Sunday, November 30, 2014

Stephen Dillane Appreciation

By s. Sunday, November 30, 2014 20 Comments
Stephen Dillane
November 30, 1956 (London, England, UK)

I have to phrase this perfectly: I'm just not convinced that the attention we give to creating what we think of as a character isn't actually quite often the means by which an actor overcomes his own terror of standing there onstage and creating a mask to hide behind.

Friday, November 28, 2014

(159) *rawrrr* + links

By s. Friday, November 28, 2014 41 Comments
  •  There were several new trailers released in the last few weeks. There's Pan which looks to me like a cross between Pirates of the Caribbean sequels, Hugo and Stardust so it's like a mixture of not one, not two, but three different kinds of shit. But it has Garrett Hedlund in it and he is hot. Mara will have zero chemistry with him, though. She is not good doing something like this and she is so wrong for the part she is playing for so many reasons already.
  • We got our first sneak peak at Jurassic World movie. I don't particularly care for that franchise but it has Chris Pratt which is always lovely - though we can safely assume the fact that they are going for the serious vibe here will harm both his performance and the film overall - and it's wonderful to see Bryce Dallas Howard again:
  • James Cameron on Avatar sequels - " I can tell you one thing about them, they’re gonna be bitchin’. You will shit yourself with your mouth wide open". Do these people hear themselves? 
  • Hugh Laurie is joining Veep! There are rumors that since Selina is now the president Laurie will play her VP. This is gonna be so hilarious, I miss the show so much and I already rewatched the available 3 seasons so many times in the last few months.
  • Into the Woods was screened for some critics and the word is Streep and Pine are stand outs. I just hope I'll live long enough to see Blunt get nominated for something because this is ridiculous.
  • Speaking of, the Best Actress race is turning....disgusting. Hilary Swank is campaigning her ass off for some role in some bleak western while Rosamund Pike is not campaigning because she simply can't - she is too far into her pregnancy. So what is happening is that Swank's chances are increasing while Pike are decreasing because...she is not whoring herself in interviews and on red carpets because she is expecting a baby. I mean....what the fuck?
  • Let's talk about Independent Spirit Awards Nominations. This is batshit insane - Foxcatcher apparently had the budget of over 20 million dollars ( so the film was illegible for nominations, but they are still giving the trio of actors the special award just like Gotham Awards did. This hopefully means that Mark will be there for me to shamelessly stare at him. Although - I mean it's great they are getting something but it seems kind of strange - what is this? We cannot decide which of you was best so we are just gonna give out collective prize?
  • But the worst thing is the snub of Begin Again. Come on. Mark was freaking wonderful in this. Never mind the fact that Dan is my dream man but Mark was just fantastic in the role. 
  • I saw Theory of Everything last weekend. It was...fine. The best thing about the movie was the original score which was just stunning. Also - Daenerys' brother was in the film! I thought the performances were good but not Oscar worthy - Redmayne's performance is very good and the physicality of it is so difficult but Jones really didn't have this much to do to for it to warrant the awards talk.
  • As much as I disliked watching Interstellar I am enjoying making gifs from it.
  • Here's the honest trailer for Love Actually. I only saw 3 or 4 episodes of The Walking Dead but that reference was hilarious.
  • Brittani writes about Independent Spirit Awards nominations
  • Josh chooses 10 Underrated Performances from 2014 That I'm Thankful For 
  • Nika reviews Interstellar
  • Sidekickreviews  and Dan review Foxcatcher and Ruth got a chance to talk to the movie's director Bennett Miller
  • Alex reviews Whiplash

    Saturday, November 22, 2014

    Mark Ruffalo Appreciation

    By s. Saturday, November 22, 2014 34 Comments
    Mark Alan Ruffalo
    November 22, 1967 (Kenosha, Wisconsin, USA)

     "Don’t lose your heart, just keep going, keep at it."

    Friday, November 21, 2014

    (158) Hey, they chose the wrong Avenger + links

    By s. Friday, November 21, 2014 24 Comments
  • I rewatched Avengers and Now You See Me, for obvious reasons. God, I just love Mark's character in the latter, he is so freaking hot. I really hope they do make a sequel to this one. Look at him go with that gun! And that pout in the first one. Oh, Jesus.

  • Wednesday, November 19, 2014

    Soundtrack Wednesday - Interstellar

    By s. Wednesday, November 19, 2014 , , 16 Comments

    Title: Mountains
    Artist: Hans Zimmer
    Movie: Interstellar

    Monday, November 17, 2014


    By s. Monday, November 17, 2014 , , , , , , , 47 Comments

    I remember when Inception was released among all that ridiculous praise it got. Then I remember watching the movie and thinking 'Really? That's it? That's the movie people give 10/10 to'? Interstellar is in comparison so boring, dumb and irritating I would have gladly see Inception three times instead of it.

    Hell, I'd gladly make that damn spinning top my screen-saver.

