DIARY 20/02/14

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Been to the movies a few times lately.

It’s that time of year, when the best the studios have in the locker get released – all the awards ceremonies happen around this time of year, Oscars still to come. “Inside Llewyn Davis” rang true, according to those I’ve met and those I’ve read who were involved in the Greenwich Village/SoHo Manhattan scene in the early 60s. It’s funny and it’s charming, and never sentimental. I liked it very much. Plus, it is short. “12 Years A Slave” moved critics far more than it moved me. Many of the slave torture scenes had been depicted earlier, even as recently as in Tarrantino’s “Django Unchained”. The leading man couldn’t be bothered to take a few violin lessons, just enough to grasp the basics, so his fingering would at least be passable. It wasn’t. I was embarrassed for him, to be honest. All those tens of millions of dollars in the production kitty, and no spare to give the guy some fiddle tuition. A proper American Method player would have killed for that role, and would have practised until his fingers bled. “American Hustle” grabbed me from the start and never let go. Christian Bale – boy, how does he do that? Then to “The Wolf of Wall Street”, which I’d been putting off since I’d heard it ran for a full three hours. That’s a long time for any story to be told. But Scorcese, DiCaprio et al…….I had to go, and am seriously glad I did. DiCaprio has never won an Oscar. Unbelievable. What’s he got to do? Since “Romeo + Juliet”, all those years ago, he hasn’t picked a bad one – although I never did read a kind word about the remake of “The Great Gatsby”, so maybe that’s his blot? Here, he rises to another level altogether. It’s Method acting of the highest calibre. In my view, only Tom Hanks and now Bale sit at the High Table with DiCaprio. And the three hours passed in a flash. Just a thought, how is it the movies can be so biased regarding human genitalia. The female parts (yes, lower as well!) are on show perhaps 30 times; but not one sighting of the male nether regions, unclad, is on show. And there is sex, sex, sex throughout, even male masturbation, and they even manage to spare that actor’s blushes with crafty cut-aways….I couldn’t help noticing. And the audience around us was entirely couples, from early twenties to a few in their seventies. Those women must have noticed this anomaly, but did they mention it on the journey home? Just curious, that’s all. I’d like someone to supply me with an explanation.

Manchester has practically sold out, with a handful of seats left up in the Gallery. But the newly released Choir seats are good seats. They look pretty well across the stage. It’ll be like sitting in the wings, but raised above the monitor men! One of those could well get the harmonica after “Cavaliers”. The venue didn’t think initially that they should be sold, as drapes would block their view. My Production Manager went to see, and decided that was not going to be the case. I mention this, in case anyone wonders how such decisions are made so late in the game.

I’ve read an audio book. I mean, I have “voiced” an Audio Book, at a small voiceover studio in Soho, London. Title, “Fremojo”,  a fantasy tale of metamorphosing monsters and battles against the elements. Two days of non-stop reading – well, we had several tea breaks, but mostly it was words, words, words. Plenty of Vocal Zones were sucked and much still water drunk. I’m not entirely sure why I was approached for the job when there are two million out-of-work actors in the Capital, but, as usual, I couldn’t refuse the chance of another adventure. Remember Mrs Woolf’s simple philosophy: “To speak of knowledge is futile, all is experiment and adventure.” Bang on!

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Stella Day
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written by Stella Day , February 20, 2014

Steve. Nice to hear from you. My answer re the men v women genitalia exposure. Most men like and a lot of women don't mind/or aren't offended by women's genitalia. Who likes looking at knobs, erect or otherwise? x Stella

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Margaret Jones
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written by Margaret Jones , February 20, 2014

Stella, I have to say I love looking at an erect penis, or knobs as you call them, and wouldn't have minded if they had been shown on screen in the Wolf on Wall Street film - this is an adult site, right, so I hope it's ok to comment on the subject. Many women like to see an erection surely? I can't understand like Steve why the female parts are shown and not the male...and my husband knows I feel this way! Maybe the showing of male genitalia would have made the film pornographic??? I'm not sure I'm going to be entirely happy I made this posting!!!!!
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Stella Day
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written by Stella Day , February 21, 2014

Margaret. I guess we're all different and maybe I'm wrong? Stella. Now.....who voted me down?

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Colin
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written by Colin , February 21, 2014

It is down to the Film censor regulations. an erect penis is 'pornographic' - and the film censors will not pass it for public release.
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jo humphries
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written by jo humphries , February 22, 2014

Hi.. Thanks for the Diary

Ill just go with the "experiment and adventure I think" today and EVERYDAY.
Steve, a moment ........ Perhaps you could look at more outdoor sports recreation to strengthen those scrummy arms in readiness for hurling that Harmonica into ROW 12?
A lot more healthy too me thinks.
just kidding x jo

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Toni Sirkiä
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written by Toni Sirkiä , February 23, 2014

Hi, I am an old finnish guy, who saw You in Helsinki 1974. Since I bought the DVD from 2012 gig I have prayed my wife to see that new consert. My prays were answered and now I'm coming to see You again at Royal Albert Hall with my wife. It's going to be my highlight of the summer. BTW I got a rose from You in Helsinki and now looking for that harmonica smilies/smiley.gif
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Katie
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written by Katie , February 23, 2014

Leonardo di Caprio has never floated my boat, and I'd pay good money NOT to see his male genitalia, emrect or otherwise. I have never left a movie theatre during a movie, but was sorely tempted to leave halfway through this one. I felt no empathy with any of the characters at all, and didn't care in the slightest what happened to them once the bubble burst. Last night I went to watch Philomena. I love Judi Dench and have never really appreciated Steve Coogan's work ,but the film was brilliantly done and both actors were brilliant in their roles. I'd recommend it to anyone...
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