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Before Night Falls


ph. Warner Home Video

Cut it, Javi. You’ve had bad hair for a role before.

Before Night Falls is playing at the Cinematheque at 9:30 tonight. Come because I probably on vacation and can’t.


Movie Meme


Via FlixChatter via Encore’s World of TV and Film via SortaThatGuy (can I use your first names if we’ve talked to each other on Twitter or commented on each other’s blog) is a 31 Day Movie Meme. I downloaded movies up to the eighth day, I spreadsheeted it, I mapped out all the movies I saw so that every period got representation in proportionate to how many I’ve seen in said era, or tried to anyway. But I had no time. Thankfully, FourofThem did it in short form and I decided to do the same.

Day 01 – Sequel that should not have been made

American Psycho II: All American Girl (2002). I saw the ending and it was enough. Poor Mila Kunis.

Day 02 – Movie that you think more people should see

Ballast (2008). I was alone in the theatre watching this. With a whopping 1000 votes from iMDb. See it, nerds, what are you waiting for?

Day 03 – Favorite Oscar-nominated movie from most recent ballot

Bright Star (2009). Never changed my opinion on it once. Bu then I’m an English/Art History double major so this was up my alley.

ph. Apparition

Day 04 – Movie that makes you laugh every time

In Bruges (2008). Someone should bar me from watching Harry Potter, because if I go and every time Voldemort comes on screen, I’ll scream “Don’t facking talk to me about my cunt facking keeds!”

Day 05 – Movie you loathe

Diary of a Mad Black Woman (2005). Fucking hate Tyler Perry and his sensationalism.

Day 06 – Movie that makes you cry every time

A Star is Born ’54. Judy’s monologues make me remember that I have a soul.

Day 07 – Least favorite movie by a favorite actor or actress

Revolutionary Road (2008) for Kate Winslet. Made her pretty only on the outside.

Day 08 – Movie that should be required high school viewing

Mr. Deeds Goes to Town (1936). Weird choice, but lets the freaks know that they can fight back. Also Mysterious Skin (2004).

Day 09 – Best scene ever

–The argument between the titular Malcolm X (1992) and his wife. Fences can’t be as good as that.

Day 10 – A movie you thought you wouldn’t like but ended up loving

Breaking and Entering (2006). Apparently Minghella’s worst film, but so emotionally resonant.

Day 11 – A movie that disappointed you

Nine (2009), but as a good gay boy I had to haul my ass and my sister’s to see it anyway.

ph. TWC

Day 12 – Best soundtrack/background music in a scene

Vertigo (1958), especially the Prelude and Rooftop scene, judging by my iPod play count.

Day 13 – Favorite animated movie

Up (2009), or if parts of Kill Bill Vol. 1 (2003) count. I’m not good at my animation after I turned 13.

Day 14 – Favorite film in black and white

Waterloo Bridge. It has that one scene that does wonders for black and white cinematography, but what I care about is the content.

Day 15 – Best musical

Chicago (2002), again, judging by my iPod count. And because it’s really slutty.

Day 16 – Your guilty pleasure movie

Clueless (1995). When you look at it, it’s really a movie about Rodney King and OJ.

Day 17 – Favorite series of related movies

The Godfather (1972, 1974, 1990), because I’m boring, and because the last one’s cute.

Day 18 – Favorite title sequence

Twelve Monkeys (1995), then the tapestry-like The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp (1943).

Day 19 – Best movie cast

Gosford Park (2001). Rarely do you see Kristin Scott Thomas and other great British actors and actresses together.

Day 20 – Favorite kiss

Before Night Falls (2000), when a random man takes his glasses off and kisses the audience. Reminds me of many I’ve had.

ph. Artisan

Day 21 – Favorite romantic couple

–Woody and Diane in Annie Hall (1977). Woody’s disgusting, but their chemistry is ideal.

ph. UA

Day 22 – Favorite final scene/line

–”Adios,” by the Marlene Dietrich character in Touch of Evil. (1958) Fierceness.

Day 23 – Best explosion or action scene

The Big Heat (1953). No fire, all camera movement. I could feel my walls shake.

Day 24 – Quote you use most often

–”My art has been considered vaginal by critics, which bothers some men. Vagina.” The Big Lebowski (1998). Imagine  medium-sized gAsian say that, and then laugh before the next line.

Day 25 – A movie you plan on watching (old or new)

Get Low (2010), a movie about a swan song, because I’ve seen a lot lately. If I stay in the country, that is.

Day 26 – Freakishly weird movie ending

Fat Girl (2001). Doesn’t even prepare anyone.

