Sunday, December 26, 2010

Dvds Reviewed in 2010

A total of 136 films
[Updated: 12.30.10]

[Photo: the certifiably mad actor Klaus Kinski in German director Werner Herzog's Aguirre, The Wrath of God. The crew had to keep Kinski from killing Herzog with a rock during filming]

A Christmas Memory (1968)
A Good Year (2007)
A Hard Day’s Night (1964) bw
A Prophet (2009) France
A Raisin in the Sun (1961) bw
A Very Long Engagement (2004) France [photo rt]
Aguirre, The Wrath of God (1972) Germany
Almost Famous (2000)
American Splendor (2003)
An Education (2009)
Avatar (2009)
Baraka (1992)
Baran (2001) Iran
Beetlejuice (1988)
Beyond Silence (1996) Germany
Big Deal on Madonna St (1959) Italy, bw
The Black Stallion (1979)
Blood of My Blood (2007) Mexico
Bloody Sunday (2002)
The Book of Eli (2010)
Bottle Rocket (1995)
The Buccaneers (1996)
Butterfly (1999) Spain
Carrie's War (2004)
Changeling (2008)
Chaos (2001) France
The Children of Huang Shi (2007) Australia [photo rt]
The Chorus (2004) France
Cobra Verde (1987) Germany
The Constant Gardener (2005)
Crazed Fruit (1956) Japan, bw
Crazy Heart (2009)
Curb Your Enthusiasm: Season 7 (2009)
Devils On the Doorstep (2000), China, bw
Donnie Darko (2001)
Downfall (2004) Germany
Dreamland (2006) Earth (1998) India-Canada
El Alamein (2002) Italy
Era Notte a Roma (1960) Italy, bw
The Fall (2007) India-U.S.
Fateless (2005) Hungary-France-UK, bw
Fire (1995)
Floating Weeds (1959), Japan
The Fortune Cookie (1966) bw [photo rt]
Goodbye, Mr. Chips (1939) bw
Gormenghast (2000)
The Grapes of Wrath (1940)
Green Zone (2010)
Half Moon (2006) France-Iraq-Iran
Happy Feet (2006)
His Girl Friday (1940) bw
The Hurt Locker (2009)
Il Postino (1995), Italy
I'm Not There (2007)
Inglourious Basterds (2009)
Into the Wild (2007) Invictus (2009)
The Italian (2005) Russia
It's Complicated (2009)
Jeff Beck: Live at Ronnie Scott's (2007)
Junebug (2005)
Kapó (1959) Italy, bw
King's Row (1941) bw
The Kite Runner (2007)
La Dolce Vita (1960) Italy, bw
The Last Station (2009)
Leave Her To Heaven (1945)
The Major and the Minor (1942) bw
Manufactured Landscapes (2006)
Martin Chuzzlewit (1994)
Micmacs (2009) France
Millions (2004) Mystic River (2003)
The Namesake (2006)
Nelly and Mr. Arnaud (1995), France
Never Give a Sucker an Even Break (1941)
Nine (2009)
No Country For Old Men (2007)
Oklahoma! (1955)
Olympia (1938) Germany, bw
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975) [photo rt]
The Pacific (2010)
The Paper Chase (1973) Pi (1998)
Pirates of the Caribbean Trilogy (2003-07)
The Promise (2005) China
Quinceañera (2006)
Rabbit-Proof Fence (2002), Australia
Rashomon (1954) Japan, bw
Red Cliff (2008) China Rendition (2007)
Requiem For a Heavyweight (1962) bw
Return of Martin Guerre (1982) France
Runaway Jury (2003)
The Secret in Their Eyes (2009) Argentina
Seven Days in May (1964) bw
Shutter Island (2010)
Singles (1992)
Stalag 17 (1953)
The Stars Fell on Henrietta (1995) [photo rt]
The Story of the Weeping Camel (2003) Germany
Synecdoche, New York (2008)
Tea With Mussolini (1999)
Temple Grandin (2010)
The Time Traveler’s Wife (2009)
Together (2002) China
Touch the Sound (2004) Germany
Transsiberian (2006)
The Triplets of Belleville (2003) France-Belgium-Can.-UK
Triumph of the Will (1935) Germany, bw
The Two of Us (1967) France, bw
Under the Sun (1998), Sweden
United 93 (2006)
Up (2009)
Up In the Air (2009)
Vantage Point (2008)
Vatel (2000) France
Vera Drake (2004)
Warriors (Guerreros, 2007) Spain
Water (2005) India-Canada
We of the Never Never (1982) Australia
Whale Rider (2003) New Zealand
What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962)
Where In the World Is Osama Bin Laden? (2008)
The White Ribbon (2009) Germany
The Wind That Shakes the Barley (2006)
The Women (1939)
Youth Without Youth (2007)
Zhou Yu's Train (2004) China

Friday, December 17, 2010

AFI Top 10 Films of 2010

The American Film Institute does not give out awards, and is only for films from the U.S.

AFI top 10 films of 2010
  • 127 Hours
  • Black Swan
  • The Fighter
  • Inception
  • The Kids Are All Right
  • The Social Network
  • The Town
  • Toy Story 3
  • True Grit
  • Winter's Bone

Special awards were given for The King's Speech (UK, ineligible), and Waiting for Superman

Top 10 for TV
  • "The Big C"
  • "Boardwalk Empire"
  • "Breaking Bad"
  • "Glee"
  • "Mad Men"
  • "Modern Family"
  • "The Pacific"
  • "Temple Grandin"
  • "30 Rock"
  • "The Walking Dead."

Among these, Temple Grandin is a movie, The Pacific a miniseries from Spielberg-Hanks, a followup to Band of Brothers, covering world war 2 in the Pacific vs. Brothers covering the war in Europe.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Golden Globe Nominations for 2010

68th Annual Golden Globe Awards
Winners to be announced on Sunday, January 16th

[photo: Natalie Portman, BLACK SWAN]






Best Motion Picture - Drama
  • Black Swan (2010)
  • The Fighter (2010)
  • Inception (2010)
  • The King's Speech (2010)
  • The Social Network (2010)
Best Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy
  • Alice in Wonderland (2010)
  • Burlesque (2010/I)
  • The Kids Are All Right (2010)
  • Red (2010/I)
  • The Tourist (2010)
Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama
  • Jesse Eisenberg for The Social Network
  • Colin Firth for The King's Speech
  • James Franco for 127 Hours
  • Ryan Gosling for Blue Valentine
  • Mark Wahlberg for The Fighter
Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama
  • Halle Berry for Frankie and Alice
  • Nicole Kidman for Rabbit Hole
  • Jennifer Lawrence for Winter's Bone
  • Natalie Portman for Black Swan
  • Michelle Williams for Blue Valentine (2010)
Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy
  • Johnny Depp for The Tourist
  • Johnny Depp for Alice in Wonderland
  • Paul Giamatti for Barney's Version
  • Jake Gyllenhaal for Love and Other Drugs
  • Kevin Spacey for Casino Jack (2010)
Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy
  • Annette Bening for The Kids Are All Right
  • Anne Hathaway for Love and Other Drugs
  • Angelina Jolie for The Tourist
  • Julianne Moore for The Kids Are All Right
  • Emma Stone for Easy A (2010)
Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture
  • Christian Bale for The Fighter
  • Michael Douglas for Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps
  • Andrew Garfield for The Social Network
  • Jeremy Renner for The Town
  • Geoffrey Rush for The King's Speech (2010)
Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture
  • Amy Adams for The Fighter
  • Helena Bonham Carter for The King's Speech
  • Mila Kunis for Black Swan
  • Melissa Leo for The Fighter
  • Jacki Weaver for Animal Kingdom (2010)
Best Director - Motion Picture
  • Darren Aronofsky for Black Swan
  • David Fincher for The Social Network
  • Tom Hooper for The King's Speech
  • Christopher Nolan for Inception
  • David O. Russell for The Fighter (2010)
Best Screenplay - Motion Picture
  • 127 Hours: Danny Boyle, Simon Beaufoy
  • Inception: Christopher Nolan
  • The Kids Are All Right: Stuart Blumberg, Lisa Cholodenko
  • The King's Speech: David Seidler
  • The Social Network: Aaron Sorkin
Best Original Song - Motion Picture
  • Burlesque: Samuel Dixon, Christina Aguilera, Sia Furler("Bound to You")
  • Burlesque: Diane Warren("You Haven't Seen The Last of Me")
  • Country Strong: Bob DiPiero, Tom Douglas, Hillary Lindsey, Troy Verges("Coming Home")
  • The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader: Carrie Underwood, David Hodges, Hillary Lindsey("There's A Place For Us")
  • Tangled: Alan Menken, Glenn Slater("I See the Light")
Best Original Score - Motion Picture
  • 127 Hours (2010): A.R. Rahman
  • Alice in Wonderland (2010): Danny Elfman
  • Inception (2010): Hans Zimmer
  • The King's Speech (2010): Alexandre Desplat
  • The Social Network (2010): Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross
Best Animated Film
  • Despicable Me (2010)
  • How to Train Your Dragon (2010)
  • The Illusionist (2010) Tangled (2010)
  • Toy Story 3 (2010)

