My most anticipated movies of 2011

Friday, December 31, 2010

In approximately an hour, it'll be officially 2011. It seemed like a good time to make a list of the ten best movies of 2010. But I failed to do so for two reasons:
1. I haven't seen all the movies, which wouldn't make my list accurate. Especially considering that a lot of those movies are considered great ('True grit', '127 hours', 'The king's speech', etc.).
2. I couldn't even come up with five memorable movies I've seen this year. It seems this year was a pretty dissapointing year. Maybe it's just me. I'm not a big fan of high tech movies which contain all the latest film tricks in the book. So that leaves out greatly received movies such as 'Inception' and 'Black swan'. Call me old-fashioned, but I like movies that contain elements of real life.

So instead of making a list of my favorite movies of 2010, I've made a list of my most anticipated movies of 2011:

10. Larry Crowne

After Larry Crowne, a middle-aged man, is terminated from his job, he goes back to college, where he unexpectedly connects with his fellow students and even starts a romantic relationship with a professor.
Though the storyline doesn't look particularly interesting, I'm curious to see the reunion between Julia Roberts and Tom Hanks. For some reason, I don't like either of them as individual actors, but I think they had great chemistry in 2007's 'Charlie Wilson's war'.

9. Contagion

An action-thriller centered on the threat posed by a deadly disease and an international team of doctors contracted by the CDC to deal with the outbreak.
Very interesting and intellectual plot; not to mention the promising cast: Matt Damon, Kate Winslet, Jude Law and Marion Cotillard.

8. The other woman

Emilia is a Harvard law school graduate and just married her boss, Jack. Unfortunately, her life takes an unexpected turn when Jack and Emilia lose their newborn daughter. Emilia struggles through her grief to connect with her new stepson William, but is finding it hard to connect with the precocious child. But the most difficult obstacle of all is trying to cope with the constant interferences of her husband's angry, jealous ex-wife, Carolyn.
I'm very curious to see Natalie Portman in this film. Even though I wasn't fond of 'Black swan', her acting was splendid. I saw the trailer and it looks really promising.

7. Hanna

An action-thriller starring Saoirse Ronan, Cate Blanchett and Eric Bana. Hanna is a teenage girl. She has been raised by her father to become the perfect assassin. The turning point in her adolescence is a sharp one; sent into the world by her father on a mission, Hanna journeys stealthily across Europe while eluding agents dispatched after her by a ruthless intelligence operative with secrets of her own. As she nears her ultimate target, Hanna faces startling revelations about her existence and unexpected questions about her humanity
Very interesting plot and cast. I just saw the trailer, which wasn't that good. But for me a trailer is more a suggestion than a turning-point. Sometimes the trailer is aweful but the movie is good, and vice versa.

6. The adjustment bureau

A science-fiction romance film set in Manhattan.
The story evolves around David Norris, a charismatic United States Congressman who seems destined for national political stardom. He meets a beautiful ballet dancer named Elise Sellas, only to find out that strange circumstances keep them from becoming romantically involved. Norris discovers forces are at work to keep them apart, and he is determined to find out why.
I think I've seen this trailer every single time I go to the cinema since september, which is a lot! Though the trailer starts to bore me, the idea of the story is intrigueing as it plays on the concept of faith and destiny. I'm waiting on this one.

5. Kung Fu Panda 2

Po (Jack Black) is now a kung fu master, fighting alongside Master Shifu  and The Furious Five—Monkey (Jackie Chan), Crane (David Cross), Tigress (Angelina Jolie), Viper (Lucy Lui), and Mantis (Seth Rogen). They have to join forces with another group of kung fu masters to defeat Lord Shen (Gary Oldman), a peacock, who plans to use a secret weapon that can destroy kung fu forever.
After all the serious previous movies, I can't wait for the sequel to 2008's Kung Fu Panda. Besides the fact that I love the film, I'm also very excited to hear Angelina Jolie as Tigress.

4. Pirates of the Caribbean 4: on stranger tides

Captain Jack Sparrow crosses paths with a woman from his past, and he's not sure whether it's love or if she's a ruthless con artist who's using him to find the fabled Fountain of Youth. When she forces him aboard the ship of the formidable pirate Edward Teach, also known as Blackbeard, Jack finds himself on an unexpected adventure in which he doesn't know whom to fear more: Blackbeard or the woman from his past.
The reason why I'm so excited to see this can be summed up quickly:
Pirates of the Caribbean-Keira Knightley-Orlando Bloom-cheesy romance between a pirate and a high class woman+Johnny Depp+Penelope Cruz+love interest for Captain Jack Sparrow+awesome trailer.
That says it all, I think :)

3. New Year's eve

About various couples and singles and how they spend new year's eve.Why is this not on the number one spot you ask? Well, though I'm dying to see Michelle again, let's be honest; this is not a Michelle Pfeiffer movie. If she had the lead in it, this movie would be number 1, 2 and 3. But since she's part of an ensemble cast and the movies contains disasters like Asston Kutcher and Zac Efron, this was the highest I could rank it.

