Monday, December 28, 2009

My Favorite Films - "The Last House On The Left" (1972)



TO AVOID FAINTING, KEEP REPEATING:

IT'S ONLY A MOVIE...
ONLY A MOVIE...
ONLY A MOVIE...
ONLY A MOVIE...

AND SAY NO TO REMAKES.

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

My Favorite Films - "Best Friends" (1974)



I usually like films that focus on a few characters rather then many or even alot. And "Best Friends" focuses exclusively on 4 characters.

Jessie (Richard Hatch) and Pat (Doug Chapin) have been friends since perhaps childhood. And they've done everything together. In the beginning we get a montage of pictures showing they've been through everything to the prom to the war. And this is how the movie gets it's edge. Jessie came home from Vietnam before Pat did, and it's pretty obvious the war has affected Pat, not Jessie. But, anyways, Jessie and his girlfriend Kathy (Susanne Benton) decide to drive to California to meet Pat when he gets off the airplane. See the thing is they want to take a cross country trip/vacation, and along comes Pat's estranged girlfriend Jo Ella (Ann Noland).

The movie starts off perfectly normal, when everyone see's each other again, it seems like this is going to be a fun road movie. But, soon tension starts to amount. Kathy is clingy to Jessie, and Pat is jealous. Plus, Kathy and Jessie has a much better, loving relationship, then Pat and Jo Ella. Pat is stilted and wants to enjoy life, Jo Ella wants to settle down and be married.


Things get even more heated when Jo Ella makes a fool out of herself by taking her top off at an Indian bar and a fight emerges with the group. Pat wants to protect Jessie (who was hit) but Kathy won't let him. It seems like Pat is becoming more and more obessed with getting Kathy completely out of the picture and having Jessie to himself.

Then, the film takes a hard left turn. Pat sits Jo Ella down and tells her he has no intention on marrying her. Her life is immediatly shattered. He then lies to her and tells her Jessie has been interested in her all this time and she should try to sleep with him. And then another turn comes when Pat sees Kathy alone and tells her Jessie would be a horrible husband and would probably cheat on her.
Jessie and Jo Ella sleep together, Pat tries to rape Kathy, and Jessie beats the holy hell out of Pat. This sets up the last half of the picture where Pat and Jessie try to regain their friendship, through what else, trying to find younger girls to have sex with.

In an ultimate turn of events in the movie (which I won't reveal for you loyal readers out there who will go see this), each one of the four's life are effected by the horrible tradgey that occurs at the end. It's a moment full of empathy, regret, and sadness. Pat ends the picture by saying "We've been together for so long.....we can have it all....."

"Best Friends" was mismarketed as a grindhouse/drive-in film in 1974, so the company that released it decided to release it in theaters in early 1975, and I'm sure if it had the proper advertisement and some Academy members actually took the time to see it, it would have got some kind of Academy recognition.

The part of "Best Friends" that keeps coming up is, Ann Noland. She easily gives one of my favorite performances of all time as Jo Ella.


Ann Noland's Jo Ella is multi-layered. She is seemingly happy and carefree, yet she worries about her future nearly every day. She stays "Best Friends" most interesting character. The scene right before her and Jessie have sex where she throws leaves on him and seems playful, then starts crying and says "We're not getting married..." She is heartbreaking!

For it's mellow and tense atmosphere, hippie soundtrack, and surpisingly great acting, including Ann Noland's shattering Jo Ella, makes "Best Friends" one of my favorite movies!

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

The Hurt Locker and The Blind Side

The Hurt Locker:

This is already being touted as the dark horse for Best Picture, and I was really excited to see this. Well, when it was over, I was disappointed. I really don't know what it was (I'll watch it again soon), but it seemed like it was pointless. Like what was this movie trying to say, the Iraq War is bad and shouldn't be fought? I don't need a 2 hour movie to prove it to me, I know it's wrong. And Jeremy Renner, and espically Anthony Mackie, give the only performances in the film that weren't shakey. So, I would be really disappointed if this (or Up In The Air) wins Best Picture.

