Indie Gems: Fruitvale Station

A somber look at the last day of Oscar's life.

Oscar Grant was a 22 year old man that was fatally shot by a police officer on New Years Day in 2009. In the film, he's played by Michael B. Jordan, and we follow him through his last few days. He's set on bettering himself, and his life with his girlfriend, Sophina (the always enjoyable Melonie Diaz) and their young daughter Tatianna. (Ariana Neal)

Michael B. Jordan, wow, he just gives a really good performance here. (Plus he was in Hardball when he was a kid, and I have a strange soft spot for that movie) Octavia Spencer, who plays Oscar's mother is brilliant in every scene she's in. But one thing I really appreciated about this movie is it viewed everything from a neutral stand point. Oscar had a criminal record and a bit of an anger problem, the film didn't choose to hide that, we got to see that and Oscar at his best, when he's with his young daughter or being helpful to strangers. The police were not portrayed as as the stereotypical "brutal thug policemen" either. This film could've had a serious agenda, but it chose not to. 

It doesn't make it any easier to watch. The act itself was extremely senseless, especially when shown cell phone videos of the actual incident. Oscar did not deserve to get shot. The whole thing had me in tears by the end. This review is the very definition of "rambling." I'm having a hard time putting it to words. Just know that Fruitvale Station is a very well made film with great performances on a very tragic event.

Grade: B

Memorable Quote: "Ma, can I get a hug?" - Oscar (Michael B. Jordan)

In case you missed it..LAMB Devours the Oscars: Best Supporting Actor.

I wrote this piece for The Large Association of Movie Blogs annual 'LAMB Devours the Oscars.'

This year I'm taking a look at the Best Supporting Actor race. I'm going to highlight 3 things that each actor brought to the table in their respective films.

Barkhad Abdi: Captain Phillips

1) It has to be pointed out that this guy was a cab driver in Minneapolis prior to this. I love stories like his, this is his first (and only) role, and he gets recognition on the biggest stage of them all. That is impressive.

2) The Pirates in this film could've easily been one dimensional nobodies. This film really was the Tom Hanks show, everyone could've played 2nd fiddle. But Abdi didn't. He made us feel for Muse. What he was doing was wrong, but he humanized him and convinced us that not only was he to be feared, but he was extremely conflicted.

3) Plus you know, Hanks got snubbed, so technically Abdi IS the captain now. (He's also the only actor not nominated with his lead)

Bradley Cooper: American Hustle

1) Richie was crazy. Let's not sugar coat it, he was insane. Bradley took him to his highs and lows with ease. I still think the scene where he finds out Edith is actually Sydney is his best in the film. It's quite extraordinary when you can see people go to extremes like that.

2) For his part in this conversation: "I knew it! Your brother fell through the ice!" "No, he died a different way many years later!"

3) Those little pink hair curlers. I see a trend of dudes with awful hair do's giving great performances.

Michael Fassbender: 12 Years A Slave

1) With all of the Slave owners in this film, Fassbender's Epps was the scariest. The look he had in his eyes when he gently accuses Solomon of trying to get a white man to deliver a letter for him, or when he keeps his hands on Patsey's shoulders for a beat too long is terrifying. 

2) When he takes these acts a step further, it gets even more terrifying.

3) Fassbender is such a strong actor. He was ignored for his career best work in Shame by the Academy, and this year he proves that even though he won't play their game, he can't be ignored. He's just that good.

Jonah Hill: The Wolf of Wall Street

1) I have a hard time deciding which bits of Donnie's dialogue are my favorites. He has so many memorable ones. His excuse for marrying his cousin, his "Mayor of F**ksville" comment. No one could've delivered these lines like Jonah Hill.

2) It's funny, I was actually getting sick of Hill for awhile. I thought he played the same goofy characters in comedies over and over. Then along came Moneyball and his first Oscar nomination, and I started to look at him differently. Now we have his hilarious performance in This Is The End, and his newly Oscar nominated one in WOWS, and frankly, he can't be stopped. We can no longer laugh about 'Academy Award Nominee Jonah Hill' This guy deserves all this praise he's getting.

3) The Quaaludes scene. Sure, that was mostly DiCaprio's, but someone had to take that beating/saving? and who better than Jonah Hill. I cannot wait to re-watch this film.

Jared Leto: Dallas Buyers Club

1) They physical transformation is the first to come to mind. The weight loss, the make up, the waxing, Leto was nearly unrecognizable. Dropping to a dangerous weight like that is something I don't think I could ever do if I was an actor. You definitely have to have a certain sized pair of stones to pull something that potentially hazardous off.

