Well the Oscar winners have been announced, and unfortunatly it was another shitty, routine year (and according to a mate the ceremony was once again boring too) and I’v become even more disinterested in this once exciting event. In fact I practically don’t care for this award show anymore, I think It’ll just be the Emmy’s that will be really good for now. Yeah why not I mean this year Boardwalk Empire will be leading the race and Steve Buscemi should win Best Actor. Or the Guy’s Choice Awards, the most superficial, but extremely funny awards show, and the Globes was only really good lately with Ricky Gervais hosting, so if they keep giving it to him I’ll be interested, but nomination wise meh. Which is a shame, cause I used to really like the Oscars and the Oscar race, and the ceremony was always good, but if it keeps going down the path it’s going then I’m gonna become more and more disinterested in it until I finally really don’t care.
The King’s Speech
Ok Colin Firth won Best Actor, which he probably deserved, but was this two hour film about a King with a speech impediment really the best picture of the year? Even if I like it I bet it isn’t half as good as The Social Network.
Up Against: The Social Network, Black Swan, True Grit, 127 Hours, The Fighter, The Kids Are Alright, Winters Bone, Toy Story 3.
What Deserved To Win? The Social Network, because of it’s relevance to our times, how it manages to turn a rather dull idea of how a website is created and turn it into high drama, and manages to be wildly entertaining at the same time.
Tom Hooper-The King’s Speech
What would have been harder to make, a fine actor like Colin Firth act good or getting Natalie Portman to perform ballet, lesbanism too, not to mention those brilliant original shots Darren Aranofsky did in Black Swan?!
Up Against: David Fincher for The Social Network, Darren Aranofsky for Black Swan, The Coen Brothers for True Grit and David O. Russell for The Fighter.
Who Deserved To Win? Darren Aranofsky, for the effort, not to mention years it took to finally be able to make this wondourous and scary thriller.
Colin Firth-The King’s Speech
Yes I’m sure he’s good in this, but I’m betting Firth deserved it more for A Single Man last year and the Academy could have given it to Jeff Bridges this year (even though I wasn’t blown away by his take on Rooster Cogburn) but he was more entertaining in True Grit than he was in Crazy Heart. Though I wanted Jesse Eisenberg to win, I can understand if Firth was better, even if I’ll like Eisenberg more.
Up Against: Jesse Eisenberg for The Social Network, Jeff Bridges for True Grit, James Franco for 127 Hours and Javier Bardem for Biutiful.
Who Deserved To Win? Probably Firth. I’v got no real beef with this win.
Natalie Portman-Black Swan
A win totally deserved, Portman gives it her all in this fiery, tragic performance, still managing to be as beautiful as she always is, despite how emotionally draining the role is. I haven’t been this impressed (or liked) Portman in anything since her debut in Leon.
Up Against: Annette Benning for The Kids Are Alright, Nicole Kidman for Rabbit Hole, Jennifer Lawrence for Winters Bone and Michelle Williams for Blue Valentine.
Who Deserved To Win? Portman all the way.
Best Supporting Actor
Christian Bale-The Fighter
While he was watchable in this, I do also think he over acted and wasn’t as good as Mark Wahlberg (can’t believe I’m saying this), but then again all Iv really liked Bale in was in American Psycho so. The one I felt deserved to win was Jeremy Renner for his scene stealing performance in the snubbed fine crime drama The Town.
Up Against: Jeremy Renner for The Town, Geoffrey Rush for The King’s Speech, Mark Ruffalo for The Kids Are Alright and John Hawkes for Winters Bone.
Who Deserved To Win? Renner, for his magnetic, scene stealing in The Town, should have stolen the trophy right off Bale during the ceremony. Sure Bale lost weight, but he loses weight all the time, it’s like me drinking coke everyday, nothing for him.
Best Supporting Actress
Melissa Leo-The Fighter
To be honest I don’t really remember Leo’s performance in this all that well. I just knew she was a bitchy ma and that was about it. Now Jacki Weaver, all she really did was act all nice, when really she was terryifying and pulled the scariest expressions on her face, but she was waay more memorable in Animal Kingdom.
Up Against: Jacki Weaver for Animal Kingdom, Hailee Steinfeld for True Grit, Amy Adams for The Fighter and Helenna Bonham Carter for The King’s Speech.
Who Deserved To Win? Weaver for her absolute scary performance as the matriarch of a screwed up Aussie crime family. If looks could kill.
Best Animated Film
Toy Story 3
No suprise there. Rightly deserved, this touching Pixar film was definetly the best animated film of the year.
Up Against: How To Train Your Dragon and The Illusionist.
Well it’s that time of the year again, Hollywood’s biggest night for movies as the 83rd annual Academy Awards air in the states tonight (or if you have Sky Movies will air here from Midday), and for the first time ever I’m not that interested in the award show. At least not like I normally am. In the past I’d look extremely forward to this event, would stay up late on a school night and even tape em, or in more recent years since only airing on Sky would try and see em at a friend’s house. But this year I’m not as excited, and the reasons not because Scott Pilgrim got over looked by the Academy (I knew from the get go that it wouldn’t get any awards consideration). No, it was after watching the last Oscars and seeing the very overrated and extremely dull Hurt Locker winning practically everything, and being soo annoyed (not to mention kind of bored by the ceremony itself) that I started to become disinterested in the Oscars, and it made me realise how much the Oscars have really screwed up in the past. Alfred Hitchcock never won an Oscar for Best Director (Although he got an Honorary Oscar) that’s still not the same, Saving Private Ryan losing Best Picture to Shakespeare In Love, the rap group Three 6 Mafia winning an Oscar before Martin Scorsese! It goes on. Oh sure there have been wins that I have liked or were very much deserved: Annie Hall winning Best Picture, All About Eve, How Green Was My Valley, Casablanca, The Apartment, The Godfather’s I & II, One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest, Rainman, Forrest Gump (Yes I truly think it deserved Best Picture), American Beauty; James Stewart and Katherine Hepburn my fave actor and actress of all time receiving golden statues (Hepburn four and to this day the actor with the most wins); and this year’s Oscars has my second favourite film (and in my opinion best) of the year The Social Network being a popular contender to win Best Picture, although it could be beaten by the Colin Firth inspirational drama The King’s Speech, in which case if it does, and sweeps all the Oscars and becomes a repeat of last year, then I’ll become even more disinterested in the Oscars. I’ll know in a few hours whether the Academy will make up for their decisons last year, or make it worse!
This year has quite a lot to make up for the disappointments I constantly endured last year. With Date Night, Cop Out being completely average, Jason Bateman doing a shitty Jennifer Aniston veichle (which I still haven’t seen), to Woody Allen extremely under performing after doing my now third fave film of all time (Whatever Works) with You’ll Meet A Tall Dark Stranger. Sure there were solid gold locked films that I knew I was gonna like no matter what with Shutter Island, Inception and especially The Social Network, and one huge suprise that became my favourite film, Scott Pilgrim, but as a whole 2010 was a pretty average year for cinema, with only a few suprises. Will 2011 be the same? I hope not, but if it does I won’t be as annoyed as there’s new Curb Your Enthusiasm to look forward to, to make up for it. Here’s some films I’m eager to see this year, films I’m anticipating, or just films that I may not be too interested in but I know I’ll be seeing regardless.
Plot-Two Brit sci-fi geeks on a roadtrip round the US encounter a friendly alien, and are doggedly pursued by two FBI agents, while also being helped by a friendly, eccentric woman.
