Sorry for the lack of anything on here for sooooo long. I felt a bit bad for this so I thought I should provide some information on what’s going on.
So, we are now running two other blogs. The first, I’ve linked to before. It’s called Politalking and its all about business and politics and current affairs ‘n’ stuff. It’s also suffered a little from less posting in the last few weeks but we’re working to form a plan to be able to contribute to that and…
The Movie Overdose! Our brand new film hosting site which houses our podcast of the same name!! You can check us out on iTunes and through the site but I thoroughly recommend both, in case you misplace one of those MP3s.
So, that’s what’s going on at the moment. Please come and check both out and I’ll try to post some more stuff on here in coming weeks.
My Kid Could Paint That
Dir: Amir Bar-Lev
Rating: 3.5 out of 5
Modern art has long been considered a difficult art form, not because of its generational confrontations but also because its purpose is less clear, its aims and philosophies are further towards an abstraction. Modern art’s value is in the interpretation of the piece and the explanation for its existence and the simplicity of the designs on a technical level often produce reactions of disbelief from those outside the art world and distaste from those inside. Having been to some strong art museums in the past and explored the modern spaces, it is not hard to see why. Some of the works used as example in the documentary purposefully engage with this problem. How is it that a piece on which depicts a large shaded colour on a white background can sell for upwards of $20m? Surely, when you study the lack of artistic sophistication in the piece, notably with regards to another protagonist/antagonist of the film who works in a photo-realist spectrum, it could easily be surmised that ‘my kid could paint that’.
So Betty and Tommy need to keep their spirits up and predict what will happen with the Oscar show tonight, trying desperately to keep up with me in the predictions race (which I am winning thanks to the Golden Globes). These are all set out at will win / want to win. Enjoy their losing after the jump.
So after you’ve watched six possible nominees on Newsweek in the post below, you can see if you agree with my assertions as to whom will be nominated across the eight major categories. Closer to the day, we will also predict winner and I will hope to repeat my triumph in the Golden Globes and very soon, the BAFTA, predicatathons.
Until then though, comment away with you’re disagreements, agreements and wax angry about how I have got it all wrong. Predictions after the jump.
… here’s Tom Hanks’ televisual appearance on Jonathan Ross promoting new movie Charlie Wilson’s War.
It’s funny… what a nice guy he is!
So the list time has been upon us for a few months now and it’s our turn here at E&L to throw some assertions into the ring about the year’s finest movies. So I’m first up out of the blocks and I’d, as many have this year, like to make a toast to the quality of film which seems to have been released over the past year. There have been some truly marvellous works of movie-making-magic over the past twelve months and I salute particularly the emerging crop of talent which seems to be tearing it up right now.
So my list is based on movies that were released in the last twelve months in the UK and therefore omits a number of excellent movies that have figured constantly on the year-end charts of other sites. Notably, No Country For Old Men and There Will Be Blood fall into that category. I have also failed to see every excellent movie which has been released over the past year but I’ve listed the feasible candidates for that mini-category at the bottom of the list. So, without further ado, check this out.
Here is Empire Magazine’s January 2008 cover; showcasing an unusually scary-looking Heath Ledger taking on the role of The Joker in new Batman movie – The Dark Knight…
My only question is… where can I buy those socks?!
I was lucky enough to attend a screening of The Darjeeling Limited last Monday and I have to tell you I was completely enamored with it. The infamous ‘nude Natalie Portman’ short film, Hotel Chevalier, played before the movie, and was a fantastic accompaniment, adding more layers to Jason Schwartzman’s character that added more clarity to parts of the main feature. Owen Wilson seemed more world-wise than usual, and acted his socks off. Appearances by Anderson regulars also add even more interest to a finely detailed mise-en-scene, with most of the movie set in India there’s a lot of room for the quirky touches that are so typical of Wes Anderson.
So, yeah. I loved it. I’ll link to my review when it’s up, but rest assured it’s a great movie.