2) Rayon was actually kind of hilarious. I wasn't expecting DBC to have very many light hearted moments, but Rayon brought plenty. My personal favorite is the little picture of himself he snuck in the bathroom.

3) Leto has always been a fascinating actor to me, but we haven't seen him around in awhile. He's been focusing on his band, but with DBC, he reminds us of the presence he once had, and makes us look forward to him in more films.

DVD Review: Drinking Buddies


Beer me.
Kate (Oliva Wilde) and Luke (Jake Johnson) are two co-workers at a Chicago brewery who seem like they're quite perfect for each other. Only, Jake is happily in a long term relationship with Jill (Anna Kendrick) and Kate sees Chris, (Ron Livingston) who just don't seem like they have a lot in common. When Chris and Kate go their separate ways, Kate and Luke fall into serious "will they or won't they" territory. 

I'm personally not much of a beer drinker, but I went to an art show/beer tasting thing recently and I drank a lot of good beer. This movie has beer in nearly every scene, and God did it make me want more.. Back to the movie, I thought Olivia Wilde was fantastic in this. She's mostly been a background character to me, either not being given enough to do, or not doing enough with what she's given, but she really shined here, as did the rest of the cast. Obviously, she had great chemistry with Johnson, who also had great chemistry with Kendrick. Having a cast that clicks like this just enhances the characters' relationships with each other. My very first thought when I saw Kate and Luke interact was "This is why some people think guys and girls cannot be friends." I disagree with that statement, but seeing them together, I felt like I saw their point very clearly for once.

I was impressed with Jill, I don't think she was completely oblivious to how Luke and Kate acted around each other, but she didn't go into the stereotypical jealous girl friend mode, and I appreciated that. In fact, this entire film could've fallen into the typical rom com void, but everything about it felt fresh. (which doesn't surprise me when I read how much this film was improvised and how much input the cast had on their characters) Really, I loved the entire thing.

Recommended: Yes

Grade: A

Memorable Quote: "I don't want your friends to know how short I really am." - Jill (Anna Kendrick)

Rambling TV: Thoughts on Klondike and True Detective

The Walking Dead comes back in 2 weeks, we all know where I'm still at with this.

True Detective - episode 1.3: The Locked Room
gif via artyucko
*Shea Whigham showed up! This guy has been in everything lately. He plays a very suspicious preacher, and he was pretty damn good.

*Woody Harrelson is terrifying. He is really spectacular at playing a scary looking dude. The way he irrationally freaked on his fling, Lisa (Alexandra Daddario) was intense.

*Cohle just casually hanging to with Hart's family, and Hart's "Yeah, STAY for dinner." remark was hilarious.

*The final scene in this episode was so fucking creepy. It reminded me of the first time we get a good look at Leatherface in The Texas Chainsaw Massacre.

I didn't get to watch Sherlock this week because my dish decided it isn't going to work anymore. Now I'm switching back to basic cable with less interesting channels, but hopefully less problems. Go fuck yourself, Dish Network. 

Klondike 

Another show that dominated my TV for 6 hours this week was Discovery Channel's mini Klondike, which I watched solely for Richard Madden.

*Here's the thing, the cinematography in this show was breathtaking, the story, not so much.

*I love Madden, he's a great actor, even if his American accent slipped here and there, and Abbie Cornish was welcome too, but I hate to say it, this show was just plain boring.

*The first episode was slow, but it had a little potential. Then it just kept dragging, and dragging.

*The Mounties vs the Indians story could've been left out completely, what good was that? 

*He FALLS THROUGH THE FREAKING ICE!? REALLY?! (Yes, I know it probably really happened but the way it was presented felt like cheap shock value)

*Wolves would never try to attack Robb Stark. Ever. It is known.

*Personally, there is no way in hell I'd turn my back on someone that I think killed my best friend. I'm just saying, it happened a little too frequently.

*Belinda (Abbie Cornish) bitch slapping the hooker and taking her money back was probably the best scene in the entire thing. 

Other Random TV Ramblings: 

*This is the funniest thing I saw on TV this week: 


*If you want to hear Emily Kinney (Beth Greene on The Walking Dead) sing a ridiculous song about masterbating, here you go. 

Two more months until Game of Thrones!

