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.
Today marks the 55th birthday of Michelle Pfeiffer, one of my favourite actresses. Over the years, she has been a beautiful and versatile presence on movie screens. She can be funny, touching, slinky and poignant. Her filmography is a cavalcade of varied roles that show the many facets of her ability and constantly surprise us with her range. Her many roles are too many to name, but I have chosen some to specially mention as a tribute to this wonderful woman and her career. Here they are:
As the dejected and cocaine-addicted wife of a drugs baron in Scarface.
As Suki, one of the three loved-starved Witches of Eastwick.
As the virtuous and naive victim in a game of lust and deceit in the period romance Dangerous Liaisons.She received an Oscar nomination for her work in this film.
Iconic as the slinky and dangerous Catwoman in Batman Returns. There have been many incarnations of this character, but in my eyes Pfeiffer is the ultimate Catwoman.
Sizzling across the screen as a seductive lounge singer who comes between two musical brothers in The Fabulous Baker Boys. A second Oscar nomination came her way for her work in this comedy.
As the ostracized countess who falls for her cousin’s husband in The Age of Innocence.
As a woman who comes to believe her house is haunted in the horror film What Lies Beneath.
There are many more roles I could list but I would need a lot of pages. So whatever your opinion, please give it. What is your favourite performance by Pfeiffer? What in your eyes makes her a great actress? Hope you enjoy the post.