Director: Gregg Mottola
Stars: Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Seth Rogen, Jason Bateman, Bill Hader, Kristen Wiig, Sigourney Weaver.
Why I Want to See This?- My most anticipated film of the year. Pegg & Frost team up again minus Director Edgar Wright, though Mottola is a more than capable Director has he’s Directed Bateman before on Arrested Development and Rogen and Hader in Superbad, for this sci-fi comedy, with Bateman returning back into my good graces, SNL Players Hader and Wiig co-starring! And the final icing on the cake being Rogen voicing the title alien. A-M-A-Z-I-N-G. Can’t wait.
The Green Hornet
Plot-Bored billionaire decides to become a superhero, and teams up with a martial arts expert to stop a crazy villian.
Why I want to see it?-Seth Rogen is back after a year’s absence with this action comedy, Directed by Michel Gondry, and featuring Christoplh Waltz as the villian. Huzzah.
Plot-Teenagers find themselves stranded in an extremely radical christian conservative town, where horror, pain and suffering follow.
Director: Kevin Smith
Stars: Michael Parks, John Goodman.
Why I Want to See It?-Kevin Smith (yes the same man behind those funny Jay & Silent Bob comedies) immidiatly making up for Cop Out with this chilling looking horror, with Michael Parks going to be a sensation as the sinister religious zealot. And John Goodman’s back. Yuss. The teaser for this is amazing.
Plot-Anthology comedy by the Farrelly’s with some of the funniest people around today.
Directors: The Farrelly Brothers.
Stars: A lot, including Johnny Knoxville, Naomi Watts, Anna Faris, Hugh Jackman, Seann William Scott.
Why I Want to See This?-I love anthology movies, I love Farrelly Brothers films, and this has a lot of stars I like. Automatic must see. Hopefully the world will follow suit.
Plot-After ten years of peace, The Ghostface Killer is back to terrorise Sidney, Dewey and Gale again. New teens too.
Director: Wes Craven
Stars: Neve Campbell, David Arquette, Courtney Cox,
Why I Want to See This?-A decade has passed since the last, but Wes Craven and cast are back, aswell as a new batch of teens to be terrorised. Bring it.
Plot: Three friends decide to murder their horrible bosses after finally having enough of years of torment.
Director: Seth Gordon
Stars: Jason Bateman, Jason Sudeikis, Charlie Day, Colin Farrell, Jennifer Aniston.
Why I Want to See This?-Another Bateman comedy that sounds funny. Co stars SNL Player Sudeikis, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia’s Day, and Hollywood A-Listers Farrell and Aniston, again in a Bateman film, but I know this will be better.
Plot-A married man switches bodies with his best friend.
Director: David Dobkin
Stars: Jason Bateman, Ryan Reynolds, Leslie Mann.
Why I Want to See This? Silly plot, but will be made funny by the comedy talents of the three leads.
Plot-An orphan becomes tangled in a mystery to do with his late father and an automaton.
Director: Martin Scorsese.
Stars: Chloe Moretz, Jude Law, Sacha Baron Cohen.
Why I Want to See This?-Scorsese doing a family friendly film. Will still be great. Having Baron Cohen is another plus.
Plot-About a violent, loner who hates the world and everyone around him, until he happens to meet a young boy does his life naturally drastically begin to change.
Director: Spencer Susser
Stars: Joseph Gordon Leavitt, Natalie Paortman.
Why I Want to See This?-Gordon Levitt playing a violent loner? Yes please. Have seen a clip. Looks good.
The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo (US)
Plot-Remake of the Swedish sensation, about a jounalist’s search for a woman who’s been missing, or dead for forty years.
Director: David Fincher
Stars: Rooney Mara, Daniel Craig, Stellan Skarsgard.
Why I Want to See This?-Because Fincher has proven that he can make anything and it’ll always be good. This being a thriller is right up his alley. Will also watch the original before seeing this.
Midnight In Paris
Plot-A presumbly neurotic couple travel to Paris for business, and will get more than they expected.
Director: Woody Allen
Stars: Michael Sheen, Rachel McAdams, Marion Coitillard, Adrien Brody, Owen Wilson, Kathy Bates, Allison Pill.
Why I Want to See This?-Woody Allen’s latest. Please make up for You’ll Meet A Tall Dark Stranger. With a cast like this (minus Rachael McAdams) he just might.
Plot-Those loveable, classic puppets are back, with Kermit and the gang putting on a show to save their old theater.
Director: James Bobin
Stars: The Muppets (duh), Jason Segel and a host of other major celebrities.
Why I Want to See This?-It has been too long since The Muppets have been on the big screen (1999’s Muppets In Space to be precise, but 1997’s Muppet Treasure Island was their last great hit), so Segel, along with his Forgetting Sarah Marshall Director bringing back those wonderful puppets. God bless them.
Caesar: Rise Of The Apes
Plot-Remake of the fourth outing in the original Planet of the Apes series from 1968-1973 Conquest of the Planet of the Apes, shows how the apes conquered mankind and ruled our planet, thanks to a talking ape descandent from the future named Caesar.
Director: Rupert Wyatt
Stars: James Franco, Andy Serkis, Freida Pinto, John Lithgow.
Why I Want to See This?-I am a huge Planet of the Apes fan. The original series is my favourite science fiction series ever, more than Star Wars definetly, though I was quite disappointed with Tim Burton’s remake. Now exactly a decade has passed since that disaster and this better make up for that, and not be a repeat. So far it’s not, with the apes being cgi now, and I couldn’t care less for the Director and stars attached. I’ll just have to wait and see.
Guns, Girls And Gambling
Plot-A bunch of people, including Elvis impersonators, Indians, Cowboys and various other shady people are all chasing after a priceless American Indian artifact stolen during a poker game at an Indian casino.
Director: Michael Winnick
Stars: Gary Oldman, Christian Slater, Dane Cook, Chris Kattan.
Why I Want to See It? Slater, Oldman (True Romance reunion huzzah) and Cook in a movie! Awesome.
Plot-Follows the life of a struggling NY writer, and his relationships with his friends, as well as their own dramas.
Director: Josh Radnor
Stars: Josh Radnor, Malin Ackerman, Tony Hale.
Why I Want to See It?-To see if How I Met Your Mother’s Ted Mosby can carry a film, and after seeing the trailer and seeing that their’s drama for Tony ‘Buster Bluth’ Hale automatically makes it a must see.
Tree Of Life
Plot-Drama about a young boy’s troubles growing up in the 1950s, also follows him into his adult life too.
Director: Terrence Malick.
Stars: Brad Pitt, Sean Penn.
Why I Want to See This?-Originally I thought this was gonna be a three hour epic about Brad Pitt and Sean Penn as Cavemen fighting dinosaurs. Instead it’s a three hour epic about a boy’s life growing up in the 1950s. Still intruiged and I’m sure it’ll be good, but damn that first idea sounded soo much better.
X-Men: First Class
Plot-Prequel, showhing how the X-Men were formed, how all the classic characters discovered their powers, and how the war between Professor X and Magneto begun.
Director: Matthew Vaughn
Stars: James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender.
Why I Want to See This?-After a disappointing third, and spin-off too, can a prequel bring back the charm? With Kick Ass Director Vaughn Directing and Inglourious Basterds Fassbender starring I think so.
Plot-Troubled husband and father decides to put a beaver puppet on and use that has his way of communicating.
Director: Jodie Foster.
Stars: Mel Gibson, Jodie Foster.
