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by klenotka
I think Meryl getting a nomination for anything is the only certain thing about this year´s Oscars :D
by SueFB
Some interesting remarks in this article about the Oscar prospects for Into The Woods, which had its first private screenings for critics over the weekend and is naturally drawing some comparison (as an award bait type of movie musical) to Les Mis. With the Disney marketing machine behind it, will it fare any better.


As to be expected with a big movie musical, the reaction was mixed to positive on the film, at least based on the Twitter instant reactions. We’ve said on podcasts, articles, and more around these parts, that “the musical” is the only genre in which someone who actively doesn’t like them, will give the film a negative take, no matter how good it is. If you don’t like musicals, any film no matter if it’s Singin’ in the Rain” or “West Side Story” will pan the process. You can already chalk about 13% off the Tomatometer for those individuals in the film criticism community that will review it.

From an awards standpoint, we haven’t had a Best Picture winning film since Marshall’s “Chicago.” Plowing through the season, Harvey and the awards machine behind him led the film to six Academy Awards. Since then, and depending on what you consider “the movie musical,” only one film has contended in Best Picture and that was 2012’s “Les Miserables,” with its director Tom Hooper missing out on a Best Director nomination. Looking at this year’s film landscape, “Into the Woods” fits nicely into its own niche. With smaller films like “Boyhood,” “Whiplash,” and “A Most Violent Year” seeking citations from the Academy, the Disney machine, who hasn’t had a live action film nominated for Best Picture since “Mary Poppins” in 1964, should be able to create some serious damage on the road to the Dolby.


James Corden will definitely gain a following as he ventures off to take over for Craig Ferguson, a gig that he’s very nervous about. He unfortunately sits in the thick of one of the most competitive Best Actor races in history. He could demonstrate a similar narrative to that of Hugh Jackman when he scored for “Les Miserables,” however the light nature of his role will be hard to compete when standing next to quadriplegic Stephen Hawking, mathematician codebreaker Alan Turing, “schizophrenic” actor Riggan Thompson, and civil rights activist Martin Luther King, Jr..


Meryl Streep will likely cake walk her away to another record breaking 19th Academy Award nomination. (Sue's note: she is up for supporting actress, apparently this is the only sure-thing category in movie musicals ;) )


Chris Pine surprised many. One Academy member after the screening saying, “I can’t believe Captain Kirk can sing like that.” This will be his strongest shot at awards recognition, and would be a welcomed one based on the word.

by SueFB
I saw Whiplash this past weekend. Speaking of good young actors, Miles Teller was really great in this. Now that I know who they've cast as "Reed Richards" in Fox's next Fantastic Four movie, I'm sort of interested. The fan boys are dissing that left and right, but I'm curious. And Kate Mara, too. But this movie (Whiplash) about a heavy-handed instructor and his young protege really belonged to JK Simmons. He's just perfect as "creepy but charismatic", and I really hope he gets an Oscar nomination for supporting actor. Ah, looking at Gold Derby, he seems to be the critics' darling at this point. It's a perfect case of a journeyman character actor who's never really been recognized suddenly getting the role of a lifetime, and Oscar voters love that story line.

by SueFB
I saw it a few weeks back, and I also liked it a lot. I wondered what Europeans might think of it so thanks for that perspective. Americans are by now very used to seeing depictions of the misbehavior of soldiers (including American soldiers), so the scene you mention in the apartment was not at all surprising to me. It was quite a taut and intense scene, by the way, such a respite .... sort of .... from their daily life inside the tank. What I took from it was that war makes strange bedfellows - that none of these five guys would share the time of day in the normal world, but living in this constant state of trauma they depend so strongly on one another that they actually develop a sort of love to the point of being willing to die for one another.

