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[08 Aug 2007|11:42am]

I must expound on my previous post, as I watched the movie a second time with the significant other, read a few reviews and am able to put my ideas into better words.

This film is character driven. Very. Dunst's character included. And one must decide if Bloom is simply spending a lot of time just standing around with no expression because he can't act or because Crowe simply can't direct....OR....if the dilemma (or dilemmas!) his character is facing is keeping him introspective and really unable to react to the barrage of things going on around him. Later, the character is able to finally let go of his pent-up emotions while on the road-trip with his father's urn beside him, coming to terms with the father he never knew, his failure as a professional and finding the renewal that comes with seeing how much is still out there for him to learn about and love.

The soundtrack alone is a character, each song presenting itself in every scene to set the stage for mood. I had flashbacks of Harold and Maude (a feeling the director was in fact shooting for). And Garden State. Both are excellent films. That I own. God I'm a geek.

Is it a story of pessimism versus optimism? Perhaps. Is it a love story? Perhaps. Is it a coming-of-age for the twenty-something story? Perhaps. And perhaps, it is all those things. I myself have spent my twenties (and thirties) embroiled in my own life. It made me consider what I haven't done and said to my parents, my sister, my friends --- and how I might feel should I miss the opportunity because of my own selfishness. Film-goers will find a character and bond with it. Baylor. Coburn. Jessie. Mom Baylor. Or perhaps a combination. There's something for everyone to identify with. And if you don't, you completely missed the point.

I read many reviews that said Bloom proved he can't carry a film, and I don't think that's entirely fair. The movie as a whole dictates how the leads will be perceived. Perspective, folks. Bloom's accent slips on many occassions and makes his diction rather muddled. Dipthongs are ugly in American English. That's gotta be tough. All things considered, I think both leads did rather well in a very poignant, charming film about the complexities of life, love and family.
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[04 Aug 2007|10:21am]

I have sadly neglected my little community, but...life...ya know?

However, much as I predicted, my favorite Brit has returned to his roots...the STAGE! Not a moment too soon, I think. And I am beyond pleased with this move, as I didn't wish to see such talent swallowed up by the abysmal pit which is Hollywood.

This link http://www.incelebration.co.uk to In Celebration is the official website for this new project. The roll, though small at best, is being praised by critics and is perhaps a good stepping-stone. Stage is nothing like film. And rather than arrogantly charge in and demand a large roll just because of his celebrity, Bloom chose to instead skillfully master a powerful secondary part and with great humility. Nice.

Kudos, Orlando. Theatre geeks around the world are smiling. Myself included. I am saddened that I'm a continent away and cannot see it. Balls.

I did recently see Elizabethtown. Yes, yes, I'm a naughty fan for not seeing it in theatres, I know. It is unfortunate that this movie tanked at the box office and with critics. But I know why. It's a charming film filled with realistic situations. It was billed as a full-budget-major-motion-picture type of movie --- but it has WAY too much of an Indie feel for such a billing. I think people were....confused. And maybe even disappointed in the way the series of events unfolded, especially the romance. Like I said...realistic. Not "Hollywood". It still ended rather "Hollywood". But maybe not enough. I enjoyed it. And even got a few chuckles out of it. Its director, Cameron Crowe, who's best known for other quirky, culty films like Fast Times At Ridgemont High and Say Anything (both of which I own!) keeps with his style. But like I said ---- too Indie. Too quirky. Audiences saw "Orlando Bloom" and wanted something....uh, different. I think.
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[12 Aug 2004|09:21am]

Okay guys, some day I'm gonna get the picture back up on this community. I've been neglecting it for so long.

Hope everyone is well. Oh, and if anyone knows if Ned Kelly and/or The Calcium Kid is available for rent in this wretched country (United States, I mean), please let me know where -- 'cuz the Blockbuster's and Hollywood Videos around here (SE Wisconsin/Northern Illinois) don't have them. Maybe I haven't exhausted all my resources.
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[08 Jun 2004|11:19am]

Sorry I've been away so long, but grown-up life is a little hectic. I'd like to welcome any and all new members.

I saw Troy last week, and...

