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Kate 101: On Holiday Leave Jan. 6th, 2009 @ 07:12 am

"Don't crave work and don't crave idleness either."

Back to the studio!


Class of 2008 Supporting Actress Blogathon: Introducing/Entroducing - Angelina Jolie in Wanted Jan. 4th, 2009 @ 09:46 pm


 It takes a certain amount of effort nowadays to make an Angelina Jolie post-Girl, Interrupted performance as something new and revelatory of the actress’ cache of talent for she seemingly had already used up her bag of tricks (wry lip bites, caustic line deliveries, endearing sneers before she snaps, nebulous gazes into space and life, etc.).
Spectacle & Celebrity (with a tiny bit of hopeful hUMANITY). That’s what she is and that’s what she needs to be used for.
Michael Brandt, Derek Haas and Chris Morgan’s screenplay coupled with Angelina Jolie’s onscreen notoriety came together to create this year’s most enthralling character arch (so effectively sublimating ANGIE with story and empathy that I can safely consider her as "supporting")…….


Angelina Jolie is Fox, a woman sent to dig her claws into Wesley Gibbons without clearly comprehending how different her latest prey will be about. Timur Bekmabetov’s “top this (with a car!)” action-centric storytelling merely provides support for what we are already comfortable to know: Angie can look cool gunning down anything and the director and his camera are more than bemused to bend our expectation to what Angie as Fox’s body can do.








Human but serving a machine (THE LOOM OF FATE).
Inhumane but disposing the “right” lives.

Mentor (to James McAvoy whose “American” mode harkens to a screwball comedy Cary Grant).

Missionary (to Morgan Freeman who gets more out of one “motherfucker” than Samuel L. Jackson ever did).



She’s Fox. She’s Angie.

She’s thankfully what we have been geared to expect given action directing accompanied by good “stunt casting” writing. 

And you better believe she has this year’s greatest entrance and exit of any movie character put to screen.




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Kate 101: On Departures Dec. 24th, 2008 @ 07:36 pm


"Departure is a simple act. You put one foot down and the rest will follow."


But I beg to differ. What if you're leaving home to go back home?

At the airport seats. Plane leaves in an hour.

Adieu, Cebu!

Kate 101: On Having It Up to Here Nov. 30th, 2008 @ 11:01 pm

"I like to feel cold; it makes me feel strong."


I am unfortunately very much still the same. Ah well.

This project must continue!


Kate 101: On Getting Going Oct. 14th, 2008 @ 10:35 pm

“I pray for guidance and blush when I get it.”

All the bags are packed and (relatively) ready to go.
Just one more word of advice so I've got to make a phone call.

Other entries
» Kate 101: On Kicking Started

“If you don’t improve you slip inevitably backward.
Or you hammer – hammer—hammer on the same spot.
And you become the same old thing doing the same old thing.”  

So I really must start packing.

» AM Scream

The word game is over,

My Spiritual Barometer finishes in green.

But I still have no mouth,

And the good ending makes me scream.

Yet another effort in support of Alex Lucard's 31 Days of Gaming Terror series.

Today's entry is a personal favorite of mine regarding Harlan Ellison's short. It's not just the story which I admire but also the story writing process that came along with it.


» I Dream in Scissormen

In support of Alex Lucard and the 31 Days of Gaming Terror.

True story: The first three PS1 games I ever owned from choosing my free additions for my console purchase in 1997(???) were Finaly Fantasy VII, Castlevania: Symphony of the Night and ....... Clock Tower (2).

And they thought I was mad for making up my mind based on cover designs.......


» Deborah Kerr Day on TCM


And they are showing:

Tea and Sympathy

The Arrangement

The Gypsy Moths

Please Believe Me

Vacation from Marriage

» 17 Minutes Ago: Paul Newman (1925-2008)

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — A spokeswoman for screen legend Paul Newman says the actor has died at age 83.

Spokeswoman Marni Tomljanovic says Newman died Friday of cancer. No other details were immediately available.

Newman was nominated for Academy Awards 10 times, winning a regular Oscar in 1987 for "The Color of Money" and two honorary ones. He was equally at home in comedies such as "The Sting" and dramas such as "Hud."

He sometimes teamed with his wife, Joanne Woodward, also an Oscar winner for the 1957 film "Three Faces of Eve."

How would you remember him?




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