I sort-of agree with not liking Anne Hathaway for the part of Catwoman, but I remember feeling similarly puzzled when they announced Heath Ledger as The Joker, and look how great that performance was! Have you seen Rachel Getting Married or Havoc? Anne goes to some pretty dark places there and she was awesome. I have a feeling she will somehow pull it off.
I’ve gotten like ten messages of people who have said the exact same thing, and I don’t buy it. To me it is totally different because when Heath was cast as The Joker, I was like “Odd choice, but amazing actor who always gives fantastic performances.” In my opinion, Anne is an okay actress who most of the time gives performances I hate. I don’t have a lot of memory on Rachel Getting Married, as I wasn’t crazy for that film. I actually think I didn’t even finish it. She just does not do it for me. As always, thanks for the message though, and the input! (:
Hey, thanks for the follow! Also, I was going back through your archives and I noticed two things. 1) You've done some kind of 90s challenge and 2) You were hoping this year would produce some modern classics. This leads me to ask: have you seen many teen films (from the 80s through to today) and subsequently, have you seen Easy A? Having studied teen films in high school, I absolutely LOVED this film as it's brilliant not only in and of itself (a la Mean Girls) but also on a meta level with all the many, many references to various other teen films. Without a moments hesitation, I'd dub it the best teen film of the decade (and this is coming from the girl who hero worships Tina Fey).
First of all, thank you for taking the time to go through my blog, that is really cool.
Asking if I’ve seen many teen films is like asking if Jack Nicholson likes sunglasses. I LOVE teen films. I have a weird fascination with the teen years because mine were…weird… but we’ll discuss my issues later.
Anyway, I have to disagree. I do not think Easy A was very brilliant at all. It was good, it was amusing, but I found myself enjoying the STELLAR adult cast far more than the teen story that was going on (though I do love Emma Stone).
I am obsessed with all the classic teen films of the 80’s, and I really didn’t like her whole “John Hughes did not direct my life” speech. It just seemed so forced, and it shouldn’t have! Do you know how many times I’ve squealed at the end of Sixteen Candles in front of the church (“Me?” “Yeah, you!”)? So yes, I do know how Olive felt in that instance, but I just think the writing could have been kicked up a few notches. No way was it better than Mean Girls, especially as far as the comedy is concerned. Mean Girls is one of the sharpest accounts of life as a teenage girl that I’ve ever seen and still makes me die laughing even though I’ve seen it dozens of times. I don’t have a desire to watch Easy A again anytime soon, though I’m sure I will someday. It’s not that I didn’t like it - it’s just that it was cute, not amazing.
Do you agree with the people that say Andrew Garfield was snubbed of an Oscar nomination?
You know, this is a hard one for me because I know that Andrew’s absence made way for Mark Ruffalo who is one of those people who, if he is a movie, no matter what it is, you know I’m gonna watch it. BUT ANDREW GARFIELD WAS SO FANTASTIC IN THE SOCIAL NETWORK. He was the beating little heart of that movie. LAWYER UP, ASSHOLE. I mean, come on. So great.
When it comes down to it, I wasn’t as crazy about The Kids Are All Right as so many people were. Overall, The Social Network is LIGHTYEARS better in my opinion and the character of Eduardo is such a huge part of that for me. Mark Ruffalo was incredible in The Kids Are All Right, but despite my years of loving him, I think i’d rather see Andrew Garfield in this spot.
It doesn’t matter, because there is no chance in hell anyone besides Christian Bale was ever going to win, but still it would have been nice to see Andrew in there. He is the new Spiderman, and I just hope that he continues to do interesting, dramatic roles as opposed to turning into a big budget blockbuster guy. If he goes the more interesting way, I’m sure he will earn an Academy Award nomination somewhere down the line.
please tell me this means you aren't a fan of anne hathaway either. i honestly can't stand her (the only thing i ever enjoyed her in was the first princess diaries movie) and to know she's playing catwoman just kills me because catwoman is one of my favorite comic book characters ever. How do you feel about her hosting the oscars?
I’ve said this before here but I absolutely hate the choices she makes as an actress within her performance. It’s like she’s a little girl trying to imitate what she thinks a good actress would do. It’s bizarre. The only role I enjoy her in is The Devil Wears Prada, I love that movie and she was good in it. The other thing is, Catwoman is sexy. Anne Hathaway is the opposite of that to me. She is pretty, kind of, again reminds me of a little girl. I don’t know. I just can’t get behind it.
As far as her hosting the Oscars, I mean… who cares. It’s like, no one is there to see the hosts, you know? I want to see the awards. Last year, two of my favorite people on earth, Alec Baldwin and Steve Martin hosted, so by default, this year will be disappointing. I’m on board with James Franco though. He is totally hilarious, and has the comedic chops necessary to be funny at the Oscars. I think he’ll do well. Anne doesn’t have that comedy sharpness to me, but I’m sure Rachel Zoe will put her in some great dresses and that’s what I want to see.