I am compelled to say....that I'm sick of seeing Orlando play the hopeless romantic and/or the warrior guy who rides a horse wielding a bow and/or sword. It's getting old...fast! And like many folk, I couldn't help but see Legolas when he was fondling his bow...I'm sorry, **shooting** his bow and arrow. Yeah. Just could NOT suspend my disbelief and see Prince Paris - I saw Legolas. And then all other times, I saw Will Turner...perhaps more dark and brooding, but still.... Is he still gorgeous? Of course. Not as beefcake as Eric Bana though...mmmm, Eric Bana...but fun to look at none-the-less. But I am convinced that he has talent and am anxious to see something more...challenging? Maybe I need to see The Calcium Kid and Ned Kelly to get a better perspective.
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somethings im selling [30 May 2004|09:31pm]

[ mood | curious ]

orlando bloom fan? stupid question. well heres a few things you might want to take a look at.

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=6902042598&sspagename=STRK%3AMESE%3AIT&rd=1 - Nov 2002 Luomo Vogue with justin timberlake on the cover, includes the very rare early photoshoot pictures of him on the elephant, etc. selling for $12.00

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=6902043728&sspagename=STRK%3AMESE%3AIT&rd=1 - Flaunt Magazine with the black and white picture of Orlando on the cover with all the tattoos. selling for $8.00

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=6902044571&sspagename=STRK%3AMESE%3AIT&rd=1 - Aug 2003 The Face magazine with Orlando on the cover with the red shirt. selling for $8.00

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=3818800875&sspagename=STRK%3AMESE%3AIT&rd=1 - orlando bloom poster of him walking on the beach. selling for $7.00

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=3818800939&sspagename=STRK%3AMESE%3AIT&rd=1 - orlando bloom poster of him laying on a bed. selling for $7.00

xoxo, dapump_suki_des

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[20 Jan 2004|02:02pm]

Does anybody else here care that Orlando is "in love" with Kate Bosworth? Frankly, I think anyone who can find "love" is about 500 steps ahead of me. Those airport photos were a bit sappy and seemingly posed, but who gives a shit, right? My initial reaction was "gag me", but that's only because right now I feel that way about any two people who seem happy together. Oh, and I really want to stick a cheeseburger in her hand 'cuz DAMN she's skinny!

I think "Win A Date With Tad Hamilton" looks good. I plan to see it because - well - I like watching movies and not watching a movie because a certain person in it happens to be romantically linked to one of the hottest guys on the planet is - ridiculous. I'm done.
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[14 Jan 2004|12:18pm]

What the hell kind of Orlando Bloom fan am I? I totally forgot his birthday! And what kind of community maintainer forgets the birthday of the person said community is dedicated to? So...


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Icons [30 Dec 2003|02:31am]

[ mood | Why am I always awake? ]

So I made these Orli icons a while ago and never thought to post them here. Silly me. So here they are...

My fave... though it's so hard to choose!

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[27 Dec 2003|10:45pm]

I think Orlando is starting to become just slightly annoyed with his squealing girl fanbase. Has anyone else noticed this? It just appears that way to me, I could be wrong.
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[04 Dec 2003|09:05pm]

Hi, well this community is certainly refreshing. At first I thought I was finally seeing a backlash to all the love...but instead, I found something better.

I am a fangirl at the core, but Im very adept at separating that aspect of myself when I watch him on screen. Being an aspiring actor myself, when I see movies, I see them to admire the art. Although I do admire the natural aesthetics of the cast, Id like to think that I can rise above my hormones to actually see what is before me.

So Im joining.

Has anyone ever heard of Fan Forum? Theyve got a very active Orlando board, and I started this thread:
Its a good place to be really, although we dont get that many posters on it. Come and join the debate.
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Hiya [14 Nov 2003|02:06am]

[ mood | awake ]

So hi I'm Monica. :) I just wanted to say that the extended DVD version of the Two Towers is out in a few days and I'm really excited about seeing what is new and watching all the special features.

I love watching the interviews with Orlando, he seems like a really fun and energetic guy to be around.

I think the story about his back injury is really inspiring... but then again it is talked about and played on a lot... but who can blame them it is pretty remarkable. To think if he hadn't been able to walk, we may have no idea who he was.

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[10 Nov 2003|03:59pm]

So...regarding "Haven", Orlando's newest endeavor. Here's a link in case you haven't read up on it yet - http://www.moviepoopshoot.com/news/nov03/34.html

From one of my stage craft books - "..and the producer said 'let there be a design'..."

For those of you unfamiliar with this jargon, let me shed some light on what being a "producer" means. Granted, my only experience with producers is in theatre, but I'm sure it's still pretty close.

