Tuesday, December 14th, 2010

What A Not-Funny Musical-Comedy Golden Globes Morning!

Have you seen The Tourist? Probably not! I have. It's horrible! There's almost no dialogue, and what little dialogue there is gets harvested hard for the trailer, so pretty much you've already seen it. And now! Here are your Golden Globes nominees for best musical/comedy movie: Alice in Wonderland, Burlesque, The Kids Are All Right, Red, The Tourist. Woof! What a pile of dogs. (As much as I enjoyed Red, and it was not technically bad, and of course Helen Mirren is delightful, and it was somewhat amusing and charming and not stupid, it would not have made my top 25 films of the year list.) One other thing on the nominations this year: Emma Stone's nomination for Best Actress, Musical or Comedy, for Easy A. Have you seen this film? I'm not sure anyone has (anyone who's not a teen or a 20-something gay). And I'm pretty sure we must—is this perhaps a subversive, delightfully sex-positive, pro-slut feminist romp?

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soco (#8,225)

Easy A was one of my favorite flick from this year, so, agreed.

Joey Camire (#6,325)

I saw the trailer for The Tourist and 1. Not interested and B. it was a comedy?

soco (#8,225)

I guess it's funny to watch Johnny Depp mumble and bumble through Italy?

zidaane (#373)

Are we hoarding this top 25 list?

deepomega (#1,720)

We haven't had a listicle in a while.

lbf (#2,343)

I like Emma Stone for totally sexist reasons.

KarenUhOh (#19)

I would definitely see A Pile of Dogs, as long as Zach Gaflikansaganakinakis and Michael Vick weren't in it.

Niko Bellic (#1,312)

OK, but what do you expect GG or AA to pick? Besides Inception, which other Hollywood movie was worth of shit?

Niko Bellic (#1,312)

Looking at "Dramas":

Inception (2010) – Very good
Black Swan (2010) – Good
The Social Network (2010) – Good
The Fighter (2010) – Did not see it, but plan to
The King's Speech (2010) – I'm not gonna watch this shit

I would add: Winter's Bone, Animal Kingdom, and The Ghost Writer. Plus, possibly one or two promising movies I haven't seen yet: Blue Valentine and Night Catches Us.

As for "Foreign Language":

I Am Love (2009)(Italy) – Very good
The Edge (2010)(Russia) – Did not see it, but plan to
Biutiful (2010)(Mexico/Spain) – Not sure if I want to see it
The Concert (2009)(France) – Did not hear about it yet
In a Better World (2010)(Denmark) – Did not hear about it yet

Promising: Poetry (South Korea), My Joy (Russia), Hadewijch (Russia)

dntsqzthchrmn (#2,893)

Amen to Winter's Bone. However, I will never under any circumstances sit through Inception.

Niko Bellic (#1,312)

I'm all for refusals to watch movies based on principles, and therefore am curios about your reason for not wanting to sit through Inception.

Niko Bellic (#1,312)

I just looked up The Concert. It's shit. In a Better World looks promising.

dntsqzthchrmn (#2,893)

It's not principles, it's that it looks for the world from here like it's meant to be grocer's quotes "smart" and "deep".

Niko Bellic (#1,312)

I don't give any "smarts" points to movies that require "explanations", but the best of them are often fun to watch even without them (such as some notable ones from David Lynch). I think Inception is good mainly because it's entertaining (which appears to be very difficult for movies to be these days).

Bobby Womack (#4,074)

Only thing I disagree with is The Ghost Writer – the ending totally ruined it for me. As I watched it, I turned to my wife and said, "I bet the book didn't end like this." Big surprise, they changed the ending to make it more palatable and predictable. I hope this isn't spoily – there is no reason for the last five minutes to have happened at all. The character would not have done what he did!

Niko Bellic (#1,312)

True, the ending of The Ghost Writer was crap (and it's really ironic that it wasn't so in the book), but still… it was very stylishly shot, which I have a weakness for.

migraineheadache (#1,866)

I think I would have liked Inception better if I hadn't seen Enter The Void first.
Life During Wartime was probably my favorite this year.

Niko Bellic (#1,312)

Ah, Enter The Void. Had to be great to work, but had too many failures. Nathaniel Brown – horrible. Endless shots of the back of his head – even worse. Plastic models – uneven. And although I don't normally fault movies for lapses in logic, the "I've got a gun, I'll shoot if you (cops) don't leave" line (even if delivered "under the influence") has got to be one of the dumbest moments (used as turns of the plots, for sure) in the history of film.

I somehow forgot to include Life During Wartime. There's your comedy of the year!

dntsqzthchrmn (#2,893)

The Kids Were All Right.

I liked that movie!

The other movies on that list are truly atrocious, but i am a 'fan' of Lisa Cholendenko's work and i liked The Kids Are Alright rather a lot.

jfruh (#713)

I just was going through this list and wow it was apparently a terrible year for musicals and/or comedy. I too was baffled by some of the genre choices. I guess "musical/comedy" really means "not a Serious picture so we'll throw dumb action movies like the Tourist in there too"?

deepomega (#1,720)

Musical/comedy is basically the Potpourri of movie genres.

joshc (#442)

Often, any movie with any singing wins. The most comedic part about Walk the Line was all of the people in it having to pretend that they were in a "musical" for the sake of claiming a statue or two.

LondonLee (#922)

I'm never going to catch up, I only saw Iron Man 2 this weekend (I fell asleep)

am i the only person who thought depp looked good in that trailer? maybe i'm just overly happy he isn't in prosthetic makeup.

Brad Nelson (#2,115)

I have seen Easy A! And it perhaps reaches briefly for that "sex-positive, pro-slut" identification you speak of, but it lands squarely in sub-Mean Girls territory.

Brad Nelson (#2,115)

Emma Stone is completely excellent in it, it should be said.

I thought she did a very good Lindsey Lohan imitation. I was really disappointed with it overall. Maybe I was expecting too much from a teen sex comedy.

DoctorDisaster (#1,970)

Worst feminist romp you'll ever have with a pro slut.

mathnet (#27)

Piper Perabo is not an actress and Covert Affairs is not a drama. I MAINTAIN.

Good Christ, that piece of shit was nominated for anything?

mathnet (#27)

Yes, Dotty! That piece of shit was nominated for Best Actress in a TV Drama! Let's kill ourselves together!

joshc (#442)

Did this foreign press get a different set of subtitles for these "comedies"? The kids, I guess, were all right, but it never felt like I was watching a comedy.

AND the television nominations: I don't know which of the dramas I want to be kicked out, but I think that In Treatment should be in.

deepomega (#1,720)

Protip: Psychologists loooove making fun of In Treatment.

Dan Kois (#646)

EASY A is totally great, Choire. You should see it.

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