Best Foreign Language Film
  • Biutiful (2010)(Mexico/Spain)
  • The Concert (2009)(France)
  • The Edge (2010)(Russia)
  • I Am Love (2009)(Italy)
  • In a Better World (2010)(Denmark)

Best Television Series - Drama
  • "Boardwalk Empire" (2009)
  • "Dexter" (2009)
  • "The Good Wife" (2009)
  • "Mad Men" (2009)
  • "The Walking Dead" (2010)

Best Television Series - Musical or Comedy
  • "The Big Bang Theory" (2009)
  • "The Big C" (2010)
  • "Glee" (2009)
  • "Modern Family" (2009)
  • "Nurse Jackie" (2009)
  • "30 Rock" (2009)

Best Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
  • Carlos (2010)
  • The Pacific (2010)
  • The Pillars of the Earth (2010)
  • Temple Grandin (2010) (TV)
  • You Don't Know Jack (2010) (TV)

Best Performance by an Actor in a Mini-Series or a Motion Picture Made for Television
  • Idris Elba for "Luther"
  • Ian McShane for "The Pillars of the Earth"
  • Al Pacino for You Don't Know Jack 
  • Dennis Quaid for The Special Relationship 
  • Édgar Ramírez for "Carlos"

Best Performance by an Actress in a Mini-Series or a Motion Picture Made for Television
  • Hayley Atwell for "The Pillars of the Earth" (2010)
  • Claire Danes for Temple Grandin (2010) (TV)
  • Judi Dench for "Return to Cranford" (2007)
  • Romola Garai for "Emma" (2009)
  • Jennifer Love Hewitt for The Client List (2010) (TV)

Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy
  • Alec Baldwin for "30 Rock" (2009)
  • Steve Carell for "The Office" (2009)
  • Thomas Jane for "Hung" (2009)
  • Matthew Morrison for "Glee" (2009)
  • Jim Parsons for "The Big Bang Theory" (2009)

Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy
  • Toni Collette for "United States of Tara" (2009)
  • Edie Falco for "Nurse Jackie" (2009)
  • Tina Fey for "30 Rock" (2009)
  • Laura Linney for "The Big C" (2010)
  • Lea Michele for "Glee" (2009)

Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Drama
  • Steve Buscemi for "Boardwalk Empire" (2009)
  • Bryan Cranston for "Breaking Bad" (2009)
  • Michael C. Hall for "Dexter" (2009)
  • Jon Hamm for "Mad Men" (2009)
  • Hugh Laurie for "House M.D." (2009)

Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Drama
  • Julianna Margulies for "The Good Wife" (2009)
  • Elisabeth Moss for "Mad Men" (2009)
  • Piper Perabo for "Covert Affairs" (2010)
  • Katey Sagal for "Sons of Anarchy" (2009)
  • Kyra Sedgwick for "The Closer" (2009)

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
  • Scott Caan for "Hawaii Five-0" (2010)
  • Chris Colfer for "Glee" (2009)
  • Chris Noth for "The Good Wife" (2009)
  • Eric Stonestreet for "Modern Family" (2009)
  • David Strathairn for Temple Grandin (2010) (TV)

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
  • Hope Davis for The Special Relationship (2010) (TV)
  • Jane Lynch for "Glee" (2009)
  • Kelly Macdonald for "Boardwalk Empire" (2009)
  • Julia Stiles for "Dexter" (2009)
  • Sofía Vergara for "Modern Family" (2009)

Monday, December 13, 2010

Critics Choice Award Nominations for 2010

Director Darren Aronofsky's ballet drama "Black Swan", starring Natalie Portman, led all other film contenders for the Critics' Choice Movie Awards with a record 12 nominations on Monday, among them best picture and actress.

The films nominated for best-picture were:
- Aronofsky's ballet drama "Black Swan"
- the survival story "127 Hours"
- the boxing saga "The Fighter"
- the sci-fi smash "Inception"
- the British monarchy tale "The King's Speech"
- the Facebook chronicle "The Social Network"
- the heist thriller "The Town"
- the animated blockbuster "Toy Story 3"
- the Western remake of "True Grit"
- the Ozarks crime yarn "Winter's Bone"

Aronofsky previously directed the amazing films Pi (1998), Requiem for a Dream (2000), The Fountain (2006), and The Wrestler (2008).

Natalie Portman [photo rt] was discovered at a Long Island laundromat one weekend with her mon at age 12 by a model agent, who sent her to an agency on a Monday for a fashion shoot; she was immediately sent to audition for Luc Besson's film "The Professional", and got the starring role without any prior experience. She is best-known for later starring in the second Star Wars trilogy, and was nominated for a supporting actress Oscar® for the romantic drama Closer, which also starred Julia Roberts, Jude Law, and Clive Owen.

The awards are presented by the 250 members of the Broadcast Film Critics Association, and the 16th annual awards will be given out on January 14th in a ceremony at the Hollywood Palladium in Los Angeles, with VH1 airing the show live.

For my money, these awards often better the Academy Awards by selecting less popular but more worthy films.

For best director, Aronofsky is up against Danny Boyle for "127 Hours"; Joel and Ethan Coen for "True Grit"; David Fincher for "The Social Network"; Tom Hooper for "The King's Speech"; and Christopher Nolan for "Inception." These are all good directors. I feel that Aronofsky and Christopher Nolan are the best two directors of the new century.

Nolan's biggest prior films are Following, Memento, Insomnia, Batman Begins, The Dark Knight. Memento and Dark Knight are already on many "all-time best" film polls, including the top 250 at Internet Movie Database, where both are in the top 30.