2. The tree of life

Set in the 1950's, starring superstars Brad Pitt and Sean Penn, this movie looks about as good as it gets.
We trace the evolution of an eleven-year-old boy in the Midwest, Jack, one of three brothers. At first all seems marvelous to the child. He sees as his mother does with the eyes of his soul. She represents the way of love and mercy, where the father tries to teach his son the world’s way of putting oneself first. Each parent contends for his allegiance, and Jack must reconcile their claims. The picture darkens as he has his first glimpses of sickness, suffering and death. The world, once a thing of glory, becomes a labyrinth.
From this story is that of adult Jack, a lost soul in a modern world, seeking to discover amid the changing scenes of time that which does not change: the eternal scheme of which we are a part. When he sees all that has gone into our world’s preparation, each thing appears a miracle—precious, incomparable. Jack, with his new understanding, is able to forgive his father and take his first steps on the path of life.
The story ends in hope, acknowledging the beauty and joy in all things, in the everyday and above all in the family—our first school—the only place that most of us learn the truth about the world and ourselves, or discover life’s single most important lesson, of unselfish love.
The story appeals to me in a very real way. It's honest, complex and it's about every day obstacles captured in a extraordinary way; my kind of movie. I keep watching the trailer over and over again, it has to be one of the best trailers I've ever seen. Just watch it, you won't regret it:
The posters and stills of the movie are all so beautiful and I am on the very edge of my seat for the release date of this film.

1. Angelina Jolie's directorial debut.

I know, it's sad. The movie doesn't even have a title yet and I'm already all over it. I've been following every little detail on this movie, which happen to be very few.
All I really know about this untitled love story is that it's set in the Bosnian war. It's about a love between a Muslim woman and a Serbian man. There's no release date yet, so who knows, maybe my anticipation will hold out till 2012. All I know is that I can't wait to see what Angie has written and directed.

So those are my top 10 most anticipated movies. Really can't wait to see them. But for now, happy new year to all movie lovers! :)

The Tourist

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

The Tourist. My most anticipated movie of the year. I remember, about six months ago, I was looking up some news on movies in progress. Soon I learned that a thriller/romance starring Angelina Jolie and Johnny Depp was to be made. Angelina Jolie and Johnny Depp. Does it get any better than that? From that day on I could not wait for the date on which that movie was going to be released. I knew this had to be good.

There was a lot of negative commentary around this movie. If it wasn't about Angelina looking like a lifeless mannequin, it was the lacking chemistry between the two leads. Though it annoyed me at first, I decided it meant nothing. I can't even tell you how many movies that are considered commercial failures remain among my favorites.

When december 10th was finally at the door, I didn't know how fast I had to run to the movies. I was actually the first person to buy a ticket at the counter (kind of obvious considering I arrived an hour prior :p). I took the best seat in the house, waited for almost an hour (yes, I'm a geek) and finally started watching the movie I expected the world of.

This is a short summary I've put together. If you don't want any spoilers or if you're well informed by the movie, just skip this part.

It opens with Jolie's character, Elise. She's being followed by the police. They want to catch a criminal, Alexander Pearce, who has stolen a big sum of money form a gangster, Shaw. Elise was involved with him. She receives a letter from Pearce which tells her to distract the policemen by approaching a man with similar build and height to make them think it's him. So she gets on a train and approaches Frank, an American tourist (hence 'The Tourist'). They have dinner and get to know each other a little better. Through a series of events, Shaw receives word of 'Alexander' being in Venice. His man chase Frank, but he manages to escape. He gets in the hands of the local police though. He is interrogated by a policeman, who later realises he can make some money by selling Frank. Just as he exchanges the money with the buyers, Elise comes to the rescue. After a insignificant action sequence on boats, Elise tells Frank about Alexander.

The next morning, She drops him of at the airport to return to America. After she takes off, Frank says he's in love with her. Then comes a twist; Elise is an agent too. She was suspended because she wouldn't give Alexander up. But now she's willing to give him up. She is going to meet him at a ball. A man, who is assumed to be Pearce, drops another letter of for Elise. Then Frank shows up out of nowhere. He persists not to leave without her. She tells him he was just a part of a plan and leaves. Frank, interupting the plot to catch Pearce, is grabbed by Elise's colleagues. Elise opens the letter, which contains an address and a key. She leaves while her fellow agents and Frank follow. She arrives at the place and suddenly Shaw and his man drop in. They threaten her to tell them where the safe with Shaw's money is. She claims no to know. Meanwhile, the agents and a captured Frank are watching the whole thing from monitors. Frank begs them to intervene when Shaw treatens Elise with a knife. Finally, Elise gives up the safe. Just when Shaw gets mad as Elise doesn't know the code, Frank, who managed to escape, storms in. He claims to be the real Alexander Pearce. Shaw tells him to open the safe, or else Elise dies. As Frank walks to the safe (in slow motion I might add), the agents shoot Shaw and his men. Elise and Frank are left alone when the agnets are distracted by a man who poses as Alexander. Elise declares she loves both Frank and Alexander. Frank reveals he is in fact the real Pearce by opening the safe. They depart on a boat, leaving behind the exact amount of money that Alexander stole in the safe.

