Sunday, January 15, 2012

Golden Globe Nominees: Post # 2

     Today's the day blog-readers! Having seen The Iron Lady last night and Carnage today, I'm ready and exited to complete my Golden Globes blog series and watch the ceremony tonight! In the interest of time, I'll be altering my format (I was inspired by Yahoo Movies' blog last night). Rather than writing a paragraph or more of commentary for each nominee, I'll write a paragraph on my pick for the winner and then commentate on all the other nominees at once. Lets pick up right where we left off...

Best Screenplay:

     Apparently the Globes feel that due to their bisecting many of their categories into Drama and Comedy/ Musical, they really needed to consolidate when it came to their screenplay awards. So rather than having awards for both Best Original Screenplay and Best Adapted Screenplay, they have one hybrid category. This decision makes NO sense, but I digress...

Who Should Win:

     Nat Faxon, Alexander Payne, Jim Rash - The Descendants

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Golden Globe Nominees: Post #1

     Well it's that time of the year again blog-readers... awards season! And as promised, I'll be blogging my first of mutiple entries today about my picks for Sunday's broadcast of the Golden Globes. But first a few comments, disclaimers, and ground-rules: The Globes have traditionally been second only in prestige to the Oscars, but of late, due to a combination of inability to accurately predict Academy voters' picks and a well-publicized scandal, they have become slightly less consequential to the climate of the awards season.

     Now as previously stated, Globes voters have been rather off the past few years (not just as a forecast for the Oscars, but also in that they err on the side of favoring the financially successful as opposed to the artistically sound in the way of nominees). So I want to put out the disclaimer that I will not be commenting as to what should have been nominated; I will only be addressing the nominee groups as they are. Also, as some of you may know, the Globes not only present awards for acheivement in films but also for excellence in televion broadcasting. Since this is a blog concerned only with film, I won't be making predictions in any of the television categories. And with that, we shall begin (starting today's blog with Best Song and in the days to come working up to the Best Picture categories):

Friday, January 6, 2012

Movie-Goers Experience A New Movie-Going Experience

     Good morning blog-readers. This will be my second post in under a month and for once I don't have to start with an apology. It's so good to be writing again! This morning I wanted to take a break from my director's series and use a post to recognize a film for accomplishing something very special.
     In my last post I lauded the freshness that Beginners brought to a cliched and hackneyed genre and the 3-dimensional qualities it bestowed on its easily archetypal characters. That film utilized elements that movie-goers had experienced before to create for them an entirely new movie-going experience. The film Another Earth accomplishes the same startlingly impressive feat.

     Gazing back into the epochs and annals of cinematic history, one would notice many "movie-shortcuts" (used to get across the main point without actually having to include a dramatic scene in which character development or plot propulsion occurs) that have become tent-poles in the industry -the "music montage" possibly being the most easily recognized of all. Two such tent-poles are the "voice-over monolgue" (where an actor gets to tell the audience what his/her character is feeling rather than having to perform an actual scene where we see what their charcter is going through) and the "news-flash" (which ranges from mutiple flashes of different newspaper headlines to a full-on news-cast where an anchor informs the audience of what happened in a scene we weren't privied to in the film). Another Earth paradoxically manages to include and combine both of these tent-poles while never embracing the "short-cut"-fueled reasons for which either is typically used (thusly bypassing the pitfalls of both).