I had so much fun putting my last obsessions post together that I thought I would do another one. Once again, here are some things that have recently caught my fancy!
1. CLOUD ATLAS
I haven’t read the book (shame on me!) but I saw the film adaptation this weekend and really enjoyed it. Cloud Atlas has gotten mixed reviews, and, even in my own home, it’s been a somewhat controversial film. I liked it way more than my husband did. But for all its pretentiousness and overacting (will someone please reign in Tom Hanks), it really was epic, sweeping, ambitious, and, in some story lines, genuinely moving. Clocking in at almost three hours, I never once felt it was too long. There were performances here that I adored (Doona Bae, Ben Whishaw, Halle Berry, and James D’Arcy to name a few) and the editing was…phenomenal. I have to give major props to editor Alexander Berner for creating incredible pacing and connections between stories that never dropped the ball in terms of keeping the audience engaged throughout. I smell an Oscar nomination for Berner’s work in this one. I highly recommend it and would love to know what anyone else thinks of this film.
I mentioned last week that work was overwhelming. Well, if the occasional glass of wine is keeping relaxed, Dunkin’ Donuts coffee is what’s been keeping me burning the midnight oil in order to meet deadlines. I think I’m so over-caffeinated that I may need to take a break from coffee. But dang it if this cup of crack does not keep me coming back for more.
I love period films. Love them. I saw this trailer and cannot wait for its U.S. release. I’m not a big Kiera Knightley fan but I love the director, Joe Wright, and this trailer is so full of drama, costume, and romance that it has me fiending for a period film fix. I will be there, first in line, when Anna Karenina releases. (click the title for the trailer!)
4. BOLLYWOOD IN NOVELS
I have a few songs on my ipod from the Omkara soundtrack. While driving home from work the other day, one of those tunes shuffled on and I was immediately taken back to a few years ago when I was obsessed with Bollywood films. The beedi song from Omkara is infectious. Anyway, the idea of reading some novels set in the Indian film industry became an obsession. I got online and researched what was out there and came across “Trust Me.” It’s gotten mixed reviews but I still can’t wait to read it. Does anyone have any other recommendations?
I have a personal connection to this country and what’s going on there is tragic. I want the world to pay attention to what’s happening in Northern Mali, the people being oppressed by the Sharia law that’s being forced on them, and the refugee crisis that is overtaxing an already struggling region. I check the news coming out of Mali every day.
So, what have you been into lately?