Saturday, August 19, 2017

Happy Birthday Robert Redford: Aging Gracefully on Screen



If you read me with any frequency you may know I have a long standing crush on Robert Redford. He is, in fact, the only actor I've ever written a fan letter to. That was back in the 70's. Humor me, then, for wishing the iconic star a Happy 79th Birthday. 79! How the hell did that hunky young hottie turn into a 79 year old man? Especially when I still feel like I'm that 20 years old girl writing him a fan letter! 

Here's how ...  in pictures that roughly trace Robert Redford's fifty five year career, we can see Redford mature and age with each film or television part. I haven't included all 71 of the roles that make up his CV, some years he made more than one film, some years, he made none. Some are classics, like Butch Cassidy & the Sundance Kid and All the Presidents Men. Some are crap like The Electric Horseman and The Clearing. The number below each image indicates Redford's age at the time of release—beginning with his first onscreen role, at age 23 ... [warning: this is gonna be a long post!] Watch him grow old along with me? It happens to us all, sooner or later.


23
Jimmy Coleman
Maverick "Iron Hand" 1960

24
Baldwin Lane
The Naked City "Tombstone for a Derelict" 1961




25
Harold Beldon
Twilight Zone "Nothing in the Dark" 1962


26
David Chesterman
The Alfred Hitchcock Hour "A Tangled Web" 1963


27
Matthew Cordell
The Virginian "The Evil that Men Do" 1963



28
Captain Hank Wilson
Situation Hopeless but Not Serious 1965











29
Wade Lewis
Inside Daisy Clover 1966 














30
Owen Legate
This Property is Condemned 1966













31
Paul Bratter Barefoot in the Park 1967











33
Sundance
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid 1969













34
Halsy Knox
Little Fauss and Big Halsy 1970













35
Bill McKay
The Candidate 1972











36
Hubbell
The Way We Were 1973




37
Johnny Hooker
The Sting 1973




38
Jay Gatsby
The Great Gatsby 1974


 39
Joseph Turner
Three Days of the Condor 1975











40
Bob Woodward
All the President's Men 1976



41
Major Cook
A Bridge Too Far  1977












43
Sonny
The Electric Horseman  1979










44
Henry Brubaker
Brubaker  1980



47
Ray Hobbs
The Natural  1984










48
Denys
Out of Africa  1985


49
Tom Logan
Legal Eagles  1986














54
Jack Weil
Havana  1991



55
Marty Bishop
Sneakers  1992











56
John Gage
Indecent Proposal  1993
















59
Warren Justice
Up Close and Personal  1996




61
Tom Booker
The Horse Whisperer  1998



65
Norman Muir
Spy Game  2001












67
Wayne Hayes
The Clearing  2004












68
Einar Gilkyson
An Unfinished Life  2005













71
Professor Stephen Malley
Lions for Lambs  2007















76
Jim Grant
The Company You Keep  2012















77
Our Man
All is Lost  2013












78
Alexander Pierce
Captain America: The Winter Soldier  2014










79
Bill Bryson
A Walk in the Woods  2015


Dan Rather
Truth  2015


81
Louis
Our Souls at Night 2017I think this is what they call aging gracefully!

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Three Movies Based on Books We Can't Wait to See: The Toronto International Film Festival



The Toronto International Film Festival is featuring the debut of three screen adaptations high on our must see list. On Chesil Beach, Papillon and Molly's Game.

On Chesil Beach 
A drama set in the early 1960s and centered on a young couple on their honeymoon.
Ian McEwan wrote the screenplay based on his novel so that's exciting/terrifying. McEwan won't have anyone else to blame if the script fails. But with Saoirse Ronan perfectly cast as Florence, how could it? Billy Howle as her virginal groom is currently set to make its public debut in January 2018 in the UK. 

Papillon
A prisoner detained on a remote island plots his escape. A remake of the 1973 film 'Papillon'.
The remake of Papillon stars Charlie Hunnam as the real life Henri CharriĆ©re—the 1973 version was based on Charriere's memoir—with Rami Malek as Dega. It's tough to say which actor has the tougher job and whose shoes will be harder to fill. Hunnam tackling the role of CharriĆ©re played by the iconic McQueen, dead for over 30 years and about whom there's been a lot of talk of a biopic in development (In fact, I've pondered whether Hunnam might not be a good candidte for the part) or Malek in the part played by Hoffman who is still very much alive. Papillon doesn't have a scheduled release date yet.

