Writer Bruce Wagner's script for David Cronenberg's Maps to the Stars is of a piece with his other work. It blends a cynical vision of people with an even darker examination of the worship of the superficial that is Hollywood life.
I was very contemplative on my recent flight home from Colorado, traveling back from a week with my Mom as we try to manage some challenges that often go along with a vibrant life that is in it's eighth decade.
Getting old and forgetting things, especially with busy lives and children, is normal. It's the realization when you begin to lose part of your vibrant self that Moore captures so poignantly.
The best art is that which holds a mirror to our lives. So if we as a society are aging, so too should the talkies. And here Hollywood teaches us one of the most critical lessons about turning global population aging into a sustainable source of economic growth.
The Academy Awards for me was a surprise, notably in that I mostly enjoyed Neil Patrick Harris' performance.
While the story is fiction, Julianne Moore's gripping portrayal of a person going through the stages of Alzheimer's disease in Still Alice is an all-too-real story faced every day by more than 5 million Americans and their caregivers. Her performance is a Hollywood reminder of why Alzheimer's research is so important.
Of course, since this is a Wachowski offering, the visuals are frequently stunning in an overwhelming manner, and scene after scene is quite entertaining. There is a problem, though, with the casting.
This was a major weekend for Oscar predictors, starting with the Directors Guild of America (DGA) Awards and wrapping up with the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) Awards. Lots of very important data came in, so let's get right to it.
I'm pleased to consistently see Alzheimer's appearing on various television shows, hear segments about it on the radio and am happy it's becoming a mainstream topic. I'm beyond proud that Remember Me came into the world at this time of realization.
Consider this -- two of the best performances of the year center around the smallest of movements, the quietest asides, the slightest shift of the eye. I'm talking about Bradley Cooper in American Sniper and Julianne Moore in Still Alice .
Everyone seems to be lining up to honor Alejandro Iñárritu's film in the month leading up to the Oscars. But does that mean the race is over? The math suggests it is not.
Dementia doesn't just affect the person who has it, it has a domino affect on the entire family -- the family members who live with it everyday and those who may just share in the journey from a distance.
That she will win the Oscar this year seems a given. And the career salute from the Museum of the Moving Image, is just the proverbial icing on the year's cake.
As always none of what has been written here should be construed as advice, except to recommend that you go and see Still Alice.
Stewart's character is the only one who can face her mother, illness and all, head-on with love, sympathy and the innate decency not to treat her any differently. Alice's relationship with Lydia is the tie that truly binds.