Remember The Parent Trap?

I stumbled upon The Parent Trap on ABC Family this afternoon and promptly had a serious case of nostalgia followed by a bout of depression. The Parent Trap seems like the least likely movie to have that affect on someone.

For starters, it stars Lindsay Lohan as Hallie and Annie, the long-lost twins who conspire to bring their divorced parents (Natasha Richardson and Dennis Quaid) back together. Lohan has had a notorious up and down and down career and personal life. Everything she does is tabloid fodder. Watching Lohan in 1998 and knowing what happened to her career post-The Parent Trap is incredibly upsetting.

I could sit here and mope about Lindsay Lohan’s failed and flailing career but really, she did that to herself. For me, what is more upsetting than Lindsay Lohan in The Parent Trap is Natasha Richardson’s role as the twin’s mother. Then this following clip was sweet and sentimental. Today it is almost gut-wrenching.

Who knew that 12 years later this charming Disney movie (and it is a great family film) would carry so much emotional weight.

Music Fix: Sara Bareilles

In 2007 I randomly saw Sara Bareilles perform. It was right before her mainstream breakthrough with her album Little Voice and the mega-single “Love Song”. At the time, my friends and I had no clue who this singer was. It was in part because the emcee of the concert, Mr. Belding (no, I’m not joking), never said her last name and because the subtle awesomeness of her performance was (literally) drowned out by the rapper that followed. Months later, “Love Song” hit the radio and I realized that I already knew who Sara Bareilles was just when everyone else was getting behind , liked her music (a lot)

Bareilles’ upcoming album is Kaleidoscope Heart. The first single from the album is “King of Everything”, another catchy kiss off song. I just watched the music video and here it is:

Continue reading “Music Fix: Sara Bareilles”

Sandra Bullock Emerges

Sandra Bullock made her first public appearance since the personal scandal that rocked her life made national headlines. At Spike TV’s Guys Choice Awards (one of those truly unnecessary award shows but I won’t get into that) Bullock made a surprise appearance to accept the “Troops Choice” Award for Entertainer of the Year, from presenter Robert Downey, Jr. The honor was bestowed by members of the military.

After a lengthy round of applause and standing ovation Bullock said, “Let’s be honest here, just for a moment. We’re all going to be honest, right? Did I win this for being entertainer of the year, or did I win this because of the spectacular I.E.D. explosion that became my personal life?! No, it’s okay. Because I would do it over again if it was to entertain our troops , and our extraordinary troops deserve something much more than some actress in a tight dress talking herself. I would sing, but you’ve seen enough pain in your lifetime. I would dance – I’m a pretty good dancer, but as I mentioned, the dress is pretty tight.”

With this public appearance and her schedule appearance at tonight’s MTV Movie Awards, where Bullock will receive the Generation Award, it is safe to say that we will be hearing a lot about Bullock’s humor and grace at this time in her life. Not that I mind. This is a great thing to witness.

Pedro Almodóvar and Antonio Banderas: Together Again

After 20 years, director Pedro Almodóvar and Antonio Banderas are reteaming for La Piel que Habito (The Skin I Live In).  Before Banderas became a Hollywood star, he worked with the Spanish auteur on a series of five films in the late 1980s: Labyrinth of Passion(Laberinto de pasiones, 1982),  Matador (1986), Law of Desire (La Ley del Deseo, 1987), Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown (Mujeres al borde de un ataque de nervios, 1988), and Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down! (¡Átame!, 1989).

Carmen Maura and Antonio Banderas in Matador

Almodóvar said on renewing the old partnership: “[Banderas is] exactly the same as when he left. From the minute he walked in, it was as if we had just finished “Tie me Up” the night before.”

La Piel que Habito , which is in active pre-production, is the story of a plastic surgeon who seeks revenge on the man who raped his daughter.

According to Almodóvar, La Piel que Habito is “a terror film, without screams or scares. It’s difficult to define and although it comes close to the terror genre — something that appeals to me that I’ve never done — I won’t respect any of its rules. It’s the harshest film I’ve ever written and Banderas’ character is brutal.”

He continues: “”I could have continued with a puerile guy with an overpowering power of seduction, but this guy [in Skin] is a real psychopath and Antonio, at 50, is perfect for this exercise is something so different from anything I’ve done until now.”

Almodóvar? Banderas? A film that is difficult to define? I am so there.

Does this news make you excited for La Piel que Habito? This is great move for Banderas, who is currently best known as the voice of Puss-in-Boots. If you have seen Banderas’ early work with Almodóvar (Matador and ¡Átame! are two of my favorite Almodóvar films), then you have just been waiting for Banderas to have a career resurgence. There is no time like the present.

Herzog Reads Waldo

What an excellent surprise I found this morning when my friend posted this video on my Facebook wall. It is a fantastic parody. Enjoy it.

My favorite part: “A litany of dreary picture postcards sent from arbitrary locations the world over. His postcards do nothing to convey the humanity, the madness of Waldo’s adventures.”

That line perfectly sums up exactly what is a postcard and this video perfectly characterizes Herzog.