February 2009

81st Annual Oscars Results

Practically since the invention of the motion picture, Hollywood has come out once a year to observe a night of time-honored traditions. Among them are an engaging but inoffensive host reading pre-scripted bits, a few live performances and at least three interminable retrospective reels. But of all the Oscars Night customs, none are more venerated than the snubbing of truly deserving artists in favor of loading one film with way more awards than it deserves.

Caution: Heavy Content

I recently had the pleasure of watching Revolutionary Road, which I found incredible.  For one, I can completely relate to the theme of the movie, which is to live your life the way you want to.  Do whatever that gut feeling deep down inside you tells you to, regardless of the type of life others would prefer you to live.  This movie is an extreme example of what can happen if you deny those feelings telling you what you should be doing with your life.

Christian Bale is Awesome

This isn't really about the new Terminator movie, but it's about Christian Bale, so that's something. I want to give a warning in advance that the language in this post is 'for mature audiences only.' I don't pull any punches, and on this particular topic, I really cannot be expected to. You know, it's okay to get angry sometimes. And everyone has a moment where they explode over something small and, overall, inconsequential in light of greater events.This isn't really about the new Terminator movie, but it's about Christian Bale, so that's something. I want to give a warning in advance that the language in this post is 'for mature audiences only.' I don't pull any punches, and on this particular topic, I really cannot be expected to. You know, it's okay to get angry sometimes. And everyone has a moment where they explode over something small and, overall, inconsequential in light of greater events.

Review: Rocknrolla

In the 1990's filmmakers like Quentin Tarantino invented The Cinema of Cool, a combination of exploitation films' giddiness over the lives of sordid characters and the ever more self-referential nature of pop culture. The concept reimagined the crime genre, breathing more life into it than it had seen since the invention of Noir. In the early 00's, Cinema of Cool got something of a facelift with the films of Guy Ritchie. He brought the dreary, gritty, fast-talking streets of London to a genre that had originally basked in the ironic sunshine of bizarre Los Angeles.