    Saturday, November 15, 2014

    (157) How can anyone not love Oscar season? + links

    By s. Saturday, November 15, 2014 24 Comments
  • I've been gifing Interstellar just to fuck with my followers and make them cry. I call this one the tear explosion. 
  • I actually saw the movie today with truly heroic efforts and 5 gigantic cups of black coffee - I even had to ride extra 15 mins to another theater.
  • It was so not worth it.
  •  I really wanted to like it. Trust me. I could have bought myself a new lipstick for that money that I work hard for so yeah, I spend money I want to like the film.
  • Oh my God. You know I may think that most of Nolan's movies are incredibly overrated, Inception being the prime example, but if given a choice of sitting through Interstellar again or watching Inception three times in a row, I'd gladly choose the later.
  • It was so bad - the dialogue was ridiculous, the movie was so boring, there were literally 5 good scenes in the entire thing - with only one being a thing you need to see at the theater - the docking of spiraling Endurance. That whole Matt Damon thing, are they kidding? When he was docking? How it looked like a penis looking for a vagina using space ships spoof they would have done on something like South Park? I couldn't believe my eyes.
  • But then, then the bookshelves came. And then the watch came. And then the forced happy ending came. I did cry, though. To be fair - I cry during baby diapers commercials too.
  • And Zimmer's score? It was so one note! It was just one organ theme over and over again. I swear it's like Nolan and Zimmer got high and one ended up in the desert doing peyote writing a script and the other dropping acid in a church.
  •  And I will never forgive these hacks for removing zero gravity sex scene from the original script. How dare you. This may be the first movie McConaughey is not shirtless in. How dare you disrupt that grand tradition.
  • To prevent the C word comments - I did like some elements of it. Matt's acting, the very ending,the core of the movie being father/daughter bond, Anne Hathaway's character. I'm giving it 5/10 and I am being very generous. Look for my review next week.
  • Margot Robbie is gonna play one of my all time favorite characters - Harley Quinn (who is the heroine of rating systerm here on the blog) in Suicide Squad. This is fantastic.
  • There are some people comparing the garbage that is new Taylor Swift video to Gone girl. In the name of decency - stop. 
  •  Jeffrey Dean Morgan will play Bruce's dad in that Snyder's Batman abomination. Well, hat's one reason to see it.
  • Fisti is sharing some awesome fellow bloggers appreciation on his blog
  • Also there we discuss the two Oscar wins for Elizabeth Taylor
  • Alex, Brittani and Ruth review Interstellar
  • Alex also writes about awesome Kevin Dunn aka my favorite Ben from Veep
  • Katy talks about splitting the final movie into two parts trend
  • This is so great - Nostra shares the many faces of the one and only, the sexy, the cuddly and hotter than hell Mark Ruffalo
  • Josh reviews Birdman
  • Jack is back and he is ranking all the characters in The Office

    Monday, November 10, 2014

    Brilliant acting defined by one look

    By s. Monday, November 10, 2014 , , , , , , , , , 28 Comments
    Brilliant Brittani of Rambling Film had this fabulous idea for a post and then Ruth of flixchatter followed up with her own awesome list. I love that they wrote posts on that - for me the most amazing thing an actor can do is make us see real emotions - disappear into character's state of mind, state of heart, state of soul. While it would probably be impossible for an actor to show this kind of authenticity through entire performance, the best of them can do that in brief moments, just in one look.

    Saturday, November 8, 2014

    (156) The feels + links

    By s. Saturday, November 8, 2014 40 Comments

  • I decided to postpone the blogathon, I'm not sure when I'll announce it. There have been fewer comments here lately, given how many blogs I do visit the feedback isn't great, so it doesn't look like it's a good time for a blog event. That would be my what? Second blogathon? So I just want more than 5 people to join. 
  • Also I'm really exhausted - I was the only assistant with 3 judges this week  (normally we get 2) with a work load for two weeks to do in 5 days. I cannot extend my fingers fully because I typed so much they are in spasm.
  • Idris Elba made me laugh so hard this week. His comments on Thor 2 were so brutally honest. I think it was horrible of him to complain like that but the way this article is written and imagining stuff he is talking about combined with his pride of Mandela (really?) is hysterical. "‘24 hours ago, I was Mandela.’ When I walked into the set the extras called me Madiba. I was literally walking in this man’s boots." - this is so fucking hilarious.
  • I was gonna scold Nolan but he backed out of these claims. Bitchy bullet point avoided.
  • Robert Downey Jr.'s baby girl was born! And of course she was given a seriously strange name. 
  • In other news Benedict Cumberbatch got engaged. Can you hear the sound of hearts breaking, gigantic boxes of ice cream and wine bottles being opened and Sarah Maclachlan's songs playing in the background?
  • Alex and Brittani review Nightcrawler
  • Alex also chooses 10 unsung performances in Chris Nolan's films.
  • m.brown writes about All the Boys Love Mandy Lane
  • Ruth asks about your fav performances from Sam Rockwell as part of her Five for Fifth
  • Nostra looks at the many faces of amazing Rosamund Pike
  • Josh shares his Oscar predictions
  • Elina wrote a beautiful post about Modern Family

    Thursday, November 6, 2014

    Soundtrack Wednesday - Begin Again

    By s. Thursday, November 6, 2014 , 12 Comments

    Title: Lost Stars
    Artist: Adam Levine
    Movie: Begin Again

    Monday, November 3, 2014

    Begin Again

    By s. Monday, November 3, 2014 , , , , , , , , , 40 Comments
    Meet Dan (Mark Ruffalo). Dan's life is not going well at the moment - his marriage collapsed, he can't connect with his teenage daughter, he drinks way too much and he hadn't had a professional success - in his job as a music producer - in 5 years. One evening, after a particularly shitty day, Dan goes to a bar to get drunk. As he is drinking he hears a song. A song sang by a girl named Gretta (Keira Knightley) on the stage. Immediately Dan wants to sing Gretta up. But as things don't go as they planned, the two decide to record a live album in different locations in NYC. As they do that, they start getting closer to each other and finding something that they didn't have in their lives in a long time - joy.