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Distant Voices, Still Lives
While I am especially drawn to father-daughter relationships in books and film, Terence Davies’s Distant Voices, Still Lives has one scene that continues to resonate as the ultimate image of mother and child—partly due to the unnamed “Mother,” mostly because it relates to the panic of loss instead of the panic of love. In the scene, Mother is sitting on the sill washing...
Likely forgotten for their roles in The Hours, Allison Janney and Claire Danes as Sally and Julia, are by all means essential—absolutes in Clarissa’s (Streep) near-threadbare (hidden, of course) life. We first meet Danes’s character and Janney’s character in the exact same way: from outside, in the winter, as they hurry up a quick flight of West Village brownstone stairs....
Probably the most KD performance, near-parody: MONA LISA’S SMILE. Dunst outdoes herself. She really works herself up. Her face is incredibly stubborn, waxy near greasy, as if she’s concealing a pimple on her chin, spiking Wellesley girls drinks with her mind. Joined by Julia Roberts (with her trademarked laugh), Julia Stiles (her cocktail of ‘mid-Atlantic’...
"They want to be with Leo like 24-7."
Mistakenly thought I spotted David Blaine sitting next to Lukas Haas and DiCaprio in a picture court side at the Lakers/Hornets game. Remembered their “posse” and read Nancy Jo Sales’s 1998 NYMag feature, “Leo, Prince of the City.” Best bits: “I didn’t find Leo at Jet 19, reportedly one of his hangouts, but I did meet a stockbroker named Ted who said...
Whit Stillman on:
Failure: “…the failure we talked about in Metropolitan. Here it is! Charlie was right!” In the film, I sort of made fun of Charlie but actually he was right—failure does come later.” Niceness: “…you have to admit, some of that niceness has that trace of the condescension, and people hate condescension. You know they say that “No good deed goes...