This week brings the drama, with heavy, Oscar-nominated films coming out alongside frothy confections that dissolve in your mouth. Plus, films from France, India, Japan and the wild, wild west.
We're actually kind of disappointed that Clint Eastwood didn't appear in this movie himself, in addition to directing it. He would have made a great Mandela, squinting at those who question his ability to unite blacks and whites in a post-Apartheid South Africa, asking them if they feel lucky, then scaring off brawling gangs by pointing a rifle at them and telling them to get off his lawn. (Also available via Movies on Demand.)
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.
At one point in Clint Eastwood's latest movie, Invictus, a rugby-loving white South African tells a soccer-loving Black South African that "Football is a gentleman's game played by hooligans, and rugby is a hooligan's game played by gentlemen." It's an old saying, and while its veracity depends on your opinion of rugby players, it's interesting to think about, given this film's pedigree. Despite the Oscar-winning director, historical origins and fancy Latin title, Invictus is essentially a feel-good sports movie. I mean, it's not Major League or anything like that, but aside from some moments where the cast sits down and thinks about what Nelson Mandela went through in prison, it's a fun ride, and occasionally very funny, mostly thanks to Freeman playing Mandela as a man who is not above lightening the mood with a joke.