20 June 2011

it's been fun

You have probably noticed that I almost never post here anymore. I've missed blogging, but I wanted to be able to ramble about things other than movies (and still movies too!) so I have relocated, so to speak, to...



I'm not retiring from blogging for forever because I like it too much, so if you want to read more of whatever shenanigans I'm getting into, head over there!

Thanks for following Cinema Splendor and supporting my little corner of the internet :)

Sarah xx

27 April 2011

Evening Primrose: the musical episode of The Twilight Zone

As some of you are probably well aware, I have a love affair with Anthony Perkins. Some people think I'm  a major creep because it seems to be that his only role is as Norman Bates in Psycho. Obviously that's his most popular movie, but he also had a really impressive filmography playing NON-serial killer roles. Sometimes.

I watched Evening Primrose on netflix the other night. It was late and I was getting schleepy but I still wanted to watch something before I drifted off, so naturally I went to Tony's filmography page and this looked cute. It was also 50 minutes too, so that was a huge plus.

The opening song...weird, but Tony <3

It was pretty weird.

Tony plays a poet who decides to give up real life and live in a department store. Full time. Never see the sun again. Yep. INSTEAD, he meets a whole group of (elderly) people who have been doing the exact same thing for decades. I can't even imagine. Just the mere thought of spending the rest of my life in a store made me feel claustrophobic. Anyway, these people pretend to be mannequins in order to avoid security. (?!) They've somewhat kidnapped a now 19 year old girl when she was six and fell asleep in Ladies Hats, and she hasn't seen the sky in years. Of course, because of movie magic, she is beautiful and captivating and of course Tony falls for her. Of course.

And apparently, if you try to leave, the "Dark Men" will come and GIT CHA and take you away or kill you or something - I still don't really understand the Dark Men thing. It just adds to the overall wackiness of the whole thing.

Basically, this entire thing is a musical episode of The Twilight Zone. So bizarre, yet cute, but still really strange. PLUS, it's composed by Steven Sondheim. Insane. I totally recommend it if you've got an hour to kill and like odd entertainment. If you are a die hard Evening Primrose fan, I'd check this post out about the DVD and all the goods that come with it.

EDIT: Oh my gracious goodness I just realized the kidnapped girl is played by Charmian Carr aka Liesl from The Sound of Music. Craziness.

05 April 2011

a single man, 2009

An older man named George loses Jim, his partner of sixteen years in a car accident, and has tried to adjust to being "a single man" ... but he feels he cannot go on without Jim. He cleans out his office, lays out all of his insurance papers and important documents neatly on his desk, and plans to kill himself.

I had been looking forward to seeing Tom Ford's directorial debut - everyone said that it was such a pretty-to-look-at film along with an AMAZING storyline and I was so not disappointed. Fashion designers need to do movies more often. I feel like they have a keener eye for detail than most, which is probably why me, being a detail oriented person, absolutely adored this film.

When everything goes wrong in George's life, the colors are pretty desaturated and bland. When something goes right however, everything becomes warmer and nicer looking. At first I thought my eyes were playing tricks on me, until one point where it was blatantly obvious what was going on.

Also, Nicholas Hoult from Skins (drool, I love him to death). I've noticed that British actors speaking with an American accent sound more mid-atlantic than anything. It's strange because I don't think that's how Americans/Californians in this case speak. Matthew Goode, who played Jim, is also British and even though his voice is the equivalent to caramel being drizzled onto expensive European candy, he still sounded mid-atlantic. That was a voice rant and I don't even know why I typed that, but I feel it's IMPORTANT INFORMATION that I needed to share with you all. I'm weird.
People say Skins is my guilty pleasure, but I don't think pleasure should be guilty.

There's a ton of close ups of body parts and faces, mainly eyes. These closeups made me feel like I knew these characters more intimately, like they were actual people instead of just characters in a movie. Especially eyes, probably the most vulnerable part of the face, made more appearances than anything.
 Let's just take a minute here to look at Julianne Moore and see what a babe she is. I cannot believe she's 50.

Caps from screen musings

02 April 2011

happy birthday millie!

happy birthday millie

Happy 17th birthday to one of my dearest blogging friends, Millie! I remember back when you were thirteen and we horsed around on the TCM message boards, where I pretended to know what I was talking about (I totally didn't and said things like, "Yes!", "I agree", and "Oh my gosh, lol!" a lot). I'm glad I met another person my age so I wasn't the token teen on the boards, and now look where we are :') I had a blast being 17, so I hope you'll have as much fun as I did!

Also, nothing can beat your birthday video last year, so here's hoping that Steve sort of measures up. ;D