The foreigners have spoken! The Hollywood Foreign Press Association has released their nominations for the 2010 Golden Globe Awards, and while there aren't many surprises, they did get the awkward John Krasinski, the annoying Diane Kruger, and the adorable Justin Timberlake to read off the nominees. (While we couldn't stand Diane's totally biased glee at Inglourious Basterds getting a nomination, we loved glasses-wearing JT's realization that Krasinski was gonna get some lovin' from his nominated spouse Emily Blunt.) What follows are the movie nominees; look for the TV nominees over in the Telefile.
There are a lot of terrible movie titles out there, and everyone has their list, but most of these titles are attached to terrible films! It's when bad titles are attached to good movies that there starts to be a problem. For instance, this week, The Men Who Stare at Goats hits theaters, and we thought it was a lot of fun, but that title is a real snoozer. Who's going to go see this movie with that title? Yes, they stare at goats, but they stare at them to make their hearts stop beating! Why not call the movie Goat Killers? Or Heartstoppers? Or The Men Who Kill Goats With Their Minds? We looked at the last decade and found a bunch of film titles we think misrepresent or detract from the films they're attached to, for various reasons.
In the old days, before video games were as prevalent, movies regularly got their own board games. From obvious titles like King Kong and Raiders of the Lost Ark to head-scratchers like Platoon and The Godfather, every toy company was hoping moviegoers would want to bring the experience home. Nowadays, aside from some of the bigger kiddie films and Twilight, a movie is lucky if it gets its own version of Monopoly or Scene It. But the 25th anniversary release of The Goonies on DVD comes with a brand-new board game! How awesome is that? Hopefully, this will herald a return to the movie-specific gameplay that died out with Waterworld and Batman Forever, because there are some recent movies that seem tailor-made for a home version. Here are the ones we'd love to sit around and play on Friday night with the fam.
Bastards, drunks, rodents and car salesmen -- the unsavory become savory in this week's DVD releases, with three blockbusters coming out as well as a couple of fun comedies and a few interesting documentaries, for those of you who think the real world is plenty interesting enough. Weirdos.
Grrr. My editor blood boils every time I type the misspelled title of Inglourious Basterds, but then I remind myself that it's all for art, or whatever passes for it in Quentin Tarantino's pop-culture-soaked brain. While we're mostly looking forward to this sure-to-be gory war film, we're wary of the promised horror of Eli Roth scalping Nazis, and we taste bile every time we see Brad Pitt's neck. Omar and Pablo Gallaga are similarly unnerved, and have broken down the film's trailer for easy digesting and regurgitating. Check out the newest episode of "Trailers Without Pity" below!
After months of geeking out over every bit of news we could find about Quentin Tarantino's war movie -- and misspelling the title every time we wrote about it -- it's finally here: the teaser trailer for Inglourious Basterds. And while it looks pretty bad-ass, it also kinda looks like any other World War II movie, if all World War II movies had Brad Pitt leading an all-Jewish squad of Nazi-killers. While it was cool seeing actors B. J. Novak and Samm Levine on the team, we were kind of hoping for a bit more of Quentin's usually inspired casting of familiar faces. However, Hostel director Eli Roth did creep us out as the smirking, baseball-bat-wielding sadist of the group, so maybe Quentin should have cast more of today's best-known directors? We would totally go see a movie where Quentin led a team of eight filmmakers against the Nazis -- or better yet, the MPAA! Here's who we think should be on that directorial dream team.
If there's one thing you are guaranteed to get out of a Quentin Tarantino film, it's good dinner table conversation. Not to say that you'll necessarily want to discuss the events of a Tarantino film around your dinner table, especially if there are children present, but within the reality of the movies themselves you can expect to spend at least part of your time in a restaurant or a bar, watching characters converse over a meal or drinks. In Inglourious Basterds, we get three -- one in a kitchen over milk, one in a bar over drinks and one in a restaurant over strudel with cream -- and each one of these little sit-downs is just as pulse-poundingly terrifying as any action sequence you will ever see.
The 2010 Oscar nominations are finally here, and they are... not at all surprising! Not really, anyway. Look at it this way: The good news is you're going to win your office Oscar pool. The bad news is, so will everyone else, so you're just going to get your own twenty back. Sorry, but that's the way it is. Let me show you.