DVD Review: Stories We Tell

A very interesting concept.
Stories We Tell actually addressed my main issue right away: why should I care about this one family's story? Every family has a story.

Sarah Polley interviews several family members and friends of the family on their "secrets" mostly involving her deceased mother. The film is laid back, everyone looks comfortable in their homes, and I'm sure to them, these stories are very interesting.

I love Sarah Polley. She's easily one of my favorite female writers/directors out there today and I saw this mainly for her, but unfortunately, what they said at the beginning was true. I don't really care about her family history. That sounds a bit harsh, especially when I love when Polley writes, but it's true. I think the concept of this documentary was great and unique, but at the end of the day, I was just kind of bored with it. It's not the worst documentary I've seen this year, but it's the least memorable. I don't even have anything to add to this review, and that's unfortunate. It had no staying power.

Recommended: No

Grade: C+

Memorable Quote: "They all agreed on mom's character." - Sarah Polley

Indie Gems: All The Boys Love Mandy Lane

 7 years in the making.
I knew I was always going to include this film in my Indie Gems, whether I loved it or not, just because I've never actively followed a film for so long. If there was ever a blogger/journalist that inspired me to get online and join the movie loving community, it was Larry Richman. He' a rseally friendly independent film enthusiast that I came across on IMDb. When I started my blog, he immediately followed me on Twitter and encouraged me, and that meant the world. I mention Larry (or Larry411 as he's known online) because it was actually his review of the film that initially got me interested - way back in what, 2007? I think he saw it at SXSW, but either way, I love a campy slasher, so I set my sights on this. Little did I know that it was going to go in distribution hell for years before FINALLY turning up on Netflix.

Well, the time came for me to finally see it. I had read spoilers, because I wasn't sure if I would ever see it, but it still lived up to the expectations I had. (Although I did lessen those over the years)

Mandy Lane (Amber Heard) is a shy good-girl who, as it's noted in the opening scene, got really hot over the summer. She mostly sticks with her friend, Emmet. (Michael Welch) She drags him along to a party where he ends up being responsible for an accident one of Mandy's many suitors has. We fast forward 9 months, and Mandy and Emmet have had a falling out over this. Now, Mandy's being invited to Jake's (Luke Grimes) ranch by him and his pervy band of merry men friends, all with the intention that one of them will score with her. Strange things begin to happen and her friends start dropping like flies.

The film has everything a slasher flick looks for. Campy dialogue, boobs, decent kills, and overly horny dudes. Mandy seems so disinterested in EVERYONE there, I'm kind of surprised they continued to try so hard. One thing that felt a little different about this film was it was actually quite subtle in a way. The film doesn't really rely on intense chase scenes, things happen quickly and we get some of our answers right away, I thought that different approach worked well with the film.

Mandy Lane might not be the best slasher flick out there, but it amused me at times and the final moments take the film a step higher. 

Grade: B-

Memorable quote: "She chooses to be fat, that has nothing to do with me." - Chloe (Whitney Able)

Life, Love, and the Movies Blogathon.


This lovely new blogathon was started by Nostra over at My Film Views and Karamel Kinema (a blog I wasn't familiar with until this was posted, but head on over there because its GORGEOUS) They ask us to answer questions about life, love and the movies. Here are my answers! 

Life

 

1. What was the first movie you saw in the cinema and what do you remember about that visit?
The first film I can remember seeing in theaters was The Lion King, and I remember loving it. My dad took me, and I remember immediately afterwards we went out to whatever burger joint had the Lion King toys in their kid meals so we could get them.

2. Are there any movies you have very strong memories of which are not because of the movie (for example something which happened at the time you were watching it)?
Whenever I think of Jurassic Park, my mind goes back to an old friend I had when I was younger who wasn't allowed to watch it, so I had to turn it off when she came over. That surprised young me, because how could anyone's parents not want them to see a dinosaur movie?

3. Which movies had a big impact on you and changed a (small) part of your view on life?
American Beauty, the first time I saw it was whenever it first came out on TV, I had some family problems, but seeing the Burnhams in all their erratic fucked up-ness made me realize that whatever I was going through, it could be worse.

4. Do you have any comfort movies which you return to because you are in a specific mood (for example if you are feeling down/nursing a heartbreak)?
I don't know about a specific mood, but I have plenty that I'll go back to randomly. Seven, Step Brothers, Gothika. I really can't pin point anything, it mostly ends up being a different film each time.


