The masterful and iconic Francis Ford Coppola turns 78 today. Over the years, he has given us so many incredible movies. I admire his vision and ambition in doing the movies he’s passionate about, particularly ones that were tough to make. I can’t wax lyrical enough about Coppola’s skills as a director. His output of late hasn’t been as prolific, but with credits like his, his legacy is pretty much guaranteed. So Happy Birthday Francis Ford Coppola, you are a true inspiration.
After so many famous deaths this year, I need something to cheer me up. Thankfully, today is the 82nd birthday of the amazing Maggie Smith. The iconic dame has been in the movie business for over 60 years and is still going strong. She is the definition of a scene stealer, owning the screen whenever she graces it. At least she is still with us and her talents are still being put to good use. Happy Birthday Maggie Smith, you are a true treasure.
Today is the 39th birthday of Matt Bomer. I really like this guy as an actor. He was exceptional as the smooth cool cat in White Collar. And in interviews he appears to not take himself to seriously either. He has impressed me with his choice in roles lately and long may that continue. And I’m not afraid to say I have a man crush on the guy. So Happy Birthday Matt.
It’s probably no surprise to anyone who regularly reads my blog that I’m doing this post. After all I have reviewed many movies starring Jennifer Lopez and spoke about how gorgeous she is. So it seemed right to do a post wishing her a happy birthday. She was one of the first crushes I ever had and that continues to this day. Jennifer Lopez turns 47 today and is going as strong as ever with both her music and movie career. Happy Birthday Jennifer Lopez.
The oh so talented and superb Meryl Streep turns 67 today and what a career she has had, and still has as she continues to make stellar movies. I think its well established by now that she is one of the most gifted and engaging actresses on the planet. I mean just looking through her filmography speaks for itself showing her versatility and strength. I mean is there anything Meryl Streep can’t do? She’s done drama, comedy and even action. She is a master of burying herself into the roles she chooses and a dab hand at essaying a variety of accents. When I see Streep on the screen, she delivers every time without fail. It is impossible not to be impressed and bowled over by her commitment to the roles she takes and how she so embodies the parts seamlessly So I wish her a glorious birthday and want to say how wonderful it is to watch her on screen.
The wonderfully talented and beautiful Natalie Portman turns 35 today and I want to wish her a happy birthday. There is something about Natalie Portman that is hard to not like; she just has a lot of charisma and a hell of a lot of talent. Bursting onto the scene at the age of 12 with her role in Leon, Portman showcased a startling maturity. This depth has translated well to her later roles and is one of the reasons I love her so much as an actress. She really gets into the character and can say so much without the use of dialogue, her dark eyes can convey more than many can in a long monologue. She has truly grown before our eyes into a fully-fledged star, who chooses her films wisely and is always up for a challenge or two. With Natalie Portman, I just know she will deliver a fine performance and looking through her credits she most certainly does. What an amazing actress she truly is!
Today marks the 47th birthday of the wonderfully luminous and ridiculously talented Cate Blanchett. I can’t stress enough how much she is one of my favourite actresses and how her presence on screen is reliably excellent. She is the most versatile performer, capable of completely disappearing into her roles and delivering stunning performance after stunning performance. And she does is with so much power and vigour, she is a force of nature and a stunning beauty. It is impossible to take your eyes off Blanchett with her statuesque frame, defined cheekbones and porcelain skin. She is a performer in every sense of the word who never fails to dazzle audiences and critics. So Happy Birthday Cate Blanchett; may you have so many more electrifying roles and performances in the future.
Today is the 33rd birthday of Henry Cavill. The guy is just so slick and after all he plays Superman. I like seeing his interviews because he has a good sense of humour and a self-deprecating wit. His movie choices are pretty good too, and he could be a good contender for the next James Bond in my book. His career is going from strength to strength at the minute. Happy Birthday Mr Cavill. I’m not afraid to admit I have a man crush on the guy either. And as I’m so kind, here are some gifs of the man.
Today is the 35th birthday of Christina Ricci, who ranks as one of my favourite actresses and one who I always think is very underrated, considering her many outstanding performances throughout the years. With her large eyes, petite frame, dark hair and expressive face, Christina Ricci possesses a charm, kookiness and maturity that she imbues in her work, that helped her transition from child actress to adult star with relative ease. I love how her work in movies is so fearless and her willingness to play dark and unconventional characters. She never seems to go for the safe option in movies, no role seems too out there or to edgy for her and I respect her for that. Listing her amazing credits is a hard task but here are some of the best moments from her career that come to my mind when I think of her:
As the morbidly fascinated Wednesday Addams in the big screen adaptation of The Addams Family, Ricci found her niche for playing dark and unusual characters.
As the romantic yet enigmatic witch in the fantasy horror Sleepy Hollow, Ricci’s Gothic beauty and kookiness came in handy.
As the outcast lesbian lover of serial killer Aileen Wuornos in the emotionally devastating Monster, Ricci turned in an effective performance opposite Charlize Theron.
Exuding raw pain, unrestrained anger and deep vulnerability, Ricci contributed a no holds barred performance as a nymphomaniac in Black Snake Moan.
All I have left to say is, Happy Birthday Christina Ricci.
Today is the 32nd birthday of Kirsten Dunst, who ranks as one of my favourite actresses. Emerging as a precocious child star, she has successfully made the transition to adult stardom because of her versatility, emotional range and depth which she imbues in her roles. This post is a tribute to the remarkable talents of this woman.
She has too many great roles to list entirely but here are some of the highlights from her career:
As Claudia, a former plague victim turned into a the vampire who is forever stuck in the body of a doll-like little girl, a young Dunst made a huge impact in Interview With the Vampire.
As Amy March, the playful youngest of four sisters growing up during the Civil War in Little Women.
As the sexually precocious but increasingly isolated Lux Lisbon in The Virgin Suicides.
Sassy and competitive as a cheerleader in the comedy Bring it On.
As Mary Jane, the object of the main hero’s affections in Spiderman.
Bitchy yet vulnerable as a college girl brought up to be the ideal housewife in Mona Lisa Smile.
Luminously portraying the eponymous and infamous monarch in Marie Antoinette.
Emotionally raw and strikingly powerful as a bride swamped by depression as a planet is heading towards the Earth in Melancholia.
Many more roles could be listed, but I would need a lot more pages. So thanks for reading this birthday tribute to Kirsten Dunst and please leave comments. What is your favourite performance by Dunst? Why do you like her as an actress? Whatever your opinion, please give it.