Saturday, 11 June 2011

Every Day A Little Link...

I know I just said, I'm still on my break and I just broke the fast to talk about TV but I need to to do some link appreciation, even if to remind you that I'm not the only languishing in my own laziness....but moving on.
   
I didn't read this post, although I'm actually dying to - but Yojimbo reviews Midnight of Paris. I've been so, so terrible about 2011 films (plan on rectifying that this weekend) but I am anxious to see this one. Any of you seen it yet?
                                    
I swear, Cs is working for the devil. He forces us to choose between two great thespians once again - this time Patricia Clarkson and Catherine Keener. The thing is, although Keener has an Oscar nod, they're both woefully underrated. I love them both, even though Patty gets the edge for me.
                                
Max isn't a big fan of Minority Report. I've said it before, so I shall validate it by saying it again - this my favourite performance of Tom Cruise and on entertainment value is my favourite film of Spielberg's. I'm not a fan of his, but take that for what you will, I love this movie. (And how fabulous is Samantha Morton in it?)
                
Speaking of movies I love, sometimes alone, Fritz is counting down all the best picture winners and one of my favourites makes his top 20 - Shakespeare in Love. I'm so glad to see I'm not alone in loving that one.
            

The Emmy's are coming, and I know a few of you share my love for the small-screen - at least in parts (especially Ryan, Luke and Robert). This article from Hollywood Reporter really rubs me the wrong way. It's about the unfairness of shows like Nurse Jackie, The United States of Tara and The Big C getting nominated for Best Comedy. I was only recently talking about how dramatic Tara was getting, so it's not that I immediately disagree with the premise. There just seems to be a sort of flawed logic in suggesting that great shows like these should be ignored in place of other "truer" comedies. And in what world is Glee not a comedy? It's been a bit flawed as of late, yes, but - not a comedy?
         
Clara, Univarn and I participated in a discussion on movies (in particular the dreadful 3D phenom) spearheaded by Rich of Wide Screen World.
  
I shall be back to the world of the blogging soon with reviews, starting off with the following....
 


 Okay, as you were...

7 comments:

Joanna said...

The TV comedy debate is an interesting one. It seems to me that television critics don't know how to handle the lack of quality traditional sitcoms. Shows like Nurse Jackie etc are darker, edgier comedies that aren't for everyone. I think they are funny but I also think the television landscape is changing.

Robert said...

I also think the TV debate is really interesting. I think "Tara" was really funny but it's definitely shifted towards drama this season - perhaps it's just another example of how the whole "Comedy" and "drama" subdivisions are so much less defined as people want to think they are?

TomS said...

Just saw "Midnight in Paris" and will discuss it soon. Still grinning two hours after seeing it!

Castor said...

Thanks for the linky dink! Just came back from seeing Midnight in Paris a second time, charming and lovely movie indeed.

Luke said...

Oh my god - Morton is SO fabulous! How does the woman not get more work? She's a multi-Oscar-nominated actress for crying out loud!

Ryan T. said...

Midnight in Paris is STILL my favorite movie of the summer. For perspective, I've seen Thor, X-Men, Super 8.

As for the TV comedy debate, I actually share some of the views the article had. I just feel it's a disservice to those comedic actors whose roles don't give them a chance to delve deep into their pathos when voters end up voting for roles that aren't comedic. Then again I have held the belief that comedy is much more difficult than drama so I feel for those comedic actors that aren't taken as seriously as their dramatic counterparts.

Andrew: Encore Entertainment said...

all this midnight in paris love is getting me VERY excited.

luke i'm so with you on morton.

joana like you, i think the landscape for television (and film) is changing. it's those same people who were unwilling to agree that the kids are all right was a comedy film. sure, its issues are serious but it's a comedy at heart. i'd agrew tih robert and ryan that tara depends on a number of dramatic hooks as of late, but it's become so half and half that it's possible to discern the comedy.

it's not the argument, i'm against, though. the writer just seems to come off as condescending. and where he loses me is in the belief that if you have a dramatic performance in a comedy film you're cheating. it's best performance in a comedy, not best comedic or FUNNIEST performance. that would mean hilarious actors in dramas like alan cumming in the good wife should be ineligible? the debate is interesting, though.