Monday, January 12, 2009

Monday Movie Day Reviews

We spent the entire week with friends and family in the northwest, preparing for weddings and whatnot. So I didn't watch a single film the entire week. But I've got quite a few on my list, since films I've been wanting to see for awhile are now in Phoenix (ie The Reader, Gran Torino, The Wrestler). Just wish Happy-Go-Lucky had played in Phoenix longer!

On a different note, the Golden Globes were last night. Slumdog Millionaire took home four awards, and Heath Ledger won a posthumous award for The Dark Knight. Surprisingly, Colin Farrell won a well-deserved award for In Bruges, and Woody Allen's Vicky Christina Barcelona won the best comedy/musical award. Also surprisingly, Gran Torino, Doubt, Rachel Getting Married, and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button didn't win any awards. Oh well, there's always the Oscars!

What'd you think of the Golden Globes? On a philosophical note, how much do these awards even matter?


  1. The Globes are a joke to me. I watched about 10 minutes and then couldn't stand it anymore. I'm glad to see Slumdog win a lot of awards and Rourke beat Penn for actor, but pretty mad about all of the other wins. Winslet didn't deserve two awards, 30 Rock is still not funny, and Let The Right One In didn't even get nominated for Foreign Film. Fail.

  2. Cam, I only watched it during the commercial breaks between the 24 premiere. It was awkward. But I was also glad to see Slumdog Millionaire get some props, and awards go to unexpected actors (Sally Hawkins winning an award over Meryl Streep, Emma Thompson, and Frances McDormand is pretty remarkable). But overall, it feels like one of those events where Hollywood gives itself a pat on the back and is overall devoid of meaning.

  3. I skipped the Golden Globes to watch Jack back in action. I think I made a great choice.

    I don't love award season ... outside of the fashion. I rarely watch the award shows. (Although we are attending an Oscar thing this year.) The self-gratification in that industry is over the top. I don't see any other industry doing that sort of thing.

    All of that said, I was thrilled that "Sulmdog" won. And I don't get the "30 Rock" thing either. I don't understand how it can win over and over when "The Office" is so obviously the funniest show on TV.