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Big Winners at the 2018 Golden Globe Awards

This past Sunday, the 75th Golden Globe Awards were held in Hollywood. Seth Meyers was this year’s host and the show was full of some big moments:

  • Oprah gave what may be one of the best speeches of all time as she accepted the Cecil B. DeMille Award (the first African-American woman to receive the honor). If you haven’t seen it, go check it out, it is spectacular.
  • Kirk Douglas (101 years young) made an appearance with his daughter-in-law Catherine Zeta-Jones to help present an award. I was not expecting to see Douglas, but it was good to see him again.

And then there were the winners. I will touch on the big wins and share some thoughts on what this might mean for the Oscars (which the Golden Globes are considered predictors of).

  • Best Motion Picture (Drama): Three Billboards Outside Ebbing
  • Best Motion Picture (Musical or Comedy): Lady Bird
  • Best Director (Motion Picture): Guillermo del Toro for The Shape of Water
  • Best Motion Picture (Animated): Coco
  • Best Original Score (Motion Picture): Alexandre Desplat for The Shape of Water
  • Best Original Song (Motion Picture): “This is Me” from The Greatest Showman
  • Best Television Series (Drama): The Handmaid’s Tale
  • Best Television Series (Musical or Comedy): The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

I am thrilled that Coco won for Best Animated Film, it seems almost certain that they’ll pick up the Oscar as well. I am also excited to see Alexandre Desplat recognized for his work on The Shape of Water. Desplat’s film scores are always enjoyable, but sadly not recognized as often as they should be (in my opinion).

As for what disappointed me: I was really hoping that The Greatest Showman would win Best Motion Picture (Musical or Comedy) though I am not sad the award went to Lady Bird. I have a feeling Lady Bird is going to sweep a lot of awards at the Oscars this year, it’s been getting glowing reviews.

Another disappointment: Dunkirk, nominated for three Golden Globe Awards, did not get a single win. This does not bode well for the film’s future at the Oscars (though I could be wrong as the Golden Globe’s are not always a foolproof indicator of how a film will do in the Academy Awards).

What did you think of this year’s Golden Globe Awards? Did the results surprise you? Depress you? Let me know in the comments below. We’re just under two months away from the 90th Academy Awards, I can’t wait to cover the nominations as they come out on January 23rd.

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50 Films you should see according to me!

I think it’s only natural to have a list of films that you want all your friends to see. After all, once you’ve seen a film that is just so amazing, you talk about it with everyone you know so that they can see how wonderful it is too. To that end, I thought I would put together a list of 50 films that I think everyone should see (funny story: I meant to have this published before New Year’s Eve….yeah that didn’t work out so well). It was not an easy thing to do: I kept revising it so I could include this movie or that movie, and then there was the whole “which movies ARE important enough to make this list??” I think the list below is a pretty comprehensive one. I won’t go through every single film (because that would be the longest blog post of all time) but I will touch on some highlights.

It seemed obvious to include the original Star Wars trilogy given the effect those films have had on the industry. I also included Revenge of the Sith because it was the best prequel film and The Force Awakens and Rogue One because they’re pretty good too (and also because Rogue One is the first anthology film). I also included a lot of Kurosawa’s period films because I think they’re all must-see (particularly Yojimbo). The Lord of the Rings trilogy was also a given, as was Gone with the Wind (which is arguably one of the greatest films Hollywood ever produced even though it’s nearly 80 years old). The Ten Commandments (1956) and Ben-Hur (1959) are the two Biblical epic films that I consider mandatory viewing, even if you follow a different religion, because they are the perfect examples of a 1950s epic “with a cast of thousands.”

Most of the films made the list because they’re significant in some way: Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs is the first full-length animated Disney film; Batman (1989) and Superman: The Movie (1978) brought superheroes to life¬†decades before anyone conceived of a superhero cinematic universe, and so on and so on.

Feel free to let me know how much of the list you’ve seen, or let me know if I’ve left out a film that you feel should make a list like this.

