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I loved this movie.

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Golden Globes Nominations 2015
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Motion picture, musical or comedy

"Birdman"
"The Grand Budapest Hotel"
"Into the Woods"
"Pride"
"St. Vincent"

Motion picture, drama

"Boyhood"
"Foxcatcher"
"The Imitation Game"
"Selma"
"The Theory of Everything"

Actor in a motion picture, drama

Benedict Cumberbatch, "The Imitation Game"
Eddie Redmayne, "The Theory of Everything"
Jake Gyllenhaal, "Nightcrawler"
Steve Carell, "Foxcatcher"
David Oyelowo, "Selma"

Actress in a motion picture, drama

Jennifer Aniston, "Cake"
Felicity Jones, "The Theory of Everything"
Julianne Moore, "Still Alice"
Rosamund Pike, "Gone Girl"
Reese Witherspoon, "Wild"

Actress in a motion picture, musical or comedy

Amy Adams, "Big Eyes"
Emily Blunt, "Into the Woods"
Helen Mirren, "The Hundred-Foot Journey"
Julianne Moore, "Maps To The Stars"
Quvenzhané Wallis, "Annie"

Actor in a motion picture, musical or comedy

Ralph Fiennes, "The Grand Budapest Hotel"
Michael Keaton, "Birdman"
Bill Murray, "St. Vincent"
Joaquin Phoenix, "Inherent Vice"
Christoph Waltz, "Big Eyes"

Director

Wes Anderson, "The Grand Budapest Hotel"
Ava Duvernay, "Selma"
David Fincher, "Gone Girl"
Alejandro G. Iñárritu, "Birdman"
Richard Linklater, "Boyhood"

Animated feature film

"Big Hero 6"
"The Book Of Life"
"The Boxtrolls"
"How To Train Your Dragon 2"
"The Lego Movie"

Foreign language film

"Force Majeure Turist"          
"Gett: The Trial Of Viviane Amsalem Gett"  
"Ida"   
"Leviathan"    
"Tangerines (Mandariinid)"

Actress in a supporting role in a motion picture

Patricia Arquette, "Boyhood"
Keira Knightley, "The Imitation Game"
Emma Stone, "Birdman"
Meryl Streep, "Into The Woods"
Jessica Chastain, "A Most Violent Year"

Actor in a supporting role in a motion picture

Robert Duvall, "The Judge"
Ethan Hawke, "Boyhood"
Edward Norton, "Birdman"
Mark Ruffalo, "Foxcatcher"
J.K. Simmons, "Whiplash"

Screenplay

Wes Anderson, "The Grand Budapest Hotel"
Gillian Flynn, "Gone Girl"
Alejandro G. Iñárritu, Nicolás Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris and Armando Bo, "Birdman"
Richard Linklater, "Boyhood"
Graham Moore, "The Imitation Game"

Original score, motion picture

Alexandre Desplat, "The Imitation Game"
Jóhann Jóhannsson, "The Theory Of Everything"
Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross, "Gone Girl"
Antonio Sanchez, "Birdman"
Hans Zimmer, "Interstellar"

Original song, motion picture

"Big Eyes" from "Big Eyes"
"Glory" from "Selma"
"Mercy Is" from "Noah"
"Opportunity" from "Annie"
"Yellow Flicker Beat" from "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay -- Part 1"

TV series, comedy

"Girls"
"Jane the Virgin"
"Orange Is the New Black"
"Silicon Valley"
"Transparent"

TV series, drama

"The Affair"
"Downton Abbey"
"Game of Thrones"
"The Good Wife"
"House Of Cards"

TV movie or miniseries

"The Missing"
"Olive Kitteridge"
"The Normal Heart"
"True Detective"
"Fargo"

Actress in a TV series, drama

Claire Danes, “Homeland”
Viola Davis, "How To Get Away With Murder"
Julianna Margulies, "The Good Wife"
Ruth Wilson, "The Affair"
Robin Wright, "House Of Cards"

Actor in a TV series, comedy

Louis C.K., "Louie"
William H. Macy, "Shameless"
Don Cheadle, "House of Lies"
Jeffrey Tambor, "Transparent"
Ricky Gervais, "Derek"

Actress in a TV series, comedy

Lena Dunham, "Girls"
Edie Falco, "Nurse Jackie"
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, "Veep"
Gina Rodriguez, "Jane the Virgin"
Taylor Schilling, "Orange Is the New Black"

Actor in a TV series, drama

Clive Owen, "The Knick"           
Liev Schreiber, "Ray Donovan"
Kevin Spacey, "House Of Cards"   
James Spader, "The Blacklist"
Dominic West, "The Affair"

Actress in a TV miniseries or motion picture

Maggie Gyllenhaal, "The Honorable Woman"
Jessica Lange, "American Horror Story: Freak Show"
Frances McDormand, "Olive Kitteridge"
Frances O’Connor, "The Missing"
Allison Tolman, "Fargo"

Actor in a TV miniseries or motion picture

Martin Freeman, "Fargo"
Woody Harrelson, "True Detective"
Matthew McConaughey, "True Detective"
Mark Ruffalo, "The Normal Heart"
Billy Bob Thornton, "Fargo"

Supporting actress in a TV series, miniseries or motion picture

Uzo Aduba, "Orange Is the New Black"
Kathy Bates, "American Horror Story: Freak Show"
Joanne Froggatt, "Downton Abbey"
Allison Janney, "Mom"
Michelle Monaghan, "True Detective"

Supporting actor in a TV series, miniseries or motion picture

Matt Bomer, "The Normal Heart"
Alan Cumming, "The Good Wife"
Colin Hanks, "Fargo"
Bill Murray, "Olive Kitteridge"
Jon Voight, "Ray Donovan"

 


SAG award Nominations 2015
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THEATRICAL MOTION PICTURES