David Fincher made the popular Fight Club, The Game, and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. He once said "I make comedies - why does no one laugh in the theater?" Personally, I laughed throughout Fight Club while the other filmgoers kept looking at me - they obviously didn't 'get' the director.
Here's the link to the complete news story

Saturday, December 11, 2010

IMDB Top 250 Movies

Internet Movie Database Top 250
Updated 12/10/10

The original list at IMDB itself

[Click those with links for our review at 1000 DVDs to See]

Rank- Rating – Film – Year – Total votes
1. 9.2 The Shawshank Redemption (1994) 540,743
2. 9.1 The Godfather (1972) 424,506
3. 9.0 The Godfather: Part II (1974) 255,123
4. 8.9 The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966) 168,061
5. 8.9 Pulp Fiction (1994) 432,509
6. 8.9 Inception (2010) 249,695
7. 8.9 Schindler's List (1993) 286,490
8. 8.9 12 Angry Men (1957) 125,358
9. 8.8 One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975) 223,218
10. 8.8 The Dark Knight (2008) 483,218
11. 8.8 Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980) 287,028
12. 8.8 The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003) 377,097
13. 8.8 Seven Samurai (1954) 100,116
14. 8.7 Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977) 330,165
15. 8.7 Goodfellas (1990) 237,848
16. 8.7 Casablanca (1942) 172,749
17. 8.7 Fight Club (1999) 397,798
18. 8.7 City of God (2002) 174,270
19. 8.7 The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001) 400,231
20. 8.7 Rear Window (1954) 122,825
21. 8.7 Once Upon a Time in the West (1968) 77,421
22. 8.7 Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) 250,010
23. 8.7 Toy Story 3 (2010) 88,911
24. 8.7 Psycho (1960) 148,964
25. 8.7 The Usual Suspects (1995) 275,322
26. 8.7 The Matrix (1999) 394,883
27. 8.6 The Silence of the Lambs (1991) 255,133
28. 8.6 Se7en (1995) 290,940
29. 8.6 Memento (2000) 285,345
30. 8.6 It's a Wonderful Life (1946) 104,750
31. 8.6 The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002) 338,202
32. 8.6 Sunset Boulevard (1950) 56,802
33. 8.6 Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964) 160,193
34. 8.6 Forrest Gump (1994) 313,852
35. 8.6 The Professional (1994) 208,304
36. 8.6 Citizen Kane (1941) 141,924
37. 8.6 Apocalypse Now (1979) 178,661
38. 8.6 North by Northwest (1959) 96,258
39. 8.6 American Beauty (1999) 302,138
40. 8.5 American History X (1998) 234,131
41. 8.5 Taxi Driver (1976) 162,019
42. 8.5 Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991) 246,737
43. 8.5 Saving Private Ryan (1998) 279,259
44. 8.5 Vertigo (1958) 94,762
45. 8.5 Amélie (2001) 188,403
46. 8.5 Alien (1979) 186,886
47. 8.5 WALL·E (2008) 191,899
48. 8.5 Lawrence of Arabia (1962) 81,803
49. 8.5 The Shining (1980) 184,875
50. 8.5 Spirited Away (2001) 105,943
51. 8.5 Paths of Glory (1957) 46,499
52. 8.5 A Clockwork Orange (1971) 199,998
53. 8.5 Double Indemnity (1944) 38,428
54. 8.5 To Kill a Mockingbird (1962) 85,392
55. 8.5 The Pianist (2002) 140,285
56. 8.4 The Lives of Others (2006) 78,852
57. 8.4 The Departed (2006) 274,920
58. 8.4 M (1931) 41,403
59. 8.4 City Lights (1931) 28,841
60. 8.4 Aliens (1986) 175,567
61. 8.4 Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004) 227,990
62. 8.4 Requiem for a Dream (2000) 192,323
63. 8.4 Das Boot (1981) 72,230
64. 8.4 The Third Man (1949) 52,380
65. 8.4 L.A. Confidential (1997) 169,794
66. 8.4 Reservoir Dogs (1992) 219,934
67. 8.4 Chinatown (1974) 81,685
68. 8.4 The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948) 34,358
69. 8.4 Modern Times (1936) 37,311
70. 8.4 Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975) 159,429
71. 8.4 Life Is Beautiful (1997) 113,386
72. 8.4 Back to the Future (1985) 210,765
73. 8.4 The Prestige (2006) 217,850
74. 8.4 Pan's Labyrinth (2006) 160,995
75. 8.4 Raging Bull (1980) 92,969
76. 8.3 Cinema Paradiso (1988) 47,455
77. 8.3 Singin' in the Rain (1952) 57,157
78. 8.3 Some Like It Hot (1959) 69,623
79. 8.3 The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957) 60,564
80. 8.3 Rashomon (1950) 40,432
81. 8.3 All About Eve (1950) 35,928
82. 8.3 Amadeus (1984) 100,445
83. 8.3 Once Upon a Time in America (1984) 74,899
84. 8.3 The Green Mile (1999) 207,547
85. 8.3 Full Metal Jacket (1987) 157,810
86. 8.3 Inglourious Basterds (2009) 191,948
87. 8.3 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) 165,137
88. 8.3 The Great Dictator (1940) 38,694
89. 8.3 Braveheart (1995) 249,024
90. 8.3 Bicycle Thieves (1948) 28,748
91. 8.3 The Apartment (1960) 37,846
92. 8.3 Up (2009) 120,661
93. 8.3 Downfall (2004) 85,874
94. 8.3 Gran Torino (2008) 137,508
95. 8.3 Metropolis (1927) 41,455
96. 8.3 The Sting (1973) 68,107
97. 8.3 Gladiator (2000) 290,301
98. 8.3 The Maltese Falcon (1941) 52,980
99. 8.3 Unforgiven (1992) 102,698
100. 8.3 The Elephant Man (1980) 60,501
101. 8.3 Sin City (2005) 264,268
102. 8.3 Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939) 34,392
103. 8.3 Oldboy (2003) 102,152
104. 8.3 On the Waterfront (1954) 42,536
105. 8.3 Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989) 177,128
106. 8.3 Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983) 217,542
107. 8.3 Rebecca (1940) 36,539
108. 8.3 The Great Escape (1963) 64,286
109. 8.3 Die Hard (1988) 187,970
110. 8.3 Batman Begins (2005) 279,808
111. 8.3 Princess Mononoke (1997) 68,312
112. 8.2 Jaws (1975) 142,867
113. 8.2 Hotel Rwanda (2004) 95,808
114. 8.2 Slumdog Millionaire (2008) 185,131
115. 8.2 The Seventh Seal (1957) 38,438
116. 8.2 Blade Runner (1982) 190,769
117. 8.2 Fargo (1996) 169,978
118. 8.2 No Country for Old Men (2007) 205,672
119. 8.2 Heat (1995) 150,050
120. 8.2 The General (1926) 20,779
121. 8.2 The Wizard of Oz (1939) 106,393
122. 8.2 Touch of Evil (1958) 33,697
123. 8.2 For a Few Dollars More (1965) 46,513
124. 8.2 Ran (1985) 35,639
125. 8.2 Yojimbo (1961) 30,327
126. 8.2 District 9 (2009) 162,058
127. 8.2 The Sixth Sense (1999) 247,419
128. 8.2 Snatch. (2000) 180,856
129. 8.2 Annie Hall (1977) 67,713
130. 8.2 Donnie Darko (2001) 217,960
131. 8.2 Witness for the Prosecution (1957) 18,836
132. 8.2 Wild Strawberries (1957) 22,206
133. 8.2 The Deer Hunter (1978) 90,962
134. 8.2 Avatar (2009) 278,058
135. 8.2 Cool Hand Luke (1967) 47,168
136. 8.2 The Social Network (2010) 47,589
137. 8.2 Strangers on a Train (1951) 35,704
138. 8.2 Grave of the Fireflies (1988) 36,389
139. 8.2 High Noon (1952) 35,254
140. 8.2 The Big Lebowski (1998) 184,710
141. 8.2 Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003) 241,028
142. 8.2 It Happened One Night (1934) 25,949
143. 8.2 Platoon (1986) 112,277
144. 8.2 The Lion King (1994) 144,110
145. 8.2 Into the Wild (2007) 105,812
146. 8.2 There Will Be Blood (2007) 136,311
147. 8.1 Notorious (1946) 32,472
148. 8.1 Million Dollar Baby (2004) 147,393
149. 8.1 Toy Story (1995) 159,312
150. 8.1 Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969) 59,517
151. 8.1 Gone with the Wind (1939) 81,821
152. 8.1 Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans (1927) 11,883
153. 8.1 The Wrestler (2008) 98,625
154. 8.1 The Manchurian Candidate (1962) 35,641
155. 8.1 Trainspotting (1996) 155,811
156. 8.1 Ben-Hur (1959) 60,708
157. 8.1 Scarface (1983) 158,016
158. 8.1 The Grapes of Wrath (1940) 24,163
159. 8.1 The Graduate (1967) 80,744
160. 8.1 The Big Sleep (1946) 29,891
161. 8.1 Groundhog Day (1993) 140,881
162. 8.1 Life of Brian (1979) 97,463
163. 8.1 The Gold Rush (1925) 21,873
164. 8.1 The Bourne Ultimatum (2007) 152,625
165. 8.1 Finding Nemo (2003) 172,520
166. 8.1 Amores Perros (2000) 63,272
167. 8.1 The Terminator (1984) 186,088
168. 8.1 Stand by Me (1986) 93,267
169. 8.1 How to Train Your Dragon (2010) 46,016
170. 8.1 The Best Years of Our Lives (1946) 17,914
171. 8.1 Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels (1998) 131,033
172. 8.1 The Thing (1982) 82,172
173. 8.1 The Kid (1921) 15,153
174. 8.1 Casino (1995) 112,847
175. 8.1 V for Vendetta (2006) 233,790
176. 8.1 Twelve Monkeys (1995) 175,536
177. 8.1 Dog Day Afternoon (1975) 61,949
178. 8.1 Ratatouille (2007) 138,367
179. 8.1 The Secret in Their Eyes (2009) 22,035
180. 8.1 Gandhi (1982) 52,921
181. 8.1 Star Trek (2009) 141,101
182. 8.1 Ikiru (1952) 16,834
183. 8.1 The Wages of Fear (1953) 14,771
184. 8.1 Diabolique (1955) 15,374
185. 8.1 (1963) 30,883
186. 8.1 The Princess Bride (1987) 126,416
187. 8.1 The Night of the Hunter (1955) 26,573
188. 8.0 Judgment at Nuremberg (1961) 14,876
189. 8.0 The Incredibles (2004) 165,798
190. 8.0 My Neighbor Totoro (1988) 32,810
191. 8.0 The Hustler (1961) 26,184
192. 8.0 Good Will Hunting (1997) 156,826
193. 8.0 The Killing (1956) 25,616
194. 8.0 In Bruges (2008) 103,127
195. 8.0 The Wild Bunch (1969) 32,145
196. 8.0 Network (1976) 35,207
197. 8.0 A Streetcar Named Desire (1951) 35,013
198. 8.0 The Diving Bell and the Butterfly (2007) 32,875
199. 8.0 La Strada (1954) 18,449
200. 8.0 The 400 Blows (1959) 24,913
201. 8.0 The Exorcist (1973) 108,151
202. 8.0 Children of Men (2006) 164,607
203. 8.0 Stalag 17 (1953) 21,394
204. 8.0 Persona (1966) 16,379
205. 8.0 Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966) 20,586
206. 8.0 Ed Wood (1994) 76,564
207. 8.0 Dial M for Murder (1954) 31,381
208. 8.0 The Battle of Algiers (1966) 14,570
209. 8.0 Let the Right One In (2008) 62,308
210. 8.0 All Quiet on the Western Front (1930) 22,259
211. 8.0 Big Fish (2003) 146,282
212. 8.0 Magnolia (1999) 124,693
213. 8.0 Rocky (1976) 101,969
214. 8.0 The Passion of Joan of Arc (1928) 11,146
215. 8.0 Kind Hearts and Coronets (1949) 13,598
216. 8.0 Fanny and Alexander (1982) 14,794
217. 8.0 Mystic River (2003) 124,336
218. 8.0 Manhattan (1979) 40,019
219. 8.0 Barry Lyndon (1975) 41,085
220. 8.0 Kill Bill: Vol. 2 (2004) 190,233
221. 8.0 Mary and Max (2009) 13,954
222. 8.0 Patton (1970) 40,725
223. 8.0 Duck Soup (1933) 27,449
224. 8.0 Rosemary's Baby (1968) 53,132
225. 8.0 The Celebration (1998) 27,504
226. 8.0 Kick-Ass (2010) 104,839
227. 8.0 In the Mood for Love (2000) 25,968
228. 8.0 Letters from Iwo Jima (2006) 59,483
229. 8.0 Roman Holiday (1953) 32,364
230. 8.0 Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003) 241,810
231. 8.0 The Truman Show (1998) 163,841
232. 8.0 Infernal Affairs (2002) 37,058
233. 8.0 Crash (2004/I) 176,222
234. 8.0 Howl's Moving Castle (2004) 47,232
235. 8.0 Arsenic and Old Lace (1944) 30,797
236. 8.0 His Girl Friday (1940) 21,235
237. 8.0 Harvey (1950) 24,059
238. 8.0 Three Colors: Red (1994) 24,687
239. 8.0 Nights of Cabiria (1957) 11,445
240. 8.0 The Philadelphia Story (1940) 28,451
241. 8.0 A Christmas Story (1983) 53,073
242. 8.0 Sleuth (1972) 18,134
243. 8.0 King Kong (1933) 40,591
244. 8.0 Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter... and Spring (2003) 18,663
245. 8.0 Rope (1948) 32,852
246. 8.0 Monsters, Inc. (2001) 122,634
247. 8.0 Castle in the Sky (1986) 22,044
248. 8.0 The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962) 23,166
249. 8.0 Mulholland Dr. (2001) 107,553
250. 8.0 Toy Story 2 (1999) 126,069

