Friday, December 30, 2005

Esprit d'escalier

Had I seen King Kong and Match Point in time for the Voice film poll, I might have commented on how both Naomi Watts's Ann Darrow and Scarlett Johansson's Nola Rice are struggling actresses . . . how "monstrous" fates await them . . . something like that!

Watts is very good as a vaudevillean down on her luck; her "audition" for Kong (the creature) is pretty great, and brought to mind her incredible audition scene in Mulholland Drive.

In SJ's case — her performance seemed a bit off (not fatally so), but perhaps we can excuse this as a sort of a vertiginous/mirroring form-follows-function thing — the acting's not bad, see, it's that she's *playing* a bad actress . . .

Dizzyheads: Speaking of Match Point, what are the great tennis movies?


Blogger Akiva said...

Some memorable tennis scenes:

Strangers on a Train - As the spectators turn their heads back and forth to follow the action, Hitchcock's camera zeroes in on Bruno (Robert Walker), staring straight ahead at his prey with a sly grin on his face. Chilling.

Blow-Up - If they pretend the ball exists, does it then exist? Antonioni cuts from a mime tennis game (played with rackets, sans ball) to a shot of his disaffected protagonist, who retrieves the mimes' lost "ball" and (as a result?) disintegrates into thin air.

The Royal Tenenbaums - You know this one.

The Squid and the Whale - "Me and Mom versus you and Dad."

11:45 AM  
Blogger Ed Park said...

All of these are *great*!

I just thought of another Scarlett/tennis movie, the not bad IN GOOD COMPANY. Well, it's not a tennis movie per se, but I remember there is some tennis played.

—Me and Mom Versus You and Dad and Everyone We Know

1:32 PM  

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