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Most people will probably watch this for Anya Taylor-Joy, and I get that, but I'm really seeing this for Thomasin McKenzie: Last Night in Soho.
#LastNightInSoho #ThomasinMcKenzie #NowWatching
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18+, even in the Netherlands, and it starts with a full house of content warnings.
That is beautifully filmed.
That's still the comment I can make about it without spoilers: it's so beautifully filmed. A different film that's really worth a watch. Thomasin McKenzie is amazing.
#LastNightInSoho #ThomasinMcKenzie
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And now I'm watching a film where Anya Taylor-Joy, plays a character called Thomasin, for optimal intertwinedness. (The Witch)

The German DVD for The Worst Witch series 1, with the main character flying on a broom stick. Neither Felicity nor Jessica are pictured on the cover. The German title is 'Eine lausige Hexe'.
Episode 6 Jessica Fox comes in as Enid Nightshade. Instantly quite a character.

It has been my theory (without knowing the books) that originally the idea was to have Mildred go up against Ethel as the standard good vs evil battle. But because Mildred is 'the worst witch', and Ethel some sort of perfect witch with lots of talent, these stories were not going to work very well if magic was to be used in the battles. In comes Enid, also without morals, also very good at spells, but she takes an instant dislike to Ethel so she joins Mildred just to upset her.
Teaching the kids puffication without also teaching them repuffication is quite irresponsible.

It's daytime and still light outside, so I'll dare to watch this horror film. I don't know anything about it, except it has Nicole Muñoz in it. She's a Canadian actress I know from the tv series Defiance. And that the film is called Pyewacket.
#NicoleMuñoz #Pyewacket #NowWatching
The blu-ray cover, showing a closeup of someone's bloodied hand and a read thread, in the woods, something dead lying on the ground. Yeah, I don't know either, seems very random.

Content warning: Pyewacket

Content warning: Pyewacket

American Carnage is a film that Jenna Ortega recorded in Spain several years ago. Nothing much was heard about it for a long time, but when Jenna became more famous with The Fallout and Scream, the film was suddenly released with her prominently in all marketing. I'm not sure yet how big her role really is.

It is not available on European blu-ray or on any of my local digital services. So this is the us blu-ray.
#JennaOrtega #AmericanCarnage #NowWatching
Photo of the blu-ray, all characters wear yellow prison-like outfits, Jenna and another character are shown larger than the others.

Content warning: American Carnage (2022) spoilerish

As expected, only the JP character is a main character, others including Jenna's Camila are supporting characters. It's a fun or should I say interesting watch. Interesting concept, but if it wasn't for Jenna my interest would be somewhat less.

I have of course seen all of Orphan Black already when it came out on Netflix, but I am still behind on seeing Tatiana Maslany's on my own discs. Season three now.
#TatianaMaslany #OrphanBlack #NowWatching
Photo of the blu-ray disc, showing the many characters Tatiana plays as if in shards of glass. The tagline is "I am not your property".
Helena's "Where are these mangoes?" is such a classic line and so Helena. She follows it up in the same scene with telling an identical clone: "I met your brother. He's ugly.".

I love shows that are so character-based, especially when writers and actresses get it exactly right.
Tatiana Maslany's performance is exceptional. Everybody keeps saying that you keep forgetting she plays all those different characters, because it is true, you forget. All clone characters are so different, but also such completely formed individuals, that each could be the central character of their own tv show. Anyway, on to series four.
#TatianaMaslany #OrphanBlack
Photo of the series four blu-ray showing the faces of four of the clones
@feld It is. I was really due for a rewatch and am fully enjoying it.
Tatiana as [a clone] as [another clone]. It never ceases to amaze. It isn't just mixing some mannerisms. It is doing exactly how this one character would have pretended to be that other character, within their ability. E.g. Sarah is much better at it than Alison (and Helena doesn't even try).
#TatianaMaslany #OrphanBlack
Found myself doing it again: I'm watching a making of extra and there's Tatiana Maslany explaining how horrible it was handling some gory, rotten, head, and I'm thinking 'that wasn't Sarah cutting up that head, that was Cosima'.
#TatianaMaslany #OrphanBlack
But then, Cosima is real, so...
A very interesting thing they mentioned in the behind the scenes interviews is that MK's scars on her face are only shown once and hidden in all other scenes behind hair, shadows, etc. But Tatiana Maslany insisted on having the makeup put on for every MK scene anyway, because she just wanted to have the feel of it being there.
#TatianaMaslany #OrphanBlack

