Bookmarks for January 12

  • It’s Really Not That Complicated
    While I do not completely agree with Noah Forrest’s take on the Nancy Meyers’ Romantic Drama-dy, It’s Complicated, I do agree that Meyers does take some easy-way-outs to facilitate the story, rather than any sort of realism. As a bonus there is some interesting ‘Best TV of the Decade” stuff tacked on at the bottom of this column. While the film isn’t really complicated, it is still a very solid genre entry and easily the directors best film to date. BONUS: There is a tid-bit of interesting ‘Best TV of the Decade” commentary tacked on at the bottom of Noah’s column.
  • DVD in awards season could be the trigger for The Hurt Locker
    “Though audiences seemed unwilling to trust the 97% positive rating from film review site RottenTomatoes.com, the awards season may help The Hurt Locker turn a corner in the fight for moviegoers.”
  • Sony on Spider Man Reboot
    Sam Raimi and Tobey Maguire are done. Brand new take on the character is aiming for 2012. Sony issues press release.
  • Lost in the Air: Jason Reitman animates the press corps
    Here’s a short depicting Reitman’s recent press tour, edited together from iPhone images.
  • The Oscars, Australian Government, and You: A Guide to Oscar Nods
    The final list of ten nominees is actually pruned down from a few hundred potential films (274 this year) by preferential voting rather than by a plurality. That way, a movie needs more than 10% of the total votes to be nominated. Preferential voting essentially lessens the chance of a wasted vote by giving each voter a series of fall back choices instead of one all or nothing shot. Here’s a full breakdown of the system.
  • The Curse Of Harrison Ford
    Look at all of the careers Ford has destroyed simply being on screen together that one time.

 
 

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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.

MOVIES

BEST MOTION PICTURE, DRAMA
Avatar
The Hurt Locker
Inglourious Basterds
Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire
Up in the Air

BEST MOTION PICTURE, MUSICAL OR COMEDY
(500) Days of Summer
The Hangover
It’s Complicated
Julie and Julia
Nine

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

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

BEST DRAMATIC ACTRESS
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

Would you like to know more…?

Bookmarks for August 10th through August 11th

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What we’ve been reading – August 10th through August 11th:

  • New York Film Festival 2009 Lineup
    Alain Resnais’ new film, “Wild Grass” (Les Herbes folles), recently acquired by Sony Pictures Classics, will open the 2009 New York Film Festival on September 25, 2009. Lineup also includes Almodovar, von Trier, Breillat, Solondz, Denis & More
  • Glenn Kenny on The Young and Dumb versus Old and In The Way
    Spanning They Might Be Giants to The Hurt Locker, In The Loop, Rolling Thunder and Peter Blegvad, Kenny sure covers a lot in a musing yet brief piece over at Some Came Running
  • Sean O’Hagan on Quentin Tarantino
    A very impartial and interesting interview / profile on Q. Tarantino. Suck it though, Sean, Deathproof is awesome.

Bookmarks for July 24th through July 27th

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What we’ve been reading – July 24th through July 27th:

  • Curse of the time bandits
    As Blockbuster length increases, Mike Goodridge asks the question if viewers benefit from these lengths in terms of story telling, or is bloated length just a way to imply 'EVENT.' Is the story benefiting from these 2.5+ hour blockbusters?
  • All I Know Is, This Is Very, Very Wrong – Wtf – Gizmodo
    Gizmodo writers and readers are baffled by an image from "Funky Forest: The First Contact." I guess I can't say I blame them, but also pity them.
  • The Apolitical Stance of The Hurt Locker
    I don't see the problem with making a film focused on human nature instead of politics, but David Sterritt sure does.