The producer is the top dog! Here's the chain of command:
Production Manager(s)
Stage Manager(s)
The producer is the person you never see, but makes all the decisions. Even if the director wants it, and the producer says 'no' - it ain't gonna happen! The producer also shoulders a huge portion of the financial burden of putting on a show/movie. They're responsible for hiring the appropriate people for the appropriate job and delegating certain duties to those persons. They decide how much to spend and where to spend it. Final set designs, program layouts, etc...all get approval from the producer. I mean, they are paying for it, after all. They are God! Anyone else have experience with producers? Is my portrayal accurate?

So Orlando's gonna be a producer... Can't help but think that he is so inexperienced in Hollywood, not to mention that he's just started getting into acting. I don't know what possessed him to take on such an enormous responsibility. And to star in the same movie!! Shit, Mel Gibson didn't start producing/directing/acting until the late 90's. This is Orlando's...what...third year in Hollywood? Not saying he can't do it - just - damn! It's a ton of work. Talk about ambition!! So Kudos for Orlando! Having said that, as inspired by a post made to juliebean, I think he'll win an Oscar before he's 30. Yup. Just a gut feeling. Who wants to put money on it?
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[29 Oct 2003|10:07am]

[ mood | Playful ]

In keeping with tradition....

Orlando At His WorstCollapse )

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[23 Oct 2003|06:55pm]

So I was reviewing the User Info for this community and noticed that we've gotten a few new members on board. Welcome. I'd much appreciate it if you would introduce yourselves. As you can see, I'm soliciting others to make posts here - as much as I like hearing myself talk, I'd love to read your thoughts and opinions. Doesn't have to be anything special. I've been posting some really dumb shit - but that's okay.

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I'm Ashamed To Say.... [22 Oct 2003|02:16pm]

I was a total girl last night.

I stayed up late to see Orlando on the GQ awards on channel 51 (TNN?). At first, I said - "nah, he'll only be on for a millisecond..." but my girliness got the best of me. Can't say it was worth it; he was only on for a millisecond. But he's so articulate! And that accent! And that smile! Okay, I'll stop...

Was I the only one who had a girl attack last night? Probably.
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Orlando In The News [20 Oct 2003|03:00pm]

[ mood | horny ]

Looks like O.B. is getting busy with his charity work. Add to his list The Lili Claire Foundation and The ALA (American Library Association). We've previously seen him submitting photographs for The Make-A-Wish-Foundation in co-operation with Sony Ericsson. By the way, that exhibit is in Chicago as we speak. Oh, well - no time to get down there this week.

Click Here For More Info, Links and PictureCollapse )

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I Have A Picture To Share [14 Oct 2003|09:35am]


Androgynous Much?Collapse )
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Ned Kelly **UPDATED POST** [11 Oct 2003|01:54pm]

So, like I said, Ned Kelly opened in the UK on September 26th. I've been trying to find some reviews, but they're difficult to find. This is the best I could do...

From Empire Magazine (UK) - October 2003

Reviewer Colin Kennedy calls the story "truncated" and an example of [director] Jordon's "lesser work". Yet he says it "...still shot through with enough lyrical touches..."

The only mention of Orlando Bloom was - "...he's [Jordan] aided by the likeable leads - Ledger and Bloom - who overcome dodgy beards and wobbly accents to put in spirited performances."

The verdict? "A wannabe Western epic that never quite fills the widescreen, but is quite lovely around the fringes." Given *** out of ***** making it "Satisfying - A solid example of the genre"

Hmmm...seems unduly harsh! Perhaps in Laman's (spelled right?) terms, it means the plot only scratches the surface of the story and lacks depth and character development. But what average audience member would know that? I don't know jack about Ned Kelly. So for those who've seen it, do you agree or disagree? What about Bloom's performance? Wobbly accent? Spirited? I love discussing movies!!

**UPDATE** I found some more reviews!

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Thank God For Vocabulary [08 Oct 2003|01:50pm]

Okay...I'm still chuckling...I have to stop...ah, yes...anyway, there are some days when I'm so thankful for my education. And maybe for being one of the oldest people using LJ.
The following is a list of 'phrases' and/or 'words' I don't EVER want to see posted in this community to describe Orlando Bloom or anything else about him.Collapse )
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For UK Members [29 Sep 2003|03:41pm]

[ mood | curious ]

Ned Kelly opened on Friday (Sept 26) in the UK. Anybody see it? What did you think? I'll update with some reviews from Empire magazine later.

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