Things that worked:

The gorgeous setting was one of the first things that came to my attention. The breathtaking backdrop of Italy and France is definetely a ++

The best thing about this movie has to be the score. The dream sequence in which Frank kisses Elise contains one of the most beautiful pieces of music I've ever heard. It's right up there with 'Claire de Lune'. I have downloaded the soundtrack and I simply can't stop playing that track over and over again. Kudos to James Newton Howard.
Fun fact: He also composed the soundtrack for 'One fine day'.

The gorgeous actors. Though their chemistry and dialogue could've been better, I really enjoyed watching them. I mean, there are worse ways to spend 104 minutes than watching Angelina dance around in beautiful gowns and Depp climbing the roof in PJ's. Shallow, I know :p

The plot. In spite of the dialogue and action, I really liked the plot. I had not seen the original, 'Anthony Zimmer', so I don't really have anything to compare it with, but I thought the story was pretty smart. There are two twist; Elise being an agent and Frank being Alexander Pearce. When I saw the trailers, I suspected Frank to be the real Pearce, but I had fun seeing how it all unraveled.

Things that didn't work:

The chemistry between Angie and Johnny. I think my expectations were too high on that front. My reasoning that two of the best and prettiest actors must have thundering chemistry was obviously ridiculous. But I do think it could've been much better. They even seemed uncomfortable with each other in scenes where they were supposed to be in love. I think that people tend to compare Angelina's chemistry with the kind she had with Brad Pitt in 'Mr. and Mrs. Smith'. I don't think she'll ever come in that range again, though (for obvious reasons).

The lack of good dialogue. The conversations between Elise and Frank don't go much deeper than "You look ravishing" and "You're the least down-to-earth person I've ever met". This causes the idea of Frank falling in love with Elise to be laughable. When he said "but I'm in love with you" when Elise left, I couldn't help but chuckle. The script overall could've been much more clever. I was shaking my head at the tacky and somewhat cliché lines such as "I have to go drag the...uhh... the thing".

The characters. Though Elise and Frank are both treats to look at, their character development is very poor. Elise basically stands around looking beautiful (it worked for me, but I'm just saying), while Frank is nothing but an ordinary guy falling in love with a extraordinary woman. Their characteristics were never really marked which made it hard for me to take an interest in them.

The action. There's actually only one part that could be called an action sequence; the boat scene. But man, that was one horrible piece of action. I don't think boats serve well in action scenes. Cars are perfect to create that suspense. Boats, on the other hand, are a bit too mundane to create the exhillaration needed in a chase scene. And the fact that the bad guys kept missing the shots fired at Elise made it all seem a tad unrealistic.

So let's get to the bottom line. No chemistry, poor dialogue and horrible action; this is technically a terrible movie. But where is it written that movies always have to be critisized technically? I have seen this movie two times and loved it every time. It's one of those movies that can be categorized in the "guilty pleasure" section. If you overanalyze this movie, you'll definitely hate it. It's more a looker than a thinker. Just enjoy the setting and the actors without too much thinking. It's simply a fun, shallow way to spend a Thursday night.
I've gotta say, I was really surprised when I heard about the Golden Globe nominations. Though I love the movie, I can see why it's unappreciated on a professional level. It's not an award kind of movie, which is fine. Also, the category doesn't really make sense. Though there were times when I laughed, I don't think it qualifies as comedy. But even though this movie doesn't really deserve the nominations, I secretly hope it does. And considering all the hate comments and negativity focused on Jolie, I especially hope she gets the award for best actress.

Favorite scenes:
* Elise telling Frank how to ask her to dinner.
* Frank's dream; the kiss
* Paul Bettany's character saying Alexander does look like Frank, only to find out Frank has escaped


Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Hey guys and gals :)
As you know, I've been a Pfan for some time now. I've admired and loved Michelle Pfeiffer ever since I first saw her in Grease 2. But lately, I've been really sad about the fact that there's no news on her. I mean I know that now she's probably starting a new film, and you've heard my reservations on that. But besides that, her pulicity is on such a low level. She's just completely isolated from the Hollywood scoop. And yes, that's one of the things that makes her special and yes, it's one of the things that I really admire about her. But it still sucks. I always get frustated over the silence around her. One picture each half a year is just so little...
Anyway, since there's little to no news on her, I've decided to put Pfandom on a hold. Well, not so much as a complete stop as a change in content. From now on I'll be posting articles on whatever I feel like. Mainly movies and celebrities, but other things could appear. I will of course always put effort in posting about Michelle also. She'll always be my number one girl. It's just that, the subjects run out. Each week I find myself struggling to find a topic for my blog. That's why I think it's best this way. I won't be so pressured to do a Michelle post, I'll be broadening my range and I can always go back to a solid Pfeiffer-blog whenever I feel like it.
I really hope you can respect my decision and keep following my blog.
Pfan forever,

Mamma Mia

Friday, December 3, 2010

You know when you watch a movie, unknowing of its quality? You simply watch because someone suggested it or because it was a big success. And then, once you're in the story, you get sort of sucked into loving it.

