Friday, January 29, 2010

To Be Or Not To Be?

Do not be so gruesomely pessimistic, but do not be obliviously optimistic. Do not be so quick to judge, but do not be so quick to trust. Do not generalize, but do not think all people are leaders.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Golden Globe Winners of 2010

Best Motion Picture - Drama
Avatar

Best Motion Picture - Comedy/Musical
The Hangover

Best Director
Avatar

Best Actress - Drama
Sandra Bullock - The Blind Side

Best Actor - Drama
Jeff Bridges - Crazy Heart

Best Actress - Comedy/Musical
Meryl Streep - Julie & Julia

Best Actor - Comedy/Musical
Robert Downey Jr. - Sherlock Holmes

Best Supporting Actress
Mo'nique - Precious: Based On The Novel Push By Sapphire

Best Supporting Actor
Christopher Waltz - Inglorious Bastards

Best Animated Feature Film
Up

Best Screenplay
Jason Reitman & Sheldon Turner - Up In The Air

Best Original Score
Up

Best Original Song
The Weary Kind - Crazy Heart (theme)

Best Foreign Film
The White Ribbon

Best TV Series - Drama
Mad Men

Best TV Series - Comedy/Musical
Glee

Best Actress in a TV Series - Drama
Julianna Marguiles - The Good Wife

Best Actor in a TV Series - Drama
Michael C. Hall - Dexter

Best Actress in a TV Series - Comedy/Musical
Toni Collette - United States of Tara

Best Actor in a TV Series - Comedy/Musical
Alec Baldwin - 30 Rock

Best Supporting Actress in a TV Series
Chloe Sevigny - Big Love

Best Supporting Actor in a TV Series
John Lithgal - Dexter

The Lovely Bones

Good story, good acting, good movie (for the most part)...except it was ruined! The sad thing is that only a couple of things ruined the entire movie.
A 14 year old suburban girl, Susie Salmon (Saoirse Ronan), kidnapped, raped, and murdered by a disturbed serial killer, George Harvey (Stanley Tucci), who rapes then murders young girls. When she realizes that she has died she goes to a sort of in between world, not reality and not heaven. Her father, Jack Salmon (Mark Wahlberg), is determined to find her killer, with Suzy guiding him from beyond. Susan Sarandon plays Grandma Lynn, who is a sarcastic alcoholic, brings some comedy to this dark story.
It did not stay true to the book, it was too watered down, the director, Peter Jackson, narrowed the character's personalities too much. Especially the murders character, I guess her thought that Stanley Tucci could not handle it, but I dare to disagree. Stanley Tucci is a phenomenal actor when he wants to be and I think he wanted to be this character. I also think he thought that the audience could not handle the characters gruesome mentality.
The thing that slaughtered the film is the in between world. I guess the word for it would be over-done. There were as many special effects as an action movie. This movie was definitely produced for adolescent girls.
I am extremely disappointed in this movie. It could have been well done. I don't blame anyone but the director.

Sunday, January 17, 2010

A Letter to Rush Limbaugh :: rogerebert.com :: Opinion

READ THIS!!!! YOU GO ROGER, YOU ARE NOW ONE OF MY TOP TWO HEROES!!!! GOD DAMN YOU RUSH LIMBAUGH, dang I have wanted to say that for a loooooong time!!!!!!!!!!!!


A Letter to Rush Limbaugh :: rogerebert.com :: Opinion

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Kathryn Bigelow: Best Director

Kathryn Bigelow was the first woman director last night at the Critics' Choice Movie Awards to win Best Director! She is the director of The Hurt Locker, probably one of the best films of the decade. The Hurt Locker also won Best Picture.
This maybe cliche, but I hope to be standing on the exact spot on stage she was. Her presence will linger on that stage. She has set a high standard for women directors, which is exactly what we need, to make a our mark on a genre overpowered by men. My heart is full of nothing but love for her. I am unbelievably proud.

Critics' Choice Movie Awards

There were triumphant moments and shockingly horrible moments at the Critics' Choice Movie Awards. The first woman director, Kathryn Bigelow, won Best Director! The Cove won best documentary! The best actress award was a TIE! The most devastating and undeserving tie I have ever seen on an award show...
Meryl Streep & Sandra Bullock, two of the most undeserving nominees in the Best Actress category! I am sure they at least did a decant job acting in those movies, from what I have heard, Meryl Streep did. She had a small challenge playing Julia Child, with the accent and all, but... All of the other nominees deserved to win over those two!
Do not get me wrong, I am not dissing Sandra Bullock or anything, actually let me take that back... The Blind Side was probably the best acting she has done in a long time, if not ever, but I mean look at her movie career...it is not the best track record I have ever seen. She has the same character personality in most, if not all, of her "films", just in a different sticky situation. Predictable romantic comedies/chick flicks. The girl and the guy who do not really like each other or do not really want to fall in love, but always end up doing it anyway... This film was a big jump for her, and from what I have heard, she handled it pretty well for her acting abilities.
All I can say is...disappointing...for the most part...

