Golden Globe Winners 2010

January 18, 2010 at 12:02 pm (Movies)

  • Best Motion Picture-Drama-Avatar
  • Best Motion Picture-Comedy or Musical-The Hangover (Nothing funnier than seeing 3 screwball comedy actors and Mike Tyson go up during a prestigious award ceremony to receive one of the highest awards.)
  • Best Male Performance in a Comedy/Musical-Robert Downey Jr., Sherlock Holmes
  • Best Female Performance in a Comedy/Musical-Meryl Streep, Julie and Julia
  • Best  Male Performance in a Drama-Jeff Bridges, Crazy Heart
  • Best Female Performance in a Drama-Sandra Bullock, The Blind Side
  • Best Supporting Male Performance-Christoph Waltz, Inglourious Basterds (Totally deserving, he’s frighteningly great in that movie.)
  • Best Supporting Female Performance-Mo’Nique, Precious
  • Best Director-James Cameron, Avatar
  • Best Screenplay-Jason Reitman/Sheldon Turner, Up in the Air
  • Best Original Score-Michael Giacchino, Up
  • Best Original Song-“The Weary Kind”, Crazy Heart
  • Best Animated Movie-Up
  • Best Foreign Language Film-The White Ribbon
  • Best TV Series-Drama-Mad Men
  • Best TV Series-Comedy or Musical-Glee
  • Best Male Performance in a Drama-Michael C Hall, Dexter
  • Best Female Performance in a Drama-Julianna Margulies, The Good Wife
  • Best Male Performance in a Comedy-Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock
  • Best Female Performance in a Comedy-Toni Collete, United States of Tara
  • Best Male Performance in a TV Mini Series or Film-Kevin Bacon, Taking Chances
  • Best Female Performance in a TV Mini Series or Film-Drew Barrymore, Grey Gardens
  • Best Supporting Male Performance in a TV Series, Mini-Series, or TV Film-Johnathon Lithgow, Dexter
  • Best Supporting Female Performance in a TV Series, Mini-Series, or TV Film-Chloe Sevigny, Big Love
  • Best Mini-Series or TV Film-Grey Gardens

Christoph Waltz as Hans Landa in Inglourious Basterds

Robert Downey Jr. as Sherlock Holmes

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Top 50 Films of the Decade: 2000-2009

January 17, 2010 at 2:23 pm (Movies)

This is, at the very least, a huge undertaking to take a retrospective and just sorta count out what I liked most from the past 10 years of seeing movies, mainly because in 2000 I was 8 years old. My movie sense then isn’t the same as it is now. But after a ton of visits to Wikipedia’s film lists and a lot of deliberation last night as I went through a process involving my notebook to narrow down the movies, I think I’ve come to some true results that I can stand behind. There were snappy comedies that were fun to watch, mind-blowing crime sagas, and movies that even took us deep inside through the human mind. Agree or not, these are my favorite movies from the past 10 years, in other words, the first decade I’ve lived through the entirety of.

  1. The Dark Knight-The setting was a dark, increasingly crowded theater filled to the brim with avid fanboys waiting to see the most anticipated superhero film of the year. Christopher Nolan crafts an expert film with an engaging story of a superhero, but also perfectly crafts what can come with superpowers and an intelligent but enthralling way of describing the morality that comes with it. Every scene Heath Ledger’s Joker comes on screen the crowd fell silent in anticipation, not knowing what would come next. This is an expert film, the best superhero film ever made in the fact the hero isn’t a “superhero” at all, and one of my favorite films I’ve seen.
  2. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind-Another one of my favorite directors, Michel Gondry (also helming The Green Hornet which I can’t wait for) takes us inside the human mind with a fantastically written and a fantastically executed movie that redefines “interesting”. Jim Carrey’s near-perfect in this, and with an ending that throws you truly on your head, you definitely need to see it.
  3. Little Miss Sunshine-There’s just something so infectious about this movie, this family starts out separated and by the end of the 2 hours not only have you seen them grow together you’ve grown closer to them, plus it’s funny and witty, Steve Carell is perfect in it.
  4. Be Kind Rewind-Michel Gondry hits the note again in what was a great concept that was executed greatly, that’s fun to watch over and over again.
  5. No Country for Old Men-Ha-Ha, the Coen Brothers paint a wild west landscape that’s just so bleak and silent, Javier Bardem appearing often to truly embody “evil” in one of the best films of that year. It holds with it a great story, and the anticipation builds and builds throughout.
  6. Up-(See Below)
  7. Finding Nemo-It’s so so so worth mentioning how paramount the Pixar movies have been in the past decade, truly great movies that have been cranked out constantly, never disappointing. These two, to me, exist as their 2 finest. Other Pixar Films appear in my list, which just goes to show how much they’ve meant to me growing up and learning to love movies.
  8. Gran Torino-Clint Eastwood puts together a really strong movie with one of his best and most iconic characters ever in Walt.
  9. District 9-Neil Blomkamp shows what can be done with little financial backing my crafting a science fiction masterpiece that’s really ingenious.
  10. Dan in Real Life-Steve Carell’s in the top ten again, a really charming romantic comedy that I really enjoyed watching.
  11. I Love You, Man
  12. Monsters Inc.
  13. Spiderman 1/2
  14. Watchmen
  15. Pineapple Express
  16. United 93
  17. Swing Vote
  18. The Hangover
  19. Shaun of the Dead/Hot Fuzz
  20. Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl/Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest
  21. Star Trek (2009)
  22. Supersize Me
  23. Zombieland
  24. Hitch
  25. Sherlock Holmes (2009)
  26. Casino Royale
  27. Where the Wild Things Are
  28. Avatar
  29. Forgetting Sarah Marshall
  30. Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy
  31. Inglourious Basterds
  32. The Prestige
  33. The Soloist
  34. Iron Man
  35. Slumdog Millionaire
  36. I Am Legend
  37. Drag Me To Hell
  38. Funny People
  39. Wanted
  40. Taken
  41. Batman Begins-Liam Neeson two times in a row haha
  42. X2: X-Men United
  43. 300
  44. Run Fatboy Run
  45. Shrek
  46. Inside Man
  47. Knocked Up
  48. Walk the Line
  49. The Pursuit of Happyness
  50. Borat: Cultural Learnings of America  for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan

