Posted by · 2:53 pm · January 29th, 2011

I’m bouncing from this to that in Santa Barbara this afternoon. iPhoning this in. But here’s your weekly open thread.

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  • 1 1-29-2011 at 3:13 pm

    Jacob S. said...

    Does anyone know when the DGA and SAG awards are on EST? And are they televised?

  • 2 1-29-2011 at 3:20 pm

    Hero said...

    SAG will be on Sunday at 8:00 on TNT and TBS. I don’t think DGA is televised

  • 3 1-29-2011 at 3:24 pm

    Jacob S. said...


  • 4 1-29-2011 at 3:30 pm

    Michael said...

    Just watched Blue Valentine – I “liked” it, but not in a traditional entertainment seeking kind of way (not that I was expecting that.) Movies like this I definitely appreciate, and it will surely stay with me for a while, but I don’t have any reason to ever want to revisit it again. Great editing, wonderful music, and obviously the performances were gang-busters they were so damn good. I wish both Gosling and Williams were nominated, but imho if only one of them was allowed a spot, then I do feel that they made the right decision in recognising Williams in this role. I can’t wait to see Another Year on monday night!

    Also, has anyone seen Kaboom yet? I am watching it tomorrow on Sundance VOD and I for one cannot fucking wait. I would love to start 2011 with a bang and that movie looks like it might just do the trick.

  • 5 1-29-2011 at 3:43 pm

    JJ1 said...

    Saw ‘The Rite’. Not nearly as atrocious as I thought it’d be – but slowwwww.

    ‘Buried’ – well shot, great perf. from Reynolds. But I disliked the ending. Wasn’t crazy about the political tie-in/angle. And I felt emotionally manipulated.

    ‘Conviction’ – better than expected. Swank impressed. Rockwell was good, as usual; nothing amazing. And knowing the true story (and what happens 6 months after the ending of the film) sours it, a bit.

    ‘For Colored Girls’ – the entire cast gave it their all. But Tyler Perry’s straightforward narrative techniques did not mesh with the source material, at all.

    I wanna see ‘Another Year’ again. SO good. I just may next week.

    Looking forward to SAG tomorrow.

  • 6 1-29-2011 at 3:56 pm

    Chris said...

    there really isn’t anything quite like Gregg Araki’s latest film “Kaboom”, which I just saw. This is an insane, sexy, and wildly entertaining film that one must see to fully appreciate the audacity of this outrageous film.

  • 7 1-29-2011 at 5:37 pm

    Hero said...

    I just finished Cairo Time. What an absolute beauty of a film. I’m just in love with it.

  • 8 1-29-2011 at 5:40 pm

    Andrej said...

    I’m intrigued by Another Earth’s premise. I like these sort of alternate time space sci-fi movies, can’t wait to see it how it’ll be and how it performs with audiences.

  • 9 1-29-2011 at 6:30 pm

    Hero said...

    Have you all seen the Inception button?

  • 10 1-29-2011 at 7:07 pm

    Keil Shults said...

    Ever seen Word Wars or Scrabylon? They’re documentaries about the world of competitive Scrabble, and while I came onto the scene too late to appear in the films, I’m (vaguely) a member of that community. I think we need a narrative film that involves a protagonist who’s heavily into Scrabble.

  • 11 1-29-2011 at 7:10 pm

    Keil Shults said...


    – finally saw Dogtooth this week

    – am about to watch The American via Netflix (tonight or tomorrow)

    – was thinking of seeing 127 Hours tomorrow, since it’s finally playing nearby, but then realized i could buy it in a month for almost the same price as two tickets for my wife and myself

    – an old high school friend of mine — who went on to attend Columbia and is now an attorney in Manhattan — wants to co-create a film podcast with me

  • 12 1-29-2011 at 7:36 pm

    James D. said...

    I saw The American recently. It is well made, but a bit bland overall.

    Enter the Void, however, is the silliest thing I have ever seen. I know our editor is a fan of his work, but I can’t think of a worse director that is taken seriously by cinephiles.

  • 13 1-29-2011 at 8:07 pm

    Nicolas Mancuso said...

    I saw “Incendies” today, since it’s already playing in Canada. What an amazing film! Beautifully acted and absolutely heart-wrenching.

    I also saw “The Way Back”, which is a technical marvel… but which narratively is just okay (in my opinion).

  • 14 1-29-2011 at 9:42 pm

    Jacob S. said...

    Oh, I saw “Enter the Void” a few days ago. It was whack. Cool as hell and technically awesome. I think it would have been better if it was twenty minutes shorter, though.

  • 15 1-30-2011 at 8:18 am

    Loyal said...

    I haven’t seen Na Wewe (Kris’ pick for Best Short Live Action) but I did watch God of Love on Friday and I loved it.

  • 16 1-30-2011 at 10:32 am

    Hans said...

    Random thought: since 2011 looks so dire filmwise, wouldn’t it be insane if Deathly Hallows II turned into THE movie of the year? Ha!

  • 17 1-30-2011 at 12:15 pm

    Keil Shults said...

    A) I don’t think 2011 looks hopelessly grim. There are some projects to be excited about, such as:

    – Tree of Life (Malick)
    – The Descendents (Alexander Payne)
    – Hugo Cabret (Scorsese)
    – Tintin (Spielberg)
    – War Horse (Spielberg)
    – The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo (Fincher)
    – Cars 2 (Pixar)
    – We Bought a Zoo (starring Damon, dir. Cameron Crowe)
    – Moneyball (directed by Bennett Miller, who made Capote, and starring Brad Pitt, Jonah Hill, and Philip Seymour Hoffman)

    Other lighter but possibly enjoyable fare:

    Hall Pass (Farrelly Brothers)
    Rango (animated, dir. Verbinski)
    Sucker Punch
    Cowboys and Aliens
    Tower Heist (may be directed by Ratner, but it’s written by Noah Baumbach…what the?)

    And I personally think HP2 is going to be excellent. Volume 1 was rather underrated, and this isn’t coming from some huge fan of the series.

  • 18 1-30-2011 at 1:07 pm

    JJ1 said...

    HP7 Pt. 1 was the best HP film since 3 and 4. Here’s hoping Part 2 ends with a bang.