5. If a movie would be made about your life, what type of movie would it be and who would you like to portray you?
I would want it to be an independent drama/comedy. With some dark things and some lovely things. I would want Evan Rachel Wood to play me, because she's awesome and like me is a fairly tall blondish person. Plus we're the same age.

6. Which existing movie best represents you?
I think different films could represent me over the years. Thirteen, maybe when I was a moody teenager. Dreamland when I ended up being indecisive on what I wanted to study in college at first.  Up in the Air, when I get to caught up in work.

7. If you knew you would die tomorrow, what would be the last movie you would want to see?
Short Term 12, because damnit, Netflix, I'm still waiting for you to send it to me!

8. If you can spend your life working in the film industry, what would you be and why? (you know, director, producer, actor, cinematographer, costume designer, sound designer etc?)
I would love to be a writer, but I know I'm not good enough. I think working with costumes, make up, or production design would be fun. I'd love going out and finding little things that would help the movie come to life. I love it when there's a little hint of something in the background of a scene. Like in American Beauty, when Lester has a sign on his desk that says "look closer" and that's the tagline of the film. I love things like that.

Love 
 

1. Did you ever have a first kiss with someone while at the cinema and if so which movie was playing?
A boy kissed me during the first Resident Evil, which at the time was far more interesting than the actual film.

2. What is your favorite movie relationship and why?
Weirdly enough, Celeste and Jesse in 'Celeste and Jesse Forever' came to mind. I know they're in the process of a divorce in the film. But their relationship was so unique and still obviously full of love, I absolutely loved the final scene where they kiss each other good bye.

3. When did your love for movies start and how has it grown?
I think it started to grow in high school when I started working at a movie theater, then I read one of the 'coming soon' magazines my theater got and noticed all these independent movies that were listed. That's when I started searching out smaller films and that's when I started to fall in love with cinema.

4. If you have to choose one film to watch with your loved one, what would it be and why?
The Wolf of Wall Street. We both saw it, but with separate friends. I love watching comedies with my husband because I feel like I always laugh a little more. I'd like to be able to laugh at that one together.

5. If you can choose one character from a movie to be your significant other who would it be and why?
Well, that's hard because I'm married. I'd chose Bruce Wayne, because he's Batman. It's always good to be with Batman.

6. What was the first movie that made you fall in in love with film and cinema?
American Beauty was the first film out of the 'norm' for me to fall in love with. (I was all about Adam Sandler comedies as a tween) I credit Mysterious Skin too. That's one of the first independent films I sought out, and it was so different from everything else I had watched, that it made me appreciate more of what's out there.

7. How did your passion for movies turn you into a movie blogger?
I posted on IMDb a lot, then that place got a little hostile, but I started to notice other users that blogged, so I thought I would give it a try myself to find a better place to talk about film.

8. What is your favorite date from a movie?
As many others have mentioned - I love the IKEA date from (500) Days of Summer. Gil and Adriana going dancing in Midnight in Paris. Ron Burgandy playing jazz flute for Veronica in Anchorman. Janie and Ricky staring at the bag video in American Beauty. Matthew, Isabelle, and Theo running through the Lourve in The Dreamers. (That counts as a date, right?)

My Top 10 Films of 2013 (and bottom 5)

Well, it's that time of year again. Here are my favorite films that 2013 had to offer, in no particular order. I should note, that I was holding off on this until I saw Short Term 12, but since I keep getting skipped over in my Netflix queue, I don't see myself getting that DVD any time soon. *sigh*



1) American Hustle: Great cast, great story.

2) Prisoners: One of the best thrillers I've seen in a long time, I was on the edge of my seat through out the entire film. Plus, the experience I had watching this is one of the reasons I love the movie theater so much. The crowd gasping along with me was awesome, and just heightened everything.

3) Star Trek Into Darkness: Plot holes be damned, I love this movie. Plus the sound track is awesome.

4) The East: Don't forget this little indie gem. A clever story that should help the very promising career of Brit Marling.

5) The Hunt: Mads Mikkelson was fantastic, and this film was wonderfully frustrating. That is hard to achieve.

6) 12 Years A Slave: A powerful story that left me crying like a baby in the end. Terrific performances all around.

7) The Wolf of Wall Street: So. Fucking. Hilarious. Probably the most fun I've ever had in a 3 hour film. Actually, I know I said this list is in no particular order, but this one has to be my favorite of the year.

8) Her: This film was just so beautiful and very thought provoking. I'm still thinking about it a week later.

