Trailer #2: Blackhat

A few months ago we posted the first trailer for Michael Mann’s next cyber-espionage film, Blackhat. Commentary from the peanut gallery was basically, “bland.” And while the newest trailer has some of the same images and will not assuage the Mann-haters out there, the tone is much more Mannly. In fact, it feels a helluva lot like Miami Vice actually. This excites me, will excite others and still other will want to wretch… which is partly what makes me love it even more. *stick my tongue out emoji here*

Blackhat strikes wide on January 16th.


Mondays Suck Less in the Third Row (Morning Edition)

Check out these links:
Winning at the video game of “Dad”
Making of the tesseract in Interstellar
18 Of The Best Entries To The 2015 Sony World Photography Awards
Nerdist Podcast: Michael Ironside(!)
Is our existence just a hologram?
Chris Rock talks: politics, Cosby, Ferguson, comedy and racial progress

These are the best not-too-minimal poster designs I’ve seen yet (many, many more here)


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Sorry We Missed It [Terminator: Genisys trailer]

This was posted online over a week ago. Not sure why I’ve not heard of it. I didn’t even know it was being made. The Mother of Dragons is taking on The Terminator.

Terminator: Salvation (T4) was unfairly shat upon in my opinion. The Sarah Connor Chronicles were quite good (at least what I saw of them) and the originals are some great popcorn fare. This looks to be a nice, air-conditioned break from the July heat outside. Masterpiece? No. Worth five eight bucks at a matinee? Most likely.



The Force Awoke Almost 40 Years Ago

So it’s Saturday and I can post whatever I want. Those are the rules. When the Star Wars VII trailer was first unleashed to the world a couple of weeks ago, people all over the place were sighing and pooh-poohing the thing. It’s too fake and glossy looking they said. The lightsaber doesn’t make sense they said. There’s too much CGI they said. I, on the other hand love the trailer – especially the more I watched it. In my comments I mentioned that the trailer actually looks a lot like scenes from the original movies. It’s very minimal and open when it needs to be, detail oriented and claustrophobic when it needs to be.

I found this trailer today which kind of proves my point. It even shows moments that I specifically mentioned in my comments.

What this mock trailer also proves of course, is that it’s ludicrous to judge a movie based on six or seven 3-second shots from a movie; context is imperative. But I think in terms of visuals, from what I can see, Abrams has nailed it.

2014 List of Lists [updated 12-12]

…And here they come down the final stretch. The year ain’t quite over yet and some of us don’t even start the idea of a list until January (especially the procrastinators in the third row). Yet the heavy hitters claim they’re ready to go and the “best of” lists have already started popping up. My obsession with lists has waned in the past couple of years, but that goes out the window this time of year. I like to stay in the know with popular opinion and keep all of these lists handy. I think some of the readers here do too. But rather than publish a daily “here’s another list from Mrs. X” post, I’ll periodically (about once a week) be on the lookout for new top ten lists from critics, directors, bloggers, podcasters, the wise old owl down the street and Joe Bob Briggs. At any rate, this will be the go-to place for a constantly updated source to where you can find all of the movie top ten lists that are being spurted all over the interwebz.

I’m trying something a little bit different this year. Rather than an epic, long list with periodic updates populating the list even further, I’ll just add a new section to the list with a date and the new entries. Perhaps towards the end of January as the list releasing slows down to a halt I’ll condense them all into one long list. But for now, each time this post is re-published, you’ll be able to see all of the new entries listed by date. It may not be as easy to find a specific list right away (ctrl + f is your friend), but for those that are keeping tabs, it will be easier to see the newest updates.

If you’ve got your own list or seen a list laying around that you don’t see below and think should be included, by all means email me the link or drop it in the comments below.

(#1 film in parentheses if applicable)
BFI (readers’ choice) (Under the Skin)
Entertainment Weekly (Whiplash)
Funny or Die (Whiplash)
Hit Fix (Inherent Vice)
IndieWire (Eric Kohn) (Boyhood)
Intercut Film Podcast (Cody Lang) (Our Sunhi)
New Yorker (The Grand Budapest Hotel)
New York Post  
New York Times (Boyhood)
Palatinate (The Grand Budapest Hotel)
Phoenix Film Critics Society  
The Playlist (Under the Skin)
Rolling Stone (Boyhood)
Thompson on Hollywood (Hoberman, Quandt, Taubin) (Goodbye to Language (x3))
Time Magazine (The Grand Budapest Hotel)
Vanity Fair (Love is Strange)
Vulture (Boyhood)

[best you didn’t see] moviefone
[best horror] Sound on Sight
[best soundtrcks] IndieWire
[best Bollywood] Bollywood Helpline
[worst sci-fi] Outer Places

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72nd Annual Golden Globe Nominations

This is the second of three awards shows we I care about each year. The others being The Spirit Awards and of course The Oscars. Of course The Globes are poo-pooed for their self-congratulatory nature and general feeling of “just being created” for the sake of another awards show. But in my view, all awards shows are exactly this. So what makes The Globes so unspecial?

