Reel Insight #87: Tilda Swinton

It was a rollercoaster week of watching for the chameleon that is the talented Tilda Swinton. Here's what's in store:

0:00 - Intro/Plugs/Feedback
6:50 - New Movies: The Odd Life of Timothy Green and The Bourne Legacy (Jess), and Beasts of the Southern Wild (Rachel)
15:36 - Random Topic: Do you watch potentially crappy films for actors you adore?
21:43 - Character Actor Spotlight: William Fichtner
28:31 - Star of the Week: Tilda Swinton
30:00 - Orlando
35:34 - The Deep End
41:06 - Thumbsucker
43:52 - The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
47:32 - Michael Clayton
53:16 - Julia
59:27 - Burn After Reading
1:01:56 - The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
1:03:57 - I Am Love
1:09:48 - We Need to Talk About Kevin
1:10:15 - Wrap Up

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  1. The gentleman's name is pronounced Fick-ner.

    1. Thanks for the correction. Much appreciated.

  2. Just listened to your episode on Tilda Swinton and was really impressed with all of your thoughts and views of this one of a kind actress. I first saw her in a movie called Tecknolust where she plays four distinct characters. It's a sex comedy and I found her to be very attractive.

    I never had a problem with the kid hopiing into bed when she was nude in "Julia" because the scene was never played in a sexual or erotic tone. Besides it's not like the kid was naked too. The transition at the end was the arch of that character from thinking only of her self to finally thinking of others and I enjoyed her performance very much.

    Your thoughts on "Michael Clayton" and "The Narnia" movies makes me want to check those out again. All in all a great show. Look forward to the next entry.

    1. I first saw Tilda in The Beach, and though it wasn't a particularly great film, I was immediately impressed by this oddly androgynous woman who ruled their tiny island commune and demanded sex whenever she wanted from whomever she wanted. Crazy stuff.

      As for the bed scene in Julia, I just found it odd. I know it was a bonding moment with nothing sexual intended, but I wouldn't even do that with my own child who's much younger. Maybe that's just me.

  3. Okay, just catching up on the last few eps. Audrey Hepburn is a big blind spot on my movie watching resume. I saw Breakfast at Tiffany's years ago, but that's about it. You retrospective has me anxious to see more.

    Tommy Lee Jones? I like him but (and you sort of hint at it) he's the same character ad nauseum. With the exception of JFK, it's the same demeanor and line delivery time and again. He's more of a character actor to me than anything.

    Tilda's been more diverse, but I've honestly never been all that impressed with her. She's fine in everything she's in, but she never stands out for me.

    On the classic film discussion, I run a classic film blog so the answer for me would be pretty obvious. I'll admit i was surprised by Rachel's answer: based on your theme song alone I would have thought you both were classic film buffs! That said, please don't give up on the classic actors yet. In fact, I would love to go through Buster Keaton's filmography with you both (hint, hint).

    Keep up the good work!

    1. Thanks, Pat! Lots of great points here that we'll definitely go over in the feedback of the next episode.

      As for classic film, I think my fundamental issue is with the grouping of all films released before a certain time being lumped into one rather vague genre, when they are all different. Of course most of them have a similar style and feel and that's why they are grouped that way, I suppose, but I could love a suspense thriller abd not a screwball comedy, but they're both simply considered "classics."


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