[about the author]
i actually like speaking in front of large crowds. freakish,
i work crossword puzzles in ink.
i am the american nigella lawson. or maybe the american eddie
izzard. can't decide, really.
i would be a really good mom, but i'm cool with being a really
i am sometimes more perceptive than i would like to be.
i am fiercely loyal. sometimes, stupidly so.
i never play dumb. never.
i am way too hard on myself.
i am a change agent.
i sometimes cross that fine line between assertive and aggressive.
i am not afraid to tell people that i love them.
i am militantly pro-choice.
i am pro-adoption.
i know a little bit about alot of things.
i typically enjoy the company of men more than women.
i am capable of being really mean and nasty, but i fight it.
i am a lifelong cubs fan. do not laugh.
i have been known to hold a grudge.
i have hips.
i am not my sister.
i am lousy at forgiving myself.
i am an indoor kind of gal.
i am a bargain shopper. to the point of obsession.
i am 32 flavors. and then some.
a star is born. and promptly gets the shaft.
i recently saw the movie dirty pretty things.
it’s one of those movies where you’re sitting there thinking, “why didn’t i write this? i totally could have written this. i am, officially, an idiot for not writing this.”
basically, a very clever screenwriter took a very well-known urban legend, asked himself “what if?” and wrote a fine little script.
not a great little script. but a fine little script. well, maybe it's great in a couple of places, but mostly it's more really good than great.
did i enjoy this movie? yep, you betcha i did. was this a great movie? nah, not so much. at times, the pacing lags, in moments a couple of the characters verge on caricature, and the denouement is clearly visible from about 10 miles back.
so, why did i like it?
it’s engaging. it’s smartly written. it has enough moments of levity and sly humor to keep you awake. it’s a fascinating look into two worlds that most of us never see – the world of illegal immigrants, the world of the unseen army of workers who make our world run overnight while we sleep.
but the real prize here is the rare opportunity to see a star being born.
the lead in this movie is an english actor who you may [or, more likely, may not] have seen in amistad. his name is chiwetel ejiofor, and i can honestly tell you that, from the moment he came on the screen, he was absolutely mesmerizing. his quiet, subtle, beautiful, honest performance is completely captivating. he is undeniably likable, and totally engrossing. he carries this movie squarely on his shoulders, and does so without even breaking a sweat. to my ears, there was not a single false note in his performance. period.
the last time i was so captivated by a performer completely unknown to me? audrey tatou in one of my all-time favorite films, amelie. which has a certain sense of appropriateness to it since ejiofor’s co-star in the film is none other than…audrey tatou.
but, make no mistake: this movie belongs to ejiofor and ejiofor alone.
not that you’d know it from the blatant pandering that’s passing for marketing on this film.
last night, i saw a commercial for this movie, and whose face is in every single scene in the commercial? audrey tatou.
the voiceover kicks in, “audrey tatou in…dirty pretty things.”
yes, audrey tatou is in dirty pretty things. but, she is not the star of this movie. not by a long shot. and don’t be sucked into the marketing machine here: this is not amelie.
and don’t even get me started on the poster.
apparently, this woman is the cinematic equivalent of crack.
you know, i’ve been thinking that my site needs an overhaul in celebration of my upcoming one-year-online anniversary. maybe there i should take my lead from the miramax marketing machine. maybe i should do some sort of audrey tatou tie-in. maybe change the name to “tatou mockingbird.” or maybe “if you like that movie amelie, you’ll probably like this blog because it has pictures of audrey tatou.” of course then i’d have to add a bunch of pictures of audrey tatou, which seems like a lot of work. maybe i’ll just change it to “people in france read this blog. audrey tatou is french. so, audrey tatou might read this blog, or have read it in the past, and, when she did, there's a slim chance she was naked and wearing red lipstick.”
clearly, i am a marketing genius.
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