It’s the awards season, so let’s make this Notebook Pages edition about movies, shall we? I have only seen a few of the movies nominated to the Golden Globes (in various categories), set to take place this Sunday, so I really can not share any opinionated preferences, except that I stick to my view that Rosamund Pike delivered one of the very best performances of the year in Gone Girl (you really don’t have to see all the roles to appreciate a great part when you see it). What I would also like to add is that I am far more drawn to contemporary subjects (Gone Girl – I am about to start reading the book, too, Wild, directed by Jean-Marc Vallée, who also directed Dallas Buyers Club, my favourite film of last year, or the black comedy Birdman) rather than World War II or Martin Luther King themes (I don’t deny they are good, but I would like to see more diversity on the cinema scene). And I am not at all interested in watching Cake, for example, from the simple reason that this kind of intense drama is not my cup of tea at all. I look for something else in movies.
• I’ve been long looking forward to the third season of House of Cards. Here is a little teaser with the amazing on-screen couple Robin Wright and Kevin Spacey (both nominated to the Golden Globes for their roles).
• I am currently watching Oliver Stone’s series, The Untold History of the United States, a re-examination of some of the under-reported and darkest parts of American modern history. The story is told in Oliver Stone’s own characteristic bold and cerebral manner and it can open the eyes to many who rarely care to look further than the official versions of the events.
• Good bye, Rod Taylor. The actor, whose most known role was Tippi Hedren’s love interest Mitch Brenner in Hitchcock’s The Birds, was 84. His last role was that of Winston Churchill in Quentin Tarantino’s Inglourious Basterds (2009).
• Paris pays tribute to Marilyn Monroe with the exhibition L’inoubliable Marilyn at Galerie de l’Instant, until February 25.
• The Film Foundation is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year. Thank you for the wonderful work you are doing.
• This is one dress I would love to see on the red carpet at the Golden Globes.
Have a great weekend!
collage by me; photos, clockwise from top left: 1-Wild film poster | Fox Searchlight Pictures, Pacific Standard / 2-Birdman film poster | production credits / 3-Gone Girl film poster | production credits