Imitation of Life

A journal about film, music, literature and any other form of imitation of life. Seeing through a glass darkly…

Is Hilary Swank up for her third Oscar?

If Julia Roberts did it with poisoned water, Swank can certainly pull it off with an unfair murder conviction case.

The trailer looks nothing out of the ordinary, but it has everything Academy voters like, plus Hilary really can cry (I still feel shivers down my spine when I think of the sexual identity crisis questioning scene from Boys Don’t Cry). Read the rest of this entry »

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SOFIA COPPOLA’S SOMEWHERE TO OPEN IN DECEMBER

Sofia Coppola’s much anticipated fourth long feature Somewhere is now completed and the trailer is already available. Somewhere tells the story of an idle actor (Stephen Dorff) enjoying la Dolce Vita until he receives the unexpected visit of her 11-year-old daughter, played by Elle Fanning. The story is mainly set in the (in)famous Chateau Marmont, which is a good omen for the film after Coppola’s terrific use of Tokyo’s Park Hyatt Hotel in her 2003 critically acclaimed Lost in Translation. Read the rest of this entry »

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Sundance sensation Cyrus to open in July

I promised my friend E. some time ago to post in IoL some entries about the best films out of Sundance 2010, so here goes the first instalment with Cyrus, one of the year’s most promising comedies.

Writer-directors Duplass Brothers move away from previous ultra-low budget efforts like The Puffy Chair and Baghead and from the mumblecore indie film movement they contributed to create and give a shot to a first foray into more mainstream territory with a studio film. I didn’t catch any screening in Sundance, so I cannot judge its virtues, but I am very curious to see if Cyrus actually rises to the buzz it generated in Park City or if it was due to the typical festival overreaction. Read the rest of this entry »

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The Lovely Bones

It is no wonder that director Peter Jackson was fascinated by the idea of adapting Alice Sebold’s bestselling novel The Lovely Bones into film. First of all, it would allow him to revisit the subject of suburban murder, which he so brilliantly approached in 1994’s Heavenly Creatures, while at the same time he could give free rein to his visual imagination by recreating the Middle-Earthesque heavenly fragments of the novel. Read the rest of this entry »

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Howl Kicks off Sundance TwentyTen

2010 Sundance Film Festival kicked off with the screening of Howl, directed by former documentalists Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman (The Celluloid Closet).

I didn’t catch the film’s premiere, where Sundance creator Robert Redford and Howl star James Franco set the ball rolling for this year’s fetival, but I had a chance to see the picture on Tuesday morning screening. Read the rest of this entry »

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Buried premieres at Sundance

Some cinemagoers queued up last night up to six hours to catch the world premiere of Rodrigo Cortés’ second long feature Buried in the Library Center Theater at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival and, for those eager for a breathtaking, nail-biting experience, it was worth the wait. Read the rest of this entry »

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Silent classic The Wind in CINEMATEK

The Wind is generally recognised as one of the last great silent films. I’ll admit from the outset the ugly fact that I have never seen the film, so I’ll refrain from commenting on the accuracy of the statement. However,  judging by director Victor Sjöström’s immediately previous collaboration with actress Lillian Gish in the free but excellent adaptation of Hawthorne’s novel The Scarlet Letter, I can’t but look forward to tomorrow’s screening of this 1928 classic in Brussels CINEMATEK.. Read the rest of this entry »

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BARBARA STANWYCK’S BALL OF FIRE

People who, like me, grew up in the 80s, were exposed to two very different TV experiences: the highly successful American evening soap operas which, on the trip over the pond to my native Spain, were relegated to the newly established, housewife-oriented daytime slot, on the one hand, and the Hollywood classics which, back then , still enjoyed primetime status, on the other. Read the rest of this entry »

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The Ladies’ Hour: Kathryn Bigelow’s Oscar bid.