I haven't seen these films yet, hence no reviews or opinions:
50. 8.5 Spirited Away (2001)
55. 8.5 The Pianist (2002)
111. 8.3 Princess Mononoke (1997)
169. 8.1 How to Train Your Dragon (2010)
190. 8.0 My Neighbor Totoro (1988)
198. 8.0 The Diving Bell and the Butterfly (2007)
209. 8.0 Let the Right One In (2008)
221. 8.0 Mary and Max (2009)
226. 8.0 Kick-Ass (2010)
234. 8.0 Howl's Moving Castle (2004)
238. 8.0 Three Colors: Red (1994)
247. 8.0 Castle in the Sky (1986)

Comments
Hey, they got Star Wars right.. Empire Strikes Back is easily the best of the entire six films, the only one with a good science fiction story as well as special effects Far too many Tarentino films; really, are Reservoir Dogs and Kill Bill really that good? And Sergio Leone - they included his best here, Once Upon a Time in America, but is Good, Bad, and the Ugly really any good? It's major boredom for me, a mockery of good, serious westerns.. Any old John Ford western is better than any Leone one.. unless you just prefer satires of serious works Does anyone know why "Snatch." has a period after it? Why does "Se7en" have the numeral in the middle and not the beginning (7even)? (originally it was just "Seven") or why it isn't just known as "7", like Fellini's "8 ½", which you never see as "Eight and a half"

These films I didn’t like very much, will likely never include them in my blog "1000 DVDs to See"
66. 8.4 Reservoir Dogs (1992) - slow, excessive
70. 8.4 Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975)- silly, excessive
89. 8.3 Braveheart (1995) -mock heroics, unrealistic, unengrossing
140. 8.2 The Big Lebowski (1998) -what the F was that all about? If not for Barton Fink, this would be the worst Coen Bros. film. I want my money back for each one..
142. 8.2 It Happened One Night (1934) -silly, not funny
150. 8.1 Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969) -silly, bad western, bicycles and BJ Thomas songs? and Katherine Ross? c'mon..
157. 8.1 Scarface (1983) -excessive, slow, overwrought, bad acting
162. 8.1 Life of Brian (1979) -silly, excessive, unfunny (and if you can't find humor in mocking the Bible, find a new line of work)
201. 8.0 The Exorcist (1973) -slow, excessive, repulsive
213. 8.0 Rocky (1976) -mock heroics, predictable, unrealistic boxing, and there are about 10 better boxing films (Cinderella Man, Raging Bull, Rocco and His Brothers, Requiem for a Heavyweight, Million Dollar Baby to name a few)
219. 8.0 Barry Lyndon (1975) -slow, unengrossing, not even a good classic novel
232. 8.0 Infernal Affairs (2002) -a mess, hence The Departed was made to improve it
233. 8.0 Crash (2004/I) -the awful one, Cronenberg's SM one is better with James Spader getting it on with Debra Kara Unger, Roseanna Arquette, and Holly Hunter (a lap ride in the front seat!)
249. 8.0 Mulholland Dr. (2001) -so boring I can't remember it, unlike most Lynch films

