Commercial Break #17

kosmosI’m interrupting the 2014 In Retrospect to empty my brain, which I should do on a regular basis because my brain doesn’t hold much space for things anymore. This is also a great cover up for the actual, more important problem which is the fact that I’ve yet to put together a 2014 Top 10 Best Movies list because I’m 98,9% certain Birdman needs to be on that list!

GOLDEN GLOBES

Golden Globes this year were a bit different in a sense that a movie from my country was nominated for Best Foreign Film. We didn’t win but that’s alright because making it to the list of five is already a big thing! Other than that, I’m not sure if I even want to comment on anything or anyone except Julianne Moore for Still Alice.

“Why?” is the question that pops into my brain first and then “Really?” because I don’t get it. Probably because I wasn’t really a fan of the movie, yes, you can give me all the looks you want but I’ve seen this movie before – a woman disappearing because of her disease.

Finally, because I really can’t just say one thing about it all – Eddie Redmayne won which is also kind of cool but also disappointing. Don’t want to sound mean or evil but two strong performances of weakness won over performances of strength, power and what can maybe be called as insanity. So portraying a twisted, driven by anger character who is essentially evil wasn’t award worthy this year and yet, those are the performances I’m most likely going to remember years later. Luckily, Simmons won but how about Pike, Gyllenhaal or Carell??

MOVIES

PRIDEIt’s been a bit chaotic with the movies lately because every 2014 release I see, I want to add it to my Top 10 list. It doesn’t seem to be a temporary feeling either as I still get teary when I hear the last song from Rudderless or think about how adorable Andrew Scott looked in Pride.

By the way, the first IMAX theater was opened in Estonia and though I wasn’t a huge fan of the final installment of The Hobbit, I’m now a huge fan of IMAX! That was probably the first time I actually enjoyed 3D and I can just imagine how Birdman will look on that screen… Also, my mouth will drop every time I’m going to purchase a ticket there because 10€ seems a bit excessive considering the Bonus-card benefit is minus 30 CENTS of the price – wow, what a bonus!

Watched Laggies and though I think there wasn’t  much to grab onto as a whole, I’m scared as hell how well I was able to connect with Megan. I’ve always liked Keira Knightley and well, Sam Rockwell’s Craig was a bit weird in a nice way which made me like him even more! Only downside, Moretz – still don’t like her which is a shame because she has a part in the next Gillian Flynn adaptation Dark Places.

TELEVISION

SHAMELESS IS BACK! and all is right in the world. Except when you get this strange little itch down your spine whenever you see Dermot Mulroney on screen. In the very beginning where Fiona gets all playful with a hose, I kept thinking that this man with a wet shirt could be Jeffrey Dean Morgan! This could be Jeffrey Dean Morgan being all playful and… I just can’t. Though, in Mulroney’s defense, I think he did a quite alright job but the breaking point for me was when he got all bossy with the pies. Like, there’s a man who won’t take Fiona’s bullshit but still likes her.

Of course, because we all wanted it to, Milkovich household bliss happened and I was amazed of how many things were happening at once. Mickey being an “honest” businessman, Ian changing a diaper and them being like the most dysfunctional functional family on the block! And my Svetlana love is growing strong because she seems to have accepted the situation and handled it like a boss. Can’t wait to see more of her this season.

Alright, let me stop right now because otherwise it will be a full on Shameless post and nobody ain’t got time for that! Which brings me to the point where I must stop because nothing else has really stood out in TV world. It’s the calm before the storm, I know it!

BOOKS & MUSIC

Like promised, I plan to do a lot more reading this year and so far  I’ve gotten through Girl Online by Zoe Sugg and Is Everyone Handing Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns) by Mindy Kaling. Wasn’t the biggest fan of the first but loved the second because my Mindy-love is growing stronger and stronger each year! Next up Delirium because I’m into easy reads at the moment plus it helps me to tick off some boxes in my 50 Books Challenge 2015 list.

Rudderless is a refreshing movie in so many ways, for me at least, and I loved it! There’s a context to Sing Along that would serve as spoilers but I’m actually curious how does this song feel by itself without the movie. Anyone there care to give it a listen and let me know?

LINKS

Big Screen Small Words reviews Laggies.

Top 10 Scenes of 2014 get listed by Cinematic Corner.

Girl Meets Cinema writes a lovely piece about Jake Gyllenhaal’s career.

Almost Ginger also loves Adam Driver – keep an eye on him!

Want a better Golden Globe overview, Rambling Film has got this!

Also, Being Norma Jean‘s Golden Globe overview is a great read.

 

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9 thoughts on “Commercial Break #17”

  1. I really want to see Laggies, I love Keira Knightley and Sam Rockwell.

    Glad you enjoyed Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me, it’s such a fun read. I got addicted to the Delirium series over summer so beware…!

  2. I liked Still Alice a lot and thought Moore was really great, so I think the thing is that this year the acting categories are just SUPER tough. I mean just imagine when they join drama and comedy at the oscars! It will be impossible to choose. I didn’t know Kaling had a book, I’ll be sure to read it soon 😀

    Shameless!! I kept imagining JDM too. As much as I like Mulroney, it just isn’t the same. We had expectations damn it!

    1. To be fair, there wasn’t any stand-out amazing performances except maybe Simmons with his supportive role.. everything else is sort of all good and great by so many it’s actually a bit…. dare I say it?… dull… Yes, I said it.. last year it was McConaughey in his category, this year Simmons in his.. and everybody else is just mushed into the big pile of who is better out of the great ones – Jake, Carell, Keaton and Pike, Moore and Jones. Though Moore for me is the weaker link.

      It is the most shameful thing they have ever done.. teased us with JDM and taken him away…. *cries*

  3. lol Thanks for the link! I wanted Tangerine to win for you. 🙂

    I’m not crazy about Moretz either, and I hope Dark Places isn’t as big of a mess as I think it will be.

    1. It’s funnier for sure. There’s some Frank and daddy issues that give me Karen flashbacks. There’s the whole virginity thing still up in the air for Debbie. Mickey’s household is just… I would gladly have a spinoff with just their household and be the happiest person ever. And there’s actually a refreshing new angle with Kevin and Veronica though!

  4. Golden Globes didn’t really excite me either. It’s hard when there are a few great performances worthy of winning, and so many movies that seemed to be so-so. Thank you for featuring a link to my post! ❤

    1. This year it seems to be Award People against Blogger people.. though I’ve seen few bloggers out there who are sticking it with Boyhood. Though there’s a large amount of hate towards it.. which I sort of understand.

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