Mr flicks

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Ponyo 7.30pm, SBS ONE ★★★★ G. 2008. Su­perbly an­i­mated en­viro apoc­a­lypse tale from Ja­panese mas­ter Hayao Miyazaki, in which a fish-girl from the deep is washed ashore and found by a boy. Her al­chemist fish fa­ther warns against con­tact with hu­mans and en­gi­neers an im­mense storm which cov­ers the land. Cate Blanchett, Matt Da­mon. Be­ing Ju­lia 8.30pm, Gem ★★★ M. 2004. Charm­ing 1930s pe­riod piece based on a Som­er­set Maugham novel with An­nette Ben­ing con­quer­ing all be­fore her but, to the be­muse­ment of hus­band Jeremy Irons, claim­ing to be bored. When she meets a younger man she suc­cumbs to a pas­sion­ate af­fair but is it love or just a con­tin­u­a­tion of a stage role? She’s Out of My League 9.15pm, Show­time Com­edy ★★ MA. 2010. Young Jay Baruchel still hangs out with his high-school mates and co-work­ers and broods over his ex-girl­friend, but all that changes when the beau­ti­ful Alice Eve, way out of his league, asks him to a hockey game. One of the most un­der­rated flicks of 2010, this hi­lar­i­ous, re­al­is­tic and sur­pris­ingly sweet com­edy is a crowd pleaser. Swept Away 11.35pm, Ten, Ten SC ★ M. 2002. Dis­as­trous ve­hi­cle di­rected by Guy Ritchie for then-wife Madonna about a rich wo­man who is ship­wrecked on a desert is­land with only rough-hewn deck­hand Bruce Green­wood for com­pany. How this odd cou­ple sorts out sur­vival tech­niques and so­cial in­ter­ac­tion doesn’t make for the fas­ci­nat­ing drama that it may sug­gest.

Al­ways. Edit and or­gan­ise are al­ways the first two steps to a beau­ti­ful space. Also, when I’m edit­ing their things, it helps me to get to know them. I typ­i­cally don’t have a lot of time to get to know some­body, es­pe­cially when I’m do­ing a makeover on a show. But when I’m in the space and I’m dig­ging through kitchen cabi­nets . . . it’s re­ally fun. I think that’s one of the dis­tinc­tions be­tween the in­te­ri­ors that I try to ac­com­plish and many oth­ers that can just be ex­pen­sive or very glossy. I am al­ways reach­ing for the things that le­git­i­mately have mean­ing for the peo­ple that live there.

Ab­so­lutely. I think one of the things peo­ple who watch my show have started to un­der­stand is that you have to ap­proach a space with an idea that is very well formed. You have to take the time to bring a space to­gether, whether uni­fy­ing it with a colour scheme or with a par­tic­u­lar style of fur­ni­ture or a feel­ing that can come from a movie set or a cof­fee ta­ble book. It doesn’t re­ally mat­ter where the in­spi­ra­tion comes from but you have to work into that space the things that have mean­ing to you all while keep­ing very cog­nisant of the theme. Be­ing con­sumers is part of our per­son­al­ity as a coun­try. Do you think that de­sire for new things all the time is tak­ing away from mak­ing a home a home?

Yes, I do. The thing is, dec­o­ra­tion is very sim­i­lar to fash­ion in that com­pa­nies come up with new prod­ucts all the time and new ideas. Ed­i­tors and peo­ple like my­self on TV are con­stantly show­ing peo­ple new ideas and ways of do­ing things. I don’t be­lieve in an­swer­ing ques­tions about trends for that

Do you do a lot of edit­ing as far as your client’s fur­nish­ings are con­cerned? We have so many aspects to our per­son­al­i­ties. Do you find some of the is­sues peo­ple have in dec­o­rat­ing their homes are mak­ing those aspects blend? Nate Berkus

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