Friday, October 06, 2006

Small inspirations from 30,000 ft

I have definitely reached the age where I no longer secretly hope to make friends (or find love) on airplanes, where four glasses of red wine at high altitudes is not as much as it used to be, and where pilots (and politicians for that matter) look more the age of suitors than fathers.

And after eight hours of cramped confinement in cattle class I wish I had some divine musings to bestow, either induced by altitude inspiration or the enforced navel gazing that is long haul flying. But, as it is Friday, I am not too troubled by wilful trivolity, or an in-flight entertainment review for any weekend cinema goers:

Volver. One to watch if subtlety or a semblance of plot are not important. Or maybe I was just insulted that Penelope Cruz needed a prothetic ass to make her look like the rest of us if we never ate another carb, ever. And when not distracted by musings over whether J-Lo could have done a more natural job, I was wondering if the occasional shots of windmills were a Don Quixote allusion to illusion. But after two hours I began to think that was giving Almodovar too much credit (Open across London cinemas already. Previews Oct 7 at the New York Film Festival. Official NY opening Nov 4).

The Devil Wears Prada. Should have been named 'The Devil Drinks Starbucks' for the film's clinching sell-out to Seattle's Satan. Meryl Streep is the sole reason to watch this film. But, it must be credited, that most of the time this feels like enough.

Trust the Man. Presents itself as a funny insightful Manhattan relationship comedy in Woody Allen mode, but morphs into a phony Hollywood romcom. In this New York, no crisis is insurmountable and no downtown restaurant is derived of product placement. Don't be insulted.

Back on Monday with a report from the weekend beat in NYC.

City Slicker's "Week's Action, Weekend Reaction" to resume next week.


Anonymous Delia said...

Great photo. Manhattan skyline is just so breathtaking.
Was that from your camera phone?
The various heights and spans. Awesome

4:07 pm  
Anonymous Ella said...

great photo

get home safe slicky

going to see prada film tonight. hope you are right

4:12 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

soooo glad someone else didnt get caught up in the hype around Volver

What a load of crap. Like anybody believed that fire story

Enjoy tearing up the streets of NYC

4:23 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Weather is so bad in London a film review is dead on
Have a safe flight home

4:36 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Damn was looking forward to Trust the Man looked good from trailers in US.

Should have guessed though that director has been poor lately across the boaord.

Did you not like Billy Crudup?

4:39 pm  
Anonymous Claire said...

Agree about Devil Wears Prada but whilst it may lack a bite or two, there's nothing terribly wrong with this film. It is consistently entertaining, if predictable at times, has some ripe old performances – Stanley Tucci steals every scene his in – and is generally a feel good couple of hours. Is the satire reminiscent of Wall Street (1987)? Certainly not. But if you liked Sex & The City, you'll love this. There is, however, a much darker film yet to be made about this subject.

4:53 pm  
Anonymous Juan said...


The mood is changed a little bit, comparing with other movies of Almodovar.
But kind of suprise about the ghost topical from him.

:) And the ways of the setthing and angles.

4:55 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

a good 4 star blog,from mr grumpy of purley,have a good trip!!!

5:01 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Have tickets for Volver here at Lincoln Center NYC

Am a sucker for Almodovar CS

See you this weekend daarling.....

5:40 pm  
Anonymous Ingrid said...

I agree with you on the film reviews. Haven't seen Trust the Man though. Look forward to a NYC report when you are back, if you are planning to write one that is. I will go there in about 80 days, and can't wait.

6:04 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Safe flight City Slicker

Love your blog

Keep writing from the foreign dispatch office :-)

6:04 pm  
Blogger Elizabeth said...

I'm with you too on Volver slicky-- I had high expectations but it wasn't that great, especially considering that some of his recent work (I'm thinking specifically of Talk to Her and All About My Mother) has been so fantastic. Oh well! Roll on another Almodovar!

6:12 pm  
Anonymous Tanya said...

Somebody brave enough to take on Almodovar
I like it. And happen to agree
Way to go Slicky and Lizzy and others
Volver was crap establishment 5 stars or not

1:46 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

A New York review from a New Yorker would be great stuff CS!!!!!

Look forward to Monday

1:50 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

love ya city slicker

come home safe

2:07 pm  
Blogger Rachel said...

The Devil Wears Prada was hugely enjoyable and featured some creditable acting by all three leading roles, but I found David Frankel’s New York disappointing. Focusing rather more on product placement than the beauty and aesthetics of fashion, despite being constructed by some of the same people as SATC, notably Patricia Field, the film left the viewer with entirely different impression of city and style. It is also differs widely from Weisberger’s novel, which in this circumstance I found appealing. It would have been impossible to remain faithful to every nuance of the book; by making a series of adjustments the film is able to flourish in it’s own right. By making Streep’s Miranda older and more softly spoken, a depth develops which simply does not come across from the book and in many ways makes the film infinitely more watchable.

2:22 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Strong acting from Penelope Cruz and the rest of the female cast (they collectively won the best acting award at Cannes, I believe) and warm cinematography draws us happily once more to this renowned Spanish director. There does come a point though in the film where it gets a wee bit predictable due to the subtleness Almodovar hints at in the dialogue and the action, but not all may be able to detect it. While justice does not come completely in all circumstances, you will leave satisfied and in wonder.

2:40 pm  
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Blogger Shep said...

My dear partner and her mother watched The Devil Wears Prada at the weekend. I declined not to join them, went upstairs...went to bed...watched My Name Is Earl...fell asleep.

Apparently, I made the better decision. A review that begins with "Well, any film with Meryl Streep in..." categorises the quality nicely for me.

Oh Lis, please turn on the word verification thingy on too please - these spam comments (not mine, cheeky!) are getting on my wick...!

6:43 am  

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