Archive for August, 2012


Watched this movie as I needed to do a lecture on the life of Joan Of Arc. What a piece of bad acting crap! Really bad. It’s a French production, with French actors trying to speak English. They should have just spoken French!!!

My Week With Marilyn – **

Posted: August 15, 2012 in 2011, biopic, Drama, UK, USA, XX

My Week With Marilyn was movie rental of the week. 99 cent for an Oscar nominated picture! It stars Michelle Williams as Marilyn Monroe and deals about her troublesome shooting of the movie The Princess And The Showgirl. It’s told from the perspective of the young Colin Clark (revelation Eddie Redmayne), who works as a director assistant on the set and who Monroe starts to get a liking for.

The movie entertains and fascinates, but isn’t a must-see really. Unless you can rent it for 99 cents. Michelle Williams won several awards for her performance, but she didn’t convince me at all in playing one of the most famous Hollywood icons of all times. Nor did Kenneth Branagh convinced me as Sir Laurence Olivier. The depiction of the characters is one-dimensional and pretty negative. At no time did I care for the concerns of Olivier and Monroe, even though they are the basic ingredients of this movie. Sir Laurence Olivier is a stage actor who wants to be more of a movie star and Monroe is a movie star who wants to be a great actress. Both fail and deal with it in different ways. Olivier starts to belittle Monroe for her incompetence and Monroe starts getting depressed filled with self-doubt. Interesting stuff, but somehow not explored to the fullest and overly dramatized.

Colin Clark falls – as so many other men – for the magical charm of Monroe. She apparently had that effect on people, even though everyone knew that once the camera’s stopped rolling, Monroe became a very lonely, mentally fragile and depressed Norma Jean who couldn’t deal with all the attention her alter ego got. Where this movie fails the most is in the inability to show us the magical charm and explain us why people would fall for a mentally fragile depressed woman. That still remains a mystery.

Dave Chapelle’s a funny guy. At times. And he likes good music. At times. So he got some of his favorite bands together for a block party in Brooklyn, inviting a lot of people from the DC neighborhood he grew up in as well. Mos Def, Erykah Badu, The Roots and the Fugees are all performing. Kanye West as well (before he became big). It’s still more a documentary than a concert movie though. But as a documentary it’s not really that informative. The coolest thing is that Chapelle hands out free tickets to New York in his home town. You get to meet the lucky ones. However, I wanted to see how these invitees experienced the block party and you don’t get to see any of that. So as a documentary it doesn’t lead to anything. It doesn’t have a point to make. And as a concert movie it’s not really delivering either because you only get to see small bits of the performances. So this movie kind of leaves me just being fascinated by Dave Chapelle, who can be really funny at times. And  who likes good music at times.