I thought young Logan Lerman (Percy Jackson) did a really nice job, and Shia Labeouf was practically unrecognizable (in a good way). And Brad was Brad. But good Brad. :) (oh, and I also like Jason Isaacs, who was underused but also good as "the old man", lol). 
by klenotka
I saw Fury this weekend. It was overdone in a few places but it was still a very good movie. It didn´t hold anything back so I think to show that Americans were not much better "conquerers" than Russians must have been surprising for some. The scene where the girl hides under the bed to avoid a possible rape reminded me a story my grandmum told me - she had to hide in the house before Russians. I will never, ever understand this behaviour and it sadly proves that women and children are the easiest targets - and basically turns those men (considered heroes) into cowards because to overpower someone who is weaker is not strenght. I was fascinated by the nature of those men, who spent three years in the war. I can´t imagine how weird and mentally damaging it must have been when they returned home.
Also, to see that whole Europe turned into a "playground" where people kept shooting each other, buildings and whole cities destroyed....really, nobody can blame Europeans that we are hesitant to enter any war. We had it here, only 70 years ago.
I think it is also very brave to finally show in a movie that not all Germans were nazis and that some of them even disagreed and were forced into doing things. I felt in some places that those soldiers just wanted to go home...but, as it was said int he movie "Why do they keep fighting?"..."Would you stop?"...answered it all. Too much blood lost to give up now. Sad and hopefully, it will never, ever repeat.

Basically, that movie made me think and it is always a good thing :D Brad Pitt was, for the first time, really different and I felt he was not "Brad Pitt trying to act". I was impressed by his German as well - he obviously knew *what* he was saying, instead of learning just how to pronounce it. But I am not German, it has to be judged by native Germans ;)
Also, I was surprised by Shia LeBouf. When I think about his behaviour lately, I wonder what happened.

My favourite Jason Isaacs was not much in it, but he is always good in everything.
by jean
No disrespect, but it sounds like a very American movie mainly for an American audience. I don't think that a movie about an American sniper is so well received here and elsewhere. I understand that he did his job that he had to do and that he is hailed as hero by the army and probably many Americans, but to me it sounds a bit disconcerting. It's not even exactly his job as sniper but his apparent self-complacency afterwards how he sold his story (Iraqis are bad people and all bad people have to die. Really??). Maybe they show an inner conflict and a more nuanced point of view of the story and try to call it into question in the movie, but still ... And a third Oscar nod for Cooper, because he plays an American hero, no please!
by SueFB
Great.  ::) 

I saw a trailer for "American Sniper" and was totally creeped out by it and at this point have no interest in seeing it. Maybe if I learn more about it, I'll change my mind. I don't dislike war movies either, the trailer was before "Fury", which I enjoyed quite a lot. Intense and well-acted, if horrible at times, as is any good movie about war. And I liked "The Hurt Locker", which seems similar to this one in some ways. Maybe my repulsion is because I just don't like Cooper much - the characters I've seen him play seem superficial and unlikable, I don't know if it's the scripts or the acting - and I especially didn't like seeing this character debating whether to shoot a child.
by narrows101
Sounds like Bradley Cooper and Clint Eastwood may slip into the Oscar race:

American Sniper, the true story of Navy SEAL Chris Kyle — the most successful and lethal sniper in U.S. military history, who served four nightmarish tours of duty in Iraq where he attained legendary hero status — will be released by Warner Bros on Christmas Day before going wide in January timed to Oscar nominations. After today’s unveiling, the studio can probably feel pretty good it could receive a number of them including Best Picture, Director, Adapted Screenplay for Jason Hall, Film Editing and Tom Stern’s Cinematography.

And even in this impossibly crowded year in the Best Actor category, Bradley Cooper’s understated and immersive performance as Kyle may well deliver him his third consecutive Oscar nomination after Silver Linings Playbook and American Hustle in the last two years. The fact that he’s also winning early raves in a Broadway run of The Elephant Man that is scheduled to play almost right through to the Oscar show itself certainly won’t hurt his chances of landing that nomination. Playing a great and modest American war hero, Cooper’s portrayal is heroic itself. In large trade ads that also prominently launched today, Warners is also suggesting Cooper’s fine co-star Sienna Miller, who plays Kyle’s wife, in the Best Supporting Actress category.

by SueFB
I love the short but enthusiastic blurb about Hugh on this list of "celebrities" to appear on Broadway. Never mind that some might say appearing on Broadway leads to a certain amount of celebrity by itself. And yes to "king of the screen and the stage"! :) But I think they got a bit too enthusiastic while writing the second sentence and awarded him something prematurely.


