Saturday, November 17, 2007

Beowulf!!! ( with a brief sidetrack into Macbeth...)

I saw two movies this week, the first with my friend Jen, at home. I acquired it quite by accident, darn late nights and Amazon, but I now feel, well , my life would not be complete without it. It was a 2006 version of Macbeth, my personal favourite of Shakespeare's plays. This version was, well, Catastrophically Wonderful.

Only way to describe it. Think Macbeth as an Australian drug war against kung fu Asians, with the three Witches as young red haired school girls , all with the purest of Shakespearean language done with Australian accents, and the occasional tits ( in case you get bored, )

It must be seen to be believed. And we will not, CAN not go into the clothes. Again, must be seen to be believed. Just goes to show what you can ( or can't ) do with 4 weeks and 4 million dollars. See it. But don't do it alone.

At the other end of the film experience, we have last nights movie, on the big screen, in digital 3D. Beowulf. Magic. Wonderful. Amazing. Funny. Scary. You have heroes, maidens, drunkards, villains, monsters, and Grendel's Mother ( my personal new idol)

I loved it. Every minute of it. Sure, there were one or two things one could get picky about, but who the heck cares? This is a new Hero. Or an Old Hero. The best Hero. This was brilliant storytelling. Storytelling at it's best.

I think it is something to take a story like this, the earliest known example of English Poetry, something most of us have read, or at least known the story of, and bring it to life, as it never could have been brought to life before, or perhaps, that HASN'T been brought to life this way since, oh , say the 7th or 8th century.

How many people did it take to bring this together, and how long??? I don't know exactly, a LOT is a good guess. And it took a long time to do it, I know this as it has been kicking around my work days for some years. I was, to say the least, impressed. And I thought I knew what was coming.

It is an amazing thing to see a movie you have long known about in the abstract come to life on the big screen, and in SUCH a new, never before done way. ( it is even a more amazing feeling to see ones name at the credits at the end. Stay for them. Cheer loudly. My friends and I did. In front of all the people left. Which, uh, was the guy cleaning up. He was impressed, I am sure of it. I acted quite the Diva for at LEAST ten minutes. )

Beowulf is a Hero. No doubt about it. But are Hero's all good? Or Demons all Bad? ( I am not so sure Grendel's Mother didn't have a point. ) And like all great stories, it asks questions that no one can exactly answer.

This movie will be in my head for a long time. In the very best part of my head, where all the dreams are. And all the stories live.

To quote one of my favourite lines:

" Give him a silver piece and let him go home. He has a Story to tell. "

Love and Heroes,


At 5:02 PM , Blogger Yoga Gal said...

"Something wicked comes this way."
Thanks for the "Macbeth" DVD suggestion, going to check it out!

So Grendel's mom is your new idol? Okay? I've seen the goddess actress in person one day walking on the beach in Malibu and I couldn't get over how tiny and thin she was! She must wear a minus size zero! That goddess body has been digitally enhanced! Don't get me wrong, she has a beautiful figue but tiny like a Barbie Doll. I just loved that lizard tail braid she has!

I'm pleased to see that the film Beowulf is getting such rage reviews. Only one in the Los Angeles Times was rather hard. Kennth Turan was rather bitchy and hard on the screenplay. But he said that word is out that the film is one the short list for Oscar's best feature animation! Which means the Boss will be attending the Oscars this year.

The Oscars are always fun. I went often when I had my ex-boyfriend. My favorite venue was at the Dorthy Chandler, which was so classy. The new venue isn't so refine, more like going through a shopping mall but it's still fun. The Governor's Ball is fun an dthe best party is the Vanity Fair Party. Oh, those were the days. No one noticed me because I was a no one and not a knock out goddess like Malena. Everyone thought I was someone wife so I was ignored but I always had a great time. Being a no one can be great fun. Most of the A-listers never seem to enjoy a moment's peace.

So ladies, be careful what you wish for!

Oh, some of the reviews say the Beowulf is going to be such a hit they predict a Beowulf 2 soon! So the Boss is going to be busy!

And I guess, so are you beautiful Lorraine, no rest for the wicked in heart.

At 5:59 PM , Blogger Kitty Cat said...

Quiche, YOUR name is in the credits, little lady!
i was so proud of you in that moment,
you are immortal.
that line was perfect, the silver piece one.
and i also loved the cutting of the arm while hanging from dragon to pierce his heart. what we do to those we love....
anyway, i am in New Orleans and i send love.
more soon, my sisters & L'aMMies...
xo Kitty

At 6:11 PM , Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

Kitty! I forgot you were on the road! Are you coming this way???

And many thanks, it was a lovely feeling and such a nice surprise to see my name there, SO cool of them to include me! I was proud myself.

I like the arm cutting too, glad you liked my quote! ( oops, are we Spoiling? I don't think so... ) Miss you , come home SOON!