That's what 'Mamma Mia!' was like for me. Of course, I knew the movie existed; everyone knew. And I saw the ending on TV a couple of times. But I never really took the time to watch the whole thing. So, one day I had some free time and decided to download a movie. I went through some websites offering promising movie, but I still couldn't find anything good. Finally, I turned to Wikipedia to search a movie via a particular actor. I came across Meryl Streep's page and scrolled down to her filmography. That's pretty much how I came to download 'Mamma Mia!'.
So, after it got set on my computer, I click "play" and without expectations or prejudices I sit back and watch.
From the very first scenes, I knew I'd like this movie. Just the whole tone of it; light, fun, bubbly. I'm a big fan of serious dramas, but a good comedy/musical is welcome once in a while. We can't be serious our entire lives, right?
The movie owes its greatness to different factors:
1. The music.
ABBA's music has been legendary since forever. And the way the cast performes the songs is a great tribute to them. I know many people who becam ABBA-fans after seeing 'Mamma Mia!' and I'm 100% one of them! They're not immensley deep or philosophical, but they're so catchy and fun to sing along. Like I said: sometimes we need a little shallow fun :)

2. Meryl Streep.
The whole cast did a good job, but Meryl's performance defined this movie for me. I know she's not a professional singer, but I love hearing her voice. I loved all her performances in this movie. She's so ridiculously silly! She only cared about delivering the part, not about vanity. It's basically scientific fact that she's one of Hollywood's finest actresses and the fact that she can let loose and be goofy for once makes her twice the actress she already was. She's so likeable in this movie! It's really in the little things she does. The way she sings "blue since the day we parted" or her little gestures at the beginning of "Money, money, money". I always notice those things in actresses. It puts something personal in the character and that's what makes every actor unique. The performance Streep gave during "The winner takes it all" was incredible. The way she sang that song with all the emotion... And to think that she managed to do that in one, I repeat, one take! Wow, she really is amazing! This movie has put Meryl Streep on the third spot on my list of favorite actresses. I'll do a complete article on her someday.

3. The feel-good effect.
Someone on IMDB said it best: this movie is the best cure against depression. So true. This movie will, without a doubt, bring a smile to your face. I remember when I watched it that first time, how an instant smile was stuck on my face during "Dancing queen". It's just such a nutty, hilarious performance! At the end of the movie, I felt happy and carefree; it's great when a movie does that. After that first viewing, I kept watching it over and over again. Actually, I think I'm going to watch it again right after posting this :)
In short, 'Mamma Mia!' is a great movie. Guarenteed laughter and amusement! It doesn't have great depth and it doesn't make you think. But it does have an impact; it will leave you with a smile for days!

Fun fact:
Michelle was considered for the part of Donna. This post is starting to get long, so I'll forward my thoughts on that in some other post.

6 month anniversary :)

Friday, November 26, 2010

Today, my blog exists exactly 6 months. YAY! :D

In these last couple of months, I've done many articles on Michelle Pfeiffer and everything around her. I'll definitely continue this, only I'll be making some small changes:

1. Maybe you've noticed I've put some pages on my blog (bio, aweards). I'll continue to expand this with more. When people visit my blog, I want them to find a world of MP. My ultimate goal is to build a Pfeiffer-website, somewhere in the future.

2. From now one, every month I'll have a 'guest-post'. This means I'll be posting about something not-Michelle (only once a month, don't worry :p). It can be about a certain movie, actor/actress, observation, basically anything I feel like posting. Occasionally I'll make references and comparisons to Michelle, but my goal is to broaden my writing experience and I think writing about different matters will do so.
3. Thirdly, I'll permenantly post once a week. I think you've noticed my posting frequency has changed a bit. At the beginning I posted almost every day. Of course, this was due to excitement and quantity of ideas, but this period was also during fifth grade. I'm now in my senior year and it takes a lot more time and energy. That's why I haven't posted in a while. But I'll make an effort and try posting every week.

So, besides these minor changes, evrything will remain the same. On to the next six months! XD

Michelle and David; happy anniversary!

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Once upon a time two people were set up on a blind date. It somehow turned into a group event and they ended up barely talking to each other. But they saw something in each other and decided to go on a one-on-one date. They went to see 'Dracula' and started to fall in love.
But she had a little secret. Two weeks earlier she had entered proceedings to adopt a baby girl, before ever meeting him. Not to worry though; she knew this wasn't just a fling. She knew this man was for real. So one day, lying in bed together, she drops it on him. He took it well and they decided that this was it. They would start a family together.

The last preperations were made and on march 1993, their first child arrived. The invitation read: November 13th: christening of Claudia Rose Kelley. But then followed an unexpected surprise. They called everyone up a day before telling them that it was besides a christening, also a wedding. "Come if you can", they said. The people who did, witnessed the exchanged vows between Michelle Marie Pfeiffer and David Edward Kelley.
It's been exactly 17 years since this day. 17 years since they promised each other forever and said "I do".

Congrats to Michelle and David! May your marital success last forever..

New Pfilm...

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

I assume everyone has heard the news; a possible new Pfilm! Can you even imagine anything more exciting?! So today, I logged into Facebook and arrive on my homepage. Then I see that Biancs has posted something about a new Pfilm and others have commented in full exhiliration. My heart skips a beat, I can't stop smiling and the only thing on my mind is "Finally!" So then, in full ecstasy, I open the link and... my ear-to-ear grin half-fades. Here's why:

3 words: Ashton frigging Kutcher. Remember 'Personal effects'? The worst Pfilm in Pfeiffer-history was made because of him. Do we really want our Michelle alongside that talentless dude again? One time was waaaay more than enough.