Hugh Jackman is king of the screen and the stage. The Oscar winner won a Tony for his 2004 role in ‘The Boy From Oz.’
by klenotka
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Interstellar....I knew Christopher Nolan before it was cool to know him :) I really didn´t like Inception and his last two Batman movies were too long, each 30 minutes longer than it should have been. So I was surprised that despite this being almost 3 hours long, it didn´t drag at all. It was visually great, the idea was pretty simple, the twists were normal and made sense (in the sense of science-fiction, of course) and it was properly ended (for once :)). I really had a difficult time to understand Matthew McC, what accent was supposed to be that? I didn´t think he fit the role too much but well, I got used to him int he course of the movie. I thought female roles were finally properly written, normal characters and Anne Hathaway had some nice scenes. I think I believe her when she plays a normal (almost) present day woman instead of any historical figure. I am not sure why. There is something interestingly "present" about her :)
It's a crappy cold day, and I don't really have anything pressing to do. I'm really considering going to it. It definitely seems like one that would be best suited to watching on a big screen. (oh, and sure, I'm oddly interested in seeing the Chappie trailer on a big screen, too, heh).
It is definitely a movie for big screen. I am convinced that to watch it later on DVD (or even on computer screen) will take 50% from the experience.

Not surprisingly, my week off is over and the weather got better today. Sun shines, it is really warm...typical. Well, I am going to watch the sunshine from my office window next week :D


narrows101: After "edit profile" and then "notifications" I unchecked everything and checked again. The culprit was "Forum" - "when a bookmark is update" - took that checkmark off and the "1" went away. Checked it again and it came back. So that was it. No idea why. Sept 19, 2013 20:37:35 GMT -5
ocycd: can anyone tell me why the photo I had for my avatar suddenly disappeared?? Sorry, I'm kind of a dunce when it comes to these things! Sept 21, 2013 15:14:33 GMT -5
narrows101: ocycd - I still see your avatar. Sept 22, 2013 9:24:14 GMT -5
Kristin: Ocycd - It's probably an issue on your end, with graphics not loading properly, because I can see your avatar too. Unless you can see everyone else's avatar and not yours, then I'll have to figure out why that's happening. Sept 22, 2013 20:37:44 GMT -5
Kristin: Pat - Awesome! It was bothering me that I couldn't figure that one out. Sept 22, 2013 20:38:07 GMT -5
ocycd: That is so weird cuz I can see everyone else's avatars but still not mine... and the same is true on my mac and my pc laptop... very strange. Maybe I'll try reloading it on my laptop next time I'm on it... thanks narrows101 and Kristin!! Sept 23, 2013 16:22:48 GMT -5
ocycd: My avatar is BACK! And I didn't do a thing... thank you magic virtual wizards!! Sept 27, 2013 15:01:45 GMT -5
24601: Kristin, what do you see below my avatar? Nov 19, 2013 22:53:12 GMT -5
nmb: :) Dec 12, 2013 18:42:47 GMT -5
24601: This is an absurd question. How does one post a new freestanding post within a thread? Using Reply button is all I know and more often than not becomes tedious, repetitive, bandwidth sucking reading. Feb 23, 2014 15:13:32 GMT -5
Kristin: You can't. You can only reply to threads or create a new thread. You can use the quick reply to just post something without responding to anyone in a thread, or quoting someone, but as far as just posting in a thread, you have to use the reply button. Mar 21, 2014 13:25:23 GMT -5
frances: The hair is one thing but I wish we had more opportunity to see that face without the beard. May 6, 2014 12:07:05 GMT -5
SueFB: Does anybody ever pay attention to this place here? Aug 11, 2014 15:24:05 GMT -5
Kristin: I forget it's here most of the time. Aug 12, 2014 6:59:17 GMT -5
SueFB: Yeah, me, too. I wonder what it's really intended for. For random comments that don't belong anywhere? I guess. Aug 13, 2014 8:12:31 GMT -5
Ha: Thx Oct 5, 2014 21:06:40 GMT -5
ocycd: Here's my random thought... a week from tonight I'm seeing The River and I'm too excited to sleep! Oct 28, 2014 0:08:20 GMT -5
24601: How many times have you all seen the show or seen him at the stage door? Nov 5, 2014 15:53:50 GMT -5
ocycd: I only saw the show the one time... and I didn't wait at the stage door or before or after... but I'm thinking I might have to go back in January to see how the show has changed! Nov 9, 2014 22:10:04 GMT -5
Nel: Never happening Nov 19, 2014 16:06:01 GMT -5
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