  1. Star Wars (1977)
  2. The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
  3. Return of the Jedi (1983)
  4. Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith (2005)
  5. Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens (2015)
  6. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016)
  7. Yojimbo (1961)
  8. Sanjuro (1962)
  9. Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982)
  10. Star Trek: First Contact (1996)
  11. Akira (1988)
  12. Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937)
  13. Beauty and the Beast (1991)
  14. Princess Mononoke (1997)
  15. My Neighbor Totoro (1988)
  16. The Ten Commandments (1956)
  17. Ben-Hur (1959)
  18. Gone with the Wind (1939)
  19. The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)
  20. The Two Towers (2002)
  21. The Return of the King (2003)
  22. Metropolis (1927)
  23. Forbidden Planet (1956)
  24. Ghost in the Shell (1995)
  25. Kubo and the Two Strings (2016)
  26. Jason and the Argonauts
  27. Clash of the Titans (1981)
  28. Fantastic Voyage (1966)
  29. Rebecca (1940)
  30. Alien (1979)
  31. Aliens (1986)
  32. Batman (1989)
  33. Superman: The Movie (1978)
  34. The Muppet Movie (1979)
  35. The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951)
  36. Jurassic Park (1993)
  37. 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
  38. Throne of Blood (1957)
  39. Rashomon (1950)
  40. The Hidden Fortress (1958)
  41. Seven Samurai (1954)
  42. The Magnificent Seven (1960)
  43. The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938)
  44. Gojira (1954)
  45. Blade Runner: The Final Cut (1982)
  46. Frankenstein (1931)
  47. The Bride of Frankenstein (1935)
  48. King Kong (1933)
  49. Mission Impossible (1996)
  50. It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World (1963)

 

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Happy New Year!

Happy 2018 everyone! (I know I’m a day late but I needed the time off)

A new year is upon us and with a new year comes so many new movies to look forward to. I thought I would list the movies I’m looking forward to in the first half of 2018. So without further ado here we go!

  1. Black Panther (February 16th, 2018): This movie looks absolutely GORGEOUS! I never did get around to watching Thor: Ragnarok ($$ had something to do with it) but I will not pass up the opportunity to watch Black Panther, especially since it’s coming a few months out from Avengers: Infinity War (more on that in a little bit). I fully expect this movie to blow me away.
  2. Annihilation (February 23rd, 2018): Another gorgeous looking film, and since it comes from the director responsible for Ex Machina¬†I’m expecting very great things from this film.
  3. Pacific Rim: Uprising (March 23rd, 2018): I wasn’t going to see this movie until I saw the trailer and I’m hoping it’s as awesome as it looks. It’s really towards the bottom of the list of films I’m looking forward to, but as long as it entertains me, I’m okay with that.
  4. Red Sparrow (March 2nd, 2018): It looks like a really good film, and it has Jennifer Lawrence (also I like spy films).
  5. Ready Player One (March 30th, 2018): Oh please don’t let Spielberg have screwed this up!! On the one hand everything looks amazing but based on some things I’ve seen in the latest trailer I can already see some details have been changed around (for one, the movie apparently starts in Columbus, OH instead of Parzival moving there later on). I need this to be a good film, hopefully I am not disappointed.
  6. Avengers: Infinity War (May 4th, 2018): This is going to be one of those can’t-miss films, considering it’s the culmination of a story that began with Iron Man all the way back in 2008. I fully expect a cathartic experience like no other (though I still suspect that they’re going to “kill” several major characters and then bring them back via the Infinity Stones, “wibbly wobbly timey wimey” stuff and all that).
  7. Solo: A Star Wars Story (May 25th, 2018): I hate to say this, but the only reason I’ve put this film on the list is because it’s a Star Wars film. I don’t feel good about this film at all (not to mention we’re five months out from release and we haven’t gotten even a teaser trailer. Keep in mind, we got the first Rogue One teaser a YEAR out). I could be proven wrong, but at this point I’m betting Solo: A Star Wars Story is the first flop since Disney took over Star Wars.
  8. The Incredibles 2 (June 15th, 2018): This is one of those rare times that I’m happy a sequel is coming, because let’s face it, we’ve wanted an Incredibles sequel since the first film came out! I can’t wait to see what happens, not to mention how the family deals with Jack-Jack having powers now.

And those are the movies I’m looking forward to in the first half of 2018. What films are you looking forward to seeing now that the new year is here? Let me know in the comments below

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10 films that are remakes of 70s films

If you talk to me long enough, it will come out that one of my biggest pet peeves is Hollywood’s current obsession with remaking every film they can think of, simply because they can (and not for a good reason, like making a remake of a silent film). I think it’s the height of creative laziness and it also makes me wonder if the Hollywood writers think the audience is stupid. Just because a certain movie was made 40 years ago doesn’t mean it’s been forgotten (or that a remake will be better). And when I saw the news on Twitter that Death Wish was being remade into a Bruce Willis film due to come out next year, I decided it was time to start making lists to point out just how many films are actually remakes. I chose remakes of films from the 1970s for this list because Death Wish originally came out in 1974 and there have been a LOT of remakes from that decade. So, to that end, I present a list of ten films that are actually remakes of films from the 70s.

1.The Mechanic (2011)

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I have a confession: watching Jason Statham onscreen is one of my guilty pleasures and I was initially excited when I saw previews of the 2011 film The Mechanic, a story about a professional assassin who makes his hits look like anything but an assassination. I was going to see the film until I went to the internet and found out that this film is actually….a remake.

