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FILM: my must-see list

Zero Dark Thirty
–decade long hunt for Osama bin Laden after 9/11 and take-out by Seal Team Six

directed by: Kathryn Bigelow
written by: Mark Boal
starring: Jessica Chastain, Chris Pratt, Joel Edgerton, Kyle Chandler, Jennifer Ehle
in theaters: December 19

Django Unchained
—spaghetti western. It’s QT. I see EVERYTHING he makes.

written and directed by: Quentin Tarantino
starring: Jamie Foxx, Leonardo DiCaprio, Kerry Washington, Christoph Waltz, Samuel L. Jackson
in theaters: December 28

Silver Linings Playbook
–After a stint in a mental institution, former teacher Pat Solitano moves back in with his parents and tries to reconcile with his ex-wife. Things get more challenging when Pat meets Tiffany, a mysterious girl with problems of her own.

written and directed by: David O. Russell
starring: Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, Robert DeNiro, Julia Stiles
in theaters: November 23

Anna Karenina
directed by: Joe Wright
screenplay by: Tom Stoppard
starring: Keira Knightley, Jude Law, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Matthew Macfadyen
in theaters: November 16

Les Miserables
directed by: Tom Hooper
starring: Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Anne Hathaway, Helena Bonham Carter
in theaters: December 28

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Women’s History Month: some of my favorite films by women

Grace of My Heart [1996]
written and directed by Allison Anders
–Loosely based on the tumultuous rise of singer/songwriter Carole King, Grace of My Heart is a tour-de-force and one of my favorite films ever. Starring Illeana Douglas, Grace of My Heart takes viewers through the music biz from the famed Brill Building to communes and the hip 60s and beyond as one woman strives to find her own voice in a male-dominated industry.

Waitress [2007]
written and directed by Adrienne Shelly
–a charming and heart-warming film about an independent, spirited small-town woman [Keri Russell] determined to leave her abusive husband and make it big on her own.

Monsoon Wedding [2001]
directed by Mira Nair

Away from Her [2006]
written and directed by Sarah Polley
–a graceful love story about a woman with Alzheimer’s

Searching for Debra Winger [2002]
directed by Rosanna Arquette
–documentary on women in film, which includes amazing and very honest commentary from stars from Gwyneth Paltrow to Whoopi to Vanessa Redgrave to Salma Hayek to Charlotte Rampling to of course Debra Winger. It’s great that these women feel comfortable with age but sad to see the frustration and that there still is the issue of great roles for women over 30.

Broken English [2007]
Written and directed by Zoe Cassavetes
— story of Nora [formidable, immensely talented Parker Posey], a 35-year-old who seems stuck in a rut—both personally and professionally. Nora has become complacent and settled at her hotel job. She is beginning to delve into the Bell Jar after years of seeming to know what she wanted and now being at the age where she feels she should already be there.

The Namesake [2006]
directed by Mira Nair
–the story revolves around Gogol [Kal Penn], a mid-twenties architect who has been fighting against his traditional Indian family and heritage. He gets pulled back in by an unforeseen family crisis and it changes his outlook and future forever.

Bright Star [2009]
written and directed by Jane Campion
–wondrously languid, romantic and exquisitely filmed. It tells the story of the tender and tragic love affair between poet John Keats [Ben Whishaw] and his muse and love Fanny Brawne [Abbie Cornish] as told through her eyes.

Come Early Morning [2006]
written and directed by Joey Lauren Adams
–a woman [Ashley Judd] who struggles with alcoholism tries to get her life on track

Fire [1996]
Earth [1998]
Water [2005]
written and directed by Deepa Mehta

scene from Water

2 Days in Paris [2006]
written and directed by Julie Delpy
–an American and a Parisian talk a lot, fight a lot

Girlfight [2000]
written and directed by Karyn Kusama
–focus on female boxers

Somewhere [2010]
written and directed by Sofia Coppola
–a wayward actor [Stephen Dorff] and his heartfelt relationship with his daughter [Elle Fanning]

The Parking Lot Movie [2010]
directed by Meghan Eckman
–three years following the ins and outs of the attendants at a parking lot in Virginia. truly riveting. really.

