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In the "SVU" episode which aired this past Tuesday, Elliot explained Dr. Huang's unavailability to consult on a case by saying he was "on assignment in Washington".  At the time I thought it was just an excuse to shake things up a bit by introducing a female psychologist/ex-police officer who would serve as a potential love interest for the newly-separated Elliot, and who would spark some jealousy in Olivia.  Okay, true enough as far as it goes, but am I the last person to find out that B.D. Wong is on hiatus from the show because he's doing Stephen Sondheim's "Pacific Overtures" on Broadway???  I'm a great Sondheim fan, so how did I miss this news?  The first I knew about it was on my commuter bus this morning when I turned to the "Weekend Arts" section of The New York Times and found a huge picture of Wong on the front page ...

At least I'm a bit more in the know about current film releases.  Closer (Clive Owen, Jude Law, Natalie Portman, Julia Roberts) opens today, and is on my "must-see" list for this weekend.  With Owen and Law, two of my three favorite actors (Jeremy Irons rounds out the triumvirate), in a film, how can I stay away?  The Times review is reasonably good.  In talking about the work done here by Owen and Law (msdaccxx , take note), the reviewer says:

  •      This places an enormous burden on the actors, who must in effect forge personalities out of thin air and vague language.  The only one who succeeds is Mr. Owen, whose volcanic charisma is hedged -- and to some extent subverted -- by a flash of rugged wit.  Faced with such a rival, Mr. Law wisely declines to defend the "Sexiest Man Alive" title recently conferred on him by the discerning folks at People magazine.  Instead, he dismantles the smooth, ingratiating persona that has brought him to the brink of being a movie star and in the process reclaims his legitimacy as a nimble and clever actor.

The word that always comes to my mind when I think of Clive Owen is "smouldering", but "volcanic charisma" works too.  *lol*

There's an embarrassment of film riches to choose from this weekend.  In addition to Closer, there's Jean-Luc Godard's Notre Musique, Zhang Yimou's House of Flying Daggers, Jean-Pierre Jeunet's A Very Long Engagement, and a small first film called Easy, which happens to star a certain Iraqi plane crash survivor who's presently dealing with polar bears on an unidentified Pacific island ...

Why do I think the housework isn't going to get done?  *g* 


Dec. 3rd, 2004 10:28 am (UTC)
Jean-Pierre Jeunet's A Very Long Engagement
Wonderful. Just... wonderful.