A Shout Out for August Diehl

Last Sunday, while Inglourious Basterds was robbed of its Best Original Screenplay Oscar, it at least got some love with probably the least surprising win of the night when Christoph Waltz’s long-awaited victory finally arrived. Yet while his Colonel Hans Landa is one of the film’s chief delights, I just wanted to put the spotlight on another Nazi villain in the film who, I feel, has been eclipsed by Waltz’s one-of-a-kind performance. That character is the Gestapo Major Dieter Hellstrom, who, like Landa, but in his own way, is capable of exercising a mesmerizing screen presence. Played by German actor August Diehl, his main moment of glory is easily the deliciously tense La Louisiane sequence in which, beer boot in hand, he excruciatingly ratchets up the tension for Michael Fassbender’s rendezvous with Diane Kruger. He also appears earlier in the film when he picks up Mélanie Laurent’s Shosanna and takes her to lunch with Goebbels and company in the “German Night in Paris” chapter.

The majority of Diehl’s work consists of films and TV projects I’ve never really heard of. However, among the more prominent things he has done is The Counterfeiters, the recent Austrian film that won the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar (in which he ironically plays a Jewish concentration camp prisoner), and Mouth to Mouth, an indie movie which also features Ellen Page between her breakout role in Hard Candy and her “star-making” one in Juno.

I’ll be keeping my eyes open for more of Diehl’s stuff, and in the meantime will continue to enjoy his underrated, terrific performance upon further re-viewings of Inglourious Basterds.


Cinecast Episode 153 – How to Capture Vomit

Episode 153:
Amazing that after a two week break, neither host has managed to have any sort of cross over in our movie viewings. It ain’t a symptom of laziness in our parts, it’s simply a strange time of year when things are still being released at strange intervals and to find the good stuff you gotta look a little harder than usual. Still, NINE finally manages to enter the equation as well as Mel Gibson’s return to the screen with Edge of Darkness. Of course comedies make it on to the docket once in a while and here we got to dig into Youth in Revolt. And as always we have some tangents into what other past films we’ve watched or revisited recently and it’s a hell of a week for Blu-Ray releases. So sit back and enjoy (or not) an old fashioned, “just kickin’ it around” style show as we ponder the last couple weeks of cinema.
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SAG Award Winners

It’s late, I’m tired, we’ve had a billion award shows so far this year. All I really care about still are the Spirit Awards and the Oscars. Still, we wouldn’t be much of a movie web site if we didn’t post the winners from the Screen Actors Guild awards would we? Especially since they basically got it right… for once. Even if it was a little bit predictable. Also Betty White is awesome.


Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role
Jeff Bridges, ‘Crazy Heart’
George Clooney, ‘Up In The Air’
Colin Firth, ‘A Single Man’
Morgan Freeman, ‘Invictus’
Jeremy Renner, ‘The Hurt Locker’

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role
Sandra Bullock, ‘The Blind Side’
Helen Mirren, ‘The Last Station’
Carey Mulligan, ‘An Education’
Gabourey Sidibe, ‘Precious: Based On The Novel ‘Push’ By Sapphire’
Meryl Streep ‘Julie & Julia’

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role
Matt Damon, ‘Invictus’
Woody Harrelson, ‘The Messenger’
Christopher Plummer, ‘The Last Station’
Stanley Tucci, ‘The Lovely Bones’
Christoph Waltz, ‘Inglourious Basterds’

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role
Penelope Cruz, ‘Nine’
Vera Farmiga, ‘Up In The Air’
Anna Kendrick, ‘Up In The Air’
Diane Kruger, ‘Inglourious Basterds’
Mo’Nique, ‘Precious: Based On The Novel ‘Push’ By Sapphire’

Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
‘An Education’
‘The Hurt Locker’
‘Inglourious Basterds’
‘Precious: Based On The Novel ‘Push’ By Sapphire’


Betty White’s Lifetime Achievement Award


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Jandy’s Top Films of the Decade

How to narrow down an entire decade of films down to just ten? It’s pretty much an impossible task. I made a short list of fifty, and even that left off loads I wanted to include. And now that making that list is already a few weeks in the past I’m starting to second guess how I ordered them. But I chose to let stand what’s here – so let’s just say here are ten films from the past ten years that blew me away, stuck with me, and that I love dearly. Too many of them are obvious choices, but I’ve made my peace with that.