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Golden Globe Awards 2010

I haven't seen all of the films or TV shows nominated but I am predicting the winners from what I have seen, what I have heard, and what I have read. Remember I can not predict the future.

who's going to win in bold
who should win in italics
* who has a chance
~ what I have seen
^ who should not be nominated



Best Drama - Film

  • Avatar ~
  • The Hurt Locker *
  • Inglorious Bastards *
  • Precious: Based On The Novel By Sapphire ~ *
  • Up In The Air
Should Be Nominated - Best Drama - Film
  • Public Enemies

Best Actress - Drama - Film
  • Emily Blunt - The Young Victoria
  • Sandra Bullock - The Blind Side ^
  • Helen Mirren - The Last Station
  • Carey Mulligan - An Education
  • Gabourey Sidibe - Precious: Based On The Novel By Sapphire ~ *

Best Actor - Drama - Film

  • Jeff Bridges - Crazy Heart
  • George Clooney - Up In The Air
  • Colin Firth - A Single Man
  • Morgan Freeman - Invictus *
  • Tobey Maguire - Brothers *
Should Be Nominated - Best Actor - Drama - Film
  • Johnny Depp - Public Enemies

Best Comedy/Musical - Film

  • (500) Days Of Summer ~ * -for comedy
  • The Hangover ~
  • It's Complicated
  • Julie & Julia ^
  • Nine * -for musical
Should Be Nominated - Best Comedy/Musical - Film
  • Away We Go

Best Actress - Comedy/Musical - Film
  • Sandra Bullock - The Proposal ^
  • Marion Cotillard - Nine *
  • Julia Roberts - Duplicity
  • Meryl Streep - It's Complicated
  • Meryl Streep - Julie & Julia

Best Actor - Comedy/Musical - Film
  • Matt Damon - The Informant! -for comedy
  • Daniel Day-Lewis - Nine -for musical
  • Robert Downey Jr. - Sherlock Holmes *
  • Joseph Gordon-Levitt - (500) Days Of Summer ~ *
  • Michael Stuhlbarg - A Serious Man

Best Supporting Actress - Film
  • Penelope Cruz - Nine *
  • Vera Farmiga - Up In The Air *
  • Anna Kendrick - Up In The Air *
  • Mo'nique - Precious: Based On The Novel By Sapphire ~
  • Julianne Moore - A Single Man

Best Supporting Actor - Film
  • Matt Damon - Invictus
  • Woody Harrelson - The Messenger *
  • Christopher Plummer - The Last Station *
  • Stanley Tucci - The Lovely Bones *
  • Christopher Waltz - Inglorious Bastard

Best Animated Film
  • Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs ^
  • Coraline * ~
  • Fantastic Mr. Fox
  • The Princess And Frog ^
  • Up * ~

Best Director - Drama - Film
  • Kathryn Bigelow - The Hurt Locker *
  • James Cameron - Avatar
  • Clint Eastwood - Invictus *
  • Jason Reitman - Up In The Air
  • Quentin Tarantino - Inglorious Bastards *

Best TV Series - Drama
  • Big Love (HBO) *
  • Dexter (SHOWTIME) *
  • House (FOX) ~
  • Mad Men (AMC) ~
  • True Blood (HBO) * ~

Best Actress - TV - Drama
  • Glenn Close - Damages (FX) *
  • January Jones - Mad Men (AMC) ~
  • Julianna Margulies - The Good Wife (CBS)
  • Anna Paquin - True Blood (HBO) * ~
  • Kyra Sedgwick - The Closer (TNT) * ~

Best Actor - TV -Drama
  • Simon Baker - The Mentalist (CBS) ^ ~
  • Michael C. Hall - Dexter (SHOWTIME) *
  • Jon Hamm - Mad Men (AMC) ~
  • Hugh Laurie - House (FOX) ~
  • Bill Paxton - Big Love (HBO)

Best TV Series - Comedy/Musical
  • 30 Rock (NBC) ~
  • Entourage (HBO) *
  • Glee (FOX) ^
  • Modern Family (ABC) ~
  • The Office (NBC) ~
Should Be Nominated - Best TV Series - Comedy/Musical
  • It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia
  • How I Met Your Mother
  • The Big Bang Theory

Best Actress - TV - Comedy/Musical

  • Toni Collette - United States Of Tara (SHOWTIME)
  • Courtney Cox - Cougar Town (ABC) ^
  • Edie Falco - Nurse Jackie (SHOWTIME)
  • Tina Fay - 30 Rock (NBC) ~
  • Lea Michele - Glee (FOX) ^

Best Actor - TV - Comedy/Musical
  • Alec Baldwin - 30 Rock (NBC) ~
  • Steve Carell - The Office (NBC) * ~
  • David Duchovny - Californication (SHOWTIME) *
  • Thomas Jane - Hung (HBO)
  • Matthew Morrison - Glee (FOX) ^
Should Be Nominated - Best Actor - TV - Comedy/Musical
  • Danny Devito - It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia
  • Neil Patrick Harris - How I Met Your Mother


Sunday, January 17th
NBC
7:00 central
Ricky Jervais is hosting

Saturday, January 2, 2010

Paper Heart

A corky documentary, directed by Nicholas Jasenovec, about love. I wonder why nobody has thought of this before. Love is usually thought of as either simple or overly complicated. It is certainly stereotyped, but this film dives deep into the concept of the word...love.
Charlyne Yi, comedian and actress, does not believe in love. She decides to go on a journey to figure out if love is real or not. On her journey she meets Michael Cera (from Juno). Ironically, they make an instant connection, and as the movie progresses, they fall in love. But Charlyne refuses to except this.
Their relationship seems real, but I could not quite figure out if it was part of the plot of the movie, or just a coincidence, they would be a good couple though.
Personally, I did not like Charlyne. I thought that she was to immature, so much so that she seemed like a 12 year old. She was too quiet, now if she was shy that would be a different story, but she just did not follow through when she spoke and did not make it clear why she was even speaking. But I am certain that she would be lovable to a lot of people.
The best scenes in the film were little puppet shows, which acted out moments when the couples being interviewed truly fell in love.
This was not the best documentary I have seen, but it did change my perspective on love.

*I would recommend this film.