Picture Perfect (1997)

Picture Perfect
Director: Glenn Gordon Caron
Writer: Arleen Sorkin, Paul Slansky, Glenn Gordon Caron
Cast: Jennifer Aniston, Jay Mohr, Kevin Bacon, Olympia Dukakis, Illeana Douglas, Kevin Dunn
Seen on: 02.10.2020

Kate (Jennifer Aniston) is a perpetual single, much to her mother’s (Olympa Dukakis) chagrin. And to be honest, Kate isn’t exactly happy about it either. She has had a crush on her coworker Sam (Kevin Bacon) since about forever, but he has always found her too nice. When she attends a friend’s wedding, she meets Nick (Jay Mohr) and since the two seem to be the only singles attending the wedding, an awkward photo is snapped of them. When Kate returns to the office, she learns that she could get a promotion – but her boss (Kevin Dunn) is unsure about her long-term perspective as she is entirely without obligations. One thing leads to another and Kate pretends that Nick is her boyfriend. This seems the perfect cover – until Nick actually shows up in her life.

Picture Perfect is one of those films I’m like 99% sure I have actually seen before, but it’s so long ago that I didn’t really remember anything about it. I probably liked it back then. Watching it now, I thought it was nice, a romcom perfectly suited to be a nice evening’s entertainment when you don’t want to think about anything much at all.

The film poster showing Kate (Jennifer Aniston) standing in the street with a yellow umbrella. It's raining, but just on her.
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Moonstruck (1987)

Director: Norman Jewison
Writer: John Patrick Shanley
Cast: Cher, Nicolas Cage, Vincent Gardenia, Olympia Dukakis, Danny Aiello, Julie Bovasso, John Mahoney, Louis Guss
Seen on: 30.12.2017

Loretta (Cher) is a bookkeeper who lives with her parents (Vincent Gardenia, Olympia Dukakis). Her boyfriend Johnny (Danny Aiello) is slightly boring, but definitely dependable. And he just proposed to Loretta. Loretta agrees to marry him but insists on following the old traditions because she is sure that her first husband died because they didn’t stick to traditions. Johnny agrees, but has to leave to go to Sicily to tend to his dying mother. In the meantime, he asks Loretta to see his brother Ronnie (Nicolas Cage) and invite him to the wedding. Loretta does so and finds a passionate, hot-headed man who turns all her plans upside down.

I can imagine that Moonstruck came across as charming when it came out, but I don’t think it aged very well. I didn’t get into it in any case.

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Cloudburst (2011)

Director: Thom Fitzgerald
Writer: Thom Fitzgerald
Cast: Olympia Dukakis, Brenda Fricker, Ryan Doucette, Kristin Booth, Jeremy Akerman
Part of: identities Festival – it will be shown again tonight (June 16)!

Stella (Olympia Dukakis) and Dot (Brenda Fricker) have been together for over 30 years, when Dot’s granddaughter Molly (Krising Booth) decides that it would be best for Dot to move to an old people’s home. Despite Stella’s protestations, she goes through with that plan. So Stella decides to break Dot out and run away with her to finally make their relationship official and get married in Canada.

Cloudburst was so very nice. And touching. And laugh out loud funny. There’s only one question that remains: why didn’t Olympia Dukakis win all of the awards?


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Answering Questions Asked Through Google XII

This is getting to easy. If this frequency keeps up, I will need to answer 10 questions a week instead of one to fill my time…

Short question #1: “was glen hansard ever married”?
Short answer: No.
Longer answer: No, Glen Hansard was never married, but he’s apparantly dating Markéta Irglová.

Short question #2: “did olympia dukakis die”?
Short answer: No.
Longer anser: No, Olympia Dukakis did not die, she’s not even retired.

Come on, people, give me a real challenge!

pure beauty

Yesterday, I went to see Away From Her.  I think I did my crying for Febuary, now.

It was very beautiful, very touching, very calm and very well done. The casting was perfect. Julie Christie was amazing (and I hope that once in my life I look as beautiful as she does now), as well as Gordon Pinsent who left me wanting him as my grandfather, he’s so cute (some people may analyse now how never knowing my own grandfathers influenced me…). And of course, Olympia Dukakis.
I’m pretty sure that it’s a romanticised view of Alzheimer’s disease but I don’t think that it was meant to be an accurate description of it, which is fine. Sometimes escapism is a wonderful thing and if I really wanted to see Alzheimer’s in all its ugliness I could go to the next hospital or other institutions. (Which I never do because I’m scared shitless that I could get it and I’m really, really grateful for every movie which doesn’t make it seem so bad. Very sad, yes, but not so bad.)

My congratulations to Sarah Polley, I think she did a wonderful job.

Btw, Auden’s Letters from Iceland quoted throughout the movie sound like a beautiful read, this goes on my wishlist.