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CAROL (2015): The Thing I Liked…

Carol (2015), Cate Blanchett
Carol (2015), Cate Blanchett

Set in 1950s New York, Carol is a story of the romantic love between an aspiring photographer and an older woman.

Directed by Todd Haynes and starring Cate Blanchett (‘Queen Blanchett’, in my heart) and Rooney Mara, I enjoyed the film most for the beautiful musical score, the make-up, costume and the general look and feel  of New York in the 50s.

Carol has some well-executed tense moments, especially considering the forbidden and often unspoken nature of the love between Blanchett and Mara’s characters. I did also find myself feeling a little detached from the story; something I blame on the film taking too long to reveal the true cause / nature of the tensions between Carol and her husband. I did eventually become less detached, particularly as the feminist theme became more and more apparent – by which point I felt terribly sorry for Carol and Therese, given their circumstances and society at the time.

Watch Carol for the story, because it’s beautiful and you never know, you may be inspired to try harder with your personal style after looking at the costumes in this movie. I was certainly inspired. That is until the next morning when I awoke and took a close look at my to-do list and priorities.  

Happy Film Loving

G

CAROL (2015): New Trailer Starring Cate Blanchett & Rooney Mara

Carol (2015), Cate Blanchett
Carol (2015), Cate Blanchett

There is one reason it took me a while to write about Carol, the latest Todd Haynes directed film starring my favourite; Cate Blanchett and the also generously gifted Rooney Mara. I haven’t really liked the trailers that came before. But a month or so has passed since the first and now comes  this really very beautiful version…

I love this online trailer because a good job was done with the editing and music. I also particularly like the fact that I could quite easily ignore the ‘textual interruptions’ since the footage was still visible in the background. What a wonderful compromise.

I’ll be watching because of the super acting talent, what looks like breathtaking cinematography and the story about the experience of two individuals in a time when life wasn’t as easy for them as it should have been.

Carol is based on the novel, The price Of Salt by Patricia Highsmith.

Release Date (s): November 20th, 2015 (US), November 27th, 2015 (UK), December 17th, 2015 (GER), January 13th, 2016 (FRA)…

Happy Film Loving 🙂

G

CAMP X-RAY (2014): You’ll Have To Hang In There For The Good Stuff

Camp X-Ray (2014), Kristen Stewart
Camp X-Ray (2014), Kristen Stewart

An unexpected friendship post 9/11, between a young female soldier (Kristen Stewart) and a Guantanamo Bay detainee (Peyman Moaardi) is the premise of Peter Sattler’s Camp X-Ray.

Both leads, Stewart and Moaardi deliver good performances. But there were definite times when I had to check the time because things just weren’t moving fast enough.

Camp X-Ray (2014), Kristen Stewart, Peyman Moaardi
Camp X-Ray (2014), Kristen Stewart, Peyman Moaardi

Perhaps the pace was deliberately slow to give the viewer a better idea of what life at Guantanamo Bay was actually like. Either way, I’m glad I made it to the end because it’s in the last thirty minutes that the best stuff happens.

My curiosities about what could have led to the unlikely friendship I saw in the trailer a few months ago, are satisfied. Watch it if you have the same curiosities and also to get some insight of what life can be like as a female soldier in the U.S. Army.

Happy Camp X-Ray

G