Showing posts with label BEST OF 2008. Show all posts
Showing posts with label BEST OF 2008. Show all posts

Sunday, June 7, 2009

2008 Tony Award Revisited



patti lupone best actress in a musical for 'gypsy'l.
laura benati and boyd gaines best suppoting wins in the same musical.
everything else about last year's tony awards are a blur and therefore negligible and unimportant!









sorry folks if you missed it it closed.

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Today on DVD: 'Revolutionary Road' A-




Often bleak. Sometimes dreary. Generally rough and tough to watch. Yet brilliant. A marriage is made in "heaven". A marriage erupts. A marriage implodes. Then explodes. A marriage goes to hell. Lives are torn asunder. A slice of many lives hidden behind closed doors and picket fences. The american dream as nightmare. It happens every day.
Sam Mendes brilliantly captures it on film.

Also see it for three brilliant performances:
Leo DiCaprio who should have been Oscar nominated.
Michael Shannon who was nominated for his supporting role.
Kate Winslet who WOULD have been nominated if 'The Reader' had been held off until 2009. And she still would have won. Probably two years in a row. An embarrassment of riches well deserved.

And once and for all she did win her Oscar for the better performance in the better role for 2009. Kate's loss in 'Revolutionary Road' was to herself in 'The Reader'. She is obviously too good for her own good. Not too great a cross to bear or problem to have. And yes she should have won for better roles. By that I mean also won for better roles than either of these period. 'Little Children' to be exact. It didn't happen. But this does not diminish her Oscar this year.
Kate Winslet Oscar Winner.
There. Period. Amen!!!
Stop the battle of which was her better role in 2008 once and for all. It's a done deal. Only I'm still allowed. HA!!!
Now Kate let's get number 2!



Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Finally! My Favorite Films Of '08*

Updated Today*





* (i'd be remiss not to update having just seen the brilliant 'i've loved you so long')

Thursday, February 26, 2009

A Last Look At Oscar 2009



(click volume on to hear josh grobin and lara fabian)

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Best Picture Winners 21st Century: 'Slumdog" Joins The Group


So today I'll begin the Oscar roundup and try to move into 2009.

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Gay Super Bowl Sunday: The Oscars



Best Picture Winners 21st Century



AND which of these will join them.




I repeat it was a great year for movies.
Mamma Mia was my favorie film. A joyous fun romp.

I think 'The Reader' was brilliant.
'Milk' was remarkably brilliant.
But 'Slumdog Millionaire' was a special gem.


Should win: 'Slumdog Millionaire'
Will win: 'Slumdog Millionaire'

Saturday, February 21, 2009

Today: Best Actress Nominees And My Pick


Three great performances: Kate Winslet, Meryl Streep and Melissa Leo.
One good performance: Angelina Jolie.
One hysterical, over the top performance in the worst movie of the year: Anne Hathaway.

You know who I want to win. You know who I think will win. You know who I think should win.

You know they've snubbed her 5 times already.
You know I don't trust the voters.
You know I shouldn't care.
But this year I do more than most in this category.

So I'm going out on the proverbial limb.

The winner should be: Kate Winslet.
The winner will be: Kate Winslet.

Friday, February 20, 2009

Best Actor Nominees And My Picks



A strong group of contenders. The odds are going toward a win for Mickey Rourke. A lot of actors who think their careers are over will vote for him.
Great actors will go for Sean Penn. But I repeat how great Richard Jenkins was in the pretty much forgotten 'The Visitor'.
Brad Pitt is always underestimated. He may be the new Cary Grant who was always underestimated.

The Oscar will go to Mickey Rourke I believe.

The Oscar should go to Sean Penn for 'Milk"

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Oscar Predictions From MSNBC My Favorite News Station



'At The Movies' Best Actress Pick

I am not alone regarding Kate the Great!


video

Today: Best Supporting Actress Nominees And My Pick



This may be the hardest category of all. 5 deserving nominees in 5 brilliant performances.
I narrowed my choice down to 2. Penelope Cruz and Taraji P. Henson. And I feel like poking an ice pick into my brain.

But I must mark my Ballot. So here goes as I pray for a tie...

Who I would mark the ballot for: Taraji P. Henson
Who will win: Penelope Cruz and I will have no argument with the win.


Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Countdown To The Oscars: Today The Best Supporting Actor Nominees





The winner will be Heath Ledger. I really don't believe the premature death of an actor should make you the winner. Heath was great and i grant that. But had Heath lived this race would not be a done deal. There would be a RACE.

The Oscar should go to Michael Shannon the crazy man who who the sanest man in a world of so called sane people who were totally crazy. Despite Kate and Leo he gave the best performance in 'Revolutionary Road' which was no small feat.

So the winner is Heath Ledger .




The winner should be Michael Shannon.



Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Countdown To The Oscars: Today The Best Director Nominees




The countdown is here
So today I make my pick for Best Director.

The Oscar should and will go to Danny Boyle.

He just created a film of joy and eye filling pleasures on the smallest budget of all these nominees. He directed a cast of thousands in a new way. A real way. Not the Cecil B. DeMille way. From the leads and the kids who played them as children he got real performances. Only Robert Mulligan's direction of kids has been able to do this so naturally until Danny Boyle.

I am not going along with the crowd here. I never do. This year the crowd happens to agree with me and not vice versa. Danny Boyle is and will be Best Director come Sunday night.



(Tomorrow Best Supporting Actor)

Sunday, February 15, 2009

'Frozen River'


I've always enjoyed Melissa Leo's work starting with 'Homicide: Life on the Streets'.
Her performance here is certainly Oscar worthy.

The film itself taught me something. It took me to a place I did not know existed. It introduced me to people I only heard about in passing. Therefore, I say it is a wonderful film. Worth a watch.