Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Golden Globes Reaction

So, the Golden Globes were on Sunday night... and I only watched about an hour of it on TV (while I was kickin butt on the elliptical machine at the gym!)  There were a few awkward moments I saw while watching, like: Robert DeNiro's speech for the Cecil B. DeMille Award was... awkward, his jokes were just not funny; and at one point the camera was on Brangelina, and she awkwardly gazed at him for longer than normal, it was weird!  Besides all that, I have some opinions about the winners...

Best Motion Picture - Drama: The Social Network
Totally deserved.  It was a really great movie with refreshing young actors and a sharp script.  The other 4 nominees were Black Swan, The Fighter, Inception and The King's Speech (which I have not yet seen) which are pretty tough competition.  But, this result does not surprise me because the Golden Globes typically award movies and actors that may get overlooked at the Oscars.  Either way, this movie was great and this award sits well with me.

Best Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical: The Kids Are All Right
I don't really agree with this one, but the competition in this category wasn't too tough - the other 4 nominees being Alice in Wonderland (blech), Burlesque (haven't seen it), RED, and The Tourist (haven't seen it either.)  Based on these nominees, I guess they got it right.  RED was really fun but not exactly award-worthy, I hated Alice in Wonderland, and the other 2 didn't really do much at the box office.  Regardless, I just did not like The Kids Are All Right.  It should have been named "The Kids Will Be Totally Screwed Up" after all the chaos their mothers put them through.

Best Actor/Actress:
Actress, Drama: Natalie Portman, Black Swan... YES
Actor, Drama: Colin Firth, The King's Speech... haven't seen it
Actress, Comedy: Annette Bening. The Kids Are All Right... YES
Actor, Comedy: Paul Giamatti, Barney's Version... haven't seen it
Actress, Supporting Role: Melissa Leo, The Fighter... YES
Actor, Supporting Role: Christian Bale, The Fighter... YESSSSSSS

Now I CAN'T WAIT for the Academy Award nominations to come out on January 25!

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

The Fighter

GREAT movie!  I was expecting the tired boxer-comeback story with cheesy Boston accents, and instead I got a great family story and sharp Boston accents that sounded authentic.  One of my biggest pet peeves in movies is bad accents, and BAH-ston's is a tough one to pull off.  But this movie kept it authentic, with alot of minor characters being played by actual Boston-ites.  Mark Wahlberg and Amy Adams and the lady who played the Mom were all great.  But the shining star of the whole movie is Christian Bale.  I know, I know, I've also heard that he can be hard to work with... but in this movie he's brilliant.  He plays Micky Ward's older crack-addicted brother, who taught Micky everything he knows about boxing, but is unreliable when it comes to training because of his addiction.  I was surprised that the plot was just as much about family as it was about boxing.  Overall, it's a great story with great acting... so CHECK IT OUT! 

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Scott Pilgrim vs. The World

This one came out on DVD recently... and I was pleasantly surprised!  The idea is fresh and smart - Scott Pilgrim has to defeat the Seven Evil Exes to be with his new girlfriend, he earns points/coins for doing romantic things and being funny, and he earns a one-up when he picks himself back up after losing a battle.  The movie really was like a video game!  I think we've all compared ourselves to our boyfriend/girlfriend's exes at some point or another, which made the movie a comedic take on relationships as well.  The fight scenes got a little old toward the end, but the video game concepts just kept coming, and they made me laugh.  Overall it's super fun and different than anything you've ever seen.  So CHECK IT OUT!

True Grit

Very good!  I recently watched the original 1969 version with John Wayne in anticipation of this one's release, and the 2 are similar in parts but very different at times too.  This version is much more serious and dramatic, where the first one was a little more comedic.  Regardless, I really liked it.  The girl that played Mattie Ross was GREAT, Jeff Bridges was good as the gruff and alcoholic Rooster Cogburn, and Matt Damon was perfectly arrogant as LeBeouf.  Overall it was exciting in a gun-slinging kinda way (it is, after all, a Western!)  I would definitely CHECK IT OUT!

Little Fockers

This 3rd installment is alot like the 2nd... meaning not nearly as good as the 1st.  The story has some weird tangents, but it was pretty funny in parts, and Robert DeNiro and Ben Stiller were great together (as usual).  It's not gonna change your life or anything, but it's BEARABLE if you liked the other films in the series. 

Black Swan

Unless you've been living under a rock for the past 3 months, you've probably heard a little bit about this movie.  They (meaning movie critics, gossip magazines and such) have all been saying how great Natalie Portman is and how she'll probably win the Oscar for Best Actress, etc.  Well, I totally agree!  Natalie is great!  Mila Kunis is also great (who knew - she was Jackie on That 70's show, and she can actually act!), and the ballet director (not sure of his name) was great too.  The movie overall was very good, but I left slightly disappointed.  Too much hype and too excited to see it = I'll probably be disappointed.  Regardless, it is very good.  It's a psychological thriller that keeps you guessing to the very end.  I thought I had it figured out early on, but I was totally wrong.  And surprisingly, it's not really that much about ballet.  I anticipated lots of ballet terminology that I wouldn't understand, but it didn't have much of that.  It was a suspenseful and exciting movie that most people would enjoy, so CHECK IT OUT!

How Do You Know

This is definitely the worst movie I've seen all year. Just.... don't.  PASS!