• Jessica Hausner takes concepts such as workaholism or dieting and makes them into extremes. In her 2019 film “Little Joe” a scientist became so engrossed in cultivating her indoor plants that she would choose them over her children. “Club zero” takes place in a high-school in a non-descript city. Ms. Novak (Mia Wasikowska), a nutrition teacher just joined the school, she comes with her own branded weight-loss tea, it has her face on the package.

  • "Ghosts are real. That much I know." So begins Guillermo del Toro’s spellbinding dark fairy tale, CRIMSON PEAK. Set in the late 1900s it follows aspiring fiction writer Edith Cushing (Mia Wasikowska) as she falls for, and marries, a penniless, seductively handsome English Baronet, Sir Thomas Sharpe (Tom Hiddleston). Along with his older sister, Lucille (Jessica Chastain), Thomas brings Edith back from

  • A Jim Jarmusch movie is rare and mysterious. Today in Cannes his latest film “Only Lovers Left Alive” starring Tilda Swinton, Tom Hiddleston, Mia Wasikowska and Anton Yelchin was shown as a part of the competition program.

    “Lovers” is your average love story between centuries-old people (Swinton and Hiddleston). One lives in Detroit and the other, Tangier. Jarmusch threw in

  • An exotic beauty from downunder Mia Wasikowska is the daughter of Polish photographer Marzena Wasikowska and the Australian painter John Reid. She was destined for a career as a prima ballerina. However, during adolescence, the future ballerina hung up her dancing shoes. "I practiced dance thirty-five hours a week,” she told the British magazine The Observer. “The race for perfection quickly spoiled any pleasure I’d felt. I chose another way of expressing myself." Namely, acting. Rather espousing the same M.O. as her compatriot Naomi Watts, Wasikowska never became a media darling, avoiding the spotlight and keeping a low profile. She clearly

  • Mia Wasikowska, whose career was launched loud and clear in 2010 for playing Alice in Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland isn't so much a person to watch as she is a person to follow. And by that I don't mean follow her on Twitter but rather keep tabs. Her career is basically ongoing by now, it remains to be seen which roles she will be picking in the next few years and whether all her choices will be judicious ones. I was home last night and watched That Evening Sun by Scott Teems (2009). Wasikowska plays Pamela, a normal teenaged daughter living in deep, rural Tennessee who befriends an unwanted neighbor. The film did not win any Oscar nominations (but it did win a lot of other accolades) but I was struck by the

  • Glenn Close will be widely praised for her subtle work in Albert Nobbs, as the eponymous Irish woman surviving the nineteenth century disguised as a male waiter. Her performance nevertheless seems to be a classic case of undermugging (if one can have a classic case of something I just invented.) While I admire her willingness to try something so tranquil, the result is understated understatedness, which has a strange way of

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