Sunday, May 23, 2010

De-Lovely Mr. Cinema

De-Lovely (2004)
Cast : Kevin Kline, Ashley Judd, Jonathan Pryce

A look at the life of the legendary American composer, Cole Porter, whose hits were aplenty in the American Songbook Standards covered extensively by artists of the past and recent. Kline can really sing!!! And Ashley Judd is nothing but lovely. She reminds me of Angelina Jolie in Changeling as the movie started around the 30's era too. Great and entertaining watch if you love the standards. Contemporary artists such as Robbie Williams, Alanis Morissette, Diana Krall, Elvis Costello, Lemar, Sheryl Crow and Natalie Cole contributed their tribute to Porter and cameos as well. So, the soundtrack will be great!

Mr. Cinema (老港正传 Lou Gong Jing Juen) 2007
Cast : 黄秋生 Anthony Wong , 郑中基 Ronald Cheng, 毛舜筠 Teresa Mo, 莫文蔚 Karen Mok, 鲍 起静Paw Hee Ching, 岑建勋 John Sam

The movie is definitely sentimental and feel-good bordering to tear-jerking. Ignoring the real and depth peek beyond the surface of the leftist movement in HK (Anthony's character is a leftist cinema operator), the wise decision that the director made was the right casting. Anthony, Teresa and Paw were rendering undeniably award-worthy performances and Ronald is proving that he can actually act, given the chance and space to do so. Few notable tear-jerking scenes from Anthony, Teresa and Ronald. Though it might not depict the whole era of HK with regards to the leftist movement or significant events in HK-China relationship, it gives a glimpse of life in HK, or rather the one that will never be seen again.

Sui Yuet Sen Tao (岁月神偷 Echoes of the Rainbow) will be a logical next to watch.

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