Wednesday, September 29, 2010

The Links Are Alive...

In Contention Tapley's review of Conviction.
New York Magazine Mark Harris great piece on The Social Network in case you haven't read it yet. "I poked Aaron Sorkin..."
Cinema Styles "Coming Home to Tango" a look back at two seminal 70s films and how they age when you age. Interesting stuff. For the record I love Coming Home and don't care for Last Tango in Paris but saw them both in my early 30s.
MUBI remembers Arthur Penn (RIP) We've lost another film great. Time to watch Bonnie & Clyde again.

 Flames... on the Side of My Face pays tribute to the late Madeline Kahn, for whom the blog is titled, on her birthday. "Taffeta, darling"
Ruchome Obrazki late addition to the 'Best Shot' party featuring David Fincher's Se7en (1995). Check it out.
Some Came Running has a wonderfut bit on Sally Menke's eye for shots juxtaposed.
Movie | Line offers up my favorite title about the Star Wars in 3D news.
Serious Film 8 voice performances that were worthy of acting nominations.
IGN offers up some mainstream "summer movie awards" as we head into fall.

And finally, Playbill delivers Holy Playclothes-Made-of-Curtains shocking news. The cast of The Sound of Music is reuniting next month on Oprah !!! This will be epic even if we have to hear Ms. Winfrey screaming...
"Julieeeeeeeee AaahNDROOOOOOoosss"
...over and over again. Are you dying out there?  Now I'm going to have "The Lonely Goatherd" stuck in my head for the rest of the day because this is always what happens to me when someone mentions The Sound of Music.


James T said...

Lol @ Oprah's shouting!

Is the Mark Harris piece spoiler-free? This has got really dangerous. When movies finally do come to Greece, I know almost everything about the ones I actually go to see :(

Jorge Rodrigues said...

Loved the Serious Film post. So many great performances indeed.

And Nathaniel, I sent you an e-mail telling you about the Portuguese submission to the Foreign Film Oscar, don't know if you've seen it ;)

It's not Manoel de Oliveira this time. Like I had previously told you. It's a much tougher sell, actually. It's the transvestite film, "To Die Like a Man".

WonderRobbie said...

Gah! Thanks for the linkage Nathaniel! Long live Madeline!

Volvagia said...

Um...mostly spoiler free. It tells you "who they are" but doesn't go into too many specifics. Enough to whet the appetite more without spoiling the main course. (No quotes. So, just don't let anyone quote Sorkin to you and you should be fine.)

/3rtfu11 said...

Actresses, Academy Awards, and Bill Cosby

Madeline Khan was Bill Cosby’s co-star on his last sitcom Cosby
She’s a two-time Supporting Actress Nominee.

Whoopi Goldberg did a guest stint on The Cosby Show spin-off A Different World
She’s a two-time Oscar Nominee and won Supporting Actress (1990)

Mercedes Ruehl did a guest stint on The Cosby Show itself
She won the Best Supporting Actress Oscar (1991)

Marisa Tomei was regular cast member on The Cosby Show spin-off A Different World
She’s a three-time Oscar Nominee and won Supporting Actress (1992) (In 1993 the year of her ceremony took place A Different World had it’s final season)

Halle Berry did a guest stint on The Cosby Show spin-off A Different World
She’s the first African-American to win Best Actress (2001)

Anonymous said...

Just a question, does anyone think that an Oscar will ever be won for a voice-only performance?

Because Ellen in Finding Nemo would have won the golden guy for that performance, in my book.

Michael said...

Anon - In a word: no. I can't imagine any scenario where a voice over performance is nominated let alone wins an Oscar. I'd be curious to hear someone attempt to explain how it could happen.

cal roth said...

To Die Like a Man?????

They have guts. I haven't seen the movie, but this director Rodrigues is a really tough sell.

I've seen O Fantasma and I really can't seem Ampas going with a movie by that director, unless he is softened now.

Anyway, congratulations Portugal for not trying to guess what Ampas wants and submitting what you think it's best.

cal roth said...

And here comes the Swank!

I don't expect this movie to be great and, in spite of my love for two Oscar-winning performances, I don't anticipate Swank's work here. All I can't think is that sam Rockwell may win the Oscar he has been deserving for a long time!

I'm so excited for the male actor categories, since some of my favorite actor may finally win! Giamatti in Best Actor and Rockwell/Ruffalo in Best Supporting Actor.

I fear that Rockwell and Ruffalo may cancel each other, since they're both that enduring-respected actor of arthouse hits and always supporting in big budget productions. Similar careers that may have the same fans.

Volvagia said...

Well, it would take a concerted effort from the media and print critics to convince people that voice is worthy. And, well, I'll start by saying that from 1994 to 2009, I'd nominate 12 pieces of voice work across all four acting categories for 9 films. (Coraline x2, Where the Wild Things Are, Finding Nemo, The Incredibles, The Fantastic Mr. Fox, Ratatouille, Toy Story, South Park: BL&U and Princess Mononoke x3.)

Dimitra said...

I haven't watched Finding Nemo in English, but the actress who dubbed Dory in Greek was also worthy of a nomination.

Andrew R. said...

I don't know if this is OT, but WHAT IS WITH ALL THE CELEBRITY DEATHS?

Gloria Stuart, Sally Kehn, Tony Curtis, Arthur Penn, and now Joe Mantell.

Mantell was Oscar-nominated for Marty, and delivered the line "Forget it Jake, it's Chinatown." He died yesterday.

Alex said...

Anon, I would've given James Gandolfini an Oscar for his work in Where the Wild Things Are, the most searing and heartbreaking performance I saw all year (I'm looking at you Mo'Nique).

For everyone who hasn't, yet seen this, here's a first look at Nicole Kidman, Dianne Wiest, and Aaron Eckhart in Rabbit Hole:


Alex -- say huh what now?

[does not compute]

Anonymous said...

I believe "The sound of music" reunion is part of promoting the upcoming blu-ray release of the movie. Apparently it's been newly restored with today's digital tools and so it should look better than ever (at least on home video) and it will also be released on some movie theaters to show it off.