With a Love,
a Match and a Point!
Maven and The Blonde
Wimbledon is an engaging, sports-centered,
romantic comedy. This film is brought to us by the
brilliant comedy filmmakers of Four Weddings and a
Funeral, Notting Hill, Love Actually and Bridget Jones
Wimbledon begins with Peter Colt—played
by Paul Bettany (A Knight’s Tale, A Beautiful Mind)—a
31-year-old gentleman who seems to start out low on his
luck and who truly takes the term “love-love” to be his
final goal. Peter appears to be past his prime, seeded
11 in the tennis ranks, and has slipped to an all time
low, ranked number 119. Before throwing in the towel to
a disappointing job as a tennis instructor of aging
society women, he decides to reach for the stars one
last, thirteenth time. Never wanting to look back with
regret, he goes for his dream of tennis stardom in hopes
of winning England’s tennis crown, Wimbledon. As luck
would finally have it, Peter miraculously scores a wild
card position, allowing him to play at this grand event
known as Wimbledon (hence the original title).
Enter Lizzie Bradbury, played by the adorable
Kirsten Dunst (Spiderman, Mona Lisa Smile). Lizzie is
the American rising tennis star, the “tuff-girl” darling
of the international tennis “SET.” She is in England to
play her very first Wimbledon. Nothing short of a win is
even a possible consideration for this young,
strong-willed, goal-oriented, focused athlete. She has
never had the choice to be another other than the best,
as she has been pushed to the extreme by her
coach/father, Dennis Bradbury played by Sam Neill
Another dimension is then added to
the script. Yes, you grand-slammed it; boy Peter meets
girl Lizzie and tennis balls fly. Love happens… Their
instant attraction is love, match and set at first
sight! With the combination of newfound luck, romance,
“Eye of the Tiger” on-court determination and will,
Peter works his way up the tournament players’ ranks.
Lizzie becomes his game’s inspiration and fire. The love
affair complicates Lizzie’s life and game, and creates
problems with her overzealous father, however. As for
the newly energized Peter, he actually has a chance to
realize his life’s dream: winning the men’s singles
title. Does he? Doesn’t he? Do Peter and Lizzie wind up
together? Only the movie viewer knows for sure! Go see
for yourselves! P.S. you will love the complete closure
at the end of the movie!
Blonde: I want to begin by saying how cute both Kirsten
and I look in a tennis outfit! Wimbledon was like
Underdog meets a tennis Rocky, meets a tennis version of
Miracle meets Billy Jean King, Chris Everett, Jimmy
Connor meets Romeo and Juliet. Shakespeare really seems
to have his hand in every possible story. Lizzie had the
on-court attitude of John McEnroe and Peter reminded me
of Boris Becker. I did like the novelty of Chris Everett
and John McEnroe being the announcers. By the way,
Maven, don’t you just love British people? They are so
dignified and civilized. If they taped the Jerry
Springer show in England, there would not be anybody in
the audience! I also noticed that all the men have the
most perfect noses…an important movie observation! In
addition, why does Kirsten always pick roles that have
her falling in love with a character named Peter?
Maven: Blonde, they may not have a trashy Jerry
Springer, but they do have the vicious lady on The
Weakest Link, if that makes you feel any better.
Finally, a movie is made about nice people who have good
things happen to them…it would be nice if it happened
more in real life.
Blonde: True! Ya know, I just don’t understand the
younger generation today. Maybe I’m just getting older,
but they meet, have fish and chips, and, ten minutes
later, jump into bed! By the way, I did think Peter’s
practice partner, Dieter Prohl, played by Nikolaj
Coster-Waldau, was a real hunk of a guy! He is
“soooo” my type. I wonder if he would like to go out for
some fish and chips with me!
Maven: First of all, I’ve known you most of your
life, so please tell me, when have you ever played
tennis to have an adorable outfit?
Blonde: I don’t play tennis. I just bought the outfit
because it was cute!
Maven: Okay then, maybe if you wear that cute tennis
outfit you are referring to, Nikolaj might invite you to
have fish and chips with him. Just please don’t wear
that thong under it—the one that you bought at
Frederick’s of Hollywood in Las Vegas, against my
Blonde: Hey, I love that thong! I also loved the proper
English tea scene with the obnoxious agent. Oh, how I
love having fresh brewed tea and scones with jam, tiny
cucumber sandwiches, and a tart at the Inn on the Park
Hotel in London. It is all so totally proper and
English…Which reminds me, I haven’t stopped thinking
about the tender rump roast you made for me the other
night! It was really fab! Have you been watching Ted on
“Queer Eye for the Straight Guy”?
