Actors and Actresses

The Now (and Then)…

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As you might have discovered by now, now and then, well, actually quite often, Realweegiemidget Reviews and I end up going off on a tangent around actors (every now and then actresses) and what they were like way back then and also how gracefully they’ve all aged…hmmm…

Here’s the NOW & THEN Blogathon running from 12 to 15 November 2017.

Well, that all depends on which one of us you ask…I think it is the Now & Then Blogathon but Realweegiemidget Reviews is adamant it is the Then & Now Blogathon…oh well…each to their own. What’s important is that it’s a Blogathon and what it is about…

So, we’re asking you to:

Select either

  1. an actor or actress and review two movies in which they appeared OR;
  2. a director or producer and review two movies they directed or produced OR;
  3. a film or tv series which has been rebooted or remade and review those.

BUT there needs to be at least a 20 year age gap between the two films/tv series being reviewed.

AND…there’s more:

  1. The reviews/posts need to be separate i.e. one review/post for the THEN choice (the earlier film and a separate review/post for the NOW choice.
  2. The THEN review/post must be sent to Realweegiemidget Reviews (here) and the NOW review/post must be sent to Thoughts All Sorts (that’s me, right here). We do require two reviews/posts i.e. if you only send one review/post we will deem the Blogathon requirements not met and won’t post it. So…we need to have both a THEN and a NOW review/post. Please send these to us within a few minutes of each other so we can keep track.
  3. No need to match up your reviews/posts…just send the relevant one to the relevant person and we’ll do the matching and linking and all that jazz.
  4. We will allow duplicate actors/actresses/directors/producers BUT not duplicate films. Example: we will allow duplicates of say, Leonardo DiCaprio, but not duplicate NOW and THEN films he appeared in. (although in Leo’s case Realweegiemidget Reviews might argue this point)
  5. Realweegiemidget Reviews and Thoughts All Sorts will link to each other’s sites during the Blogathon days as well as the recap. We will keep these updated as entries come in throughout the Blogathon.
  6. Due to us having to match up posts, we ask that you restrict entries to a maximum two sets/pairs of NOW/THEN combinations so we don’t lose track. (hope this makes sense)
  7. Remember….the age gap between the THEN and NOW selections must be at least 20 years e.g. 1978 and 1998.
  8. Have fun and be creative! Oh, and grab a banner below for your NOW post and head on over to Realweegiemidget Reviews (here) for the corresponding THEN banner.

You’ll find the roster further down.

Examples include:

The Poseidon Adventure and Poseidon

Leonardo DiCaprio in Marvin’s Room and Shutter Island

Dallas (1878-91) and Dallas 2012

3:10 to Yuma (1957) and 3:10 to Yuma (2007)

 

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The NOW roster so far:

Thoughts All Sorts – Jeff Bridges in Crazy Heart (and Lolly Madonna)

Realweegiemidget Reviews – Kurt Russell in The Hateful Eight (and Escape from New York)

cropped-cat2Don’t forget to head on over to Realweegiemidget for her announcement by clicking here or on the image to the left.

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Five Flaming Hotties

FiveFlamingHottiesNew.pngIt’s time to go back to teenie days. To be shallow. Of course this post was bound to come up at some point. I mean, I’m human after all. Besides, Realweegiemidget and I always end up on a tangent around eye candy (you can find hers here). And..based on our interactions, she thinks she knows who my five flaming hotties are…little does she know…

In fact…this post may have some entries on it that may come as a bit of a shock surprise…I’m really opening myself up for judgement here..what am I doing????? Oh well…here goes anyway….

Just to be clear though…this is about HOTTIES and not favourites. It’s for us to be shallow and have a good gaze stare drool appreciation.

Well…here we go…the five stars (screen and I’ve taken the liberty of one musician and one sportsman) that feature on my hotties list…in no particular order..oops, wait…just to warn you…you may think I’m nuts (if you didn’t already) but we all have our moments:

Sizzling number 5: I’d seen him around a few times but was only really introduced to him in The Bourne Supremacy. I seem to be the one who never “falls” for the lead. He’s the only one I noticed despite his small-ish role. He’s just fine to look at. And has a cheeky, mischievous smile. What more should I say? Here’s Karl Urban:

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Flaming 4: Let me say this…I support(ed) any team which has this goalie. Where were we introduced? Who knows? Some World Cup or other match. Not sure. Don’t really care. Just that in the crowd, of all the players, my eyes zoned into this one. As is the case with hotties…can’t say what the appeal is…it’s just there. May I introduce Diego Benaglio

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Gorgeous 3: Here I’m allowing myself a woman who I think is absolutely beautiful and if I was a male, would deem her “hot”…

The first role I’d seen her in was Serendipity and her role, her screen presence came across as genuine and real which made her appearance even prettier. Then came Underworld…oh my…she’s just so stunning (and let’s face it, hot). I wish I could pull off leathers like she does. So, why do I like her…purely because of her looks and the roles she takes on. Kate Beckinsale

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Oh gosh…I really need to think who I should put down…uhm, Fassben…no, Gregory Pe…uhm,  oh…Daniel Cr…no..here you go….

