Friday, October 26, 2007

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Across The Universe

Hello blog which I have neglected. How are you? I can't believe I've been so wrapped up in my life I haven't written anything. Not that I endorse not living your life, but still, I need my outlets. Well now I'll have time now that I don't have my stupid job, which "my heart isn't in" anymore. Eh. Onwards and upwards.

I've just seen Across the Universe for the second time. I really, really love this film. It's been getting mixed reviews. I think that's only because people are uncomfortable with an original musical set to all Beatles songs.

The movie tells the tale of two star-crossed lovers set in the turbulent 60s and how that decade changes them.

This movie has totally rejuvenated my love of the Beatles. It's great to see really creative artists exposing their music to a whole new generation.

And the majority of the creativity goes to director Julie Taymor. She comes from a background of theater direction. She directed "The Lion King" on Broadway, which if you know how it looks like at all tells you what you're in for. She's also directed the films Titus, which is visually stunning, and Frida.

The art direction is A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!!

The young cast of actors is also very impressive. Evan Rachel Woods keeps surprising me with her acting choices. She's excellent as Lucy. Some hightlights: "Hold Me Tight," "It Won't Be Long" and "Blackbird." But all of her singing is excellent.

My new celebrity crush, Jim Sturgess, is excellent as well. He's the dark-haired, dark-eyed dreamer and you fall for him immediately. Try not to. Look for his compelling expressions in "I've Just Seen A Face". Swoon as you watch his mouth hum. Also "All My Loving," "Something," "Strawberry Fields Forever," "Revolution," "Across the Universe," and "All You Need Is Love." But let's face it, he's excellent all around.

Watch for cameos by Bono (boo), Salma Hayek, Joe Cocker, and Eddie Izzard. The rest of the cast deserves mentioning as well: Dana Fuchs, Joe Anderson, Martin Luther McCoy & T.V. Carpio. Loved it. ***A***

Wednesday, October 3, 2007