Maven: When you were referring to the obnoxious agent,
isn’t that an oxymoron? And… what does my rump roast
have to do with this film? And no; it was a Martha
Stewart recipe! Enough with my roast! Dunst and Bettany
went through painstaking hours training with a tennis
instructor to be authentic and prepare for all the court
scenes. As a result, all of the tennis playing was
technically accurate and very realistic. They made sense
visually and dramatically. Tennis is not a team sport.
Wimbledon evokes the loneliness of a sport where
everything depends on one moment in time and what you do
Blonde: I don’t know, maybe it was the guy’s cute rump
that reminded me of your tender rump roast! By the way,
I thought that the sweet but strong Lizzie and the
insecure but tender Peter made a terrific on-screen
couple. I found a real chemistry between them. It was a
perfectly cast film. I must add that I adore all the
films by this production group. All their movies are
human, both real and fairytale-ish, sweet, romantic,
witty with complete “no-guessing necessary” endings.
Maven: This wasn’t a great film, but it was warm and
fulfilling to watch. Paul Bettany proves he can carry a
movie. He showed a wide range of emotions, and I
thoroughly enjoyed his performance. Though I think Dunst
is a fine actress, I feel that she simply coasted
through this film. In my opinion, her finest work was in
the movie Crazy Beautiful. I rate this a B.
Blonde: Although this film was trite, simple, and so
very predictable in every way, I still enjoyed it all.
It’s always nice to just sit back, relax and watch young
innocent love at the movies. “Oh, that great to be in
love feeling!” Too bad it never worked out for me. It
just gave me heartburn and headaches. Wouldn’t it be
nice if we all could have a happily ever after?
This is a great afternoon movie with the girls. I
rate Wimbledon a B- and I suggest you snack on lots of
Hershey Kisses, English Toffee and popcorn. You might
want to go to an English pub for a beer or a spot of hot
tea on the way home. By the way, if you would like the
Maven’s rump roast recipe, write in and ask!
Captain and the World of Tomorrow:
What a World,
What a World!
the very forward looking year of 1939, this futuristic
past timeline film is nothing short of a terrific, fun,
fantasy flight of filmmaking at its magical best. It is
an original extravaganza film decorated with wonder and
imagination. In the exciting first few minutes of this
film, a zeppelin on its maiden voyage named the
Hindenburg III docks at the top of the Empire State
Building. It has been discovered that world famous
scientists around the globe have mysteriously
disappeared. Sky captain, Joe Sullivan, portrayed by
Jude Law (Cold Mountain), the unstoppable hard driving,
boyish-looking ace aviator and leader of his own private
air-force, is called by the authorities to stop the
chaos brought on by the 10-story-tall, walking,
faceless, metal, mechanical, monsters that attack the
city. Later he is confronted by flying robots who
promise to attack the entire world and are geared with
death rays. The “world of tomorrow” is the masterminded
work of a mad scientist, the evil Dr.
Totenkopf, played by Laurence Oliver—(Are you
kidding, we really have to name one of his films?) The
mad, bad, genius doctor hopes to destroy the world of
today in order to create world domination for his world
All this eventually leads Joe back into
the life of his old flame of three years ago, glamorous
metro-reporter for New York’s Chronicle, Polly Perkins,
portrayed by Oscar-winner Gwyneth Paltrow (New mommy,
Ben Affleck’s ex, Brad Pitt’s ex, Blythe Danner’s
daughter and, oh yeah, Shakespeare in Love and Emma).
Together on the investigation of the lost scientists,
the duo risks their lives as they travel around the
world trying to find the connection between these robots
and the scientists. Sky Captain hopes to save the world,
and Polly hopes to get the big story.
Franky Cook, played by the gorgeous Angelina Jolie (Tomb
Raider, Beyond Borders, Billy Bob Thornton’s ex and Jon
Voight’s daughter), yet another ex-affair of Joe’s, who
aids the fearless couple. Jolie is the essence of cool.
She is the one-eyed daredevil and commander of her own
flying fleet, the amphibious squadron. Let’s not forget
how great she looks in leather and an eye patch. She
also adds sexual tension to the triangle.
last hero who helps Captain Joe and Polly's struggle is
the inventor and aide, Dex, played by Giovanni Ribisi
(The Other Sister, Basic). Will the world be destroyed?