Day 27 – Best villain

Mieko Harada in Ran (1985), then Angela Lansbury in The Manchurian Candidate ’62.

ph. Toho

Day 28 – Most over-hyped movie

No Country for Old Men (2007). This started the iMDb thing of giving ten stars to any male centred movie that just came out.

ph. Alliance/Miramax

Day 29 – Movie you have watched more than ten times

–The closest is Gone with the Wind (1939), with at least four.

ph. MGM

Day 30 – Saddest death scene

The Death of Mr. Lazarescu (2005)

Day 31 – Scene that made you stand up and cheer

–The explosion in The Thing (1982), aided by the crowd.


My Favourite Supporting Actors in a Post of their Own


I’m a little copycat, got a problem with that?

The Best Supporting Winners for the past three years have been villains (same thing with the ladies) for some reason. Otherwise, they make up a surprisingly satisfying list (Alan Arkin, Heath Ledger, Christoph Waltz), but I wanna be a devil’s advocate and create my alternate universe where:

2000: Johnny Depp, Before Night Falls. Snubbed. Directed by Julian Schnabel.

2002: Jude Law, Road to Perdition. Snubbed. Directed by Sam Mendes. Paul Newman got nominated for the same movie/category, as you all probably know.

(ph. secret)

2005: William Hurt, A History of Violence. Nominated. Directed by David Cronenberg. “Bro-hiem,” if I spelled that correctly.

2006: Jackie Earle Haley, Little Children. Nominated. Directed by Todd Field. The funny thing is is that when you put hair on him, he looks and acts normally!

2007: Javier Bardem, No Country for Old Men. Won. Directed by Joel Coen. It’s not the same Anton in the book, but he gave exactly what the Coens wanted.

2008: Michael Shannon, Revolutionary Road. Directed by Sam Mendes. Fact! At the Oscar ceremony he was introduced/speeched by Christopher Walken.

2009: Christoph Waltz, Inglorious Basterds. Won. Directed by Quentin Tarantino. He told you what to do and you followed. Unless you’re Aldo Raine, of course.

And I took Michel Shannon over Heath Ledger than having to put Woody Harrelson over Christoph Waltz. The former seemed easier to defend because I really liked Michael Shannon’s performance. He commanded the room the same way just like the others nominated in his category. RDJ would have won in 2008 if Heath didn’t.


While we’re at it


(ph. secret)

Nathaniel R from The Film Experience listed his take on his best Oscar grade performances of the decade. I’ll be a bad student and not fully understand the assignment, but my list:

2000: Maggie Chung – In The Mood For Love. Snubbed

2001: Naomi Watts – Mulholland Drive. Snubbed

2002: Meryl Streep – The Hours. In wrong category. She’s here by default because I haven’t seen far From Heaven or Adaptation in entirety.

2003:  Nicole Kidman – Dogville.  Snubbed.

2004: Uma Thurman – Kill Bill 2. Snubbed.

2005: Maria Bello – A History of Violence. Snubbed.

2006: Kate Winslet – Little Children. Nominated.

2007. Marion Cotilliard – La Mome.

2008. Anne Hathaway – Rachel Getting Married. Nominated.

2009. Abbie Cornish – Bright Star. Snubbed.

I can’t decide between Winslet and Watts right now. Winslet’s first scene in Little Children just breaks your heart and she keeps you in the ups and downs of that movie, but Watts’ performance is a classic that I end up missing her when the credits roll. My favourite actress who actually won, well there’s only one.

And while we’re at it, an incomplete list of Best Supporting Actresses if I had 3000 votes at my disposal.

2001. Helen Mirren – Gosford Park. Nominated.

2004. Natalie Portman – Closer. Nominated.

2007. Kelly Macdonald – No Country for Old Men. Snubbed.

2008. Viola Davis – Doubt. Nominated.

2009. Mo’Nique – Precious: Based on the…. Won.

My Winner: Natalie Portman by a millimeter. Visceral, sexy, cool, she can hold her own with her co-stars.

Shortlist for the guys:

2000: Javier Bardem – Before Night Falls. Nominated.

2004: Gael Garcia Bernal – Bad Education. Snubbed.

2004: Joseph Gordon Levitt – Mysterious Skin. Snubbed.

2005: Viggo Mortensen- A History of Violence.  Snubbed.

2007: Brad Pitt – The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford. Snubbed

2008: Mickey Rourke – The Wrestler. Nominated.

2009: Colin Firth – A Single Man. Nominated.

My winner for the who: Bernal did a lot with the range of things he had to do. I guess Daniel Day Lewis winning in 2007 is great but Brad Pitt’s performance wins a place for me.


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