All posts filed under: Film

What’s Playing: Atelier

Viewed: 2016. 01/24-02/09 Netflix episode list and trailer available here.* This post is in no way sponsored or endorsed by Netflix. Atelier was my introduction to the world of Asian dramas available on YouTube. And there are so, so, many to choose from. Atelier, which is also branded as Underwear in some regions, is the story of Tokita Mayuko** (Mirei Kiritani), a young woman starting out in the couture lingerie fashion industry, and what sets her apart from other startup designers, is her obsession with fabrics. She’s a total nerd, seriously. It kind of makes her adorable. Emotion, the company she goes to work for, is renowned for its excellence in lingerie, but its owner, President Nanjo Mayumi (Mao Daichi) is both a demanding employer and harbors ambitions and secrets far beyond the experience of little Mayuko, who must learn, in this coming-of-age Netflix Original miniseries, how to grow into the artist she longs to become, and navigate the treacherous world of the fashion industry. This is the first extended TV series that I can …

Emerald City: "Everybody Lies"

Last week I said that there were seven episodes left (I thought) in the series, as I was counting the premiere as a single, two-hour long episode. It was, in fact, two episodes (despite my blog title) “The Beast Forever” and “Prison of the Abject”. So, last night’s episode is actually the halfway point, so there had better be some plot development… and was there ever.

Stage Door (1937)

“Stars galore shine in this nominee for 4 Academy Awards including Best Picture, a fast, witty story of aspiring actresses living at a theatrical boarding house. Based on an Edna Ferber/George S. Kaufman play, the tale was considerably rewritten for film, so much that Kaufman quitted it should be called Screen Door. What matters most to an acting hopeful is an open door. With humor and heart, this excellent movie suggests some things matter more.” (back cover copy) Directed by Gregory La Cava in 1937, this film stars Katharine Hepburn, Ginger Rogers, and Adolphe Menjou with Gail Patrick, Constance Collier, Andrea Leeds, Samuel S. Hinds, Lucille Ball, Eve Arden, and Ann Miller. Stage Door is a black and white film starring Adolphe Menjou as big-wig theater man Anthony Powell, decades before his memorable performance as cantankerous Mr. Pendergast in Disney’s Pollyanna (1960), and who, I admit, I mistook at first for Harry Davenport (Meet Me in St. Louis’ “Grandpa”). Sorry Grandpa.  Powell, a womanizer, is always on the lookout for the next dame err… theatrical star (weren’t …

Crimson Peak (2015)

“In the aftermath of a family tragedy, an aspiring author is torn between love for her childhood friend and the temptation of a mysterious outsider. Trying to escape the ghosts of her past, she is swept away to a house that breathes, bleeds – and remembers.” (IMDB) This film was directed by Guillermo del Toro, who co-wrote the screenplay with Matthew Robbins. In this Gothic romance, set in America and Britain, ghosts are real, and sometimes, they can be seen. Edith Cushing (Mia Wasikowska) is convinced that ghosts are real when she begins seeing them at an early age, but nothing can prepare her for the horror that awaits at Allerdale Hall, nicknamed by locals “Crimson Peak” (roll credits) for the red-colored clay that blankets the hillside.  The house is owned and occupied by brother and sister Thomas (Tom Hiddleston) and Lucille (Jessica Chastain) Sharpe, and when the East Wind blows, it certainly can feel as if the house is alive, but is it all just Edith’s imagination, or was Crimson Peak the site of a …