Sunday, December 21, 2014

Unbroken: Alexandre Desplat Score plus New Coldplay Song "Miracles" Music Video


This last Slacker Sunday before Christmas seems like the perfect time to share a bit more of Alexandre Desplat's music. My favorite Hollywood movie composer — his score for The Imitation Game earned Desplat a Golden Globe nomination — wrote the score to Unbroken, the Angelina Jolie-directed movie based on Laura Hillenbrand's book about the Olympian and war hero Louis Zamperini. Oddly, the Golden Globes ignored Jolie's movie completely, giving it a surprising grand total of nada! Is the movie undeserving or did Jolie — or someone involved in the making of the film — snub the powers that be?


Now that the Unbroken soundtrack has been released, let's have a listen to one of the tracks; this one's called Coming Home.



And from the closing credits of the movie, this simply gorgeous song written and performed by Chris Martin and Coldplay. Instead of leaving the theatre and trying to get a head start on beating the crowd out of the parking lot, this is a pretty good reason to stick around. By the way, I think you should ALWAYS stay until the credits are over. Sometimes there's a reason —like fantastic music, or little surprises and bloopers — but mostly because there are a good 150 to 300 people involved in the making of a typical movie. They (people like my hubby) work their tushies off for 12 to 18 hours a day for months at a time, all to bring a director's creative vision to life. Most will get no notice, no mention except for their names being included on the crawl. The 'crawl' which goes speeding by. Sticking around to watch the credits is just a nice way to show your appreciation for all that hard work. It's also a great way to let your mind and its thoughts settle, readying yourself for that all important question: So, what'd you think of the movie? Lecture, complete.


Unbroken comes out Christmas Day. Enjoy!


Saturday, December 20, 2014

Mortdecai: Let's read the book before we see the movie starring Johnny Depp


“I put on a dashing little tropical-weight worsted, a curly-brimmed coker and a pair of buckskins created by Lobb in a moment of genius.”

One of the side effects of a screen adaptation is the light it shines on the source material. When a book is made into a movie, a whole new group of would-be readers are made aware of a book they might otherwise have left on the shelf. Sales of said book generally soar. Whether the author is living—John Green, John LeCarre, Veronica Roth, Gillian Flynn, or dead —F. Scott Fitzgerald,  Patricia Highsmith, Charles Dickens, Jane Austen, those new and repeat readers contribute to the world of books and literature, they get us talking about the books we love, recommending them to our friends, spending our money, boosting the bookish economy, keeping it humming and alive and vital.


That's the case, for me at least, with Mordecai. I've been seeing trailers and commercials for Mortdecai all over the place. The movie stars Johnny Depp as Mortdecai, Gwyneth Paltrow as his wife, with Ewan MacGregor, Olivia Munn, Jeff Goldblum and Paul Bettany as Mortdecai's right hand man. Mortdecai —the mustachioed art dealer running about with cravat and cane— looks as ridiculously over-the-top a character as any Johnny Depp has tackled. The trailer had me laughing right out loud. If you haven't seen it, I've posted it below so you can have a giggle too. I had to know from whence this crazy costumed character sprung.

Some quick research showed that this particular character has been buzzing about in the world of books for decades. Mortdecai is the creation of Kyril Bonfiglioli, the now-deceased author who wrote three Mortdecai novels in the 1970's: Don't Point that Thing at Me,  After You with the Pistol, and Something Nasty in the Woodshed. The books have been out of print in the US for a couple of decades but have been published in the UK in trilogy form. This past year, the first book in the series has been available here, and from what I understand, forms the basis for the Mortdecai movie.


It sounds like such fun I'm picking up a copy for my son for Christmas. Yup, I'll be giving it a read myself before the movie opens here on January 23rd. And I've added Mortdecai to my (growing) list of 20 plus Books to Read Before You See the Movie in 2015.


Here's the rundown from the publisher—
The deliciously nasty, highly entertaining, comic masterpiece of a thriller-a cult favorite of Stephen Fry and Julian Barnes. A cult classic in the UK since its first publication there in the 1970s, Don't Point that Thing at Me is the hilarious and dark humored crime thriller featuring the Honorable Charlie Mortdecai: degenerate aristocrat, amoral art dealer, seasoned epicurean, unwilling assassin, and general knave-about-Piccadilly. With his thuggish manservant Jock, Mortdecai endures all manner of nastiness involving secret police, angry foreign governments, stolen paintings, and dead clients, all just to make a dishonest living—while decked out in the most stylish garb and drinking the most bizarre alcoholic cocktails. Don't miss the brilliant mixture of comedy, crime, and suspense.