Honorable Mentions-

  • Where in the World is Osama Bin Laden?
  • 16 Blocks
  • Get Smart (2008)
  • The Visitor
  • Observe and Report
  • Away We Go
  • Elf
  • School of Rock
  • Secondhand Lions
  • Ray
  • The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King
  • Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines
  • Bruce Almighty
  • The Incredibles
  • War of the Worlds
  • March of the Penguins
  • National Treasure
  • The 40 Year Old Virgin
  • The Blind Side
  • Public Enemies
  • Henry Poole is Here
  • License to Wed
  • Disturbia
  • Happy Feet

So, there’s the list. The Top 10 I totally recommend and take your own discretion through the rest of the list, but I can definitely recommend each and every one of those to your NetFlix or check at your local video store.

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Spoiler Alert-Spiderman 4 Dies

January 11, 2010 at 9:17 pm (Movies)

Basically you really need to check out this link here, it’s a bunch of news considering what’s now no longer Spiderman 4. In case you don’t want to read all of it, here’s a brief wrap-up.

  • Because Raimi couldn’t promise Sony he could “creatively” come to terms on making the new Spiderman for the Summer of 2011, he’s been dropped from the project, along with all the cast and crew.
  • Now Sony/Columbia are going forth with a reboot (yes, a reboot of a widely successful series) to focus on Peter Parker’s high school years.
  • James Cameron’s idea for his direction/script for the series is being considered.
  • 3-D is Also Being Considered
  • The May 2011 date was scrapped, July of 2011 release date is unlikely, now Summer 2012 date is new focus.
  • John Malkovich, who was originally considered for the Green Goblin in the first movie, and was confirmed for a role in Spiderman 4 as the Vulture, is now still being considered for a part in the new re-boot. Interest in Anne Hathaway (potentially as the Vulturess, no that’s NOT a typo) is still in the minds of many at Sony/Columbia.
  • Star Trek 2 is also coming out that Summer, so there’s something to see haha.

The Vulture for a Reboot?

The Vulturess? *snickers*

Hopefully not the new Peter Parker

Also Hopefully Not the New Peter Parker

I'm Praying THIS is the New Uncle Ben haha...

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Chuck Season 3 Returns! So Watch It!

January 9, 2010 at 3:56 pm (Television)

My favorite show on television is set to return tomorrow night on NBC and I definitely wanted to take this chance to definitely advertise for it mainly because I don’t want it to be canceled again. Chuck is the cool James Bond Nerd tale of Chuck Bartowski being inadvertently thrown into the world of spies and espionage after all the CIA’s top secrets are downloaded into his brain as part of a new Intersect program. Now Chuck has a high price on his head and is constantly under the watch of CIA handlers while having to keep covers and simultaneously lie to his family to keep them safe. In the newest season Chuck’s been outfitted with a newer version of the Intersect that allows him to unwillingly recall certain physical actions (playing the guitar, karate) at sometimes inopportune times. There’s tons of nerd humor in this show, and plenty of great action to go around in each and every episode.  I strongly recommend you netflix this show’s past 2 seasons on DVD and give this show a try if you haven’t already. The third season premieres tomorrow night, Sunday the 10th, at 7 Central for a 2 hour premiere followed by another 1 hour episode on Monday the 11th directly before Heroes which you should also watch b/c it’s good again.

