Friday, February 26, 2010
Monday, February 22, 2010
Finally saw The Hurt Locker. It’s the best H’wood film I’ve seen in awhile. By best I mean intense, riveting, suspenseful, terrific acting and ultra realism. It’s been awhile since I have watched a film – any film – that has glued me to the screen like this one did. But it’s been even longer for an American film. European films, that’s another matter. It’s one of the reasons I go to film festivals. I want to see terrific movies. I want movies that spellbind me. I want movies where, when they come to an end, I haven’t realized two and a half hours have passed. I want to be sucked into the vortex of a picture. The Hurt Locker does that. I have seen perhaps better dramatic pieces and better overall films. But I’ll give The Hurt Locker kudos for moving me far in that direction. The movie of course is nominated for nine Oscars, has won 19 Best Picture awards from other groups and 22 Best Director awards for Bigelow. It has made 260 critics’ Top Ten lists. Jeremy Renner as Staff Sgt William James has won six Best Actor awards. My prediction: The Hurt Locker will take Best Picture.
Tuesday, February 16, 2010
Poor Kevin Smith. I had no idea he was such a big guy. But as the world has heard from poor Kevin's Twittering by now, the H'wood helmsman was too big for Southwest's seat. So the discount airline said buy two tickets or you aren't flying on their informal skies. Kevin complained and complained. Wah! IF YOU LOOK LIKE ME YOU MAY BE EJECTED FROM SOUTHWERSTAIR. He of course made the movies Clerks, Chasing Amy, etc. Methinks this director protests too much. He's got the bucks. He should pay up. And unless he's got a med problem, he should DIET!.....Now here's someone I'm genuinely concerned about. Poor old Dennis Hopper. Not only does he have terminal cancer of the prostate, he's in the middle of a divorce from his (count 'em) fifth wife. He wants to be rid of Victoria Duffy - who's alarmed at where she fits into his will despite, he says, lavishingly her royally in the past - before he gives up the ghost. He wants to spend the rest of his days in peace and quiet "with children and close fineds"......Dennis will always be remembered for his role in Easy Rider, the quintessentinal Sixties counter culture film. But he has starred in 199 films including more recently Crash and An American Carol. He's directed eight films including Easy Rider......And he's one of the few political conservatives (at least admittedly) in 'H' town..... God bless you, Dennis. I can only wish you a serene send off.