Monday, January 25, 2010
Monday, January 25, 2010
Okay, so the JETS lost but Jeff Bridges won a SAG award. Brett Favre threw an interception, but Inglorious Basterds walked away with the best ensemble cast... And then this Conan monstrosity. If anyone should be on late night it should be my man Conan. Much love to Letterman and Kimmel, my boy Jimmy Fallon (yes I like him, A LOT)and I get the Leno thing, he's safe. But Conan is the late night king and it just won't be the same without him. I have a feeling he won't be gone for long...7 months maybe! With all that said my weekend was kind of a drag dude. Ya win some you lose some I guess. Now one could only assume I was dreading my Monday, And I damn sure was. But I persevered and made it through the day. As I made my way down 14th street to my favorite video store I had no idea what I was gonna rent, I just knew I had to rent something... So to take my mind off all this pop culture tomfoolery I snatched up a couple of flicks, included was some oldies but goodies, Sex And The City Season 5. Disc 1 and the awful looking Gerard Butler action extravaganza futuristic CGI heavy "Gamer". Let me be the first to tell you if you've ever had your heart broken by your favorite football team, and then stomped on by the network execs at NBC and then picked up and ripped right back apart by watching your favorite Quarterback maybe seal his career with (another) interception, I'd say this movie is right up your alley. What Gerard Butler and the amazing Michael C. Hall and the rest of the awesome cast did for me was provide me with 95 minutes of absolute fun. For that time I had no problems in the world, and that's why I love movies. And that is why I say thank you to the awful but extremely entertaining Gamer. Truthfully I shouldn't waste this much time writing about this movie but I am...because it deserves it! So now, without further ado, I present the Top Ten of 09... Damn this list is late...
#10. District 9
This movie was unbelievably original in every way. When concept and follow through combine to make near perfection.
#9 Where The Wild Things Are
I told all my friends I wanted this movie to remind me what it was like to be a kid and have the biggest imagination. As I walked home from this film in the pouring rain, with tears streaming down my face I felt exactly that and much more. Hats off to Spike Jonze, once again.
#8. Two Lovers
Two words: JOAQUIN PHOENIX!!!
#7. Bad Lieutenant: Port Of Call New Orleans.
Nicolas Cage is the biggest mystery to me. This guy will drop the worst movie one year (Bangkok Dangerous) and then one of the best the next. His acting in this Werner Herzog gem is absolutely outstanding. I don't think I'll ever get it...call me naive, but I just don't understand this guy. I love you Nick Cage.
#6. Big Fan
See this movie! Patton Oswalt of Ratatouille fame stars in the directorial debut of
Robert Siegel (this dude wrote the shit outta The Wrestler) and boy is Patton awesome. Find it, watch it!
#5. The Hangover
What can I say, I'll be quoting this movie with my peoples forever. It's an instant classic. It deserves a spot on the list.
#4. Up In The Air
It's George Clooney in one of his best roles. When George Clooney does his Clooney thing I eat that shit up. Dare I say that the super talented Anna Kendrick might actually steal this movie??? Props to Vera Farmiga and Jason Reitman too.
#3. Funny People
Judd Apatow strikes again! I absolutely loved this movie. Adam Sandler and Seth Rogen really got it down in this one. How awesome is the rest of this cast too...I praise you Eric Bana!
#2. The Hurt Locker
There have been countless Iraqi war movies. Some good, some overly dramatic but never has one come nearly this close to GREAT. This movie pins you down to your seat for the entire film. It's an extremely intense look at our soldiers lives and the sacrifices these men and women make for their country. Jeremy Renner and Anthony Mackie are two of Hollywood's most underrated actors. It's been a long time coming for Mr. Renner but I think he'll be in a lot more after a performance like this, and rightfully so. Thank you to Director Kathryn Bigalow. I walked out of this film seeing things a whole lot different.
The #1 MOVIE OF THE YEAR...
Quentin Tarantino is a genius. This is a perfect movie. Epic and amazing on every level. Brad Pitt, Christoph Walz (he'll certainly be used in many American movies after this oscar worthy performance) The gorgeous Mélanie Laurent, The about to be HUGE Michael Fassbender, Daniel Brühl, Diane Kruger and my man Eli Roth tear it up. I LOVED every second of this movie!
