Is it me? Maybe it’s me. Perhaps I’ve gotten jaded over the years. Then again, maybe it’s just a really crummy year for movies. Sure, there were a few bright spots; but overall, disappointing is the word that sums it up. Let’s take it from the top…
Well, it has been a strange year in cinema. We’ve had movies without plots, without dialogue and without acting—although I guess as long as Vin Diesel is in the business, that’s always a possibility. We’ve had Oscar winners churn out stinkers and first-time actors deliver award-worthy performances. Without further ado…
Well, if the Golden Globe nominations are any indication—and they usually are—it's shaping up to be a strange awards season. The Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) has announced their picks for the best films, made-for-TV movies, television series and mini-series of 2013. Everyone seems to agree there were a few surprises, a few shocks, and more than a few snubs.
If all you really wanted for Christmas was a movie you could go to without contemplating asking for your money back, Hollywood may be able to help…finally. Here’s what coming in December:
It seems Oscar is taking a nap this week, so it might be a good time to hit the couch with a good download. Here are the new releases and top rentals:
The eleventh month is also the eleventh hour for award consideration. While one would think an Oscar-caliber movie would stay with a viewer, contenders seem to want their film fresh in voters’ minds. So with a few brain breaks for popcorn premieres November should prove to be a heady cinematic month.
Good news: The kids are in bed at a decent hour. Bad news: It’s getting darker earlier. Good news: There’s a refreshing crispness in the air. Bad news: The rainy chill of autumn has arrived. Good news: Vin Diesel and Channing Tatum have been locked up until next summer. Bad news: George Clooney and Michael Fassbender haven’t been let out yet. Good news: There are some outstanding films to watch at home. Bad news: There are some that are so appalling, you will wonder why no one warned you. Well, consider yourself warned...
It’s that time of year when A-list actors wait patiently by the phone and pretend that awards mean nothing (and that approval from colleagues and fans is recognition enough), but hoping against hope that their agent calls to tell them they got an Oscar nomination. The nominations were announced last week, and I must say there were a few surprises…and not the good kind.
I think I’m finally starting to get Quentin Tarantino. I think somewhere, way back when, Tarantino was profoundly impacted by an injustice. Maybe it was a bully stealing his lunch money, or maybe something worse. Whatever the reason, the 10-year-old boy inside of him clearly feels the need to right a wrong. And like any 10-year-old boy, he wants to right that wrong with as much violence and bloodshed as possible. Whether it’s a fighter who wants one last score, a bride attacked at her wedding, or Nazi hunters, Quentin Tarantino wants justice. This time, it’s for slaves.
The five decades J. Edgar Hoover spent as head of the then-Bureau of Investigation and the F.B.I. is quite a chunk of history. Between his unconventional personal life, his questionable tactics and his innovative investigative skills, there’s a lot of road to hoe.
The 2011 Golden Globe nominations have been announced by the Hollywood Foreign Press. While prestigious in and of themselves, the Golden Globes are best known for being the prognosticator for the Oscars. Here is the underwhelming list of mediocre nominees.
The Oscar race is heating up and these films may be late to the gate but they are definitely not lagging behind. It may be awards season, but it is also holiday season, and the family-friendly film is well represented.
I have to admit I am a huge fan of Christopher Nolan. His films are smart, original and suspenseful. If you are ever looking for a great rental, Memento, The Prestige and The Dark Knight are great pics. Here, however, Nolan, trying out his screenwriting skills, may have gone a bit too far. One of the biggest challenges of genius is restraint, and Nolan shows none.
It’s getting to be that time when we are all looking for excuses to escape the heat—and possibly our workout. Hollywood is offering some tempting options for all ages in July. Here’s what’s in store:
When you think of an insane asylum, two distinct images come to mind. The first is that calm bucolic country estate where people go for the weekend to deal with a mild anxiety disorder. There are manicured grounds and plinky music. The muscular orderlies are there only for your protection. Then there’s the other image: the antiquated bedlam filled with torture devices, dripping walls and filthy, scabby patients roaming the halls mumbling. The sadistic director is as much experimenting on the forgotten as he is treating them…welcome to Shutter Island.
I want to start by telling you a very unusual experience I had with this film. I was at a cocktail party and a friend of mine had just seen it. She suggested I go with a girlfriend since she didn’t think my husband would like it. When I probed further she said that, on second thought, maybe I should take my husband because the wife in the film is such an awful, awful woman he might appreciate me all the more after seeing it. The next day I got an e-mail from another friend, also about the film. The crux of the note was: Thank God we don’t live in a world where if a woman isn’t happy conforming to the suburban norm she is insane. Needless to say, I was extremely curious to see a film that could leave two thoughtful and intelligent women with such different responses.
Here’s a shocker: Politicians and intelligence officers are ego-driven megalomaniacs who are more concerned with power, control and image than actually doing the right thing. Here’s something else that might stun you: Oftentimes heads of religious factions, terrorist groups and radical fundamentalist organizations are concerned with more than just serving God. They may be in it for the money, the adoration or the power. And the last little bit of startling new information: There are times when the foot soldiers out in the field just trying to do the right thing can be deceived and even deliberately sacrificed for what the oligarchs consider to be a greater good.
The leaves are turning and films are turning serious. Thankfully Hollywood has veered away from military conspiracies and violence in the Middle East, not that it’s not a valid topic, but personally I go to the movies to escape reality. They have turned their attention to a variety of topics. Here are the five biggies coming out this fall.
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