I'm so glad someone else thinks Shutter Island got snubbed. I generally love everyone who was involved in that movie anyway, but it came together SO well, and Leonardo DiCaprio gave what I thought was one of his strongest performances to date. At the very least, having read the book, I would have picked it for adapted screenplay, but pretty much I loved everything that movie chose to be. It was creepy, atmospheric, and fantastically put together.
It’s fucking ridiculous. The Academy is jealous of Scorsese for being so damn flawless. I know I’m totally biased b/c of my allegiance to Marty and the many crew members I’ve worked with who worked on that movie, but honestly even if I totally separate myself from that, Shutter Island is a fucking masterpiece. The whole Scorsese and Leo thing is the main why I can’t ever be as obsessed with the Oscars as many other film junkies are. They just don’t mean as much to me. You come off as a joke when you ignore work as good as Shutter Island.
Hey, I was wondering what happened to your 90's movie challenge? are you still doing it, cause I was looking forward to seeing what the outcome was :) Also are you going to do more of your "underrated movie" posts b/c I found that interesting and saw that movie Griffin & Phoenix and LOVED it. Sorry if this sounds weird haha I just love your blog. thanks
It’s alll in the works. You should see a post about the 90’s challenge within the next few days. I’ve been enjoying it a lot, i’ve just had a lot going on.
I’m glad you liked Griffin & Phoenix! I will definitely be doing more underrated movie posts because I love SO many movies that I feel like no one ever talks about. Sorry I have been lacking on that. I will think of some later on tonight.
Oh, and it doesn’t sound weird, you really don’t need to go anon when you’re giving me compliments! It’s nice anyone even comes to my blog/cares about what a post. (:
If you have any, what are your top 5 snubs at the Academy Awards?
LEONARDO DICAPRIO’S LIFE IS MY TOP SNUB AT THE ACADEMY AWARDS. But first let me say this: every year there are many snubs I’m annoyed by but I kind of just let it go so I can’t think of many right now. A lot of people don’t get that so much of the Oscars is created by the media and is based on HYPE. Almost every year there are forgotten or ignored performances just as good if not better than whoever is nominated, and there are also performances nominated that I feel are just so-so. It really doesn’t matter when it comes down to it. I always refer to the same thing - Martin Scorsese didn’t win an Oscar until 2007. 2007!!!!!!! How can the Oscars really be that important if they could let that happen? Are you joking? I’ll never forget Jon Stewart’s joke after Three Six Mafia won an Oscar, “Martin Scorsese - zero Oscars. Three Six Mafia - one.”
I think it’s hilarious in a painful way that Jamie Foxx won for Ray over Leo for The Aviator in 2005. I mean, get me going on that and I will yell for about five minutes. The fact that he wasn’t nominated for Revolutionary Road blows my fucking mind. Oh and speaking of Marty and Leo, SHUTTER ISLAND ANYONE? You bastards. Basically people just need to bow down to Mr. DiCaprio and give him like six Oscars at one time to make up for the giant snub that is his career.
This year I’m annoyed about the Christopher Nolan directing snub and I DIDN’T EVEN THINK INCEPTION WAS THAT GREAT. Seriously. I’m one of those people who thought it was good but not mind blowing and honestly, I’m not really a fan of Nolan in general!! But I can give credit where credit is due. Come on, he deserved a nomination for that. Just ridiculous.
hey, i hated blue valentine too, and i agree with you... i have no idea why people like it. my question is, what do you have against michelle williams? to me she was the only good thing in the movie. do you think she deserved her oscar nominations?
love your blog by the way. i check it a lot. you need to post more!
Oh I have nothing “against” her at all - that’s kind of an odd way to put it.
I just really, really do not see what everyone sees in her. I think everyone has that one actor or actress that they just don’t get the hype on. I think she is adequate as an actress, nothing special. Never has she impressed me with a performance. I also think she has zero on-screen charisma as a performer. I also don’t think she’s beautiful at all which I only bring up because she was cast as MARILYN MONROE in My Week With Marilyn. Oh, it’s awful. I always keep an open mind though, so Michelle Williams, there’s hope for you yet! I know she checks my blog religiously, which is why I’m directly addressing her. (:
I'm so glad someone else felt this movie was beyond amazing <3 I remember reading that book and just breathing a sigh of relief, knowing that I wasn't alone in the world. There were parts in that movie that just ripped me apart; his words and thoughts were exactly as my own had been in my head, and it nearly killed me knowing that sitting next to me was my best friend, who had no idea how deep this movie hit home for me. I don't think she noticed my tears, well, I hope she didn't, lol. Zach was brilliant too, I knew I loved him for something more than just his comedic appeal <3 Thank you for reviewing this, though, it's always pleasant to read someone's opinion and agree completely :]
Thanks! I’m glad you liked my It’s Kind of a Funny Story review & that you love the film as much as I do. It’s wonderful that the book and movie could make you feel less alone. As great as it is to have friend & family support, sometimes knowing a complete stranger has felt the way you feel about something and got through it. I can’t wait to read the book myself. (:
I know I've asked you questions before, but I just wanted to let you know your reviews are amazing! Thanks so much for being a film junkie. We're slowly dying I think, haha.