And a snippet from a review by Leo Carey in the New York Times that clinched the deal for me
Though Bonfiglioli has a knack for cliffhangers, the plots are little more than excuses for displaying Mortdecai in all his dandyish glory. Mortdecai, the son of a peer, never tires of describing the splendors of his cellar, his table, and his tailoring. There is scarcely a meal (or a drink) that is not recounted in detail and meticulously evaluated, and he cannot leave the house without telling you, “I put on a dashing little tropical-weight worsted, a curly-brimmed coker and a pair of buckskins created by Lobb in a moment of genius.” He loves to boast about the fine establishments he frequents in his London neighborhood. “I went a-slumming through the art-dealing district, carefully keeping my face straight as I looked in the shop windows—sorry, gallery windows—at the tatty Shayers and reach-me-down Koekkoeks.” (It is a typical Bonfiglioli touch that the artists mentioned—precisely the kind of respectable nineteenth-century landscapists on which a high-end Mayfair dealer thrives—are just obscure enough to impress the reader.)

Here's the hilarious trailer. Love the music. 
And kinda wish Paul Bettany had his own mustachioed poster too. Take a peek and let me know, will you be reading the book too?

Friday, December 19, 2014

Still Alice composer on finding the emotional core of the music score


London-based composer Ilan Eshkeri shares the process of creating the score and finding 'the emotional soul of the film', Still Alice. The composer of Austenland, Fleming, Johnny EnglishThe Young Victoria, and Kick-Ass, Eshkeri seems to excel in variety. Thanks to IndieWire for this exclusive behind-the-scenes look at his work on Still Alice where he utilizes classic string instruments and piano.


Still Alice stars Julianne Moore as the university professor who develops early onset Alzheimer's disease, and, as Eshkeri shares, it's the disease that took the parents of friends of his. I think that kind of personal connection enriched his understanding and his delicate touch. That's the thing about the movie which has already earned Moore numerous accolades, including a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress, it's never heavy-handed. You may know from past posts or from my personal blog, that my mother had Alzheimer's; I've also shared my take on the movie which co-stars Kristen Stewart, Alec Baldwin and Kate Bosworth if you're curious.


Still Alice is set for release countrywide on January 16th  with the soundtrack hitting shelves on January 13th.

What film critics are saying about the Eskeri's music
“[The] score from British composer Ilan Eshkeri doesn’t tell you how to feel, but rather how [Alice] feels: lost, emotional and anxious most of the time.” – Peter Debruge, Variety 
“The score, by Ilan Eshkeri, is also a standout, covering everything from beautiful notes in near-silence to sequences that are meant to — and do — evoke Alice's confusion and loss.” – James Rocchi, The Wrap 
“Still Alice has an exceptionally lovely, yearning score by Ilan Eshkeri for violin, viola, cello, and piano.” – David Edelstein, New York Magazine's Vulture

- See more at: http://www.nettwerk.com/news/nettwerk-release-original-motion-picture-soundtrack-still-alice-starring-2015-golden-globe-nomi#sthash.iXDMQkC3.dpuf

Thursday, December 18, 2014

5 Greatest Christmas Movies of All Time. Period.


Edmund Gwen and Natalie Wood/Miracle of 34th Street 1947

12/18/2014 It's Throwback Thursday, right? A perfect excuse to repost my annual post on my favorite Christmas movies and to say, Merry Christmas to all.

My Christmas shopping exceeds my remaining Christmas shopping days so for right now, I'm gifting myself with a wee bit of extra time by reposting this holiday missive. I'm stunned to see I put it up on Christmas eve a couple of years back; I'm impressed at my former super-organized self! A rarity I can assure you.

12/24/2011 Merry Christmas everyone! Just about to start baking before heading over to my husband's family for Christmas Eve supper and present opening. Tomorrow we'll celebrate Christmas here, Mark will cook the turkey and the roast and my whole crazy family comes here. Just enough time for a quick Christmas post before I go!


One of my all-time Christmas classic favorites is Miracle on 34th Street.The version with Natalie Wood as the little girl of course, not any crummy remake done in the 70's or 80's or 90's.That film still brings tears to my eyes. The movie was based on the book by Valentine Davies and starred Maureen O'Hara and John Payne and Edmund Gwenn as Santa. Or more precisely, Kris Kringle. 