Black and White films on the list
8. 8.9 12 Angry Men (1957) 125,358
13. 8.8 Seven Samurai (1954) 100,116
16. 8.7 Casablanca (1942) 172,749
24. 8.7 Psycho (1960) 148,964
30. 8.6 It's a Wonderful Life (1946) 104,750
32. 8.6 Sunset Boulevard (1950) 56,802
33. 8.6 Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964) 160,193
36. 8.6 Citizen Kane (1941) 141,924
51. 8.5 Paths of Glory (1957) 46,499
53. 8.5 Double Indemnity (1944) 38,428
54. 8.5 To Kill a Mockingbird (1962) 85,392
58. 8.4 M (1931) 41,403
59. 8.4 City Lights (1931) 28,841
64. 8.4 The Third Man (1949) 52,380
68. 8.4 The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948) 34,358
69. 8.4 Modern Times (1936) 37,311
75. 8.4 Raging Bull (1980) 92,969
78. 8.3 Some Like It Hot (1959) 69,623
80. 8.3 Rashomon (1950) 40,432
81. 8.3 All About Eve (1950) 35,928
88. 8.3 The Great Dictator (1940) 38,694
90. 8.3 Bicycle Thieves (1948) 28,748
91. 8.3 The Apartment (1960) 37,846
95. 8.3 Metropolis (1927) 41,455
98. 8.3 The Maltese Falcon (1941) 52,980
100. 8.3 The Elephant Man (1980) 60,501
101. 8.3 Sin City (2005) 264,268
102. 8.3 Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939) 34,392
104. 8.3 On the Waterfront (1954) 42,536
107. 8.3 Rebecca (1940) 36,539
115. 8.2 The Seventh Seal (1957) 38,438
120. 8.2 The General (1926) 20,779
122. 8.2 Touch of Evil (1958) 33,697
124. 8.2 Ran (1985) 35,639
125. 8.2 Yojimbo (1961) 30,327
131. 8.2 Witness for the Prosecution (1957) 18,836
132. 8.2 Wild Strawberries (1957) 22,206
137. 8.2 Strangers on a Train (1951) 35,704
139. 8.2 High Noon (1952) 35,254
142. 8.2 It Happened One Night (1934) 25,949
147. 8.1 Notorious (1946) 32,472
152. 8.1 Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans (1927) 11,883
154. 8.1 The Manchurian Candidate (1962) 35,641
158. 8.1 The Grapes of Wrath (1940) 24,163
160. 8.1 The Big Sleep (1946) 29,891
163. 8.1 The Gold Rush (1925) 21,873
170. 8.1 The Best Years of Our Lives (1946) 17,914
173. 8.1 The Kid (1921) 15,153
182. 8.1 Ikiru (1952) 16,834
183. 8.1 The Wages of Fear (1953) 14,771
185. 8.1 8½ (1963) 30,883
187. 8.1 The Night of the Hunter (1955) 26,573
188. 8.0 Judgment at Nuremberg (1961) 14,876
191. 8.0 The Hustler (1961) 26,184
193. 8.0 The Killing (1956) 25,616
197. 8.0 A Streetcar Named Desire (1951) 35,013
199. 8.0 La Strada (1954) 18,449
200. 8.0 The 400 Blows (1959) 24,913
203. 8.0 Stalag 17 (1953) 21,394
204. 8.0 Persona (1966) 16,379
205. 8.0 Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966) 20,586
206. 8.0 Ed Wood (1994) 76,564
208. 8.0 The Battle of Algiers (1966) 14,570
210. 8.0 All Quiet on the Western Front (1930) 22,259
214. 8.0 The Passion of Joan of Arc (1928) 11,146
215. 8.0 Kind Hearts and Coronets (1949) 13,598
218. 8.0 Manhattan (1979) 40,019
223. 8.0 Duck Soup (1933) 27,449
229. 8.0 Roman Holiday (1953) 32,364
235. 8.0 Arsenic and Old Lace (1944) 30,797
236. 8.0 His Girl Friday (1940) 21,235
237. 8.0 Harvey (1950) 24,059
239. 8.0 Nights of Cabiria (1957) 11,445
240. 8.0 The Philadelphia Story (1940) 28,451
243. 8.0 King Kong (1933) 40,591
248. 8.0 The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962) 23,166

Friday, November 5, 2010

Angus MacLachlan's Top 10

Screenwriter Angus MacLachlan's (Junebug) top 10 Criterion films, has Antonioni's brilliant L'avventura as #1.. click for the post at Criterion His list includes Michael Powell's beautiful Black Narcissus [photos above and below]

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Marion Cotillard: The Actress of the Century

Marion Cotillard (b Sept 30, 1975, Paris; 5-6 ½" tall)
Marion is the daughter of French mime, playwright, and theater director Jean-Claude Cotillard, and the actress and drama teacher Niseema Theillaud. I think she is already one of the best five actresses of all time (up there with Davis, Hepburn, Jackson, Streep, Burstyn) and certainly the best actress of the new millenium.

Given that she can sing, dance, act, and model, she is more versatile than any other actress in history. She is the only actress other than Sophia Loren to win a best actress Oscar® for a performance not in English. Her role as Edith Piaf in "La Vie En Rose" [photo rt] won her an Oscar®, a César (French academy award), a BAFTA (British), and a Golden Globe, and many others (19 in all for that performance). At the Berlin International Film Festival, where the film premiered, Cotillard was given a 15-minute standing ovation.

To date, she has won 27 awards for acting. [Her awards page at IMDB] Luc Besson cast her in her first big commercial role as "Lili" in the French box-office hit Taxi (1998). Due to the success of the movie, three sequels followed and Cotillard reprised the role of "Lili" in two of them.

She received positive reviews from critics for her performances in Pretty Things (2001), Lisa (2001) and A Private Affair (2002). In 2003, Tim Burton introduced her to English-speaking audiences with her role in Big Fish (2003). In 2004, she won a César Award as Best Supporting Actress for Jean-Pierre Jeunet's A Very Long Engagement (2004) in which she played the murderous "Tina", only appearing for about ten minutes overall in the movie, but was unforgettable.

Marion is the first French actress to win Best Leading Actress at BAFTA Film Awards, and the first to win an Oscar®. She was considered for the role of Hanna Schmitz in The Reader (2008) after Nicole Kidman dropped out due to pregnancy.

If she had not been an actress, she would have liked to become a singer. She had to learn how to sing in one month to play Marie in Pretty Things (2001).

She's an ecologist and a spokesperson for Greenpeace. She grew up in Orléans, France. "I don't think you learn how to act. You learn how to use your emotions and feelings, and my first teacher was my mother [Niseema Theillaud] and then I worked with my father [Jean-Claude Cotillard], who helped me to find in myself all those emotions and how to play with the emotions."

"I have a tendency to often share the point of view of the conspiracy theory."

She's been romantically linked to actor Gaspard Ulliel (A Very Long Engagement) and the singer Sinclair, whom I assume is a distant relative and that gives me a glimmer of hope ("As If!")