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role

STEVE CARELL / John du Pont – "FOXCATCHER" (Sony Pictures Classics)

BENEDICT CUMBERBATCH / Alan Turing – "THE IMITATION GAME" (The Weinstein Company)

JAKE GYLLENHAAL / Louis Bloom – "NIGHTCRAWLER" (Open Road Films)

MICHAEL KEATON / Riggan – "BIRDMAN" (Fox Searchlight Pictures)

EDDIE REDMAYNE / Stephen Hawking – "THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING" (Focus Features)

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role

JENNIFER ANISTON / Claire Bennett – "CAKE" (Cinelou Films)

FELICITY JONES / Jane Hawking – "THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING" (Focus Features)

JULIANNE MOORE / Alice Howland-Jones – "STILL ALICE" (Sony Pictures Classics)

ROSAMUND PIKE / Amy Dunne – "GONE GIRL" (20th Century Fox)

REESE WITHERSPOON / Cheryl Strayed – "WILD" (Fox Searchlight Pictures)

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role

ROBERT DUVALL / Joseph Palmer – "THE JUDGE" (Warner Bros. Pictures)

ETHAN HAWKE / Mason, Sr. – "BOYHOOD" (IFC Films)

EDWARD NORTON / Mike – "BIRDMAN" (Fox Searchlight Pictures)

MARK RUFFALO / Dave Schultz – "FOXCATCHER" (Sony Pictures Classics)

J.K. SIMMONS / Fletcher – "WHIPLASH" (Sony Pictures Classics)

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role

PATRICIA ARQUETTE / Olivia – "BOYHOOD" (IFC Films)

KEIRA KNIGHTLEY / Joan Clarke – "THE IMITATION GAME" (The Weinstein Company)

EMMA STONE / Sam – "BIRDMAN" (Fox Searchlight Pictures)

MERYL STREEP / The Witch – "INTO THE WOODS" (Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures)

NAOMI WATTS / Daka – "ST. VINCENT" (The Weinstein Company)

Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture

BIRDMAN (Fox Searchlight Pictures)
ZACH GALIFIANAKIS / Jake
MICHAEL KEATON / Riggan
EDWARD NORTON / Mike
ANDREA RISEBOROUGH / Laura
AMY RYAN / Sylvia
EMMA STONE / Sam
NAOMI WATTS / Lesley

BOYHOOD (IFC Films)
PATRICIA ARQUETTE / Olivia
ELLAR COLTRANE / Mason
ETHAN HAWKE / Mason, Sr.
LORELEI LINKLATER / Samantha


THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL (FOX SEARCHLIGHT PICTURES)
F. MURRAY ABRAHAM / Mr. Moustafa
MATHIEU AMALRIC / Serge X.
ADRIEN BRODY / Dmitri
WILLEM DAFOE / Jopling
RALPH FIENNES / M. Gustave
JEFF GOLDBLUM / Dep. Kovacs
HARVEY KEITEL / Ludwig
JUDE LAW / Young Writer
BILL MURRAY / M. Ivan
EDWARD NORTON / Henckels
TONY REVOLORI / Zero
SAOIRSE RONAN / Agatha
JASON SCHWARTZMAN / M. Jean
LÉA SEYDOUX / Clotilde
TILDA SWINTON / Madame D
TOM WILKINSON / Author
OWEN WILSON / M. Chuck

THE IMITATION GAME (The Weinstein Company)
MATTHEW BEARD / Peter Hilton
BENEDICT CUMBERBATCH / Alan Turing
CHARLES DANCE / Commander Denniston
MATTHEW GOODE / Hugh Alexander
RORY KINNEAR / Nock
KEIRA KNIGHTLEY / Joan Clarke
ALLEN LEECH / John Cairncross
MARK STRONG / Stewart Menzies

THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING (Focus Features)
CHARLIE COX / Jonathan Hellyer Jones
FELICITY JONES / Jane Hawking
SIMON McBURNEY / Frank Hawking
EDDIE REDMAYNE / Stephen Hawking
DAVID THEWLIS / Dennis Sciama
EMILY WATSON / Beryl Wilde

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Random News and Updates 12.6.2014 (more videos)
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More stuff I need to watch









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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R1cexcjdyIE

Random News and Updates 12.4.2014 (ongoing)
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I haven’t been paying attention like I should here are some videos I need to watch. Maybe you’re interested too.



http://videos.hollywoodreporter.com/services/player/bcpid1257205077001?bckey=AQ~~,AAAAAC3bNtw~,c0hgCOyLwy4Lde_FJ6Ombu5W_uQUkX83&bctid=3920505618001

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FjZeONKOjZ0

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=moWTGosT_eg

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RbRNZR6p39A



http://thecolbertreport.cc.com/guests/christopher-nolan/4r9o52/christopher-nolan


Brian Joubert is in the finale of Dancing with the Stars
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The French version. It's so great. I was worried we'd lose him to coaching and never see him again. He's really a fantastic dancer and it looks like everyone in France loves him now. I'm so happy for him. The peeps over at Maison De Joubert and the Brian Joubert discussion group have been keeping up with everything. They've been superstars as well.

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Movies in backwards order 2014 (the home stretch)
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I’m not going to see as many movies this year. I’m just not. (Movie count:31 ) New in red. Worst is first as usual.

Sabotage – The hatred I have for this film. Why oh why oh why does it exist? This fucking movie is so fucking ridiculous and fucking gory for no reason like the director was having a psychotic break of some kind. Just not an Arnold movie. No way. And you know the rest of the cast, a good cast, only did this movie because they wanted to be in a movie with Arnold before he goes. Such a waste and a shame. I wish it was on none of their filmographies. People who enjoy this kind of expletive for expletive sake unnecessarily violent film are the bottom-dwellers. No doubt. Stay away if you have a brain at all.