He was spectacular as Santa but don't take my word for it, he actually won a Best Supporting Actor Oscar for his portrayal of Father Christmas. That's what my own parents - being British - often called Santa when I was growing up. What I love about the movie is how it resolutely shoos cynicsm down the chimney. Watching the movie, long past our own believing-in-Santa days we ache for those simpler and innocent times. Innocent enough that a little girl is allowed to visit with a strange old man alone! We want to believe. We want to feel innocent and hopeful. We want to believe in the magic of the man from the North Pole. Watching that movie, we do. 

Miracle on 34th Street brings out the Believer in Beiber in this Macy's commercial from 2013.

I hadn't even heard of A Christmas Story when I met my husband, Mark, who introduced me to this funny funny film. My taste, as you can see, runs more to the sappy side. I might not even have cared for it much as a Christmas classic on first viewing but over the years it has become a must see in our house. 


Ralphie, and his gun, his friend's tongue sticking to the pole, his mother warning him "You'll shoot your eye out", the dogs eating the turkey, the sexy leg lamp, Christmas dinner at the Chinese restaurant, and of course, and the foul language all first appeared in two short story collections by Jean Shepherd. In God We Trust, All Others Pay Cash  first published in 1966 and Wanda Hickey's Night of Golden Memories published in 1971 are the works of the comic writer and radior personality who delved into his own midwestern childhood memories as a source of great humor. 




The stories that shaped the film have since been gathered into one collection called accurately enough, A Christmas Story. Go to Barnes and Noble to purchase HERE


I also love A Christmas Carol — especially this British version of the Charles Dickens classic starring Alistair Sim; it's the one I saw on television when I was growing up. I was the narrator of the play back in 7th grade in Niagara Falls, my first behind-the-scenes job. The drama teacher said I could sit on a stool at the side of the stage — where everyone from Princess Elizabeth School could see me as I read my part — or behind the curtain at the sound booth. I chose behind the curtain!  There have been so many retellings of the classic tale, and I've been a fan of most of the many manifestations like Scrooged - based, however loosely, on the Charles Dickens classic. 

Two more on my all-time fave movies for Christmas. Love Actually. Heart-searing and so romantic and funny, no it's not based on a book but who cares. And It's A Wonderful Life; a movie so perfect and beautiful, I wish it were based on a novel so I could get to know all the characters even better! Well, wonder of wonder, miracle of miracles! I just found out the movie is based on a short story, The Greatest Gift by Howard Van Doren. The story didn't sell so Van Doren sent it out to a couple of hundred people as his annual Christmas Card which is how it finally found it's way to a studio! And no, just because the poster is in color, doesn't mean the movie is. Like Miracle on 34th Street, it's best to see this classic Christmas movie in its original black and white.


Check out this expanded trailer for Miracle on 34th Street.  I love this glimpse into how they used to promote Hollywood movies. How about you? Do you have a Christmas movie you just have to see every year? Tell me or I may just have to tell Santa you've been very, very naughty this year.



MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL
AND
TO ALL A GOOD NIGHT!!!


Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Tom Hanks — aka Hanx — and Dave Eggers on screen


If someone were to ask Tom Hanks to write an essay "How I spent my summer vacation" Hanks — or Hanx, as he dubs himself on Twitter — would probably take up the challenge with his everyman grin. The multi-talented actor likes to write (his short story about flying to the moon, Alan Bean Plus Four, ran in The New Yorker in October. You can listen to it, below!) And given that he spent this past summer filming in Egypt he has plenty to write about. He was in the post-revolutionary country filming Dave Eggers A Hologram for the King, reuniting with Cloud Atlas director Tom Twyker who also penned the adaptation of Eggers novel.

The film costarring Tom Skerritt (Top Gun, Ted), Sarita Choudhury (Homeland), Omar Elba (Intelligence), Tracey Fairaway (Enough Said) and David Menkin (Zero Dark Thirty) will be released sometime late next year. I'll be adding it to my list of movies based on books for 2015, which I hope to get up on the site before this year ends.

Tom Hanks is clearly a fan of Dave Eggers; he's already signed on to star and produce the screen adaptation of Egger's 2013 book, The Circle with James Ponsoldt (The Spectacular Now) directing.