The rest of the cast is OK. Hilary Swank is a pretty decent actress (LOL, Els :p). I'd love to see Michelle work with Robert Deniro. I know they were both in 'Stardust', but they never actually appeared together. I also like the idea of Abigail Breslin in a scene with MP. Lea Michele, though, I don't like. For one, I can't stand Glee. The second reason, though very insignificant, is her name. I just hate the name Michelle spelled like Michele LOL.

My other objection with relevence to the cast is the fact that it's an ensemble cast. This means, like 'Stardust' and 'Hairspray', less on-screen time for Michelle. I just really want a Pfilm that people refer to as a "Michelle Pfeiffer movie".

Elsa brought up an important issue while we were chatting though; Michelle is probably not capable of carrying out a movie on her own. As dedicated Pfans are, the world of cinema has basically forgotten about Michelle Pfeiffer. So, with that said, I hope that this movie will at least put her back in the game for bigger movies in the future.

Even though 'Valentine's day' was a big success, I absolutely hated it. I was so excited when I heard that a Garry Marshall movie would hit the cinemas. So I went and couldn't believe my eyes. A complete waste of time, money and effort. And now Michelle's going to be in a sequel? Sounds like a recipe for disaster. As much as I want to see her again, I keep wondering if this is the way to go.

'Frankie and Johnny' is my favorite movie of all time. It's kind of ironic that I'm not jumping up and down for a chance at the Pfeiffer/Marshall team again. If it were a different kind of movie, I probably would be jumping. But for all the reasons I mentioned above, it simply won't do. Besides, what other great movie has Marshall directed after 'F&J'? 'Raising Helen'? 'The other sister'? I'm sorry, but all those movies sucked. But who know; maybe he just needs the inspiration he found in Michelle. If they can recreate the magic from 'F&J', then I'm in!

Nothing's official yet, so all we can do is hope she'll make the right decision. But like Elsa and I decided: If Michelle wants to do this movie, she should. Her happiness is far more important than our own opinion or some big box office success!

The one thing I really needed...

Thursday, November 4, 2010

This is just too unbelievable! Today my computer gets fixed, I log onto Blogger, then I want to start my post called "miss you Michelle", which is completely about how I just want to see her face again, even if it's just a picture. So I'm on the edge of clicking 'new post', then I glance over my blog list and see on Bea and Bianca's page: a brand new Pfeiffer pic. I seriously almost started crying! I mean, for other people a recent pic of their idol may not be anything special; for us it's what we've been waiting for a loooooong time. I just love the pics, she looks so good. Wow, am I being a little overdramatic here? This just really brightens my day :)

Up close and personal

Monday, October 18, 2010

One of the last Pfilms I saw. I'm ashamed to admit it, but I did not like it. I know, I know, totally crazy right? Just let me explain.

I started watching this movie with high hopes, but was dissapointed while watching. Here's why:
First thing I didn't like was that Michelle's character, Sally, was nicknamed 'Tally' by her boyfriend. I just felt it was totally misleading and rather fake. I mean, what kind of boyfriend just changes your name for you?

But after about a year, I saw it on tv again. I decided I owed it to Michelle to watch it again. And so I did. I went into my room and put the DVD on, so I could watch from the beginning. This time, the name thing had a totally different meaning. It wasn't about changing her as a person, it was about comforting her and helping her adjust. I really felt so stupid for my misunderstanding.
Another thing I completely misunderstood was the scene where Sally's trapped inside a prison. Robert Redford's character seemed so totally careless about Sally's well-being while giving her pointers on the news piece. But as I watched it for the second time, I finally understood that her was empowering her strength by pushing her, rather than strengthen her fear by a panic attack.
It's crazy how much a movie can change when you watch it for the second time. I mean the first time I was really dissapointed, but the second (and third, and fourth, and....) I was struck by the greatness of the movie.

Oh, and I just love the soundtrack; 'Because you loved me' is such a brilliant song. And it fits the movie perfectly. I love that little intimate moment as they kiss for the very first time. It's so sweet and tender. Normally, I'm not a big fan of romantic moments, but it was inevitable to love that one!

And the ending... It's probably one of my favorite endings of all Pfilms.
Just as it all seems too good to be true, it all falls down. ..And I loved it. I mean, it's heartbreaking, but it's so much more astonishing than "happily ever after". And Michelle's performance is superb in those final scenes. When she see her husband's boots on the news before breaking down in these soul ripping, little sobs, you just can't help but feel complete empathy.
But for me, the real touching moment is the very last scene. It's really amazing how much Michelle Pfeiffer can do with her eyes. When she sees her husband's picture on the screen as she's about to walk on stage, there's nothing but deep love and admiration in her eyes. And at the end of her moving speech, as she says 'my husband told me that, not so long ago', her expression says it all, though indiscribable.