Neighbors - In what universe does Rose Byrne marry Seth Rogen? Anyway, they’re assholes with a baby. And then supposedly bigger assholes, frat boys, move in next door. And what is supposed to be wackiness ensues but it’s just a silly neighbor war that only involves bad dancing at frat parties. And Seth “milks” Rose which is ridiculous. Couples with no taste who think they’re cute might enjoy this. Otherwise, I have no idea who would.   

Divergent – I ended up heckling this on twitter as I watched it (via redbox). How dumb are the children who liked it? Right away it crapped out on it’s own rules. The test chooses which faction you belong to. 2 minutes later… No it doesn’t you can pick. Oh no, you’re divergent. But don’t tell anybody. Then she picks what she wants. Where’s the danger? There isn’t any. Oh new rule if you suck and you’re last then you have to go live factionless. Which is bad because why? This movie ain’t gonna tell you. They look homeless but there’s enough of them to be their own faction so if they worked on it… What a suckass movie. Absolutely no point to it. All you realize is that both Shailene Woodley and Kate Winslet have a wonky eye.

Godzilla – Stupid. I wasn’t going to see it and then the commercials looked really good. I’m going to be avoiding even more movies because of this error. Next to no dialogue. The worst flashback wigs ever. And all Aaron Taylor Johnson did was turn around and look at things like half-incredulous/half-hungry. Just watch Pacific Rim instead. That had atrocious dialogue and bad acting but was miles and miles better. (5.20.2014)

Merry Friggin’ ChristmasHard to watch as Robin Williams should have been doing better movies. Especially at the end. On par with RV but I really didn’t pay close attention so I can’t do a real review. Putting it here because that’s where it probably would have been anyway, or worse. ^

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Guardians of the Galaxy – It seemed extremely overhyped to me but I’m holding out the possibility that I’ve just gotten too old. Chris Pratt seems like a prick. I don’t like Zoe Saldana. But Benicio Del Toro has been my co-favorite actor for almost 20 years. I’m thinking I might need to re-evaluate my life. I have to give him bad marks as well. The emotional scene from the raccoon made me laugh. I thought the blue lady and her black stares were ridiculous. In fact I’d love to know what was wrong with everyone’s necks. Half the characters couldn’t moved them. Otherwise the jokes were too simple. I didn’t like the “awesome” soundtrack. I mean it just wasn’t for me one way or the other. I also in generally don’t care when an orb or tesseract of some kind is in jeopardy. Some no name planet with people you’ve never seen will all die if they don’t find the whatchamacallit. Who cares? Anyway, I liked Groot. (8.1.2014)

A Million Ways to Die in the West – Well.  I don’t know what he was going for but it missed. Being a modern male stuck in the Old West is a dumb idea in the first place. You had a great cast and great production values but why? I’m just puzzled. There was a point where Doogie poops in two hats for like 5 minutes and it felt like five hours. Why? Liam Neeson really should play a cowboy IN SOMETHING ELSE. All I have are question marks here. ^

Jersey Boys – It’s not the worst thing I‘ve ever seen but… I’m a huge fan of musicals and for some reason they are not getting them right. This may have been a problem of the stage production in this case. I wouldn’t know. I never understood why people would pay Broadway prices to see someone pretend to be Frankie Valli, when the real guy still tours and I’m sure the tickets are cheaper. But something was seriously wrong with it all the way through. I think Eastwood might have done what people always think you should do. Put the stage show on screen as is. Yeah, we know that doesn’t work now. I’m sure the guy playing Valli was fine on stage where you can’t really see him but he looked like Patrick Chan. It’s obvious a movie should have been made maybe 20 years ago starring Al Pacino. What’s not fair is that it gets the goodwill of the songs so people might think they liked it better than they did the way the abomination Mamma Mia unfairly benefitted from the greatness of ABBA.

Pompeii – I liked it. It wasn’t great or insightful. I suppose they could have done more but it’s sword and sandal epic like you’d expect. Jon Snow and Mr. Eko made a good team. I just wish in these movies when people are fighting you could actually see the fight. I know it’s a cheat to move the camera around during hand to hand combat. I don’t know if it’s so it doesn’t look too violent or just in case they miss. But if they can spend all that money they can hire a fight choreographer and make it look cool. As odd as it may sound it’s actually Troy quality even though that had an amazing cast and should have been better. It’s like they can’t bother with the story in these films because you’re already supposed to know it.  There was a girl in it for some reason and she was uninteresting. It would have been better if it was just the guys trying to escape the volcano after freeing themselves or something. (2.27.2014)

Enemy – I don’t know. It was well made but that ending just unraveled whatever I was thinking it was about. I’m not a big fan of symbolism. So watching a movie and then having to interpret it later is no fun in my book. I want to see what I’m seeing. So maybe this movie is for psycho-analysts. Jake was fine. Didn’t care about anyone else. The further away I got from seeing it the less I thought of it. ^

Magic in the Moonlight – It’s been a few days since I’ve seen it and it’s mostly forgotten. Firth and Stone make a terrible couple. I’m not a fan of hers anyway, but chemistry was definitely missing. Otherwise, it’s about an hour and a half of Colin Firth modeling clothes which really isn’t a bad thing. I also thought the love twist was unbelievable so that didn’t help. This will be going on the low end of my Woody Allen movies list.