A National Book Award Finalist
One of the New York Times Book Review's 10 Best Books of the Year
One of the Best Books of the Year from The Boston Globe and San Francisco Chronicle
In a rising Saudi Arabian city, far from weary, recession-scarred America, a struggling businessman named Alan Clay pursues a last-ditch attempt to stave off foreclosure, pay his daughter's college tuition, and finally do something great. In A Hologram for the King, Dave Eggers takes us around the world to show how one man fights to hold himself and his splintering family together.



When Mae Holland is hired to work for the Circle, the world’s most powerful internet company, she feels she’s been given the opportunity of a lifetime. The Circle, run out of a sprawling California campus, links users’ personal emails, social media, banking, and purchasing with their universal operating system, resulting in one online identity and a new age of civility and transparency. As Mae tours the open-plan office spaces, the towering glass dining facilities, the cozy dorms for those who spend nights at work, she is thrilled with the company’s modernity and activity. There are parties that last through the night, there are famous musicians playing on the lawn, there are athletic activities and clubs and brunches, and even an aquarium of rare fish retrieved from the Marianas Trench by the CEO. Mae can’t believe her luck, her great fortune to work for the most influential company in the world—even as life beyond the campus grows distant, even as a strange encounter with a colleague leaves her shaken, even as her role at the Circle becomes increasingly public. What begins as the captivating story of one woman’s ambition and idealism soon becomes a heart-racing novel of suspense, raising questions about memory, history, privacy, democracy, and the limits of human knowledge.

Are you excited to see these Dave Eggers novels on film? Is there a book — or two — that you'd really love to see Hollywood adapt? Check out my page Books We Wish Were Movies and let me know what novel you'd add to the list.


TOM HANKS reads his short story Alan Bean Plus Four from the New Yorker.

Why read Alan Bean Plus Four when Hanx and the New Yorker have so kindly shared the audio file?!


Tuesday, December 16, 2014

A Quick Update on all the upcoming movies based on Matthew Quick books.


Forgive me, I adored The Silver Linings Playbook, both the book and the movie,  but I haven't gotten around to any of Matthew Quick's other novels. There've been a slew of them, and they've all been snapped up by Hollywood. Time for a Quick catch-me-up.

Let's start with Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock which Channing Tatum is set to make as his directorial debut. Word is he'll also star. The trouble, as I see it, is that Mr. Tatum's dance card is already pretty full; he's currently filming the Cohen Bros. Hail Caesar, is rumored to be in the Quentin Tarantino Hateful 8 movie and has an X-Men and 23 Jump Street in his near-future. He's got a project called The Gambit in development, and he dearly wants to be in the upcoming female-starrer Ghost Busters.
From Publishers Weekly
Quick’s books typically revolve around characters who don’t fit in, don’t understand their place in the world, and face daunting obstacles. Leonard Peacock is another such individual, a teenager who feels let down by adults and out of step with his sheeplike classmates. Foreseeing only more unhappiness and disappointment in life (and harboring a secret that’s destroying him), Leonard packs up his grandfather’s WWII handgun and heads to school, intending to kill his former best friend and then himself. First, though, he will visit the important people in his life: an elderly cinephile neighbor, a musically gifted classmate, the teacher of his Holocaust studies class, and a homeschooled girl who passes out religious tracts in the train station. Quick’s attentiveness to these few key relationships and encounters gives the story its strength and razorlike focus. Its greatest irony is that, despite Leonard’s commitment to his murder-suicide plan, he appreciates and values life in a way that few do. Through Leonard, Quick urges readers to look beyond the pain of the here and now to the possibilities that await.

Love May Fail is an upcoming Quick book, set for release by HarperCollins in June of 2015. The problem with this one is that SONY owns the project and according to Deadline has Sam Raimi all but officially signed to direct it. The infamous SONY hack is the talk of the town and it's likely to put a bit of a wrench in upcoming projects, slowing things down just a wee bit. They've already got a script though, penned by School of Rock and Enlightened screenwriter Mike White. If it's a good script, maybe things will move along Quick-ly after all

          From the author's website
An aspiring feminist and underappreciated housewife embarks on an odyssey to find human decency and goodness—and her high school English teacher—in New York Times bestselling author Matthew Quick’s offbeat masterpiece, a quirky ode to love, fate, and hair metal. 
Portia Kane is having a meltdown. After escaping her ritzy Florida life and her cheating pornographer husband, she finds herself back in South Jersey, a place that remains largely unchanged from the years of her unhappy youth. Lost and alone, looking to find the goodness in the world she believes still exists, Portia sets off to save herself by saving someone else—a beloved high school English teacher who has retired after a traumatic incident. 
Will a sassy nun, an ex-heroin addict, a metal-head little boy, and her hoarder mother help or hurt her chances on this madcap quest to restore a good man’s reputation and find renewed hope in the human race? Love May Fail is a story of the great highs and lows of existence: the heartache and daring choices it takes to become the person you know (deep down) you are meant to be.

