Stephen Frears

April 7, 2011

Stephen Frears

The Hit – See young Tim Roth learn to be a killer from The Elephant Man.

Prick Up Your Ears – It’s really a dirty anagram. See Sid Vicious and Doctor Octopus co-habitate.

Dangerous Liaisons – Wow! Neo, Catwoman, the chick from Kill Bill, that guy from the movie where John Cusack was being inside of him, and Garp’s mother. I saw the play first, and it would’ve been awesome if Alan Rickman had been cast in the lead (he originated Valmont in London if I’m not mistaken). But everyone did great. In fact, I think Glenn Close deserved the Oscar that year. Sorry Jodie. You were ok in The Accused, but I don’t like that movie. And Philippe Rousselot knocked it out of the park again.

The Grifters – Produced by Marty from a Jim Thompson novel. Introduced me to Annette Bening. And it taught me how to beat people with a towel full of oranges.

The Van – Third in Roddy Doyle’s Barrytown trilogy (The Commitments and The Snapper are the other two as far as the novels are concerned). Chief O’brien makes a great Irishman. How does he do it?

High Fidelity – I like that John Cusack’s character is kind of a dick and he’s not blameless for the breakup with his girlfriend (and neither is she). First time I noticed Jack Black, and he’s been playing himself ever since. I like Tim Robbins sometimes, but he’s often miscast (like in this one).

Dirty Pretty Things – The whole organ harvesting thing is pretty much an urban legend (I’m talking the whole “goin’ out on a date and waking up in a tub of ice with your kidney missing.”). It’s been done to death on television and it’s time to stop (I think it all began on a “very special episode” of Blossom). It’s got Audrey Tautou, and she’s as cute as button (though some pretty dirty things are done to her).

The QueenHelen was good, but should she have won the Oscar? Hmm. How about Judi Dench gives back her Oscar for Shakespeare in Love, and takes one for Notes on a Scandal. Then Helen can give her’s back for The Queen and take one for Gosford Park.

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