The Blind Side:

I try to be openminded when I'm watching a movie...but sometimes, it doesn't work. First of all, the movie is a MESS. It feels like the worst Lifetime movie you've ever seen. The story is unbelievable, and amazingly, this is based on a true story. Now, here's the answer to the question most of been asking, should Sandra Bullock be nominated? NO! Her performance was so unatural, annoying, and when she is saying her big speechs, she looks like she is reading cue cards. Why in the hell is she getting buzz? So, I urge you readers not to go see this, unless Bullock does get nominated, then watch at your own risk.

Sunday, December 20, 2009

"The Golden Girls" - The Entire Series

Not really sure why I am doing this, or even on my blog for that matter, this should be on IMDB or something, but it's late, i'm bored, and why not?

Golden Girls is my favorite show of all time, and I've seen every episode, at least, 10 times, I'd say, so here's my rating and personal awards for the entire series. Enjoy, and I hope some of you out there are GG fans! :)
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SEASON ONE

1.01 - The Engagement - 6.5/10
1.02 - Guess Who's Coming To The Wedding? - 8/10
1.03 - Rose The Prude - 3.5/10
1.04 - Transplant - 10/10
1.05 - The Triangle - 10/10
1.06 - On Golden Girls - 9.5/10
1.07 - The Compeition - 9/10
1.08 - Break In - 10/10
1.09 - Blanche and The Younger Man - 10/10
1.10 - The Heart Attack - 5/10
1.11 - The Return of Dorothy's Ex - 10/10
1.12 - The Custody Battle - 6/10
1.13 - A Little Romance - 10/10
1.14 - That Was No Lady - 10/10
1.15 - In A Bed Of Roses - 8/10
1.16 - The Truth Will Out - 9.5/10
1.17 - Nice and Easy - 10/10
1.18 - The Operation - 10/10
1.19 - Second Motherhood - 10/10
1.20 - Adult Education - 10/10
1.21 - Flu Attack - 10/10
1.22 - Job Hunting - 8/10
1.23 - Blind Ambitions - 10/10
1.24 - Big Daddy - 9/10
1.25 - The Way We Met - 10/10

Best Episode: The Way We Met
Worst Episode: Rose The Prude
Best Performance: Bea Arthur in That Was No Lady
Worst Performance: Marcelo Tubert in Flu Attack
Personal Score For The Season: 10/10 (best season)
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SEASON TWO

2.01 - End Of The Curse - 10/10
2.02 - Ladies Of The Evening - 10/10
2.03 - Take Him, He's Mine! - 10/10
2.04 - It's A Miserable Life - 10/10
2.05 - Isn't It Romantic? - 10/10
2.06 - Big Daddy's Little Lady - 8.5/10
2.07 - Family Affair - 10/10
2.08 - Vacation - 4.5/10
2.09 - Joust Between Friends - 10/10
2.10 - Love, Rose - 3/10
2.11 - Twas The Night Before Christmas - 10/10
2.12 - The Sisters - 10/10
2.13 - The Stan Who Came To Dinner - 8/10
2.14 - The Actor - 10/10
2.15 - Before and After - 6.5/10
2.16 - And Then There Was One - 5.5/10
2.17 - Bedtime Story - 9/10
2.18 - Forgive Me Father - 10/10
2.19 - Long Day's Journey Into Marinara - 9.5/10
2.20 - Whose Face Is This Anyways? - 10/10
2.21 - Dorothy's Prized Pupil - 4/10
2.22 - Diamond In The Rough - 7/10
2.23 - Son In Law Dearest - 9.5/10
2.24 - To Catch A Neighbor - 10/10
2.25 - A Piece Of Cake - 9/10
2.26 - Empty Nests - 0.5/10

Best Episode: Ladies Of The Evening
Worst Episode: Empty Nests
Best Performance: Rue McClanahan in End Of The Curse
Worst Performance: David Leisure in Empty Nests
Personal Score For The Season: 9/10
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SEASON THREE