SherryBaby [2006]
written and directed by Laurie Collyer
–after serving a three-year prison sentence, Sherry [Maggie Gyllenhaal] returns to New Jersey to try to re-establish family ties, including one with her daughter

The Hurt Locker [2009]
directed by Kathryn Bigelow
–heart-pounding thriller about the guys who diffuse IEDs in Iraq

The Kids Are All Right [2010]
co-written and directed by Lisa Chodolenko
–the teenage children of lesbian parents decide to contact the sperm donor and meeting him has implications on the entire family

Please Give [2010]
written and directed by Nicole Holofcener

Winter’s Bone [2010]
written by Debra Granik and Anne Rosellini
directed by Debra Granik
–a teenager [Jennifer Lawrence] searches for her father in dangerous, bleak meth-country

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bits and bobs from Academy Awards

David Seidler with Colin Firth

My father always said to me I’m a late bloomer. I think I’m the oldest person to win this award.
–David Seidler, Best Original Screenplay, The King’s Speech

I have a feeling my career’s just peaked.
— Colin Firth, Best Actor, The King’s Speech

Colin Firth is not laughing. He’s British.
–presenter Kirk Douglas

the BOB is IN again:

Scarlett Johansson:

Marisa Tomei:

Who I thought looked fantastic:

Mila Kunis [Black Swan]– she looks pretty in this frilly lavender Elie Saab dress with train

Jennifer Hudson— wearing orange Atelier Versace

Hailee Steinfeld [True Grit]– in a blush-colored Marchesa gown

Reese Witherspoon— classic black and white old Hollywood glamour in Armani Prive

Gwyneth Paltrow in a metallic Calvin Klein

Jennifer Lawrence [Winter’s Bone] in red Calvin Klein

Robert Downey Jr. [with wife Susan]

Mark Wahlberg [The Fighter] [with wife Rhea Durham]

Cate Blanchett in a lovely, one-of-a-kind design by Givenchy

Helen Mirren in steely Vivienne Westwood

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Picks for Academy Award nominations: BEST PICTURE & other nominations

keep forgetting there are now 10 Best Picture nominees

here’s what I *hope* to see get nominated (ha ha):

Best Picture:
Winter’s Bone
Black Swan
The Social Network
127 Hours
The Kids Are All Right
The Town
The King’s Speech
The Fighter
The Ghost Writer

Exit Through the Gift Shop

The Art of the Steal
Exit Through the Gift Shop**
Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work
The Oath

acting noms:

Annette Bening, The Kids Are All Right

Best Actress:
Natalie Portman, Black Swan
Nicole Kidman, Rabbit Hole
Jennifer Lawrence, Winter’s Bone
Annette Bening, The Kids Are All Right**
Naomi Watts, Fair Game

Colin Firth, The King's Speech

Best Actor:
Colin Firth, The King’s Speech**
James Franco, 127 Hours
Ewan McGregor, The Ghost Writer
Stephen Dorff, Somewhere
Jim Carrey, I Love You Phillip Morris

Melissa Leo, The Fighter

Best Supporting Actress:
Helena Bonham Carter, The King’s Speech
Mila Kunis, Black Swan
Melissa Leo, The Fighter**
S. Epatha Merkerson, Mother and Child
Dianne Wiest, Rabbit Hole
[perhaps: Greta Gerwig, Greenberg]

Christian Bale, The Fighter

Best Supporting Actor:
Geoffrey Rush, The King’s Speech
Jeremy Renner, The Town
Christian Bale, The Fighter**
Ethan Hawke, Brooklyn’s Finest
Ewan McGregor, I Love You Phillip Morris

Best screenplay original:
Lisa Chodolenko, The Kids Are All Right**
Sofia Coppola, Somewhere
Robert Harris, The Ghost Writer
David Seidler, The King’s Speech

The Town

Best screenplay adapted:
Ben Affleck and Peter Craig and Aaron Stockard, The Town
Glenn Ficarra and John Requa, I Love You Phillip Morris
David Lindsay-Abaire, Rabbit Hole
Joel Coen and Ethan Coen, True Grit
Aaron Sorkin, The Social Network

Best Director
Sofia Coppola, Somewhere
Ben Affleck, The Town
Darren Aronowsky, Black Swan**
David Fincher, The Social Network
Lisa Chodolenko, The Kids Are All Right

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FILM: My thoughts on 2011 Golden Globes

see the official Golden Globes website for more information.