Why I Want to See This?-Gibson may or may not return to good graces with this film, but I’m pretty interested in it none the less due to the rather interesting plot. But can it be taken seriously?
Plot-A family who have recently moved to a new house find themselves terrorised by a killer who’d killed the previous owners.
Director: Jim Sheridan
Stars: Daniel Craig, Rachel Weiz, Naomi Watts
Why I Want to See This?-Naomi Watts doing what was done to her in Funny Games!? Sweeeet.
The Hangover Part II
Plot-Sequel to the suprise (and very overrated) comedy hit of 2009, follows the gang as they travel to Bangkok for a wedding.
Director: Todd Phillips
Stars: Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms, Zack Galifianakis, Ken Jeong.
Why I Want to See It? I’m sure this will be pretty funny, and their bringing back Jeong, the funniest person from the original. But it will be overrated for sure.
My Week With Marilyn
Plot-An employee of Sir Laurence Olivier documents the tense relationship between him and Marilyn Monroe on the set of The Prince And The Showgirl.
Director: Simon Curtis
Stars: Michelle Williams, Kenneth Branagh, Emma Watson, Judi Dench.
Why I Want to See This? Another new expose on someone famous, and while another film on Monroe is being made at the moment called Blonde with Naomi Watts as the blonde bombshell, I feel it’s better to get this one out of the way first as I’m waay more interested in the next.
Mission Impossible IV
Plot- Once again super spy Ethan Hunt is thrust into another deadly impossible mission.
Director: Brad Bird
Stars: Tom Cruise, Jeremy Renner, Simon Pegg.
Why I Want to See This? After a great third, another continuation for Cruise, with Pegg and Directed by Bird I’m down with.
Plot-A test pilot is granted mystical powers and becomes the eponymous superhero.
Director: Martin Campbell.
Stars: Ryan Reynolds, Blake Lively, Peter Sarsgaard, Temuera Morrison, Taika Waititi.
Why I Want to See This? While I’d rather Reynolds be doing Dead Pool instead, this should be an entertaining super hero blockbuster.
Plot-Two women battle to plan their friend’s wedding.
Director: Paul Feig
Stars: Kristen Wiig, Maya Rudolph, Jon Hamm.
Why I Want to See This? Ok the plot couldn’t be anymore what I’m not into, but it stars Wiig and Rudolph, two of the funniest women in the world so it could be really, really funny.
Plot-A young man’s bond with a horse is threatened when the horse is sold and shipped over to the trenches of WW1. So the man decides to enlist and save his friend.
Director: Steven Speilberg.
Stars: Benedict Cumberbatch, David Thewlis, Tom Hiddleston.
Why I Want to See This? Speilberg’s latest, can make up for Indy IV. But the plots muffed.
Plot-A young girl who has been commited, imagines a dream world to help her cope, and also to plan a daring escape.
Director: Zach Schneider.
Stars: Emily Browning, Vanessa Hudgens, Abbie Cornish, Jon Hamm.
Why I Want to See This? Schneider’s latest, could be another Watchmen, or the female 300. Here’s to the former.
The Rum Diary
Plot-Johnny Depp plays a freelance journalist juggling many problems, based on a Hunter S. Thompson novel.
Director: Bruce Robinson.
Stars: Johnny Depp
Why I Want to See This? Depp returning to Hunter S. Thompson territory. Please be toned down in the excessiveness that Fear & Loathing relished.
A Dangerous Method
Plot-A look at how the intense relationship between Carl Jung and Sigmond Freud gives birth to psychoanalysis.
Director: David Cronenberg
Stars: Viggo Mortensen, Michael Fassbender, Keira Knightley
Why I Want to See This? Cronenberg and Mortensen’s third pairing in a row sounds interesting, and should be better than Eastern Promises. But maybe not History Of Violence. Plus it’s got the always good Fassbender.
Plot-A vengeful father chases after the men who killed his daughter by literally running them over with his pimp ass car.
Director: Patrick Lussier.
Stars: Nicolas Cage, William Fichtner.
Why I Want to See This? Ridiculous plot will be made interesting by Nic Cage.
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
Plot-A semi retired veteran spy is forced out of retirement to track down a Soviet agent during the Cold War.
Director: Tomas Alfredson
Stars: Tom Hardy, Colin Firth, Gary Oldman, Ralph Fiennes.
Why I Want to See This? The Director of Let The Right One In’s next film starring Gary Oldman and Ralph Fiennes.
Plot-A Cloverfield repeat.
Director: J.J. Abrams.
Stars: Elle Fanning, Amanda Michalka, Kyle Chandler.
Why I Want to See This? Another Cloverfield. Sure it will be good
Friends With benefits
Plot-The relations between two friends gets obviosuly complicated when they decide to get kinky.
Director: Will Gluck
Stars: Mila Kunis, Justin Timberlake, Patricia Clarkson.
Why I Want to See This? A romantic comedy starring Timberlake and Kunis, so what? But if it’s got Clarkson then I’m in.
Do you really think 'Boy' was like a Wes Anderson film? Personally I felt it was less awkward than alot of his humour, and I was wondering where you were coming from with that comment? Im interested as to what similarities you saw and with what film.
Ok in humour maybe not as it’s quite distinctly Kiwi, but I felt the way it was shot, the camera angles and movements, reminded me of Wes Anderson. It felt more of a Wes Anderson film to me than Fantastic Mr. Fox, which was only good in parts, otherwise I felt it was abit of a waste and don’t get the praise it gets.
In David Fincher’s last two efforts, the things I really liked about em were the way they were filmed, told, and in Zodiac's case it's soundtrack, but the performances didn't really resonate. Although I was entertained by Robert Downey Jr., creeped out yet compelled by John Carroll Lynch, and thought Mark Ruffalo was good in Zodiac, they just didn’t resonate and stand out from Fincher’s three films before, but compared to Benjammin Button where seeing Brad Pitt and Cate Blanchett in old age makeup was more interesting than their performances, well. So walking into Social Network I was kind of expecting a third round of it, maybe just liking Justin Timberlake. I really wasn’t expecting to like Eisenberg’s performance as Mark Zuckerberg, more appreciate it. But I certainly wasn’t expecting for him to deliver my favourite performance of the year, which he did. It took me three movies to finally get me to like him; in Squid And The Whale, he was good but such a dick until the end that it stopped me from liking him, in Adventureland he was dour, too straight and very, very dull, while in Zombieland actually he was good, enjoyable and sometimes funny, but that was all pretty much lost on me by Woody Harrelson stealing the show. Finally in Social Network he shone through for me, playing a dick, but a socially impaired, practically aspie genius. From the moment the film started with Mark talking in a bar as he’s being dumped by his girlfriend (Rooney Mara) and struggling to comprehend the situation, while also correcting her on trivial little things in the conversation she’s getting wrong, Eisenberg was on. Other highlights are the hearing scenes scattered throughout the film as Mark is rude and smarmy to the Winklevoss twins who are suing him over the rights to Facebook, aswell as their lawyer as he’s asked “Mr. Zuckerberg, do I have your full attention?” To which his response is “No” and when asked why he responds with “I think if your clients want to sit on my shoulders and call themselves tall, they have the right to give it a try - but there’s no requirement that I enjoy sitting here listening to people lie. You have part of my attention - you have the minimum amount. The rest of my attention is back at the offices of Facebook, where my colleagues and I are doing things that no one in this room, including and especially your clients, are intellectually or creatively capable of doing.”. Other asshole moments follow like the small but funny scene where he and once best friend Eduardo (Andrew Garfield) go for an interview to sell Facebook, and Mark decides to be rude and make clicking noises because he simply doesn’t care. But my absolute favourite moment of Zuckerberg’s is small but it’s when he meets up with Eduardo at a college party, and after doing a very weird and awkward martian like greeting to him, he has an aspie moment and complains about the theme of the party which is carribean, and how it’s not carribean at all and is soo annoyed by that he has to go outside. He later refers to that in a telephone argument with Eduardo near the end of the film. Eisenberg may not deserve the Oscar for Best Actor (and I don’t think he will anyway) but if he did win it I’d be very happy.