The Good Luck of Right Now published last February, was picked up by Dreamworks with the latest news that Brie Larson is in talks to star. And once again, the film is based on a script by Mike White! He must be a fan.
From the writer's website
Call it fate. Call it synchronicity. Call it an act of God. Call it . . . The Good Luck of Right Now. From the New York Times bestselling author of The Silver Linings Playbook comes an entertaining and inspiring tale that will leave you pondering the rhythms of the universe and marveling at the power of kindness and love.
For thirty-eight years, Bartholomew Neil has lived with his mother. When she gets sick and dies, he has no idea how to be on his own. His redheaded grief counselor, Wendy, says he needs to find his flock and leave the nest. But how does a man whose whole life has been grounded in his mom, Saturday mass, and the library learn how to fly?
Bartholomew thinks he’s found a clue when he discovers a “Free Tibet” letter from Richard Gere hidden in his mother’s underwear drawer. In her final days, mom called him Richard—there must be a cosmic connection. Believing that the actor is meant to help him, Bartholomew awkwardly starts his new life, writing Richard Gere a series of highly intimate letters. Jung and the Dalai Lama, philosophy and faith, alien abduction and cat telepathy, the Catholic Church and the mystery of women are all explored in his soul-baring epistles. But mostly the letters reveal one man’s heartbreakingly earnest attempt to assemble a family of his own.
A struggling priest, a “Girlbrarian,” her feline-loving, foul-mouthed brother, and the spirit of Richard Gere join the quest to help Bartholomew. In a rented Ford Focus, they travel to Canada to see the cat Parliament and find his biological father . . . and discover so much more.

Boy 21, published by Little, Brown & Co.  is being developed by producer Tom Heller (127 Hours, Precious, Mud)
From Quick's website 
Basketball has always been an escape for Finley. He lives in broken-down Bellmont, a town ruled by the Irish mob, drugs, violence, and racially charged rivalries. At home, his dad works nights and Finley is left alone to take care of his disabled grandfather. He’s always dreamed of somehow getting out, but until he can, putting on that number 21 jersey makes everything seem okay.
Russ has just moved to the neighborhood. The life of this teen basketball phenom has been turned upside down by tragedy. Cut off from everyone he knows, he won’t pick up a basketball, and yet answers only to the name Boy21—taken from his former jersey number.
As their final year of high school brings these two boys together, “Boy21″ may turn out to be the answer they both need. Matthew Quick, the acclaimed author of Sorta Like a Rock Star, brings readers a moving novel about hope, recovery, and redemption.


Speaking of Sorta Like a Rock Star, Fox Searchlight owns those rights. No word on whether there's a script in the works, or the signing of a director. The producing team of Wyck Godfrey and Marty Bowen who gave us The Fault in Our Stars and Maze Runner have signed onBeyond that, no news.
From Quick's web site 
Amber Appleton lives in a bus. Ever since her mom’s boyfriend kicked them out, Amber, her mom, and her totally loyal dog, Bobby Big Boy (aka Thrice B) have been camped out in the back of Hello Yellow (the school bus her mom drives). But Amber, the self-proclaimed princess of hope and girl of unyielding optimism, refuses to sweat the bad stuff. Instead, she focuses on bettering the lives of her alcoholic mother and her quirky circle of friends: a glass-ceiling-breaking single mother raising a son diagnosed with autism; Father Chee and The Korean Divas for Christ (soul-singing ESL students); a nihilist octogenarian; a video-game-playing gang of outcasts; and a haiku-writing war vet. But then a fatal tragedy threatens Amber’s optimism—and her way of life. Can Amber continue to be the princess of hope? 
With his zany cast of characters and a heartwarming, inspiring story, debut YA author Matthew Quick builds a beautifully beaten-up world of laughs, loyalty, and hard-earned hope. This world is Amber’s stage, and Amber is, well…she’s sorta like a rock star.
And then there's Every Exquisite Thing which doesn't have any cover art yet, and doesn't even hit book shelves until 2016! That hasn't stopped the Weinstein Co. from optioning the upcoming novel — Oh, the pressure! — and getting writer/director Ted Melfi to adapt and direct the film. Melfi is in demand right now as the creative force behind St. Vincent.
From Little, Brown & Company 
The author of THE SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK is back with what early readers in New York and L.A. are calling the high-water mark of his young adult career.
Meet Nanette O’Hare, an unassuming teen who has been playing the role of dutiful daughter and conscientious student-athlete. When a beloved teacher gives her his dog-eared copy of THE BUBBLEGUM REAPER—the mysterious out-of-print cult-classic—the rebel within Nanette awakens. But she learns there is a high price to pay, as she befriends the reclusive local author, experiments with a young Bukowski-quoting poet, and attempts to insert her true self into the world with wild abandon.
A celebration of the self and the formidable power of story, this is Matthew Quick at his finest.
Looks like I've got a bunch of Quick's books to catch up on. Can I get a little help here? Which book should I tackle first? The timing couldn't be better, I'm working on my Christmas wish list.

