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Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Oscars Noms 2012 Reactions

This is the list of nominations. And this is how I reacted as I read through them:
  • Yay Gary Oldman is nominated! It BETTER BE HIS YEAR TO WIN because I love him more than is appropriate
  • GROSS. Brad Pitt is nominated AGAIN… for what looks to be a completely mediocre role. Also I hate his stupid, smug face. He better not win.
  • NO LEO? WHAT IS EVEN… AMPAS, you can suck it.
  • Rooney Marra! Hooray. I like her even though I hated the movie.
  • Uh oh, both GG winners, Michelle Williams and Meryl Streep are competing for the Oscar.
  • MELISSA MCCARTHY FROM BRIDESMAIDS GOT A NOM! I am SO happy for her!! She is fantastic. I hope she is partying hard today!
  • God… 5 animated movies this year? And I don’t care about ANY of them.
  • Every time I see “War Horse” or “Tree of Life” listed, I get annoyed. 
  • Jane Eyre for costume design! I love it! It needs to be recognized for something. 
  • Also, any time I see “Moneyball” listed, I get angry. 
  • I’m irritated there is no “Jane Eyre” or "Deathly Hallows” for score. 
  • Oh… GOD…. I’ve only seen ONE of the best picture nominees. And I will NOT see… 4 of them because I am not remotely interested (or it’s The Tree of Life and have been told if I watch it my face will melt off my head).  
  • This is a weird thing to be irritated about… but I think Deathly Hallows Part 2 should have been nominated for sound editing and mixing. ANGER.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Broadway Rant: Darren Criss and How To Succeed

As many of you know, I went to NYC about a week and a half ago! It was amazing and a full-fledged post about my experiences there is coming soon, but first... a rant.

Background for those who aren't keeping up with Broadway: Daniel Radcliffe just ended an 11 month run as lead in How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying and now Darren Criss is taking the lead for just 3 weeks, ending on January 22nd.

I've spent the last week being "Proud Mamma Bear" about Darren Criss being on Broadway, but I think now I need to switch, briefly, into "Protective Mamma Bear."
  • It's not fair for people to criticize/judge Darren's performance/singing in How to Succeed based on a few bootleg YouTube videos and WAV files recorded on someone's iPhone memo app.
  • It's also not fair to compare his stage performance voice to his voice on the tracks of any of the Glee soundtracks because there is a huge difference between professionally produced songs and singing and dancing on stage. As one deliciously snarky YouTuber put it, 'welcome to live theater.' (If anyone has watched him in any Starkid production and compares it to his H2$ performances, you'll agree he's really grown as a performer since then! < / proud mamma again >)
  • It's especially not fair to compare any of that bootleg footage of Darren to the professionally produced soundtrack tracks or professionally recorded video clips of Daniel's show Broadway.com/The Tony's/any number of Tonight Shows/Early Shows showed on TV. Nor is it fair to use that to say how Darren sucks in comparison to Daniel Radcliffe. 
Daniel Radcliffe said in an interview before Darren ever took the stage that he felt Darren would have a hard time ahead of him because of the short amount of time he'd be on stage. Dan said it took him (Dan) months before he really felt like he had sunk into the character and really was doing his best work. Basically, he said he wouldn't want anyone to judge what he can do on stage solely on his first 3 weeks in the show and that he knew that is what Darren was about it endure.

I saw Darren in How to Succeed about a week and a half ago on January 8th. When I got home a few days later, I saw that someone had posted a video of Darren's first night. Just from that YouTube video to the night I saw him, I could tell there was a huge improvement in his performance.

So my point is this--

For someone to take a snapshot from one night and plaster it across the entirety of his performance as though it's an adequate representation of what Darren can do is not right, nor is it fair. Especially if you are comparing it to any of the ultra perfected and produced professional tracks/videos from Dan's show.

