Tragedy struck us through our worldwide connections and in our own
personal, creative bones. We felt the shattering pain and anguish.
Many areas of the world are in our thoughts and prayers.
Please allow me to cheer you up with some ‘pieces’ of France being
shown on display here for all of us to view. . .
Go Henri Matisse:
This may not be appropriate but there is beauty to celebrate still.
The Museum of Modern Art has a fantastic collection of Henri
Matisse’s last pieces of artwork. The curator of MOMA gave us
a glimpse of the fine examples of his cutting with scissors and
designs. These were made at the end of his 84 years in life, when
he had become nearly an invalid, not venturing out very often
into the world. The curator told CBS Sunday Morning reporter,
Matisse continued sharing and
expressing himself through:
“Reducing colors to the essentials.”
Later, the curator who is giving a tour of the new exhibit of
Henri Matisse, lets us know where she stands about those who
may be stuck inside,
“An artist should never be a prisoner . . . or set away from the
Do you remember making mosaics out of cut paper? Do you
also remember how much fun it was to fold a paper in half
and produce a heart or a pumpkin?
I remember how wonderful it was to make little cuts into the
heart and make it become quite detailed and adding scrolls
and curlicues. Try this with red or pink paper, making the
same kind of cuts you made while creating snowflakes.
One of the major cut paper works Matisse made was of a
great big mural of swimmers, some were diving, others
intertwined and still others, heading off into the pool of
water, solitary gymnasts.
Henri Matisse grew up bin the textile district of France.
Some of his cuttings became ones out of thin, sheer fabrics.
He hired assistants to pin the cut paper or fabric pieces up on plain
sheets of paper, giving directions to how they should be arranged.
There are black and white photographs capturing the over seventy-
year old man starting and planning this new way of expressing
himself, having put down the paintbrushes by this time.
Henri Matisse’s paper designs were incorporated into a lovely book
called, “Jazz” which if full of jazz musicians and musical notes. He
was commissioned to produce images that the onlooker becomes
absorbed into, viewing players and instruments of the musical
scene. You can almost hear the jazz notes and rhythms through
the flow of the brightly colored impressionistic designs. They are
modern and yet, so timeless found in the 1947 book. In the 1985
and 2003 editions, with fewer artistic representations, are ones
which were introduced by famous people. The circus and theater
were also influential in his imaginative portrayals of musicians.
Go Golden Globes:
I won’t tell you who will look the most beautiful nor will I
concentrate on the two amusing and beautiful hostesses for
this grand affair. I will tell you my personal favorite movies
and the song I will hope to hear winning Best Song. I will
choose the best actor and actress in both the dramatic film
arena and the always odd combination of comedic/musical
Best Actor in a Dramatic Film Role~
**I would hope that Eddie Redmayne would win this Best Actor
Golden Globe award.
“Theory of Everything” has the fine skill of transforming Eddie
Redmayne into a very debilitated Stephen Hawking. It is a very
upbeat and triumphant movie and Eddie’s ability to make you
believe he is actually suffering from ALS is incredible.
Although there are many worthy actors for this category, I felt
portraying Stephen Hawking in a believable manner was the
most challenging character role to fulfill.
If I were to choose others, “Selma” leading actor David Oyelowo,
Benedict Cumberbash would also get ‘nods’ from me.
Best Actress in a Dramatic Film Role~
Many would say Rosamund Pike is the one who really created
an eerie rendition of the main character in, “Gone Girl.” I would
agree she really portrayed this despicable character well.
I would also like to say if Amy Adams had not just won last year’s
award, (she was nominated for two movies last year) for “American
Hustle,” she may deserve this honor for the movie, “Big Eyes.”
I have not seen Julianne’s double movie roles in “Still Alice” and
“Maps to the Stars” but just watched her in the 2013 movie, “What
Maisie Knew,” which was a four star movie role. She played an out
of control musician from a rock band, who loves her daughter,
Maisie. The character is not able to grasp what is needed to carry
out her role as a mother. It was a very good and interesting role
for Julianne. I will try to see the more recent two movies that were
nominated for her performances.
**Overall, in my own experience, I would choose from my ‘gut’
reaction and hope that Reese Witherspoon wins for her role in
the movie, “Wild.”
Best Actress in a Musical or Comedy Film:
Emily Blunt in “Into the Woods” is my favorite in this category.
(I wish James Corden could win, but this may not be his year.)
Helen Mirren is loved by actors, critics and audiences, so she
may win the Golden Globe in this category for her wonderful
character shown in “The 100 Foot Journey.”
Best Actor in a Musical or Comedy Film:
I would say that Michael Keaton will win, he is the “favorite,”
for his role in (what I consider a dramatic/fantasy role) in the
I think that Ralph Fiennes did a great job in the Budapest Hotel
movie and that Bill Murray showed humor and depth in his role
in “St. Vincent.”
The song I liked the best was from the recent 2015 movie, “Unbroken,”
while the credits are rolling. The song and dramatic musical score
are haunting and beautiful. This movie is outstanding, telling the
true story of Louis Zamperini. It is very emotional and worthy of
winning Best Picture of the Year in 2016. Bill and I saw this two
days ago and found it to be a powerful story of the triumph of the
human spirit. It will probably win for Best Director, Angelie Jolie,
Best Movie, Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor.
Best Film of 2014:
“Boyhood,” took 12 years to make. It filled two entire pages in the
“Cleveland Plain Dealer” about the way Richard Linklater directed
this movie, choosing to follow a boy for twelve years starting when
he was little. It will win due to its being a ‘First of its Kind.” I have
myself on a ‘wait list’ at the library for this one. I want to watch it
at home, stop it, pause it, rewind it, since I will enjoy the story of
this boy’s life unfolding.
I felt this way about both the two other serious movies I saw since
2015 started. They came out late in 2014. “Theory of Everything”
shows motivation and strength of character. The reality of ALS,
after Stephen Hawking was told he would only live two years after
this disease started racking havoc on his body, then living past 72
years and hopefully going strong. An amazing and powerful story.
“The Imagination Game” shows Alan Turing overcoming prejudice,
obstacles and using his genius mind to ‘fight’ the Germans. This film
proved science and knowledge can be fascinating subjects for a movie.
Best Songs from 2014 Movies:
I cannot choose, I love both of these singers and songs.
Patti Smith and Lenny Kaye singing, “Mercy Is” from the movie,
John Legend and Common singing, “Glory” from the movie,
In the Category of Animated Films, I would choose “Big Hero 6”
since my grandsons learned about compassion from this film. It
was a fun children’s animated movie where the idea of creative
thought is also presented.
For artistry and creativity, (yet not so entertaining for children),
I would recommend “The Book of Life.” This colorful and very
intriguing film had scary designs that resembled voodoo images,
but would be great for older children. This could inspire art projects,
too. The others in this category were all entertaining including “The
Ohio State University is playing the championship game on
Monday night, so this may be the last of my posting. I will
head home after work, take a nap and hope we win over the
Oregon Ducks in the College Championships!