[Left: Based on her personality and eco-awareness, I'm hoping this is a doobie and not a hand rolled cigarette!] Here is her performance in the film NINE, the song "Take It All" - I like this video best, which intersperses the film scene with Marion recording the audio track in the studio

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Tony Curtis (1925-2010)

TONY CURTIS (Born Bernard Schwartz in the Bronx, 1925-2010)

He first used the names James Curtis and Anthony Curtis, settling on Tony in 1949. He later fathered actress Jamie Lee Curtis (Trading Places, True Lies, Freaky Friday) with Janet Leigh (of Psycho fame, as she's the victim in the shower).

Billy Wilder's comic farce Some Like It Hot will remain his best loved film (as people love straight men in drag, go figure!), but his best dramatic acting was in The Boston Strangler. He somehow captured both the concerned family man and the homicidal schizo, and was surprisingly bypassed for an Oscar nomination.

My personal critical favorite was The Sweet Smell of Success, with ruthless news columnist Burt Lancaster (see photo) in total control of his world, in a searing indictment of real life columnist Walter Winchell. Curtis plays a willing lacky as press agent to Lancaster (and suitor to his sister), who has no qualms destroying anyone who crosses him. This is a must-see film for those interested in cinematic art, with classic b&w photography by James Wong Howe.

Top 20 Oscar Surprises Since 1980

There is a very interesting list at IMDB, their highlighted list, that is the top 20 most surprising Oscar winners since 1980, posted by Mark Englehart. Mark has done a pretty good job, I agree with many of them.

He has The Pianist with two surprises, Adrien Brody for actor and Roman Polanski for director. I'm sure most felt that Polanski had been slighted for Chinatown in 1974.

At least two were responsible for exposing to the world two of the best actresses to come along in generations: Marion Cotillard of France and Hilary Swank of the U.S., who later added a 2nd Oscar for Million Dollar Baby (photo rt), certainly one of the top 10 acting performances of all time, and perhaps (along with Raging Bull) the best boxing film as well. This is a film I can watch anytime I see it on just to see Hilary's knockout acting (pun intended). Ironically, both are based on the lives of real boxers. Hilary joined Vivien Leigh (Gone With the Wind, Streetcar Named Desire) in film history as winners in 2 of 2 best actress chances. (Ironically, in Streecar, Marlon Brando was the only actor of the four to not win an academy award, as Karl Malden and Kim Hunter also won)

For my money, the German film The Lives of Others is an all-time classic foreign film; it's one of just five to win both the US and British academy awards in that category. For me that Oscar was no surprise, but is 19th on his list since it won over the tedious and overblown Pan's Labryinth - it's a much better film and belongs on the top shelf of espionage films with Coppola's The Conversation, a Palm d'Or winner at Cannes over his own Godfather Part II, which was considered by many to be superior to the first, and was rewarded with 7 academy awards vs just 3 for the first. Many would argue that these are perhaps Coppola's finest two films, which places Lives in some fairly elite company.

Another of my favorites scored a surprise, Traffic, which won all the Oscars it was nominated for (five) except picture, losing to Gladiator, with the equally artistic Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon likely a close third - this was arguably the toughest year ever for best picture voters, as any of the three deserved to win. Personally I'd have voted for Traffic, but secretly wished Crouching Tiger had won.

Ironically, after seeing Gladiator at the theater at its opening, I told friends "look for about five Oscars for this one", and was laughed at by everyone. It ended up with six, the best pic win for that was more surprising to me along with the only loss for Traffic than Steven Soderbergh's win for director that year over Ridley Scott and Ang Lee (Crouching Tiger, though he had another Chinese director for all the martial arts so it was really directed by two).

I agree with Mark that Crash for picture belongs at the top. For me, that wasn't even the best film with that title - I prefer David Cronenberg's earlier film of the J.G. Ballard science fiction novel that is about people turned on by car crashes and scarred survivors. What can compare to James Spader's sexual liaisons with Holly Hunter, Debra Kara Unger, and Roseanne Arquette, two of which occurred in cars? It also had a re-enactment of the crash in which James Dean died. This later Crash pales in comparison, looking more like a tv movie of the week.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Films That Shaped My Life

This was done in response to Iain Stott's (One Line Film Review) list, who limited his to 15. I increased this a little, why limit yourself when it comes to great films? In no particular order, though I attempted a chronological order of when I viewed them, starting around age 10.. films in gold were best picture Oscar winners


TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD
LAWRENCE OF ARABIA [photo rt]
DR. STRANGELOVE
2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY [photo top]

WALKABOUT (Australia) [photo bottom]
WOODSTOCK
DUCK SOUP
THE BEST YEARS OF OUR LIVES

ALL ABOUT EVE
TAXI DRIVER
CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND
APOCALYPSE NOW
GANDHI

THE ROAD WARRIOR (Australia)
CINEMA PARADISO (Italy)
BABE (Australia)
CHUNGKING EXPRESS (Hong Kong) [photo rt]

CITY OF GOD (Brazil)
HERO (Zhang Yimou, China)
GOODNIGHT MISTER TOM
REQUIEM FOR A DREAM
SALAAM BOMBAY (India)

UMBERTO D. (Italy) [bw photo rt, a friend catches Umberto using his little Jack Russell dog Flike to beg for money]

AFTER THE WEDDING (Denmark)
TURTLES CAN FLY (Iraq-Iran)

Glenn Shadix of Beetlejuice Dies

William G. Scott, aka "Glenn Shadix", the portly comic actor who played the interior designer Otho in the comic fantasy Beetlejuice, died in his Alabama home, apparently from a fall out of his wheelchair. The actor, a favorite of director Tim Burton, was 58 years old. The news story at IMDB

Sunday, August 29, 2010

2010 Emmy Award Winners

A list of the primetime Emmy award winners, dated 2010 but for shows aired in 2009 in prime time tv.

MAD MEN won it's third straight award for best drama, completing a sweep along with its Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild awards, also three years in a row for each. It is quite simply the most addictive drama on tv.

MODERN FAMILY replaced 30 ROCK after its three wins in a row as best comedy.

Bryan Cranston won his third in a row for lead actor in BREAKING BAD, while his co-star Aaron Paul got his first for supporting actor. (Don't know about you but this Paul guys gives me the creeps..)

HBO's film TEMPLE GRADIN won five Emmys, including best actress for lead Clare Danes; it's her first Emmy, maybe her first major award. Temple herself, an autistic vet, shared the stage when it won for outstanding movie.

The Tom Hanks-Steven Spielberg co-produced war series THE PACIFIC, a counterpart to their BAND OF BROTHERS miniseries about WW2 in Europe, won for outstanding miniseries. (Don't know what they spent on this, but Band's budget was reportedly 100 million).

THE DAILY SHOW with Jon Stewart won it's 8th Emmy in a row.
John Lithgow's especially creepy homicidal performance on DEXTER was rewarded, as was director Steve Shill.

