horrific. I call her the ‘hostess of horror.’

I became aware of her when I saw a Mickey Roarke Robert Deniro movie about selling one’s soul to the devil (an old theme if ever there was one) and she played a New Orleans Voodooienne who met her bloody end before they could extract her prophesies and spells. I learned about her role in “The Night Porter,” Reveled in her role as serial killer “Dexter’s” unconditionally approving, supportive and loving psychiatrist who specialized in childhood trauma and two recent films: The role of the stern, black and white “Women Must Endure these things” mother of Keira Knightly in “The Duchess.” It’s a terrific film also starring Ralph Fiennes as the uncouth Duke she is forced into marriage with. Then another film with Keira Knightly called “Never Let me Go” about using British Orphans solely for the purpose of organ donation. She played the head of the institution that schooled these orphans into thinking they were serving a high purpose parting with their parts one by one until they weakened and died. Now she’s back in a movie about a wonderful marriage shattered by something horrific. I can’t wait to see it.

She’s the model of a cosmetics campaign for Nas Cosmetics, joining octogenarian Joan Didion as a fine example of the grace of aging. What could be better for us? Sometimes life is horrible but we have to make the best of it and see light in the dark, as she seems to.

“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.

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

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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.

Movie Day, Again

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I’m gonna go see the Ron Howard (“A Beautiful Mind=” Schizophrenia film?) Adaptation of Moby Dick, called In “The Heart of The Sea.”

A dilettante in  my youth I read Moby Dick’s 1200 page tome twice.

Melville was a devout Christian and all of his books, especially the Martyred “Billy Budd” (who actually died on a cross on a ship) are full of symbolism.

Lately there have been so many television and movie references to the character of “Captain Ahab” and “The White Whale,” you’d think our entire population is obsessed with hunting down their collective nemeses.

“The White Whale” is hipspeak for an unhealthy, unremitting obsession.
“Captain Ahab” is hipspeak for the person bent on vengeance, hunting down the leviathan who bit off his leg, leaving him an amputee.

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

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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.

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.

 

Movie: “The 33:” semi-underground release emotionally …groundbreaking!

Miners work in dangerious, death defying conditions. There is no OSHA in Latin American Countries. Some countries in South America have corruption and are influenced by big businesses such as mining. Antonio Banderas and Lou Diamond Phillips, (Henry in “Longmire”),Tell me something I don’t already know.

The country knows the mine has a fissure, making it unstable. They send the men down anyway. When the mine collapses, the miners see that there aren’t enough food rations for the 33 of them and the ladders supposedly built for them to use to climb out of the mines in exactly this circumstance aren’t even finished. They are way too short to even get them out of the refuge. (their version of a ‘Panic Room,’ sort of)

Everyone scrambles to protect all the responsible parties, leaving the wives barricaded outside the mine by a chain link fence. Gabriel Byrne does a star turn as a government mining expert with experience in these matters. It takes them a while before they decide whether to silently give up on their miners or make the herculean effort to try to dig them out.

Gimmicky physical metaphors like 33 miners gathered ’round with their helmet’s spotlights all turned on, searching in darkness where hope may not live. The 8-second screen wipe of pitch black, leaving us waiting like they are. Casting villainous roles with well-known actors like Bob Gunton, who played the jail warden from “Shawshank Redemption.” Coming out of hiding was Chilean actor Cote De Pablo (Ziva David from NCIS) in a role that didn’t deserve her. Juliet Binoche, unrecognizable and layered playing a betrayed Latin American Wife, courageously waiting for the men to be saved….or else

Go see it. Thar’s Gold in That Thar Hills.

Remember this face?
Remember this face?

Bipolar & Depression escapism: filmtherapy with quality movies, present & recent past.

I’m writing a book. I’m trying to learn basic video creation. In the hope of interacting with more people, I’m trying to get better at social media. With all the meds, memory fails and so I study study. It’s a lot of work. Most of it deals with mental health, so I relive the pain and need a break. Books and movies for me serve that purpose. But I don’t want to watch junk. I want to come away from the film with something. So …even though there is a crop of new movies I will be studying on Friday, I wanted to polish up my list and get it out there.

Movies: New and Notable.

“Our Brand is Crisis” Sandra Bullock as a campaign manager working for a candidate in Latin America who needs to stage a major comeback as her boss is many points behind in the polls. Working for the other side is Billy Bob Thornton.

Spotlight: Roger Slattery, Lieb Schreiber, Michael Keaton, Rachel McAdams, Mark Ruffalo, Stanley Tucci and Billy Crudup. It’s about the ongoing pedophilia situation concerning the Catholic Church. It was about the journalists at the Boston Globe finding out about a big coverup.

Steve Jobs with Michael Fassbender Jeff Daniels  Kate Winslet (titanic and revolutionary road) with Seth Rogen. I expected more out of director Danny Boyle (Slumdog Millionaire) and writer Aaron Sorkin. Jobs was very hard to sympathize with, even just a little. I found it dull with too much dialogue and not enough flesh and bone. Not much emotion.

