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Favorite Movie Performance by Actor Colin Firth: A Single Man

L.A ‘62. English professor George (Colin Firth) is mourning the loss of his gay partner. He's spent the day reliving memories, but that night meets his student Kenny (Nicholas Hoult), who secretly admires him, in a bar. The two end up at George’s house after a spontaneous ocean swim. Kenny has just emerged from the shower,wrapped in a towel. George is making a fire. When Kenny goes to get a beer, he discovers a nude photo of George’s dead lover in a drawer. His suspicions about his teacher are confirmed. A beautiful score of stringed music, nostalgic and tender draws me in to every nuance of Colin's performance. George, feeling foolish and seeming a bit flushed with anticipation (yet restraining himself from improper conduct), sits on a chair across from the young man when the boy returns to the living room. A conversation ensues in which George asks Kenny questions, trying to discern the young man’s reasons for being there that night. The boy, too, is trying to learn things about George, but keeps hedging with his responses to George‘s questions, and nothing completely “telling” is ever said. Meanwhile, their eyes linger on each other. The young man’s eyes are an enchanting almost gleaming blue; I find it hard myself to look away from his sweet face. My eyes are also riveted every second to George’s face and to its many subtle changes of expression.. Finally, the boy asks George something and at that moment, George’s face blurs. My curiosity is very aroused when suddenly the scene has switched to George awaking at about 3 a.m. from his bed.. The young man, however, is not in the bed (as I had hoped he would not be). He is asleep on the sofa, and he clutches in his hands the gun which George had planned to shoot himself with. Had George revealed his plan to end his life that day to his student? Was that what happened in those missing hours? Had the boyish Kenny (while George was sleeping off his drunkenness) found the gun in the same way he had discovered the picture of George’s partner and now was holding it to prevent George from carrying out his suicide? I know I am soon going to learn George’s fate. . .

Copyright © | Year Posted 2010




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Date: 3/17/2010 2:23:00 PM
Another superb actor chosen to be written about. Excellent piece Andrea and many congratulations on your win in Frank's fine contest >> James
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Date: 3/17/2010 12:16:00 PM
Congratulations, Andrea!! Again, I applaud you for choosing one of my favorite actors for your poem! He didn't win the oscar....but he has won my heart...ha ha!! Great work!! Love, Carrie
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Date: 3/17/2010 12:02:00 PM
Congrats Andrea on your HM in Frank's contest.. a great write and terrific honor for u to so enjoy...luv.. Linda-Marie..
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Date: 3/17/2010 2:03:00 AM
Congratulations , on your honorable mention in the “Describe your favorite performance by Actor or Actress in a movie” member contest sponsored by: Frank Herrera. It's easy to see why you succeeded with this write. Your creativity shines brightly. Lovingly, Dane Ann
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Date: 3/16/2010 9:11:00 PM
Congratulations on your win...enjoyed...Marty
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Date: 3/14/2010 4:02:00 PM
Haven't seen this movie yet, Andrea, but now I want to know what happens to George. You definitely pique the readers' interests with your narrative. Best wishes for success in the contest. Love, Carolyn
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Date: 3/12/2010 4:22:00 PM
Superb write to an excellent Actor, equally > an excellent Actor on the receiving end of a quite brilliant write >> James
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Date: 3/7/2010 12:30:00 AM
Best wishes in the contest Andrea.Rgds Brian & thanks for your welcome commnts today.
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Date: 3/3/2010 6:00:00 AM
interesting
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Date: 3/2/2010 11:06:00 PM
This is very intriguing Andrea and now I have to see the movie and how it continues. This is so well written Andrea. Best of luck in the contest. Love, Connie
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Date: 3/2/2010 5:02:00 PM
Reminds me of the line from a Beatles tune...happiness is a warm gun. Light & Love
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Date: 3/2/2010 3:10:00 PM
Andrea, Your description of your favorite actor is very well written. It drew me in and held my attention throughout. The ending...unknown is a good place to stop. I enjoyed the read. Good luck in the contest. (Soup mail)
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Date: 3/2/2010 2:50:00 PM
As far as I know there is not a contest going by Raul..I just like to do a Haiku sometimes on a topic before I write a longer write. Interesting film that you have chosen on which to write..Good luck in the contest...Keep the creative pen flowing. Sara
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Date: 3/2/2010 12:54:00 PM
Hello,recomment dear,I saw Spanish dancers,there was a group,funnily enough not in Spain,but when i was on holiday in Rome,about ten years ago.It was wonderful.I wish to visit Spain in the coming years too.I love travelling,of course I have to work to travel:)..So work,work,then travel..Its lovely to see different countries.I have relatives in Usa too,in Benicia California,San Francisco and in New York,One day I ll be there.:),Its nice you had the opportunit to be in Madrid..tnks for readin me-C
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Date: 3/2/2010 5:09:00 AM
I love movies. I belong to a club where me and 5 other girlfriends go monthly to the movies. Every now and them we go to someone's home and cook dinner and watch old movies. This is a great poem.
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Date: 3/1/2010 11:16:00 PM
Recomment on my poem 'danza del fuego':)I saw Spanish girls dancing flamenco,and loved it,Its sensual,and a dance with feeling,I never danced it yet:),but i love it..Charma
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Date: 3/1/2010 10:33:00 PM
soup mail
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Date: 3/1/2010 6:04:00 PM
a single man. always depressing. you do enjoy your movies. this sounds pretty sad. -Always&Forever Lynette
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Date: 3/1/2010 11:51:00 AM
Intriguing film,A must see..tnks for posting all this information...and Congrat on your limerick win dear,Charma
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Date: 3/1/2010 10:24:00 AM
Yes I started the "tag" (Aret of expression) who did you tag? Your comments on my poetry mean a lot! I have 3 pics on my facebook if you want to see me "Jimmy Anderson" Later friend!
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Date: 3/1/2010 7:39:00 AM
Colin Firth!!! I love watching this actor, even before this Academy Award nomination! (He first captured me in his version of "Pride & Prejudice"I'm so glad he is getting the recognition he deserves....until now, has been an under-rated actor. Your poem is terrific, Andrea..he's a favorite of mine also!! Good luck in Frank's contest!! :)
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Date: 3/1/2010 7:01:00 AM
Interesting write my friend Andrea .. kept my attention though I cannot sit still long enough through an entire movie..this synopsis was impressive. .. makes one curious to see the movie ... good luck int he contest.. don't know if u read my Dame Elizabeth Rosemond Taylor aka Maggie the Cat entry.. enjoyed.. just posted a new blog about my son leaving today.. hope u can comment... luv..Linda-Marie..
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Date: 3/1/2010 12:31:00 AM
Don't believe I've seen this one yet...a convincing review to encourage me to take time out to see it though...well done! Kindest thoughts, Anna-Marie.
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