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 th├ít 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
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