Showing posts with label best of 2009. Show all posts
Showing posts with label best of 2009. Show all posts

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

'Nine' on DVD and Blu Ray Today: ***stars

'be italian'

'call from the vatican'

'cinema italiano' montage

'cinema italiano' film sequence

'unusual way'

'take it all' video

'folies bergere'

official trailer

'nine' take two for blu ray/dvd release

my original 'nine' slideshow for the film opening

bonus: film scenes of 'my husband makes movies' and 'take it all' combined

Saturday, May 1, 2010

'The Young Victoria' ***1/2stars

it isn't often i give a film four stars simply because they don't deserve them. 'the young victoria' more than fits the bill as a four star movie. it's a beautiful costume drama, a slice of life portrait of the up and coming young queen and a love story. and what a love story. the historical union of two royals who really loved each other and not just fulfilling a royal obligation.

emily blunt amazes as the the young victoria and is most complimented by rubert friend as the young albert.

how the hell was this not nominated for best picture and best actress? answer: the independent film makers in hollywood and everywhere are nominating the critic's choices. they need the critics to bolster their films. therefore they nominate as many independent films as they can to satisfy those they are dependent on i.e. the critics.

this 'victoria' is a wonderful, beautifully made and scored film. it is now available on dvd and bly ray. you can rent it but i say buy it. you will want to re-watch it again and again.


'will you marry me?' due to protocol albert cannot ask victoria to marry him. so....

'only you' closing theme by sinead o'connor

Thursday, April 22, 2010

'My Husband Makes Movies' and 'Take It All'

finally! at last!! marion cotillard's 'my husband makes movies' from ''nine'' and 'take it all'

the 'take it all' video

Saturday, April 10, 2010

'Blind Side' vs 'Hurt Locker' vs 'Avatar'

why is it that EVERYONE i know loved 'avatar' and 'the blind side' and disliked if not HATED 'the hurt locker', myself included? just asking. how did the critics darling win best picture of the year? just asking.

Friday, April 2, 2010

'Up in the Air': ***1/2stars

i had no desire to see this film when it opened. i had been disappointed by most of george clooney's films. color me wrong! thank the gods for netflix. this is one helluva brilliant film. i now think it was the best film of 2009. and clooney was brilliant and brilliantly supported by the always amazing vera farmiga and the up and coming anna kendrick. director jason reitman has made a classic film.

so now i had to re-look at and readjust my best of the past decade and add this brilliant work. and as an aside it also has the best opening credits i've ever seen on film.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

'New York, I Love You'

'new york, i love you' is out on dvd and blu ray. the best part about it is the julie christie and shia labeouf's amazing scene. i think i am still julie christie's greatest fan and proud of it.

and a special guest appearance by blake lively

Monday, March 8, 2010

And the Winners Are

Best Picture: “The Hurt Locker” Kathryn Bigelow, Mark Boal, Nicolas Chartier, Greg Shapiro
Best Director: “The Hurt Locker” Kathryn Bigelow
Best Actor: Jeff Bridges in “Crazy Heart”
Best Actress: Sandra Bullock in “The Blind Side”
Best Supporting Actor: Christoph Waltz in “Inglourious Basterds”
Best Supporting Actress: Mo’Nique in “Precious”
Best Original Screenplay: “The Hurt Locker” Written by Mark Boal
Best Adapted Screenplay: “Precious” Screenplay by Geoffrey Fletcher
Best Foreign Language: “The Secret in Their Eyes (El Secreto de Sus Ojos)” Argentina
Best Animated Film: “Up” Pete Docter
Best Documentary: “The Cove” Louie Psihoyos and Fisher Stevens
Best Cinematography: “Avatar” Mauro Fiore
Best Art Direction: Avatar” Rick Carter, Robert Stromberg, Kim Sinclair
Best Costumes: “The Young Victoria” Sandy Powell
Best Editing: “The Hurt Locker” Bob Murawski and Chris Innis
Best Score: “Up” Michael Giacchino
Best Song: “The Weary Kind”(Crazy Heart) Ryan Bingham and T Bone Burnett
Best Makeup: “Star Trek” Barney Burman, Mindy Hall and Joel Harlow
Best Visual Effects: “Avatar” Joe Letteri, Stephen Rosenbaum, Richard Baneham, Andrew R. Jones
Best Sound Editing: “The Hurt Locker” Paul N.J. Ottosson
Best Sound Mixing: “The Hurt Locker” Paul N.J. Ottosson and Ray Beckett
Best Animated Short: “Logorama” Nicolas Schmerkin
Best Live Action Short: “The New Tenants” Joachim Back and Tivi Magnusson
Best Documentary Short: “Music by Prudence” Roger Ross Williams and Elinor