Now, from what I saw, I DO think that Daniel is the better actor and Darren is more at home singing and dancing. Overall, they each excelled at what they were most comfortable with. But if Daniel was better, why is that surprising? He's been a professional actor for more than half his life and been mentored by some of the most esteemed actors in the WORLD (...ALAN RICKMAN....). Plus, he was J Pierpont Finch for almost a year. To compare what Darren does in 3 weeks to ANYTHING other than what Daniel did in his first 3 weeks on stage is just stupid.

Anyways. The end. That's my rant. I just had to get it off my chest because, no matter what, I am *no proper adjectives* proud of Darren and the fact that he is head-lining a show on Broadway. He's come so far and is still going and basically, GET OFF MY BABY OKAY.

Monday, January 16, 2012

Fashion Album for 2012 Golden Globes

Hey guys, I just posted an album full of red carpet pictures from the 2012 Golden Globes here with my comments. Click the link to browse through and add your thoughts on each look, too!

(You may have to 'like' my blog's page on Facebook to add your comments.) Can't wait to see your perspectives on these celeb looks.

Saturday, January 14, 2012

2012 New Years Resolution: See 100 New-to-me Movies

Finally finalized my list of movies to watch this year! I should have seen many of these YEARS ago. Thankfully I have awesome friends with awesome taste who suggested a lot of these to me. I’m going to try to write up a small blurb about my impression of each one as I watch them…. TRY! So we’ll see! Check it out.

  1. The Big Lebowski
  2. Fargo
  3. Book of Eli
  4. Amadeus
  5. The Hunger Games
  6. The Dark Knight Rises
  7. The Hobbit
  8. London Blvd
  9. Dr. Strangelove
  10. North by Northwest
  11. Little Children
  12. All About Eve
  13. Sophie’s Choice
  14. The Bridges to Madison County
  15. The Children’s Hour
  16. Harvey
  17. The Great Escape
  18. Friends with Benefits
  19. Cocoon
  20. Quills
  21. Horrible Bosses
  22. Young Adult
  23. Casablanca
  24. Rebel Without a Cause
  25. Taken
  26. Sunset Blvd
  27. Triplets of Belleville
  28. Kiki’s Delivery Service
  29. Milk
  30. Moon
  31. Last Samurai
  32. Blade Runner
  33. A Beautiful Mind
  34. Annie Hall
  35. Street Car Named Desire
  36. Happythankyoumoreplease
  37. The Help
  38. Crank*
  39. Rebecca
  40. 7 Pounds
  41. Apocalypse Now
  42. Snakes on a Plane
  43. Hereafter
  44. Take Shelter
  45. Lars and the Real Girl
  46. Seven Samurai
  47. Attack the Block
  48. Arsenic and Old Lace
  49. Raiders of the Lost Arc
  50. The Apartment
  51. Mr. Smith Goes to Washington
  52. Snatch
  53. Trainspotting
  54. Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels
  55. The Thing
  56. My Neighbor Totoro
  57. Stand By Me
  58. Ed Wood
  59. NausicaƤ
  60. What’s Eating Gilbert Grape
  61. I Love You, Phillip Morris
  62. Old School
  63. Midnight in Paris
  64. The Amazing Spiderman
  65. The Great Gatsby (2012)
  66. Hesher
  67. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
  68. The Five-Year Engagement
  69. Seeking a Friend for the End of the World
  70. Imogene
  71. Woman in Black
  72. US Marshals
  73. O Brother Where Art Thou?
  74. Stir of Echoes
  75. Howl
  76. Flowers of War
  77. We Need to talk about Kevin
  78. Dark Shadows
  79. Men in Black III
  80. Rock of Ages
  81. The Brave
  82. Les Miserables
  83. Mesmer
  84. The High Cost of Living
  85. Cheri
  86. The Virgin Suicides
  87. About a Boy
  88. Billy Elliot
  89. Elizabeth
  90. My Left Foot
  91. Rope
  92. Dead Men Don’t Wear Plaid
  93. Truly Madly Deeply
  94. The Beach
  95. Rabbit Hole
  96. Good Night and Good Luck
  97. Drive
  98. Rise of the Planet of the Apes (2011)
  99. Perks of Being a Wallflower
  100. Dracula (1979)