Archive | June 2011

who played it best? – JO MARCH

Well first thing’s first – need to wrap up our last outing with this series, debating who played the best Juliet Capulet.  It ended up being a pretty landslide victory for Zefferelli’s 1968 outing with Olivia Hussey as the young lovebird.  I’d have to agree with you all on this one!  But on to the next big question… who played Josephine “Jo” March of Little Women/Little Men/Jo’s Boys fame best?

I’m restricting you to these (possibly) most-well-known options.  Though feel free to write in more obscure or more well-liked candidates in the comments.  But who played the best Jo?  Get to voting on that poll over in the righthand column!

casting crew, mix ‘n match: WHO’S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF?

All right folks – I’m reviving the Casting Crew.  But this time I need some help.  It’s time to cast a remake (or additional play-to-film adaptation, depending on how you see it) of Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? So for each of the four cast members, I’ve given you five options.  Mix and match your ideal cast in the comments!

Elizabeth Taylor as Martha

The Martha Contenders
Laura Linney, Helena Bonham Carter, Maria Bello,
Olivia Williams, or Cate Blanchett

Richard Burton as George

The George Contenders
Kyle MacLachlan, Daniel Craig, Robert Downey Jr.,
Michael Sheen, or Dougray Scott

Sandy Dennis as Honey

The Honey Contenders
Greta Gerwig, Mamie Gummer, Rebecca Hall,
Elisabeth Moss, or Bryce Dallas Howard

George Segal as Nick

The Dennis Contenders
Jude Law, Ryan Gosling, Jay Baruchel,
John Krasinski, or Lee Pace


where has the time gone…

Just when I thought I was back to the blogging world for good, the realities of life set in once again.  It turns out print journalism is struggling – have you heard?  Thanks to the bugger of an economy journalists are out of work left and right.  And since some recent unfortunate cuts happened due to that lagging economy, I find myself doing the work of more than one person of late.  So forgive me while I once again find my footing!  In the meantime, answer me this – who are your favorite movie-bound newspaper mavens??

trailer fridays

September 23, 2011

July 15, 2011

The Muppets
November 23, 2011

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2
July 15, 2011

Our Idiot Brother
August 26, 2011

Check back next week for more trailer goodness!

oscar predictions update: COMPLETE!

Well, it only took about a month and a half, but I’m finally done updating my Oscar predictions.  Check the menu in the top left to take a gander at the new finished categories – Best Film Editing, the sound and music categories, and Best Animated Feature.  And here’s my most recent nomination tally below:

10 nominations
The Tree of Life

8 nominations
War Horse

6 nominations
J. Edgar, Carnage

5 nominations
Moneyball, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

4 nominations
The Descendants, The Help, The Iron Lady,
Hugo Cabret

3 nominations
The Ides of March, Albert Nobbs, Super 8,
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2,
Transformers: Dark of the Moon,
Adventures of Tintin

2 nominations
We Need to Talk About Kevin,
My Week with Marilyn, Captain America,
The Muppets, Cars 2

1 nomination
This Must Be the Place, Coriolanus,
A Dangerous Method, Rampart, Young Adult,
The Rum Diary, Pirates of the Caribbean 4,
Rango, Rio, Winnie the Pooh

oscar predictions update: BEST ART DIRECTION

In honor of the Tonys playing out tonight, and an inevitable trophy for set design and such for the play War Horse, I thought it the best time to do a bit of updating on my Art Direction predictions for Oscar (just scroll down below the Cinematography and Costume Design sections).  And yes, War Horse has risen in the ranks.  I doubt its potential in acting and writing, but art direction seems like a sure thing.  Check out the picks, and let me know what you think, readers!

trailer fridays

Them’s slim pickings this week.  I’m a little surprised, actually – with Super 8 coming out and all – that there weren’t more new trailers, but alas, we’re left with these three amongst semi-major releases.  I’m particularly excited for Pariah, which I see as a dark horse Oscar contender.

The Guard

oscar predictions update: BEST COSTUME DESIGN

The visual category updates continue.  Check out the corresponding page, below Best Cinematography, and let me know your thoughts on the costume race.  Is it a Powell/Beavan/Atwood race again this year, or will The Help, Jane Eyre and The Artist manage spots?

who played it best? – JULIET CAPULET

Thought it’s been quite a long time since our last “Who Played it Best?” I thought I’d mention our Dracula competition left the quintessential count as Bela Lugosi from the 1931 classic.

But now on to the latest competition.  Which one of these ladies played the hopelessly in love Juliet best?  Norma Shearer, Susan Shentall, Natalie Wood, Olivia Hussey, Claire Danes or Emily Blunt?  Chime in on the poll in the comments!