Joaquin Phoenix-I’m Still Here
Joaquin Phonex is not one of my favourite actors. Out of all his movies only two have I really liked him in: The villain in Gladiator and ofcourse Johnny Cash. But I was anticipating this supposed documentary showing him quitting acting to pursue a rapping career and basically end his career and become a living joke as his raps were not only stupid, but non sensical and hard to comprehend (except for the many uses of bitch). So when I’m Still Here came out I half thought it was one of the funniest things I’d ever seen, and because I didn’t know till like two days later that it was all a hoax, also felt slightly sorry for the man who had seemed to lose his mind. But second time around knowing the truth I was able to laugh as much as I wanted and not feel bad as Phoenix gave the funniest performance of the year playing one of the most warped and unflattering versions of a person playing themselves ever. Phoenix goes one up over Sacha Baron Cohen in that he’s not playing a character, he’s playing himself, and while sure the top celebs who featured were in on the joke, many involved, and more importantly the public believed this was real, and while ultimately the two year running joke didn’t pay off at all as it was a box office flop and has pretty much faded away, to me this was funnier than any comedy that came out this year. Their wasn’t a single scene this year that was as funny as Joaquin going to P. Diddy’s studio and showing him his demos as they one by one get worse and worse, and Diddy can’t believe what he’s hearing.
Michael Cera-Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World
Sure he was a bit of a dick and all, but compared to the over sweetness, feeling too sorry for himself performance in Nick & Norah Michael Cera was amazing then. Being part of a rock band is one thing, but being able to single handedly take on seven people that’s skill. Now his taste in girls is rather too emo for my tastes (seriously was all that trouble for Ramona really necessary?) aswell as the type of music his band plays is too ott, but the fact he’s a bit of a anti hero and I never once rooted for him, makes him more interesting to me.
Will Ferrell & Mark Wahlberg-The Other Guys
The funniest duo of the year. One of a long line of mismatched partners in film, but this year their haven’t been many. With Ferrell as the seemingly by the book Allen Gamble with a dark past and Eva Mendes as his wife! And Wahlberg as hot tempered and easilly annoyed Terry Hoitz, they were the buddy cop team that Tracy Morgan and Bruce Willis should have been.
Ralph Fiennes-Cemetary Junction
Ralph Fiennes is always good at being a villain, straight up. Schindler’s List my God of course is the epotomy of what I mean, as well as his disturbing performance in Red Dragon. And once again he can add Cemetary Junction to his list of classic mean characters. In it he plays Mr. Kendrick, the cold hearted and controlling boss of a Life Insurance company that protagonist Freddie (Christian Cooke) works at, aswell as father to the girl of his dreams (Felicity Jones). Kendrick only cares about himself, and couldn’t care less about the people around him, including his family who he controls over. When his wife (Emily Watson) appears to have disagreed with him about something, he threatens to take back the dress she’s wearing. But his coldest moment is when at a company banquet he’s farewelling a worker who’s retiring, but in the most unflattering way possible, with the farewell gift being a glass bowl! And then immidiatly after that saying “right now onto something a little less depressing”. A classic of meanness if ever I did see one.
Armie Hammer-The Social Network
Playing the twins who get screwed over by Mark Zuckerberg, Hammer turns in amazing performances who for all but one scene of the film are getting annoyed by one thing after another. From Mark screwing them around, to the Dean of their college not giving a damn, to losing their big rowing match, The Winklevoss Twins lose hardcore. And it’s funny to watch.
Nicolas Cage & Chloe Moretz-Kick Ass
The coolest duo of the year was this bad ass father and daughter team who were the true heroes of the film. Honestly everytime they were on it was gold. From the moment they appear with Cage’s Big Daddy shooting Moretz’s Hit Girl for target practice, they never dulled. Cage makes his performance even funnier by talking like Adam West. And Moretz, after kind of bugging me by playing someone beyond her years in 500 Days of Summer, here perfects it.
To do a film about a man who’s buried alive, and have it be completely set inside the coffin with him the whole time, you need an actor who will keep you interested the whole way, who will keep you enthralled the whole way through, and one with a lot of charm. I can’t think of a better actor then than Ryan Reynolds to be chosen for this project, and that’s exactly what he did.
Leonardo DiCaprio-Shutter Island & Inception
In both these films, DiCaprio continues to play a stressed out, demanding performance. But in Shutter Island he goes through the ringer, delivering his most demanding performance to date as a detective who loses his mind. The ending in paticular is when he’s at his most stressed out in the film, and the flashback with Michelle Williams Jesus. While in Inception he’s just as stressed out and shouty, losing his mind, and also has a deceased wife aswell, but unlike Shutter I choose to believe he gets a happy ending in Inception with his spinning top kind of slowing down.
Jon Hamm-The Town
Jon Hamm once again continuing to impress me. After returning briefly as the “Oh so handsome, yet oh so dumb” Dr. Drew Baired on 30 Rock, in The Town he’s the primary antagonist, the cop wanting to take down Ben Afleck and his crew at any costs, even if innocent people get killed along the way. A total dick who you wanna see go down, which you kind of do when he doesn’t end up apprehending Affleck by film’s end.
Another choice performance from the talented Kiwi.
Joseph Gordon Leavitt-Inception
The one out of the team who looks like he could be bad or turn coat, based mostly on the fact he’s got slicked back hair, instead he’s the sanest out of the group, and the one who really should be in charge. Also is part of the film’s coolest scen; The spinning hallway fight scene. Joseph you’ve done it again.
Probably the biggest dick of the year was Forte bringing a mildly funny creation from SNL to the big screen. Their was seriously no redeeming features to him; He was an idiot, rude to practically everyone, most memorably Ryan Phillipe (“I bet you wish your nose was a dick, so you could fuck butts”), when begging for something his offer is to suck their dick, and he has the most bizarre method of execution; ripping out throats, and the most horrible and sick puns such as when he’s about to rip off somebodies throat he chucks em a pack of throat lozengers and says rather sadistically “You’re gonna need the whole box”. So, so rude, yet so, so funny.
Patricia Clarkson-Shutter Island
After Whatever Works Patricia Clarkson bugged me with her stealing the film away from Larry David. Sure that’s what I love her for, but when Larry David only has Curb, then let him be the center of his own movie. Thankfully I was won back by her by her sole scene in this when as the film was becoming too much for me and I was getting uncomftable, Teddy Daniels (Leonardo DiCaprio) stumbles upon a cave and meets the supposed real patient who escaped, Rachel 2 (Clarkson) who reveals that she’s a doctor who stumbled upon a conspiracy in the institution, and is now hiding in the cave, and freaks out the near unstable Daniels. It’s great as even though it’s more freakiness, it’s oddly very calm in the way it’s told, and Clarkson quietly talks to DiCaprio and acts as she normally does when she acts; gracefull.