9) Blackfish: This is the first time a documentary has ever made my 'Best of' list, but this one is deserving. Very powerful stuff.

10) Stoker: This film is so beautiful and original, and it doesn't get the love it deserves.

Honorable Mention:

This Is The End - Hilarious.
The Bling Ring - Crazy.
The Dallas Buyers Club - All hail McConaughey and Leto.
Thor: The Dark World - Burdened with glorious Loki.
Catching Fire - Hell of an adaptation.
Gravity: A beauty on the big screen. 
What Maisie Knew - A good look on bad parenting.

The Bottom 5 Films of 2013: (I should note, I didn't see every new release out there, as I only go to movies I think I would enjoy. So yes, I know R.I.P.D is probably shit, but I didn't see it.)


1) Only God Forgives: My expectations for this movie where through the roof, and I was let down by one of the most pretentious and lazy pieces of film I've ever seen.

2) The Frozen Ground: If you're going to base a movie off of a true story, it shouldn't be painfully obvious which parts you made up for added drama.

3) Girl Most Likely: Really, Kristen Wiig? This movie was a mess.

4) Plush: This movie was too weird, even for me. Plus the ending is one of the most eye-rolling things I've seen in a long time.

5) Hello Herman: You probably haven't heard of this film. It stars Norman Reedus, and was released into a few theaters in early 2013, then disappeared. That's because it fucking sucks. It's a terrible attempt at a film with an important topic, and it fails all around.

Rambling TV: Thoughts on True Detective + more

Rambling TV is back! I finally have some new shows to watch. (and I'll have to find more considering Breaking Bad is done. True Blood, Boardwalk Empire, AND The Newsroom will all end this year. ) This is also going to be the true definition of "rambling" because I have two weeks worth of stuff here.

True Detective - Episode 1.1: The Long Bright Dark

*This is a new series on HBO starring Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson. While that sounds like a great cast, apparently each season of this show may feature different characters, kind of like American Horror Story, only they won't reuse the actors? Or so I've heard..

*Hart (Harrelson) and Cohle (McConaughey) are easily the two most pleasant guys on the planet. They are detectives that come together to solve a strange murder in 1995. We're being told this story in 2012 via interviews by these men, who had an apparent falling out in 2002. We don't know over what yet.

*I was getting series West Memphis 3 vibes from this. The crime scene is possibly "satanic." They're in the deep south. There's missing kids involved.

*Overall, I'm very interested in seeing where this goes.

Episode 1.2: Seeing Things

*All the Percy Jackson fanboys got what they've always wanted - to see Alexandra Daddario competely naked.

*We learn that Hart is having an affair, and we got a little background on what happened to Cohle's daughter and his marriage.

*It's funny, not a lot happened in this episode, but it was all still so damn interesting. That's how you know you have good writing. The characters may not have found anything huge until the end, but we learned a lot on the way.


Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D - episode 1.11: The Magical Place

*This was a surprisingly good episode, considered it focused the most on Skye.

*We found out what really happened to Coulson after he died in the Avengers. For those of you who want to know without actually watching this show - SPOILER ALERT - Coulson wasn't dead for 8 seconds like he previously said. He was dead for several days. According to a doctor, Nick Fury "moved mountains" to bring Coulson back to life. He had several operations using techniques that normal physicians wouldn't dream of using. We get a shot of some sort of robot working on Coulson's exposed brain while he screams "Just let me die." He had gone through so much pain and torment that the doctors gave him the happy Tahiti memory in place of it all, so he wouldn't have to re-live it again. 

*It's nice to see Fitz getting a little more personality. He was notably darker in this episode. Simmons continued to innocently eye fuck Ward.

The Big Bang Theory - I've decided I can't write about that show anymore. It no longer feels cohesive. It doesn't progress like the other shows do. I still love the show, but it feels so thrown together now.

Sherlock - episode 3.1: The Empty Hearse 



*After two years of thinking Sherlock Holmes is dead, John Watson comes to find he is very much alive. He's not happy about being lied to.


*This episode felt a lot funnier than the previous season. We had John head butting Sherlock, clever cut aways to inappropriate wording, and not to mention, trolling was a huge theme.

*The viewers got trolled right away with various versions of how Sherlock faked his own dead. John really was ultimately trolled by Sherlock throughout the entire episode. Hell, Molly finding a fiance that so closely resembles Sherlock, she might as well be trolling him too. PBS, the sunken cunts even trolled me by listing this as 'Masterpiece Mystery' in the guide which made me briefly freak when I searched 'Sherlock' and couldn't find anything earlier this week.