3.01 - Old Friends - 9/10
3.02 - One For The Money - 10/10
3.03 - Bringing Up Baby - 10/10
3.04 - The Housekeeper - 10/10
3.05 - Nothing To Fear But Fear Itself - 9.5/10
3.06 - Letter To Gorbachev - 4/10
3.07 - Strange Bedfellows - 10/10
3.08 - Brotherly Love - 7.5/10
3.09 - A Visit From Little Sven - 9/10
3.10 - The Audit - 10/10
3.11 - Three On The Couch - 3/10
3.12 - Charlie's Buddy - 7.5/10
3.13 - The Artist - 9/10
3.14 - Blanche's Little Girl - 10/10
3.15 - Dorothy's New Friend - 10/10
3.16 - Grab That Dough - 9.5/10
3.17 - My Brother, My Father - 10/10
3.18 - Golden Moments Part 1 - 1.5/10
3.19 - Golden Moments Part 2 - 1/10
3.20 - And Ma Makes Three - 8.5/10
3.21 - Larceny and Old Lace - 6.5/10
3.22 - Rose's Big Adventure - 8/10
3.23 - Mixed Blessings - 10/10
3.24 - Mister Terrific - 6/10
3.25 - Mother's Day - 7/10

Best Episode: Mixed Blessings
Worst Episode: Golden Moments Part 1 & 2
Best Performance: Bea Arthur in Dorothy's New Friend
Worst Performance: Tony Jay in The Artist (wasn't that bad though)
Personal Score For The Season: 8.5/10
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SEASON FOUR

4.01 - Yes, We Have No Havanas - 8.5/10
4.02 - The Days and Nights Of Sophia Petrillo - 2.5/10
4.03 - The One That Got Away - 7.5/10
4.04 - Yokel Hero - 10/10
4.05 - Bang The Drum Stanley - 4.5/10
4.06 - Sophia's Wedding Part 1 - 4/10
4.07 - Sophia's Wedding Part 2 - 2/10
4.08 - Brother Can You Spare A Jacket? - 10/10
4.09 - Scared Straight - 10/10
4.10 - Stan Takes A Wife - 10/10
4.11 - The Auction - 10/10
4.12 - Blind Date - 7.5/10
4.13 - The Importence Of Being Ernest - 5.5/10
4.14 - Love Me Tender - 9/10
4.15 - Valentine's Day - 7/10
4.16 - Two Rode Together - 8/10
4.17 - You Gotta Have Hope - 10/10
4.18 - Fiddler On The Ropes - 7.5/10
4.19 - Till Death Do We Volley - 10/10
4.20 - High Anxiety - 9.5/10
4.21 - Little Sister - 8/10
4.22 - Sophia's Choice - 10/10
4.23 - Rites Of Spring - 9/10
4.24 - Foregin Exchange - 4/10
4.25 - We're Outta Here Part 1 - 5/10
4.26 - We're Outta Here Part 2 - 2/10

Best Episode: Brother, Can You Spare A Jacket?
Worst Episode: We're Outta Here Part 2
Best Performance: Bea Arthur in Stan Takes A Wife
Worst Performance: Vito Scotti in Foregin Exchange
Personal Score For The Season: 8/10
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SEASON FIVE

5.01 - Sick and Tired Part 1 - 7.5/10
5.02 - Sick and Tired Part 2 - 9.5/10
5.03 - The Accuarte Conception - 10/10
5.04 - Rose Fights Back - 8/10
5.05 - Love Under The Big Top - 9.5/10
5.06 - Dancing In The Dark - 10/10
5.07 - Not Another Monday - 10/10
5.08 - That Old Feeling - 8/10
5.09 - Comedy Of Errors - 4.5/10
5.10 - All That Jazz - 8.5/10
5.11 - Ebb Tide - 10/10
5.12 - Have Yourself A Very Little Christmas - 9/10
5.13 - Mary Had A Little Lamb - 8.5/10
5.14 - Great Expectations - 7/10
5.15 - Triple Play - 8.5/10
5.16 - Clinton Avenue Memoirs - 10/10
5.17 - Like The Beep Beep Beep Of The Tom Tom - 10/10
5.18 - An Illegimate Concern - 10/10
5.19 - 72 Hours - 10/10
5.20 - Twice In A Lifetime - 6/10
5.21 - Sisters and Other Strangers - 10/10
5.22 - Cheaters - 10/10
5.23 - The Mangiacavallo Curse Makes a Lousy Wedding Present - 5/10
5.24 - All Bets Are Off - 9.5/10
5.25 - The President Is Coming! Part 1 - 1/10
5.26 - The President Is Coming! Part 2 - 0/10