Chris Evans And Brandon Routh-Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World
The two funniest out of the evil exes, both only got about 15 minutes of screentime but deserved more. Evans played a self absorbed Hollywood action star who’s so fly the Universal Pictures logo is his theme, and he directs his films instead of the Director. He also delivers the meanest fight out of the 7 as he and his many stunt doubles take on Scott Pilgrim. But it’s his mean skateboarding skills that prove his downfall. His 15 minutes in this were funnier than his comic relief role in The Losers.
While Routh plays Scott’s ex’s boyfriend who because of him being Vegan gives him awesome strength which he uses on Scott and Knives Chau (”I’m not above punching a chick”) and psychic powers, but that still doesn’t make him all that bright, as Scott easilly tricks him into drinkink milk with half soy, and half dairy, and he’s defeated when the vegan police (Thomas Jane and Clifton Collins Jr.) strip him of his vegan powers! Now that has to be the most interesting defeat of the year for sure.
Sam Rockwell-Iron Man 2
The film was a disappointment, but one thing it nailed was Rockwell’s slimy, smarmy turn as villian Justin Hammer. Hammer wants to be Tony Stark, but is not quite cool enough, and Rockwell delivers this perfectly. His best moments are when he’s reached breaking point with Mickey Rourke’s Ivan Vanko who have collaborated to bring down Stark, and yells at him on how he can’t speak Russian, which he kept doing to him, and his end presentation scene, trying to emulate Stark’s opening number, but only succeeds in two things: Being a douche but being very funny at the same time.
Besides Traffic, Topher Grace’s foray into movies I haven’t liked. But in Predators he was not only seemingly likeable, but he turns that all around in the end and gives a good turn. Playing an un masculine doctor plopped on an alien planet with masculine men and women, Topher easilly seems like the odd one out. What with constantly running away, screaming, and begging for mercy and all how could he possibly fit. Until it’s revealed in the end how not so out of place he is, and shows his true colors. Watching it in multiple viewings you can notice the subtle hints to his dark nature.
Ned Beatty-Toy Story 3
The villians in the previous installments didn’t really do anything for me. Even when I was a kid they didn’t. But Ned Beatty’s turn as Lotso is a chilling one. A seemingly benevolent huggable teddy bear who runs the day care which are heroes are taken to, is revealed to be an evil, embittered old grump who runs the day care as if he’s Ralph Fiennes in Schindler’s List. Terrifying.
Mickey Rourke-The Expendables
Ofcourse it came as no suprise that Rourke was gonna deliver the best acting in this film. Playing Tool, the retired Expendable who now runs a tattoo parlor which the gang frequent, Rourke delivers the film’s sole dramatic scene, and naturally nails it as if he’d actually been there and done it as he retells to Stallone how he let a woman commit suicide when he could have saved her. The tears he brings in that scene felt real too.
Dolph Lundgren-The Expendables
While Rourke was the best actor, the best character was Lundgren as Gunner Jensen, the unstable one in the group, who has to be let go, turns on them, is supposedly killed and miraculously survives and is reformed at the end!
In a film which featured many A-List superstars, it was Fahey who walked away with this film, as the man who double crosses Machete and comes to regret it. He was as funny and watchable as he was in the Grindhouse trailer.
Jason Patric-The Losers
The only good performance in this otherwise lacklustre action, the villian. And what a treat Patric was as the severely mad Max, who everytime the film was getting boring, he’d show up and do something amazing; The best is when he shoots a woman holding an umbrella over his head just because the wind made her lose focus of holding!
Michael Keaton-The Other Guys
Michael Keaton, where have you been? It’s been awhile. Nice to see you appear in this funny comedy as the Captain of the Police, who for no reason quotes TLC songs and when called on it has no idea who they are. His funniest moment however is when after Will Ferrell is shot, he thinks he’s badly hurt and screams out for a medic in extremely comic fashion. Please continue to appear in films as much as you can man.
Extremely laughable and hard to take seriously, this cast should be in made for dvd or tv fare, not big screen outings. The best I could say for this cast is that they could easilly get jobs in Aussie soaps like Home And Away.
Casey Afleck-The Killer Inside Me
Casey Afleck pushing the boundaries with Joaquin Phoenix in I’m Still Here funny; Casey Afleck pushing the boundaries in this? too much.
Tina Fey & Steve Carell-Date Night
On their respected shows, they are the height of hilarity, and always fun to watch. So naturally they should have made a great husband and wife team right? Wrong. Only mildly funny but mostly annoying, Fey continues to prove that unless she’s in charge of the writing she’s just plain dumb, while Carell reverts to his even more annoying early days. A note to if they ever work again; Fey write it yourself.
Jeffrey Dean Morgan-The Losers
In Watchmen Morgan was bad ass in his all too brief scenes as the sleazy, violent and unpredictable Comedian. But in this he just plays it completely straight, and is a total bore.
Zoe Saldanna-The Losers
An actress I’d seriously like to just go away. As annoying as she was in Avatar, she’s even more annoying and over dominating in this.
The Leads in Frozen
Ok it was a nice change to make the three leads in this chiller who are stuck on a ski lift to be unlikeable, but like the blood and horribleness that awaits them it still doesn’t make it anymore easy to watch. Sure Ryan Reynolds was a dick in Buried, but at least you felt sorry for him. In this you only feel sorry for the poor sucker who jumps off, breaks his legs and is eaten alive by wolves.
Jessica Alba-Machete & The Killer Inside Me
Like Zoe Saldanna another actress who appears in everything and over stays her welcome, and once again she does in Machete, even being in it more than Danny Trejo. While in Killer Inside Me, despite getting a horrible beat up scene, she’s just a total idiot, simpleton like who for no reason loves Casey Affleck, despite what he does to her.
Salma Hayek & The Kids-Grown Ups
Seriously if they wern’t in it I would have liked Grown Ups a whole lot more. They added nothing to the film, the kids especially were annoying, and Hayek overacts.
Mary Elizabeth Winstead-Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World
For a woman who everyone falls over and fights for, she has no charisma, is self centered, unlikeable, and dull. Her and Anna Kendrick should have switched roles as at least Kendrick could do something with it.
Last season of 30 Rock was my favourite season straight up. After a first season of finding it’s way, to a second which had and was very good but was shortened by the damn writer’s strike, the show was pretty much perfect by the third. So ofcourse I was looking very forward to this fourth season. But alas as this year would do to me alot it was quite a disappointment. A hit and miss of either a good episode and then a bad one or even more annoying several mediocre or ridiculous eps before finally a good one. But the most annoying thing about this season was Liz Lemon (Tina Fey)’s change in character in that she was more loud and obnoxious (oh and didn’t wear her glasses much) this time around, compared to the loveably quirky ugly ducking she usually is. Please go back to that next season though I have a feeling she won’t since her new boyfriend is Matt Damon. The funniest thing from this season was Michael Sheen (David Frost in ‘Frost Nixon’)’s appearances as a possible love interest for Liz named Wesley Snipes. That was just amazing writing and casting right there.
The Town-Ben Afleck’s official comeback. Jon Hamm is marvelous, and Jeremy Renner is a scene stealer.
MacGruber-Silly, yes, but man did this have me cracking up. Far from a good film, in fact pretty juvenile, but it did it’s job for me.
The Expendables-The film every guy should have seen. Non stop action, fine performances from nearly all, especially Mickey Rourke and Dolph Lundgren, and an iconic scene with Stallone, Willis and Arnie. Come on!
Predators-Forget the AVPs. This was the true third part in this classic action series, if not a homage aswell.