Transcendence – Pretty good. Slightly boring though. The point is you can try to make a Christopher Nolan movie that Christopher Nolan isn’t directing but it’s not going to be the same. It brings up interesting questions I guess but it also tells you what to think. And then tacks on an extra ending which I think they should have left off. I do find it odd that a Wally Pfister directed movie looks so dark and sorta bleak for no reason. Like the cinematography was meh. Otherwise it was pretty good. I do predict that I’ll mostly forget about it and it will fall down the list we’ll see. (4.21.2014)

Under the Skin – It’s different and good. It’s low position on this list isn’t about it’s quality. It just wasn’t exactly my thing. It’s pacing and lack of events is not really my cup of tcha. Scarlett does her job but it wasn’t a very demanding role. Except for the nakedness. Nobody can really do naked like Scarlett, but her costars all tried. It was an interesting story. Unfortunately for me I was spoiled beforehand. Perhaps I would have liked it better had that not happened. I’ll tell the truth, I’m not actually sure what it was trying to say, if it was trying to say something. It might not have been, which is fine also. And the fact that it didn’t feel the need to answer regular questions that come with a film like this is to be applauded. The answer to those questions is probably “none of your business” anyway. I know some people, especially the youngins, think that kind of ambiguity means that a film doesn’t make sense. They need their Whys answered. But you know, tough noogies.

Noah – I liked it. I guess people can’t deal with reimagining the Bible but you know I’m sure the actual text has been reimagined quite a few times. I enjoyed it. I liked the fallen angels and what they did there. Ray Winstone shouldn’t be cast as much as he is. He’s not a good actor. I liked Noah’s convoluted struggle. It was well made. I don’t know. It was a creative endeavor not a film made by the Church for the Church. I thought it was fine. And Russell Crowe should really keep the long hair when he can. (8.1.2014) ^

The Expendables 3 – Let’s just get this out of the way. The young Expendables were completely useless. Otherwise the movie was pretty good. Randy Couture’s gravitas acting cracked me up quite a bit otherwise, you know the score. It gets shooty and stuff blows up. The coolest thing about it of course is seeing actors together who you’ve never seen together before. I like all the old guys and just wish we didn’t have to waste time on that new group. I think it would have made the film tighter and therefore better. I do hope there is an Expendables 4. Banderas seemed to take on his former Spanish movie self. Harrison Ford was great after he woke up and you knew that scene was coming. Mel was a good villain wish there was a little more or him. But all around it was a fun time.

Gone Girl  - Surprised that this cast was as decent as they were. I’m giving credit to David Fincher for that. And you know he’s a really good director and he’s crafted a great noir here. I think people who didn’t like his lead character maybe aren’t familiar with noir. Women are really bad in them. That’s why they call them “femme fatales”. Fatale meaning something not good. lol My mom freaked on the bloody murder scene. We watch “Game of Thrones” so I don’t know for sure what the difference is. I think it’s the way Fincher made it really pop from the screen and how freaky the killer was at that point. Very visually striking, which to me is great, but I’m not squeamish either. So for me the greatness of this film is in the direction. That’s where I’d put a definite nomination.

St. Vincent – I really like a lot of it. But some of it was what they call ham-fisted. It does well to show situations happening to people right now. So if you’re a people you should find something to like in it. It’s sort of for the Philomena crowd, but it’s not a stupid movie. Bill Murray is a great guy but I don’t know why he bother trying an accent. He pretty much dropped it after a while. The kid was good. McCarthy was fine. Naomi Watts needs a better agent or something. It’s not going to change the world or anything but it’s an interesting enough ‘day in the life’ type thing.

Snowpiercer – Pretty good. But some flaws knock it down. First obvious flaw was Olivia Spencer’s character was unnecessarily ghetto. Second the main villain should not have been played by that actor. I love the guy, but that character should have been British. In fact, John Hurt plays a role in this film and I thought he and the villain guy should have switched roles. But then I can’t remember Hurt ever playing a villain. Anyway the story is good, and ambitious. The movie itself is decidedly Korean although most of the cast are Westerners. Tilda Swinton continues to be a hoot. This woman needs a special award for consecutive years waving a freak flag.  (7.4.2014)

Get on Up – Really good. Had I made a James Brown movie I probably would have gone more serious and involved more of his background stuff but that would have taken 5 hours at least. This is more like a Disney production, which isn’t a bad thing if you get my meaning. It’s sort of close to What’s Love Got To Do With It I guess. Chadwick Boseman was great even if he looks nothing like James Brown. And the weird thing is when he plays older James Brown they decided to put old makeup on that made him look like James Brown but for the rest of the movie he didn’t. IDK. The rest of the cast was great although I don’t remember if poor Sistah Girl had one line. I liked this Nelsan Ellis guy but I kept thinking he looked like Mike Damone from Fast Times at Ridgemont High. All in all a good film.        

The Grand Budapest Hotel – All my favorite faces. It’s a quirkier movie than I would have expected. Maybe not as profound as The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou or The Darjeeling Limited but entertaining nonetheless. And still sweet of course. But I feel like you have to get behind the effort that went into this. Maintaining that style and vision throughout a career and carrying on with it. It’s like the films are their own anthology. And I’m happy for that with what we usually get from directors whose names we don’t know but they’re cashing all the big checks making forgettable slop. Everyone was great in it. Can’t really imagine anyone hating on it.

Nightcrawler – Interesting. It’s Jake being really un-Jake. At least I think so. He always seems the exact opposite in interviews. Although, maybe this is the real him and that guy is fake. Anyway, it’s well made. It’s not stylish or anything to make you want to love it. But the story and Jake’s portrayal of this depravedly indifferent individual really draw you in. He basically is career-minded. But it’s a career he hadn’t thought of until he happened upon it. And he sees it as a way to make something of himself. And he’s extremely determined. And he uses people as is necessary to get there. It’s all very business-like and cold. His similarly big-eyed co-star is great as the coitadinho along for the ride. It’s definitely worth the watch and it’d be great if Jake was recognized.

Edge of Tomorrow – Really really good. Smarter than I expected. Yeah it builds on the Groundhog Day idea, but it’s a great idea that can be done over and over again. I‘m glad for Cruise and just wish it was a bigger hit. This adds to my theory that the millennials are not as keen on Sci-Fi as we were.

