What we’ve been reading over the past week or so.
- Oscar season nears, but where’s the buzz?
With the right balance, it stands to reason the Oscar red carpet could be populated with more of the A-list, which translates to ratings; everybody wins. So with that in mind, the holiday movie season officially upon us, and ballots for nominations due next month, why does it not yet feel like the race has begun?
- Helvetica. Movie Posters
From Up In The Air to Hard Candy to Funny Games, Helvetica is overused in Movie Posters as it is pretty much everywhere else.
- How good viral marketing can go bad
Viral Marketing Campaigns that did not help, or in the worst case, probably severely hurt the films they were supposedly marketing.
- Penelope Cruz talks NINE and Explains Why She Filmed a Cameo in SEX AND THE CITY 2
Having made her acting debut as a teenager, Penelope Cruz has shown an extraordinary ability for playing strong, memorable women. Whether it’s in her four films with Spanish director Pedro Almodovar, or her work with American director Woody Allen, which earned her a Best Supporting Actress Academy Award, the striking and opinionated actress puts her all into every performance, as is evidenced on the screen.
- ‘Friday The 13th’: Ranking The Series From Top To Bottom
Perhaps you’re new to the “Friday” game and need some guidance. The natural urge would be to start from the beginning, but that would be a mistake that would result in sadness and nausea. Since the continuity between movies doesn’t matter in the slightest, it’s best to take them out of order. But where to start? Glad you asked. Here are the 12 “Friday the 13th” films, ranked in order of greatness from truly excellent to whatever “Jason Goes to Hell” is.
- Yogi Bear? Dan Aykroyd? Live action/animated hybrid? WTF?
A well reasoned smack-down rant of this baffling studio project.
- Wings of Desire: Three Years After
Really lovely appreciation of Wim Wenders WINGS OF DESIRE, on the occasion its Criterion Blu-ray release, which sounds spectacular. Rick considers the beauty of Criterion’s remastered print, as well as the greatness of the humanistic story and of Wender’s evocation of Berlin and its history.
- Monsters, Inc. – Blu-ray Review
The film? Great. The Blu-ray? Perfection. Your wallet? $30 less. ‘Nuff said? Yep, just buy it!
- “Everything else is pure theory”: What-if Movies
A coin flip splits the new movie “Uncertainty” in two. That’s how a young couple (played by Lynn Collins and Joseph Gordon-Levitt) at a turning point in their relationship decide which way to go on the Brooklyn Bridge. “Uncertainty”‘s not the first film to explore those what-if musings we’ve all indulged in but it is one of a select group of movies to be structured around that idea of forking paths, of returning to a certain point and trying things another way, or in another setting, or just another frame of mind. Here are a few more films built around alternate realities.
- Disaster Movie Moments That Pissed Us Off The Most
Sure, disaster movies are just empty calories of mass destruction — but even when you don’t take them seriously, there are always some scenes that you just can’t excuse. We’ve collected the most infuriating moments from the biggest disaster movies.
- Between Dimensions: Solaris (1972)
Bring an overnight bag to your couch. This star trip takes awhile.