Tuesday, 19 August 2014

Monday, 18 August 2014

Saturday, 16 August 2014

Enough Said (2013)

Whoa, hold on to your tits, because what we have here is a romantic comedy that is not only both romantic and funny but is mawkish sentimentalism free, so it doesn't make you cringe in that way that even some of the glossy better quality yet still stereotypical romcoms do. And more than that, it is relatable in a way that most romcoms aren't (yes, even those glossy better quality yet still stereotypical ones) and still more, it focuses on the unrepresented middle ground of cinema; the 40 and 50 something divorcees hoping to find The (Next) One.

Is that Enough Said

It's a sweet, heartfelt comedy of love's rocky road and the social errors and etiquettes singletons find themselves traversing. Julia Louis-Dreyfus is a past master on this terrain thanks to her award winning performances as Elaine Benes in Seinfeld and, more recently, Selina Meyer in Veep, but its James Gandolfini who surprises and impresses with a more tender and amiable performance that the material requires. That such an actor who had so many sides to offer, many of them barely touched upon, has been taken so soon is a real tragedy. Together they have a natural chemistry that makes their relationship such a believable and great watch at both its highs and its lows. Who'd have thought Elaine Benes and Tony Soprano would get it on?!

Enough Said may be a smidgen contrived but its central performances help us to overlook that, leaving the viewer feeling rather charmed as a result.

Cars & Girls

Dita Von Teese

Remember Peterloo

On this day, 16th August 1819

The Masque of Anarchy

"Stand ye calm and resolute,''
''Like a forest close and mute,''
''With folded arms and looks which are''
''Weapons of unvanquished war.''

''And if then the tyrants dare,''
''Let them ride among you there,''
''Slash, and stab, and maim and hew,''
''What they like, that let them do.''

''With folded arms and steady eyes,''
''And little fear, and less surprise
''Look upon them as they slay''
''Till their rage has died away''

''Then they will return with shame
''To the place from which they came,
''And the blood thus shed will speak
''In hot blushes on their cheek.

''Rise like Lions after slumber''
''In unvanquishable number,''
''Shake your chains to earth like dew''
''Which in sleep had fallen on you-''
''Ye are many — they are few''

"Men of England, heirs of Glory,''
''Heroes of unwritten story,''
''Nurslings of one mighty Mother,''
''Hopes of her, and one another;''

''What is Freedom? Ye can tell ''
''That which Slavery is too well,''
''For its very name has grown''
''To an echo of your own''

''Let a vast assembly be,''
''And with great solemnity''
''Declare with measured words, that ye
''Are, as God has made ye, free!

''The old laws of England--they ''
''Whose reverend heads with age are grey,''
''Children of a wiser day;''
''And whose solemn voice must be ''
''Thine own echo--Liberty!''

''Rise like Lions after slumber''
''In unvanquishable number,''
''Shake your chains to earth like dew''
''Which in sleep had fallen on you-''
''Ye are many — they are few"'

~ Shelley

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