Remake of: The Mechanic (1972)

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That’s right. The Mechanic is a remake of a 1972 film starring Charles Bronson. The plot is largely the same, though the latter has more explosions. But knowing it was a remake..I just couldn’t watch it, and it’s my understanding that the unwanted sequel, The Mechanic: Resurrection (2016) largely bombed at the box office.

2. I Am Legend (2007)

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I love to point to I Am Legend as the perfect example of how prevalent remakes are in Hollywood. This film isn’t just a remake, it’s a remake OF a remake. The compelling tale of the last man on Earth fighting the infected was previously told in the 1971 film The Omega Man, starring Charlton Heston (and it’s not a bad film, I’ve seen it). But this film was also a remake, of a 1964 Vincent Price film entitled (appropriately enough) The Last Man on Earth. Notice how the title of the original film becomes the tagline of the remakes.

Remake of: The Omega Man (1971) which is a remake of The Last Man on Earth (1964)

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The biggest difference between the remakes and the original is that, in the original, the infected humans are straight-up vampires (the kind you kill with stakes to the heart).

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3. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005)

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I hate this movie. With a burning passion. From the moment a remake starring Johnny Depp (of all people) was announced, I knew I would HATE this movie. I don’t care who is in it, nothing could ever match the wonder of the original film starring Gene Wilder. And, let’s just face it, the remake was downright creepy, and not even a little creepy, it was a LOT creepy.

Remake of: Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1971)

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4. Assault on Precinct 13 (2005)

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I remember the previews for this film and ignoring the film altogether because it wasn’t my kind of movie. As a result, I didn’t learn until much later that this is actually a remake of a 1976 film of the same title. Once I learned of the original film, that’s when I really started Googling film titles to see which ones were remakes (answer: a lot of them).

Remake of: Assault on Precinct 13 (1976)

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5. Death Wish (2018)

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As I said at the beginning, this is the film that pushed me over the edge into making this list, because I see it as totally unnecessary. I also fear it will start yet another franchise that nobody really wants, because the original Death Wish film spawned FOUR additional sequels (with Death Wish V: The Face of Death coming out in 1994).

Remake of: Death Wish (1974)

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6. The Taking of Pelham 123 (2009)

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The Taking of Pelham 123 actually didn’t sound like a bad film: guy takes a train full of passengers hostage and demands a huge ransom while the good guys work to stop the train. Sounds pretty good right? It is, it was, and it was also first done in 1974 with the original film. A minor difference is that in the original film, they want $1 million dollars in ransom. In the remake, this is bumped up to $10 million dollars (wow, talk about inflation!).

Remake of: The Taking of Pelham One Two Three (1974)

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7. Poseidon (2006)

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People have told me that Poseidon isn’t actually THAT bad, but I’ll have to agree to disagree, because however good it may be, The Poseidon Adventure (1972) was better. I will take an older film with practical effects over a modern film loaded with CGI any day (not to mention the flipping scene in the remake is so realistic it actually gave me nightmares for a few days). I’m still waiting for a remake of The Towering Inferno (1974) (since they seem to like remaking disaster films).

Remake of: The Poseidon Adventure (1972)

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8. The Crazies (2010)

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I have discovered that Hollywood loves to remake horror films, that’s why the last three on this list come from that genre. It makes sense in a way, there’s always new ways of terrifying people that can be included in a film remake. But I still think it’s lazy to do the same story over again (though I suppose that’s a matter of opinion).

Remake of: The Crazies (1973)

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9. The Hills Have Eyes (2006)

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When I was fresh out of high school, I made a terrible mistake: I accidentally watched a big chunk of this film and didn’t realize what it was until it was too late. To this day, I refuse to go anywhere near this film (or any sequels). I wasn’t completely surprised to hear that this film was actually a remake, it just seemed like one of those films that’d been made before, only they updated the setting for the new version.

Remake of: The Hills Have Eyes (1977)

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10. Carrie (2013)

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I’ve toyed with the idea of watching the original Carrie (1976) for a while now, but I think the reason I’ll never be able to is because it’ll bring back too many memories of when I was brutally teased in school (not even close to the extent that Carrie was in the film, but still…) I felt resigned when the remake was announced. I’m sure these actors do a marvelous job, but they’re still just retelling a story we’ve all seen (or at least heard of) before.

Remake of: Carrie (1976)

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And that’s the end of my list, I hope you enjoyed going through it. There are more soundtrack reviews coming up this week, including a very special one (if I can get my hands on it in time). One note: next week is the annual musicology conference, so I will be out of town and not blogging at that time.

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