At 11:08 PM , Blogger spacedlaw said...

Spoiling, spoiling...
Not really.
I am so glad you are happy with the results of such a long work AND that you are credited for such long work too!

I'll see if I can see it in the movies (but I am afraid it will be dubbed as they did for Stardust). Going to Paris for a couple of days (on mission), I doubt it is out there yet, but maybe Stardust still is, in which case I might be able to catch it in the original version...

At 8:22 AM , Blogger Maureen said...

I am releived to see it will be here in IMAX! Yes!

After reading Kitty's comments on how fab it looked on the huge, huge screen I was going to be irked if we didn't get the same here (we have 2 or 3 IMAX theaters - no excuse for not showing Beowulf).

At 5:31 PM , Blogger Yoga Gal said...

Because I have so many friends in the film business I always stay to read ALL the film credits. I was thrill to see your name in the credits for Beowulf. Bravo! You must be some P.A.!

At 9:50 PM , Blogger Malena said...

Can you believe Fablo and I did Beowulf review the same time? I can actually! LOVED IT.

At 4:26 AM , Blogger ivenotime said...

Beowolf led the box office this weekend - just saw that on Good Morning America, and had a pretty good review on Ebert and Roper(I think?)last night - Roper loved it and was quite funny bellowing over the other gentlemen. And how thrilling to have your name in the credits Lorraine, how so very cool! congrats! Have a great Monday all!

At 10:48 AM , Blogger ariandalen said...

::sigh:: I'll have to put up with the 2D version. The nearest IMAX is in Dallas, which is 100 miles. Not an insignificant trip when you've got a 6 year old and a 4 year old to worry with. Maybe it will still be showing in December.

And, of course you're in the credits Ms. Fabulous. :) Who else could get Boss to all his meetings within a reasonable amount of time and fewer headaches on his part? Only someone FABULOUS! :)

At 2:08 PM , Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

It did make me VERY happy. I do love being Assistant to the Boss.

Adriana, Regular theaters are showing Beowulf in Digital 3D, not just IMAX. If it just says " Beowulf " it regular, but if it says " Beowulf Digital 3D " that's the one you want. Our local Multi-plex had both versions....

At 10:09 PM , Blogger Rubius said...

Just got back from seeing Beowulf in Imax3D. It was SUPERFUN!!!! My friends and I sat in the next-to-front row and had giant goggly-eye 3D glasses. It was good and scary... we were splattered in blood, buried in coins, scorched in fire, doused in water, frozen by the crunching whirling snow, scraped by rocks and branches, stabbed by lust and terrified by the brutal raw energy on the screen and in the air before us. It was a blast!!! Anyone who hasn't yet had the pleasure.. GO SEE IT and TRY to see it in 3D! Wow, it was amazing.

We stayed to watch your name, Lorraine, and I cheered to see it.

I am not sure how much of the audience caught the humour in it but my friends and I enjoyed it tremendously.

I have to admit, while I adore the design of the dragons in RoF, I WANT to take that lovely dragon home as a pet!!! What a beautifully vicious beast. It was the best dragon flight I've ever seen. Period.

Lorraine and your wonderful Boss, be proud, you have created something GREAT, something untouchable.

At 10:20 PM , Blogger spacedlaw said...

Greetings from Paris.
No Beowulf of any kind here yet. It comes out later this week (once I am safely back in Rome, of course). Meh.

At 5:57 AM , Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

Thanks Rubius! Glad you liked it. It's funny tho, people either DO get the humour or they miss it completely.

Sapcelaw, DARN!!!! I wish we could get it to you!

At 6:07 AM , Blogger spacedlaw said...

And by that time Stardust is only in French as well...
I think I shall have to console myself with sushi and croissants.

The movie sounds great.

At 6:13 PM , Blogger Dan Guy said...

I saw it in Digital 3D on Thursday night. So great! Technologically: stunning. Script-wise: wonderful. I could say more, but I've been extolling the film at length everywhere and I'm all gushed out.

I always stay until the end just in case there are any surprises, and your name coming up was a pleasant one.

At 1:10 PM , Blogger spacedlaw said...

On the flight back from Paris tonight, I saw that the movie was out in Rome AND in the original verison in TWO cinemas! No 3D in any language apparently but knowing how bad I can be at jumping out of my seat when the action gets a bit vivacious, it is probably as well.

At 4:24 PM , Blogger Rubius said...

So happy for your Spacedlaw

At 11:14 AM , Blogger SRBissette said...

Lorraine, it was a real treat to see BEOWULF with YOU and Jen -- and my copy of MACBETH is already on its way. ROMPER STOMPER & MACBETH, the double-feature, coming to Vermont soon.

Thanks, too, for the hospitality and good company this past weekend. You rule -- but, ah, you know that.


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