Everyone Gets An Award! Quick Thoughts On The Golden Globes

Quick thoughts on last night’s Golden Globes:

Tina & Amy: it followed the same blueprint as last year’s, but catered, obviously, to this year’s crop of films. I thought it was incredibly well written and, as always, they performed it spectacularly. When they’re together, especially hosting, it’s so natural it’s almost like they don’t care. That’s how good they are. Best jokes: The Gravity/Clooney one, Julia Louis-Dreyfus bit & the American Hustle/Explosion At The Wig Factory. Oh, also: Tam Honks will have me laughing forever.

Wins: Expected Jennifer Lawrence, did not expect Adams. Don’t think it means anything in regards to Oscars, because Blanchett is still, far and ahead of everyone else, the frontrunner. Same goes for DiCaprio, win doesn’t mean much in the grand scheme of things, maybe he’ll sneak in a nomination. Leto, Blanchett and Lawrence are, for the most part, the only locks right now for Oscars. In regards to Best Picture: I think 12 Years just gained some momentum, but it still has a lot of work to do. Hustle will probably grab the SAG but everything else before that is where it can recover. Right now, I think the Academy might give Best Picture to 12 Years or American Hustle and Best Director to Alfonso Cuaron.

On the TV side: nothing else matters because Amy Poehler finally got the recognition she deserves. It was a good night to be a friend of Lorne Michaels.

 

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How Hollywood Stopped Worrying & Learned To Love January

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Typically, January – March was (and for the most part, still is) always seen as a dumping ground for movies. Jan – March and August/beginning of September. These months became less about good films and more about those stinkers they’ve had lingering around for a while. Movies had always done decently at the beginning of the year (Along Came Polly, Just Married, Are We There Yet?) but it wasn’t until Cloverfield in 2008, which opened to $40 million, that Hollywood thought, hey, we could open something that felt like a summer release during the winter months – and it could also be good!

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The ‘Gone Girl’ Entertainment Weekly Cover Is Great, Remains Promising

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This morning Entertainment Weekly released this week’s cover which features the upcomming Gone Girl adaptation (attached). The cover was shot by David Fincher who is also directing the film. For fans of the book, this is everything. For non-fans, this will become your everything. It’s fantastic, right? This could (should) be the poster I’ve been bitching about EW’s lacking covers, but lately they’ve been picking up.

This is just an image – of course, we’re still far away from a trailer and the movie itself, but it’s all so promising. Not that I was ever worried about Fincher but the casting choices weren’t what I had in mind or wanted, really. But this image has me sold on both Affleck & Rosamund. As for the adaptation itself? Well, apparently Fincher & author of the book Gillian Flynn have been working together on the screenplay and have said it will veer (not completely) from the source material. For fans of the book, or me at least, this is what I wanted to hear because…that ending. And, like, that one part near the end. You know the part. Okay, I’ll stop BUT I hope that is what they’re going to change because that is when a film adaptation of a beloved book can become more successful; when it fixes what it can.

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Why Jennifer Lawrence Will Probably Win Her Second Oscar This Year

When critics, film fans, people in general, discuss the potential Oscar winners, they seem to forget that it’s a game. Much like, say, a school election, or even a political one, it’s never just about the actual quality of the work but how it benefits everyone involved. The campaign element to the Oscars is very real. A few months back, Michael Fassbender was quoted in GQ saying he wants one, sure, but he refuses to campaign. That statement is a campaign motive in itself, a terrible one, but if he had followed it up with lots of press, an apology, or what not, he could very much be a contender.

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Review: ‘Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones’

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Did you miss your annual dose of Paranormal Activity last year? I did. I know myself and a select few others are alone on this, but I will stand behind this franchise until the bitter end (which, briefly, I had thought was Paranormal Activity 4). With that said, I was never really looking forward to this spin-off (if you want to call it that). The trailers did nothing for me, it seemed like an easy (and brilliant) cash grab for it’s core demographic and nothing more. Truthfully, The Marked Ones feels the least like a Paranormal movie and that is both incredibly refreshing and frustrating.

Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones is presented as though it’s centered around the witchcraft element of the series, and while it is, it really just comes off more like Paranormal Activity: We Took The Plot From Chronicle & Added Some Witches. That is really the plot though: Jesse, the main character, is ultimately possessed by the same demon that took Katie & Kristi. It follows the expected route of a movie from this franchise but it, for the first time, has fun with it, way more fun than whatever the fourth installment was. In addition to all of the fun, it’s also the most lively of the Paranormal movies – and I can say that confidentially. While I enjoy the first 3, they move incredibly slow. This one gets right into it (for this franchise, that is) and is kind of relentless. It builds as well, to an extremely fun, if slightly too ridiculous finale and all-too-convenient twist ending (one that shows some effort, I’ll give them that), but you’re kind of too wrapped up in the ridiculousness of it to be bothered by the mostly terrible acting, script and straight-to-DVD quality of it all.

While it veers from the expected plotting the franchise has come to adhere to (and lazily so in the last feature) it never successfully branches out and makes us care about this singular film, a film that, I’m assuming, the studio would like to turn into a separate franchise, because of course. With every Paranormal movie, it all leads to the finale and this is where this one succeeds. With everything that comes before it in the movie, the finale delivers – depending on what you were expecting. Without spoiling it too much, there is some closure, a fun final scene (again, also convenient twist ending) and it’s really just kind of balls to the wall fun. Scary? Debatable. It has it’s moments.

Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones breathes a fresh life into what was becoming a stale franchise, but not enough to reinvent it.