It is known to any Oscar trivia fan that when Hank Sims announced the President of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences in the 1979 ceremony he mistakenly referred to her as Mr. Fay Kanin. Maybe it was nothing but a slip of the tongue, but it was a good indication of the Academy’s reality, since screenwriter Kanin was the first female President of the Academy since Bette Davis’ one-month stint back  in 1941. Read the rest of this entry »

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REC 2 in cinemas in Brussels

It’s now exactly a decade ago that Alex de la Iglesia, one of Spanish new cinema’s enfants terribles, took Spain by storm when his film  La Comunidad opened to rave reviews and thus paved the way to a new tendency he had initiated some years before with  El Día de la Bestia and that was then thought to mark the beginning of a new genre that, unfortunately, he’s been unable or unwilling to further develop. Ignited by a bravura comeback performance by Almodovar’s erstwhile muse Carmen Maura, La Comunidad was a stunningly satistying hydrid of Spanish Costumbrism and horror thriller. Read the rest of this entry »

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Butcher Fallacy and the Sundance Kid

It all started with a ficticious trip to the butcher’s and ended with the journey of a lifetime.

Now, with the benefit of hindsight, I see it all. I was getting ready to go to the conference on Hitchcock and De Palma when Mr. T announced a meat treat for a post conference dinner. He would go to the shop, he said, while I enlarged my film knowledge by courtesy of Laurent Vanclaire. Read the rest of this entry »

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Oscar Becomes Her: why Meryl Streep should win her third Academy Award

The Hollywood Foreign Press Association will announce its nominations tomorrow and, unless the plot of the appalling 2012 proves true two years in advance and LA is literally engulfed by the ocean, Meryl Streep will receive her staggering 24th Golden Globe nomination for her perfectly delicious portrayal of American cuisine guru Julia Child in the film Julie & Julia. Read the rest of this entry »

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Christmas time at Cinematek

Miracle on 34th Street would probably come second to It’s a Wonderful Life as the most popular Christmas rerun and, although maybe not as legendary as Capra’s fairytale, the film is not the slighest bit less enjoyable and delicious.
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Hitchcock vs. De Palma

Widely regarded as a second-rate director, mainly due to the lack of originality of his film material and the unmistakably glossy, B-movie varnish that impregnates his films, Brian De Palma could well be considered a true auteur, that is, a creator with a thematic and stylistic consistency in his work.

To say that Hitchcock is an influence to De Palma is, admittedly, an understatement, but it might be as simplistic to call him a sheer rip-off. Read the rest of this entry »

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OSCAR BUZZ 2010 (I). Gabby Sibide and Mo’Nique for Best Actress and Supporting Actress

It’s the end of the year and it’s time to bet who will be reaping awards in the next months. I start this Predictions series with Sundance Grand Jury Prize winner Precious: Based on the novel Push by Sapphire (and that’s not a literary note but actually part of the film’s title). I haven’t seen the film yet (provisonal release date in Belgium is 3/3/2010) but ever since it got the award in Sundance it hasn’t stopped generating buzz. Read the rest of this entry »

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‘In The Loop’ in cold and rainy night in Stockholm

Cold and rainy night in Stockholm, but I’m just back from cozy cinema Victoria, where I watched the wonderful IN THE LOOP, which has really made my night.

‘In the loop’ is a superb political satire packed with witty dialogue at screwball comedy pace. Top performances all around by an ensemble cast from both sides of the pond, with Peter Capaldi a standout as the UK foul-mouthed communications chief. Read the rest of this entry »

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The Lady vanishes (1938) in Cinematek

The Lady vanishes (1938), Alfred Hitchcock- this Sunday, November 22 at Cinematek (Brussels) at 19:15.

Widely regarded merely as Hitch’s most famous English picture, this is actually one of his best.
Flawless script, fast pace and wonderful performances. The chemistry between Redgrave and Lockwood is as good as William Powell’s and Myrna Loy’s in the Thin Man movies. Wayne and Radford are perfect as the odd couple of sleuths. One of the best mystery-comedies of all time.
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