A gif of all the best actress nominees over the years and their reaction shots to the winners at the Oscars. The winners are on the far right.
Meryl Streep is positively radiant…even when she loses.
Amazing Oscar poster for Best Picture winners over the years.
I worked with the Academy and Gallery 1988 to create the official 85 Years of Oscars poster.
The brief was one of the hardest I’ve ever had; find a way to reference every single Best Picture winner from the last 85 years.
Thanks to Gallery 1988 for putting my name forward and organising this whole shebang.
Warning: There may be spoilers for books 1-6 of the Harry Potter series in this post. There are DEFINITELY spoilers about movie 6 in this post.
Let’s face facts here: this movie came out a while ago (2009) but it is my first time seeing it. I finished reading the book merely hours before watching the movie. I haven’t read the last book so I cannot offer any spoilers about the final book/movies, but I will divulge some thoughts on the movie adaptation of the sixth book, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.
Again, you had your warning. HERE BE SPOILERS.
How cool is this poster designed in honor of Paramount’s 100th Anniversary?
Can you guess all the movies the icons refer to?
Click to enlarge.
Nowadays, computers are taking over film as the medium for editing a movie.
Such is the case with animated films especially, and Toy Story 2 was no exception.
If you haven’t heard the (true) story of how Toy Story 2 was almost erased from its computer storage, check out this cute little video to hear all about it.
The movie is about a man with a sexual addiction whose world falls apart when his sister moves in with him.
The buzz, however, is that the film is rated NC-17. That’s one notch above R.
Way back when, Blockbuster refused to carry any movies with a rating above R, insisting that they would remain a family friendly movie store. Thus, the stigma of NC-17 was born.
Can you think of the last time you saw an NC-17 movie? AMC Theatres rarely screens NC-17.
The above trailer doesn’t exactly depict a porno. But those unfamiliar with the NC-17 rating would immediately assume that because of the whole Blockbuster debacle.
But according to the MPAA, the association that assigns these ratings, NC-17 is NOT pornography (X is pornography). See the definition of NC-17 below:
NC-17 — No One 17 and Under Admitted. An NC-17 rated motion picture is one that, in the view of the Rating Board, most parents would consider patently too adult for their children 17 and under. No children will be admitted. NC-17 does not mean “obscene” or “pornographic” in the common or legal meaning of those words, and should not be construed as a negative judgment in any sense. The rating simply signals that the content is appropriate only for an adult audience. An NC-17 rating can be based on violence, sex, aberrational behavior, drug abuse or any other element that most parents would consider too strong and therefore off-limits for viewing by their children
Shame is a British-produced film (the same producers as The King’s Speech), and British media in general is very different from the US market. However, Fox Searchlight, the distributer of this film, has no plans to edit down the film to get an R rating in the US release. Steve Gilula, president of Fox Searchlight, said, “I think NC-17 is a badge of honor, not a scarlet letter. We believe it is time for the rating to become usable in a serious manner.”
The movie won many awards in various film festivals, has been getting fantastic reviews, and who would want to make content cuts after such praise? I don’t blame them. It’s a shame, though, that in our sexually prude society that it might not get seen by a very large audience.
Predictable and awful.
There’s the short version of my review of Love and Other Drugs.
A couple days ago I was feeling a bit down and decided to watch a romantic comedy. Do you see what sadness does to me? Self-harm. That’s what it is to watch a romantic comedy.
Don’t get me wrong: the creators of this movie did accomplish one thing, and that was giving me something pretty to look at. Jake Gyllenhaal and Anne Hathaway are a gorgeous couple. And romantic comedies are mostly the adult woman’s equivalent of one of those Soothe-and-Glow seahorses for babies. It doesn’t have to make her think really, instead just provide somewhat stimulating visuals and sounds and she’ll be happy.
The plot is simple enough, as are all romantic comedies (Although, I must warn, this does go into a bit of romantic melodrama). The movie takes place in 1996. He’s (Jamie’s) a sleazy salesman who gets a job as a drug representative pushing Zoloft on doctors’ shelves. She’s (Maggie’s) an artist/waitress who has Parkinson’s and goes to the doctor for a checkup. Jamie meets Maggie during a checkup where she exposes her breast to the doctor for a mole check, and he’s pretending to be an intern to get info about patients (I really don’t remember the logical reason for him being there…but who care’s about logic! It’s a movie for women!)
Anyways, he tries to do his natural sleazy thing and win her over. She isn’t gonna fall for it. Instead, she just wants to sleep with him. They do. On the first date (which really wasn’t preceded by dinner, it was just preceded by him following her to work then they get it on shortly after). They then become boyfriend/girlfriend after much sleeping together.
Oh, but following to true rom-com formula, there has to be stresses on their relationship. Those stresses are him being a selfish playboy at heart and her being just plain annoying. Seriously, these people are not likeable characters.
You don’t like him because he’s sleazy and he hits on every woman he sees (which, in movie world, are all supermodel beauties!). A lot of them say they know how his type is, and that they won’t fall for him…but they all do! EVERY SINGLE ONE. You don’t feel sympathy for him because he is just a jerk. Like, who could love him? Well, I will tell you who.
Maggie is obnoxious because she FALLS IN LOVE WITH HIM. He’s an asshole. But she sees that he knows he’s an asshole and at least admits it. Not like he tries to ever not be a jerk when he swoons the nurses at the offices he pushes drugs, or that he cares that Maggie volunteers to help elderly people go on trips. No, she just loves him because being with him means having great sex. She is also very nagging and picks fights out of NOWHERE for no reason at all. Like when Jamie calls his mom and leaves her a message saying he’s sold over 2000 prescriptions of Viagra. And Maggie’s all “NO! It was 1200! How could you lie to your mom like that! You are an awful human being for lying about something so minute and unimportant!” And he’s like “But it’s minute and unimportant!” And then they just kiss and make up. And by make up, I mean have sex. God, relationships are hard.
So they “struggle” with their “relationship problems” for an hour and a half of your time until the eventual breakup, and then the eventual makeup. During one of those sappy scenes. Usually in an airport security line, or at the farewell of a boat, or a helicopter or in this case, a tour bus on the highway.
At times Anne Hathaway makes her character believable with the frustrations of having Parkinson’s. But why is it all good and dandy when her and Jamie first meet and only worse when their relationship deepens? Just as a plot point? And when she dates another random dude shortly after, she shows no signs of any Parkinson’s at all? Strange.
So in typical rom-com fashion, this movie was horrible.
Also, I can’t imagine how awkward it must have been for Jake Gyllenhaal to play a man in love with a woman who shares a name with his real life sister.
Heard this recently and thought I’d share it with y’all.
Jeff Buckley died at the age of thirty when he accidentally drowned in the Mississippi River while swimming with all of his clothes on. The coroner’s report didn’t detect any drugs or alcohol in his system.
Just by the emotion in this song, I predict I will be crying at the movie. I predict you will cry, I predict there just will be lots of crying.