Golden Freakin’ Globes

So the Golden Globes Awards ceremonies were last Sunday. And what happened? Everybody got drunk, starting with the host. Of course, I have no proof but it sure looked like it.

So what did you think about the winners?

Ricky Gervais, this year's host of the Golden Globes

Best Supporting Actor for TV
John Lithgow, Dexter  – Winner

Why has Neil Patrick Harris not been recognized for his performance in How I Met Your Mother? If he wasn’t there, the show would be a goner! Well, I mean, the writing is still awesome but without the right actor, even just one, it’s nothing.

I’m not really sure about John Lithgow because I’ve never seen Dexter. Maybe I should start watching Dexter now, huh? And Mad Men. I’ve heard good things about the two shows. Have you seen these shows?

Best Comedy Series
Glee – Winner

Okay, I enjoy Glee as much as the next person. But Best Comedy Series, really? It’s good and funny but not THAT good. I mean, take out the musical performances and you’ve really just got a comedy show with lines that’ll make you chuckle but still lacking that over-the-top comedy needed. Gotta say good job on casting Jane Lynch as Sue Sylvester though. She’s the best thing in there, besides the musical performances.

Best Screenplay
Jason Reitman, Sheldon Turner , Up In The Air – Winner

Good choice. Nice. I agree. Up In The Air is a good movie. Great lines, great pacing, great character development. In fact, all the nominated screenplays are all good. And I don’t mind which one wins because they all deserve it.

Best Lead Actor, Comedy or Musical
Robert Downey, Jr, Sherlock Holmes – Winner

Really? He was good in the movie but an award-winning performance? I think his acting now is getting a little one-dimensional already. It’s almost the same in every movie. I just think he hasn’t had that movie yet with the award-winning performance.

Best Lead Actress, Comedy or Musical
Meryl Streep, Julie and Julia – Winner

Yeah, I gotta agree. I only remember the movie because of Meryl Streep. She stole the show! I hated it whenever they had to go back to Amy Adams and cut Meryl Streep’s scenes. And I loved that they casted Stanley Tucci as her husband. They had such good chemistry, him and Meryl Streep. Watch it for them because you surely will regret watching it for the story.

Best Director, Best Motion Picture – Drama
James Cameron, Avatar – Winner

I know it’s earned billions and billions of dollars and has been in the cinemas for more than a month now. But come on! Best Picture? Are you kidding me? If Cameron’s intent was to blind everyone with his visuals to win an award, then he does deserve the best director award. Or should it be best actor? The screenplay was bad. The acting was eh. The only thing going for it was the visuals. Man, that was awesome though. If we only lived in a Pandora world.

But not. This is definitely NOT the best picture of the year. Are you kidding me? No. I do not agree at all. The Hurt Locker and Katherine Bigelow should have won.

Oscar nominations are going to be announced on Feb. 2 and the awards will be handed out on March 7. I’m just hoping they don’t use these awards to dictate the Oscar winners.

I’m With Coco!

I have never been a fan of Jay Leno. When he took over The Tonight Show from Johnny Carson, I was watching David Letterman. David Letterman had a more confident humor and Leno was jut weak. But as much as I love Letterman, I love that ginger-haired Irish guy, Conan O’Brien, even more. I would stay up late for him.

I was so happy when they announced that Conan would take over The Tonight Show starting on the 2009-2010 season. Finally, I said. He has his turn and he’s gonna make it good!

Fast forward to Fall 2009.

Suddenly, I see a TV listing for weeknights at 10pm: The Jay Leno Show. Huh? What? I thought he was retired?

But I didn’t care. All I wanted to watch was The Tonight Show With Conan O’Brien at 11:35pm.

Then, not long ago, NBC decided to cancel The Jay Leno Show because of low ratings. As soon as they announce it, they began talks about changing it to a half-hour show and moving it to 11:35pm, thus moving all the late night shows a half-hour later.

What? What is up with that? What the hell?

They finally announced on Monday that they will be moving Jay Leno to 11:35pm, prompting Conan O’Brien to release a public statement that he has rejected the offer and he would rather leave than “participate in The Tonight Show’s destruction”.

For fans everywhere, it’s win-lose-win-lose situation. If Conan leaves, we don’t know where Conan will be next. If Conan stays, then he’s letting himself be underminded by NBC executives. Damn.

