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08movie-revolutionary-roadAfter seeing this film I had so many different feelings and thoughts about it.  Mostly I cannot even decide if I really like it.  From the very beginning, Revolutionary Road knocks you over with intensity.  Each frame of the film kills you with purpose.  Each look from Kate Winslet penetrates your heart and head.  By the end, I wanted to run crying from the theater in a near panic attack thinking, “Lord, please don’t let me end up like that couple”.  

Revolutionary Road, directed by Sam Mendes, follows the relationship between Kate Winslet and Leonardo Dicaprio.  The film opens with them already married and 30 years old with two daughters.  Dicaprio’s character is in a dead end, boring, cubicle job where you can see him slowing rotting.  On the other hand, Winslet’s character, a stay at home mom, has become zombie like, roboticly moving through her day.  Both hate their lives but have no idea how to change any of it.  Finally Winslet remembers a courtship story in which DiCaprio tells of wanting to move to Paris to live and be alive.  Thinking this could save them the couple decides to just do it and move to Paris.

With this renewed, adventurous outlook on live the couple rekindles their romance and hope for more than suburban life.  Without giving away anymore details of the film, life intervenes, problems occur and Paris seems farther away than the moon.  But still that’s not what centers the film.  No, it’s the horrifying thought I think most people have; their worst fear in life.  What if one day you wake up, look at your spouse, house, children and say, “Shit. This is my life?  Who is this person next to me?  How did I become so ordinary?  My life is boring.”  And want to run and run and run away from it all.  While you watch the couple on screen go through these questions and try to solve this problem you can’t help but hold your breath because, at least for me, it’s my worst fear being acted out in front of me.

Another disturbing unique feeling to Road is that you feel as if you staring into a picture window watching this couple unravel.  Sam Mendes began as a theater director so he give this observational feel to the film. It sort of feels like you’re watching a play.  For some it was distracting for me it only added to the detachment of the characters to each other.j

Overall I say see the film.  See how you feel about it.  It truly is my worst fears about my life and marriage on screen but for others it could be the affirmation that you will not allow yourself to feel that way.  Personally I felt hollow and a bit depressed and anxious afterwards.  I’m interested to see how others feel after viewing it.  

 

-Koop

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GOLDENGLOBES/Sunday, 8pm on NBC will be the 66th Golden Globes Award Show.  Last year we got a really fun podium with the winners being announced; Thank you writers strike.  This year it’s a real telecast with Ms. Rumer Willis serving as Miss Golden Globe.  Yep, that’s the girl who escorts winners, presenters, and carries the statue on and off the stage.  Apparently it’s an honor.  

What really interests me is the fact that in many years, and also non-exciting years, the Golden Globes pretty much predict the Oscar winners.  Now there have been upset.  Ie. 2006 when Crash won the Oscar for Best Picture but Broke back Mountain won the Golden Globe.  Seriously that one still confuses me.  But most of the time they are mostly the same.  So I’ve decided to give you my picks for the Golden Globes.  AND if you’re not sure on your picks then check out the interactive Hollywood Foreign Press site which lets you view clips.  And yes I’m skipping a few categories, well because I can.  🙂

 

1. BEST MOTION PICTURE – DRAMA

a. THE CURIOUS CASE OF BENJAMIN BUTTON
Warner Bros. Pictures and Paramount Pictures; Warner Bros. Pictures and Paramount Pictures
b. FROST/NIXON
Imagine Entertainment, Working Title, Studio Canal; Universal Pictures
c. THE READER
Mirage Enterprises; The Weinstein Company
d. REVOLUTIONARY ROAD
An Evamere Entertainment BBC Films Neal Street Production; DreamWorks Pictures in Association with BBC Films and Paramount Vantage
e. SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE
Fox Searchlight Pictures and Warner Bros.; Fox Searchlight Pictures and Warner Bros.

2. BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A MOTION PICTURE – DRAMA

a. ANNE HATHAWAY – RACHEL GETTING MARRIED
b. ANGELINA JOLIE – CHANGELING
c. MERYL STREEP – DOUBT
d. KRISTIN SCOTT THOMAS – I’VE LOVED YOU SO LONG (IL Y A LONGTEMPS QUE JE T’AIME)
e. KATE WINSLET – REVOLUTIONARY ROAD

3. BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A MOTION PICTURE – DRAMA

a. LEONARDO DICAPRIO – REVOLUTIONARY ROAD
b. FRANK LANGELLA – FROST/NIXON
c. SEAN PENN – MILK
d. BRAD PITT – THE CURIOUS CASE OF BENJAMIN BUTTON
e. MICKEY ROURKE – THE WRESTLER

4. BEST MOTION PICTURE – COMEDY OR MUSICAL

a. BURN AFTER READING
Working Title/Releasing Company; Focus Features in association with Studio Canal
b. HAPPY-GO-LUCKY
Summit Entertainment, Film4, Ingenious Film Partners, Miramax Films; Miramax Films
c. IN BRUGES
Blueprint Pictures; Focus Features
d. MAMMA MIA!
Relativity Media, Playtone, Littlestar; Universal Pictures
e. VICKY CRISTINA BARCELONA
Mediapro; The Weinstein Company

5.BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A MOTION PICTURE – COMEDY OR MUSICAL

a. REBECCA HALL – VICKY CRISTINA BARCELONA
b. SALLY HAWKINS – HAPPY-GO-LUCKY
c. FRANCES MCDORMAND – BURN AFTER READING
d. MERYL STREEP – MAMMA MIA!
e. EMMA THOMPSON – LAST CHANCE HARVEY

6. BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A MOTION PICTURE – COMEDY OR MUSICAL

a. JAVIER BARDEM – VICKY CRISTINA BARCELONA
b. COLIN FARRELL – IN BRUGES
c. JAMES FRANCO – PINEAPPLE EXPRESS
d. BRENDAN GLEESON – IN BRUGES
e. DUSTIN HOFFMAN – LAST CHANCE HARVEY

7. BEST ANIMATED FEATURE FILM

a. BOLT
Walt Disney Pictures; Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures
b. KUNG FU PANDA
DreamWorks Animation SKG; Paramount Pictures
c. WALL-E
Walt Disney Pi
ctures and Pixar Animation Studios; Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

 

9. BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A MOTION PICTURE

a. AMY ADAMS – DOUBT
b. PENELOPE CRUZ – VICKY CRISTINA BARCELONA
c. VIOLA DAVIS –DOUBT
d. MARISA TOMEI – THE WRESTLER
e. KATE WINSLET – THE READER

10. BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A MOTION PICTURE

a. TOM CRUISE – TROPIC THUNDER
b. ROBERT DOWNEY JR. –TROPIC THUNDER
c. RALPH FIENNES – THE DUCHESS
d. PHILIP SEYMOUR HOFFMAN – DOUBT
e. HEATH LEDGER – THE DARK KNIGHT

11. BEST DIRECTOR – MOTION PICTURE

a. DANNY BOYLE – SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE
b. STEPHEN DALDRY – THE READER
c. DAVID FINCHER – THE CURIOUS CASE OF BENJAMIN BUTTON
d. RON HOWARD – FROST/NIXON
e. SAM MENDES – REVOLUTIONARY ROAD

-Koop

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I love this season. All of the best movies with the best talent come out!

Here is the official list of nominees for the 66th annual GOLDEN GLOBES.

Source: E! Online

The awards will be handed out in Los Angeles Jan. 11.