The Intern with DeNiro and Hathaway. De Niro is the intern. Heard that it’s cute and funny.

The Invisible Woman: Older film. Ray Fiennes and Kristin Scott Thomas to name a few. It seems to be about Charles Dickens and an affair he had for a long time. Scarlett Johanssen (sp?) also stars. Older film, 2013. May be streaming already.

“Truth” with Cate Blanchett, Robert Redford Dennis Quaid and Elisabeth Moss. Should come out this weekend. Comes out in November.This is about a piece of CBS journalism dealing with the preferential treatment given to the Bush family member who got to play National Guardsman instead of being sent to a war zone. This piece managed to get the female producer (Blanchett) Fired, and Dan Rather retired over it. The interesting things now is that CBS refuses to allow any

advertising of the movie on its’ airwaves. NBC has gotten half of the advertising dollars. Talk about cutting off your nose to spite your face!

99 Homes with Michael Shannon, the iron door to door salesman turned bagman for Nucky Thompson in Boardwalk Empire. He’s a foreclosure predator/realtor who buys and flips. He mentors a guy that he evicted.

Bridge of Spies: Directed by Speilberg, it’s said that this does not disappoint. But it’s a Cold War/Spy/prisoner/Lawyer film and it might be over my paygrade.

Experimenter: I think it’s Indie, it stars Winona Ryder and Peter Sarsgaard and is being compared to Stanley Kubrick.Famed social psychologist Stanley Milgram, in 1961 conducted a series of radical behavior experiments that tested ordinary humans willingness to obey authority. Actress Taryn Manning “Pennsatucky” from “Orange is the New black” is in the film. It may never come to a theatre near you so you might have to write it down for later video distribution.

Pawn Sacrifice with Toby McGuire and Live Schreiber. It’s about the famous chess match between a Russian world champion and upstart Toby McGuire (sp). Toby has a few quirks. He is managed by the actor Michael Stuhlbarg, who played brainy gangster Al Rothstein in Boardwalk Empire. He was the one who always looked like he had powder or makeup on to make his skin look white. Anyway, he is a gentle and manipulating manager of Toby McGuire, who definitely needs managing and could use a pscychiatrist too. This one was good, it’s gone but rent it on video.

Sicario: The always underemployed Benicio Del Toro (the usual suspects)  Emily Blunt and James Brolin. A joint organization task force between FBI and CIA is actually a black op to deal with the head of the warring drug cartels (recent) who used terroristic violence to mark their territory and silence citizens. Their mission is ok, but it’s off books and Emily Blunt wants to ‘play by the rules.’ The Carnage in Ciudad (City) Juarez was so horrific that the Mexican border town below El Paso has lodged a defamation suit. They don’t want their city portrayed that way. It’s that kind of violence that is fun to look at but god awful. It makes the middle east look tame in terms of being graphically depicted. Brolin’s eyes are fathomless as he runs things in a ‘need to know’ way. This movie is almost gone but worth a rent.

Iceman with James Franco, Winona Ryder, Ray Liotta & Michael Shannon again. Streaming and on video. Shannon got an Oscar Nomination for his performance as  a devoted husband and father yet ruthless hitman in this organized crime movie. Ray Liotta has a big part. But he never gives us that trademark laugh.  This is not new but it’s certainly notable. Winona Ryder plays a true old fashioned Jersey girl who likes traditional values, babies, money and a devoted husband, which Michael Shannon’s character is. Based on a true story about Richie Kuklinski, a contract killer who served 2 life sentences. He is said to have been suspected of carrying out over 100 killings. About Winona Ryder: she mastered the accent, the behaviorisms, expression etc masterfully. For all the celebrities who get caught doing something morally ambiguous or illegal, I think she suffered way too much for her shoplifting gig. Shit, even I shoplift from time to time.

Listen Up Phillip  Elisabeth Moss about a struggling writer. This is sort of new. Put on list for streaming later.

Listen to Me Marlon  Documentary Indie  I think I saw an ad that Showtime was going to air this.

Room with Joan Allen (new) From a description of Room, as a story about a mom locked in a room with her child, I expected allegoric fantasy or over-the-top horror, like Saw. Neither of those expectations came close to this movie’s genre. It is two movies in one.  Indie may never come.

Missippi Grind This is Ben Mendelson from Bloodline (the n’er do well brother) and Ryan Reynolds as a couple of traveling gamblers looking for that last big score.

Labyrinth of Lies..;.Germans questioning Nazi’s.

Ashby with Mickey Roarke  Xfinity

Darwin Paul Bettany

“Trumbo”  “Breaking Bad’s”Cranston about a screen writer during the McCarthy communist witch hunts.

Shanghai  Gong Li John Cusak old but new they say it’s great. It’s released in New York and LA but most of us will miss it.

Pay the Ghost Nicolas Cage…Xfinity

The Forger: John Travolta. Right now it’s between film and video but it might be streaming.

Join me over the weekend for a run down on TV and a list of the new movies culled mainly from the Newspaper reviews and listings locally and in New York Times Weekend Entertainment section.