Michelle's singing

Sunday, October 10, 2010

I went over the songs on my Ipod the other day and suddenly saw 'When you believe'. I listen to 'Cool rider' and 'Miss Baltimore crabs' all the time, but I'd completely forgotten about that one. So I push the play button and start listening. First there's a lot of Sally Dworsky, but then the second verse starts and with it Michelle's part. It's been almost a year since I've heard it, so I kind of forgot what it sounded like. But the moment I heard Michelle's voice, I went completely silent. I just stared out the window (I was in the car) and listened so intensely that I could hear the echo in the studio. Her voice sounded so beautiful that I got actual goose bumps. So high and feminine, yet strong and present.
I always knew she had a great singing voice, but this song just mesmerized me. Haha, that's the effect she has on me :)

And you know what's so great about her voice? The way she lets the personality of the character come through it. Think about it, in 'Hairspray' she sings in a raspy, exaggerated tone, while in 'The fabulous Baker boys' she uses her low, seductive singing voice. If that doesn't mark a great actress, what does?
I just know for a fact that if acting wasn't in the stars for Michelle Pfeiffer, she'd make one heck of a singer!

Favorite singing moments:

1. Makin' whoopee.
2. Cool Rider.
3. More than you know.
4. When you believe.
5. Miss Baltimore crabs/Big, blonde and beautiful.


Monday, October 4, 2010

Hey guys! I’m back home and even though I had agreat time, I can't wait to write another article.
So I went on vacation to America, Columbia and Aruba. Naturally I was excited as hell to go. What made me a little extra excited was the fact that I now could go on Pfeiffer-hunt in other countries. So, without further ado (:p), here are my found Pfeiffer-treasures:

First of all, you should know that they don’t sell original DVDs in my country. It’s either a copy of the original or just a version filmed in a cinema or something. Real DVDs in Surinam are about as rare as pirate DVDs in America. I have seen all Pfilms by downloading or buying the copy DVDs. But obviously I want all Pfilms in original; even if it’s just to have them. So I arrive in America, expecting to find loads of Pfeiffer DVDs coming my way. Well, that totally backfired. I mean you’d think they’d have all of them in the USA, I mean they were made there and everything! So anyway, I was on my fifth day in America and hadn’t found anything Pfeiffer! I was pretty pissed off.

The sixth day though, I went to Wall Mart for some grocery shopping. I saw a DVD section and I literally ran to that corner! I rushed my eyes over the stand so quickly I almost tripped (LOL). Then my eyes came to a sudden stop. My first found Pfeiffer treasure; Batman returns. I can’t even describe my joy. Ironically, it was on sale for 50%! Pure luck.

Finally, I gained hope again. Over the next couple of days I kept walking in and out of DVD, CD and book stores. On almost my 15th day, I walked into another one of those DVD stores. Pretty skeptical due to the lack of Pstuff, I walk through the stands. And then BOOM! All these Pfilms staring at me! I grabbed every single one of them and checked every section twice. I walked around with this stash of DVDs and a huge grin; people were looking at me thinking ‘what a freak’! LOL. On my way to the counter I walked past the soundtrack section and found ‘Grease2’ and ‘I am Sam’. So that day I went home broke, but content :)

I kept looking for good book stores though. The only ones I found were these annoyingly post-modern ‘teenage’ shops with nothing but ‘Twilight’ on the stands. So one day we went to the supermarket and I spot this relatively big book store next to it. I rush in and start looking around. So then I walk by this stand with all these dusty, neglected, -nobody-wants to read-‘em- books. I look up and down the stands, and suddenly let out a very strange, high-pitched shriek. It was a total unintentional sound and I’ll tell you, it was weird; people were looking at me as if I was a mental patient. Anyway, what made me shriek:

Isn’t it great! Any Pfan collector’s item. Can you believe it was on a huge sale for less than $10! At the same book store, I also got these two:

So now I had some Pstuff, but let’s get real, you can never have too much of it! So I kept hunting for more. One day we were just driving through the neighborhood without a particular destination. We saw this little mall-ish thing somewhere along the road and we decided to stop by. There was this one guy selling books, DVDs and CDs, so naturally I take a look. My parents were in a hurry, so I couldn’t really look thoroughly. Then on our way out we saw this $1 dollar store and my sister wanted to take a look, and so we did. But I had this nagging feeling that I should go back to the store with the DVDs. I can’t explain it, but it was some kind of instinct that told me to go back there. Or as I’d like to call it; Pfeiffer-instinct :p So I went back to nose some more. There was this one corner where this pile of all sorts of old, dusty books lay. It was all very unorganized, but I took the effort to go through them, because you never know right? And yep, my effort paid off. My heart skipped a beat when I saw her face on one of those books:

By then I was suddenly pumped with energy, going through the whole stash of books and searching through the huge collection of DVDs and CDs. I think I’ve spent more than almost two hours there, just carefully screening every inch of that place. The time I spend paid off and I found 4 more Pfeiffer-treasures:

So America didn’t have thát much Pfeiffer stuff, but in Columbia and Aruba I found absolutely nothing. Of course that got me mad, but what are you gonna do about it? I’m just glad I found some Pfeiffer-treasures. Cannot wait to go on vacation in other countries, even if it’s just for the Pfeiffer-hunt :p

Oh, almost forgot. Look what I got from a friend, for my birthday:

Sweet right?! Want to wear it every day! LOL


Saturday, August 28, 2010

Hey guys

I'm going on vacation tomorrow for a month, so I won't be posting anytime soon. But when I'm back; full written articles back on my blog :)


Heartbreaking moments

Thursday, August 19, 2010

An actress’ true essence is in her expression of emotion. The way she portrays the feelings of a character by a movement or a facial expression. The art of letting the audience feel the emotion without words. Michelle has proven to be a master in this several times. I’m sure Michelle’s performances have made a lot of people cry. And even though I can’t cry at movies myself, these moments were heartbreaking.I am Sam.It’s always a surprise when you suddenly see a soft character getting a backbone. But it’s an even bigger shock when you see a cold character getting feelings. And Michelle did it perfectly. Her emotional break-down towards Sam swept people away. That cold edge around Michelle’s character suddenly melts away and makes room for this blurt of emotion. If that’s not heartbreaking, what is?

