Posts tagged movies
Posts tagged movies
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This Is Me readers are surely curious about my thoughts on the upcoming Oscars. Who wouldn’t be? I am a film lover with access to PGA screeners - and I have opinions! My favorite movie of 2012 was Django Unchained.
If you want to know what I thought of the other films and performances you can read all of my thoughts in two posts on Girl Around Town. Click HERE for Part One with my thoughts about one overlooked film. And click HERE for Part Two to find out what movie I felt was the most over-rated of the year. Comment on the Girl Around Town website or Facebook page if you have any thoughts about my bets for 2012 winners.
I wish everyone the very best Oscar night this Sunday!
Danny Boyle’s new movie is coming soon. Check out the trailer for TRANCE. I haven’t seen a single movie of his which I haven’t thoroughly enjoyed or thought was a true masterpiece, so I have high hopes!
I love to admire and comment on the dresses as they come down the red carpet at awards shows. This usually consists of me dreaming I could fit into one of the most amazing of the many gorgeous gowns, then almost immediately thanking my lucky stars I don’t have to starve myself for weeks to look amazing on the red carpet, only to potentially get destroyed by online bloggers the next morning. I then return to the desire to have an amazing trainer to whip me into shape, my handsome husband in a tuxedo by my side and borrow millions of dollars worth of precious jewels. This is quickly followed by immense relief that I am not half naked walking around outside during the coldest winter on record in Los Angeles*.
Most of the ladies were rocking HITS in the carpet last night, but here are my three favorite:
*It is likely not the coldest winter on record here or anywhere in Southern California. I am a total wimp who should never be allowed to return to her hometown of Chicago after making the above statement, though it has been pretty chilly here in Hollywood the past few days and I felt for those ladies on the red carpet since they likely weren’t warmed by flasks of whiskey or heat lamps.
Is Django Unchained the best movie of 2012? I think it might be.
I do know I’m currently addicted to the awesome theme song.
If you want to check out the full length version of this tune as well as the others on the soundtrack - plus some choice bite of dialogue from the film - click HERE to route yourself over to the LA Times website where it is streaming.
I love the book World War Z. It isn’t just a book about zombies, it is a book about society and the little pockets of America and how people in various situations might handle all hell breaking loose.
I was never really excited to hear that a movie version was being made, though it seemed inevitable after the book became popular and so many celebrities with production companies read it. I took in a class in college called “Novel Into Film” where we read books, watched the film version, then trashed the movie version in almost every case.
I know that a book told in chapters person by person with the only common thread being the interviewer they were all talking to would need to be drastically modified for the screen. But this trailer for the Roland Emmerich action movie version of World War Z seems to bear very little resemblance to the book. I actually enjoy Emmerich’s movies like Independence Day and truly (inexplicably) love The Day After Tomorrow.
The filmmakers have until Summer 2013 to sort out this movie which has been riddled with troubles and required re-shoots, and create a trailer that will connect with people who loved the book. Hopefully it will appeal to fans of the novel, as well as fans of kick ass summer action blockbusters. Since I am both this could be a slam dunk. While we wait and see how the film comes out maybe I’ll read the book again!
Last night we had the pleasure of attending a screening of the upcoming film Flight. I was eager to see this movie mostly because I knew it was going to include a fantastic plane crash - the kind of horrible thing you would hate to see in real life but is amazing to experience through a fictitious film. I didn’t really know what the rest of the story was about, and I was in for a surprise when much of this rare adult drama backed by a major motion picture studio was about battling alcohol and drug abuse.
I won’t get into the film too much so those of you out there who want to see it will enjoy the story without any spoilers, but I will say that during the post-screening Q&A with two of the producers I learned a fun fact about film-making I didn’t already know despite my years working on clearances and product approvals. When dealing with something like alcoholism the companies which create beer, wine and liquor will not take issue with you using their brands - as long as no single brand is highlighted more than the others. Logically it makes sense and on-screen it is almost easier to believe an alcoholic who will drink anything, anywhere, anytime since that’s sadly genuine behavior. So, while understandably no airline wanted to be featured in Flight every brand of alcohol get a cameo.
I’m definitely a fan of 007. We watched plenty of James Bond movies in my house growing up, and I’ve followed the series as the actor playing this icon role changes, he gets new “Bond Girls” and plays with cool new gadgets.
So far I haven’t been incredibly impressed with Daniel Craig’s version of Bond, but nobody will ever live up to Sean Connery who played the part so well he’ll own it forever. With that in mind, I’ll give Craig a pass and surely see all of the films they cast him in, including the upcoming Skyfall.
The preview of the film caught my attention, but it is the new theme song by Adele I’m even more excited about. It has been criticized for being too close to the traditional, expected opening tune for a 007 movie, but that’s exactly why I like it - it sticks to the formula, because the formula works.
Tonight we are going to see Sleepwalk With Me, the first independent film produced by This American Life’s Ira Glass, starring comedian and storyteller Mike Birbiglia. If you haven’t heard about it already, check out the trailer HERE.
Leading up to the premiere of the film in NYC a couple weeks ago Glass and Birbiglia have been using social media in fun ways to get the word out about the film beyond the TAL fan base, and on a budget of about $0. Fans of the film (and supporting independent productions), like Joss Whedon (director of this summer’s blockbuster smash hit The Avengers), have helped spread the word to their fan base by establishing a fake rivalry between then which garnered 170k+ views on YouTube. The way they’ve spread the word about Sleepwalk With Me, a small movie on a tight budget with a ‘quirky’ premise, is inspiring. The idea that you can rely on your friends to support you, then tell their friend’s friends and so on and so forth, is simple and yet amazingly effective in this age of social media.
They’ve also been taking the grassroots marketing approach and showing up to screenings which add a bit of celebrity cache to the typical movie going experience. While I hear Glass is rather odd and perhaps not the ideal person for a meet-and-greet with one set of movie-goers after another, Birbiglia is an affable guy who is on the road most of the year and seems unphased when people ask him to sign their desktop computers and other random items after a show.
With that in mind I kept a close eye on when the film would be opening in LA and if the guys would make an appearance here. Birbiglia is coming to the Nuart Theater to do Q&A after a number of screenings, including ours. YAY! I expect he’ll be burnt out after the non-stop promotion but hopefully energized by an enthusiastic crowd in the movie capital of the world. I plan to wait around until I get a picture with him - exactly the kind of famous person I like to have a photo with, slightly obscure but very cool to the people who know of him.
As for the movie, well, I haven’t seen it yet so I can’t comment on the content. I have heard a story or two about Birbiglia’s sleep issues which are embedded in this fictionalized version of his troubles so I know the source material is solid. And I love Lauren Ambrose, who plays his girlfriend. If the other elements align the film’s Audience Award at the Sundance Film Festival won’t be a fluke.
Now the only question is, should I wear my PJ’s to the screening?