X-Men: Days of Future Past – Woohoo!! Thank goodness Brian Singer is back. Great director back home where he belongs. X2 had been my favorite superhero movie for a long time, until The Dark Knight came out and Godfathered the genre. So the quality of the direction is what puts this up there with Cap which might be a better “movie” in terms of the story and all that. There was a little too much Mystique kicking people in the head and I’m going to start a foundation to stop James McAvoy’s two fingers-to-temple psychic acting. It’s so silly. I just want to slap him. But the direction was so majestic that as I’m sitting in the theater trying to switch it to a 9, I couldn’t. Especially with that perfect ending. I had to keep it as a 10. Hugh Jackman can’t sing for shit, but that is a perfect body. And kudos to him for realizing he needed to commit it to celluloid once more before it all goes south. One thing I found weird. I thought Halle Berry wasn’t going to have any lines. Anyway, the Dink is the villain in the 70s. And let me just say everyone looked super groovy in their threads. Honestly, I’m fairly certain I’ve seen all the X-men movies, recently watching the second crap Wolverine one just in case, but I was still lost. And with timelines and whatnot, I don’t even know. But who cares? I love not knowing what’s going on with timelines. That’s what repeat viewings are for later on. Once I see it again, which should be the fall, lol, I’ll add on. For now, a return to form for the X-Men and Mr. Singer.

Locke – really good. It’s all on Tom Hardy if you don’t know. He’s just driving and talking on the phone the whole time but it’s great. I knew nothing when I saw it so I’m not going to spoil anything, but you have to be a really good actor to pull that off. And of course he did. ^

The Lego Movie – Everything is awesome! Yeah sorry. I did end up loving that song. lol Anyway I cannot for the life of my understand how kids will like this movie. It’s made for Gen X. How will the youngins get the references? Anyway, if you get the references it’s hilarious and smart and it’s even got messages that are bigger than a message you’d expect in a movie about Legos. No way to talk about it without spoiling. I feel bad that I waited for the redbox. It was really good. ^    

Captain America: The Winter Soldier -  I love these Cap movies. I liked the first more but still this was great. And when people are fighting in this movie you can actually see the fight. YAY! Now I’m going to be spoiled and intolerant of the shakycam hand-to-hand combat I know I’m going to have to put up with in lesser films. But in this movie when they connect, they connect. Rocky I & II fo sho. Chris Evans is really great as Cap and I can’t imagine anyone else in the role now. He totally gets what Captain America stands for. He’s almost a straighter arrow than Superman. Even his posture is perfect. Seriously watch him walk in this movie. lol Love the entire cast. Samuel L. Jackson, Scarlett Johansson, Anthony Mackie, and Frank Grillo are people I love anyway so that only adds to an already awesome film. The plot gave me hope honestly, because the world is a very dirty place and this movie tells it in a superhero way but hopefully people will find their inner Cap and rise up. And we have to give a shout-out to Robert Redford and Jenny Agutter. Old home week for the win! :D You know they cast Redford because had it been back in the day he would have played Captain America and that means something plotwise if you read between the lines, in my opinion. I’ve seen it twice in the theater in 2D. I’m mostly skipping 3D this year. Hopefully I learned that lesson after the hot mess that was 2013.

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes – Excellent. The CGI is just astounding. Never seen anything like it. There is a scene where they are out in the nighttime San Francisco fog and their hair is blowing in the breeze, it was so realistic I swore I could feel the fog hitting my cheeks. Again I did not see this film in 3D, I can only imagine what it would have been like if I had. But CGI does not a masterpiece make. Great storytelling and acting and overall execution do and this has it all. It should be nominated for Best Picture and I would not be surprised if Andy Serkis was nominated for Best Actor. I thought it was fantastic that they clearly meant for the audience to understand that Andy Serkis is the lead actor by making his name the first in the credits. Jason Clarke’s role is definitely supporting although he is the lead human male but the humans really are just the supporting cast here. That’s clear. This is the story of the apes and the beginnings of their rule of Earth.    (7.27.2014)

Birdman- Everyone was right. It’s really great. Love the technique Alejandro González Iñárritu used. No one else could have played this part. Keaton has always been great. I’m glad he’s getting the recognition now. The whole cast was wonderful. Somehow the way he shot him made Edward Norton look attractive. Explain that one. Anyway, I’m not a fan of Emma Stone but she sold that last scene so I have to give her credit. I believe it was real. I don’t want to spoil anything. You guys have probably seen it already anyway, but I really enjoyed it. It’s not going to be my favorite of the year, but I’m fine with it winning BP if it does.

Lucy – I’m SHOCKED at how much I liked this. You expect going into something like this that you’ll have to do your fair share of suspending disbelief. But I didn’t. I don’t know maybe it moved fast enough that I didn’t have to pay attention but I think I did and I think it made sense. Because it’s fiction and it’s made up so if you don’t know that it could happen you also don’t know that it couldn’t. I went with it and loved it. It was cool beyond cool. You know how Asians do. And I swear they scoured the earth for the least attractive French people they could find but you can see from me saying that that it’s international which is another gold star in my book. (spoilerishish) I liked the idea in Phenomenon quite a bit and was sad at that outcome but although this was sort of going that same way there was just too much to be happy about. I tell you truly that I cried when Lucy met Lucy. I used to work in AMNH and I used to pass the Lucy exhibit almost everyday. That was truly a moment imo. I don’t know, what can I say? I love to think that this is possible. I’ll go ahead and give a shout-out to Limitless from a few years back which I also liked. I’m disgruntled most days because of how much we humans haven’t done. We’re so completely retarded compared to where we should be. It makes me sad every day. This movie made me very happy. Go Scarlett!!!   (saw it today 7.29.2014)       

