Now that we've celebrated the Oscar nominees this past Sunday, it's time to go buy them! Two Best Picture candidates finally come out today, and they make the rest of the week's releases look like a sea of mediocrity in comparison.
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.
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.
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.
George Clooney is good at his job. And often, that job is to play the role of a professional who is also good at his job. For example, in Intolerable Cruelty he was a highly sought-after divorce attorney. In Michael Clayton, he was a skilled fixer of embarrassing corporate problems. And in Confessions of a Dangerous Mind he played a killer for the CIA. And because of the soul-crushing nature of all of these jobs, there came a point in each film where we got to see Clooney's character have a breakdown during which he questioned the very fabric of his life, be it high thread-count cotton or a coarse burlap. That moment eventually comes in Up in the Air for Ryan Bingham, the professional axe-man who makes a living telling people they've been fired, but what breaks him isn't the parade of distraught strangers whose lives he ruins day in and day out (albeit in the nicest way possible). No, it's the flying.