Tag Archives: Todd Haynes

Reese Witherspoon at 40

In the Today clip above from early 2015, Reese Witherspoon talks about what a great year 2014 was for her, producing Gone Girl and starring in the critically acclaimed Wild. She also tries to answer the question if at this stage in her career she’s thinking about winning another Oscar. Today, Reese turns 40 years old and, coming from someone … Continue reading Reese Witherspoon at 40

Carol: The Price of Love

SOME PEOPLE CHANGE YOUR LIFE FOREVER.  In 1952, Patricia Highsmith was known as a mystery writer, having written a now-classic novel called “Strangers on a Train”, which had been filmed by Alfred Hitchcock in 1951. Her fans expected crime fiction, which is partly why Highsmith’s next novel was released under a pseudonym – and by … Continue reading Carol: The Price of Love

Cannes: Revolutionary and Conservative

The clip above is a Euronews summary of last night’s awards ceremony at the Cannes film festival. I wasn’t there, but the time has come for a look back at the event how it appeared from the outside. The jury of this year’s festival was chaired by the Coen brothers and consisted of Guillermo del … Continue reading Cannes: Revolutionary and Conservative

Far from Heaven

WHAT IMPRISONS DESIRES OF THE HEART?   Rainer Werner Fassbinder wasn’t the only one in awe of Douglas Sirk. In this drama, Todd Haynes has recreated everything from Sirk’s films to perfection. One in particular in fact, All That Heaven Allows (1955) – the red, yellow and orange autumn colors in the cinematography, the neat … Continue reading Far from Heaven

Mildred Pierce

HAVING IT ALL WOULD COST HER EVERYTHING.   In the early 1930s, the newly divorced Mildred Pierce (Kate Winslet) reluctantly gets a job as a waitress and soon comes up with a way to make a lot of money; her sole motivation is the happiness of her ungrateful, oldest daughter. This miniseries remake of the 1945 … Continue reading Mildred Pierce