Posts Tagged The Hurt Locker
Grace of My Heart 
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.
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 
directed by Mira Nair
Away from Her 
written and directed by Sarah Polley
–a graceful love story about a woman with Alzheimer’s
Searching for Debra Winger 
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 
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 
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 
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 
written and directed by Joey Lauren Adams
–a woman [Ashley Judd] who struggles with alcoholism tries to get her life on track
written and directed by Deepa Mehta
2 Days in Paris 
written and directed by Julie Delpy
–an American and a Parisian talk a lot, fight a lot
written and directed by Karyn Kusama
–focus on female boxers
written and directed by Sofia Coppola
–a wayward actor [Stephen Dorff] and his heartfelt relationship with his daughter [Elle Fanning]
The Parking Lot Movie 
directed by Meghan Eckman
–three years following the ins and outs of the attendants at a parking lot in Virginia. truly riveting. really.
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 
directed by Kathryn Bigelow
–heart-pounding thriller about the guys who diffuse IEDs in Iraq
The Kids Are All Right 
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 
written and directed by Nicole Holofcener
Winter’s Bone 
written by Debra Granik and Anne Rosellini
directed by Debra Granik
–a teenager [Jennifer Lawrence] searches for her father in dangerous, bleak meth-country
Basically this is a transcript of my live tweeting of the show. I got shut down for too many tweets at one point so there’s a gap most likely.
–Great, hysterical opening with Steve Martin and Alec Baldwin, Handsome, smart and funny guys. At first I was annoyed by two white older guys hosting the show but they did an excellent job. First time I’ve ever laughed during Academy Awards opening. At first I was annoyed two white guys but they are smart, attractive and funny.
–Everyone MUST see A Single Man. Colin Firth is so moving.
–Gabby has great attitude. Good for her to enjoy every moment for a young actress.
–Best Supporting Actor–Christoph Waltz [Inglourious Basterds]
Very humble. Just really, really kind.: “This is where we are going but we are going the other way.”
–Kathryn Bigelow looks stunning. Why does she have to be seated in front of James Cameron? don’t care if they are on good terms. Women like Kathyrn Bigelow are threats to Hollywood.
–Only four women ever nominated for Best Director in 81 years. Atrocious. I think women only get green-lit for dumb rom-coms.
–Miley! Put your boobs away. Follow Amanda Seyfried’s style guide. She’s classy. You are not. Sorry to put you down.
–Cannot believe that QT didn’t win for Best Original Screenplay!
–Nice John Hughes tribute with Matthew Broderick and Molly Ringwald. Then clips of films I saw in the theater in high school/jr. high. Pretty in Pink was a film I adored in HS. Loved and wanted to be Molly’s character. And none of the women are acting in film anymore. Do people see that all these great women in Hughes’s films are barely in films anymore? Over 35! So unfortunate that once women hit 35, no more roles in film. Yet the men keep going: John Cusack, Robert Downey Jr., Macauley Culkin [great to see him and he was great saying that Hughes treated him with “dignity” even at age 9].
–Tina Fey never looks v. good at awards shows. Who dressed her and her hair always messy?
–Ben Stiller comes out dressed like Avatar blue people to present award for Best Makeup. Stiller is so funny: “I should have worn Spock ears. I own two pairs. but that would’ve been too nerdy.” He always has to DO something when he presents.
–NPR had great piece I think on All Things Considered about the importance of make-up and costuming to an actor getting into character. And sometimes subtle is more important to building that character.
–I MUST see A Serious Man [Coen Brothers always impressive] and I’m never missing another film at Coolidge Corner again.
–Now Oscars become a predictable popularity contest. Precious takes best screenplay. I thought In the Loop or District 9 deserved it more.
–We all knew Mo’Nique would win for Precious but she did amazing job. “Sometimes you have to avoid doing what’s popular to do what’s right.” Precious is a tough watch but very stirring film.
–Best Costume Design: The Young Victoria is not a surprise. Why? Period pieces have more lavish costumes and I’m glad that winner Sandy Powell (who has won two other Oscars for Shakespeare in Love and The Aviator] said that those that do less flashy costume design deserve as much credit.
–Costume design – an all women category though the reality is: it’s a female-centric job role like nursing. Very accepted for women to work in make-up and costume design and not as much for directing and producing.
–In a tribute to horror films awkward pairing of Taylor Lautner and Kristin Stewart. Blah blah. Sorry you had to get out of bed for the Oscars Kristin Stewart. Could she BE any less excited?
–I’d rather see the musical scores with clips of the films than with a bunch of dancers in sweatshirts.
–Nice speech by winner of Best Musical Score: “If you want to be creative. Just do it.”
–Best Editing to husband-wife duo for the Hurt Locker.
–So glad The Cove won Best Documentary. It was so disturbing and I thought about it for days and days afterwards which makes it a powerful documentary.
–Historic moment: Kathryn Bigelow wins Best Director. First woman EVER.
–Will it be white guy or one of the minority in Hollywood to win Best Director? thanks Oscars announcer.
–From Robert Ebert: Almodovar intros a category in which his Broken Embraces absolutely should have been nominated.
–Michelle Pfeiffer gorgeous and a delight. Pfeiffer has done films but as she’s over 40 no one cares. Just did Cheri this year.
–Adore Tim Robbins– such a talent.
–My crush Colin Farrell: brilliant actor and gorgeous. No awards show complete without him. Kind, thoughtful words about his friend Jeremy Renner.
–Kate Winslet: classy, amazing actor and lovely.
–Helen Mirren outstanding in Last Station.
–There’s a pic of Oprah behind Oprah instead of film?
–Really Academy? Bullock. Ooh she was blonde and it was a “serious” film. Bullock is giving a wonderful speech and lovely mentions to other noms.
–Woot! Kathryn Bigelow wins Best Director!!! So deserving. History made in only 8 decades– First woman EVER.
–Keanu [Point Break] introducing Bigelow’s The Hurt Locker. So she proved she could make it tonight, after years toiling away.
–Indie film takes it: The Hurt Locker. 6 awards. How cute of those guys–Jeremy Renner and Anthony Mackie jumping up and down and cheering with arms around each other! So happy. Intense film.
–Even James Cameron had said Bigelow deserves the win. Do people already forget? Maybe no one should talk before awards for more suspense.
–Jeremy Renner brought his mom at as a date. Sweet. And he said he’s going right to the bar!