Grown Ups-If it wern’t for those pesky kids and Salma Hayek this would have been higher. Cause everything else about this movie I enjoyed.
Boy-Kiwi Taika Waititi’s very funny and touching film, feels like a Wes Anderson picture.
Toy Story 3-First Pixar film I’v liked since The Incredibles. A touching end (well it better be) to the series.
Splice-Small horror, in ‘The Fly’ vein, with Adrien Brody and Sarah Polley that is smart, interesting and stays that way and doesn’t resort to heavy violence and gruesomness you’d expect it to.
Machete-Mildly entertaining and some interesting performances and moments, but overall a disappointment.
Death at a Funeral-Mostly black, scene for scene remake of the Brit original, is way better as these guys actually are funny and don’t think they are.
Get Him To The Greek-Weird and disappointing spin off from Forgetting Sarah Marshall, has some funny moments, a few catchy songs and a funny role from P. Diddy, but very disappointing.
Iron Man 2-Another disappointment, but Sam Rockwell gives one of my favourite performances of the year.
Cop Out-Kevin Smith’s first bad movie, and 1 of 2 bad films to feature a star off 30 Rock.
The A-Team-The plan almost comes together.
Animal Kingdom-Well made Aussie crime drama, which is at times subtetly good, but not enough happens.
The Crazies-Fine horror remake that’s passable enough.
Frozen-Intense, near unwatchable chiller about three idiots who get themselves stuck on a ski lift. The mere fact that there unlikable makes it ok, and it only half cops out.
The Losers-Fine opening, a great villian, and good use of the already over used ‘Don’t Stop Believing’, but doesn’t make up for the waste of an admission ticket. Even though it is short I couldn’t wait for it to end.
A Nightmare On Elm Street-Should have just watched the credits as it uses the Everly Brothers ‘All I Have To Do Is Dream’. Seriously.
Date Night-Could have been something wonderful, but instead turned into an overblown, unfunny mess. Was my most anticipated film of the year.
Edge of Darkness-Mel Gibson’s brief comeback and he delivers this boring, though extremely violent action.
Tomorrow When The War Began Laughable teen Aussie action.
The very random, pleasant suprise for top spot this year was a film I initially didn’t care much about. The trailers and clips I saw didn’t have me excited, and I in fact didn’t see it until it’s very last week in thetres. It wasn’t until the film immidiatly started with the Universal Logo done in the style of a videogame, and even the theme tampered with (I love it when titles are mucked around with), and the serious narration by funnyman Bill Hader (for those who don’t know he’s most likely best remembered here as Seth Rogen’s slim, nerdy sidekick in Superbad) that I started to dig it, and became throughly entertained and amused the whole way through. Even though it gets more and more ridiculous as it goes on, it never loses momentum and the laughs consistently stayed through.
2. The Social Network
Who would have thought that a film about the founders of Facebook would be not only interesting, but very entertaining aswell. Leave it to David Fincher to do that, but it’s also the well written dialogue heavy script from Aaron Sorkin, who makes practically every word count, and every conversation memorable, and Jesse Eisenberg’s performance as Mark Zuckerberg, which is my favourite performance of the year also.
Certainly the most original, dazzling, spellbinding film of the year. Christopher Nolan continuing to impress after the equally epic and impressive Dark Knight follows that up with this fascinating, a little confusing, but always interesting edge of your seat thrill ride. DiCaprio too yet again delivers another stressful role, but not quite as near as…
4. Shutter Island
In which he goes through the ringer in what is arguably his most stressful performance to date. Appreciated but didn’t enjoy upon seeing it in cinemas, second time around I thought it was superb and began to notice the subtleties behind it. If you didn’t like it at first, try again and see if you do.
5. I’m Still Here
Not a sequel to I’m Not There, but one huge giant prank pulled by Joaquin Phoenix and Casey Afleck. Funniest film of the year. Just as funny second time round when I was drunk. But I’m not recommending you watch it first drunk.
6. The Other Guys
A film I was looking forward to, though hugely disappointed, was a buddy cop film called Cop-Out, directed by Kevin Smith and starred Bruce Willis and Tracy Morgan. But thankfully Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg came along and made what Cop-Out should have been with this very funny, bizarre, but heavilly entertaining buddy cop comedy.
7. Jackass 3D
The merry pranksters and stuntman team’s last huzzah, goes out fun as ever, and leaves you feeling sentimental at movies end. Also the best 3D experience ever. No joke.
8. Cemetary Junction
Superb comedy drama from the creators of the UK Office and Extras, goes by too quickly, but as some of the funniest moments of the year, bits that I wanted soo bad to crack up in the cinema.
9. Kick Ass
Bold, violent, and extremely entertaining new take on the super hero genre. Nicolas Cage and Chloe Moretz rule.
Gripping Hitchcockian thriller that lives up to it’s premise, doesn’t cop out, and Ryan Reynolds keeps you totally interested and enthralled to the bitter end.
For two years in a row, my favourite film hasn’t been nominated for any award; Last year it was Whatever Works, this year it’s Scott Pilgrim (though it might get Oscar nods for it’s effects), which ofcourse I was expecting, although I had a slim amount of hope that it could have gotten a nod for Best Film in the Musical or Comedy section, two genres that the film had, but because of it’s box office failure ofcourse it wasn’t.
Thankfully though The Social Network and Inception got nods, with Social garnering 6, while Inception got 4. But I’ll be rooting the most for Social Network which I’m feeling pretty positive should win big. However unlike last year where nearly everything nominated I was interested in, the same cannot be said this year. With only a mild interest in The Black Swan, everything else nominated in the film categories I couldn’t really care. Alice In Wonderland, Burlesque and Red getting nods piss me off, although the effort that went into Alice makes it forgivable but still. And Johnny Depp getting two nods also bugs me quite abit, considering that he doesn’t really watch his own films! The only other nominations in the film category that I even remotely care about is Jeremy Renner for his marvelous, scene stealing performance in The Town, but even that I can’t properly enjoy as I felt that Ben Afleck deserved a nod for Best Director at least, and Robert DeNiro receiving The Cecil B. DeMille Lifetime Acheivement Award, after this year it was Martin Scorsese it seemed fitting to next give it to DeNiro, who very much deserves it if not earlier.
In the television categories it’s 30 Rock’s hit and miss fourth season and The Office’s still stellar fifth season, but I have a feeling both will either lose to new contender (and recent Emmy winner for Comedy Series) Modern Family or fucking Glee, in which case please give it to Modern Family in the Comedy sections. While in the Drama section I’m pretty sure Boardwalk Empire will be sweeping the drama categories, which I’m all for, not only cause I’m highly anticipating it, but also because Scorsese deserves something for Shutter Island being snubbed.
Well it was an average year for me with the nominations, and just the same were the winners aswell. TV this season as not been as good as last (the same can be said about movies this year too) so when I finally read the winners I didn’t care much, but I was glad Glee didn’t dominate the night and got what it deserved. The only win I was pissed off about was Jim Parsons winning Best Actor in a Comedy Series for the God awful Big Bang Theory over Alec Baldwin, Steve Carell, Tony Shaloub and Larry David. Fuck off man.