#NowWatching Felicity Jones in A Monster Calls. It looks like the film is mainly about a little boy and the monster, with Felicity playing a supporting role of the boy's mother. So often, for actresses, once they no longer play the teenager in an coming-of-age story they become the mother and somehow that's hardly ever the main role in a film; for male actors this rule doesn't seem to apply.
#FelicityJones #AMonsterCalls
Photo of the blu-ray of the film with a small boy looking up at a big tree-like monster
A young boy has to deal with a bully at school, his mother being ill, a strict grandmother and the annoyance of a monster telling allegories, all the while learning some life lessons.

I didn't really feel this film, maybe because the monster was not very convincing as either a monster or a storyteller. Felicity was as feared not in it enough for my liking.

A common theme in most Asian cinema that I have seen is that it has Zhang Ziyi in it. House of Flying Daggers, Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon, Memoirs of a Geisha, 2046, Hero, The Warrior, The Banquet. Doesn't really say much about Asian cinema, more about me, or her. But now I'm watching Jasmine Women which I haven't seen yet. It is also known as Jasmine Flower.
#ZhangZiyi #JasmineWomen #JasmineFlower #NowWatching
Photo of the dvd cover showing Chinese text and in English the title Jasmine Women. Three characters are shown, most prominently Zhang Ziyi.
I was wondering which of the three women Ziyi would play and it turns out all of them.
The film is at first difficult to get into since the young woman in the first generation is a very naive character, but each generation the woman is smarter, stronger and more independent. The film turns out to be much much darker than you'd suspect once you realise what the things are that are not spoken about and hardly shown, but which have a fundamental influence on someone's life. I really enjoyed this film. Ziyi is really great playing three different and growing personalities. And it has probably the most memorable giving birth scenes of all films ever...
#ZhangZiyi #JasmineWomen #JasmineFlower

In saying who's a good actress and in buying their films I really do not care how famous they are (either way, some people are snobs and ignore those who are famous). It's just that for some people there are way more projects to talk about.

I'm now going to watch my blu-ray of Nina Forever, with Abigail Hardingham. It's a horror film, but it's the middle of the day so hopefully I don't get too scared.

I had known she was a good actress, but when I saw her in a double episode of Silent Witness I was stunned how good that performance was. I mentioned this on Twitter, years ago, and was shocked to get a thank you. Some people don't get praise all the time, even though they should.

On the cover, Abigail is the one on the right, not the eponymous ghost character.
#AbigailHardingham #NinaForever #NowWatching
Photo of the blu-ray cover of the film, with the three main characters: in the middle the ghost Nina (white face, with blood), a woman on the right kissing her on the cheek and a man on the left looking on. Nina has her arms around both pulling them close.
The dead ex-girlfriend really objects to being called "ex". Her argument: we never broke up. Where's the lie, though.
A very original treatment of baggage in a relationship, in the form of a horror film. A ghost story, but told from the perspective of the living, showing what it means for them. As such, Abigail Hardingham plays the main role, even though she isn't the Nina of the title. Great performance and a very worthy film.
#AbigailHardingham #NinaForever

#NowWatching something good, with several great actresses in it like Helena Bonham Carter and Carey Mulligan: Suffragette.
#HelenaBonhamCarter #CareyMulligan #Suffragette
The blu-ray cover of the film with the three main actresses including Carey Mulligan (center) and Helena Bonham Carter (left)
So far the parallels with the Belgian film Daens (1992) are remarkable (that one is about a moment of social change in Belgium involving a priest called Daens). A smart young woman (Maud/Nette) observes hardships while working in a factory, including the brutality, including sexually, by the male supervisor. There's a government committee that will hopefully bring about change, but their hopes are dashed, resulting in an act of great police brutality. Even down to the committee members being ushered away and the policemen being on horseback. Though I must say that Daens did all this much better and I urge people to see that film. Antje de Boeck is truly amazing as Nette.

