It’s very frustrating to sit through an awards show and basically be told that the show is probably rigged. It became a running gag during the 73rd Golden Globes that not everything was on the up-and-up which made what began as an entertaining evening (Ricky Gervais was very funny) into a tedious chore of watching station ads, trailers for the nominated movies, and award winners that seem more cherry picked than earned. So I apologize if the post-Golden Globes podcast sounds a bit on the angry side but it after a week of watching on average two movies a week to get caught up on all the nominees, it felt kind of pointless in the end.
I apologize if there were some audio issues with the podcast. I was trying a slightly different setup and I have a bit of a sore throat. I know the sound quality isn’t awful but I’m a bit of a stickler for audio so the fact that the sound fidelity may only be 9 out of 10 still bothers me.
Movie Review St. Vincent 2014 Starring: Bill Murray, Melissa McCarthy, Jaeden Lieberher, Naomi Watts Directed by: Theodore Melfi
St. Vincent is a perfect example of how even though a film can seem so formulaic and basic, it can still be a heartwarming and fantastic film. Theodore Melfi does not really change anything with the whole “old grumpy guy befriends young kid and becomes less grumpy” formula. Bill Murray plays an old curmudgeon perfectly while Jaeden Lieberher showcases a character who is so wondrous in his intrigue, it’s no surprise that Vincent and Oliver become very close. The movie will not surprise you but it will leave you with plenty of laughs and tears.
Movie Review Wild 2014 Starring: Reese Witherspoon, Laura Dern Directed by: Jean-Marc Vallée
Why? This was the question that kept coming up upon viewing Wild. Why does the film’s protagonist feel it necessary to go on a several thousand mile long hike? Why even care about Reese Witherspoon’s character? Why does it matter if she makes it to the end? Jean-Marc Vallée presents us with a movie that feels low on substance. It tries to be about a woman’s struggle with infidelity and drug use, her trials in overcoming these problems and what she does to cleanse herself. Instead, it feels like an aimless exercise that’s only strenuous hike is from opening to closing credits.
Movie Review Whiplash 2014 Starring: Miles Teller, J.K. Simmons, Paul Reiser Directed by: Damien Chazelle
Whiplash is about jazz drumming. Now, that may seem as exciting as a movie about hardcore knitting but this movie is very enjoyable and makes drumming one of the most exciting things ever. This is a collaborative effort as the directing efforts of Damien Chazelle and the great acting performances of J.K. Simmons and Miles Teller make this a very complete package. That’s not to say this movie is not without its problems but it will probably be the best movie you’ll ever see about jazz drumming.
Movie Review Foxcatcher 2014 Starring: Channing Tatum, Steve Carell, Mark Ruffalo Directed by: Bennett Miller
On paper, if you were looking at any given movie and it had Channing Tatum and Steve Carell as your top stars in the film, you would be expecting some low-fare comedic romp (maybe with some action scenes) that would appeal to some and cause others to turn their noses into the air. However, that is not the case with Foxcatcher. Instead of a cheap comedy good for a good laughs, Bennett Miller gives us a chilling film about the story of the Schultz wrestling brothers who dominated Olympic wrestling in the 80s. The problem is that this movie does too much to be like a work of art and does a mediocre-at-best job of telling a very interesting and harrowing story.
The 72nd Golden Globes was here and now gone. The big winners are Boyhood, Birdman, and The Theory of Everything. The big losers were the people (including me) who had to sit through that insufferable telecast. It was really bad and it was truly three hours of my life wasted. If you didn’t watch the show, you can download my recap of the broadcast where I not only discuss the winners and talk about the high and low moments of the show but I offer up some analysis as well as where we are heading as the Oscar nominations are coming out this Thursday.
There will be the usual Weekly Movie Podcast on Tuesday as well as a podcast talking about the Oscar nominations on Thursday.
Welcome to the Madness Brewing live blog of the 72nd Golden Globes. I will be offering my opinions on the telecast and spouting nonsense all night long. If you haven’t yet heard my predictions for tonight’s show, you can download the podcast with this link. I will be recording a post-show podcast after everything is wrapped up.
It’s finally up (it took four attempts to record)! I’ve given the predictions I could for this evening’s Golden Globes. I will be live-blogging the event on the site starting at 8PM and recording a wrap-up podcast later tonight after the show.
Just a note about the podcast…I’m only talking about movies on the podcast. I will be live-blogging the entire event but for the prediction show, I only went over the film categories.
Movie Review Captain Phillips 2013 Starring: Tom Hanks, Barkhad Abdi Directed by: Paul Greengrass
Paul Greengrass’s movie, Captain Phillips is a very interesting movie about the piracy problem affecting ship travel around the horn of Africa. Instead of creating an action movie about how a ship and crew are rescued and persevere against a band of pirates, his movie presents a critical situation that looks at both sides point of view. The brilliance here is that he is able to humanize the pirates without creating too much empathy for their situation. The problem is that, despite the great storytelling and acting, there are some script issues and pacing problems that make this a bit of a rocky ride at times.