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  • Blue Jasmine (2013)

    A new film from Woody Allen and starring the superb Cate Blanchett. Anyone watch this yet? Its released this week in selective theatres in the U.S right now, but wont be hitting the theatres here til the 26th.

  • #2
    some reactions:

    Britt Hayes, Esq. ‏@MissBrittHayes 7h
    Blue Jasmine is incredible. Cate Blanchett for everything. And Andrew Dice Clay! Who knew?!

    Niles Schwartz ‏@nilesfiles 7h
    Loved LOVED Woody Allen's BLUE JASMINE

    William Goss ‏@williambgoss 7h
    Blue Jasmine: like playing Twister with a bundle of raw nerves. Cate Blanchett is staggeringly good

    Bud Elder ‏@Bude13 6h
    "Blue Jasmine" devastating masterpiece

    Kevin Ringgenberg ‏@kdringg 6h
    BLUE JASMINE is Woody Allen's WOMAN UNDER THE INFLUENCE. @andrewdiceclay gave my favorite performance along w/ @louisck

    Chris Vognar ‏@chrisvognar 6h
    No surprise: Cate Blanchett is terrific in "Blue Jasmine." Big surprise: so is Andrew Dice Clay

    Georgie Morvis ‏@georgiemorvis 6h
    Blue Jasmine was amazing. Cate Blanchett and Sally Hawkins for all the awards

    Erick Weber ‏@ErickWeber 4h
    Cate Blanchett = Oscar nom for Blue Jasmine

    bri mattia ‏@brimattia 3h
    Soooo Blue Jasmine made me cry

    matt lynch ‏@colonelmortimer 3h
    i'm generally in the tank for Allen but i totally did not see BLUE JASMINE coming

    Matthew Odam ‏@odam 1h
    Cate Blanchett is riveting in BLUE JASMINE. Great supporting cast, as well. One of Woody Allen's darkest films in years

    Joey Magidson ‏@JoeyMagidson 22m
    Blue Jasmine is a top notch Woody Allen flick, complete with some of the best acting in a film of his in some time

    ThePlaylist ‏@ThePlaylist 20m
    Believe the hype. Cate Blanchett is on scorching-f'ing-fire in "Blue Jasmine." She's outstanding, wow

    The Film Stage ‏@TheFilmStage 10m
    Cate Blanchett's performance in Blue Jasmine is one of her best and it's also Woody Allen's most perceptive film in years

    Kevin Ketchum ‏@Kevin_Ketchum 3m
    Glad to see I'm not alone in thinking Blue Jasmine is a really complex, richly observed film. Lots to chew on and digest


    • #3
      July 22, 2013

      Awards Circuit:

      I think Cate Blanchett is a lock for an Oscar nomination and could actually win the damn thing for Best Actress. Blanchett is captivating and easily delivers one of the best performances of 2013 so far. Her downward spiral is portrayed brilliantly, never becoming too maudlin or too broadly comedic. You feel for Jasmine, but you never completely grow to like her. It’s a fine line, but Blanchett walks it impeccably. She’s perfect here, but hardly the only one doing impressive work. Sally Hawkins could easily find herself in play for Best Supporting Actress with her grounded performance.


      Blue Jasmine is high quality Woody Allen, so fans should rejoice and more causal viewers can breathe a sigh of relief. Cate Blanchett is astounding, so her alone is reason enough to see this, but the entire package is very good. This is one of the ten best films of the year so far in my book, so this is a must see folks…


      • #4
        And some tweets....

        Marc Malkin ‏@marcmalkin 8h
        #cateblanchett in #bluejasmine. Brilliant. Many award noms to come. think women on the verge of nervous breakdown meets grey gardens.

        Jess Weixler ‏@jess_weixler 7h
        Woody Allen's 'Blue Jasmine' is beautiful. The whole cast is really off the charts.

        Don Kaye ‏@donkaye 4h
        BLUE JASMINE is Woody Allen's best movie in a long time...I was engrossed from start to finish.

        Nicholas DeNitto ‏@NicksMovies 4h
        Blue Jasmine was great. Wonderful performances, complex characters, great use of non-linear storytelling. I'll review for Fri


        • #5
          Christopher Dole ‏@chrisdole86 29m
          Blue Jasmine was outstanding. Blanchett gives a tour de force performance.