The deep end of the ocean.
I’m not a mother, so I can only imagine how it must feel like. Losing your child is the worst thing that could happen to a mother. The moment when you see the crust of bread in Michelle’s hand while she makes a face, just that look makes you feel empathy. And when she looks at her son’s picture and starts to have an attack… You get such a mixture of feelings. Shock, understanding, pity. Now that I think of it, that movie is very underrated. As is Michelle’s performance.

The whole last hour of this movie is sad actually, but the last conversation between Léa and Chéri is the real tearjerker. The complexity of Léa all falls together in the end. The real sadness lies in the realization that Léa loves Chéri so much that she lets him go.
And the way she says ‘You found an old woman.’ One simple sentence, said with so much emotion and remorse. It really overwhelmed me and I even got Goosebumps! Only she could do it that way. And talking about gripping looks. Léa’s look in the mirror at the end expressed it all.

The age of innocence.
I’ve been longing to do a review on this one, but I want to wait for the right moment; this movie means a lot to me. The heartbreak, obviously, rests in the way Ellen and Newland can’t be together, even though it’s obvious they belong together. Michelle’s expressions and dialogue are what made Ellen. The way she resists the temptation and pretends the carelessness. Also, their chemistry is just right. The scene where Newland strips Ellen of her glove, followed by a passionate kiss, it just takes my breath away.

Frankie and Johnny.
My favorite Pfilm; real, honest, heartbreaking. Michelle portrays an unhappy woman with a strong shield around her heart. That is until the last part of the film. The last scene in which all her emotions come out is really heartbreaking. The heartbreak itself was short, because it does have a happy ending and it was so great to finally see her giving love another chance. But this movie wasn’t about the ending, it was about the journey of the characters during the film.

Up close and personal.
From the moment you see Ned’s face, you know there’s something wrong. And when you see those boots, all you can do is scream, silently. But I don’t find Michelle’s crying and whispers in terror the saddest about this movie. The scene I find really touching is the very last scene. When she is going on stage to give a speech and sees her husband’s picture on the screen. Her look there is indescribable. So is her speech, which she gives as she goes. “My husband told me that, not so long ago.” Just the way she said that. So sincere and warm, with a look that tells you more than a thousand words.

Few in number, big in loyalty!

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

We all know Pfans aren’t common. We’re a very selected group of people divided in different parts of the world. I’m not talking about people who like her in a movie or two; I’m talking about the real deal Pfans to the bone. The people who spend their time writing Pfeiffer-blogs, surfing Pfeiffer-websites and discuss all sorts of Pfeiffer-stuff with other Pfans. But why is it that so few people are Pfans? I mean, Michelle’s an A-class actress, there’s no question about that. But still, most people prefer Meryl, Angelina or Sandra.

Ok, obviously, it has to do with the quantity and quality of her work. She hasn’t worked in a while and even her most recent films weren’t big successes. I’m sure that has cost her some fans. But that’s the difference between someone who likes her and a true Pfan.

People love a humanitarian. Someone who donates money to charities, attends galas for nature causes; those sorts of things. It’s safe to say that Michelle hates the spotlight. Remember her quote: “I act for free, but I demand a huge salary for being a public personality.” If you want to gain star-status, you should go to the right parties, attend important events, and so on. But Michelle doesn’t want to be a public personality. This explains why we haven’t seen her in so long. I’m not saying she is doing this on purpose to minimize her fan base, but it’s an inevitable outcome.

But one thing she’s forgetting. With a big fan base, comes big success. Don’t you think Chéri would’ve been much more appreciated if Meryl Streep had starred in it? I guarantee she’d get an Oscar nomination, probably even win. I’m not saying that she could do it better than Michelle, I mean, come on! It’s just that Meryl is a generally more respected actress. Besides, no offense, but it’s like a rule that all her movies have to be nominated or something!
It’s so disgraceful that Sandra Bullock won for ‘The blind side’. Ok, the movie wasn’t horrible, but really, each of the other nominees deserved it more. But that’s Hollywood. Sandra is America’s sweetheart and the Academy plays on that. Michelle’s hugely underrated and that’s such a shame. But the blame really is on her dislike of publicity. If she would do something about her publicity, she could be huge. But that brings us back to the beginning; Michelle doesn’t like publicity! And that equals few Pfans.

But I don’t mind Pfans being so few in number. Their dedication and loyalty are infinite!

Number 2

Monday, August 2, 2010

Not too long ago, when someone asked me my top5 favorite actresses, my response was: ‘One; Michelle Pfeiffer, two; uuuhhhm….’. Well, now I have a two; Angelina Jolie.