Best Episode: Not Another Monday
Worst Episode: The President Is Coming! Part 2
Best Performance: TIE - Betty White in 72 Hours and Estelle Getty in Not Another Monday
Worst Performance: Eddie Bracken in Twice In A Lifetime
Personal Score For The Season: 9/10
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SEASON SIX

6.01 - Blanche Delivers - 10/10
6.02 - Once In St. Olaf - 1/10
6.03 - If Last You Do Suceed - 3/10
6.04 - Snap Out Of It - 9/10
6.05 - Wham Bam Thank You Mammy - 6/10
6.06 - Feelings - 5/10
6.07 - Zborn Again - 3/10
6.08 - How Do You Solve A Problem Like Sophia? - 9.5/10
6.09 - Mrs. George Deveraux - 1.5/10
6.10 - Girls Just Wanna Have Fun, Before They Die - 10/10
6.11 - Stand By Your Man - 3/10
6.12 - Ebbtide's Revenge - 1/10
6.13 - The Bloom Is Off The Rose - 4/10
6.14 - Sisters Of The Bride - 10/10
6.15 - Miles To Go - 2.5/10
6.16 - There Goes The Bride Part 1 - 2.5/10
6.17 - There Goes The Bride Part 2 - 1/10
6.18 - Older and Wiser - 7/10
6.19 - Melodrama - 6.5/10
6.20 - Even Grandmas Get The Blues - 10/10
6.21 - Witness - 1/10
6.22 - What a Difference a Date Makes - 3/10
6.23 - Love For Sale - 4.5/10
6.24 - Never Yell Fire in a Crowded Retirement Home: Part 1 - 0/10
6.25 - Never Yell Fire in a Crowded Retirement Home: Part 2 - 0/10
6.26 - Henny Penny - 4/10

Best Episode: Even Grandmas Get The Blues
Worst Episode: Never Yell Fire in a Crowded Retirement Home: Part 1 & 2
Best Performance: Rue McClanahan in Even Grandmas Get The Blues
Worst Performance: George Grizzard in Mrs. George Deveroux
Personal Score For The Season - 3/10 (worst season)
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SEASON SEVEN

7.01 - Hey Look Me Over - 5/10
7.02 - The Case Of The Libertine Belle - 10/10
7.03 - Beauty and The Beast - 6/10
7.04 - That's For Me To Know - 5.5/10
7.05 - Where's Charlie - 9.5/10
7.06 - Mother Load - 10/10
7.07 - Dateline: Miami - 2.5/10
7.08 - The Monkey Show: Part 1 - 10/10
7.09 - The Monkey Show: Part 2 - 10/10
7.10 - Rose Loves Miles - 7.5/10
7.11 - Room Seven - 10/10
7.12 - From Here To The Pharmacy - 10/10
7.13 - The Pope's Ring - 10/10
7.14 - Old Boyfrends - 9/10
7.15 - Goodbye Mr. Gordon - 10/10
7.16 - The Commitments - 10/10
7.17 - Questions and Answers - 10/10
7.18 - Ebbtide VI: The Wrath Of Stan - 8.5/10
7.19 - Journey To The Center Of Attention - 10/10
7.20 - A Midwinter Night's Dream: Part 1 - 3/10
7.21 - A Midwinter Night's Dream: Part 2 - 2.5/10
7.22 - Rose: Portrait of a Woman - 6/10
7.23 - Home Again, Rose: Part 1 - 10/10
7.24 - Home Again, Rose: Part 2 - 10/10
7.25 - One Flew Out of the Cuckoo's Nest: Part 1 - 10/10
7.26 - One Flew Out of the Cuckoo's Nest: Part 2 - 10/10

