Sep 13, 2011

Just A Little Team Jolie. Poppycock.
I know I've been very vocal previously about being Team Aniston since the beginning of time but I'm going out on a limb here and pronouncing myself just a little bit Team Jolie.
And it's all because of the 2010 film, Salt.  Better late than never.

It can be hard at times to forget that actresses (or is everyone calling themselves actors these days?) of Jolie's calibre and fame actually ... act.  The press is full of her humanitarian achievements, her turn in a recent LV campaign and of course as one half of the Jolie-Pitt phenomenon.

Salt is a film I never thought I'd actually like or watch.  As luck would have it, though, it was on one of the movie channels at the weekend and Mr Ruler of the Remote aka Mr SSG had finally had enough of the sport and decided that a movie was in order.  This Phillip Noyce directed film is action thriller with a splash of spy and political thrown in.  It's very physical and stunt driven and suprisingly light on in the love scene department.

I was just drawn in from the beginning.  Jolie plays Evelyn Salt, a CIA agent who has been all over the world for her job.  She is suspected of being a Russian defector (she was brought up there and had some training there as flash backs in the film allude to) and is being tortured in North Korea in a very graphic early scene of the film.  She then meets her husband, an arachnologist.  She was meant to 'get to know him' to infilrate North Korea but ended up falling in love with him and getting married to him

The current time of the film is 2 years ahead of this time in North Korea.  Salt is back in the US working with the Pentagon.  A Russian spy drifts into the offices with 'information'.  Salt interviews him and his parting words to her allude to her possible past as a spy for Russia.  Things rapidly unwind for Salt and she makes a run for it, which makes her colleagues extremely supsicious and all out action sequence involving jumping across moving trucks in peak hour traffic ensues.

It's so hard to not give the plot away.  All I can say is that I just lost myself in Salt's world as she tries to defend her country (which is the US) in spite of not being able to fully trust any of those around her, be they Russian or American.  The film is fast paced, well acted and kept me guessing.  There are rumours of a sequel (if Jolie agrees to it) and I really hope there is another film.  Salt is a thinking person's political thriller.  It is interesting that the lead role was initially written with Tom Cruise in mind but to me, Jolie really makes the film.  Her look and physicality are perfect for this role and she has made it her own.

This is what I love about American confectionary.  Even bit sized stuff is in such large containers you can't hold a package in one hand.
Not much else has been happening around here.  I'm back at work this week and we're making inroads into my Costco haul from the other week.  We opened this humungous can of Poppycock popcorn.  This is the bomb.  It's all sorts of caramel coated goodness.  Perfectly puffed corn, pecans and almonds.  It's pop corn crack.  It's a little like the Lolly Gobble Bliss Bombs we used to have as children.  I don't know if this is still made in Australia though.

Still on things American, Barack Obama has rescheduled his visit to Australia.  Hope it's third time lucky.  He will be here on his way home from APEC in Hawaii.  Which makes sense because the shopping is better in Honolulu, as readers of this blog already know.  I wonder if there is a limit on luggage on Airforce One?  The President will be in Austalia to mark the 60th anniversary of the Australian American Alliance so he will definitely be going to Canberra.  I hope the First Couple get to visit Sydney.  The food, the coffee, the beaches, the sun.....

Speaking of sun, it's going to be close to 30C in Sydney this weekend.  I'm excited already.  It's already getting a little too warm in the day for knits and suit pants.  I will risk creating a horrible visual by saying that I am seriously intending to walk to the car after work today with both my sleeves and trouser legs rolled up so I can partially reverse the pasty skin situation this prolonged winter has caused to my skin.

Talk again soon,


  1. Loving the zebra vibe!
    Jolie has something going on that the camera loves...
    she gets the red carpet right every time.

  2. I've never seen a bad photo of AJ, posed or papped she looks amazingly beautiful. I haven't seen Salt, but I would say she's so far proved to make amazingly bad movie choices. Its not that she's a bad actress, imho, but the film are sh*te - see The Tourist for staggeringly bad film DESPITE Johnny D, Paul B, and a whole stack of brillo actors. Maybe she hasn't a good ear for a script? Good job too, or she'd be perfect, and that would be v. depressing

  3. Hmmm - maybe I shall put Salt on my watch list. It hadn't appealed to me up until now...

    The Poppycock looks fantastic!!

    K xx

  4. I love Angelina. She seems a bit like a wonderwoman with 6 kids and all that extra-curricular stuff going on. Of course she has help, but she's got me hooked!! Enjoy that weather in Sydney this weekend! xx

  5. I haven't seen Salt as yet, but you have definitely piqued my interest, the plot sounds great!

    And thank you for reminding me of the forgotten Lolly Gobble Bliss Bombs, you brought a smile to my face remembering those.

  6. Angelina looks amazing :) I really don't like caramel but love caramel popcorn. Weird huh?

  7. Lolly Gobble Bliss Bomb is definitely still available.

    I am a regular buyer! :-)

  8. I saw Salt in the bargain section at the supermarket earlier today (supposed to be sourcing DVDs for the movie element of my son's upcoming birthday sleepover party!) I think I'll go back and get it now!

  9. Oh you have just triggered such memories of Lolly Gobble Bliss Bombs. They were a birthday party staple. I've been fighting the urge to get a Costco membership but everywhere I go there are people telling me how great it is. Maybe I will have to succumb after all.


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