But the show itself was pretty entertaining. Hosted by Jimmy Fallon who’s usually funny, here he was at his likable, singing best, and was pretty funny. Even the Glee opening number entertained me but that’s because of Fallon’s hilarity, Tina Fey, Betty White and Jon Hamm’s appearances is what did it for me. Other highlights include Will Arnett being his sleazy best when presenting an award with Keri Russell (‘The things I like about a woman. Their mounds…’), Ricky Gervais who’s always entertaining here manages to mock the name of a nominee and eventual winner, and ofcourse the In Memoriam Montage with a beautiful song sung by Jewel. I miss you Rue McClanahan :(
But because I didn’t care much for the winners, although seeing Temple Grandin a TV Movie about an autistic woman (who was at the ceremony) win awards makes me curious, but other than that not caring about the other winners really loses my interest abit, but since I’v been disappointed by everything I’v seen last season, except Curb Season 7 which ofcourse got zilch, and The Office Season Six what was there to care about really.
Oh and nice how now Michael C. Hall’s all clean with the cancer now and didn’t win the Emmy, when back in January when he had it he was winning all the awards huh? Shame on you people, for shame!
Well the 62nd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards are playing in America right now (I can watch a delayed coverage tonight on Prime at 9:35) and for the first time since I’v gotten into television and have followed this award show since 2004 (when Arrested Development won Best Comedy Series) I’m not really stoked. What with 30 Rock’s Fourth Season being mediocre, and fuckin Glee dominating the nominations how could I.
After three seasons of comedy gold, winning three straight times in a row, and each time deserving it, 30 Rock’s fourth season was quite disappointing, with a good episode here and there, but then a mediocre or really silly and too bizarre one in between. I don’t think it deserves to win a fourth time.
Curb Your Enthusiasm’s season seven was another home run, being nominated best comedy series and lead for Larry David, but unfortunatly David was robbed, not by the likes of Alec Baldwin, nor Steve Carell or Tony Shaloub, but by mother fucking Jim Parsons for The Big Bang Theory. Come on. This doesn’t boad well for it’s chances for comedy series, which I never thought it would get anyway.
The Office Season Six was one of the show’s funniest seasons yet, but that show has had it’s glory in the sun and it probably will get nothing tonight.
How I Met Your Mother’s Fifth Season I’v only just started to watch as it’s being shown on C4 now, and while it looks funny, it doesn’t look like it’s gonna be as good as season four. Neill Patrick Harris has been nominated once more for Best Supporting Actor as Barney Stinson.
The only other shows I like but haven’t watched in awhile but need to get back into are Dexter, and Monk and should get into Breaking Bad. If these shows win anything I’d be happy, but if Glee wins everything including comedy series I’ll be pissed. Just give Jane Lynch best supporting actress and be done with it. But if Modern Family wins over it Itll be better. I’v seen a few episodes or so and it looks pretty good.
I hadn’t put up the last two (until now) And ha ha, definetly not to Teen Wolf Too. That very nearly ended his career, that was back when he wasn’t cool. You can’t take over a series from Michael J. Fox (even though he didn’t want to reprise the role)
Last Friday in the US, my favourite actor currently working Jason Bateman, finally got his shot at a big budget Hollywood starrer, but in a Jennifer Aniston chick flick called ‘The Switch’, which opened at number 8 and is officially a flop. Way to go buddy (sigh). I thought it would be best to make my first of many top 10 lists on this site be in honour of the diverse, scene stealing performances that this man acheived over the last decade before ‘The Switch’ thanks to one special show. This man manged to sneak his way through like a dozen films, appear with such stars as Vince Vaugn, Ben Afleck, Will Smith, Charlize Theron, Jennifer Garner, Jamie Foxx, and George Clooney. Although he mostly was the comedic relief, in some he showed some depth and a little dramatic chops, and he very rarely disappointed me. In fact out of all the films he appeared in only two did I feel he underperformed: ‘Starskey and Hutch’ and ‘Mr. Magourium’s Wonder Empourium’, otherwise he was usually the best thing in everything else. It is my humble opinion that since Bateman appeared in so much stuff in the 2000s that he has to be single handedly the greatest entertainer of that decade. And here’s his 10 best.
1. Arrested Development (2003-2006)
The show that re-invented Bateman’s career. Before this he was just pretty much a forgotten 80s child star best known for ‘Teen Wolf Too’. Bateman played Michael Bluth, the sane one in a zany, once rich, spoiled family, who has to run things now that the father is in prison. Bateman manages to turn what could have been a quite boring role of the straight man, if done in the wrong hands into a whole other dimension. Never have I since Cary Grant in ‘Bringing Up Baby’ seen such an interesting straight man. His puzzled, confused, sometimes frightful expressions is what does it, aswell as his killer zings, and the fact that Michael is just a loveable guy, surrounded by an unloveable whack job of a family, and he just takes it in stride and merely deals with them, even if they do frustrate him alot. One of the highlights of the show is the rapport between him and co-star Will Arnett as his older brother Gob, who he seems to have to help the most, but clearly loves the most (with exception to his own son, George Michael (Michael Cera)). Bateman won a Golden Globe in 2005 for this role, but he, like the show, should have gotten more respect than they got when it was on TV, rather now that it’s off.
2. Extract (2009)
In this very obscure, little seen comedy, Bateman got his first starring role since ‘Arrested’ as Joel Reynolds, another Michael Bluth, straight man type, who is the boss of an extract plant, whose life is turned upside down after a freak accident horribly injures a co-worker. To add to his problems, when he suspects his wife maybe cheating on him, he takes on the advice of his best friend in stoner Ben Afleck (a scene stealer) and hires a gigolo to flirt with her only to discover she is cheating on him with the gigolo! And a sexy, new worker (Mila Kunis) turns out to be a con artist trying to swindle his business. Written and Directed by Mike Judge (Office Space, King of the Hill), this film had the potential to be another cult classic if it continually followed Bateman and Afleck’s shenanigan’s, but when Afleck disappears in the second half, and Kunis interrupts the movie it slightly misses the mark. One thing that doesn’t however is Bateman, who’s solid from start to end, and if you’re a Bateman fan you really should check it out.
3. Juno (2007)
In his first for writer, director wunderkind Jason Reitman, Bateman played Mark Loring, seemingly happy husband to Jennifer Garner, who makes silly little jingles for commercials at home that help pay the bills, and appears as happy as Garner is when little Juno (Ellen Page) arrives to give her unborn child up to them. It’s only upon frequent visits from Juno that we realise how Mark really feels about the whole situation, and it doesn’t end happy for him. In anybody else’s hands this could have been done quite wrong, almost paedophilic like, but in Bateman’s subtle hands he turns Mark into a tragic figure who let life slip by him, and fully regrets it and now feels trapped. How could you not feel sorry for the man?
4. Smokin Aces (2006)
He only appeared for about 3 and a half minutes or so (could have been more) but Bateman’s role as Rip Reed completly stole the show. As a scuzzy, unscrupulous lawyer who holes himself in a hotel room, watches porn in the middle of the day, has some obsession with a rabbit head statue and likes to wear women’s lingerie (as evidenced in the above picture) he hires Ben Afleck, Peter Berg, and Martin Henderson (who he takes an interest in for no apparent reason whatsoever) to capture Buddy ‘Aces’ Israel (Jeremy Piven), is the most complexed and flexed out character in this shoot em up, though quite entertaining action flick. If only he were in it more hmm. Even his end credit title card is a hoot!