Interstellar – Well. I think it’s his masterpiece. Even if it’s not my favorite Nolan film. Far from it actually. But this is how much better he is than everyone else. He can make a movie that you have to acknowledge its greatness even if it’s not hitting the perfect notes for you. Which isn’t to say there was anything I didn’t like. I loved it. I just love some of his other movies more. It reminds me of E.T. I love that movie. It means all kinds of things about my childhood. It has that same event feeling that E.T. did if you can remember. But E.T. is also not on my short list of favorite movies. But it marks a moment in time and I believe this will too. The story is heavy but great. You really have to pay attention. Matthew McConaughey is great again. Hathaway does just fine. The supporting cast do well. But my favorite characters are two robots, especially TARS. This reminds me of old school 70s Sci-fi like Silent Running, which was ripped off by Wall-E. I don’t think that’s just me. I thought Nolan was going for the old look. I think he wanted there to be weight to it. I think the ships they used look like the Imperial Shuttle and I swear I saw Vader’s tie fighter in there somewhere. I’m starting to think Nolan and I are cut from the same cloth except his piece is way smarter somehow. I hope he and it are rewarded come Oscar time but I highly doubt it.

Exodus: Gods and Kings in 3D – I loved it. I thought it was perfect really. I don’t waste my time getting offended. At this point in my life I just can’t understand people who do. So most of the hate coming at this film is because of the casting. If they want to be prejudiced against a movie they haven’t seen, so be it. We went through that with Cloud Atlas. I thought the performances from Bale and Edgerton were electrifying. I actually rooted for both Moses and Ramses. It’s about brothers really and faith. It reworks the events of the Bible to make them more realistic but at no time should it interfere with anyone’s religious beliefs. (spoilers) Unless you have a problem with God appearing as a child, which if you do, you’re probably the problem.  You know the story but this is an epic action movie version of these events, that are grounded in reality without losing its spirituality. It was amazing in 3D but I don’t think it’s necessary.             

* = The dates I’m writing are not necessarily the day I saw the movie, but the day I wrote the comment.

^ = watched at home


Interstellar is supposed to be awesome
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according to Paul Thomas Anderson. If it is I will finally be able to include Christopher Nolan as on of my favorite directors. II felt like I needed one more non-Batman movie. Here are my favorite directos in order (it's a tiny and exclusive list lol):

Francis Ford Coppola
Woody Allen
Brian DePalma
David Lynch
Quentin Tarantino

Will Interstellar do it? I sure hope so. I don't know where to see it though. Providence is a pain in the ass and Massachusetts has no 70mm IMAX theater.




(and of course there's the Twin Peaks announcement which I'll make a separate post for. Maybe we'll rewatch the episodes and order them.)

Sean Bean is doing press for Legends
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Maybe someone can tell me how to embed videos on lj. I used to be able to do it just fine.


It starts on the 14th. I’ll put whatever I find here. I can't read. It's tonight on TNT.

He’ll be on Live with Kelly & Michael on Tuesday 8.5.2014 Maria Menounos is guest hosting with Strahan.

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http://www.funnyordie.com/videos/76e05c074e/tnt-legends

Movies in backwards order (the middle)
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I’m not going to see as many movies this year. I’m just not. (Movie count:21) New in blue. Worst is first as usual.

Sabotage – The hatred I have for this film. Why oh why oh why does it exist? This fucking movie is so fucking ridiculous and fucking gory for no reason like the director was having a psychotic break of some kind. Just not an Arnold movie. No way. And you know the rest of the cast, a good cast, only did this movie because they wanted to be in a movie with Arnold before he goes. Such a waste and a shame. I wish it was on none of their filmographies. People who enjoy this kind of expletive for expletive sake unnecessarily violent film are the bottom-dwellers. No doubt. Stay away if you have a brain at all.

Divergent – I ended up heckling this on twitter as I watched it (via redbox). How dumb are the children who liked it? Right away it crapped out on it’s own rules. The test chooses which faction you belong to. 2 minutes later… No it doesn’t you can pick. Oh no, you’re divergent. But don’t tell anybody. Then she picks what she wants. Where’s the danger? There isn’t any. Oh new rule if you suck and you’re last then you have to go live factionless. Which is bad because why? This movie ain’t gonna tell you. They look homeless but there’s enough of them to be their own faction so if they worked on it… What a suckass movie. Absolutely no point to it. All you realize is that both Shailene Woodley and Kate Winslet have a wonky eye.

Godzilla – Stupid. I wasn’t going to see it and then the commercials looked really good. I’m going to be avoiding even more movies because of this error. Next to no dialogue. The worst flashback wigs ever. And all Aaron Taylor Johnson did was turn around and look at things like half-incredulous/half-hungry. Just watch Pacific Rim instead. That had atrocious dialogue and bad acting but was miles and miles better. (5.20.2014)

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Guardians of the Galaxy – It seemed extremely overhyped to me but I’m holding out the possibility that I’ve just gotten too old. Chris Pratt seems like a prick. I don’t like Zoe Saldana. But Benicio Del Toro has been my co-favorite actor for almost 20 years. I’m thinking I might need to re-evaluate my life. I have to give him bad marks as well. The emotional scene from the raccoon made me laugh. I thought the blue lady and her black stares were ridiculous. In fact I’d love to know what was wrong with everyone’s necks. Half the characters couldn’t moved them. Otherwise the jokes were too simple. I didn’t like the “awesome” soundtrack. I mean it just wasn’t for me one way or the other. I also in generally don’t care when an orb or tesseract of some kind is in jeopardy. Some no name planet with people you’ve never seem will all die if they don’t find the whatchamacallit. Who cares? Anyway, I liked Groot. (8.1.2014)

Jersey Boys – It’s not the worst thing I‘ve ever seen but… I’m a huge fan of musicals and for some reason they are not getting them right. This may have been a problem of the stage production in this case. I wouldn’t know. I never understood why people would pay Broadway prices to see someone pretend to be Frankie Valli, when the real guy still tours and I’m sure the tickets are cheaper. But something was seriously wrong with it all the way through. I think Eastwood might have done what people always think you should do. Put the stage show on screen as is. Yeah, we know that doesn’t work now. I’m sure the guy playing Valli was fine on stage where you can’t really see him but he looked like Patrick Chan. It’s obvious a movie should have been made maybe 20 years ago starring Al Pacino. What’s not fair is that it gets the goodwill of the songs so people might think they liked it better than they did the way the abomination Mamma Mia unfairly benefitted from the greatness of ABBA.