Best Episode: TIE - One Flew Out of the Cuckoo's Nest: Part 1 & 2 and The Case Of The Libertine Belle
Worst Episode: Dateline: Miami 
Best Performace: Bea Arthur in One Flew Out Of The Cuckoo's Nest: Part 1 & 2
Worst Performance: Betty White in Where's Charlie
Personal Score For The Season: 10/10
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Best Performance Of The Series: Betty White in 72 Hours
Worst Performance Of The Series: David Leisure in Empty Nests

Best Episode: One Flew Out Of The Cuckoo's Nest: Part 1 & 2
Worst Episode: Never Yell Fire In A Crowded Retirement Home: Part 1 & 2


Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Up In The Air

I was going to save this review till a few days from now, but I can't help myself to go ahead and post it.

I was watching At The Movies, the other day and heard A.O. Scott compare Up In The Air to Frank Capra and he thinks this movie will be remembered as a classic 50 years from now.

Well, I wondered what kind of crack Hollywood was smoking when Slumdog was sweeping awards left and right, but I get this same feeling again with this "predicted" Best Picture winner.

Let me start off by saying I don't know what film "style" Jason Reitman is going for. Movies that piss me off, maybe? Because I didn't like Thank You For Smoking, and Juno, well don't get me started, but Up In The Air is no exception, and is actually the worst of his films.

Comparing this movie to Frank Capra, is like comparing a porn star's acting abilties to Meryl Streep's, it's INSANE.

We are supposed to care for George Clooney's character, and how are we supposed to do that, when he is turning one of the woodenest performances in recent history. I think this man has no range whatsoever, then being a "pretty" middle aged man.

Vera Farmiga is fine, I suppose. She was by far the only character in the movie I found interesting. But, something didn't click with her either. I haven't been able to put my finger on it, but it seems she is just going through the motions or something in this.

And Anna Kendrick........Anna Kendrick.

Before seeing the movie, I found out she won the NBR's Best Supporting award, and MY GOD.

Her inexperience, her delivery, her INEXPERIENCE are incredibly bad. She really needs to stick to those Twilight movies where inexperience is flowing and she can swim in it.

Now, before you get any ideas, I am not abusing Kendrick just because she could possibly beat the incredible Mo'Nique this year, that's not the case. If Kendrick does win the Oscar (god forbid), wow, I just don't know what I will do. Jump off a building maybe?

The character, first of all, is supposed to be this whiz kid who apparently is brilliant. Well, Kendrick is not the right actress to play that type of role. She's too cute and did I mention her skills in acting? Anyways, the movie is so full of itself, that the movie always turns to Anna Kendrick's character to save it, and sorry, the movie isn't even about her, why do we always come back to her?

I find it amazing I am seeing passionate reviews for this movie. I'm starting to catch up on movies this year, and I've only seen, maybe 3, I actually liked.

But, what kind of injustice will it be if Anna Kendrick wins the Oscar. George Clooney has actually won the past 2 critics awards for Actor, but he has no chance of the Oscar this year, unless the Academy continues their trend of a former Oscar winner winning again (Day Lewis, Penn), but his performance is so lightweight, there is no way he could pull off a win in this day and age when most of the lead actor winners are powerful or real life performances. Which brings me back to Kendrick. If the movie wins Best Picture, won't the movie have to have some kind of other Oscar win? And usually whatever is nominated for Best Picture gets more Oscar wins. But, it will be a grave, diginty loss on part of the Academy if they don't honor Mo'Nique this year. As for Kendrick, I don't have anything against the girl. I frankly didn't even know who she was, but an Oscar win, let alone a nomination would be too much for this inexperienced actress.

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

"Brigitte Bardot strips for millions"



"Brigitte Bardot strips for millions, she's a goddess. I sunbathe topless and I'm a scandal."


I seriously can't understand why people hate Jessica Lange's Oscar win! Ah, whatever.


So, coming soon, I will be doing a review of Mo'Nique in Precious, the next Oscar winner, I mean nominee ;)