*It still left some questions opened to be answered, so I have something to look forward to. I'm not used to this, I got to watch everything on Netflix all at once with the last two seasons.

DVD Review: About Cherry

There are people that enjoy doing porn.
No, really. Porn gets a seriously bad rep in most films. Everyone is either shady or being forced to do it as a last resort. If there is one decent thing that can be said about this film, it's the perspective it offers.

Angelina (Ashley Hinsaw) is an eighteen year old girl at the end of her rope. She's stuck at a dead end job, hates high school, her mom's an alcoholic, her step dad is a rapist in waiting, so she and her friend Andrew (Dev Patel, who along with Hinsaw cannot pass for 18) decide to ditch school and move to San Francisco. There, after taking a few pictures for money, Angelina adopts the name Cherry and moves onto pornography. We follow her as she meets a coked out lover, Frances (James Franco) and catches the eye of her director, Margaret. (Heather Graham)

Like I said previously, it's refreshing to see a movie involving porn that isn't operated by a bunch of creeps. Margaret is actually a very interesting character. She's passionate about her job, and unfortunately for her, her lover doesn't take her job very seriously. My biggest problem was with Cherry, herself.
Angelina just up and leaves her little sister with a drunk mom and a step dad that is obviously going to abuse her now that Angelina isn't there to protect her. Seriously, they make it a point to show that mom's boyfriend is a total creep. Angelina is aware of said creep, and still bails on her kid sister? Really? Then there's Andrew. Andrew is so far in the friend zone that he makes Jorah Mormont actually look like he has a chance with Danaerys Targaryen. When the film finally addresses this, they offer zero follow up. In fact, there's no follow up with anything. The final scene suggests that Angelina has moved up in the porno biz and is happy, but at what costs? What about all these people she's  been dragging along with her?

I think About Cherry could've been good. The script is weak and the actors too old to play the roles they were given. A few touch ups here and there would've made for a better story.

Recommended: No

Grade: C

Memorable Quote: "Why am I the only person in the world who isn't allowed to see you naked?" - Andrew (Dev Patel)


2014 Screen Actors Guild winners + my thoughts


Here's a list of the 2013 SAG winners! The winners are in bold.
My thoughts as always follow in green

Ensemble Cast
12 Years a Slave
American Hustle
August: Osage County
Dallas Buyers Club
The Butler

Honestly, I thought 12 Years a Slave deserved this, and this is coming from someone who actually gave American Hustle a higher grade. The actors in 12 Years had harder jobs than American Hustle, IMO.

Lead Actor
Bruce Dern, Nebraska
Chiwetel Ejiofor, 12 Years a Slave
Tom Hanks, Captain Phillips
Matthew McConaughey, Dallas Buyers Club
Forest Whitaker, The Butler

I need to wait for the BAFTAs to decide if McConaughey is a lock for Oscar or not, but he gave a wonderful speech.

Lead Actress
Cate Blanchett, Blue Jasmine
Sandra Bullock, Gravity
Judi Dench, Philomena
Meryl Streep, August: Osage County
Emma Thompson, Saving Mr. Banks

I saw this coming, but I'm happy for her. Her speech was great too 

Supporting Actor
Barkhad Abdi, Captain Phillips
Daniel Bruhl, Rush
Michael Fassbender, 12 Years a Slave
Janes Gandolfini, Enough Said
Jared Leto, Dallas Buyers Club

Jared Leto gave one classy speech. Too bad his hair is still awful. (But he was hilarious on the red carpet hitting on Emilia Clarke.)

Supporting Actress
Jennifer Lawrence, American Hustle
Lupita Nyong’o, 12 Years a Slave
Julia Roberts, August: Osage County
June Squibb, Nebraska
Oprah Winfrey, The Butler

SO happy Nyong'o took this one, although her thanking Solomon Northup was awkward.

Television Stunt Ensemble:
Boardwalk Empire
Breaking Bad
Game of Thrones
The Walking Dead
Homeland


Film Stunt Ensemble:
All Is Lost
Fast and Furious 6
Lone Survivor
Rush
The Wolverine


Actor — TV Movie or Miniseries
Matt Damon, Behind the Candelabra
Michael Douglas, Behind the Candelabra
Jeremy Irons, The Hollow Crown
Rob Lowe, Killing Kennedy
Al Pacino, Phil Spector


Actress – TV movie or Miniseries
Angela Basset, Betty & Coretta
Helena Bonham Carter, Burton and Taylor

Holly Hunter, Top of the Lake
Helen Mirren, Phil Spector
Elisabeth Moss, Top of the Lake



Actor – Drama Series
Steve Buscemi, Boardwalk Empire
Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad
Jeff Daniels, 
The NewswroomPeter Dinklage, Game of Thrones
Kevin Spacey, House of Cards

Fuck yeah!!!!