5. Dodgeball (2004)
Another scene stealing appearance, as dim witted, gelled back sports commentator Pepper Brooks, (even the name is funny), he along with straight man Gary Cole, annonce the proceedings going on in the title dodgeball matches, but Brooks, rather than commentating, merely just repeats what he and the audience sees (after protaganist Vince Vaugn as blindfolded himself during the final match, Pepper plainly states back to Cole’s Cotton McKnight that “He won’t be able to see very well Cotton”) No shit. Or adds some dim witted comment along the way like when Cotton makes an allusion to Cinderella, Brooks adds that “He sure does love pumpkins” to a confused Cotton. Good to know. Even his introduction to the film is hilarious, as Cotton is introducing both himself and Brooks, Brooks isn’t looking at the cameras, but at his partner, chewing his never ending gum, and nodding back and forth. Comedy genius if ever I saw one. If sports games were hosted as hilariously as this, I would tune in to a game at every oppurtunity.
6. Up In The Air (2009)
In his second film for Jason Reitman, Bateman gets the great role of Craig Gregory, boss of a firm that goes around firing people. He’s just the right amount of sleaze, down to his appearance, aswell as cynicism, and while he didn’t get any drama compared to ‘Juno’, when you get to shine over George Clooney and boss him around, who cares.
7. The Kingdom (2007)
The only reason to watch this otherwise boring film about a group of US Government Agents sent to investigate a bombing in the middle east is for Bateman’s role as Adam Leavitt, the one person out of the group who doesn’t take the mission seriously, ends up getting captured by terrorists and threatened to be beheaded unless his team can rescue him is brilliant. Directed by Peter Berg, who used Bateman again for a much more entertaining film.
8. Hancock (2008)
Which was this. Now alot of people (and critics) didn’t like this film, and yes it may have gone stupid near the end perhaps, but as usual Bateman was consistant and great the whole way through. Playing a Jimmy Stewart type, Bateman’s Ray decides to take it upon himself to help troubled super hero Hancock (Will Smith) in his usual stride of sarcastic remarks, but there’s a little more depth to him than other characters he’d done before, and finds out a little something bout his wife (Charlize Theron) in the process.
9. State of Play (2009)
The complete opposite from his role in ‘Hancock’, Dominic Foy has got to be, hands down, Bateman’s darkest role yet. Playing a sleazy, bisexual public relations executive with a few drug problems, he only appears in this otherwise lacklusture film for no more than 10 minutes but has Bateman himself says “goes from a-z in 15 pages”. And who can argue. Appearing all cool and sleazy, hitting on Russell Crowe and Rachel McAdams, to being interrogated in a hotel room to breaking point, to finally being beaten up by Ben Afleck! And that’s his last scene. Afleck may have stolen ‘Extract’ away from Bateman, but the tables turned here and it’s once again Bateman who walks away with an entire film.
10. The Sweetest Thing (2002)
Okay, it seems wrong to omit ‘Teen Wolf Too’ but put this absolutly atrocious film (which I haven’t actually seen properly) on the list, but this may have been the earliest film in which Bateman became the cool scene stealer he is now. Playing Roger Donahue, best friend to Thomas Jane, he delights in only a handful of scenes, but makes the film (and stopped me from putting ‘Teen Wolf Too’ in) with his hilarious rendition of corny 80s hit ‘Eternal Flame’. Even when I wasn’t aware of who he was, walking in to my Mum and sis watching him sing that at a wedding reception, with his ridiculous beard, singing like he’s William Shatner made me chuckle. The filmmakers realised they had music gold with this by having it be the last song played over the end credits.
And The Worst…
Starsky & Hutch (2004)
Worse than ‘Teen Wolf Too’ is merely being the way too straight, non reacting sidekick to Vince Vaugn. Which is exactly what Bateman does here as Kevin (you can see from the picture what I mean). When his coolest moment in the film is his title card in the end credits over ‘Sweet Emotion’ you know you’re in trouble. One of the only cases where a film is better than Bateman was!
Why Six Feet Under's Ending is The Best Scene Ever Made!
Warning: Major Spoilers Ahead. If you don’t want to know how ‘Six Feet Under’ ends you shouldn’t read this.
It was a late school night for me in early February, 2006 on a Tuesday. In a few days I was going to be 15, and more wiser, more smarter (well when it came to entertainment), and still deeply in love with Lauren for the next eight months. I went into my Mom’s room to just hang and have a little stop and chat. She had on TV 1 and playing was ‘Six Feet Under’. I wasn’t really paying attention, but my Mom was as it was the last ever episode, so I briefly watched but wasn’t paying attention, but what I would have seen would have been of a young red haired girl saying goodbye to her family, before driving off. And somewhere round the driving off part I started paying attention, as it became a montage of events set to some sweet little girly song. Mum was oh so happy when her favourite characters ‘The Gay Couple’ as she called em to me (or at least that’s how I remembered it) got married. It was immidiatly after this bit that as the sequence went on I got more interested, while my Mum not so.
What followed completly took me by suprise: Suddenly instead of seeing happy, cheery people at an outdoor wedding, we saw a dying old woman on her deathbed, surrounded by her family. Mum said ‘Oh no, the Mother’s dying’. I was getting intrigued. Mum was not. After a title card making me realise this is in the future I came to understand the scene better: It’s showing the future deaths of all the main characters.
After a funeral for the mother, what happened next completly pissed my Mum right off: One of the homosexual men, the African-American cop (I hope I haven’t offended any readers) was unloading some stuff in the back of a pick up truck when he’s horribly gunned down by robbers. This was a major blow to my Mum as this guy was her favourite character on the show. From then on my Mum wasn’t interested, but I was. It was a total switch.
The next scene was a wedding for a man and a woman, but since I didn’t know the characters yet I didn’t really care bout that, but the rest of the montage was all death, death, death. Unfortunatly because my Mum wasn’t interested anymore she started talking to me about something apparently important, but I didn’t care, I wanted to watch this, but she didn’t care either and I was interrupted from fully finishing the scene due to my Mum’s talking. And that’s how my obsession for the ending of ‘Six Feet Under’ began, and also how I managed to get into a new show by catching it’s ending accidentally.
In the ensuing months I constantly watched that scene on You Tube over and over, and got aqainted with the show and all the characters and got to understand the scene fully. When I finally got the last season set on October 4th 2006 there wasn’t a day that went by we’re I didn’t watch that scene. I got soo obsessed with that scene that a hobby of mine became writing my own ‘Six Feet Under’ endings we’re I would write down my own future predictions and deaths of my friends. All my close friends of the time like Calvin Logue, Carl Hanson, Rosanna Walsh, to crushes like Lauren Flaherty we’re frequently written in these rather weird and depressing little scripts I’d write just for fun. I only did my friends, not family because I’v always wanted to, but have never been able to remake my own version of it, but never could because of budgets and alot of other things.
Another hobby to do with this scene came with me placing any songs I felt would fit in the montage and playing over the already perfect ‘Breathe Me’ by Sia. That was alot of fun too, and not as weird.
So why was I soo obsessed with this scene so much? Well I think it stemmed from the fact that I’v always been afraid of death. Crippiling so as a child when some bastard in primary told me that heaven doesn’t exit. Seeing this scene for some reason and how beatifully shot, executed, acted it was really changed my tune and I finally accepted that one day I am going to be dead, so instead of fearing it, just enjoy life while you’re still here and it’s gonna happen when it’s gonna happen so just deal with it. Although when I got heavily into the show, I became soo obsessed with death that I was sent to the councellors at school for questioning, and to basically ‘Curb my Enthusiasm’ on it, which I sought of did soon after.
It also inspires me to make wonderful musical montages in my shorts, and ever since this scene I’v been a sucker for montages in film.
The best last episode for a series is most definetly and always will be ‘M*A*S*Hs’ finale, but as far as endings go, this tops it by far.