That Truth Can Be Ugly.

“What makes “1,000 Times Good Night” more than a dramatic essay on wartime journalism is Ms. Binoche’s wrenchingly honest portrayal of a woman of conscience driven by a mixture of guilt, nobility and self-importance, reckoning belatedly with her destructive impulses. Her final challenge is a trip with Steph to the Kakuma refugee camp in Kenya to help her daughter gather material for a school project on Africa. On a journey that she is assured involves no risk, a surprise attack on the camp puts them in harm’s way, and Rebecca disobeys orders and compulsively rushes into the melee.

Rebecca has already explained to her daughter that she is gripped by an unassuageable anger. Even when Ms. Binoche smiles, it registers as a shadow of sorrow on the face of someone who has seen too much of the world’s horrors to forget them. She is one of a few screen actors who can convey multiple conflicting emotions in a single glance. With an astonishing transparency, she disappears into the truth of her characters.

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That truth can be ugly. When Rebecca is shown crouching over a fresh corpse and aiming her camera, she suggests nothing so much as a ravenous bird of prey.”

There is nothing more fulfilling to see a gifted actor acknowledged for their work!  Please read this review and let it inspire you to go see the force of nature of acting, Juliette Binoche in 1,000 Times Good Night

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Many People Think That Anyone Can Act

Nicole_Kidman_2012_cropped commons wikimediaThe New York Times and Elle Magazine called to interview me.  Elle Magazine’s January issue will be focused on Nicole Kidman. The New York Times is devoting an article on Michael Keaton.  The bit of serendipity here is that Nicole Kidman introduced me to Michael Keaton.  The Elle Magazine interview was at three o’clock AM, the New York Times at four o’clock AM.  It was a great two hours.  Anyone will tell you I love talking about acting.  Given the opportunity to speak about talent is a real excitement to me.  The way some people love to gush over cars or shoes—my gushing is over Nicole Kidman’s great gift of compassion and fearlessness; and Michael Keaton’s body of work, which has an extraordinary arc from Beetlejuice to James Angleton in The Company (TV mini series).

Many people think that anyone can act. Yes, we all can and do perform on the world stage of life. Take some of those anyone-can-act and put them on a Broadway stage or in front of a camera—your appreciation for the value of Nicole Kidman and Michael Keaton’s talent will escalate in seconds.
320px-Michael_Keaton_Cannes wikimediaIn today’s society of reality shows, celebrities, selfies, Instagrams, web series, and paparazzi, art has a fight to get its due respect.  So when asked to talk about the artistry of Nicole Kidman and Michael Keaton, my joy and pride overfloweth. Please let me encourage you to enthuse and support talent and craft, which gives our culture an importance and a chance to grow and expand.  Always in the Art! Susan Batson