Actress – Drama Series
Claire Danes, Homeland
Anna Gunn, Breaking Bad
Jessica Lange, American Horror Story: Coven
Maggie Smith, Downton Abbey
Kerry Washington, Scandal

Maggie Smith? Really? I wanted Anna Gunn and her beautiful dress.

Actor – Comedy Series
Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock
Jason Bateman, 
Arrested Development

Ty Burrell, Modern Family
Don Cheadle, House of Lies
Jim Parsons, 
The Big Bang Theory
This was a surprise.


Actress – Comedy Series

Mayim Bialik, The Big Bang Theory
Julie Bowen, Modern Family
Edie Falco, Nurse Jackie
Tina Fey, 30 Rock
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep

Her speech was hilarious, as always.


Ensemble – Drama

Boardwalk Empire
Breaking Bad
Downton Abbey
Game of Thrones
Homeland

YES YES YES

Ensemble – Comedy

30 Rock
Arrested Development
The Big Bang Theory
Modern Family
Veep

Indie Gems: Buddy Boy

Sheltered.
Francis (Aidan Gillen) is a sheltered 30 something man that's been living in a trashy apartment complex with his alcoholic step mother,  Sal. (Susan Tyrrell) He's taken to spying on his sexy neighbor, Gloria (Emmanuelle Seigner) and she unexpectedly starts taking a liking to him too. She tries to help him come out of his awkward, stuttering shell. Before all this, Francis only has his Catholicism to seek for solace, but now he's starting to question God, and Gloria too for that matter.

I can't for the life of me remember who recommended Buddy Boy to me. (Forgive me, I still love you!) It showed up on list someone made, and I've had it in my Netflix queue ever since. I've only been familiar with Gillen through Game of Thrones, so seeing him in this different light was fascinating. I thought both him and Tyrrell gave very convincing and haunting performances. The film has plenty of twists and turns, yet still leaves much to the imagination. It's obvious Francis as suffered some serious trauma, so when we're going on this journey with him, sometimes even the viewer can't be sure if we're actually seeing the truth.
If you're looking for a creepy film that you may have missed, check this one out.

Grade: A-

Memorable Quote: "You think I don't know your secret? - Francis (Aidan Gillen)

2014 Oscar nominations + my thoughts

I had this really strange dream the other day. I dreamt that I was one of the people sorting the Oscar ballots. I was quite literally being handed slips of paper with people's names on them, and sorting them into piles. Then I had to count the piles when I was done to see who got the most. I kept getting Bruce Dern for Nebraska, and I was being totally smug about the whole thing. Like, "Oh Bruce Dern is getting nominated. derp de derrr." This makes zero sense because 1) I've never seen Nebraska. 2) Without looking at IMDB I couldn't name a single film Bruce Dern has been in, so why am I being such an asshole? and 3) Oscar ballots probably aren't hand sorted behind a cash register like I was doing. Anywho, I had to share that, here's a list of the 2014 nominees. My thoughts as always follow in green


Best Picture

"American Hustle"
"Captain Phillips"
"Dallas Buyers Club"
"Gravity"
"Her"
"Nebraska"
"Philomena"
"12 Years A Slave"
"The Wolf of Wall Street"


It drives me nuts when they only use 9 out of the 10 Best Picture slots. They could've thrown Prisoners in there.

Best Actor in a Leading Role

Christian Bale, "American Hustle"
Bruce Dern, "Nebraska"
Leonardo DiCaprio, "The Wolf of Wall Street"
Chiwetel Ejiofor, "12 Years A Slave"
Matthew McConaughey, "Dallas Buyers Club"


I am SHOCKED that Tom Hanks got left out. I thought he was a lock. I guess my dream was accurate because there's Bruce Dern. This was a bloated category this year.

Best Actress in a Leading Role

Amy Adams, "American Hustle"
Cate Blanchett, "Blue Jasmine"
Sandra Bullock, "Gravity"
Judi Dench, "Philomena"
Meryl Streep, "August: Osage County"


I am so happy for Amy Adams.