Will the mad doctor become un-mad? Will Angelina reveal
to us if her lips are real or collagen? Will Gwyneth
tell us how she lost all the baby weight? Will Gwyneth,
after naming her first-born child Apple, name her second
child Mango or even Kiwi? We are all holding our breath,
folks. Only you can find out these answers by going to
Blonde: Sky Captain is like Buck Rogers meets Star Wars
meets Lois Lane meets King Kong and Indiana Jones, meets
War of the Worlds and The Wizard of Oz, all wrapped up
into a Casablanca style, era and wardrobe. This film was
exhilarating to watch, as it was filled with
action-packed special effects, and digital illusion.
Look out David Copperfield. Just a bit of movie info:
there were no sets or locations in the filming of this
movie. The entire film was shot against a blue screen.
It’s hard to believe that fact as you watch it. Hey
Maven, why does the end of the world attack always
happen in New York?
Maven: How the heck would I know? I’m a Florida girl!
But I do know that this is a fun movie where the plot
isn’t the focus as much as the look and technique.
Halfway between black and white sepia, there is the
richness of color with the nostalgic quality of an old
Blonde: Sepia? What the heck is a sepia? A drink between
popcorn bites for an Italian?
Maven: If you don’t know what sepia means, than I know
you won't know what Totenkopf—the name of the mad
Blonde: Yes, everybody knows that it’s a piece of burnt
Maven: Well, to the rest of the real world, it means
dead head in German…
Blonde: Burnt toast, dead head, same thing! Man, that
Jolie has some unstoppable lips. Doesn’t she? She
doesn’t even need any lipstick to enhance them! And tell
me please, how does she look so thin in leather? You
know you have reached super stardom status when you only
have a bit part in a film and you’re the only one on the
whole advertising movie poster, even though there are
four other major stars.
Maven: It wasn’t the lips or the leather. It is
the sexy eye patch that sells. Maybe I’ll run out
tomorrow and get one myself.
Blonde: One more patchless observation I found to be
both amazing and disturbing. How did everybody look so
perfect while the world was coming to an end in all
those scenes? No makeup smudges, no sweat, no wrinkled
clothing. I looked like hell just boarding up and
preparing for the hurricane. Maven, didn’t you just love
Gwyneth’s long, blonde, silky hair, even though it’s not
her real hair. That ‘40's look was great for
The Maven: I agree, she really
did look hot in this film. I do want that lipstick that
they used on Gwyneth. It never thinned, smeared or came
off, even after she was face-down in the ice and
The Blonde: Do you find yourself
face-down in ice and asleep often?
Maven: No! I have my own problems. I live in Florida,
where I find myself face-down in the sand at the beach,
sweating my lipstick off!
Blonde: I thought the usage and the playing with
lighting was fabulous and very effective. The music
score also enhanced and complimented each scene.
Maven: At least they had light to play with. I was
without electricity for six days after Frances! Now that
I am done complaining, here’s an interesting movie fact:
Not only did Jude Law have a hand in producing Sky
Captain, but so did his wife, Sadie Frost!
Blonde: How nice for them! I never found it possible to
work side by side with any one of my
Maven: Apparently neither did Jude, for they have
divorced since the making of the film…
Blonde: See, it doesn’t work! I enjoyed the witty
banter, sarcasm, sexual tension and chemistry between
Polly and Joe. It worked. They held the movie together.
I also thought it was very cool how they used the angle
of making the old-fashioned past and its look combined
with a futuristic world.
Maven: The friendly sparring between Joe and Polly are
reminiscent of Tracy and Hepburn.
Blonde: Or, Bush and Kerry!
Maven: Speaking of Kerry, director/writer Kerry Conran’s
frequent one-liners are excellent at providing comic
relief where it’s needed. If you’re looking for a movie
full of joy and lightness, then this is your movie. I
rate it a B. It’s good for the whole family. No sex and
no cursing, but I still enjoyed it!
Blonde: Although there was far too much cliché dialogue
for my taste, and I don’t think an older audience would
enjoy this film, I did enjoy it. I rate Sky Captain a B
as well. I recommend eating Snow Caps as there were many
snowy scenes to put your taste buds in the
Moviegoers: If you have the time, don’t miss the
surprisingly terrific suspense film, Cellular. It’s an
“A” movie that will keep you biting your nails. Great
excuse for a color change!
Again: If you happen to like scary, somewhat gory films,
you won’t want to forget to see Resident Evil
Apocalypse. No budget spared here! It’s a great flick
for scary entertainment. Also an “A” rating for a scary
film. Great for a full moon Halloween
1. Angelina Jolie as Franky,
Jude Law as Sky Captain and Gwyneth Paltrow as Polly in
Paramount Pictures’ Sky Captain and the World of
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