Thursday, May 31, 2007
This year, we could be looking at another batch of surprises, especially on the heels of Pirates 3's slightly disappointing (but slightly expected) box office totals. The first movie opens this weekend, and it's called "Knocked Up." Directed by Judd Apatow, the movie could post similar numbers as Apatow's previous effort, "The 40-Year-Old Virgin." It may not reach "Wedding Crashes" proportions, but it does seem to be one movie that could get everyone eligible into the theater. It also doesn't hurt that, so far, the reviews have been stellar.
The other movie I'm keeping my eye out for is 'The Bourne Ultimatum." If you think back to 2004, you'll remember that "The Bourne Surpemacy" was one of the surprise hits I've been talking about, and I expect "Ultimatum" to pull in similar numbers. The series, while successful, doesn't have the same Blockbuster hype as say, "Pirates," but it still has a strong fanbase. It also has a level of sophistication not often found in summer movies, and if its as any good as the 2nd one, "The Bourne Ultimatum" should go out with a bang.
What do you guys think? Which movies have the potential to surprise at the box office this summer?
Monday, May 28, 2007
I will probably keep it out of my Oscar predictions, though. What do you think?
Sunday, May 27, 2007
Thursday, May 24, 2007
Wednesday, May 23, 2007
What do you guys think? Will this be Fargo redux or will it come and go without much noise?
Monday, May 21, 2007
Saturday, May 19, 2007
Over here in the States, meanwhile, buzz for "Hairspray" has formed thanks to Oprah Winfrey, whom we all know is very influential when it comes to the Oscars. According to Sasha Stone at her new site, Awards Daily, Oprah is crazy about it, but I'm gonna take her word with a grain of salt. Whether or not I'll learn to regret this decision will be revealed when "Hairspray" opens later this summer.
What do you guys think? Will "My Blueberry Nights" be a hit in the US? Is Oprah right about "Hairspray" And what movie are you most anticipating at Cannes?
Thursday, May 17, 2007
Note: This would have been posted earlier had it not been for tonight's ridiculous Idol results show, but more on that later. D'oh!
Anyway, this looks intriguing. And yay Norah Jones! She looks pretty natural in front of the camera from what I can tell. Exciting!
Tuesday, May 15, 2007
What do you guys think of the nominations?
Monday, May 14, 2007
I'm not sure how interested you guys are in "Sleuth" but the original is one of my favorite Micahel Caine movies, and it'll be fun to see Jude Law (who, incidently, should have beaten Caine in '99, one of the worst Oscar wins in recent memory) channel him in another role. Hopefully it'll be better than "Alfie".
Sunday, May 13, 2007
Thus we begin.
Annie Hall (1977)
Nominee: Best Actress
Character: Annie Hall, an eccentric and exceedingly fascinating New Yorker.
And the Oscar Went to...: Diane Keaton
Thoughts: Generally, when people talk about the greatest performance of all-time we hear names thrown around like Marlon Brando in "On the Waterfront" or Meryl Streep in "Sophie's Choice." For me, it's Diane Keaton in "Annie Hall."
I'm not sure if this is technically the most proficient performance ever put on screen, but it's the only one I've seen that still feels fresh and captivating even after 500 odd screenings. Favorite moment: after "La di da" and all the other classic moments, I'm a sucker for Diane's performance of "Seems Like Old Times." Beautiful.
Nominee: Best Actress
Character: Louise Bryant, a progressive feminist in the heat of the socialist revolution.
And the Oscar Went to...: Katharine Hepburn for "On Golden Pond"
Thoughts: if you've ever had any doubts about Keaton's capabilities as an actress, please check out "Reds." It's a complete 180 from "Annie Hall" in that she exchanges her quirky persona for some serious drama, and doesn't hold back in the process. On my watch it's her second greatest performance, and should have won Keaton her 2nd Best Actress Oscar (sorry, Katharine!)
Marvin's Room (1996)
Nominee: Best Actress
Character: Bessie Greenfield, a woman diagnosed with leukemia.
And the Oscar Went to...: Frances McDormand for "Fargo"
Thoughts: as much I love Diane Keaton, her performance in "Marvin's Room" simply does not compare to Kristin Scott Thomas, Frances McDormand, Emily Watson, and my winner of '96, Brenda Blethyn. Yet despite the questionable Oscar nomination, it's still a nice chance to see a more serious side to Diane. Plus: it has the same sappy yet delicious tear jerker moments that would appear in co-star Meryl Streep's movie "One True Thing" two years later.
Tuesday, May 08, 2007
You can view the reel here, although I should warn you it's not terribly exciting. Still, it's nice to catch a glimpse of these movies, especially considering Focus Features' past track record with Oscar.
Monday, May 07, 2007
This week's clip comes from "Good Night, and Good Luck", one of my favorite movies of the decade. If there had been no Heath Ledger, David Strathairn would have easily won my award, and you can see why by watching the clip below.
Sunday, May 06, 2007
It's tough to say how well Spidey will do in future weeks, though. Word of mouth has been as mixed as the reviews, and for good reason. I saw it on Friday and was not impressed, especially with the bizzare Emo-Spidey montage. WTF. And this is coming from a huge fan of the first 2 flicks.
I did, however, enjoy my 2nd trip to the theater this weekend, which was to see the dramedy Waitress. It might not have been the Oscar sleeper I hoped it would be, but it's worth seeing for the script and of course for the wonderful Keri Russell. In a (very) weak year she would make my ballot.
What about you guys? Did you make it to Spidey this weekend? If so, what did you think compared to the first two?
Thursday, May 03, 2007
I'm liking these for two reasons: 1.) because I have high excpectations for this one, and 2.) because they've inspired me to get my damn Oscar predix up and running. It's been too long (sorry about that - it's been busy, busy, busy for me since the Oscars ended).
What do you guys think? Could "American Gangster" be "The Departed" redux for Ridley Scott? Or will the Academy go back to its predictable ways?
Tuesday, May 01, 2007
Yes, among the nominee list for the 2007 MTV Movie Awards is a category called "Summer Movie You Haven't Seen Yet". The nominees are:
Rush Hour 3
Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
Now I have no problem with anticipating movies. Just look at my previous blog post for more reference. Yet to me this feels a little silly, especially on the heels of the "Snakes on a Plane" debacle. And besides: with the exception of Harry Potter (and maybe Hairspray...maybe) these movies are likely to suck, so why bother?
What do you guys think? Is this category a step too far or is MTV just having a little fun?