My choices for the Golden Globes

Award season is back, as the Golden Globe Awards are airing this Sunday, so of course that means everyone will be making their predictions about who will win, and I’m no different. I just want to say that I haven’t seen all of these movies, and some choices will have to be lucky guesses. Let me know what you think of my choices, and perhaps list your own favourites?

Best Motion Picture, Drama

The Fighter
Inception
The King’s Speech
The Social Network

Best Motion Picture, Comedy or Musical

Burlesque
The Kids Are All Right
Red
The Tourist

Best Director – Motion Picture

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

Best Actor in a Motion Picture, Drama

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

Best Actress in a Motion Picture, Drama

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

Best Actor in a Motion Picture, Comedy

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

Best Actress in a Motion Picture, Comedy

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

Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture

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

Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture

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

Best Screenplay – Motion Picture

127 Hours
The Kids Are All Right
The King’s Speech
Inception

Best Animated Feature Film

Despicable Me
The Illusionist
Toy Story 3
Tangled

Best Foreign Language Film

Biutiful
The Concert
I Am Love
In a Better World

Best Original Song – Motion Picture

Bound to You, Burlesque
Coming Home, Country Strong
I See the Light, Tangled
There’s a Place for Us, Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader
You Haven’t Seen the Last of Me, Burlesque

Best Original Score – Motion Picture

Alexandre Desplot, The King’s Speech
Danny Elfman, Alice in Wonderland
A.R. Rahmin, 127 Hours
Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross, The Social Network
Hans Zimmer, Inception

Best Television Series, Drama

Boardwalk Empire
Dexter
The Good Wife
The Walking Dead

Best Televison Series, Comedy or Musical

30 Rock
The Big C
Glee
Modern Family
Nurse Jackie

Best Actor in a Television Series, Drama

Steve Buscemi, Boardwalk Empire
Michael C. Hall, Dexter
Jon Hamm, Mad Men
Hugh Laurie, House

Best Actress in a Television Series, Drama

Elisabeth Moss, Mad Men
Piper Perabo, Covert Affairs
Katey Sagal, Sons of Anarchy
Kyra Sedgwick, The Closer

Best Actor in a Television Series, Comedy or Musical

Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock
Steve Carell, The Office
Thomas Jane, Hung
Matthew Morrison, Glee
Jim Parsons, Big Bang Theory

Best Supporting Actress in a Series, Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television

Hope Davis, Special Relationship
Jane Lynch, Glee
Kelly McDonald, Boardwalk Empire
Sofia Vergara, Modern Family

Best Supporting Actor in a Series, Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television

Scott Caan, Hawaii Five-0
Chris Noth, The Good Wife
David Straithairn, Temple Grandin
Chris Colfer, Glee

Best Actress in a Television Series, Comedy or Musical

Edie Falco, Nurse Jackie
Tina Fey, 30 Rock
Laura Linney, The Big C
Lea Michelle, Glee

Best Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television

The Pacific
Carlos
Temple Grandin
You Don’t Know Jack

Best Actor in a Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television

Dennis Quaid, The Special Relationship
Ian McShane, The Pillars of the Earth
Édgar Ramírez, Carlos
Idris Elba, Luther

Best Actress in a Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television

Hayley Atwell, The Pillars of the Earth
Jennifer Love Hewitt, The Client List
Judi Dench, Return to Cranford
Romola Gara, Emma
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The best of 2010: Top 5 Movies

Along with books, I’m just as big of a fan of movies. This year I haven’t seen as many as I normally do, but nonetheless here is my top 5 list for 2010. As with my top 5 book list, I’ll post a link to the review I did earlier in the year in case you want to check it out for more info:

5. The Social Network

Garnering a LOT of hype this year was the fictional adaptation of the origin of Facebook. To make it to #5 on my list says a lot for how good this movie was. I was not a fan of the idea of making it, but I was given the opportunity to watch a screening of it, so I said ‘hey, why not?’ I ended up enjoying it a lot, hence #5.

4. It’s kind of a funny story

This one probably won’t win any awards, because it appears to have flown quite under the radar. What makes this one so great for me is how it deals with the issue of depression and suicidal tendencies amongst teenagers. Zack Galifianakis’ role in the film is also a bit of a surprise, since he’s not overtly trying to be comedic, but instead as a patient in the psych ward of the hospital, has meaningful dialogue and shows he can act well. Check out more from my review from October 11.

