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I still hate the Oscars, but fuck yeah.

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Awwwwww shit yeah.

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You have a movie that is easily the best rated picture of the year, yet not even nominated for best picture.

You have a award category that is complete bullshit and has a single studio winning it four out of the eight years the category has been available, all times when they were also some of the highest rated movies of the year.

You have an actor giving what was literally a role in a movie, that was MADE for him.  He gets effing robbed.

Man I fucking hate the Oscars.

[UPDATE] But man oh man do I fucking love John Gruber.

I’ll put it in writing: the best motion picture released last year was WALL-E. Like 2001 — which WALL-E pays significant homage to — it wasn’t even nominated for best picture. But it effectively couldn’t be nominated — and that’s the real crime. Instead, WALL-E was nominated for and awarded the prize for “best animated film”.1

But why does this category even exist? Animated as opposed to what? Photographed? Animation is merely a technique. Cinema is cinema. The Academy’s rules state that films nominated for best animated feature are still eligible to be nominated for best picture, but don’t hold your breath waiting for it to happen. The whole point of this award to establish a ghetto where “cartoons”, no matter how good, are relegated. Putting WALL-E up against Bolt and Kung Fu Panda rather than letting it compete against Slumdog Millionaire and Benjamin Button is like requiring a 13-year-old chess prodigy to compete only against other children, regardless whether he could stand his own against adult grandmasters. It’s a dismissive pat on the head.

Ok, so I was wrong in the comments regarding being eligible to be nominated for both, but the point still stands, Wall-E not being nominated is a crime.

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So, being a liberal, I really shouldn’t like Red Dawn as much as I do, but there’s just something about it that I love.  I guess I’m just a sucker for American invasion stories (I used to have a repeating dream when I was at RIT where the Chinese were invading the campus, and we were picking off Chinese soldiers from the top of NRH).  Anyway, this is a prime example of a really bad movie that is really likeable.  I’m going to open this up to the Juice population, so treat this as a really-bad-movie-that-I-like open thread.

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Now I know how some of yas feel about movie trailers and the like, but I feel like this one is worth a watch.  It doesn’t seem like your typical Aronofsky joint (by which I mean including the use of “experimental” type of camera shots and the like), but it definitely looks interesting.  

Plus, I have a feeling that Mickey Rourke is going to be a front-runner for the Best Actor Oscar for his role in this.

Click on the poster to go right to the Apple Trailers page.

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Since I know there are some fans of Moulin Rouge! in the audience here, I just figure I would draw attention to Baz’s first film SINCE then because I’ve never heard of it.


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I heard about this great knew archetype, known as an MPDG to insiders, on NPR the other day.  I thought it was awesome.  The description:

The Manic Pixie is, in his words, “that bubbly, shallow cinematic creature that exists solely in the fevered imaginations of sensitive writer-directors to teach broodingly soulful young men to embrace life and its infinite mysteries and adventures.”

My favorite:

3. Garden State (Natalie Portman)

Pharmaceutical companies have made billions peddling antidepressants to twentysomething white people who are, like, totally stressin’ over people not appreciating them enough. Zach Braff did similarly well peddling two unusual but no less popular antidepressants in Garden State: The Shins and Natalie Portman. Braff’s character is completely transformed when the latter introduces him to the former in a doctor’s waiting room, with the plucky, annoying promise, “It’ll change your life, I swear.” Of course, anything sounds profound coming from such a dreamy woman. Oh, Natalie, your unconventional ways are so inspiring, and your beauty is surprisingly non-threatening! In Garden State, she’s a loveably eccentric little angel in the body of a smokin’-hot goddess, spreading good cheer and tuneful indie rock to depressed boys everywhere.

Check out the rest here.

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