Thursday, July 30, 2009
Other Miscellaneous Thoughts: I hate this weird sort of format-y thing that EW.com has got going on. It seems more mass-produced and less homey than before. Any thoughts on that? If you're reading, please DO comment!
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
1. Karen Olivo is a deity all in her own. Her tall, maternal-yet-sexy look is beyond Tony-winning. A complete scene stealer.
2. Jerome Robbins choreography is still as amazing as ever, if not better.
3. I'm looking forward to many years of Josefina Scaglione, you?
4. I'm still torn whether I like the Sharks or Jets. I'm leaning toward Sharks.
5. I would have like to have heard I Feel Pretty instead of Hoy Me Siento Heromsa. Also, with my only 3 years of Spanish I could only catch some of the Spanish songs.
Side comment- When Tony was (Spoiler Alert!) shot by Chino, the audience obviously gasped. But then proceeded to whisper for an incredibly long time and becoming unruly before an individual audience member told them to (thankfully) shut up. Strange.
Overall, I would place this first, ahead of the only other two musicals I've seen which are Chicago and, my first, Jersey Boys.
So, have you seen it yet? If not, do! If you have, comment! If you haven't, feel free to comment anyway!
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
The Actors (in no particular order)
Philip Seymour Hoffman
The Actresses (in no particular order)
Meryl Streep (uh, duh!)
The Films (in no particular order)
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
The Dark Knight
The Hurt Locker
Your thoughts? Please share in the comments section!
Friday, July 17, 2009
30 Rock managed to pull off 22 nominations. The better news: Jane Krawkowski is nominated! I love Tina Fey, but I hope that she does NOT win this year for her role as the lovable Liz Lemon. The show is one of my favorites, but I think it's not too much to ask that Mary Louise Parker finally take the award.Best scripted show in some time.
For the actors I'm rooting for Steve Carrell winning the award come September and in the supporting category it would be foolish to vote for anyone whose name isn't Neil Patrick Harris. Drama wise I'm not so savvy about the nominees. But I'd like to see Holly Hunter and Gabriel Byrne take get some Emmy love and Hope Davis/William Hurt in the supporting categories.
Note: If Drew Barrymore doesn't win come September, the Emmys should be discontinued.
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
Monday, July 13, 2009
A couple nights ago The Rocky Horror Picture Show was on Fuse or one of those channels I never watched. I tuned in while playing on the computer but once I heard Susan Sarandon start singing I was captivated. Who knew she could switch from raspy to angelic through song? And I loved how big her brown eyes could get, especially when she had the newspaper over her head. And Toucha Toucha Toucha Touch Me! I'm not usually that impressed with Susan Sarandon, but man she was 100% perfect for this movie!
Friday, July 10, 2009
Amelia- Oscar does love biopics, but the trailer for this film looked particularly flat (maybe I'm just a Swank-hater). And it is a biopic about a woman, that's why this film's future isn't so clear right now.
If Swank gets a Best Actress nomination, she will have gotten a nomination every 5 years since 1999. Yuck.
Shutter Island- Martin Scorsese's newest effort has a mouth-watering ensemble cast (Patricia Clarkson, Leonardo DiCaprio), but it's a hit or miss with this kind of psychological thriller material. The names alone however may be enough to push it to a nomination.
I'm not gonna lie- I'm a big Leo fan. Can this role finally bring him Oscar like The Aviator should have back in 2004?
Avatar- James Cameron FINALLY returns to film after he proclaimed himself king of the world in 1997 and pretty much stopped working. What a jerk. But he's back! He has created an entirely fictional world using some state of the art technology or whatever. I'm not really sure how this will piece together, but this man is a genius so everything should work out smoothly. Bonus- Australian soon-to-be-megastar Sam Worthington stars in Avatar!
No words to describe how much I am anticipating this film.
The Informant!- I'm predicting a good year for Matt Damon. After no new releases in 2008, he's back and has some of the best directors on his side. The Informant! has Soderbergh and with 10 Best Picture slots to fill, this (dark) comedy could quite possibly get nominated.