Hottie number 2: This is the one you didn’t see coming. There’s just something about this man. Oh swoon. I was even in the front of the concert…for those of you who know him, here’s my hottie Richard Z. Kruspe

I “met” him on the cover of a CD. Something just appealed. Not sure what and why. Then along came the live show DVDs (see, so, I’ll just say it is film in some form) and just like that I was a goner…there’s just something about him. His stage presence. The way he holds himself while playing that guitar. Don’t they say…there’s something about guitarists? Well, even if they don’t…I have something for guitarists.

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Which makes the last hunk I can pick…whew…this is really hard…but let me go with the man I’ve always liked to watch since my teenage days. He was my crush since I spotted him in Robin Hood Prince of Thieves and to this day I have a soft spot for him. His voice…there’s a gruff softness, his looks, and despite his wild past (supposedly) he still comes across as nice. Of course it is…Christian Slater

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Hmmm…I seem to have a trend going looking at it. I would have added Shane West to the mix too…if I was going for an all-male lineup…

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maybe James Marsden too…

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Now it’s your turn…(see rules further down):

FictionFan

Film and TV 101

Drew’s Movie Reviews

Tranquil Dreams

Silver Screenings (We tried so hard but oops…we duplicated tagging you…sorry)

The Humpo Show

The Ü

The rules are simple (to keep it clean)…

  1. Mention the name of the Blog you were tagged by. Also mention Realweegiemidget Reviews and Thoughts All Sorts. Link back to all Blogs involved.
  2. List five of your greatest hotties from TV and/or film i.e. crushes/objects of your affection. If you want to (I know some of you who do), musicians and sports stars can be included.
  3. Tell us how you were “introduced” to them and why you like them/what appeals (keep it clean).
  4. Add some pictures (once again, keep it clean. Strictly no nudity. Nice pictures.).
  5. Tag seven bloggers for their Five Flaming Hotties.
  6. Oh…and post the rules…

We’ll meet you on Twitter next week to chit chat about your hotties. Join @2reelquirkycats.

Head on over to Realweegiemidget Reviews for her hunks…cropped-cat2

Beautiful Bergman…For Whom the Bell Tolls

Here’s where I, very quietly so nobody hears, admit (and am very embarrassed) that I had never seen Ingrid Bergman in…well…anything. Yes. It’s true. I’m sorry. And…I’m so sorry it took so long. She’s on my list of favourites now. Beautiful. Sweet. Strong. And just comes across so…wonderful.

My reasons for first watching her are shallow. Very, veeeeery shallow. As you may know, I’m a Gregory Peck fan (that young, handsome Gregory Peck). Told you I was shallow :-p But yes, I watched Spellbound for the first time a few months back (here) and thought Bergman was great. Not knowing what to watch next, the 3rd Wonderful Ingrid Bergman Blogathon conveniently came along. Totally in the dark, I did one of those eenie meenie miney mo things…For Whom the Bell Tolls (1942) was it. Just so. Well…kind of. Gary Cooper. Ingrid Bergman. Romance. Adventure. Just so. Oh, and even Oscar nominated (not that this really makes a difference to me). Yes. 9 nominations in total with one being a win.

3 ingrid bergman 6And, one of those nominations was for Ingrid Bergman as Best Actress in a Leading Role. Well deserved in my opinion. Based on Ernest Hemingway‘s novel of the same name, apparently he specifically wanted the two leads to feature in the adaptation. A good choice I think – they really do ‘gel’. I also believe this box office hit was the first Technicolor role of Ms Bergman.

She’s María, with a traumatic past, who was rescued by some guerillas living in the hills. Roberto/Robert (Grego…sorry, Gary Cooper – see now, I’m thinking of Ingrid in the role I first ‘met’ her) is the expert sent to blow up a strategic bridge during the Spanish Civil War. So, fate has it, they meet. And oh what a meeting it is….

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And here…a few seconds later…

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Talk about a bold woman. She’s not shy to show what’s overcome her and changed what she thought she believed in the blink of an eye. More than just a pretty face her influence on Roberto is profound. But, For Whom the Bell Tolls isn’t only about this romance. It is about questioning how far duty goes. If one would kill people one knows for the sake of a cause. Making the life changing decisions. And about personal sacrifices. Not having known the story until today, I was taken by surprise by the ending…but, that’s refreshing. Keeps me on my toes.