Primetime Emmy Winners 2010

OUTSTANDING ACTOR IN A COMEDY: Jim Parsons (The Big Bang Theory)
OUTSTANDING ACTRESS IN A COMEDY: Edie Falco (Nurse Jackie)
OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A COMEDY: Eric Stonestreet (Modern Family)
OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A COMEDY: Jane Lynch (Glee)
OUSTANDING GUEST ACTRESS IN A COMEDY: Betty White (SNL)
OUSTANDING GUEST ACTOR IN A COMEDY: Neil Patrick Harris (Glee)

OUTSTANDING COMEDY: Modern Family
OUTSTANDING DIRECTION IN A COMEDY: Ryan Murphy (Glee)
OUTSTANDING WRITING FOR A COMEDY: Christopher Lloyd and Stephen Levitan (Modern Family)

OUTSTANDING ACTRESS IN A DRAMA: Kyra Sedgwick (The Closer)
OUTSTANDING ACTOR IN A DRAMA: Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad)
OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A DRAMA: Archie Panjabi (The Good Wife)
OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A DRAMA: Aaron Paul (Breaking Bad)
OUTSTANDING GUEST ACTOR IN A DRAMA: John Lithgow (Dexter)
OUTSTANDING GUEST ACTRESS IN A DRAMA: Ann Margaret (Law & Order: SVU)

OUTSTANDING DRAMA: Mad Men
OUTSTANDING WRITING IN A DRAMA: Erin Levy and Matthew Weiner (Mad Men)
OUTSTANDING DIRECTION IN A DRAMA: Steve Shill (Dexter)

OUTSTANDING WRITING IN A VARIETY SHOW: Dave Boone and Paul Greenberg (The 2010 Tony Awards)
OUTSTANDING VARIETY, MUSIC, OR COMEDY SERIES: The Daily Show With Jon Stewart
OUTSTANDING DIRECTION IN A VARIETY, MUSIC OR COMEDY SPECIAL: Bucky Gunts (The Winter Olympics)

OUTSTANDING ACTOR IN A TV MOVIE, MINISERIES OR DRAMATIC SPECIAL: Al Pacino (You Don't Know Jack)
OUTSTANDING ACTRESS IN A TV MOVIE, MINISERIES OR DRAMATIC SPECIAL: Claire Danes (Temple Gradin)
OUTSTANDING DIRECTION IN A TV MOVIE, MINISERIES OR DRAMATIC SPECIAL: Mick Jackson (Temple Grandin)
OUTSTANDING ACTOR IN A SUPORTING ROLE IN A TV MOVIE, MINISERIES OR DRAMATIC SPECIAL: David Strathairn (Temple Grandin)
OUTSTANDING ACTRESS IN A SUPORTING ROLE IN A TV MOVIE, MINISERIES OR DRAMATIC SPECIAL: Julia Ormand (Temple Grandin)

OUTSTANDING TV MOVIE: Temple Grandin (HBO)

OUTSTANDING MINISERIES: The Pacific (HBO)
OUTSTANDING WRITING IN A TV MOVIE, MINISERIES OR DRAMATIC SPECIAL: Adam Mazer (You Don't know Jack)

OUTSTANDING REALITY SHOW COMPETITION: Top Chef
BOB HOPE HUMANITARIAN AWARD: George Clooney

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Name This Movie Babe #1

Just for some diversion, this young actress is not a household name yet, so I thought I'd give her some free exposure.. who is this?

Friday, July 23, 2010

Metacritic's Top Ranked Female Directors

Just using the raw numbers, female directors with 3 or more ranked film were used and those numbers averaged together for the director rank overall. But this is not a very complete list: Metacritic only tabulated dramatic films after 1980, eliminating documentaries, comedies, and the films of Lina Wertmuller, first woman nominated for a best directing academy award, and Leni Reifenstahl, arguably the most influential female director of all time.

At any rate, here is their article with the tabulated results, my fave on the list is #6 Susanne Bier, from Denmark, #1 is another Danish director.. Top Ranked Female Directors and Films

We just made our own post of "100 Women Directors Worth Watching"

The 100 Best Movie Insults Video

from Henry Hanrahan, "The 100 Best Movie Insults in Under 10 Minutes" some classic stuff.. only they missed: "Kid, if anything happens to my daughter, I've got a 45 and a shovel and I doubt anyone would miss you" - Dan Hedaya, CLUELESS

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Cannes Award Winning Films

The recent 2011 Cannes winners can be seen here at IMDB, a complete list

All Seventy-Eight Cannes Film Festival Palme d'Or Winners

1939 Union Pacific  U.S. Director Cecil B. DeMille

1946 Torment Sweden Director Alf Sjöberg
1946 Lost Weekend U.S. Director Billy Wilder
1946 The Red Earth Hungary Director Bodil Ipsen & Lau Jr. Lauritzen
1946 Lowly City India Director Chetan Anand
1946 Brief Encounter U.K. Director David Lean
1946 Maria Candelaria Mexico Director Emilio Fernandez
1946 The Turning Point U.S.S.R. Director Fridrikh Markovitch Ermler
1946 La Symphonie Pastorale France Director Jean Delannoy
1946 The Last Chance Switzerland Director Leopold Lintberg
1946 Men Without Wings France Director M. Cap
1946 Open City Italy Director Roberto Rossellini

1949 The Third Man U.K. Director Carol Reed

1951 Miss Julie Sweden Director Alf Sjöberg
1951 Miracle in Milan Italy Director Vittorio De Sica
1952 Othello U.S. Director Orson Welles
1952 Two Cents Worth of Hope Italy Director Renato Castellani
1953 The Wages of Fear France Director Henri-Georges Clouzot
1954 Gate of Hell Japan Director Teinosuke Kinugasa
1955 Marty U.S. Director Delbert Mann
1956 The Silent World Italy/France Director Jacques-Yves Cousteau & Louis Malle
1957 Friendly Persuasion U.S. Director William Wyler
1958 The Cranes are Flying U.S.S.R. Director Mikheil Kalatozishvili
1959 Black Orpheus Brazil Director Marcel Camus
1960 La Dolce Vita Italy Director Federico Fellini
1961 The Long Absence France/Italy Director Henri Colpi

1961 Viridiana Spain Director Luis Buñuel
1962 Keeper of Promises Brazil/Portugal Director Anselmo Duarte
1963 The Leopard Italy Director Luchino Visconti
1964 The Umbrellas of Cherbourg France Director Jacques Demy
1965 The Knack U.K. Director Richard Lester
1966 A Man and a Woman  France Director Claude Lelouch
1966 The Birds, the Bees, and the Italians  Italy/France Director Pietro Germi
1967 Blow-Up  U.K./Italy Director Michelangelo Antonioni
1969 If . . . .  U.K. Director Lindsay Anderson
1970 M*A*S*H  U.S. Director Robert Altman
1971 The Go-Between  U.K. Director Joseph Losey
1972 The Working Class Goes to Heaven  Italy Director Elio Petri
1972 The Mattei Affair  Italy Director Francesco Rosi
1973 The Mistake  U.K. Director Alan Bridges
1973 Scarecrow  U.S. Director Jerry Schatzberg
1974 The Conversation  U.S. Director Francis Ford Coppola
1975 Chronicle of the Years of Fire  Algeria Director Mohammed Lakhdar-Hamina
1976 Taxi Driver  U.S. Director Martin Scorsese
1977 Padre Padrone  Italy Director Paolo & Vittorio Taviani
1978 Tree of the Wooden Clogs  Italy/France Director Ermanno Olmi
1979 Apocalypse Now  U.S. Director Francis Ford Coppola
1979 The Tin Drum  Germany Director Volker Schlöndorff
1980 All That Jazz  U.S. Director Bob Fosse