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Daybreakers Review

January 9, 2010 at 3:16 pm (Movies)

There’s supposedly this little-known Indie art house flick going around these days called the “Twilight” series. Last Fall the new entry, something about a fresh or new moon, came out and apparently people liked it so much it scored a little over $1 Billion across the world. Just saying, but I didn’t donate my $8.75 to this behemo   th, also just saying, but I’m not really what you’d call a “fan” of the series. Low and behold my excitement when someone else finally entered the ring with their own movie about vampires, crossbows in hand. A movie about what I like to call real vampires and real vampire hunters. That is, vampires that don’t glisten and speak in low tones of voice but vampires that will rip through men, women, and children to get blood and avoid sunlight for the demon it is.

The vampire tale begins in the year 2009, when a plague rips through the world that somehow physically transforms everyone into blood thirsty vampires. However, a decade later in 2019 the primary source of nourishment in the world, blood, is becoming more and more scarce as the few remaining harvestable humans are growing more resistant and the idea of an alternate source is bleak. The director and his team put forth an immense amount of effort to create an incredibly vivid world of the vampire civilization, one that’s dark, hopelessly bleak, one that at most times is terrifying. They create a world so vivid in that it’s not vivid at all. They get a firm grasp of the daylight/darkness interplay. Shots that exist in the darkness have a certain mysterious point where you never know what’s coming, where anything could be behind any corner, a certainly frightening/morbid mix. Whereas every shot in the “outside” world of the daylight has a piercing, shocking brightness that’s there in each frame to keep the constant threat in your mind. Daybreakers story can be kinda cliche in parts, but it’s played out fresher as a whole than you’d imagine. There’s always a twist in the plot that will keep you interested as the movie goes on.

As more of a downside, the plot and the pace goes on so quick through the movie to keep it fun to watch and to keep you interested that you never really know anyone that’s involved in the story. You never really know exactly who Edward or Elvis really are. However, if there is something this movie is shooting for, it’s violence. Brutal, unflinching, get your hands filthy with blood violence, embracing the notion that vampires are killers at heart that enjoy killing for what they want-blood. This can be a pro or con depending on who’s watching. For the horror/gore fan seeing vampires taken down by Willem Dafoe will be a bloody fun time, for the squeamish, you’re gonna have a little trouble sitting through this one, not to mention sleeping with the lights on for a week or two. Oh, did I mention Willem Dafoe’s in this? He shows up for enough ridiculous stunts, mind-numbing one liners, and a classic Willem-Dafoe goatee for any movie fan. All in all, these days there aren’t many vampire flicks these days that are true-to-the-bone violent, scary, totally entertaining vampire movies. I can safely say that if you don’t fall into the target zone for the Twilight series you can really have a good time seeing Daybreakers.

4 out of 5

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Sherlock Holmes Review

January 3, 2010 at 9:25 pm (Movies)

About a month or two ago Disney put out a Robert Zemeckis-cartoonized version of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. Being the holiday sap that I am, I did end up seeing the movie, but the idea “was this remake necessary” constantly plagued my mind. Sure It’s cool seeing Jim Carrey do a holiday shtick, and sure it’s neat to see them do the neat animation that made Tom Hanks look like he had a second layer of skin back in 2005, but the movie never really went beyond the level of entertaining cash-in. One of the remakes I wasn’t entirely sold on was Guy Ritchie’s re-telling of the famous detective Sherlock Holmes, However much to my surprise, the results all work together to create a thrilling and 100% entertaining adventure that any movie-goer deserves to see.  One of the coolest things about the Sherlock story is how you don’t have to spend time introducing either Watson or Holmes. This really gave the chance to just jump straight into the action and fulfill the opportunity to have a really fun time with the two awesome portrayals by Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law. Downey became Tony Stark back in ‘08, and he uses his classic charisma to come in and perfect the Holmes charisma. His interpretation is constantly entertaining and never boring. The same can be said for Jude Law’s run at the mill for Watson, which is also pitch-perfect. The two come together for a pair that leaves the audience begging for future installments in this series. As with any Sherlock story, the mystery/story component is key. Lord Blackwood serves as lead bad-guy in the movie, and through some strange political deaths and some supernatural implications, the mystery quickly becomes a twisted knot that’s a ton of fun to watch slowly unravel. As with all twisted knots, there are those that will and get frustrated and put off by the complexity, but it all comes to a satisfying forefront after all the old-English jibber-jabber is said and done. Going into the film I was afraid there was going to be too much action/too little class or vice versa. However, Guy Ritchie polishes every key component to an enjoyable sheen throughout. The action is hardcore to a summer blockbuster quota, and the comedy from the Watson/Holmes interplay is hysterical. Ritchie struck gold in this holy trio of comedy-mystery-action that’s expertly honed in a finely paced film that’s hard NOT to enjoy.

5 out of 5

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