Best movie — drama:

Black Swan
The Fighter
The King’s Speech
The Social Network

I preferred the psychoanalytical thriller Black Swan versus The Social Network. The former included compelling characters and performances by Natalie Portman, Mila Kunis and Barbara Hershey. It dealt with pressures, deprivation and isolation often required to truly succeed. The latter is also about success but about a geeky college dropout spurned by a girl who stumbles into an empire to which way too many people have become addicted. Facebook and Mark Zuckerburg don’t particularly interest me. The Social Network tells the story of more white men who belittle and humiliate women on their way to the top. The Fighter wasn’t strong enough or unique enough compared to other triumphant working-class/ athletic stories of past years. It’s no Million Dollar Baby; that’s a certainty. Inception is steeped in special effects and conundrums and riddles. The King’s Speech features the finest acting performance of the year by Colin Firth but I’m not sure that such a small film will carry the Golden Globes.

want to win: Black Swan
will win: The Social Network

Best actress — drama:

Halle Berry, Frankie and Alice
Nicole Kidman, Rabbit Hole
Jennifer Lawrence, Winter’s Bone
Natalie Portman, Black Swan
Michelle Williams, Blue Valentine

Nicole Kidman in Rabbit Hole

I’m torn between Kidman in Rabbit Hole and Portman for Black Swan. While Winter’s Bone is one of my favorite films of all time, I don’t think it’s an award-winning performance by Jennifer Lawrence. She’s young yet. Kidman’s stripped down interpretation of grief is as good as Portman’s escalating example of psychosis.

want to win: Nicole Kidman

Best actor — drama:

Jesse Eisenberg, The Social Network
Colin Firth, The King’s Speech
James Franco, 127 Hours
Ryan Gosling, Blue Valentine
Mark Wahlberg, The Fighter

Colin Firth, The King's Speech

Firth is SO brilliantly flawed and perfect as King George VI in The King’s Speech, how could he not win every award he’s nominated for? While James Franco carried a 90 minute film pretty much on his own in gripping, harrowing fashion, I still like Firth’s chances. Eisenberg is good in The Social Network but I haven’t seen him play much other than a hyper-active nerdy type so far. Plus Firth is the elder-statesmen of this category.

want to win: Colin Firth

Best movie — comedy or musical:

Alice in Wonderland,
The Kids Are All Right
The Tourist

want to win: The Kids Are All Right
will win: The Kids Are All Right

The Golden Globes are strange in that there’s the Drama and then Comedy/Musical categories. I didn’t consider The Kids Are All Right to be a comedy. It’s an amazing film that shows the ups and downs of marriage, family and relationships.

Best actress — comedy or musical:

Annette Bening, The Kids Are All Right
Anne Hathaway, Love And Other Drugs
Angelina Jolie, The Tourist
Julianne Moore, The Kids Are All Right
Emma Stone, Easy A

Annette Bening and Julianne Moore, The Kids Are All Right

This is a pretty weak category except for Bening and Moore for The Kids Are All Right. I think Bening inches out over Moore only because she had to deal with more emotionality in her role.

want to win: tie for Bening and Moore? ha ha.

Best actor — comedy or musical:

Johnny Depp, Alice in Wonderland
Johnny Depp, The Tourist
Paul Giamatti, Barney’s Version
Jake Gyllenhaal, Love And Other Drugs
Kevin Spacey, Casino Jack

I’m going to guess that Depp wins for Alice in Wonderland or Spacey for Casino Jack. I only saw Alice in Wonderland and Love and Other Drugs.

want to win: this category doesn’t matter to me

Best supporting actress:

Amy Adams, The Fighter
Helena Bonham Carter, The King’s Speech
Mila Kunis, Black Swan
Melissa Leo, The Fighter
Jacki Weaver, Animal Kingdom

Kunis and Bonham Carter are both exquisite in their respective films. Leo just pops in The Fighter.

Melissa Leo in The Fighter

want to win: Melissa Leo

Best supporting actor:

Christian Bale, The Fighter
Michael Douglas, Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps
Andrew Garfield, The Social Network
Jeremy Renner, The Town
Geoffrey Rush, The King’s Speech

Christian Bale in The Fighter

I’m expecting The Golden Globes to be all over the place. No sweeps for any film. Christian Bale was such a stand-out in The Fighter, someone told me he thought he was watching a documentary. Michael Douglas was much better in Solitary Man than Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps. Garfield and Renner are good but not award-worthy. Rush is impressive as always.

want to win: Christian Bale

Best director:

Darren Aronofsky, Black Swan
David Fincher, The Social Network
Tom Hooper, The King’s Speech
Christopher Nolan, Inception
David O. Russell, The Fighter

want to win: Darren Aronofsky

Best Screenplay– motion picture:

Danny Boyle, Simon Beaufoy, 127 Hours
Lisa Cholodenko, Stuart Blumberg, The Kids Are All Right
Christopher Nolan, Inception
David Seidler, The King’s Speech
Aaron Sorkin, The Social Network

want to win: Lisa Cholodenko, Stuart Blumberg, The Kids Are All Right

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