1980 Kagemusha  Japan Director Akira Kurosawa
1981 The Man of Iron  Poland Director Andrzej Wajda
1982 Missing  U.S. Director Costa-Gavras
1982 Yol  Turkey Director Yilmaz Güney
1983 The Ballad of Nurayama  Japan Director Shohei Imamura
1984 Paris, Texas  France/W. Germany Director Wim Wenders
1985 When Father Was Away on Business  Yugoslavia Director Emir Kusturica
1986 The Mission  U.K. Director Roland Joffé
1987 Under the Sun of Satan  France Director Maurice Pialat
1988 Pelle the Conqueror  Denmark/Sweden Director Bille August
1989 Sex, Lies and Videotape  U.S. Director Steven Soderbergh
1990 Wild at Heart  U.S. Director David Lynch
1991 Barton Fink  U.S. Director Ethan & Joel Cohen
1992 The Best Intentions  Sweden Director Bille August
1993 Farewell My Concubine  China Director Chen Kaige
1993 The Piano  New Zealand Director Jane Campion
1994 Pulp Fiction  U.S. Director Quentin Tarantino
1995 Underground  Yugoslavia Director Emir Kusturica
1996 Secrets and Lies  U.K. Director Mike Leigh
1997 Taste of Cherry  Iran Director Abbas Kiarostami
1997 The Eel  Japan Director Shohei Imamura
1998 Eternity and a Day  Greece Director Theo Angelopoulos
1999 Rosetta  Belgium/France Director Jean-Pierre Dardenne & Luc Dardenne
2000 Dancer in the Dark  Denmark Director Lars von Trier
2001 The Son's Room  Italy Director Nanni Moretti
2002 The Pianist  France/Germany/U.K. Director Roman Polanski
2003 Elephant  U.S. Director Gus Van Sant
2004 Fahrenheit 9/11  U.S. Director Michael Moore
2005 The ChildBelgium Director Luc and Jean-Pierre Dardenne
2006 The Wind that Shakes the Barley  U.K. Director Ken Loach
2007 4 Months, 3 Weeks, and 2 Days  Romania Director Christian Mungiu
2008 The Class  France Director Laurent Cantet
2009 The White Ribbon  Germany Director Michael Haneke
2010 Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives  Thailand Director Apichatpong Weerasethakul
2011 The Tree of Life  U.S. Director Terrence Malick

Double Winners:
Alf Sjöberg: 1946, 1951
Francis Ford Coppola: 1974, 1979
Shohei Imamura: 1983, 1997
Emir Kusturica: 1985, 1995
Billie August: 1988, 1992
Jean-Pierre & Luc Dardenne: 1999, 2005


[Note: those from multiple countries were listed within each country]

U.S. Winners (19)
1939 Union Pacific (Cecil B. DeMille)
1946 Lost Weekend (Billy Wilder)
1952 Othello (Orson Welles)
1955 Marty (Delbert Mann)
1957 Friendly Persuasion (William Wyler)
1970 M*A*S*H (Robert Altman)
1973 Scarecrow (Jerry Schatzberg)
1974 The Conversation (Francis Ford Coppola)
1976 Taxi Driver (Martin Scorsese)
1979 Apocalypse Now (Francis Ford Coppola)
1980 All That Jazz (Bob Fosse)
1982 Missing (Costa-Gavras)
1989 Sex, Lies and Videotape (Steven Soderbergh)
1990 Wild at Heart (David Lynch)
1991 Barton Fink (Ethan & Joel Cohen)
1994 Pulp Fiction (Quentin Tarantino)
2003 Elephant (Gus Van Sant)
2004 Fahrenheit 9/11(Michael Moore)
2010 The Tree of Life (Terrence Malick)

U.K. Winners (9)
1946 Brief Encounter (David Lean)
1949 The Third Man (Carol Reed)
1965 The Knack (Richard Lester)
1967 Blow-Up (Michelangelo Antonioni)
1969 If . . . . (Lindsay Anderson)
1971 The Go-Between (Joseph Losey)
1973 The Mistake (Alan Bridges)
1986 The Mission (Roland Joffé)
1996 Secrets and Lies (Mike Leigh)
2002 The Pianist (Roman Polanski)
2006 The Wind that Shakes the Barley (Ken Loach)

France (13)
1946 La Symphonie Pastorale (Jean Delannoy)
1946 Men Without Wings (M. Cap)
1953 The Wages of Fear (Henri-Georges Clouzot)
1956 The Silent World (Jacques-Yves Cousteau & Louis Malle)
1961 The Long Absence (Director Henri Colpi)
1964 The Umbrellas of Cherbourg (Jacques Demy)
1966 A Man and a Woman (Claude Lelouch)
1966 The Birds, the Bees, and the Italians (Pietro Germi)
1978 Tree of the Wooden Clogs (Ermanno Olmi)
1987 Under the Sun of Satan (Maurice Pialat)
1999 Rosetta (Jean-Pierre Dardenne & Luc Dardenne)
2002 The Pianist (Roman Polanski)
2008 The Class (Laurent Cantet)


Italy (14)
1946 Open City (Roberto Rossellini)
1951 Miracle in Milan (Vittorio De Sica)
1952 Two Cents Worth of Hope (Renato Castellani)
1956 The Silent World (Jacques-Yves Cousteau & Louis Malle)
1960 La Dolce Vita (Federico Fellini)
1961 The Long Absence (Henri Colpi)
1963 The Leopard (Luchino Visconti)
1966 The Birds, the Bees, and the Italians (Pietro Germi)
1967 Blow-Up (Michelangelo Antonioni)
1972 The Working Class Goes to Heaven (Elio Petri)
1972 The Mattei Affair (Francesco Rosi)
1977 Padre Padrone (Paolo & Vittorio Taviani)
1978 Tree of the Wooden Clogs (Ermanno Olmi)
2001 The Son's Room (Nanni Moretti)

- REST OF EUROPE -

GERMANY (4)
1979 The Tin Drum Director Volker Schlöndorff
1984 Paris, Texas Director Wim Wenders
2002 The Pianist Director Roman Polanski
2009 The White Ribbon Director Michael Haneke

SWEDEN (4)
1946 Torment  Director Alf Sjöberg
1951 Miss Julie  Director Alf Sjöberg
1988 Pelle the Conqueror Director Bille August
1992 The Best Intentions  Director Bille August

DENMARK
1988 Pelle the Conqueror  Director Bille August
2000 Dancer in the Dark  Director Lars von Trier

RUSSIA
1946 The Turning Point  Director Fridrikh Markovitch

Ermler
1958 The Cranes are Flying  Director Mikheil Kalatozishvili

HUNGARY
1946 The Red Earth   Director Bodil Ipsen & Lau Jr. Lauritzen

SWITZERLAND
1946 The Last Chance  Director Leopold Lintberg

SPAIN
1961 Viridiana  Director Luis Buñuel

PORTUGAL
1962 Keeper of Promises  Director Anselmo Duarte

BELGIUM
1999 Rosetta  Director Jean-Pierre Dardenne & Luc Dardenne
2005 The Child   Director Luc and Jean-Pierre Dardenne

POLAND
1981 The Man of Iron   Director Andrzej Wajda

YUGOSLAVIA
1985 When Father Was Away on Business   Director Emir Kusturica
1995 Underground   Director Emir Kusturica (the nearly incessant brass band music in this film nearly drove me insane.. watch at your own risk!)

GREECE
1998 Eternity and a Day   Director Theo Angelopoulos

ROMANIA
2007 Months, 3 Weeks, and 2 Days  Director Christian Mungiu


- ASIA -

TURKEY
1982 Yol   Director Yilmaz Güney

IRAN
1997 Taste of Cherry   Director Abbas Kiarostami

INDIA
1946 Lowly City Director Chetan Anand

JAPAN (4)
1954 Gate of Hell   Director Teinosuke Kinugasa
1980 Kagemusha   Director Akira Kurosawa
1983 The Ballad of Nurayama   Director Shohei Imamura
1997 The Eel   Director Shohei Imamura

CHINA
1993 Farewell My Concubine   Director Chen Kaige [only one Chinese film among the winners is a travesty! this is a good one, there are 25 more this good - viewers should also check out Zhang Yimou's epic multigeneration story of a family To Live (1994), a winner for best actor at Cannes]

THAILAND
2010 Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives Director Apichatpong Weerasethakul

- OTHER REGIONS -

BRAZIL (2)
1959 Black Orpheus  Director Marcel Camus
1962 Keeper of Promises  Director Anselmo Duarte

ALGERIA
1975 Chronicle of the Years of Fire  Director Mohammed Lakhdar-Hamina

NEW ZEALAND
1993 The Piano  Director Jane Campion

MEXICO
1946 Maria Candelaria Director Emilio Fernandez