So there you have it...sorry it took so long! Back soon to blog about what movie not to take a date on. I have a feeling I'm gonna find out shortly. Later-
Posted by Ben at 10:24 PM
Monday, January 18, 2010
Monday, January 18, 2010
As a DIE HARD With A Vengeance type movie fan, I was in heaven last night watchin the Golden Globes. It might have been because Mel Gibson was there! Seriously, I love me some Mel Gibson. Okay, I have to admit it had a lot to do with the amazing mood I was in after getting sloshed at my favorite neighborhood bar, (I heart you ROGUE) and watchin The JETS get to The AFC Championship!!! Congrats Boys! But after that I ran my drunk ass to the subway and hurried home to my second favorite night of the year...Golden Globe night! First of all, It was great to see George Clooney and John Hamm, and William Hurt rockin the illest beards EVER. Ricky Gervais kicked ass, and The Hangover won a Globe for BEST PICTURE...Let's talk about this. It sounds weird to say that, but I must say it feels good to see myself write it. Now I'm sure it had a lot to do with the 200 plus million it raked in at the box office, but let's just be cool and enjoy the fact that a good comedy got the attention of The Hollywood Foreign Press...Good for you guys. Inglorious Basterds should have won Best Picture, I could have used more shots of the lovely Marion Cotillard, and I missed me some Brad Pitt. So, how bout that AVATAR flick huh? In no way, shape, or form am I here to hate on Avatar. I really enjoyed that movie, but I kinda liked it better when it was called FerngullY: The Last Rain forest. I'm kidding, I'm kidding I just wish The Hurt Locker's Katherine Bigalow or Tarantino's Masterpiece reigned supreme. But, being honest here, I get it. Avatar was visually STUNNING! As an avid moviegoer I can safely say I've never seen anything like it. And we won't again for a while. So cheers to James Cameron. And a huge thumbs up to Jeff Bridges who has ALWAYS been the man and got mad love for a great performance last night. The icing on the cake for me was The Marty Scorsese montage and the fact that Dicaprio and De Niro presented him with the award and then stood behind him like a couple of gangsters as Mr. Scorsese gave one hell of a speech. The love of FILM was never more present. When Scorsese speaks, people listen and he always says the COOLEST shit. Oh my, I've gone way too far here. So in closing, Thank you Globes for another good year! Time to watch 30 Rock on HULU. I love you Tina Fey! Next time I think I'll drop the top ten of 09, I got two more flicks too see before I do. Later!
Posted by Ben at 8:50 PM
Tuesday, January 12, 2010
Tuesday, January 12, 2010
Okay, so I've been sick for like 8 days now and all I can seem to do is rent movies and go to work. So after work today I walked to the blockbuster on 19th st and shamefully rented some soul fulfilling films like Jennifer's Body and Year One. As I was walking to the counter to check my shit out I noticed a beautiful woman glancing my way. I immediately thought to myself I can't step in line with these two movies, that's a complete mis-representation of who I am(it is I swear) So I went and grabbed a movie that I've been dying to see but just haven't got the chance due to b-flicks and straight to video Cuba Gooding Jr. films.(Why are there so many???) I walked in line with the film Two Lovers starring Joaquin Phoenix, Gweneth Paltrow and the very underused Vinessa Shaw along with the two films I previously mentioned. As I stood in line behind this beautiful woman her boyfriend who I'll admit was strikingly handsome in a Christian Slater Pump Up The Volume sorta way, well he comes in and gives her a huge kiss while he drops a copy of Land Of The Lost to her already undesirable pile of filth including Labor Pains and Bride Wars I think it was. Suddenly I didn't feel so silly for my rentals but did for bieng so interested in this strange woman with such awful taste! None the less I made my way home all aline with my three movies and now I blog to you immediately after watching Two Lovers...This movie is awesome but it makes me angry. Joaquin Phoenix is UNBELIEVABLE in this film! Where is he??? He is too good not to be acting in EVERYTHING! It's not just my man Joaquin that kills it in this movie, Gweneth Paltrow pulls off a great performance but Vinessa Shaw is wonderful in a role that I can only hope leads to many more. Now this is the third cosecutive James Gray film that I've LOVED. Most people are so-so on this guy but I'm really into what he's been putting out. Look up James Gray, watch James Gray movies(The Yards, We Own The Night) and maybe treat yourself to some straight to video Cuba while your at it!!! Next week my late late late Top Ten of 09 list...later
Posted by Ben at 5:25 PM