So, take the time to watch this wonderful movie directed by Sam Wood. It really is worth it. And also head on over to The Wonderful World of Cinema’s Blogathon page (here) for some more wonderful Ingrid Bergman posts.

I also couldn’t resist this image…so beautiful. And no…it isn’t Gary Cooper holding up her chin. It’s another wonderful character who has so much depth. You’ll need to find out who…someone with great insight.

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That Thing…with Grosie Josie

Those braces, geeky look and “Grosie Josie” are the first things that come to mind when thinking of Never Been Kissed (1999). Poor girl. But then, I’m sure many of us have been in that same boat. Only to be a totally (sometimes) different person as an adult. And some get a second chance at ditching that geeky look. I’m sure many wish they never had to go through a second chance in the first place. Never mind the first one.

While the story is nothing new…”cool” girls, hot dude who dates the cool girl ‘leader’, the not so cool group…and Josie Geller (Drew Barrymore), it is done in a sweet way. Poor Josie. You really feel for her. Cringe for her. And I think it is all made worse by the fact that she is now an adult and should really know better. The story has her working as a copy editor, still a bit geeky, fumbling along, when her boss Gus (John C. Reilly) agrees (after some convincing) that she can go on a reporting job she’s randomly been assigned to. Undercover. At a high school. As a student. (So yes, at this point you just need to put aside any disbelief around how old one possibly looks at high school. I mean, we all watched Grease and didn’t say anything). Off she goes with half the publishing house following her every move. And gets caught up in all the drama of high school all over again. Just this time she really should know better…well, she does, to an extent, but she still doesn’t always “get it”. Having never kissed a boy (although she says she has), she’s waiting to feel “that thing”, that thing you experience with the right guy. ”That moment. When you kiss someone and everything around you becomes hazy. And the only thing in focus is you and this person”.*

Drew Barrymore takes on this role so well, convincingly becoming that girl we all don’t (or didn’t) want to be. So much so that you almost want to switch off the movie just so she doesn’t embarrass herself some more. But then, you’d miss the sweet parts. Those where she stands up for those who, like her, used to be the poor sods who were put down by the cool kids. You’d miss her being the girl who’s “…not the kind of girl who does things like this”. Yet, sometimes, being (or not being) that kind of girl is exactly what a girl needs. And Josie Geller definitely needed to be (or not be) that girl.

Joining the fun is a wonderful cast that includes David Arquette, Michael Vartan, Molly Shannon, Octavia Spencer, LeeLee Sobieski and a whole lot more.

A sweet movie that is perfect for some light escapism. Don’t overthink. Just watch and reminisce.

And gee, can’t believe another year is already over. Seems like just yesterday we had the 2016 Annual Barrymore Trilogy Blogathon. Well, here’s this year’s one…The Third Annual Barrymore Trilogy Blogathon hosted by In the Good Old Days of Classic Hollywood.

*quotes taken from watching the movie

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Summer Under the Stars…John Wayne

This is my entry for the 2017 TCM Summer Under the Stars Blogathon hosted by Journeys in Classic Film.

I was over the moon when I saw John Wayne on this year’s Stars list. My childhood hero. The one who made me fall in love with Westerns from way back when I was a little girl. To this day my absolute favourite genre. And John Wayne still holds a special place in my movie heart.

It isn’t only John Wayne though. No, it is a combination of him and the Super 8 films through which we were introduced. As some of you may know, I never had a television growing up (parents’ choice). But, I did have a whole stack of Super 8s that my parents had rescued from landing on the dump when video cassettes first came out. Amongst those wonderful reels were The War Wagon and Big Jake. Did I love watching those (I know the dialogue by heart – to this day). Had to be a non-school night and some setup was required.  Screen. Projector (maybe lightbulb replacing or un-jamming the film before it melted too much). And then the sheer joy of watching.

To mind always that strawberry-pinkish shirt he wore in The War Wagon. And the running leap onto his horse. He made it look so easy, elegant (in as far as cowboy elegance goes) and effortless. Then came Big Jake. I still have a soft spot for this movie and the colourful lines that come out of tough dad Jacob McCandles’ (John Wayne) mouth. My best was/is when son James, played by real-life son Patrick Wayne, calls him “daddy” to which the no-nonsense answer is “You can call me father, you can call me Jacob, you can call me Jake, you can call me a dirty son-of-a-bitch, but if you ever call my daddy again, I’ll finish this fight“. 

We also had McQ  with a much older John Wayne. For me though…cowboy works better than detective. It was only many years later that The Cowboys came my way. Another perfect role for this man as he takes a group of school boys on as hands for a cattle drive. Naturally The Seachers was next on my radar. Thoroughly enjoyed The Comancheros. Hmm…McLintock was different to what I’m used to. And the list goes on.