3. Black Swan

This one had a lot of hype, going back to the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) so I’ve wanted to check it out for quite some time. Natalie Portman’s performance was the best I’ve seen from her. She transforms herself into a timid ballerina dancer who is getting “old” and has one more chance to shine in the leading role of the Swan Princess in “Black Swan”. As the movie progresses we see her character unravel and become taken over by the character of the Black Swan, who she’s had trouble grasping. It was quite a trip to watch, and will definitely be a conversation maker with people who’ve seen the movie. Go watch!

2. catfish

As with my review, I’m not going to say much about this one because the more you know, the great the chance it will be ruined for you.

1. Waiting for Superman

This was a tough, emotionally draining movie to watch, as it showed real world examples of how the education system in America is failing. I highly recommend this one and would love to hear your thoughts on it, if you’ve seen it. Here’s my review from October 13: Waiting for Superman

While this year’s crop of movies was good, I think last year had a lot more gems to choose from. Looking over my top 5 list from 2009, I still want to go back and watch each of those movies – I hope this list has the same staying power.

What movie made it to the top of your list for 2010?

The Social Network made me eat my words

After watching the previews I thought The Social Network was going to be filled with over-acting and over-the-top drama about something as mundane as making a website. I had such a hate-on, I even went so far as to write a post on it. Let’s take a look back at some of the comments I made and see if I can answer them.

“Many people on my twitter stream (of all places) have been shouting out how much they’d love to watch The Social Network … and I just can’t understand why.”

On Thursday night I joined the club. After getting my iPhone back from security (they confiscate all devices prior to all screenings), I immediately went on Twitter and sang my praises.

Jesse Eisenberg (Zombieland) was brilliant in his role as Mark Zuckerberg. This guy has definitely broken himself out of the Michael Cera-esque abyss he could’ve easily fallen into.

David Fincher (Fight Club) did an amazing job directing this one. The movie focused on two different suits Mark was facing, one from Facebook co-founder Eduardo Saverin (Andrew Garfield) and the other from three who claimed he stole the basic idea from them. During these depositions, the story of Facebook was told through the explanations of these characters. In terms of storytelling this could’ve easily become quite confusing, but they pulled it off in a way that was seamless.

It’s over-dramatic and I’m pretty sure has a few exaggerations

This statement I can’t disagree with. The movie was obviously made more sexy and interesting. Even Dustin Moskovitz, one of the other creators of Facebook, says so in an interview with Oh No They Didn’t.

“It is interesting to see my past rewritten in a way that emphasizes things that didn’t matter and leaves out things that really did. Other than that, it’s just cool to see a dramatization of history. A lot of exciting things happened in 2004, but mostly we just worked a lot and stressed out about things; the version in the trailer seems a lot more exciting, so I’m just going to choose to remember that we drank ourselves silly and had a lot of sex with coeds. I’m very curious to see how Mark turns out in the end – the plot of the book/script unabashedly attack him, but I actually felt like a lot of his positive qualities come out truthfully in the trailer (soundtrack aside).”

Is it worth about 2hrs of my time?

Yes. For what it is, it is a surprisingly fast paced film. While I don’t see any of the major awards going to this one, I give The Social Network a 4/5.

One final quote I leave you with from my old post: I won’t go into it with the most open of minds, but if I end up liking it I’ll fully admit it, and then blog my love.

Thanks to the #xpopfilmup crew for putting this together, and to my friend Maria on Twitter for kindly inviting me.

The Social Network is not for me

It’s only fitting that the site that was created to waste everyone’s valuable time has been made into a movie, that looks like it will waste everyone’s valuable time. Many people on my twitter stream (of all places) have been shouting out how much they’d love to watch The Social Network (the Facebook movie), and I just can’t understand why.

Ever since it was first talked about last year, I thought it was a joke, then a dumb idea. It seemed like something College Humor would jump on, not a movie studio. The newest trailer (below), released last week, even looks kind of College Humor-ish. It’s over-dramatic and I’m pretty sure has a few exaggerations. I couldn’t see the creation of a website being as exciting as it was. I’m sure Mark Zuckerberg became quite popular, and thanks to all the blog posts and interviews out there, we all know the issues he faced getting it off the ground, but is it worth about 2hrs of my time?

This movie also answers the question “Is Hollywood out of ideas?” with a resounding YES. What ever happened to waiting a few years to reflect back on the relevance of a cultural phenomenon? I’d much rather watch this if it was made a few years down the road.

All this being said, I’ll still go see the movie when it comes out on October 1, 2010. I won’t go into it with the most open of minds, but if I end up liking it I’ll fully admit it, and then blog my love.

What’s your opinion on the movie? Agree/Disagree with me, and WHY?

Here’s the trailer if you haven’t seen it yet:

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