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Marilyn.

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on March 30, 2012 by factorygirl82

Marilyn Monroe is always popular. She is one of the most recognized women in the world. This past year there have been three Marilyn based projects. The first the film “My Week with Marilyn” starring Michelle Williams, then Smash the TV show about a musical about her, and then there is another film starring Naomi Watts. I’ve loved Marilyn since I was a little girl.

Growing up in the 1980s there weren’t many females that I found pretty or looked up to. I enjoyed Madonna but mainly because she ripped off Marilyn Monroe a lot of the time. I didn’t like the big hair, massive shoulder pads, or acid wash jeans of the 80s. It wasn’t my thing. I knew even at the age of eight that that style of fashion was just bad. I think I probably discovered Marilyn around the age of five or six. My mother let me watch the musicals from the 40s and 50s.  I don’t remember the first movie I saw of her or anyone telling me about her. I feel like I just always knew about Marilyn. But I loved her. She was the most beautiful woman ever.

There was just something about Marilyn Monroe. She photographed amazingly. There was a vulnerability and definitely a sense of wanting to save her. As well all know at this point she was deeply troubled. It was pretty understandable given her childhood and background. There’s still so much we don’t know. I enjoyed My Week With Marilyn. I thought Michelle Williams deserved the Oscar. When I heard about her being cast I didn’t think it would work, but watching her and how well she got her mannerisms and facial expressions down was truly an impressive fete. My only problem with My Week with Marilyn was that he wrote the book after she passed away. I find it interesting that the majority of first hand accounts about Marilyn are written by men. I think it would be interesting to have a woman that was close with her talk about her. In most biographies they all agree that with Marilyn men fell in love with and wanted to save the angel but once the reality came out they wanted nothing to do with it. Arthur Miller was a great example of that. He was a big jerk.

I think one of the things that is amazing and unique about Marilyn is that people  feel a personal connection to her. One of her biggest struggles was that she belonged to the public. She still does, I was out thrifting with my Marilyn Monroe purse. This old man came up to me to tell me about the Marilyn statue downtown, he said they just wont let her die. A very odd thing to say but very true. Marilyn lives on the way Elvis does.

Marilyn before she was Marilyn. Norma Jean Baker. That smile, even as the girl next door she was gorgeous and amazing. When I was 20 my sister and I did a Halloween costumer together. She went as Marilyn Monroe and I went as Norma Jean. It was pretty awesome.

 

I just felt like with all the Marilyn stuff out right now I wanted to put my two cents in. I love her, I always will. I have many T-shirts with her on it, a purse, almost all of her films, her albums, a poster of her in my shop, and quite a few books. There’s just something about her an it factor that doesn’t exist with people anymore.

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It’s a Sympathy Vote.

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , on January 4, 2012 by factorygirl82

Phew it has been a while since I’ve written! Part of it had to do with being uber busy, being ill again, holiday craziness, and then just writers block. But enough about me. Hope you all had a great holiday season. This month, as it is steadily approaching I’ve decided to write about the Oscars!

I was a film student and have always been a big film buff. The Academy Awards were and still kind are one of my favorite things to watch. I think as I’ve gotten older they have become less fun. I watch them mainly for the pretty dresses at this point because pretty much anyone that’s really deserving of winning never wins. It’s a rarity that the picture I want to win, wins. I used to always try to see as many of the contenders as possible, so I could make a fair decision. I took it seriously! Not so much anymore. Going to the movies has gotten expensive, a lot of times it annoys me more than I have fun, there’s always that idiot whose phone either rings or they must absolutely check their text message because they are sooooooo important they can’t not be in contact with the outside world for a whole two hours. I digress.  I’ve decided to write about a few of my favorite films that were nominated for best picture and didn’t win but should have if the Oscars weren’t just an ego stroke. To quote trainspotting

“Despite the Academy Award?”

“That means fuck all its a sympathy vote!”

Trainspotting is one of my favorite movies and books of all time. It’s the only one on this list of films that wasn’t nominated for best picture but should have been! It came out when I was 13 or 14 I was in my major anglophile phase, still am but I would say that was the peak of it. I saw it with my mothers approval. I think she approved it because she knew after seeing it I would most definitely not be touching heroin any time soon, let alone ever. Trainspotting is a great adaptation of the book, it has a kick ass soundtrack, great cinematography (I wrote a paper on this for a film class, stupid teacher gave me a C because he didn’t like the film), and an awesome cast. The Scottish accent can be tricky at times especially with Begbie but you’ll get the hang of it after a few minutes. In the book there’s actually a glossary in the back. Uber helpful. If you’ve been living under a rock since 1993 I recommend you watch this asap.

As you obviously know by now vintage is kind of my thing. I’m a huge film noir fan. This movie, again, an adaptation is so great. It captures the film noir feel perfectly but instead of being black and white it’s in color. This was when Russel Crow was actually cool and a good actor. When Kim Bassinger came out of retirement and hit it out of the park with her portrayal of the Veronica Lake lookalike. The costumes, set design, acting, and plot in this film are excellently done. I think the reason this lost out was because it was up against Titanic. Which in my opinion is one of the crappiest written films of all time. Sure the special effects are intense and amazing but the plot and the dialog horrible! I can’t believe people fell for this crap. I mean how many times do the characters have to say each others names? It’s almost 3 hours in if after 30 minutes we don’t remember who the main characters are or their names obviously there’s something wrong.

Moulin Rouge is one of my favorite films of all time. I saw it instead of going to my High School graduation. Definitely time better spent. Moulin Rouge was either a you love it or you  hate it type of film. I definitely love it. I love Baz Luhrman. Again the costumes, the music, the set design, the acting all amazing. Ewan McGregor rocks as does Nicole Kidman who saw that coming them as Hollywood Musical Stars? Now this lost out to A Beautiful Mind. Which was good, I saw once don’t care if I ever see it again. Moulin Rouge I watch repeatedly and it inspires me every time I see it. This was where the Oscars definitely played it safe going with a Beautiful Mind over the innovative film that did change modern cinema. If it wasn’t for the success of Moulin Rouge would Chicago have gotten made? Nope.

The Aviator. What an amazing film! I had just finished a Howard Hughes biography and Leo got him spot on. Cate Blanchett was stunning as Katherine Hepburn I did not see her pulling that off but she did, again this has a vintage thing, so you can understand why I lean toward these films. The sets, costumes, and just in general feel of the film was fantastic. The only thing that drove me a little nuts was the casting of Gwen Stefani as Jean Harlow. I love Gwen as you all know but her as Jean Harlow? She needs to gain about 30lbs to even come close to looking like her. This lost to Million Dollar Baby which I never saw. I think they just wanted to drag out the Martin Scorsese losing streak until he a did a bad movie then let him win for that one as a general this is for all your amazing films. Sorry  I’m not a fan of the Departed. I know I’m one of the few.

Last year the Academy Awards were a total joke. The Social Network should have won. I know most of you saw it especially anyone that is on facebook which in this day and age is rarity to not be on it. Again great direction, acting (minus JT again sorry not a fan of his acting), and a great script. I think this lost out because it’s too relevant. The Academy doesn’t like pop culture too much, they would rather be thought of as dramatic, elegant, or just plain stuffy. The Social Network is like Pop Art give it 30 years and it will get it’s own special award.

Well there ya have it some of the films I think are worthy of best picture but never got the Oscar. We shall see what gets nominated this year I will probably only have seen two possible contenders. My Week with Marilyn and this weekend I’m seeing the Artist. Which I’m sure I will love but there’s no way in hell it would win a best picture Oscar it’s too unique.