Anyway, I'm now wondering who will go to Rome for an audience with the Pope... For surely from here on the stories must diverge.
Of course Carey Mulligan and Helena Bonham Carter are very good in this. But the film seems a bit lightweight. The suffragette movement is depicted as a choice, rather than born out of desperation, especially for the rich ladies. The comparison with Daens is that there Nette was forced out of desperation to fight for social change. Here Maud almost accidentally joins the movement.

#NowWatching Bad Neighbours 2 because it has Chloë Grace Moretz in it. This is a film of before she realigned her project choices and I'm only watching it for completeness. Or maybe it'll be fun. Anyway, I'm sure Chloë will be good as always.
#ChloëGraceMoretz #BadNeighbours2
blu-ray cover of the film, Chloë center front in front of a wooden fence, other actors behind the fence.
When you see a very unrealistic representation of university life, it's not clear whether it's because of it being a comedy or that we are supposed to think (American) university life is like that.

Also, a group of girls asserting their independence as a sorority by doing exactly what a guy tells them to do? I hope this becomes a plot point later on...

So far, every single character is not being true to themselves, but not really in a comedic way.
A bit difficult to find something positive in this film. It seems to try to be a comedy with a feminist slant to it, but is at risk of only making fun of feminism. Maybe the resolution at the end is the only good thing, and of course that Chloë was indeed in it.

#NowWatching Christina Ricci in The Lizzie Borden Chronicles, the tv series that came after the film. I'd seen the film a while ago. Of course I have to see everything with Christina in it, still quite some to go...
#ChristinaRicci #TheLizzieBordenChronicles #LizzieBordenTookAnAxe
Photo of the dvd box, showing Christina holding an axe with blood dripping from it
Conversion still ongoing, I have a slow computer, but I can already play episode 1. Of course next to Christina Ricci there's also Clea DuVall, that's great! Starts off with lots of axe-work and chasing a load of kids away with a single raised eyebrow. This is going to be good.
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I'm an idiot, mixed up Clea DuVall's name with someone else (also great). Edited the post.

#NowWatching more Amy-leigh Hickman, in series three of Ackley Bridge. Soon, very soon, we can see her in season four of You: 9 February!
#AmyLeighHickman #AckleyBridge #YouNetflix
I'm only at episode two of Ackley Bridge series three, but this is an acting masterclass by Amy-leigh Hickman.
#AmyLeighHickman #AckleyBridge

Here we go with Shadow in the Cloud. It's one of two recent films with Chloë Grace Moretz as lead that I haven't seen yet and I'm rectifying it now.
#ChloëGraceMoretz #ShadowInTheCloud #NowWatching

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Wow... Chloë takes being the lead in a film to a whole new level. So much about this film that I can't say because of spoilers. Gender preconceptions are a main theme I guess, both misogyny in institutions like the military, but gender stereotypes in films as well. That ending is probably the most powerful thing ever in a film, never seen before, but we can't mention it...
#ChloëGraceMoretz #ShadowInTheCloud

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Fun to find out they were thinking of crediting Chloë for all departments, like lighting, hair, makeup, wardrobe, grip. For over two weeks they shot scenes with her in a cramped space where they couldn't do these things, so Chloë had to do it herself.

Less fun if you realise she's claustrophobic...
#ChloëGraceMoretz #ShadowInTheCloud

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