I’ve always kind of liked Angelina Jolie, but never so much that I watched movies just because she’s in it. Lately though, I’ve become fond of her and her movies.
First of all she has a very wide range. Her characters are all so different. People see her as the typical lead in action movies, which she is on some level. But her roles in “The changeling”, “Girl, interrupted” and “Life or something like it” were every bit as good as “Wanted”, “Mr. and Mrs. Smith” and “Salt”. Secondly, I like her attitude towards the media. She has no agent or anything and she’s very open in interviews. I find her honesty about being bisexual pretty cool. She definitely appreciates her fans. She once signed autographs for an hour! Also, I like her approach in roles. It takes a lot of courage and self-confidence to do the kind of sex scenes she has done. She’s shameless and daring. Lastly, she’s a great humanitarian. Donates millions to good causes, she’s even a UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador. And she’s simply a beautiful woman.

But let me make something very clear (Higg, read carefully :p). No one, I repeat, no one could ever replace Michelle as my number one. She will always be my favorite actress, forever.

The difference between my fandom for Michelle and my liking towards Angelina is in the opposition. Michelle and Angelina differ like water and fire. When you look at Michelle you see grace, when you look at Angelina you see sex. Angelina appears naked in a lot of her movies, Michelle got uncomfortable in “Tequila sunrise” when only her behind was shown.
They could never change movies. Can you imagine Angelina in “Dangerous liaisons”? or Michelle in “Original sin”? I can’t. They have one thing in common though. They’re both beautiful, extraordinary actresses who are not afraid of a risky choice in movies.

Let’s face it; Michelle has kind of passed her smoking years (90s) and she’s barely working. I don’t think we can expect a lot more Pfilms. Angelina, on the other hand, is now in her golden period and is constantly making movies. So with Michelle slowing down, I found (though small) a consolation in Angie.

I think it’s OK for Pfans to like other actors. As long as they remember who’s on top!


Monday, July 26, 2010

Chéri. The most recent Pfilm. When I became a Pfan, this movie was already in progress, but I still had to wait a very long time before finally seeing it. I did have every other Pfilm yet to watch (because I was a fresh Pfan), but as it turned out, that didn’t take so long (well with watching at least 2 per day :p). So I waited and waited for Chéri. I followed the news on foot, watched all the trailers and movie clips on Youtube hundreds of times, saw the pictures of the première in Berlin and France. Pfans on the internet would tell me how great it was, which made me even more impatient. Finally I got so tired of waiting that I downloaded it (I would later see it in the cinema). So with months of eagerness to see it behind me, I put the DVD in my DVD-player, sat back and watched.

The opening scene made me smile, because I recognized the pictures they used for young Léa. I remember that the movie was fully downloaded at 1 in the morning. I obviously refused to wait until the next morning, so I just watched it while everyone was already asleep. That’s the way I like to watch Pfilms. Alone in my room with no one to disturb.

Ordinarily there’s an older guy with a younger girl. But this movie twists that cliché around. As we all know, an older woman with a younger man is much more frowned upon than when a 60 year old guy has a relationship with a twenty-something girl. But that’s the strength of this movie; uniqueness. It sheds a light on a new chapter of forbidden love. This movie is like nothing I’ve ever seen before.

The romance between Léa and Chéri happened very quickly. You didn’t get to see a lot of their relationship, and I regretted that. It wasn’t until later that I realized that it was shown implicit. It wasn’t about them acting in love, it was about their realization of how much they really loved each other.

In interviews Michelle makes it clear that she hates the term “cougar”. I agree. First of all it’s sexist; Men don’t get cross-eyed when they date someone half their age. Secondly, Léa is definitely not a cougar. She wasn’t out looking for a young man to love. In fact she wasn’t looking for a man at all. Chéri was, roughly said, just a project. Straight him out and then deliver him back. They just happened to fall in love.

Michelle’s character was really interesting. Whore or hooker aren’t words you use on Léa, even though that is in fact what she is. Prostitutes in those times were classy, elegant, almost divine. And Michelle is the perfect woman to portray these elements.
The thing that makes Léa interesting is the fact that you don’t understand her. How can you not want love? As it turns out, you can’t. Even the woman who is said never to fall in love, does.
I love how Michelle takes these interesting parts. Women that you can’t put your finger on. Like her character in ‘White oleander.’ Mysterious, unpredictable and untouchable.

Chéri starts off as a cliché kind of guy. Sleeps around, doesn’t care about anyone but himself, spoiled, but neglected only child.
And of course; Kathy Bates was pretty good as the loud, disgustingly sentimental(:p) mother.

The ending was great. I’ve always been a fan of unhappy endings, and this one was no exception. Michelle’s line ‘you found an old woman’ blew me away. The way she said it, so sincere and heartbreaking. And the final look in the mirror was a great last image. She realizes that her youth and beauty are fading, and that’s what cost her what was most precious to her.

This movie was not what I expected it to be. By the movie poster and the clips on Youtube, I concluded that it would be a light, romantic movie. But what I got was way better. It’s about
such a serious subject, but it managed to come together as a beautiful and elegant plot.
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