Monday, January 12, 2009
The Golden Globes
Sacha Baron Cohen introduces "Benjamin Buttons" and pisses off Hollywood proving hypocrisy reigns everywhere, not just politics. But, the Golden Globes, which I do not take much stock in (when I was younger the Golden Globes were a joke) have turned into a warm-up for the Oscars which I find a bit odd. Most of the best actors are nominated, however and giving Mickey Rourke a statue for his astonishing performance in the "Wrestler" is deserved. It is I believe probably the best film of the year as well, though I have not seen everything - yet. Sean Penn is a close second, however for "Milk" of course.
Sally Hawkins in "Happy Go Lucky" easily, without even thinking about it gives the best female (and the best overall performance) of the year. While, Anne Hathaway, Kate Winslet and Kristin Scott Thomas also give amazing performances, Sally Hawkins' "poppy" stands by itself. Maybe Kate will win for her supporting role in "The Reader" at the Oscars.
Ok, but Slumgod Millionaire is I think, one of the most overhyped films of the year and is not worthy of all of this glory. It happens though, everyone gets behind one film (i.e. Titanic, Unforgiven, that William Wallace film) that they think should win and then that is it, all of the other great films get lost in the shuffle (Fargo, Bull Durham, Do the Right Thing to name just a few, but that list goes on forever and last year's There Will Be Blood). Slumdog while good, is a tale of two films. The first, a visually stunning look at the slums of Mumbai (or Bombay) and the life of a young peasant and the second, a ridiculous, cheesy love story, tailor made for Hollywood as Bombay turns into Mumbai. I am not even sure if this film makes it into my top 10 yet and everyone is ready to give it Best Picture. I truly hope not because the issue behind it - in my opinion is we can all make it if we try (much like the very unsubtle message of Forest Gump) which is ridiculous and insensitive to all the peasants and poor of the world that suffer under colonialism and globalism.
But, if you have not seen the Wrestler, go and see it - though it can be hard to watch it is one of the most authentic films in recent memory and also provides an avenue for one of the great young actors of our day, Evan Rachel Wood. She is only in a few scenes, but her power with Mickey Rourke is unmistakable. And "Vicki, Christina, Barcelona" winning over "Happy Go Lucky" is laughable. Just my two cents.
And hooray for Tina Fey and 30 Rock. It seems they deserve it. And Mad Men, the best show on television better sign Jon Hamm to a new season!