Pompeii – I liked it. It wasn’t great or insightful. I suppose they could have done more but it’s sword and sandal epic like you’d expect. Jon Snow and Mr. Eko made a good team. I just wish in these movies when people are fighting you could actually see the fight. I know it’s a cheat to move the camera around during hand to hand combat. I don’t know if it’s so it doesn’t look too violent or just in case they miss. But if they can spend all that money they can hire a fight choreographer and make it look cool. As odd as it may sound it’s actually Troy quality even though that had an amazing cast and should have been better. It’s like they can’t bother with the story in these films because you’re already supposed to know it.  There was a girl in it for some reason and she was uninteresting. It would have been better if it was just the guys trying to escape the volcano after freeing themselves or something. (2.27.2014)

Enemy – I don’t know. It was well made but that ending just unraveled whatever I was thinking it was about. I’m not a big fan of symbolism. So watching a movie and then having to interpret it later is no fun in my book. I want to see what I’m seeing. So maybe this movie is for psycholanalysts. Jake was fine. Didn’t care about anyone else. The further away I got from seeing it the less I thought of it.

Magic in the Moonlight – It’s been a few days since I’ve seen it and it’s mostly forgotten. Firth and Stone make a terrible couple. I’m not a fan of hers anyway, but chemistry was definitely missing. Otherwise, it’s about an hour and a half of Colin Firth modeling clothes which really isn’t a bad thing. I also thought the love twist was unbelievable so that didn’t help. This will be going on the low end of my Woody Allen movies list.

Transcendence – Pretty good. Slightly boring though. The point is you can try to make a Christopher Nolan movie that Christopher Nolan isn’t directing but it’s not going to be the same. It brings up interesting questions I guess but it also tells you what to think. And then tacks on an extra ending which I think they should have left off. I do find it odd that a Wally Pfister directed movie looks so dark and sorta bleak for no reason. Like the cinematography was meh. Otherwise it was pretty good. I do predict that I’ll mostly forget about it and it will fall down the list we’ll see. (4.21.2014)

Noah – I liked it. I guess people can’t deal with reimagining the Bible but you know I’m sure the actual text has been reimagined quite a few times. I enjoyed it. I liked the fallen angels and what they did there. Ray Winstone shouldn’t be cast as much as he is. He’s not a good actor. I liked Noah’s convoluted struggle. It was well made. I don’t know. It was a creative endeavor not a film made by the Church for the Church. I thought it was fine. And Russell Crowe should really keep the long hair when he can. (8.1.2014)

The Expendables 3 – Let’s just get this out of the way. The young Expendables were completely useless. Otherwise the movie was pretty good. Randy Couture’s gravitas acting cracked me up quite a bit otherwise, you know the score. It gets shooty and stuff blows up. The coolest thing about it of course is seeing actors together who you’ve never seen together before. I like all the old guys and just wish we didn’t have to waste time on that new group. I think it would have made the film tighter and therefore better. I do hope there is an Expendables 4. Banderas seemed to take on his former Spanish movie self. Harrison Ford was great after he woke up and you knew that scene was coming. Mel was a good villain wish there was a little more or him. But all around it was a fun time.

Gone Girl  - Surprised that this cast was as decent as they were. I’m giving credit to David Fincher for that. And you know he’s a really good director and he’s crafted a great noir here. I think people who didn’t like his lead character maybe aren’t familiar with noir. Women are really bad in them. That’s why they call them “femme fatales”. Fatale meaning something not good. lol My mom freaked on the bloody murder scene. We watch Game of Thrones so I don’t know for sure what the difference is. I think it’s the way Fincher made it really pop from the screen and how freaky the killer was at that point. Very visually striking, which to me is great, but I’m not squeamish either. So for me the greatness of this film is in the direction. That’s where I’d put a definite nomination.

Snowpiercer – Pretty good. But some flaws knock it down. First obvious flaw was Olivia Spencer’s character was unnecessarily ghetto. Second the main villain should not have been played by that actor. I love the guy, but that character should have been British. In fact, John Hurt plays a role in this film and I thought he and the villain guy should have switched roles. But then I can’t remember Hurt ever playing a villain. Anyway the story is good, and ambitious. The movie itself is decidedly Korean although most of the cast are Westerners. Tilda Swinton continues to be a hoot. This woman needs a special award for consecutive years waving a freak flag.  (7.4.2014)

Get on Up – Really good. Had I made a James Brown movie I probably would have gone more serious and involved more of his background stuff but that would have taken 5 hours at least. This is more like a Disney production, which isn’t a bad thing if you get my meaning. It’s sort of close to What’s Love Got To Do With It I guess. Chadwick Boseman was great even if he looks nothing like James Brown. And the weird thing is when he plays older James Brown they decided to put old makeup on that made him look like James Brown but for the rest of the movie he didn’t. IDK. The rest of the cast was great although I don’t remember if poor Sistah Girl had one line. I liked this Nelsan Ellis guy but I kept thinking he looked like Mike Damone from Fast Times at Ridgemont High. All in all a good film.        

