9 posts categorized "NINE"

Feb 02 2010
On The List Comments (3)


 Kathryn Bigelow & James Cameron: Oscar's War of the Lenses

The Oscar nominations are out, and while some who had a pretty good shot saw their hopes dashed (Daniel Day-Lewis in Nine for Best Actor; Emily Blunt in The Young Victoria for Best Actress; (500 Days of Summer), Where the Wild Things AreInvictus, Nine, Julie and Julia and my personal choice of A Single Man for Best Picture; Diane Kruger in Inglourious Basterds, Julianne Moore in A Single Man and Marion Cotillard in Nine for Best Supporting Actress; Michael Moore's Capitalism: A Love Story for Best Documentary; A Single Man for Art Direction...it was criticized as too pretty, but apparently it still wasn't pretty enough!; "Cinema Italiano" from Nine and "All is Love" from Where the Wild Things Are for Best Original Song), most of the nominees were unsurprising. In fact, with one exception (Kruger losing her spot to Maggie Gyllenhaal), all of the major acting nominees matched the SAG nominees.

Loved how the collected press applauded for the crowd-pleasing Blind Side noms...it's like American Idol where the best frequently don't win, but the favorites do! (Maybe The Blind Side is this year's Ruben Studdard.) 

Lee_daniels Kathryn Bigelow becomes only the fourth woman ever nominated for a Best Director Oscar (so deserved), and has an excellent chance to become the first to win. Also, Lee Daniels is only the second black man nominated for Best Director (also so deserved; the first was not Spike Lee, but John Singleton). Also re Daniels, I don't have stats on how many out gay people have been nominated for the award, but Rob Marshall comes to mind.

Sandra-bullock-the-blind-side As for nominating 10 films instead of five, it feels like a marketing gimmick to me, especially when only five directors are nominated—it feels like the five films whose helmers were ignored are just honorary mentions with next to no chance of winning. And I didn't find the extra five to be particularly interesting choices, either—they feel like films that should have been in the running but shouldn't have been in the final cut, or, in the case of The Blind Side, they're concessions to commercial juggernauts. (I guess that is this year's Ghost, except Ghost was able to be nominated when there were only five slots, and The Blind Side probably wouldn't have had a shot.)

But the Oscars are the original marketing gimmick gone good, so more power to the movies that benefit from the looser standards.


The full list of nominees follows (and more movie talk is available here), but my guesses right now for the top awards would be: Avatar (but Inglourious Basterds has a real shot and The Hurt Locker is not out of the question), Bigelow, Bridges, Bullock (she's had the momentum, but Streep could still pull it off in the more conservative Oscars), Mo'Nique and Waltz.

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Dec 26 2009
The Unbearable Lightness Of Being Italian: A Review Of Nine's Nine Comments (6)


Nine's not one; more like a five and a half out of 10. Partly inspired, partly insipid, my take on it, bit by bit:

Daniel Day-Lewis, RATING: 5/10

Just call him "mistercast". One of our greatest actors, Day-Lewis tries hard, but simply doesn't have the charm (nor does he have the chops) as Guido Contini, the director battling a mid-life crisis. Guido is written as being on the verge of being annoying, saved only by his massive charm. Day-Lewis lacks the charm that Antonio Banderas brought to the sensational Broadway revival, mortally wounding the entire film. What a shame this film and his performance are nothing special considering he's made only four movies this decade.

Nine-day-lewis-221 Marion Cotillard, RATING: 9/10

Luminously beautiful and gifted with an actual part (something most of the other women lack), Cotillard is truly memorable as Guido's neglected wife Luisa. Once his beautiful discovery and muse, Luisa's apparently been replaced—again and again—by various other women who've crossed Guido's gaze. Cotillard's singing is surprisingly strong, making her something most of the others are not—a double threat (no one in the film is asked to dance for real, with lots of stomping around enhanced by Marshall's skillful editing).


Penélope Cruz, RATING 9/10

As gorgeous as Cotillard in an almost opposite way, Cruz gives a performance as the ditzy yet painfully sincere Carla that's so delicious it's a shame her character—like everyone's character—is not given more time to flower. She may not be able to suspend herself mid-air like Jane Krakowski did onstage, but she sizzles in her big number and touches the heart with her character's pathetic need for a man who's nothing but an appetite himself. 

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Dec 25 2009
Turning 41 On 12/25 Divided By 9 Comments (5)
600px-US_41.svg Merry Christmas to all who celebrate it and have a good 25th to those who don't. I'll be spending the day—my 41st birthday, gulp—eating José's food with friends and catching Nine, which I hope to be able to rate above a Four Point Three (where it currently stands at Rotten Tomatoes). 
Dec 17 2009
A Single SAG Comments (1)

An ubersexy new clip from A Single Man is just out (see after the jump), just in time for the Screen Actors' Guild nominations (yay, Colin! aw, no Julianne...), which are also after the jump, the only gasp-inducing shocker being the absence of Up in the Air from the ensemble acting category (the equivalent of Best Picture) despite honors for Clooney, Farmiga (who was really great) and Kendrick...

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Dec 16 2009
Madonna Culpa Comments (26)

Credit where it's due...Madonna looked amazing at the Nine premiere! Not to mention Lourdes. I love this look, which reminds me of this:

Many more pix here. I still want to be sure she leaves her face alone from now on. But I grant her permission (<---for those unfortunate Madonna's fans who are humorless, this is an example of what you lack) to continue with what appears to be a newfound spray-tan appreciation. 

Now, a more important question: Why wasn't she IN Nine???

UPDATE: More from Broadway World:

Maybe Getty Images retouches prior to releasing images? Or it's a bad shot. 

Bonus: Hilarious UK ads for Celebration that I somehow missed when they came out last month:

Dec 15 2009
Golden Globes: Starfucking With An Accent! Comments (2)


The Golden Globes are always fun as quasi-Oscar predictors, and because the Hollywood Foreign Press is unabashedly pro-star. They love giving nominations (and even awards) to big names not known for their acting chops, especially when those big names stretch ever so slightly. (Case in point: Madonna was nominated for and won a Globe, though went on not to even get an Oscar nomination.)

This is why someone like Julia Roberts gets nominated for something like Duplicity (um, exactly!) and why they adore giving wins to newcomers whose shows have made a big splash (remembering Keri Russell winning for Felicity, America Ferrera, etc.)

The year's biggest shock for me was the failure of Mariah Carey to get a nomination. She was never, ever Oscar-nomination-bound, not really, but the Globes seemed a possibility for her. Guess her international profile isn't as big as her profile. (This is a breast joke, not a fat joke, and as such is an expression of my civility toward a figure—in both senses—I dislike but whom did well in a movie that was my first or second fave of 2009.)

The complete list of Golden Globes nominations—my comments, if any, follow each category...

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Dec 11 2009
Nine Lies Comments (12)
"I don't believe in having work done, because then everybody looks the same," Sophia Loren tells People (December 21, 2009). There is a not so fine line between a bald-faced liar and an actress, and she just crossed it. Hard. She might be the most fuckable 75-year-old ever, but no work??? I guess if you parse her words...she doesn't "believe in having work done," but that is not saying she's never gone against her beliefs. The boobs alone! 
Nov 25 2009
Be Italian Job Comments (2)
Four new posters are out for Nine, a movie I'm dying to see (the Antonio Banderas Broadway show was fantastic!). They look good (my favorite above), but I'm not sure "Be Italian" means anything to anyone except for established fans of the show...

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