          Scott Feinberg ‏@ScottFeinberg 27m
          Cate Blanchett's Blanche DuBois-meets-Ruth Madoff in Woody Allen's BLUE JASMINE is every bit as great as advertised. One of her best perfs.

          Christian Brescia ‏@xianthegreat 11m
          just saw Blue Jasmine.
          If you like woody allen, you will love it. brilliant prose only superseded by even more brilliant acting…

          And pics from the LA premiere:


          • #6
            Another rave:

            One of the greatest living actors and one of the greatest living directors have joined forces, and while that’s not “necessarily” the best of ideas (try watching The Ninth Gate sometime), Cate Blanchett and Woody Allen complement each other perfectly in Blue Jasmine. Allen’s entrancing tale of bitter humor and hopeful tragedy also boasts one of the most beguiling character creations of his career, and Cate Blanchett seems to be operating on an otherworldly level of thespianism. I’d say Blue Jasmine is the performance of her career, but it seems disrespectful to presume she’s incapable of repeating this tour de force in the future. Suffice it to say she’s never been better, and that’s not a statement to make lightly.
            Jasmine has lost faith in herself but is unable to countenance betrayal of any kind. Admitting her own failings would very likely destroy her, and the fact that Cate Blanchett can illustrate this psychological horror story and still be funny as hell is one of the great wonders of cinema in 2013. Bolstered as she is by an impeccable supporting cast, subtly evocative photography by Javier Aguirresarobe and frankly, rarely better writing and direction from Woody Allen, the rest of this movie is equally extraordinary.



            • #7
              Damnit!! So excited for this movie, but its only opening in the U.S this weekend. Hope I dont have to wait too long.....


              • #8
                The Wrap : July 27, 2013

                Woody Allen's comedy "Blue Jasmine" is off to a great start.

                It brought in $175,991 from six New York and L.A. theaters Friday for an impressive $29,332 per-theater average. That means it will likely take in around $550,000 for the weekend, which would give it a per-theater average north of $90,000 and be the year's best specialty opening ahead of the $87,667 average of "Spring Breakers."

                It's an even better start than that of "Midnight in Paris," Allen's 2011 hit that opened to a $28,492 average on six theaters.


                • #9
                  And another rave:

                  There are many factors that make "Blue Jasmine" absolute required viewing. The writing, directing and acting are all so good that it results in Woody taking us from comedy to drama so effortlessly within a heartbeat of a moment that he achieves the toughest feat of all: utter believability that we are watching something that feels incredibly real. Not since "Crimes and Misdemeanors" has Woody been able to pull this stunt off. It's fair to say that I was enthralled throughout.
                  Like all good Woody films, the main attraction here is a performance by a talented actress lucky enough to be given gold to work with, and Cate Blanchett takes the gold and spins it into her own magical screen moment that guarantees her an Oscar nomination for Best Actress. Considering that Woody is the greatest director of women ever, my guess is that Cate will be the prohibitive favorite to win it by the time all of 2013's films have been released. Simply put, Blanchett is magnificent.



                  • #10
                    Aug. 1, 2013

                    More raves:

                    It’s Allen’s best film in years, an authentic-feeling deconstruction of a life. It isn’t always easy to watch. It isn’t exactly fun (although parts are funny). Blanchett’s performance sometimes overpowers the story. But it’s an essential work in Allen’s later canon.

                    He’s still got it, in case you were wondering.
                    All the performances are pretty great. Hawkins, for instance, never disappoints. But Blanchett is beyond that. She is sublime. Along with Michael B. Jordan in “Fruitvale Station,” it’s the best performance this year. She pulls off the neat trick of making her character truly loathsome, a sort of lizard of privilege, but someone who we eventually care about. She will enrage you, and break your heart.


                    British actress Sally Hawkins is lovely as the sweet, simple, solid, ordinary sibling. But she is designed to disappear, as is everyone, in Jasmine’s turbulent wake. With her propellers churning hard enough to pull her leather-embossed anchors, Jasmine’s an engine on the verge of seizing — and Blanchett makes sure we hear every sputter and sense every stall.
                    It’s droll on the surface, but the drum of doom beats deeper because Blue Jasmine is the heiress to all the sorrows of Scarlett O’Hara and Blanche Dubois, her aptly named sisters of classic American fiction. They gave us the red and the white. Blanchett joins their storied ranks by giving us the blue.