The Grand Budapest Hotel – All my favorite faces. It’s a quirkier movie than I would have expected. Maybe not as profound as The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou or The Darjeeling Limited but entertaining nonetheless. And still sweet of course. But I feel like you have to get behind the effort that went into this. Maintaining that style and vision throughout a career and carrying on with it. It’s like the films are their own anthology. And I’m happy for that with what we usually get from directors whose names we don’t know but they’re cashing all the big checks making forgettable slop. Everyone was great in it. Can’t really imagine anyone hating on it.

Edge of Tomorrow – Really really good. Smarter than I expected. Yeah it builds on the Groundhog Day idea, but it’s a great idea that can be done over and over again. I‘m glad for Cruise and just wish it was a bigger hit. This adds to my theory that the millennials are not as keen on Sci-Fi as we were.

X-Men: Days of Future Past – Woohoo!! Thank goodness Brian Singer is back. Great director back home where he belongs. X2 had been my favorite superhero movie for a long time, until The Dark Knight came out and Godfathered the genre. So the quality of the direction is what puts this up there with Cap which might be a better “movie” in terms of the story and all that. There was a little too much Mystique kicking people in the head and I’m going to start a foundation to stop James McAvoy’s two fingers-to-temple psychic acting. It’s so silly. I just want to slap him. But the direction was so majestic that as I’m sitting in the theater trying to switch it to a 9 I couldn’t. Especially with that perfect ending. I had to keep it as a 10. Hugh Jackman can’t sing for shit, but that is a perfect body. And kudos to him for realizing he needed to commit it to celluloid once more before it all goes south. One thing I found weird. I thought Halle Berry wasn’t going to have any lines. Anyway, the Dink is the villain in the 70s. And let me just say everyone looked super groovy in their threads. Honestly, I’m fairly certain I’ve seen all the X-men movies, recently watching the second crap Wolverine one just in case, but I was still lost. And with timelines and whatnot, I don’t even know. But who cares? I love not knowing what’s going on with timelines. That’s what repeat viewings are for later on. Once I see it again, which should be the fall, lol, I’ll add on. For now, a return to form for the X-Men and Mr. Singer.

Locke – really good. It’s all on Tom Hardy if you don’t know. He’s just driving and talking on the phone the whole time but it’s great. I knew nothing when I saw it so I’m not going to spoil anything, but you have to be a really good actor to pull that off. And of course he did.

The Lego Movie – Everything is awesome! Yeah sorry. I did end up loving that song. lol Anyway I cannot for the life of my understand how kids will like this movie. It’s made for Gen X. How will the youngins get the references? Anyway, if you get the references it’s hilarious and smart and it’s even got messages that are bigger than a message you’d expect in a movie about Legos. No way to talk about it without spoiling. I feel bad that I waited for the redbox. It was really good.    

Captain America: The Winter Soldier -  I love these Cap movies. I liked the first more but still this was great. And when people are fighting in this movie you can actually see the fight. YAY! Now I’m going to be spoiled and intolerant of the shakycam hand-to-hand combat I know I’m going to have to put up with in lesser films. But in this movie when they connect, they connect. Rocky I & II fo sho. Chris Evans is really great as Cap and I can’t imagine anyone else in the role now. He totally gets what Captain America stands for. He’s almost a straighter arrow than Superman. Even his posture is perfect. Seriously watch him walk in this movie. lol Love the entire cast. Samuel L. Jackson, Scarlett Johansson, Anthony Mackie, and Frank Grillo are people I love anyway so that only adds to an already awesome film. The plot gave me hope honestly, because the world is a very dirty place and this movie tells it in a superhero way but hopefully people will find their inner Cap and rise up. And we have to give a shout-out to Robert Redford and Jenny Agutter. Old home week for the win! :D You know they cast Redford because had it been back in the day he would have played Captain America and that means something plotwise if you read between the lines, in my opinion. I’ve seen it twice in the theater in 2D. I’m mostly skipping 3D this year. Hopefully I learned that lesson after the hot mess that was 2013.

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes – Excellent. The CGI is just astounding. Never seen anything like it. There is a scene where they are out in the nighttime San Francisco fog and their hair is blowing in the breeze, it was so realistic I swore I could feel the fog hitting my cheeks. Again I did not see this film in 3D, I can only imagine what it would have been like if I had. But CGI does not a masterpiece make. Great storytelling and acting and overall execution do and this has it all. It should be nominated for Best Picture and I would not be surprised if Andy Serkis was nominated for Best Actor. I thought it was fantastic that they clearly meant for the audience to understand that Andy Serkis is the lead actor by making his name the first in the credits. Jason Clarke’s role is definitely supporting although he is the lead human male but the humans really are just the supporting cast here. That’s clear. This is the story of the apes and the beginnings of their rule of Earth.    (7.27.2014)

Lucy – I’m SHOCKED at how much I liked this. You expect going into something like this that you’ll have to do your fair share of suspending disbelief. But I didn’t. I don’t know maybe it moved fast enough that I didn’t have to pay attention but I think I did and I think it made sense. Because it’s fiction and it’s made up so if you don’t know that it could happen you also don’t know that it couldn’t. I went with it and loved it. It was cool beyond cool. You know how Asians do. And I swear they scoured the earth for the least attractive French people they could find but you can see from me saying that that it’s international which is another gold star in my book. (spoilerishish) I liked the idea in Phenomenon quite a bit and was sad at that outcome but although this was sort of going that same way there was just too much to be happy about. I tell you truly that I cried when Lucy met Lucy. I used to work in AMNH and I used to pass the Lucy exhibit almost everyday. That was truly a moment imo. I don’t know, what can I say? I love to think that this is possible. I’ll go ahead and give a shout-out to Limitless from a few years back which I also liked. I’m disgruntled most days because of how much we humans haven’t done. We’re so completely retarded compared to where we should be. It makes me sad every day. This movie made me very happy. Go Scarlett!!!   (saw it today 7.29.2014)       

 

*The dates I’m writing are not necessarily the day I saw the movie, but the day I wrote the comment.

 


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