Have you seen Happythankyoumoreplease? If you have, what were your thoughts? And if you haven't, I suggest it, but that's just me! I thought it was a perfectly written and executed little movie. :)
Aw, thank you! I hope film junkies aren’t dying out! The thing I always tell myself is that even though it seems like less and less good movies are being made each year, there are still a ton of great older ones I’ve never seen. I mean, do you ever see an older movie and think “HOW have I never seen this?” because it’s so good? Happens to me a lot. :)
I haven’t seen happythankyoumoreplease yet. Funny enough, my friends and I had tickets to the premiere last year during the Gen Art Film Festival, and we got there too late like idiots and they didn’t let us in. Huge fail. Everyone at the after party said it was so amazing though… but then again there was free alcohol everywhere so who knows, LOL. I downloaded it the other day and I’m going to watch it soon. I’ll post my thoughts on the blog. ;) x.
hi! could you tell me if Finding Neverland is a movie that is worth watching? I love Johnny Depp and Kate Winslet very much, but the movie doesn't seem that interesting..
Oh God, yes! It’s a divine and absolutely beautiful film filled with love and incredible imagination. It will make your heart soar and then break it. Wonderful movie. Even if you end up not liking it, being that you’re a fan of Kate and Johnny, it’s a must-see. Johnny, especially, transforms.
I absolutely LOVED your post about How Do You Know! I totally agree with everything you said. This movie was just fantastic and so underrated. It was released at an odd time. Usually movies released at Christmas time are aiming to be included in awards season lineup. IDK if they were trying for that, but obviously that didn’t happen. Many critics just panned the movie and I really don’t know why! Romantic comedies have become this cultural cliché, which is saddening. They have become the same character, different cast. In almost everything, the same desperate woman finds love with the “hot” romantic lead who can’t act. I loved how you do you know because Reese Witherspoon wasn’t desperate, she was a strong female lead and showed true people and their imperfections which is truly want romance is about.
I do think romantic comedies deserve more credit than they are given. There are some fabulous rom-coms out there! I don’t know if you saw it- but The Switch with Jennifer Aniston and Jason Bateman is amazing! Such a cute film and it wasn’t a cliché- it was just a happy ending which I love. I also love Maid in Manhattan, Wedding Planner, Sweet Home Alabama, Rumor Has It and 27 Dresses. I thought all of these movie were spectacular and real. IDK what you think about them, but I ADORE THEM!
What are some of your favorites? ahahah
Thank you so much!
"I loved how you do you know because Reese Witherspoon wasn’t desperate, she was a strong female lead and showed true people and their imperfections which is truly want romance is about."
EXACTLY - even at the end, she wasn’t running to his arms as this damsel in distress. She never lost her mind and started eating pints of Ben & Jerry’s while watching soap operas and crying, even though her life was falling apart. She stood on her own two feet and made a logical decision, which really isn’t that hard to do if you have a BRAIN IN YOUR HEAD, and that’s what we should be showing the young girls of tomorrow. It’s an odd comparison, but that’s one of the reasons I really like the TV show The Vampire Diaries, because it counter-acts Twilight in the sense that all these young girls who are pretty much powerless next to these vampires STILL stand up to them. There isn’t a weak woman on that show and that’s why I love that my 10 year old cousin loves it.
We seem to agree on a lot, so it doesn’t surprise me that you loved The Switch. I did too. I saw it when it first came out and I always meant to write about how it was so much more than your average paint-by-numbers romcom, but never got around to it. It was more of an emotional family dramedy with some humor mixed in, and Jennifer Aniston & Jason Bateman were so incredible in it. I also like the rest of the romcoms you mentioned, some more than others.. I REALLY liked Rumor Has It, I don’t know what happened with that movie but I adore it.
My favorite romantic comedies include (but are not limited to, cause I’m sure I’ll forget some): Pretty Woman, When Harry Met Sally, You’ve Got Mail, Something’s Gotta Give (actually - all Nancy Meyers movies), The Sure Thing, Fever Pitch, 50 First Dates, Music & Lyrics (oh how I love Drew Barrymore), Runaway Bride, My Best Friend’s Wedding, Two Weeks Notice… I could go on and on and on. (:
What is one movie that you believe all people should see? Why?
Is there one movie everyone should see? I don’t know. Films touch different people in different ways. It’s like paintings on the wall at a museum - some stand and stare for long periods of time at one piece of art while others pass by without a second thought. I could name classic films that all movie fans seem to love, such as Casablanca or A Streetcar Named Desire, but I understand how some people don’t find them as great. Or, I could name films that reflect the human condition so perfectly and move nearly everyone who views them, such as The Shawshank Redemption and Life Is Beautiful, but not everyone will love these films the way I do. Some people see the Grand Canyon and think that this big hole is just not all that impressive, some marvel at it. There is not one movie that all people will find riveting, at least, not to my knowledge.
TOTALLY DESERVED FOR BALE ALONE. Melissa Leo was also unrecognizable and I’ve spent time with the freaking woman. Are you kidding? Such talent. Kind of surprised The Social Network didn’t get it though cause I expected everyone to be up their asses big time.