January 28, 2012 § Leave a comment
Turns out the SAG awards are tomorrow! Hopefully I’ll get to watch them, but forgive me if I miss them. At least you’re getting this post! Super fast update on the life of the writer: first week of class down and things are going well. Busy as ever, but nevertheless things are good. I watched 4 new movies this weekend. And will review them by request! – Another Earth, Our Idiot Brother, Beginners, Door in the Floor. Or I’ll just pick one in the next week or so and just write a little ditty. But I digress. Onward!
Tonight’s movie won best picture in 1998. Yes, I was 7. Spectacular film that so many people forget about. Everyone and their acting school roommate are in this movie, but not in a Valentine’s Day way. Like in a “Geoffrey-Rush-invited-all-his-friends” way. A poetic story of how Will Shakespeare might have written Romeo and Juliet– a beautiful, inspirational romance, a fantastic cast, the perfect mix of romance and witty comedy. Judi Dench is the queen of the world. Gwyneth Paltrow is charming as usual.
In the scene below, the cast is performing Romeo and Juliet for the first time and their Juliet just hits puberty and no longer has his high pitched girly voice. Gwyneth Paltrow – who had been practicing under cover as a man for weeks gets called to the stage and for the first time a woman performs in the theater.
In other Oscar news:
– Cate Blanchett was nominate for “Elizabeth” and Judi Dench was nominated for “Shakespeare in Love” – each for playing the same character, Queen Elizabeth I. Only once before had two actors been nominated in the same year for playing the same character: Kate Winslet and Gloria Stuart for playing Rose in “Titanic”
– This was the first year The Oscar’s were aired on a Sunday
– Roberto Benigni makes the best acceptance speech ever for being in “Life is Beautiful”
January 22, 2012 § Leave a comment
This past weekend I had the pleasure of being my best friend’s wedding. It could not have been a more perfect wedding. The weather was beautiful, everyone had the time of their lives, and two beautiful, loving, caring people were brought together to share a life together. The bridesmaids festivities were not quite as crazy as those in Bridesmaids, but we certainly had some fun of our own.
January 16, 2012 § Leave a comment
In light of the Ravens’ win this past Sunday (that’s right, as the Baltimore native I am, I cheer for the Ravens every week, don’t hate), I give you one of my all time favorite football movies: Rudy. Probably the most inspirational story ever. I watch it before every interview I go to. Not really, but I should because I feel like a total champ after I watch it.
The following clip is right before a big Notre Dame game and Rudy didn’t make the dress list so he decides to quit the team. He’s developed a mentor-mentored relationship with the groundskeeper, Fortune, and he delivers this impeccable speech. Champ!
January 16, 2012 § Leave a comment
Such a bland title today. I was pleasantly surprised with last night’s awards. Again, I am not up-to-date with many of most of the movies that were nominated (damn you limited release movies and empty bank account!). So let’s discuss a few thoughts:
– Ricky Gervais was fantastic. Just enough ridicule to make you feel uncomfortable but not embarrassed for him. However, as the night progressed, his jokes just got sloppy.
– The presenters were delightful and had just enough banter. Well done, banter writers.
– The speeches.. were not so great. Almost every acceptance speech was lengthy and boring and wordy and unnecessary. But George Clooney, oh George, he was classy and well spoken and short and charming. Let’s date? (see what I did there? I’m respecting his choice not to marry)
– Helen Mirren is still smokin’ hot
– Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie look at each other like there is no one else on the planet. Every time one of them was on stage, the other smiled like they’ve never seen anyone so lovely. True love and adoration do still exist in Hollywood.
– Tina Fey is the funniest person on the planet. Hands down.
– Modern Family should always win. They are a hilarious group of super good looking people.
– Peter Dinklage is a spectacular human being. And everyone should want to be friends with him
– Most everyone looked fantastic:
January 15, 2012 § Leave a comment
Way back in the dark ages when Mel Gibson wasn’t walking the streets of Hollywood like a crazy drunk, he was actually a little decent in movies. Based on a true story, this movie tells the story of Scotland’s freedom from and triumph over Britain. Everything about this film gets me excited. The music, the filming, the writing. It’s all so liberating and motivating. It’s a beautiful story of a man’s love for his wife and nation.
The passion and determination William Wallace (Mel Gibson) has for his country’s people is inspiring and heartbreaking. This movie will bring you to tears I promise you.
In other news, my sincere apologies for no post on the People’s Choice Awards. It sucked so badly that I couldn’t bring myself to talk about it. However, tonight’s event is much larger and I will have plenty to say afterward I’m sure.