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04/12/2011  •  Posted By Roberta  •  8 Comments

Added HD captures of final two parts of Mildred Pierce:









GALLERY LINKS:
• Mildred Pierce: Screen Captures: Part Four
• Mildred Pierce: Screen Captures: Part Five


04/12/2011  •  Posted By Roberta  •  2 Comments

Sunday night brought the last two segments of the new HBO five hour miniseries, Mildred Pierce. Rather than writing out paragraphs of detailed review, here’s a list of ten things, both good and bad, of note within the last three hours, in no particular order. Please feel free to add to the list if you think something important was missed, or debate why something is included.

1. Same as the previous list. Kate Winslet, who plays the title character, will win the Emmy. She just will, sorry, no contest. She is doing a fantastic job in a miniseries that is attracting attention and praise. There will be other actresses as good this year, but you would be hard pressed to find one better, and she will win.

2. The whole miniseries is a palindrome. Mildred begins married to Bert (Brian F. O’Byrne), divorces, loses a daughter (Ray, who dies), takes a lover, starts a business, find success, loses the business, loses the lover, loses a daughter (Veda runs out on her), divorces, marries Bert again. Ah, symmetry!

3. I thought I would like Evan Rachel Wood better as Veda than Morgan Turner, the younger version. I was wrong. While Wood did fine, she had less to work with than Turner, who played Veda for a longer period of time. Wood got the juicy finale, but Turner deserves to get a supporting actress Emmy nomination.

4. Veda screws everything up. Veda ruins Mildred’s relationships and her chain of restaurants. Veda distracts Mildred from what she should be focusing on. If Mildred had had an abortion, or given Veda up for adoption, none of the bad things in her life would have ever happened. The story would have a happy ending.

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04/12/2011  •  Posted By Roberta  •  Comments Off on JWTV Quickie: “Mildred Pierce” – Part One and Part Two

Sunday (March 27) night, we got to see the first two hours of the new HBO’s five hour miniseries, Mildred Pierce. Rather than writing out paragraphs of detailed review, which I will reserve for after the entire run is complete in three weeks, I want to list ten things, both good and bad, of note within the first two hours, in no particular order. Please feel free to add to the list if you think I missed something important, or debate why something is included.

1. Kate Winslet, who plays the title character, will win the Emmy. She just will, sorry, no contest. She is doing a fantastic job in a miniseries that is attracting attention and praise. There will be other actresses as good this year, but you would be hard pressed to find one better, and she will win.

2. I thought Mildred was supposed to be unlikable. Why hasn’t she been unlikable yet? Am I under a false impression? She has been shown with pluck and determinating, struggling to support her family, with only a trace of enabling her bratty daughter. Speaking of…

3. Young Veda (Morgan Turner) and the older Veda that will be showing up later (Evan Rachel Wood) are a perfectly cast pair. While Wood has not yet made an appearance, just thinking back to her run on True Blood last year will point to the fact that people are about to be blown away by just how similar the two are in looks and mannerisms. PERFECT!

4. Why is Melissa Leo talking in that annoying voice as Lucy? She just won an Oscar, and she already blew away HBO audiences with her fantastic turn in Treme. All she has been on MP is annoying.

5. Other than cheating on his wife, Bert (Brian F. O’Byrne) seems to be the perfect father, and he’s become a fine friend to Mildred post-split. I am having trouble reconciling those two different aspects. Which is kind of neat, because life is complicated, and this way he’s presented as a full man, rather than a caricature.

Source: Examiner.com


04/12/2011  •  Posted By Roberta  •  0 Comment(s)

A poisonous mother-daughter relationship dominates the end of HBO’s haunting miniseries

There was so much great filmmaking in Sunday’s Mildred Pierce finale that I could spend all morning appreciating it, but for illustration’s sake, I’ll let one example suffice: the scene where Mildred (Kate Winslet) and Bert (Bryan O’Byrne) eat at the new seaside restaurant and hear the voice of Veda (now an opera singer and played by Evan Rachel Wood) coming through the radio. Director Todd Haynes, his cinematographer Ed Lachman, and the actors are at peak strength. I love the shot over Mildred and Bert’s shoulders of the radio broadcasting the music (it has talismanic power), and the close-up of Mildred staring at the radio and listening to it, half the frame blocked out by the back of the radio. I love the long tracking shot of the stunned Mildred walking to the seaside. Most of all I love that final profile shot of Mildred staring out at the sea at night, after which the camera tracks right. The screen fills up with blackness that expresses the void Veda’s absence created in her mother; there’s also a concurrent sense that Mildred’s emotions are casting themselves out into the blackness, or onto the ocean, in a kind of cosmic reaching-out.

I said it before and I’ll say it again: This miniseries is a masterpiece.

