Sunday, March 26, 2017

plato's cave twenty one (being a film journal) mike leigh

mike leigh - all or nothing - 2002

the films of mike leigh part five

"it's about love and passions and coping on a low income." mike leigh on mike leigh.

along with mr. turner, this film is (among other things) a collaboration with the great actor timothy spall. his character in this film ranks with leigh's best. mr. spall has made his mark in profound ways in many good and mediocre films, his actorshippe is beyond compare. other notable performances by him are as peter pettigrew in the harry potter films, as winston churchill in the kings speech, and in sweeney todd: the demon barber of fleet street.

timothy spall
"if it hadn't have happened, you might have driven...
around the next corner and killed a little kid.
it's what's-its-name, fickle finger of fate.
if you knew what was gonna happen to you...
when you woke up in the morning, you'd never get out of bed.
that's life.
the old clock ticks, world turns around...
tide comes in, tide goes out. you're born, you die. that's it."

"phil (spall's character) suffers from being a romantic and a person with an imagination" mike leigh on mike leigh

other mike leigh films :
- home sweet home from bbc1 play for today tv - 1982
- life is sweet - 1990
- secrets & lies - 1996
- topsy-turvy - 1999
- mr. turner - 2014

lesley manville
other mike leigh films :
- grown-ups from bbc2 playhouse tv - 1980
- high hopes - 1988
- secrets & lies - 1996
- topsy-turvy - 1999
- vera drake - 2004
- another year - 2010
- mr. turner - 2014

paul jesson
other mike leigh films :
- home sweet home from bbc1 play for today tv - 1982
- vera drake - 2004
- mr. turner - 2014, as william turner snr

marion bailey
other mike leigh films :
- meantime - 1984
- vera drake - 2004
- mr. turner - 2014, as mr. turner's lover sophia booth

sam kelly
as sid, "sweatin' like a pig ain't i?"
image 2 "tell me again how lucky i am to work here"

other mike leigh films :
- who's who from play for today tv - 1979
- grown-ups from bbc2 playhouse tv - 1980
- topsy-turvy - 1999
- mr. turner - 2014

helen coker
other mike leigh films :
- vera drake - 2004

alison garland
her only mike leigh film

timothy bateson
as harold, this is his only mike leigh film

sally hawkins
other mike leigh films :
- vera drake - 2004
- happy-go-lucky - 2008, her leading role with leigh, a stunning performance

ben crompton
his only mike leigh film, known for eddison tollett in game of thrones

alex kelly
neurotic women in cab

other mike leigh films :
- vera drake - 2004


alan williams
as drunk guy in cab

other mike leigh films :
- vera drake - 2004


gary mcdonald & diveen henry
as neville, cab company owner and sister
her only mike leigh film, other leigh films with mcdonald:
- secrets & lies - 1996

daniel mays
as the right bastard "i don't wanna talk, i wanna shag" and many other despicable things

other mike leigh films :
- vera drake - 2004

ruth sheen
other mike leigh films :
- high hopes - 1988
- secrets & lies - 1996
- vera drake - 2004
- another year - 2010
- mr. turner - 2014

peter taylor
as the mc, his only film, only mike leigh film

martin savage, dorothy atkinson, and heather craney
as silent cab passengers

other mike leigh films with  martin savage :
- topsy-turvy - 1999
- vera drake - 2004
- another year - 2010
- mr. turner - 2014
with dorothy atkinson :
- topsy-turvy - 1999
- mr. turner - 2014, as turner housekeeper hannah danby
with heather craney :
- topsy-turvy - 1999
- vera drake - 2004

joe tucker
as fare dodger

other mike leigh films :
- secrets & lies - 1996
- career girls - 1997

edna doré
other mike leigh films :
- high hopes - 1988
- another year - 2010

cinematography by dick pope

other mike leigh films :
- life is sweet - 1990
- naked - 1993
- secrets & lies - 1996
- career girls - 1997
- topsy-turvy - 1999
- vera drake - 2004
- happy-go-lucky - 2008
- another year - 2010
- mr. turner - 2014

music - andrew dickson
other mike leigh films :
- meantime - 1984
- high hopes - 1988
- naked - 1993
- secrets & lies - 1996
- vera drake - 2004

Saturday, March 25, 2017

being hercules segers

hercules segers (dutch, ca. 1590 - ca. 1638)

for the very small number of coszwaxes initiated into pre-abstraction...... i am drunk on it, but really... what the heck, this stuff is lovely