I Was Born Free

"We're all one thing, Lieutenant. That's what I've come to realize. Like cells in a body. 'Cept we can't see the body. The way fish can't see the ocean. And so we envy each other. Hurt each other. Hate each other. How silly is that? A heart cell hating a lung cell." - Cassie from THE THREE
Posts tagged "Tilda Swinton"

Right off the bat, you’re probably thinking Kramer Vs. Kramer. That’s what my friends and I immediately jumped to also! But let’s be honest, Kramer Vs. Kramer isn’t really a masterpiece in the same way that, say, The French Connection or On The Waterfront is a masterpiece. It’s not a bad movie by any stretch of the imagination; it’s actually pretty good. I’d watch it if it were on. But if anything, it’s more Dustin Hoffman’s movie than Meryl Streep’s movie. And when you think Dustin Hoffman, Kramer Vs. Kramer is a distant fourth behind The GraduateTootsie, and Midnight Cowboy.

Look, I’m not trying to ruffle any feathers here. I’m just calling it like it is.

Of course, next Sophie’s Choice comes up. Sure. Absolutely. That makes complete sense. But have you actually watched Sophie’s Choice lately? Boy, talk about a movie that has not aged well. My performance is very good. No question. Oscar-worthy even. But if it weren’t me delivering those long monologues, people would see Sophie’s Choice for what it really is: a fairly routine melodrama, with a Holocaust backstory thrown in to make the love triangle seem less banal.

I looked at AFI’s top 100 movies list and Sophie’s Choice was No. 91, behind Forrest Gump and The Sixth Sense. And truthfully, all I could say was, “That’s about right.”

This is going to be Tilda in 20 years :(

I’m preemptively FURIOUS that Tilda Swinton has lost the Academy Award for Best Actress for her performance in We Need To Talk About Kevin to Viola Davis or Meryl Streep or Michelle Williams or Zooey Deschanel or whoever the fuck.

Ebertfest 2011. Tilda Swinton bows to the Golden Thumb. Here is a great woman, and not without a sense of humor. A second later she actually licked the thumb. A shiny new dime for anyone who got a photo of that moment. Make that three shiny dimes.”

(via Roger Ebert’s Photos - Wall Photos)

Roger Ebert’s crush on Tilda is my favorite.

I’ve decided that I am going to start periodically recommending movies that are available on Netflix Instant.

My first pick is Julia.

Julia is a thriller full of hijinks, debauchery and a disregard for the safety of children.  It is powered entirely by Tilda Swinton’s performance as the titular anti-hero, which is of the caliber of Day-Lewis in There Will Be Blood and DeNiro in Raging Bull.  Watching Julia perpetually lie her way though life is pure cinematic pleasure.

According to Box Office Mojo, Julia grossed $65,108 in the US, and in its widest release it was playing on four screens.  Netflix is pretty much the only reason that anyone has seen it at all.  It’s certainly how I found it.  Roger Ebert even boldly speculated in early 2010 that Netflix could pave the way for Tilda to earn a Best Actress nomination (this did not happen, and I cannot avoid mentioning that the award ultimately went to Sandra Bullock).  Read his four-star review of Julia here.

Most of the world has still not seen Julia, and it’s likely to stay that way.  A movie like this that’s kind of lacking a moral compass and would make any parent squirm is not necessarily going to find mass appeal.  Some (not me) would say it’s too long and the plot is outlandish.  Fair enough, but it deserves, to at least earn some kind of cult status.  

Watch the trailer here and watch the whole goddamn thing (if you’re a Netflix subscriber) here.

Well this certainly exists, now doesn’t it?

You say it’s your birthday It’s my birthday too, yeah They say it’s your birthday We’re gonna have a good time I’m glad it’s your birthday Happy birthday to you. Yes we’re going to a pally party Yes we’re going to a pally party Yes we’re going to a pally party I would like you to dance (Birthday) Take a cha-cha-cha-chance (Birthday) I would like you to dance (Birthday) Dance I would like you to dance (Birthday) Take a cha-cha-cha-chance (Birthday) I would like you to dance (Birthday) Dance You say it’s your birthday Well it’s my birthday too, yeah You say it’s your birthday We’re gonna have a good time I’m glad it’s your birthday Happy birthday to you.

You say it’s your birthday
It’s my birthday too, yeah
They say it’s your birthday
We’re gonna have a good time
I’m glad it’s your birthday
Happy birthday to you.

Yes we’re going to a pally party
Yes we’re going to a pally party
Yes we’re going to a pally party

I would like you to dance (Birthday)
Take a cha-cha-cha-chance (Birthday)
I would like you to dance (Birthday)
Dance

I would like you to dance (Birthday)
Take a cha-cha-cha-chance (Birthday)
I would like you to dance (Birthday)
Dance

You say it’s your birthday
Well it’s my birthday too, yeah
You say it’s your birthday
We’re gonna have a good time
I’m glad it’s your birthday
Happy birthday to you.

Yes, please.

Elena, are you telling me that you don’t have the money now?

I know you’re mad.