Tag Archives: Edward Hopper

The Sun Also Sets

an Edward Hopper Christmas card, 1957


Hip Hopper

Manhattan Bridge Loop by Edward Hopper, 1928


and it’s real life counterpart




sadly, those buildings were torn down and it now looks like this


[MUCH more at the amazing PopSpots]


Pretty, Vacant

Shopgirl Meets World
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R | 118 min


Love me some Todd Haynes.  Love how he can make a movie look like an Edward Hopper painting.  He obviously tries to do that time and time again, and I applaud him, and he’s so good at doing it, and cause Edward Hopper is my favorite artist ever, and he should be yours too.  The thing that makes Edward Hopper’s paintings so incredible, and unforgettable – is the sense of quiet, loneliness, and emptiness.  Unfortunately, for Haynes’ latest – Carol – it feels a lot too empty

Carol is based on the The Price of Salt by Patricia Highsmith.  Highsmith is no stranger to Hollywood – having many of her works adapted for the big screen – and with great artistic and cinematic success – notably Hitchcock’s Strangers On A Train (one of my all time favs) and Anthony Minghella’s The Talented Mr. Ripley (one of the late 90s best movies).  Most of her books deal with homosexuality, either overtly, or subtly.  I wouldn’t know for sure, since I don’t know how to read, but take my word for it – she loves the gay stuff

Carol is about two women – one young and naive, and the other older, jaded and about to be divorced – and how they cross paths and hearts, and touch boobs.  The younger one is Rooney Mara, and the elder one is Cate Blanchett.  Blanchett does her thing – that elegant socialite thing I feel like she can do in her sleep.  She’s kinda like the woman she was in that Woody Allen movie, but maybe a little more together, and a lot more 1950s looking.  Mara does her Rooney thing, which is to stare blankly into space with those cold blue eyes, and make those Disney’s Ichabod Crane faces she makes (and looks exactly like in general)

turkey head

I don’t get Rooney Mara.  I mean, she knows how to act (they don’t show her flubbing her lines), but I don’t get her.  She’s not really that attractive (not important, but kinda is – these are women we talking about), or even all that amazing of an actress.  I wonder what her sister Kate thinks.  She’s like – step off b!tch – I’ve been acting since 1997, and you, only since 2005, and you got an Oscar nom, and I got to be in that Fantastic Four remake no one saw.  Well, in Carol, Rooney’s like the main character, and she’s mainly blaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh and blank and zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz.  The movie kinda is too.  IT ALL LOOKS SOOOO FCUKING AMAZING (to look at), but feels very empty, too empty, so empty, empty like a pocket – like the emptiest empty of all time. There are screen emotions going on – and we want these two ladies to make it work – but the emotions are left onscreen, and never transferred themselves to me.  You want a love story that will tear you apart?  Watch Love Story.  If you want a bore story, watch Carol

If only Carol were a painting, and hung in a museum – where it belongs – then it would be a masterpiece.  As a movie – it’s an Edward Hopper painting that’s not much of a movie – a ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZsterpiece

Verdictgo: Sum Merit But No Stinkin Badgers

Carol leZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZies it up in limited release tomorrow

and until next thyme the balcony is clothed…


Let’s Broaden Our Minds

remember Batman (1989)’s Flugelheim Museum????

Goons flug

Flugelheim Museum Batman

 Flugelheim Museum Batman set

Flugelheim Museum interior

of course you do.  and if you don’t, then stop praying at the temple of Christopher Nolan and start paying attention

anywho, the moo-zam had quite an impressive collection of art…

synditcs joker

Syndics of the Drapers’ Guild – Rembrandt, 1662

syndics rem

joker abe

[maybe] Abraham Lincoln – William Willard, 1864

abe willard

joker 76

The Spirit of ’76 (Yankee Doodle) - Archibald MacNeal Willard, c 1875


joker hopper

Approaching a City – Edward Hopper, 1946

hopper approaching

joker degas

Two Dancers on a Stage - Edgar Degas, c 1874

degas dancers

joker ceasar sculpture

[maybe] marble portrait bust of the emperor Gaius, known as Caligula – unknown, AD 37–41

caligulia bust

joker rembrandt

Self Portrait at the Age of 63 – Rembrandt,  1669

rembrandt selfie

joker degas sculpture

Grand Arabesque, Second Time – Edgar Degas, c 1885-90

second time_edgar-degas

joker renoir

Pink and Blue – Pierre Auguste Renoir, 1881

pink white renoir

vermeer joker

Woman Holding a Balance – Johannes Vermeer, 1662–1663

vermeer balance

joker gainsborough

The Blue Boy (Jonathan Buttall) – Thomas Gainsborough, 1770

blue boy

joker washington gilbetr

George Washington (The Athenaeum Portrait) - Gilbert Stuart, 1796

stuart washington

joker bacon

Figure with Meat – Francis Bacon, 1954

bacon meat

sum hat tip help from N&K

+ the abandoned movie sets of Batman 1989

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