Packing on the lbs. usually works for Academy members
The Hurt Locker- Strong reviews for this film indicate it may have a chance of getting nominated. And with 10 Best Picture nominations, Academy members will have to look past December and November releases.
Can The Hurt Locker overcome an early release date?
Wednesday, July 8, 2009
Nine- There is no, I repeat, NO, way this film cannot score a Best Picture nomination. When you add up Daniel Day-Lewis, a slew of Oscar hotties, Rob Marshall, and a faint Fellini memory, then you have struck Academy gold my friend!
WHOA! 6 OSCAR WINNERS
Up- It's inferior to WALL-E, sure, but it's one helluva flick. The Academy would not dare pass up Up after the outraged that they sparked when they failed to nominate its Pixar predecessor. And Up is one of Pixar's highest grossing films, further cementing its status as an Oscar heavyweight.
What's that I see! Is it a nomination?
Invictus- Clint Eastwood felt the snub of the Academy last year with "prestige drama" Changeling and "good old vintage Clint" Gran Torino managing to evade any nominations for the four time Oscar winner. He's back this year with a sort-of bio-pic with Morgan Freeman (Oscar loves them some Freeman) and Matt Damon (who, if things go smoothly, can have quite the impressive resumé by the time 2009 wraps).
"Matt, you better not screw this up for me like Angie."
The Road- Cormac McCarthy's next novel-to-movie film is missing the Coen Brothers, but a strong cast (Charlize Theron, Viggo Mortensen, Guy Pearce) and the anticipation of the movie's release should lead it down the red carpet on Oscar night. The one con is that it may suffer the same fate as another post-apocalyptic drama, Children of Men.
Crazy hair worked with McCarthy's
No Country For Old Men, so why not here?
The Lovely Bones- It's the same (albeit slightly altered) formula that Nine is using: a director Oscar is fond of (Jackson), Academy Award winners and nominees creating an ensemble to die for (Susan Sarandon, Mark Wahlberg, Saoirse Ronan, Rachel Weisz) and it is an adaptation of something that was adored, a best-selling novel.
Sarandon's longing for Oscar after
nearly 15 years of nothing.
Monday, July 6, 2009
3. The Man Who Would Be King
4. Tin Men
5. Cinema Paradiso
6. Nights of Cabiria
8. Series 7: The Contenders
9. The Exorcist
10. Mail Order Wife
11. Rear Window
12. The Sound of Music
14. Flirting With Disaster
I felt obliged to make up a list and I did so before looking at the comments section and this is what I came up with:
1. The African Queen
2. Bonnie and Clyde
3. Dial M For Murder
4. The Lion King
5. West Side Story
7. Shakespeare in Love
8. All That Jazz
9. Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
10. A Few Good Men
11. Good Will Hunting
13. American Beauty
14. Jurassic Park
(BTW- I use the name "Mike" on EntertainmentWeekly.com)
After I posted my list I looked at what other people had suggested and found a lot of the same movies, especially: Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, The Dark Knight, Fight Club, Almost Famous, and Moulin Rouge! I'm a little surprised and extremely delighted by the love for Moulin Rouge! out there on EW.com. So what do you think? Do you have a top 14? If you are reading this please comment!
Saturday, July 4, 2009
Friday, July 3, 2009
Wednesday, July 1, 2009
Back in 1916 on July 1st, Olivia de Havilland was born in Tokyo Japan (I just found that out today too!) One year later, the most infamous sibling rivalry in Hollywood would begin when Joan Fontaine was born. Despite her struggles with her sister, de Havilland has brought life to many great characters on the silver screen. My absolute favorite performance of hers is in Gone With The Wind. I'm all for the African American recognition at the Oscars, but my personal vote would have been for de Havilland, who remains one of the most innocent and charming characters in the movie. Another great de Havilland rolethat just popped into my head- The Heiress. It's a shame she could not make up with her sister. I mean, they're both well into their 90's... don't you think it's time to bury the hatchet?
So happy birthday Olivia! Here's to hoping many more wonderful years ahead!