                    • #11
                      I'm not a huge Woody Allen fan but I love a few of his movies (Crimes and Misdemeanors, Midnight in Paris). This sounds pretty good.


                      • #12
                        1 of my fave reviews so far.........

                        Woody's Sharply Rendered Update of "Streetcar" Anchored by Blanchett's Brilliant Blanche-Like Turn

                        Author: Ed Uyeshima from San Francisco, CA, USA
                        3 August 2013

                        If you want to see this year's master class in screen acting, you need to watch Cate Blanchett's mesmerizing performance as Jasmine French, a delusional Park Avenue socialite wife in Woody Allen's 45th directorial effort, a sly, bicoastal update of Tennessee Williams' classic "A Streetcar Named Desire". As the film opens, her impeccably dressed character has hit rock bottom after her financial wizard of a husband is arrested and her assets are liquidated. In the throes of a nervous breakdown, she arrives in San Francisco and moves in with her kind- hearted sister Ginger who lives a modest, blue-collar life in a tiny apartment on the edge of the Mission – on South Van Ness near 14th Street to be exact - with her two hyperactive sons. You can tell Jasmine is not only out of her element but quite judgmental about how her sister's life has turned out. The irony of Jasmine's patronizing attitude is that she is a habitual liar who is so angry about her destitute circumstances that she frequently talks to herself. The story follows the basic outline of "Streetcar" but takes some interesting turns, for instance, when she tries to better herself by taking computer classes while working as a receptionist at a dental office.

                        Allen has crafted his film into a clever juxtaposition of current and past events that feels jarring at first since it reflects Jasmine's precarious mental state but then melds into a dramatic arc which resonates far more than a straightforward chronology could have allowed. As a writer, he has become more vociferous in his dialogue without losing his wit. He doesn't pull punches when he showcases confrontations between his characters, whether it's between the two sisters, men and women, or people from different classes. Hostility can come in flammable torrents or in thinly veiled remarks. That Allen moves so dexterously in tone is a testament to his sharp ability in drawing out the truth in his actors. Blanchett is a wonder in this regard because there is something intensely fearless in her approach. Unafraid to lose audience sympathy for her character, she finds an innate sadness in Jasmine that makes us want to know what happens to her next. She also mines the sharp, class- based humor in Jasmine's struggles with one highlight a hilariously executed scene in a pizza restaurant where she explains to her confused nephews to "Tip big, boys".

                        The rest of the cast manage effective turns. Alec Baldwin plays Jasmine's swindler husband with almost effortless aplomb. Sally Hawkins brings a wonderful looseness to Ginger, Stella to Blanchett's Blanche, and finds a level of poignancy in her character's constant victimization at the hands of her sister as well as her brutish, blue-collar boyfriend Chili, played with comic fierceness by Bobby Cannavale in the Stanley Kowalski role. In a conveniently conceived role, Peter Sarsgaard gets uncharacteristically breezy as Dwight, a wealthy, erudite, and matrimonially available State Department diplomat who appears to be the answer to Jasmine's prayers, while Allen casts two unlikely comics in about-face roles – Andrew Dice Clay as Ginger's defeated ex-husband Augie and Louis C.K. as Al, an amorous suitor who brings Ginger a few moments of romantic salvation. Allen's European sojourn appears to have freed him up with the movement of characters in scenes and Javier Aguirresarobe's ("Vicky Cristina Barcelona") camera-work complies nicely. The San Francisco locations bring a nice geographic change to Allen's storytelling, and he only uses the Golden Gate Bridge in a long shot once from the Marin side. This is Allen's best work in quite a while, and Blanchett is the ideal muse for his tale.


                        • #13
                          For those missing the tweets:

                          Bette Midler ‏@BetteMidler 15m
                          Cate Blanchett gives the performance of her life in #BlueJasmine. A must-see. Good for her!

                          And new reviews:

                          But Allen and Blanchett do much more than salute a literary classic; they create a woman so magnetic, and so frightening, that she never knows what she will say or do next. Blanchett’s performance is so filled with sterling moments that, when she is an Oscar nominee next spring, choosing which film clip to show at the ceremony will be a challenge.

