This past weekend was, to use The Peepster's phraseology, ridiculously, retardedly, and stupidly hot with temps rising to a heat index of 114 on Monday. Shannon and I only have one window unit in our bedroom, so we holed up in there for most of it, leaving only to play tennis in the early morning before it got too hot, use the washroom, or to grab an icy drink from the fridge.
We watched alot of tellie.
We subscribe to Netflix (rant on Intelliflix to follow), but we were a day too late in mailing out our movies so we only had Batman, The Animated Series and The Complete Dennis Leary - neither of which we were in the mood to watch. So we trecked out on Saturday, randomed to our neighborhood independent video store Dark Star Video on Lincoln just south of Montrose, and picked up three films to get us through the dog day afternoons, evenings, and mornings - Little Fish, The Libertine, and The Heist.
The Heist was okay. I love a good Hackman flick, and it's a Mamet on top of it, but the ending was weak, and the actress playing his wife (Rebecca Pidgeon, also in State and Main) was supposed to come off as mysterious, but came off in the end as vacuous, which was disappointing as her character was great until the end.
Little Fish with Cate Blanchett was anything but a feel good film, but it was really well acted, with Blanchett as a recovered heroin addict who's past comes back to haunt her. After 4 years of being clean, she finds herself tempted time and time again to take up the needle and spoon as after suddenly half the people she loves - some from her present and one from her past - are using.
Finally, the Libertine. Johnny Depp and John Malkovich in a 17th century period piece - who could ask for more??? Depp plays John, the 2nd Earl of Rochester, and Malkovich plays King Charles II who tries to get Rochester to show his support for the monarchy by taking his place in the House of Lords and using his talent to write brilliant shiny things about him.
(Oops, I apologize - that was actually a picture of Rupert Everett playing Charles II in Stage Beauty - a film I HIGHLY recommend. Here's Malkovich in one of my all time favorite movies, and here he is in another.)
Shannon and I agree that Malkovich must have secretly wished to play the part of the libertine, the Earl of Rochester, as it wasn't a far cry from his role as Vicomte Sébastien de Valmont in Dangerous Liaisons. The acting was superb, but this is truly a drama with very little levity. "I don't want you to like me" John (Depp) warns us before the film begins. Then he asks at the end, "Do you like me now?" You truly don't know how to respond. He's been SUCH a bastard throughout the film, but at the end of his life he himself goes through so much of the pain he's caused others, you almost feel sorry for him.
Again, the acting is wonderful. You pick up early on, before any of the physical symptoms exhibit themselves, that Rochester has syphillis. Depp doesn't overact the addled brain syphillis causes, but there's just a touch of oddity there in the beginning that you wonder...then it gets a bit more pronounced....then a bit more....then his nose falls off and AHA! I KNEW he had it! I knew it all along!
I'll never eat again.
Wonderful diet plan, by the way.
Unlike most of Depp's characters who can look sexy even if it looks like they haven't bathed in weeks, or haven't slept in a few weeks, or they have long, blonde hair, or they have long red hair, or they wear boas, or maybe they have sharp pointy surgical instruments for hands, The Libertine, though he starts off gorgeous, ends up looking a little less than hot:
Teach your kids safe sex folks.