Monthly Archives: June 2011
To quote Janet in Singles, “Somewhere around 25, bizarre becomes immature.” I’m not sure I 100% agree with that, especially since bizarre is in the eye of the beholder. Regardless, I am very excited to turn 25 (woo! cheaper car rentals!) and look forward to another 25 or 50 or 100 years of movie watching in the future! Thanks for all your support over the last year and a half with this site. I really appreciate it.
This looks FANTASTIC. Just look at this cast: Gary Oldman, Colin Firth, Tom Hardy, Mark Strong, Ciarán Hinds, Benedict Cumberbatch, Stephen Graham, Toby Jones and John Hurt. Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy is based on the 1974 British spy novel of the same name by John le Carré. The film was directed by Tomas Alfredson (Let the Right One In) and is due in American theaters on November 18th, 2011. You can see the trailer here.
In celebration of Movie Quote of the Day’s One Year Anniversary, I have compiled all of the movie quotes into one handy list. Keep in my computer was out of commission for about five days last October, so it’s not quite 365 movies, but there aren’t any repeat films! After the cut I’ve linked to all of the MQotDs from the past year. Enjoy!
Marion Crane: I am sorry. I only felt. . .it seems she’s hurting you. [beat] I meant well.
Norman Bates: People always mean well! They cluck their thick tongues and shake their heads and suggest, oh so very delicately! [beat] Of course, I’ve suggested it myself. But I hate to even think about it. She needs me. It . . .it’s not as if she were a. . .a maniac . . .a raving thing. She just goes a little mad sometimes. We all go a little mad sometimes. [beat] Haven’t you?
Marion Crane: Yes. Sometimes just one time can be enough. Thank you.
Norman Bates: ‘Thank you, Norman.’
Marion Crane: . . .Norman.
I love Steven Spielberg and I love war movies, so I am excited for this film. Even if I don’t particularly love horses. Janusz Kamiński’s cinematography looks as lush and gorgeous as ever. I am also betting on a Best Supporting Actor nomination for Niels Arestrup. You can quote me on that come Oscar time. War Horse is due in US theaters on December 28, 2011. Spielberg also directed The Adventures of Tintin: Secret of the Unicorn, which is due out in US theaters on December 23, 2011. Lots of Spielberg this Christmastime.
You can watch the trailer over at RopeOfSilicon.
I don’t even know where to begin with this movie. I have so many feelings about it. And there is so much to say. There’s the actual history on which it is based. There’s the amazing ensemble cast, including Sean Penn’s Oscar-winning turn. There’s Dustin Lance Black’s amazing script, which also won an Oscar. But then there’s this anger I get when I watch it because I think about the fall of 2008. This film was released on November 26th, a few weeks after the 2008 election, which in California included the passage of Prop 8. I can’t help but wonder what would have happened if the film had been released earlier. Would it have had an impact? I just wish the studio had thought to try. When it did get released it played at the Castro Theatre in San Francisco for quite a while. That is where I first saw it (I’d just moved earlier in 2008 from Berkeley to San Francisco) and I’ve got to say it just made the whole election all the more bittersweet. Upon several revisits to this film I think this is the superior film from 2008 and it should have gone home with the big prize. But I can see why it didn’t. It’s a film about a very polarizing issue and Slumdog Millionaire was (marketed as) a feel-good film. In the long run I think Milk will be the film people will return to time and again. Milk was nominated for eight Academy Awards, winning two: Best Costume Design, Best Editing, Best Score, Best Original Screenplay (won), Best Supporting Actor Josh Brolin, Best Actor Sean Penn (won), Best Director and Best Picture. The other films nominated for Best Picture that year were The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Frost/Nixon, The Reader and winner Slumdog Millionaire.