Tuesday, March 08, 2022

Everything You Ever Need To Know About Life...

... you can learn from: 

Gloria Bell (2018) 

Gloria: You're doing the right thing. It's gonna be fine.
Arnold: Thank you for saying that. You just may
not see how difficult this is for me.
Gloria: How can I not see you? I'm looking straight at you.

A very happy birthday to one of our favorite working directors, the Chilean wonder Sebastián Lelio, who's turning 48 years young today. It's been four full years since his last movie (the one above, a remake of his breakout 2013 film) so we're more than ready for what he's got coming up, and thankfully they seem to be piling up -- he's already finished filming The Wonder with Florence Pugh, which I told you about last May; it's an adaptation of a book about a journalist who travels to rural Ireland to check out the story of a young girl who's had some sort of medical miracle where she's survived without eating for months. The rest of the cast is to die for -- not just Ciarán Hinds and Tom Burke but when I wrote about this movie last year I wasn't yet familiar with actress Niamh Algar, but having now seen the horror flick Censor her presence is very exciting. 

PS I shared the first image of Pugh in the film right here. But wait! The Wonder is not everything! Lelio has a project lined up for after that one -- it's called Bride and it will star Scarlett Johannson and I am pretty sure I haven't mentioned that one yet even though it was announced way back in October. Apple and A24 are producing it and here's how the so-called "science-fiction drama" is described:

"“Bride” follows a woman created to be an ideal wife — the singular obsession of a brilliant entrepreneur. When she rejects her creator, she’s forced to flee her confined existence, confronting a world that sees her as a monster. While on the run, she finds her true identity, her surprising power and the strength to remake herself as her own creation."

I am sure it will be special given Lelio's involvement but this does sound a lot in its way like two previous ScarJo movies, namely Under the Skin and Lucy, doesn't it? You could also sort of say Ghost in the Shell too. She sure likes movies that have her being chased around for being different until she embraces her difference, right? Seems like a thing. Now I am picturing her in Ex Machina. Surprised she didn't steal that one from Alicia Vikander. Anyway in summation go watch a Sebastián Lelio movie tonight in the man's honor! I recommend any of them, but I am feeling like it could be a Disobedience kinda night. 

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