The nominees are…

January 11, 2011 § Leave a comment

First, I hate snow. I really truly do. The only benefit? It looks pretty for the first night. After that, it’s crap! I’d be willing to give up an entire winter of snow that only looks good on the first night for an entire year of summer; I don’t even need to think about it – I’d take that offer any day.

And now, the reason we’re here. Good news! The Golden Globes are this coming Sunday! And there are some excellent films and television programs nominated for a Golden Globe. I really love this event, probably one of my favorites out of all the awards. It covers everything: drama, comedy, musical, television, movies made for television, mini-series. Everyone gets a chance at the coveted statuette. Let’s highlight a few of the nominees:

The Social Network
If you haven’t seen this movie, watch it now. This is an absolutely beautifully constructed movie. It’s up for 6 Golden Globes: Best Picture – Drama, Best Performance by an Actor – Drama, Best Performance in a Supporting Role, Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Score. Personally, I’m hoping it sweeps up.

Filled with an extraordinary cast, it’s no surprise The Social Network scattered across every nominee list out there. Aaron Sorken’s script is fast paced and intelligent. With the perfect combination of entrepreneurial conniving and college innocence, Jesse Eisenberg gives an unbelievable performance as a genius, superhuman, college kid discovering the next best thing to Google. I often find myself wondering what he’s doing in other movies, as if he really is a genius, superhuman, college kid (as opposed to his real occupation – an actor). The cinematography is artistic and modern. Comprised of quick, smooth, untitled transitions between past and present the movie has a more sophisticated feel and a sense of urgency. A movie of beauty and intelligence, The Social Network is definitely one of the top movies of the year.

Inception
Up for Best Picture – Drama, Best Director, Best Screenplay, and Best Score. This move got loads of hype. For months I was hearing how incredible this movie is; people going back to the theater for a second, third, fourth time to go see it. I finally had the opportunity to see it a few weeks ago and was not let down as I had expected to be. I’d encourage you to watch. However, it’s more of a movie you’d want to watch with a few people, not just something you can pop in while you’re finishing up your 15 page research paper. It requires your full, undivided attention. You won’t regret it, it’s long but an overall enjoyable movie

Star studded cast of charismatic people – and I’m not just saying that because I have a ridiculous crush on Joseph Gordon-Levitt (well I partly am). The score is spectacular – we’ve spoken on this before, so I won’t go further). Cinematography is beautiful and the use of slow motion is just brilliant. The plot is ridiculously complex: Leo’s house inside the mountain inside the hotel inside the van inside the plane (inside a dream? Hmmm). But if you pay attention it’s very smart and exciting. The ending follows consistent with the entire plot – complex and requires you to think really, really hard. It leaves it up to the viewer completely (excellent conversation topic after watching the film!) Successful job, Christopher Nolan, successful job.

 

Modern Family
I’m going to end with this because this post is getting long and I really don’t want you all to get bored. So before I go on about my favorite sitcom on television I must put in a plug for 30 Rock: a hilariously smart show referencing every current issue under the sun. Alec Baldwin is a master mind and Tina Fey is adorably geeky. Watch it.

Modern Family: Nominated for Best Performance by an actor (and actress) in a supporting role in a series and Best Television Series. This. Show. Is. Funny. Hysterical really. Following the family of strange characters – The father, Jay, remarried to a Columbian beauty,Gloria, played by the wonderful Sofia Vergara who has a son, Manny, who’s 11 yrs. old going on 40. His children – Claire (a mother of 3, married to her goofy, trying to be the “cool dad”, husband Phil) and Mitchell (the gay father of an adopted Vietnamese baby girl and long partner to flamboyantly wonderful Cameron). It’s the depiction of a dysfunctional family just trying to get by. With a compassionate moment seen every once and awhile this show will make your heart melt and have you buckled over in laughter in just 30 minutes. Airing on Wednesdays at 9pm on ABC, it’s something worth putting on the Tivo.

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