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04/12/2011  •  Posted By Roberta  •  0 Comment(s)

Catherine Deneuve has revealed that she holds many of today’s top actresses in great esteem.

In an interview with The Philippine Daily Inquirer, the acclaimed French star disclosed that she particularly enjoys those who can easily tackle both stark drama and light comedy.

“I admire Cate Blanchett and Kate Winslet,” she said. “I like a lot of comedians. I like Cameron Diaz — she’s funny and has a very light spirit. That’s quite rare nowadays. There are many actresses I admire.”

The two-time Academy Award nominee also revealed that Marilyn Monroe ranks as her favorite actress of all time.

She remarked: “Marilyn Monroe has my greatest admiration… She was able to do everything! I saw her as one of the best actresses; she could go from comedy to drama. Being great at both is very difficult. And she was so beautiful. On screen, it was like the light was coming from her.”

Deneuve has ranked as one of France’s most prominent stars for more than 50 years, winning two César Awards and working with the country’s most respected filmmakers, including François Truffaut, Andre Techine, Jacques Demy and Alain Corneau.

The actress is currently starring with Gérard Depardieu in Potiche, which is now playing in US cinemas and opens on June 17 in the UK.

Source: Digital Spy


04/12/2011  •  Posted By Roberta  •  0 Comment(s)

Kate was seen taking daughter Mia Honey for a bike ride along the Hudson River Parkway in New York City yesterday, April 11:

GALLERY LINKS:
• Candids: Riding a bike with Mia – April 11, 2011


04/11/2011  •  Posted By Roberta  •  0 Comment(s)

Last night, the five-part mini series, Mildred Pierce came to quite a disastrous end. In parts four and five, nine years have passed and Mildred Pierce (Kate Winslet) continues to break her back for her ungrateful daughter, Veda Pierce (Evan Rachel Wood) even after a heated argument leads to Mildred kicking Veda out of the house. As fulfilling as it was to watch Veda being thrown out after ripping her mother to shreds yet again, that satisfaction only lasted for a moment. Mildred’s constant need to keep her adult daughter happy consumes her life until it can’t anymore.
With all of the cooking showcased in parts one through three, the early years resembled visuals similar to Julie & Julia. Though parts four and five focused more on the dramatic elements that viewers were anticipating from the very beginning. It was so odd and in a way unsettling to watch Kate Winslet in a role that pushes her to be so inferior. For a woman managing her own restaurant and bakery, Mildred sure lacks leadership strengths with her own flesh and blood.

“What are you insinuating, that my daughter is a snake?”
“It’s much worse.”

As for Evan Rachel Wood, there were glimpses in past roles that she has played of a selfish little girl. Wood was able to let it all out as Veda, the lying, stealing, and manipulative young woman with nothing going for outside of her opera career. Wood was much more dramatic than some viewers may have anticipated, but it definitely works for this character. As the man whom Mildred ran into said, Veda is a wonderful singer but not a wonderful girl. Wood plays the part perfectly. Clearly, Veda is not just an ungrateful daughter but the world’s most awful human being. Her inability to be a good person proves to be the cause for her inability to be a success outside of her singing career. By the way, if you want to hear Evan Rachel Wood singing some more, pick up the Across The Universe soundtrack. Also, 1940s wardrobe definitely agrees with Wood.

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04/11/2011  •  Posted By Roberta  •  0 Comment(s)

Waves crash on the beach as jaunty music plays. Mildred (Kate Winslet) is opening another restaurant — in Laguna Beach. It’ll be her third, after Glendale and Beverly Hills. She’s doing so well Wally (James LeGros) tells her she’ll have to incorporate.

In two parts four and five, Mildred’s daughter Veda is played by Evan Rachel Wood, bearing the same deliberately awful faux elite accent as her predecessor — it’s in the book that way, a put-on accent that’s gratingly false. Her piano teacher dies, and she gets an audition with a fancy Italian conductor, who thinks little of her playing. Again with the weeping.

This time, though, she has a candid tantrum, screaming at her mother about how she hasn’t got any talent, she’s no good, she’s nothing more than a Glendale wunderkind. Mildred’s efforts at reassurance — awkward, faithful, hopeful — only make Veda angrier. There is a clash of world views: Mildred believes that hard work and perseverance will be rewarded; Veda believes in breeding, in native gifts, and is convinced she has neither.

Over and over, we see Mildred refracted through glass, split in two by a beveled edge, behind a reflection in a car window. Earlier it seemed like a metaphor for being trapped; could it also imply a fragility in her situation — is she living in a glass house?

Let’s take a moment to admire the fine vintage dress Kate Winslet wears in part four, white with red details (above). Vintage or vintage replica, it’s pretty terrific. I hope they let her keep it. Better yet: I hope they packed it up and are sending it to me. I’ll take it.

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