Source: Deadline 

Monday, December 15, 2014

Miracle on 34th Street : How they used to make trailers.

Look how tiny Natalie Wood's name is! Poor kid needed a power agent.

I just added this 'trailer' to my old post about my favorite Christmas movies and just had to reshare it with you here. It's five minutes and a fun example of the way the studio system used to work. Everybody had to get in the act, even a faux studio head who almost looks like he could be Gene Kelly! You young ones may not recognize the star power of Rex Harrison who I'd probably compare with a modern day George Clooney. Imagine George Clooney helping make a promo for a Brad Pitt movie that he himself wasn't in — or producing. One thing I like about the trailer? It doesn't give much away. I'm so tired of watching trailers and feeling like I've seen the entire film.


Based on the book by Valentine Davis


Cinderella: In French or English, the new film coming in 2015 tells the same tired old story


I think the first thing many of us think of, when we think of Cinderella, is the image we've been force-fed by Disney, Cinderella as the belle of the ball in a pretty blue pastel gown, a costume that countless little girls covet for Halloween. (Never mind the cultural pap we imbibe, learning early that the key to happiness is finding Prince Charming.) Perhaps a few of us think back before the cartoon version, to the Brothers Grimm, who famously put the folk tale on paper in 1812. But how many of us know that over 100 years before the Brothers Grimm, Cinderella was a French fairy tale first, written by Charles Perrault in 1697? I certainly didn't! It was Perrault — a Frenchman — who actually gave the world the first written version of the tale passed down through the years in the oral tradition. It was in fact Perrault who wrote the Mother Goose stories, basically old wives tales, amongst them was Cinderella and the Little Glass Slipper. It was he who gave Cendrillon (French for Cinderella) a pumpkin coach, and mice for coachmen. Not that Disney cares, as far as they're concerned they own it.


Disney's at it again. Coming this Christmas, we have the rather darker view of Cinderella proffered by Stephen Sondheim in the Hollywood version of his Broadway hit musical, Into the Woods, produced by Disney. I actually have high hopes for that version in which Cinderella, as one part of the overall fairytale mash-up, is played by Anna Kendrick.

It's the Cinderella coming in March 2015 that's disturbing. The newest retelling of the old fairy tale comes from Kenneth Branagh with Lily James (Downton Abbey) as Cinderella wearing the same damn blue dress! And, if we can judge by the trailer, the same antiquated some day my prince will come attitude. I expect more from feminist Cate Blanchett who plays the wicked step-mother; her casting gives me reason to hope there is a more modern female-empowered twist. If there is, it's not evident in the trailer. While in a flashback we see Cinderella learn from her mother that kindness is the key to happiness  — a great lesson indeed — it's the other insidious lesson about men rescuing us that worries me. Even the fairy godmother changes herself from hag into the lovely Helena Bonham-Carter —and announces 'that's better!' which makes me believe they haven't changed a thing. For females, we're telling our daughters and granddaughters, power still seems to be all about how you look and catching the perfect man. All of which dooms the notion of living happily ever after to  nothing more than a fairy tale.

First, for my friends visiting from the Dreaming of France meme, le trailer en français...


and Cinderella in English