10) 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days (2007; dir: Cristian Mungiu)



9) Brick (2006; dir: Rian Johnson)



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After the Credits Episode 80 – Christmas Movies for the Naughty List

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Dale (Digital Doodles), Colleen and Marina discuss Christmas movies that you might share with those you hate over the holidays. We’re talking the worst of the worst. If inflicting pain is your gift idea, this is the list for you.

All of the films discussed came from the Inglourious Basterds DVD contest. Thanks to everyone for participating! And the winner is…

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67th Annual Golden Globe Nominations

I know that the thumbs snubbed at the Golden Globes each year is just something I have to deal with, but honestly, there are things to really like about this award ceremony. One, it splits up the acting awards into two groups: drama and musical or comedy. The ceremony itself is rather short and to the point which I rather like and maybe most importantly to us bloggers/readers, it’s the award show that most clearly gives us an indication of what to expect from The Academy.

So with all that in mind and still expecting the vitriol in the comments below, here are the nominees for the 2009 Golden Globe Awards. Not too surprisingly, Jason Reitman’s Up in the Air takes the cake with 6 nominations and NINE comes to the table with 5 nods.

Who do you think got snubbed and who shouldbn’t be here? I might make the case that the great Meryl Streep competing against herself is at least discussion worthy, if not kind of cheap. Presentation of the awards will be telecast live on NBC at 8pm EST on Sunday, January 17th.


The Hurt Locker
Inglourious Basterds
Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire
Up in the Air

(500) Days of Summer
The Hangover
It’s Complicated
Julie and Julia

Katherine Bigelow, The Hurt Locker
James Cameron, Avatar
Clint Eastwood, Invictus
Jason Reitman, Up in the Air
Quentin Tarantino, Inglourious Basterds

Jeff Bridges, Crazy Heart
George Clooney, Up in the Air
Colin Firth, A Single Man
Morgan Freeman, Invictus
Tobey Maguire, Brothers

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 Push by Sapphire

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Best Trailers of 2009

GreenBandTrailerImageSure we have about three months to go and there is bound to be a few quality cinema advertisements for the end of season Oscar derby and various Christmas blockbusters, but let us jump the gun shall we? After surveying the last year of trailers here are the best and most intriguing of the litter; released online, in the cinema (Coming Attractions) or other places (TV, VOD, etc). This is not a reflection of the quality of the final released films (although many of these did in fact live up to the promise of their own creative marketing). So that’s that. The list is tucked under the seat.
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Bookmarks for August 28th


What we’ve been reading – August 28th:

  • Spotlight on Fake Movie Posters
    One Sheets for movies that only exist within movies. Funny People and Inglourious Basterds, specifically.
  • Has 3D Failed already?
    Dr. Bordwell and Kristin Thompson pontificate on the technology that is supposed to save Hollywood from rapid advances in Home Theatre and digital streaming and file-sharing.
  • Scarecrow Video Annotates Inglourious Basterds
    A (likely) definitive list of films that are directly or tangentially referenced in Quentin Tarantino's Inglourious Basterds by the employees of Scarecrow Video. "Thanks for reading, and remember us the next time some asshat tells you independent, brick & mortar video stores that employee real people are outmoded and in need of extermination by mail based corporations. "

Bookmarks for August 20th through August 24th


What we’ve been reading – August 20th through August 24th:

  • SpeedCine Home Page
    A database of over 13,000 movies available to watch online legally – includes free sites like hulu, on-demand outlets like Amazon's Video-On-Demand, and subscription services like Netflix Instant Watch. I know hulu and Instant Watch are geo-restricted to the US, unfortunately; not sure about Amazon.
  • Tarantino on Soundtracks
    An interview with Quentin Tarantino in which he talks about how he comes up with the music soundtracks for his films and how they actually help shape the movie. Kind of a fun read.
    Karina Longworth gives one of the most thoughtful re-reviews (she saw both the Cannes cut and the release Cut) of the film yet. For those who have seen the film, this is a MUST-READ. "My initial assessment of the film was wrong. Maybe what I saw this week in New York really is a complete revitalization, so completely different from what I saw in Cannes as to excuse me from blame for not fully engaging with it in the couple of hours I had to form a correct opinion before the film was rendered old news by the maw of the festival cycle. But probably not. Probably, it is a couple of things. The film is now unquestionably a little bit tighter than the first version I saw; my complaints about the flow and movement of the action sequences is no longer valid, and as far as my complaint about the lack of “rock n’ roll efficiency”, well, that is idiotic now and probably was then, as well. But I honestly don’t know what has changed more since May: the cut of Inglouirous Basterds, or me."