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Academy Award® Nominated: An Education

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It’s 1961 and attractive, bright 16-year-old schoolgirl, Jenny (Carey Mulligan) is poised on the brink of womanhood, dreaming of a rarefied, Gauloise-scented existence as she sings along to Juliette Greco in her Twickenham bedroom. Stifled by the tedium of adolescent routine, Jenny can’t wait for adult life to begin. Meanwhile, she’s a diligent student, excelling in every subject except the Latin that her father is convinced will land her the place she dreams of at Oxford University.

One rainy day, her suburban life is upended by the arrival of an unsuitable suitor, 30-ish David (Peter Sarsgaard). Urbane and witty, David instantly unseats Jenny’s stammering schoolboy admirer, Graham (Matthew Beard). To her frank amazement, he even manages to charm her conservative parents Jack (Alfred Molina) and Marjorie (Cara Seymour), and effortlessly overcomes any instinctive objections to their daughter’s older, Jewish suitor.

Very quickly, David introduces Jenny to a glittering new world of classical concerts and late-night suppers with his attractive friend and business partner, Danny (Dominic Cooper) and Danny’s girlfriend, the beautiful but vacuous Helen (Rosamund Pike). David replaces Jenny’s traditional education with his own version, picking her up from school in his Bristol roadster and whisking her off to art auctions and smoky clubs.

Just as the family’s long-held dream of getting their brilliant daughter into Oxford seems within reach, Jenny is tempted by another kind of life.

Will David be the making of Jenny or her undoing?

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The cast includes: Peter Sarsgaard, Carey Mulligan, Alfred Molina, Dominic Cooper, Rosamund Pike, Olivia Williams, Emma Thompson, Cara Seymour, Matthew Beard, and Sally Hawkins

Reviews

IMDB member from Canada
“Overall, well done. The talented Carey Mulligan is definitely someone to watch as her career develops. She plays her role as mature, smart and savvy — almost a bit more than was believable, considering the circumstances of the character. Her suave and worldly love interest is well played by Peter Sarsgaard, and the knot in your gut tightens as the story unfolds and you sense where it’s heading. I loved the way Rosamund Pike played the girlfriend of Sarsgaard’s business partner. Both she and the mother seemed to illustrate the razor’s edge walked by women of the time who had to smile and pretend everything was fine even when it wasn’t. So much of this movie shows women’s struggle at many levels to claim choices for themselves that didn’t involve sacrificing their intelligence, dignity, dreams or humanity. I think the story’s initially smooth momentum becomes a bit choppy in the latter part of the film, which seemed not quite sure how to wrap up the story to a conclusion. Despite some shortcomings, the film is still definitely worth seeing.”

Did You Know?

Director Lone Scherfig says she experimented with giving the actors options during scenes. For instance, she told Peter Sarsgaard that if he felt like it he could start a conversation with an extra playing a doorman in one scene despite there not being any written dialogue.

Carey Mulligan mentioned in an interview at the Sundance Film Festival that some of the most enjoyable moments of filming where when there were actors who only came in for a day or so, like Sally Hawkins and Emma Thompson, and she particularly enjoyed the four scenes she shot with the latter, whom she described as being “amazing“, and called her acting “brilliant“.

Three Nominations

Best Motion Picture
Best Actress ~ Carey Mulligan
Best in Adapted Screenplay

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Nominated for Best Actress ~ Carey Mulligan ~An Education

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Carey MulliganTwenty-two years old at the time of shooting An Education, Carey Mulligan had previously appeared in two feature films: And When Did You Last See Your Father? directed by Anand Tucker and Pride & Prejudice, directed by Joe Wright. She will soon be seen in Jim Sheridan’s Brothers, and also The Greatest, directed by Shana Feste and co-starring Susan Sarandon and Pierce Brosnan.
Her television credits include “My Boy Jack,” directed by Brian Kirk (Ecosse Films); “Doctor Who: Blink” (BBC Television); “Northanger Abbey” (Granada Television) and “The Amazing Mrs. Pritchard” (Kudos Productions).

Carey Mulligan in An Education

Carey Mulligan in An Education

On stage, Mulligan most recently appeared as the ingénue Nina in the Broadway transfer of Ian Rickson’s production of The Seagull, opposite her An Education costar Peter Sarsgaard. She had already won glowing notices for her performance in the show’s original London production, co-starring Kristin Scott-Thomas and Chiwetel Ejiofor at the Royal Court. She has also appeared in The Hypochondriac at the Almeida; Forty Winks at the Royal Court and Tower Block Dreams at the Riverside.

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DJ Hero

posted by Ogenec

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GrandMaster Flash

A slight break from my navel-gazings on matters of serious import 🙂  A couple of years ago, my young cousins turned me on to Guitar Hero.  I played it at their house and caught a serious jones for the game.  I’ve played most of the Guitar Hero iterations, albeit mostly on the Medium level (in my defense, I’m a busy professional with two young kids).  It’s been loads of fun, and a great way for folks to interact when they come over.  Most of all, it’s turned me on to some music I’d never really checked out before, like Paramore and The Mars Volta.

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Daft Punk

But even as I mastered the art of being a virtual axeslinger, some part of me felt unfulfilled.  I’m a hip-hop head, and wasn’t really into much of the music.  I love Pearl Jam and Nirvana, and some of the better rock/rap hybrids like Linkin Park, but I’m not really checking for Metallica or Ozzy Ozbourne.   What’s a guy like me to do?

Well, it appears I’m not alone.  For the legions of its fans raised on the mother’s milk of rap, the Guitar Hero franchise has unleashed DJ Hero.  I bought it last night and spent a few hours playing with it (I know, when I should have been working on the Public Option piece).   In my opinion, this is the best Hero game yet.  The simulation of being an actual DJ is incredible, with the cross-fading, the scratching, and the freestyle music drops.

But I’m most impressed with the music.   It’s off the meter (pun intended).  The songs on their own are great, but the mixes are phenomenal (and completely unexpected).  When you think about it, it’s not such a surprise given the stellar DJs who contributed to the setlist: DJ Shadow, Cut Chemist, DJ Jazzy Jeff, Grandmaster Flash etc.  One of the things I admire most about the hip-hop genre is how it takes two or more distinct songs (or snippets) and mixes them together to create something altogether new.  Like when De La Soul mixed the bass line from Slave’s “Just A Touch of Love” and the guitar line from Bob Marley’s “Could You Be Loved” for “Keeping the Faith” from De La Soul is Dead, their dark masterpiece.  That’s the original boom-bap that I love, not the misogynistic, materialist crap you hear blaring on the radio.  That mess ain’t hip-hop.

DJ Hero is pure, unadulterated hip-hop.  And trust me — even if you aren’t a fan of the genre, you owe it to yourself to check it out.  You will be addicted.  I had to drag my wife — no hip-hop afficionado, she — away from the turntable last night.  She was having such a blast on the 1s and 2s!!

So hie over to dj hero and check out the game. And read the reviews — they’re stellar.  Bottom line folks: play it — you’ll love it. And this is a subject for another time, but the Playstation 3 rocks!! It’s the Swiss Army knife of home entertainment.

Okay, now back to our regularly-scheduled programming…

–Ogenec

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