Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Hollywood Icon: Cate Blanchett

Why it has taken me so long to write a post on this woman.  I'll never know.  Not only is she one of the best actresses we have around right now, but she is also drop dead sexy.  Yeah that's right I said it.  She is very sexy.  Next to her, Margot Robbie,Naomi Watts, and Nicole Kidman.  She is one of the sexiest Australian actresses(well the only ones I can think of) around right now. I would even put her in the same ranks as other classic movie starlets like Audrey Hepburn, Barbara Stanwyk, and Katherine Hepburn.   For which she has won an Oscar for portraying her in "The Aviator".  Her most recent performance in Woody Allen's latest "Blue Jasmine" has garnered another nomination (making it now five) and hopefully a second win.  The following tribute will look back at a few of the movies she has made in her long outstanding career.  I'm not going to post a review of everything that she has done, but trust me.  It's a damn good list.  I'm mainly trying to post the ones where she was one of the main leads.  Or had a real memorable cameo at least.

Elizabeth. 1999

This was not her first role, but certainly the one that got her noticed among most film fans that year. This was her first starring role and already she gets an Oscar nomination.  Gotta give some respect to that.  Her portrayal of the iconic queen during her younger years was something I have never seen before.It showed how emotionally tough it was for her to do the best for her country while being hated by everyone who works for her. I'm not good with politics, but I'm pretty sure this is how Barack Obama feels with his staff right now.  It's a really good performance that she followed up in 2007 with "Elizabeth:The Golden Age".  I never saw that, so I'm moving on to the next feature.

The Gift. 2000

Directed by Sam Raimi.  This one went on to be called "That movie where you see Katie Holmes tits". Just to be clear, those tits you see are dead ones, and are not erotic in any sense.  The movie stars Cate Blanchett as a psychic who is investigating the disappearance of a missing girl.  There is a lot of really good supporting characters in this one including Keanu Reeves as the abusive husband to Hillary Swank's character. Yeah the mystery itself wasn't that difficult to solve, but this was still a solid movie.  Plus it showed that Miss Blanchett could lead  in a studio picture.

Lord of The Rings Trilogy. 2001, 2002, 2003

Her role in this is very small, but she does play a key part in Frodo's quest to return the ring back to Mordoor.  Plus she does look nice in those elf ears.

Coffee and Cigarettes. 2003

Miss Blanchett appears by her self in two very different roles in the short "Cousins" from Jim Jarmusch's "Coffee and Cigarettes". It's about the meeting between a successful actress named Cate(no relation) and her slacker cousin Shelly.  I watch this one just to remind myself at how brilliant she is at her craft.   This girl doesn't need any one else to make a scene interesting or good.  Hell I would watch an entire movie that had Cate Blanchett playing every role in it.  If you would like to see part of this scene. Click on the name of the highlighted title.

The Aviator. 2004

The role she ends up winning the Oscar is the one where she plays another Oscar winner.  Miss Blanchett's performance of Katherine Hepburn is not just an impersonation, but an actualization.  I have only seen a few of Miss Hepburn's earlier films, and the way Miss Blanchett can achieve the same voice and mannerisms is really quite astounding.  I'm very curious to see her play other famous celebrities now.

I'm Not There. 2007

Well, would you look at that.  It looks like I got my wish.  In this very short segment from Todd Haynes feature.  She is essentially playing Bob Dylan, and just like Katherine Hepburn in "The Aviator".  She gives some real weight to this character that the other ones in this could never pull off quite as well. She just seems to be one of those actresses that either goes all in or doesn't even bother jumping.  If a movie on my life was being made tomorrow.  I would seriously consider Miss Blanchett to portray me, and she would do a fantastic job.  Unfortuantley, my chances would be better finding a homeless bum, but I can never get their agents on the phone.

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. 2008

Reteaming with Brad Pitt after the grueling "Babel"(not grueling like in a bad movie, but one where I felt.  emotionally drained afterwards). She stars in this off kiltered fable about a man who ages backwards.  Director David Fincher presents a story that shows it doesn't matter which way your life is headed.  As long as you enjoy as much of it as you can.  I'll admit that does sound kind of hokey, but I don't care.  I was completely charmed by this movie.  Even though this story focuses more on Benjamin(Brad Pitt). It's Daisy(Cate Blanchett) who best represents the audience.  We get to witness a lot of what this man discovers through her eyes.  

Hanna.  2011

In this stylized action thriller from Joe Wright.  Cate Blanchett portrays a ruthless government bureaucrat on the hunt for a young assassin named Hanna(Saoirse Ronan).  The Wicked Queen from "Snow White" would be the best way to describe her character.  After all, she does shoot the girl's mother and grandmother to get info on where to find her.  That shit is pretty cold. (Click on link to read the full review)

Blue Jasmine.  2013

Woody Allen's latest is being nominated for best original screenplay, and best actress for Cate Blanchett.  This is a really bitter sweet performance of a woman who has been taking care of her whole life by other people. When her husband gets arrested for bank fraud.  She has to move in with her sister and gets quite the wake up call.  No longer can she just rely on others to take care of her.  She has to do things herself, and while you may consider that to be somewhat vain on her part.  Remember that she has never done that before.  It's a character that I thought was pathetic at first, but as it went on.  I found her to be a bit more tragic.  (Click on link to read the full review)

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  1. She's great! I remember reading somewhere that she might actually be the successor to Maryl Streep in terms of delivering powerful performances every single time. And yeah, she is beautiful! Every time I see LOTR, I can't help but believe she's an actual elf!

    1. She has barely aged in the last few years. Still looks stunning, Yeah agree with whoever wrote she is a successor to Maryl Streep. Even if I don't like a movie she is in. I will like her. Thanks for the comment

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