I know I won't do my layout tonight. I can feel it in my bones. I don't know about updating my iPod either...iTunes is screwing up something bad. :-/
But! I will review the Aviator, because it was actually better than I was expecting. It's a pretty solid film in terms of cast and production values....in particular, I'll single out the cinematography in the flight scenes and the musical score. Both were just amazing. Ditto for Scorcese's attention to detail when it came to recreating 1930s Hollywood. I think it stands a pretty good chance at the Oscars, or at least a better chance than Gangs of New York did.
And the performances? I wasn't expecting too much from Leonardo DiCaprio admittedly, but I was surprised. He gave a very raw, intense performance. The kind of performance where you have to look away because it's a little overwhelming. He really must have done his homework on Hughes to act as well as he did here.
Cate playing Kate? Yes, spot on. Katherine Hepburn has struck me as a rather larger-than-life character and one that would be incredibly difficult to play. Yet, Cate pulls it off. Her accent and mannerisms just seem so flawless. And, like the chameleon actor she is, she completely disappears into her role and becomes Kate Hepburn.
DiCaprio and Blanchett are supported by a very strong supporting cast including John C. Reilly (Hughes' hapless accountant), Kate Beckinsale (Ava Gardner) and Alec Baldwin (Juan Trippe, the head of PanAm and Hughes' rival). Alan Alda I'll also single out because he played the scumbag senator so well and made him dislikable. Oh! And Willem Dafoe, though admittedly he was only on-screen for five minutes as a tabloid editor. Good to see him in the film, even if it was only a cameo. ^_^
Since I don't think I'm going to do the layout or update the iPod tonight, I think I'll at least take care of updating Like a Moth now.