But whatever happens, show your support for Conan on:

Twitter

Facebook (That’s Enough, Jay Leno, That’s Enough)

Facebook (I’m With Coco)

Catching Up

Ever since my last class, I’ve been catching up on my movies. There were good ones. There were great ones. And there were the bad ones. I’ve sort of been catching up on TV, too, and pretty soon, my books. But for now, I just want to relax and watch movies.

Although today, I watched three DVDs, two of which were not relaxing at all.

Yes Man

It was an interesting premise. Carl (played by Jim Carrey) said no all the time to everyone, including his best friend, Pete (played by Bradley Cooper). Pete has gotten used to it until Carl doesn’t show up at his engagement party. Carl realizes maybe he should do something about his attitude when runs into an old friend. He tells Carl about the Yes Seminar, which Carl reluctantly attends. Terence Bundley, the main guy behind the seminar, challenges him to say yes to everything. And that’s what he did. He said yes to flying lessons, Korean language lessons, giving a homeless person a ride AND giving him all the cash in his pocket.

Expect to see a still tamed Jim Carrey. It was funny, at times, especially the scenes where he needs to say yes even when he wants to say no. Don’t expect anything extraordinary about the plot though because it’s quite predictable to the verge of being forgettable. It was nice seeing Danny Masterson in movies again though. Last time I saw him was in reruns of That 70s show.

Drag Me To Hell

I’ve been hearing a lot of things about Sam Raimi’s Drag Me To Hell and they’re not all bad. In fact, a lot of people liked this movie. I do, too. Sort of.

So, Drag Me To Hell is about Chris (played by Alison Lohman), a bank loan officer, who disapproves a woman’s request for an extension on her mortgage payment. Turns out the woman’s a gypsy and curses Chris, well, to hell. So Chris tries everything to turn the curse around. She even kills her pet cat but the gypsy’s soul just spits it back to her. The only thing she can do now is to pass the curse on to someone else. But who?

Okay. I gotta ask. What is up with the fascination with the mouth? There were multiple scenes where the gypsy kept taking her filthy dentures out in public and when she attacked Chris. Pools of blood came out of Chris’ mouth. Some kind of gross liquid oozed out of the gypsy’s mouth into Chris’. And there were so many other mouth scenes in the movie that I don’t want to relive. Somebody please explain it to me. I must have missed it.

All in all, though, good movie. Its main intent was to scare people and scare people, it did. My only regret: damn. That was a perfectly fine coat she was wearing at the end. Such a shame.

Pan’s Labyrinth

Yes. It took me this long to watch the movie. I’ve had the DVD for almost two years before I decided to pop it in the player today. And I’m sort of glad I did. I’ll tell you why later.

Pan’s Labyrinth is the story of Ofelia during Franco’s Spain. She journeys to the middle of the woods to join her mother and her stepfather, Captain Vidal. Her stepfather does not care for her, or her mother too. Only for the son her mother carries. While there, she discovers an old garden, which leads her to the labyrinth, where she meets the faun. The faun tells her she is a princess, living among the mortals. And, in order for her to gain back her immortality, she must perform several tasks, of which she receives the ire of her mother and stepfather, who kills people for no good reason.

From one dark movie to another dark one, this is not your usual fairy tale. I love the performances of all the actors here, especially Ofelia, played by the wonderful Ivana Baquero. She carried the entire film, IMO, and the rest of the cast knew this and gladly backed her up, making Pan’s Labyrinth part of iMDb’s Top 250 films. To not watch this film is unthinkable and I do believe everybody should watch this movie at least once in their lives.

After those three movies (actually, just the last two), I had to take a break and watch something light. Good thing reruns of Friends were showing on TV. Ah, nothing like some good laughs from my favorite New York friends.

I’m watching a couple of movies again tomorrow (told you I was making up for lost time) and I’m hoping they’re gonna be good. Or at least not bad.

Next step on the winter break agenda: read books I’ve neglected. Good luck to me!

New Year, New Blog

Why not? New year, new blog. What do you think?

I miss blogging. I had a blog for almost six years but I became too busy to keep updating it.

Right now, I’m trying to recover from that rollercoaster ride called Fall 2009 semester. My friends and I keep discussing and we don’t understand why we we just freakingly busy. We were film students who had no time for anything else but prepare for films and work on films. Watching films in the theater was out of the question. We were exhausted and we were broke. I guess that’s why winter break’s long because the powers that be knew we were gonna be this exhausted? Hey! I smell a conspiracy. I get it now! I say, damn them, Salazar!

But anyway, like I was saying, I missed blogging and wanted to get back to it. I hope this is gonna be good. Otherwise, what’s the point right?

Stay tuned for more updates! … from me…