Molly's Game
The true story of an Olympic-class skier who ran the world's most exclusive high-stakes poker game and became an FBI target. Her players included movie stars, business titans and unbeknownst to her, the Russian mob.
With Jessica Chastain as Molly and costarring Idris Elba, Molly's Game is based on the memoir by Molly Bloom. The film, written by Aaron Sorkin, is also the screenwriter's directorial debut. Molly's Game is scheduled to come out on November 22 and has a recently released trailer. Let's watch it.


The 42nd Toronto International Film Festival runs from September 7-17.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Win a Copy of Into the Water by Paula Hawkins: Book GIVEAWAY!!


Announcing Lucy’s Library GiveAway


Like many of us, my neighbor Lucy is an avid reader. I can’t speak for you, but unlike me, Lucy is not a book hoarder. When I buy a book, I'm loathe to part with it. I love having it nearby on my bookshelves where I can see it, touch it, remember it. You too?

Lucy is a far more generous minded woman. She'll stop by from time to time, a book or two in hand. Books she's giving to me.


‘‘Here,’’ she’ll say. ‘‘Enjoy! Oh and I don’t want them back’’ Lucy will add. ‘‘When you’re finished reading them, please pass them on.’’

Deal. I’ve decided to pass them on to you, dear reader.

First up, Into the Water by Paula Hawkins. 
Hardback. Good condition, no folded pages, no underlining, no highlighted passages. If you like I can forge Paula Hawkins’ signature. Okay, that’s my lame attempt at a joke.





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My take one Into the Water

Monday, August 14, 2017

To Kill a Mockingbird: Atticus Finch shines a light on racism

This. This clip from To Kill a Mockingbird highlights an attitude about black men that remains one of the hallmarks of the hatred exhibited by white supremacists, neo-nazis and the KKK. Small, terrified groups of white men who blame black men for their own personal failings. Men—these hate movements seem to be mostly men—who see themselves as superior simply owing to the color of their skin, whose very behavior betrays their basic bigotry, ignorance and in fact, inferiority. 

As long as the Klu Klux Klan continues to march, as long as there are white men—and women—who continue to hate based on the color of a person's skin, books and movies like To Kill a Mockingbird remain relevant and heartbreaking. 

You can stream To Kill a Mockingbird, based on the book by Harper Lee, on all the usual streaming servies.

Friday, August 11, 2017

Our Souls at Night: My take on the book by Kent Haruf


Home in bed with a bit of the sickies, I downloaded Our Souls at Night on my Nook. It's a small book—just 136 pages—written in a very simple, straightforward style. No big words, just big feelings, and thoughts about how we choose to live our lives and who for? I finished it in a few hours but their story will stay with me for quite awhile. 




It is a lovely, heartfelt tale, about two lonely older people in their 70's. Both of their lives didn't play out exactly as they might have wished, this is likely their last chance at love. Together, little by little, layer by layer, they come to share the secrets of their pasts and find new joy in simple pleasures; picnics and Sunday drives, and just having someone to share your thoughts with. I was touched throughout the book by how clear and direct and patient they were with each other, and by all the unspoken wonders they found in the world around them. I found myself sniffing back tears several times. The addition of Addie's grandson Jamie into the plot—a bit of a monkeywrench in how he affects their romance—is heart-wrenching. 



The film version of Kent Haruf's last book comes to the screen on September 29th and I'm eager to see how Robert Redford and Jane Fonda translate Louis and Addie onscreen. Check out the teaser trailer below, it really is quite sweet. The rest of the cast includes Matthias Schoenaerts—who I ususally like but I'm a bit miffed he's playing Addie's disapproving son Gene, Judy Greer as Redford's daughter Holly, Bruce Dern as a disapproving neighbor and Ian Armitage as Addie's grandson, Jamie. Jamie is one of the few who doesn't disapprove! 

The script was written by rom-com masters Scott Neustadter
and Michael H. Weber (500 Days of Summer, The Fault in Our Stars, Where'd You Go Bernadette

About the book, from the publisher...
In the familiar setting of Holt, Colorado, home to all of Kent Haruf's inimitable fiction, Addie Moore pays an unexpected visit to a neighbor, Louis Waters. Her husband died years ago, as did his wife, and in such a small town they naturally have known of each other for decades; in fact, Addie was quite fond of Louis's wife. His daughter lives hours away, her son even farther, and Addie and Louis have long been living alone in empty houses, the nights so terribly lonely, especially with no one to talk with. But maybe that could change? As Addie and Louis come to know each other better--their pleasures and their difficulties--a beautiful story of second chances unfolds, making Our Souls at Night the perfect final installment to this beloved writer's enduring contribution to American literature.

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