Best Actor in a Supporting Role

Barkhad Abdi, "Captain Phillips"
Bradley Cooper, "American Hustle"
Michael Fassbender, "12 Years A Slave"
Jonah Hill, "The Wolf of Wall Street"
Jared Leto, "Dallas Buyers Club"


JONAH HILL!!! Yes! I did my Hans Landa happy dance when I saw his name.

Best Actress in a Supporting Role

Sally Hawkins, "Blue Jasmine"
Jennifer Lawrence, "American Hustle"
Lupita Nyong'o, "12 Years A Slave"
Julia Roberts, "August: Osage County"
June Squibb, "Nebraska


I was hoping I wouldn't have to see Julia Roberts this season. I would've rather had Sarah Paulson get her spot.

Best Director


David O. Russell, "American Hustle"
Alfonso Cuaron, "Gravity"
Alexander Payne, "Nebraska"
Steve McQueen, "12 Years A Slave"
Martin Scorsese, "The Wolf Of Wall Street"
I was really hoping Spike Jonze would've gotten a nomination for Her. I'm surprised they picked Payne over him.
Best Animated Feature
"The Croods"
"Despicable Me 2"
"Ernest & Celestine"
"Frozen"
"The Wind Rises"
Best Foreign Language Film
"The Broken Circle Breakdown"
"The Great Beauty"
"The Hunt"
"The Missing Picture"
"Omar"
The Hunt!! That's all I care about.
Best Documentary
"The Act of Killing"
"Cutie & The Boxer"
"Dirty Wars"
"The Square"
"Twenty Feet From Stardom"
No Blackfish. That stuns and upsets me. It was one of the most powerful docs I've ever seen, and the publicity around it is insane. When They said 'Cutie and the Boxer' I was crushed because I knew it got skipped over.

Best Original Screenplay
"American Hustle"
"Blue Jasmine"
"Dallas Buyers Club"
"Her"
"Nebraska"
Best Adapted Screenplay
"Before Midnight"
"Captain Phillips"
"Philomena"
"12 Years A Slave"
"The Wolf of Wall Street"
Best Original Score
"The Book Thief"
"Gravity"
"Her"
"Philomena"
"Saving Mr. Banks"
Best Original Song
"All Yet Not Alone" - Alone Yet Not Alone
"Happy" - Despicable Me 2
"Let It Go" - Frozen
"The Moon Song" - Her
"Ordinary Love" - Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom.
I'm just psyched for Her.
Best Editing
"American Hustle"
"Captain Phillips"
"Dallas Buyers Club"
"Gravity"
"12 Years A Slave"
I thought Her would've gotten an editing nomination.
Best Cinematography
"The Grandmaster"
"Gravity"
"Inside Llewyn Davis"
"Nebraska"
"Prisoners"
I'm SO happy that Prisoners got in here. It is so deserving.
Best Production Design
"American Hustle"
"Gravity"
"The Great Gatsby"
"Her"
"12 Years A Slave"
Best Costume Design
"American Hustle"
"The Grandmaster"
"The Great Gatsby"
"The Invisible Woman"
"12 Years A Slave"
I'm surprised Oz the Great and Powerful didn't make it. That's a shame.
Best Makeup
"Dallas Buyers Club"
"Jackass: Bad Grandpa"
"The Lone Ranger"
Jackass as an Oscar nomination....LOL
Best Sound Editing
"All Is Lost"
"Captain Phillips"
"Gravity"
"The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug"
"Lone Survivor"
Best Sound Mixing
"Captain Phillips"
"Gravity"
"The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug"
"Inside Llewyn Davis"
"Lone Survivor"
Best Visual Effects
"Gravity"
"The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug"
"Iron Man 3"
"The Lone Ranger"
"Star Trek Into Darkness"
Best Live-Action Short
"Aquel No Era Yo (That Wasn't Me)"
"Avant Que De Tout Perdre (Just Before Losing Everything)"
"Helium"
"Pitääkö Mun Kaikki Hoitaa? (Do I Have to Take Care of Everything?)"
"The Voorman Problem"
Best Animated Short
"Feral"
"Get a Horse!"
"Mr. Hublot"
"Possessions"
"Room on the Broom"
Best Documentary Short
"CaveDigger"
"Facing Fear"
"Karama Has No Walls"
"The Lady in Number 6: Music Saved My Life"
"Prison Terminal: The Last Days of Private Jack Hall"