Sunday, February 28, 2010

Monday, February 15, 2010

Per Time Magazine: the Great Performances of 2009

"She’s been Miss Congeniality, one of Hollywood’s best-liked stars, since her 1994 breakthrough with Speed. But Bullock, 45, never won official acclaim until she played Leigh Anne Tuohy — the Memphis, Tenn., matron who turned a lost black teen into a football star — in the true-life smash The Blind Side. During the shoot, she recalls, “something clicked, that divine moment when preparation meets with letting go and you find yourself comfortable in another person’s skin.” Now Bullock has to get used to being a Best Actress nominee. “After two decades in Hollywood,” she says, “I am just thankful that I was allowed to work for two decades. I love what I have been lucky enough to do.”

"Ah, Mr. Darcy, the “man without fault” who courted Jennifer Ehle’s Elizabeth Bennet in the BBC’s 1995 Pride and Prejudice. The role marked Firth as a gently seductive actor but one who often loses the leading lady to a name higher on the marquee. How lucky he was, then, to get the role of George, a teacher mourning the loss of his longtime lover in A Single Man. Firth infuses this sad gay fellow with warmth, delicacy and a desperation that is all the more powerful for being so subtly expressed. “This is a very personal story about a man’s relationship with the world,” Firth says. “He has a decision that he’s made, to die, and life keeps trying to call him back.” It’s not just the role of a lifetime, well worthy of its Oscar nomination, but also a declaration that at 49, Firth is fully qualified for large, complex roles that he can play with force and nuance — and, of course, without fault.:

and the rest

Didn't Think I Had a Horse in The Best Actress Race This Year...

...but then i never thought sandra bullock would get an oscar nomination...not ever! so what a surprise. sandra has always been a favorite hollywood darling. She's appeared generally in light romantic comedies which generally are not oscar bait. her dramatic turn in this year's 'the blind side' took a 180. i think she was more than terrific in it. sure there are the nay sayers but i ask them this...would her possible win be anything more or less than that of julia roberts win in 'erin brokovitch'? not!

as for the cynics who say 'well meryl hasn't won in 27 years' THINK: kate hepburn waited 30 years between oscar one and oscar two and then went on to win another two. so that argument is patently absurd.

on charlie rose

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Let's Talk About Sandra

Longtime audience darling Bullock has never been nominated for an Oscar before but is considered the best-actress front-runner, playing a wealthy woman who takes in homeless teen Michael Oher, now a star with the Baltimore Ravens.

Bullock said "no one cares about the end result or the statue." For her, the awards run has been about rubbing shoulders with the actresses she's nominated alongside.

"You laugh at the absurdity of it all and how they pit women up against each other. We go, 'Why are they making us out to be fighting when we're just happy to share this moment?'" Bullock said. "The women I've met and gotten to know along the way have made me so happy for this business that didn't really support women for a long time. It's been really sweet. I feel really lucky to be working at this time."

Bullock is up against past Oscar winners Meryl Streep as chef Julia Child in "Julie & Julia" and Helen Mirren as Leo Tolstoy's bullheaded wife in "The Last Station," along with first-time nominees Carey Mulligan as a British teen involved with an older man in "An Education" and Gabourey Sidibe as a Harlem teen overcoming horrible abuse and neglect in "Precious."

*(from the associated press)

Oscarbation: Not a Single Nomination?

not even best original screenplay??? damn!!! this film is the most original nonromantic romantic comedy in years!