Finally. I’m excited about the U.S. premiere of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” for two reasons:
1. We finally get to see what J.J. Abrams has done to return “Star Wars” to its original glory.
2. I don’t think I could take another week of hype. In the history of cinema, I can’t imagine any film that attracted this much attention. More words have been written in advance of “The Force Awakens” than any other film, ever. (What would even be in second place?)
Can “The Force Awakens” live up to the hype? No. Nothing can live up to this level of insanity. Even if it’s the best movie ever made, it’s still a movie. Even as someone who loves movies and sees 300 films a year, I can’t imagine being as psyched about any single movie as some fans are when it comes to “Star Wars.”
Having said that, here we go! Pics from the U.S. premiere of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.”
I’ll have my full reviews–written and on-camera–on Wednesday.
May the—ah, you don’t need to hear that for the millionth time this year.
Photos courtesty: Getty Images for Disney
Rocky! Rocky! Rocky!
Nearly 40 years after Sylvester Stallone received a Golden Globe nomination for best actor for his portrayal of the title character in “Rocky,” he was nominated for best supporting actor for once again reprising the Italian Stallion for “Creed.”
Well done, Hollywood Foreign Press.
Kudos also the HFPA for recognizing “Room” and Brie Larson’s transcendent lead performance; “The Big Short” and actors Steve Carell and Christian Bale; “Mad Max: Fury Road” as a best picture nominee; and on the TV side, Bob Odenkirk and Aziz Ansari getting nods for “Better Call Saul” and “Master of None,” respectively.
As for the head-scratchers: Nobody loves Al Pacino more than this guy, but a best actor nomination for the entertaining but lightweight and schmaltzy “Danny Collins”? That’s a stretch.
Then there were the nominees for best motion picture, comedy or musical:
“The Big Short,” “Joy,” “The Martian,” “Spy” and “Trainwreck.”
Ah, who can forget that amazing musical number in “Spy”? I’m still humming that tune.
All right, all right: it does say comedy OR musical. It just so happens all five Golden Globe nominees this year are comedies.
Well. Not really.
The mindset of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association is skewed enough that the sci-fi drama “The Martian” was considered a comedy, which isn’t just incorrect — it’s stupid.
To be sure, “The Martian” contained moments of levity, especially within Matt Damon’s serio-comic monologues as he tried to survive on Mars while trying to communicate with NASA back home. But calling “The Martian” a comedy makes about as much sense as saying “Trainwreck” is a drama because Amy Schumer’s character experiences some heartbreak and a family tragedy.
In the meantime, two terrific dramatic films that could conceivably qualify as musicals — “Love and Mercy” and “Straight Outta Compton” — got no love.
So it goes with the Golden Globes, the bridesmaid to the Oscars and the now firmly established Second Most Important award an actor or filmmaker can receive — even though this stuff is decided by about 90 entertainment journalists, some with more impressive credentials than others.
In the best drama category, “Carol,” “Room,” “Mad Max: Fury Road,” “The Revenant” and “Spotlight” were nominated, but that meant there was no room for “Bridge of Spies” or “Sicario,” two four-star dramas (in this critic’s opinion).
In the best actress in a drama category, the nominees included Cate Blanchett for “Carol,” Brie Larson for “Room,” Rooney Mara for “Carol,” Saoirse Ronan for “Brooklyn” and Alicia Vikander for “The Danish Girl.” I know. You’ve seen maybe one of those movies. Here’s hoping you get to the others.
The actors nominated in the Drama category:
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