Archive | May 2011

mid-year globe predictions

It’s mighty fun to predict the Golden Globes.  Mostly because of their unpredictability.  In that same regard, though, they can be utterly frustrating – case in point, almost every 2010 nominee.  But for an early stab, I have my predictions in six film categories and six television categories.

Best Motion Picture – Drama
The Help
J. Edgar
The Tree of Life
War Horse

Best Motion Picture – Comedy/Musical
The Descendants
The Hangover, Part II
Midnight in Paris
Young Adult

Best Lead Actress in a Drama
Glenn Close, Albert Nobbs
Rooney Mara, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
Elizabeth Olsen, Martha Marcy May Marlene
Meryl Streep, The Iron Lady
Michelle Williams, My Week with Marilyn

Best Lead Actress in a Comedy/Musical
Amy Adams, The Muppets
Cameron Diaz, Bad Teacher
Julia Roberts, Larry Crowne
Charlize Theron, Young Adult
Kristen Wiig, Bridesmaids

Best Lead Actor in a Drama
Johnny Depp, The Rum Diary
Leonardo DiCaprio, J. Edgar
Woody Harrelson, Rampart
Brad Pitt, Moneyball
Brad Pitt, The Tree of Life

Best Lead Actor in a Comedy/Musical
Steve Carell, Crazy Stupid Love
George Clooney, The Descendants
Robert Downey, Jr., Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows
Tom Hanks, Larry Crowne
Owen Wilson, Midnight in Paris

Best Television Series – Drama
Big Love (HBO)
Breaking Bad (AMC)
Boardwalk Empire (HBO)
The Good Wife (CBS)
Luck (HBO)
Prime Suspects (NBC)

Best Television Series – Comedy/Musical
The Big Bang Theory (CBS)
The Big C (Showtime)
Glee (FOX)
Hot in Cleveland (TV Land)
Modern Family (ABC)
Nurse Jackie (Showtime)

Best Lead Actress in a Drama Series
Kathy Bates, Harry’s Law
Maria Bello, Prime Suspect
Claire Danes, Homeland
Dana Delany, Body of Proof
Julianna Margulies, The Good Wife

Best Lead Actress in a Comedy Series
Christina Applegate, Up All Night
Laura Dern, Enlightened
Edie Falco, Nurse Jackie
Tina Fey, 30 Rock
Laura Linney, The Big C

Best Lead Actor in a Drama Series
Steve Buscemi, Boardwalk Empire
Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad
Michael C. Hall, Dexter
Dustin Hoffman, Luck
Hugh Laurie, House

Best Lead Actor in a Comedy Series
Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock
Thomas Jane, Hung
William H. Macy, Shameless
Matthew Morrison, Glee
Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory


remember when: CAST of MODERN FAMILY

It’s time to take another trip back.  It’s been a while – then again, everything’s been a while on this here blog – so it’s time to honor television casts with questionable history in the business. Let’s take a look at one of the best casts working currently – those zany adults on Modern Family.

Though he’s still probably best known as lovable lug Al Bundy on Married with Children, before Ed O’Neill was Jay, patriarch of the Pritchetts on Modern Family, he took a little trip south to Florida, for a 1984 episode of Miami Vice.

Julie Bowen had regular roles on Ed and Boston Legal, but before she was neurotic mom Claire, she was part of the melodramatic history of Dawson’s Creek, playing Dawson’s hippie-dippie Aunt Gwen in a 2000 episode.

Sure, he’s had his stints on stage, but before playing Mitchell, uptight lawyer, Jesse Tyler Ferguson had a television role in 2000’s miniseries sudser, Sally Hemings, detailing the sordid affairs of our former president Thomas Jefferson.  He played their love child.

Before Eric Stonestreet graced Modern Family‘s presence with his over-the-top theatrics he had a bit part as a clerk in the 2000 music-biz flick Almost Famous.

Ty Burrell now plays bumbling screwball Phil Dunphy on MF, but he once had a small guest part, like so many others at the time, in a 2001 episode of The West Wing.

Before she became the resident bombshell of the family, Gloria, Sofia Vergara played a housekeeper who falls for Jason Lee in the Tim Allen comedy Big Trouble in 2002.

best films: #1: BRINGING UP BABY (1938)

What better way to return to the blogging world than by officially wrapping up the very first series I ever featured on Journalistic Skepticism, my 100 movies countdown.  (FYI:  This list is circa 2009, so it’s about time for an update, seeing as though I’ve viewed quite a few movies since then… a FYC for a revised Top 100 will be coming your way in the coming months!)  After all the sweeping epics and goofy comedies and sentimental kids flicks and harrowing thrillers, my #1 movie of all time all comes down to Baby.  The tamed, house-trained leopard that is.  One of the reasons I fell in love with movies, to be honest, it’s an enduring classics that I could never see too many times and that elicits laughter unlike most anything that’s come after it.  Bringing Up Baby is my all-time favorite.  You can’t get a much better pair of actors than Katharine Hepburn and Cary Grant.  They’re both legendary talents who are best known, perhaps, for their more serious roles but truly shine in comedy.  Particularly this screwball affair in which an eccentric heiress, a bumbling paleontologist, and a runaway pet leopard chase each other around the countryside.

It sounds like the plot of some terrible CGI-ed Adam Sandler vehicle now, but the movie is sheer brilliance.  Hepburn plays high society type Susan Vance to outstanding effect.  Her natural lilt works great in this setting, and her timing is beyond.  Grant is her overly able straight man who gets worn down by Susan’s endless charms.  It’s goofy, to be sure, but it purely defines what I find most wonderful about the cinema.  It tells a seemingly simple story in such a way that anyone who watches it leaves with pure joy.  Howard Hawks’ now-classic is all the more incredible considering it was a catastrophic flop when it was released.  Thank goodness it wasn’t lost into obscurity due to its ill will.  It’s an astounding piece of comedy gold, and I am hard-pressed to find anyone who’s watched it that doesn’t agree with that.

reading material: SCREENPLAY predictions updated

All right folks – still easing my way in.  But I had a day off, so I thought it was time to continue those ol’ predictions to the left there.  Just added in the screenplay categories as well.  A few upheavals thanks to Cannes, so feel free to check ’em out!

I have returned… tentatively.

All right, so I couldn’t stay away from you crazy kids forever, now could I?  Though my newly employed self is putting in some serious overtime in my day job, I’m excited to get back to blogging now that life is starting to revert back to a sort of normalcy.  I’m starting with the important (and most fun) stuff.  To the left you’ll see I’ve started updating my Oscar predictions for May.  Starting with Best Picture tonight, and hopefully the acting categories tomorrow.  Please do check it out, and come back to this here blog post for discussion!