Here’s the complete list of nominees:

FILM

BEST MOTION PICTURE, DRAMA

  • The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
  • Frost/Nixon
  • The Reader
  • Revolutionary Road
  • Slumdog Millionaire

BEST MOTION PICTURE, COMEDY

  • Burn After Reading
  • Happy-Go-Lucky
  • In Bruges
  • Mamma Mia!
  • Vicky Cristina Barcelona

ACTOR, DRAMA

ACTRESS, DRAMA

ACTOR, COMEDY OR MUSICAL

ACTRESS, COMEDY OR MUSICAL

  • Rebecca Hall, Vicky Cristina Barcelona
  • Sally Hawkins, Happy-Go-Lucky
  • Frances McDormand, Burn After Reading
  • Meryl Streep, Mamma Mia!
  • Emma Thompson, Last Chance Harvey

SUPPORTING ACTOR

SUPPORTING ACTRESS

  • Amy Adams, Doubt
  • Penélope Cruz, Vicky Cristina Barcelona
  • Viola Davis, Doubt
  • Marisa Tomei, The Wrestler
  • Kate Winslet, The Reader

DIRECTOR

  • Danny Boyle, Slumdog Millionaire
  • Stephen Daldry, The Reader
  • David Fincher, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
  • Ron Howard, Frost/Nixon
  • Sam Mendes, Revolutionary Road

SCREENPLAY

  • Simon Beaufoy, Slumdog Millionaire
  • David Hare, The Reader
  • Peter Morgan, Frost/Nixon
  • Eric Roth, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
  • John Patrick Shanley, Doubt

FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM

  • The Baader Meinhof Complex (Germany)
  • Everlasting Moments (Sweden)
  • Gomorrah (Italy)
  • I’ve Loved You So Long (France)
  • Waltz With Bashir (Israel)

ANIMATED FEATURE FILM

  • Bolt
  • Kung Fu Panda
  • WALL-E

ORIGINAL SCORE

  • Alexandre Desplat, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
  • Clint Eastwood, Changeling
  • James Newton Howard, Defiance
  • A.R. Rahman, Slumdog Millionaire
  • Hans Zimmer, Frost/Nixon

ORIGINAL SONG

  • “Down to Earth,” WALL-E; music by Peter Gabriel, Thomas Newman; lyrics by Peter Gabriel
  • “Gran Torino,” Gran Torino; music by Clint Eastwood, Jamie Cullum, Kyle Eastwood, Michael Stevens; lyrics by Kyle Eastwood, Michael Stevens
  • “I Thought I Lost You,” Bolt; music & lyrics by Miley Cyrus, Jeffrey Steele
  • “Once in a Lifetime,” Cadillac Records; music & lyrics by Beyoncé Knowles, Amanda Ghost, Scott McFarnon, Ian Dench, James Dring, Jody Street
  • “The Wrestler,” The Wrestler; music & lyrics by Bruce Springsteen

TELEVISION

TELEVISION SERIES, DRAMA

  • Dexter
  • House
  • In Treatment
  • Mad Men
  • True Blood

PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A TELEVISION SERIES, DRAMA

PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A TELEVISION SERIES, DRAMA

TELEVISION SERIES, COMEDY OR MUSICAL

  • 30 Rock
  • Californication
  • Entourage
  • The Office
  • Weeds

PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A TELEVISION SERIES, COMEDY OR MUSICAL

PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A TELEVISION SERIES, COMEDY OR MUSICAL

MINISERIES OR MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION

  • A Raisin in the Sun
  • Bernard and Doris
  • Cranford
  • John Adams
  • Recount

PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A MINISERIES OR MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION

  • Judi Dench, Cranford
  • Catherine Keener, An American Crime
  • Laura Linney, John Adams
  • Shirley MacLaine, Coco Chanel
  • Susan Sarandon, Bernard and Doris

PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A MINISERIES OR MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION

PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A SERIES, MINISERIES OR MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION

PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A SERIES, MINISERIES OR MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION

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I’m sure many of you have seen the below video of celebrities reminding you to vote,  but just in case you haven’t yet……enjoy and remember to vote on November 4th.   It’s a right many people of the world would and are dying to be able to do.  

 

To find your voting place:

www.maps.google.com/vote

The best part of the video is I think a few of the celebrities aren’t even American citizens.

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