I’m come to the conclusion in the past couple of years that outside of the context of conversation, I don’t really care all that much about The Awards themselves. I care more about the production of the show and seeing the stars ham it up and have fun. The Globes are infinitely more entertaining to watch than The Oscars and their hosts (this year brings back Tina Fey and Amy Poehler for the third and final time) are usually classier and funnier, yet still willing to takes risks and be “edgy”. Also, I like the inclusion of television and comedy categories. But I digress…

The awards this year are fairly obvious in their picks. Following in the footsteps of The SAG nominations, Birdman led the way with se7en nominations. Television nominations are under the seats.

Best Motion Picture, Drama
The Imitation Game
The Theory of Everything

Best Director – Motion Picture
Wes Anderson, The Grand Budapest Hotel
Ava DuVernay, Selma
David Fincher, Gone Girl
Alejandro González Iñárritu, Birdman
Richard Linklater, Boyhood

Best Screenplay – Motion Picture
Wes Anderson, The Grand Budapest Hotel
Gillian Flynn, Gone Girl
Richard Linklater, Boyhood
Alejandro González Iñárritu, Nicolás Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris, Armando Bo, Birdman
Graham Moore, The Imitation Game

Best Actor in a Motion Picture, Drama
Steve Carell, Foxcatcher
Benedict Cumberbatch, The Imitation Game
Jake Gyllenhaal, Nightcrawler
David Oyelowo, Selma
Eddie Redmayne, The Theory of Everything

Best 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

Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture
Robert Duvall, The Judge
Ethan Hawke, Boyhood
Edward Norton, Birdman
Mark Ruffalo, Foxcatcher
J.K. Simmons, Whiplash

Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture
Patricia Arquette, Boyhood
Jessica Chastain, A Most Violent Year
Keira Knightley, The Imitation Game
Emma Stone, Birdman
Meryl Streep, Into The Woods

Best Motion Picture, Comedy or Musical
The Grand Budapest Hotel
Into the Woods
St. Vincent

Best 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

Best 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

Best Original Song – Motion Picture
“Big Eyes” (Big Eyes)
“Glory” (Selma)
“Mercy Is” (Noah)
“Opportunity” (Annie)
“Yellow Flicker Beat” (The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part I)

Best Original Score – Motion Picture
Alexandre Desplat, The Imitation Game
Johann Johannsson, The Theory of Everything
Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross, Gone Girl
Antonio Sanchez, Birdman
Hans Zimmer, Interstellar

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21st Annual Screen Actor’s Guild Nominations

Tons of awards start hitting the scene this time of year. We’re not going to post all of them, or even very many, but the Screen Actors Guild we usually pay attention to. Usually the wins will give you a pretty good head start on your Oscar ballot. If you’re interested in more than just the movies, television nominees are under the seats if you’d like a look at the boob tube crew.

The Nomination Score:
Birdman = 4
Boyhood = 3
The Theory of Everything = 3
The Imitation Game = 3

“Modern Family” = 4
Cast in a Motion Picture
The Grand Budapest Hotel
The Imitation Game
The Theory of Everything

Steve Carell (Foxcacther)
Benedict Cumberbatch(The Imitation Game)
Jake Gyllenhaal (Nightcrawler)
Michael Keaton (Birdman)
Eddie Redmayne (The Theory of Everything)

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

Supporting Actor
Robert Duvall (The Judge)
Ethan Hawke(Boyhood)
Edward Norton (Birdman)
Mark Ruffalo (Foxcatcher)
J.K. Simmons (Whiplash)

Supporting Actress
Patricia Arquette (Boyhood)
Keira Knightley (The Imitation Game)
Emma Stone (Birdman)
Meryl Streep (Into the Woods)
Naomi Watts (St. Vincent)

Stunt Ensemble in a Motion Picture
Get on Up
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies
X-Men: Days of Future Past

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