Posted by · 8:47 am · December 18th, 2010

Catch up with the idea behind these weekend posts here.

I’m in chilly North Carolina for two weeks, fingers crossed for snow tonight.  And I have little-to-nothing to offer in this space, but these posts aren’t for me anyway.  So, you know the drill.  Open thread.  Enjoy the weekend.

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  • 1 12-19-2010 at 4:07 pm

    Raymond said...

    Saw Black Swan this weekend and couldn’t agree more with the praises for it. Best film of the year, IMO. It’s a pity that the Oscars would never award it with their top awards. Hopefully Natalie Portman will win, how there is ANY discussion about whether Annette Bening or Natalie Portman will win is beyond me. Bening gives a good performance in an okay movie, playing an incredibly unlikable character who is not nearly as layered, fascinating and captivating as Nina. What Natalie Portman does with Nina is comparable to what Meryl Streep did in Sophie’s Choice, she becomes the character in such a way that there’s no difference between performer and character (much like in the film, it comes to a point where Nina and the Black Swan become one). She has to win.
    Do people think Mila Kunis will get nominated? I actually think Kunis and Winona Ryder should get in for this, and Vincent Cassel is sexy, commanding and just breath-taking, don’t get why he has been so largely overlooked either.

  • 2 12-19-2010 at 4:29 pm

    R.J. said...

    @Daniel: Congrats! I have a semester left so I’ll be in your shoes soon.

    I saw “Black Swan” earlier today and thought it was incredible! The best of the year in my opinion and Portman was astounding.

  • 3 12-19-2010 at 5:38 pm

    Raymond said...

    @ Squirrelman: That’s interesting re Aronofsky’s involvement with The Fighter since he was originally set to direct it, wonder what his version of the film would’ve looked like. I personally found Melissa Leo too hammy for my taste, Adams was the female stand out in the movie for me, how long till she wins?
    At this point I imagine Leo and Bale will take home Oscars for the movie though. Who woulda thought the film would end up with two acting Oscars?

  • 4 12-19-2010 at 5:47 pm

    PaulH said...

    Satellite Award winners announced: TSN, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (What? The? Frak?) and Inception tie with 3 awards each.

    Motion Picture, Drama: THE SOCIAL NETWORK
    Motion Picture, Comedy/Musical: SCOTT PILGRIM VS. THE WORLD
    Screenplay, Original: DAVID SEIDLER, THE KING’S SPEECH
    Actress in a Motion Picture, Drama: NOOMI RAPACE, THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO
    Actor in a Motion Picture, Drama: COLIN FIRTH, THE KING’S SPEECH
    Actress in a Motion Picture, Comedy/Musical: ANNE HATHAWAY, LOVE AND OTHER DRUGS
    Actor in a Motion Picture, Comedy/Musical: MICHAEL CERA, SCOTT PILGRIM VS. THE WORLD
    Actress in a Supporting Role: JACKI WEAVER, ANIMAL KINGDOM
    Actor in a Supporting Role: CHRISTIAN BALE, THE FIGHTER
    Motion Picture, Animated: TOY STORY 3
    Documentary: RESTREPO
    Cinematography: INCEPTION
    Film Editing: PLEASE GIVE
    Original Score: INCEPTION
    Art Direction & Production Design: INCEPTION
    Costume Design: ALICE IN WONDERLAND
    Sound (Editing/Mixing): UNSTOPPABLE
    Visual Effects: ALICE IN WONDERLAND

  • 5 12-19-2010 at 6:11 pm

    Hans said...

    Scott Pilgrim was fantastic, and EASILY better than most of Globes’ current comedy/musical nominees in both picture and acting. Well-deserved wins, even if it was from the IFPwhatever.

  • 6 12-19-2010 at 6:29 pm

    Andrej said...


    Just got back. Maybe they went for a default pick on that one. To me, what’s more surprising is the Sex Bob-Omb win.

  • 7 12-19-2010 at 7:36 pm

    DylanS said...

    Has anybody seen the “Water for Elephants” trailer, can we all agree that Rodrigo Prieto is a lock for a Best Cinematography Nomination?

  • 8 12-19-2010 at 7:51 pm

    JJ1 said...

    Just saw ‘Black Swan’ a second time. Theater was packed. Reactions were hard to tell. Saw it with 3 friends. 2 loved it, one was so-so on it.

    My impressions after a re-watch: I still think it’s great.

    The acting – by everyone – improved on this re-watch, and they were fantastic (to me) the first time around.

    That said, I walked away with a slight, slight lessening of an effect of the movie; probably only because I’d seen it already and so there were no surrpises/revelations.

    I still think it’s great.

    And on this re-watch, in particular, I found Natalie Portman to just be sensational. She (without having seen Michelle Williams or Lesley Manville yet) deserves the Oscar, hands down.

  • 9 12-19-2010 at 7:53 pm

    JJ1 said...

    And yes, the Water for Elephants trailer is absolutely beautiful. Whether or not the movie is any good, can’t really tell yet.

  • 10 12-19-2010 at 8:16 pm

    matsunaga said...

    Just saw The Fighter yesterday… The story was not that strong for me but it was the cast that really brought the film to life… Worthy of the Best Ensemble nomination…. As well as the individual nominations of Bale, Leo and Adams…

    And by the way, about the Water for Elephants, was the movie released already? Because i haven’t heard of it.. Though it was beautifully shot… Yes…

  • 11 12-19-2010 at 9:22 pm

    DylanS said...

    It’s released April of next year. I was implying a nomination for next years oscar season.

  • 12 12-19-2010 at 9:33 pm

    George said...

    I rewatched Shutter Island earlier today and am shocked how Leonardo DiCaprio isn’t a stronger contender in the Best Actor race.

  • 13 12-19-2010 at 10:42 pm

    al b. said...

    I’m super-excited for The Wolverine now that Aronofsky is directing! Imagine the life a director like that can bring to a dead franchise like The X-Men!