April 21, 2010
February 3, 2010
Carolla back with the Sports Guy. Just an incredible show from start to finish. Carolla shines as usual with some made up movies.
The BS Report is IDM with a budget, and talent.
ESPN has a new podcast player. I wonder how that design meeting went. How did they decide on 3 bottom lines?!? Was it a compromise? Did someone suggest 10?
February 3, 2010
Avatar? I don’t really know what to say about all the awards it’s been handed, other then I guess you really can buy awards. I did enjoy Avatar, and it really was the most technically impressive movie I have ever seen… So give it best director, or best CGI, or best visual design. Not best motion picture. Certainly not when there are movies like The Hurt Locker, Inglorious Basterds, Precious, and Up In The Air, which were all exceedingly superior overall. Hell I would have a hard time picking the best out of that lot, but to even put Avatar in the same ballpark as those is criminal.
The Critics Choice awards had it right. They gave Avatar best action movie, best cinematography (although I don’t totally agree wit this, but I’ll survive), best art direction, best editing, best visual effects, and best sound. those were exactly the things that were great about Avatar, but those were the only things that were great about Avatar.
Okay, enough about Avatar.
So, when I first read about The Lovely Bones I was pretty stoked. I was excited to see Peter Jackson and his writing team step away from their usual fare of epics, and go into something smaller. The movie itself was a bit of a disappointment, but I can understand why Stanley Tucci is getting all the attention for it. Hell, if I hadn’t known he was in it, I never would have guessed. He did a great job at transforming into the character. Whenever he spoke it seemed a bit forced, but a majority of his part was without dialogue.
Tarantino has gotten completely shafted this year. He must be used to that by now.
I think one of the biggest surprises from 2009 would have to be Mo’Nique’s role in Precious, the awards seem to agree. I’ve never been a fan of hers, probably because she has only been in in awful movies. It’s clear now that given real content she’s a rock star. I hope she lands more quality stuff in the future.
Up in the Air was probably my favorite movie of 2009, It wasn’t just great at a few elements that make up film (I’m glaring at you Avatar), but everything was balanced beautifully. I’m glad it’s getting all it’s nominations, but I can understand why it’s being beaten out. Anna Kendrick was especially fantastic, and I hope she doesn’t get typecasted with her role in the Twilight Saga. After Up in the Air that would be a serious shame.
In my opinion Christoph Waltz had the most impressive performance of 2009. His part in Inglorious Basterds was legendary in a role that Tarantino thought was impossible to cast. I’m so glad he’s getting the attention he deserves. It’s a shame that it has taken this long for him to be seriously discovered.
I think Pixar is going to implode the first time another animated movie beats out one of their flicks. It should be alright though, because that probably will never happen.
Oscar nominations were just announced. Usually if you pay attention to award shows leading up to the Oscars you can make a pretty good guess at what will be nominated, and usually you can guess pretty accurately what will win. I’m glad that District 9 got a nomination for best picture, but it doesn’t need to win. I also hope Tarantino gets more from the Oscars then what he has gotten from the other awards. If Avatar wins best picture at the Oscars I’ll probably have a seizure.
…I guess you have to hand it to Cameron, he knows what the world wants… I guess… I’m not bitter at all I swear.
January 31, 2010
Whether it’s just poorly marketed, or just a small indie flick, there are some movies that for whatever reason just don’t get seen as widespread as they should. It drives me nuts when a great movie slips through the cracks. There are a lot of great movies that people just haven’t seen, or haven’t even heard of. Here are just five of the first that came to mind, in no particular order.
This was writer/director Duncan Jones’s first major film, and a very ambitious one. It saw mild international success with little in the states. It’s likened to Kubrik’s 2001: A Space Odyssey, but it stands on it’s own. It’s difficult to make a movie like this and have it be original, I basically felt I knew what to expect getting into it. I was thrown for a loop when I found out the plot was not to be expected. Sam Rockwell was given a roll that really would be difficult for any actor to pull off, and did it in a way that really lets the audience buy into it. This is important because his role gets very surreal and at points it would be easy to loose the audience. Moon is a great movie, and it is a shame that it saw as little success as it did. In 15 years I see it being one of the huge cult science fiction classics. Maybe it is just a little before it’s time.
January 31, 2010
I assumed people would have movies they always watched when they were home sick. I’m pretty sure this is just a thing in school. I probably watched Wizard of Oz or Disney movies when I was little and home sick. These days it’s whatever I have from Netflix. This week that was Funny People. If I would have thought a little more I probably would have watched Fight Club or Braveheart, I still haven’t watched them on Blu-ray. Those seem a little violent for a sick day. The only non-Pixar comedy I have on Blu-ray is Forgetting Sarah Marshall. Next sickness I should dust off my DVD cases.
January 12, 2010
Also while browsing I noticed that Post grad came out on DVD/blu-ray today. Now with blu-ray, I don’t like saying ‘out on DVD’ anymore. I’ll get over it.
When I saw the first ad for Post Grad, I knew I was going to go see it. Alexis Bledel (Gilmore Girls) and Zach Gilford (Friday Night Lights) sounded like an unstoppable combo. Actually they sounded entirely stoppable. However, I love their characters from the shows they are most known for. Kelli came to town to see it with me, she is also a big fan of both shows.
It was pretty awful, but I don’t blame either of them. I don’t think the writers ever decided if they were making a movie about the family or the relationship. It’s not a tv show, it’s really hard to do both in a movie. Especially when I didn’t like any of the characters in the family.
Here is the trailer, which is much better than the movie …
Even for Alexis Bledel I’m not getting this unless I find the blu-ray for under $5. Here is the imdb.
January 12, 2010
I’m not sure who was clamoring for this to be made, but someone was.
I was on Amazon today checking out the upcoming movie releases. That is how I figure out which titles to add to my Netflix queue. I feel like this is something Netflix should be able to handle.
I did see the original Smokin’ Aces. I don’t remember much besides that it ended with a whole bunch of shooting, which was fun. Looks like the same deal this time. It’s even a prequel. At least I think that’s what I heard in the trailer. I don’t know why I’m sharing this, you shouldn’t watch it, but here’s the trailer …
December 31, 2009
I saw this trailer over the weekend and immediately wondered what happened to Harrison Ford’s career that he was in a TV movie. I mentioned it later in the day and my cousin had the exact same reaction when he had seen it earlier. Just got a txt from Evan that he had the same thought. Here’s the trailer. Not sure if you get the same feeling from YouTube that you get on an HDTV.
April 2, 2009
February 15, 2009
Back for its 2nd year. Oscar Picks on ICH! Just like last year, make your picks in all the categories. You can create a group and have your friends join. If you create a group you can choose the point values for each category. Maybe you want to heavily weight the art direction and costume categories. Or maybe you don’t want them to count at all.