                          Since 1965, Woody Allen has made us laugh, and inspired us to think, about many people and situations. He never resists the opportunity to reach beyond the predictable to discover something about people that may inspire us to look at ourselves. Blue Jasmine dares to challenge our concepts of truth as it entertains in a truthful way. This is the best film so far in 2013.


                          Cate Blanchett gives a phenomenal performance as the title character in Woody Allen’s fantastic new film. Her body language and expressions, her vocal inflections and reactions are so realistic, so accurate, and so transformative that Blanchett sinks into the role completely. When she talks to anyone, or no one, she is simply spellbinding.


                          Ever-so-loosely resembling Tennessee Williams’ “A Streetcar Named Desire,” “Blue Jasmine” is the first of Allen’s dozen or so classics to feature the comic and the tragic in equal measure and it is both a textbook example of seamless, watertight story construction and pitch-perfect ensemble acting. This is simply the closest Allen has ever gotten to making a perfect movie — and that’s saying a lot.

                          As “Blanche,” Blanchett — even more than her director — absolutely owns this movie. After watching the film, it will be impossible to imagine any other actress in the title role and even harder to anticipate or expect any other actress in another 2013 movie delivering a more complete, complex, emotionally divergent or fully realized performance. Blanchett’s otherworldly embodiment of Jasmine is that of future legend. It is one of the finest performances ever committed to film.



                          • #14
                            Aug. 11, 2013

                            Riveting. Relentless. Ridiculous. Cate Blanchett seizes the screen from the first moments of Woody Allen's new movie Blue Jasmine and refuses to let go. It's her vehicle, so don't get in the way.

                            Instead of settling quietly within her character to probe its recesses, she blows it up, pushes hard against the seams and forces us to see every crack in the make-up and psyche. But instead of familiarity breeding contempt, we want more. When she's not on, we wonder where she is, what she's not thinking and how can she possibly further offend our sensibilities.
                            Despite the stunning backdrop and the substantial talents of the diverse cast, the movie belongs to Blanchett. The much decorated Academy Award winner has clearly turned in the best acting performance so far this year. It is difficult not to take one's eyes off her or gasp at her failure to understand or even care how her actions effect those around her.


                            The show that I came for was sold out. The line for the next showing was already getting started, and eventually wound its way through the entire theater. When that line had been cleared out, the line for the next showing was in place. I had never seen anything like this. I could count on one hand the number of times I’ve heard someone tell me “Sorry, that show is sold out.” Even with the biggest Hollywood blockbusters being played in the biggest Portland multiplexes, I had never seen lines this huge go one right after the other. And this reception was for a limited release being played in a downtown arthouse.
                            Of course, what really makes Jasmine work is Cate Blanchett’s portrayal. Blanchett goes through the whole movie playing Jasmine with the perfect mix of humor, pity, and drunken craziness. She gets whole monologues in this movie, and succeeds in making every line either heartbreaking, hilarious, or both. Blanchett is not afraid to make herself look haggard in this role, which does a lot to express how far this woman has sunk. What’s even better is when Jasmine is dressed in so many fancy clothes, but she looks like absolute shit and she’s mumbling nonsense with a thousand-yard stare. Blanchett’s committed performance makes the contrast so much more delicious.



                            • #15
                              Aug. 22, 2013

                              On the eve of its expansion, another rave:

                              Cate Blanchett, possibly the planet's greatest actress, has forever been lurking behind Meryl Streep's throne, leaning on it, sitting on the edge with one arm around Meryl's shoulder, posing for us all with that wicked smile. Now, with Woody Allen's "Blue Jasmine," she's in Meryl's lap and it looks crowded, so it's time for Meryl to get up and sit in the audience. This is Cate's year. This is her moment. This will be her night.

                              "Blue Jasmine" is Woody's best movie since "Hannah and Her Sisters," and "Manhattan," and for my money, Blanchett is his greatest star. Her work here is blinding, stunning and magnificent. To watch her work, to see her stumble through the days of her life with mascara-stained eyes and trembling lips is a free acting lesson.
                              It's a cliche now to mention Oscar, even though everyone has started, but the producers will know to get her a seat on the other end of Meryl, and one close to the staircase. "Blue Jasmine," is an early Christmas gift. Take it. It's yours.