All I can say is: John Wayne. Cowboy like no other.

 

Bridget, Mark and Daniel…

Bridget Jones’s Diary (I’m sure school told us no ‘s after s…so Jones’ not Jones’s…but I digress). To the topic at hand…

Bridget Jones, Mark Darcy and Daniel Clever or Renée Zellweger, Colin Firth and Hugh Grant. The threesome for the My Favourite Threesome Blogathon over at MovieMovieBlogBlog.

As I’m sure you know by now, Bridget Jones, in her thirties, drinks, swears and constantly worries about her weight. And is the middle of a little love triangle. She keeps encountering all formal and serious Mark Darcy whom she’s known since they were kids. And then, there’s Daniel Cleaver, her boss. Did I mention that Bridget so desperately wants to have a boyfriend? Preferably the man who embodies all the undesirable qualities she lists in her diary. So, between misunderstandings, all sorts of antics and Bridget being Bridget we have…Bridget Jones’s Diary.

I thoroughly enjoy this first Bridget Jones movie because the three leads ‘gel’ so well. They are all different enough to create an good dynamic. However, having characters that make up a good trio on paper doesn’t always translate well to the screen if the casting hasn’t been done to support this. Here, the actors selected are just perfect resulting in a natural feel. There is enough contrast between the three leads to create believable conflict and relationships yet not so different that realistically they’d never cross paths.

Poor Bridget bumbling along trying way too hard and still just not getting it. At times one really feels sorry for the gal yet at other times one just wants to tell her to get with it, grow up, open her eyes and stop being so silly. And to move on. But then Mark Darcy comes along being all nice again. And Daniel Cleaver does something kind of charming yet totally sleezy. And Bridget is once again stuck in the middle. Poor Bridge.

But they work. The three of them absolutely work.

 

My Five (Modern) Stars…

Inspired by the Five Stars Blogathon that invited bloggers to list their five favourite movie stars with an explanation as to why they are loved (from the silents to the 70s), I’ve decided to list my 5 (+1) favourites from the 70s to now.

In no particular order (well, maybe a little):

Daniel Day-Lewis

Without much thought required, and most of you already know it but Daniel Day-Lewis is my absolute favourite “modern-day” actor. He’s just brilliant. Full stop. I always enjoy the roles he takes on from the first one I ever saw as Hawkeye (naturally my favourite) to the lesser known Jack (The Ballad of Jack and Rose) and all those before, after and in between. I thoroughly enjoy his acting style, his screen presence, everything. He’s not an actor, no…he’s an artist.

Jeff Bridges

Jeff Bridges, another fantastic artist. I’ve yet to watch a movie that he wasn’t excellent in. I was “introduced” to him many years ago as a 24 year old in the 1973 role of Zack Feather in Lolly Madonna XXX (as in kiss, kiss, kiss signed on a postcard). A relatively unknown movie (which I’ll review soon), since seeing him there he was always on my favourite list despite the fact that none of my friends knew whom I was talking about.

Cate Blanchett

Cate Blanchett is…well…great. So often we “associate” actors/actresses with roles they take on…not her. She’s Stepmother without me ever thinking of Veronica Guerin or Elizabeth. All distinct characters. Brilliantly potrayed. Superb all around.

Michael Fassbender

This actor snuck up on me unexpectedly and now I’d (almost) never miss a movie of his. It all started with the unassuming Centurion (which I was soooo close to not watching)…well, technically with 300 where he caught my attention but I couldn’t quite identify who he was. It goes beyond his acting roles though. I’ve seen him a few times on the Graham Norton Show and he always comes across so fun and genuine (or so it appears). And a certain part of his anatomy in Shame has absolutely nothing to do with anything. Honestly.

Cillian Murphy

Simply excellent. Cillian Murphy is so versatile in the roles he picks…from John/Emma Skilpa in Peacock, to my crushable Tommy Shelby in Peaky Blinders. He’s even given the romantic lead a go in Watching the Detectives. And so many more brilliant roles that makes him one of my top 5.

Guy Pearce

Are you sitting down? Well, here I must confess…I initially disliked Guy Pearce because of his role in The Count of Monte Cristo (how shallow I am). Then came The Proposition and I was hooked. Now I even like his Edmond Dante role. I’ve since caught up with Memento (how utterly brilliant) and whole lot more including The Rover.

Reducing lists to a specific number, especially 5 (6), is extremely difficult but special mention goes to the following actors who I’ll generally watch no matter what they are in: Dame Judi Dench, Keira Knightley, Donald Sutherland and Sam Rockwell.

 

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