OMG! Adam and I read this book almost two years ago. I finished it while on a plane to a business meeting and sat there like a fool sobbing! I loved, loved, loved this book! And have been so excited by the movie. I love both Eric Bana and Rachel McAdams. Adam was nervous because the release date kept moving back and that doesn't usually bode well. But I saw an interview a few weeks ago with Rachel that said the delay was the need to reshoot a few scenes and Eric had shaved his head for another role so they had to wait until his beautiful wavy locks grew back. That made me feel better and this preview looks amazing! I cried just watching it and can't wait to see it!
I don't need to wait to see who is nominated or to watch the other performances. If I were a voting member of the Academy my ballot for Best Supporting Actor would already be cast. Heath Ledger's performance in The Dark Knight is mesmerizing, spine-tingling - nothing short of incredible.
I let Adam convince me to stay up and go see the midnight screening of the newest Batman installment last night. I'm dragging so slowly this morning that it will be Monday before I figure out what is on today's To-Do list. (And that's after a Coke and a couple cups of coffee.) The movie was good. It lived up to the expectations though it is little more than a blur in my fuzzy memory this morning thanks to my sleep deprived viewing status. Indeed, I probably remember only a few more details about the movie than does my buddy Brent and he fell asleep five minutes in. But I know I enjoyed it. I retain a sense of thrill and excitement this morning even if the exact causes of these feelings are a little hazy. Christian Bale - by far my favorite Batman - was fabulous once again.
What isn't so hazy is how spellbound I was by Heath Ledger's Joker. I am amazed at how he managed to play what is so easily a campy character along the lines of Jack Nicholson's version, a persona so prone to going over the top without teetering over the precarious edge to caricature. Ledger's Joker was homicidal. He was a terrorist. He was masterfully sinister. Ledger gave the Joker an imbalance of character that was inexplicable without being farcical. He was deranged and compelling to the point that I lay unnerved in my bed long after the movie ended.
There is no doubt this was a performance that will leave all that see it once again saddened at the loss of such a talented actor. In my book, there has never been someone so deserving of a posthumous Oscar.
I know what you're thinking - Wait a minute, these sliced bread thingies are supposed to be products that I can buy and play with and secretly horde from my loved ones . . . Well, you'll have to pay to go see Juno so technically it's still a consumer good and I'm guessing you will be very tempted to buy the DVD when it comes out later in the year so . . .
Juno is fabulous! Adam and I went last night. We literally started laughing and didn't stop until the end credits. It's a set of magical performances from an amazing ensemble of cast members. Only Jennifer Garner with her larger than life dimples could play an uptight yuppie that you still loved. Allison Janney, of course, is an old friend from West Wing. She is hilarious as Juno's dog-obsessed step-mother. And Ellen Page is delightful as Juno.
The dialogue is snappy and the wise cracks ingenious. You will find yourself incorporating catchy phrases in your speech as soon as the lights come up. If this movie doesn't win every award it's nominated for I'm going to be pissed!
Oh, and in the spirit of sliced bread consumerism . . . the soundtrack is also wonderful! I am downloading it on Itunes as I type. There wasn't a tune in the movie I didn't like.
All the way around Juno was one of the best movie going experiences I've had in years. If ever there has been a MUST see this is it!
Clowns scare me -- it's a fact that amuses Adam to no end. And Heath Ledger looks totally freaky in this . . . and I will probably have nightmares for weeks . . . but I can't wait to see The Dark Knight!
Here are a few of my early picks for the Golden Globes. In the interest of full disclosure I have to admit I have not seen all of the nominees in every category but . . . here are my picks anyway!
Best Motion Picture -Drama: No Country for Old Men This I have seen and it is FABULOUS! If you haven't seen it, go now! It's the best suspense thriller I have seen in ages. The acting is genius, as is the cinematography.
Best Actor - Musical or Comedy: Johnny Depp I haven't seen this one - and have to admit I likely won't because Sweeney Todd scares me as a result of a freaky marching band routine from my geek days . . . But that aside, Johnny Depp is, in my opinion, one of the most under-appreciated, under-recognized actors in Hollywood. His talent is far reaching and he takes risks. Were it not for his A-one performances (and Orlando's good looks) the second and third Pirate movies would have been unbearable.
Best Supporting Actor- Drama: Javier Bardem Javier played psychotic killer to a new level of perfection. His character was freakier than a thousand Hannibal Lecters. The first scene in the sheriff's office alone wins this award - I have goosebumps just thinking about it.
Best Animated Feature: Ratatouille One of the best animated films EVER!
Best Director: The Coen Brothers I truly can't say enough about this movie . . . Near perfect.
Best TV Series - Drama: Damages Glenn Close was phenomenal. This series left you guessing who was good, who was bad and what was going to happen right up until the last credit. It's a shame more people didn't watch this tremendous effort.
Best TV Actress - Drama: Glenn Close I know Falco is a sentimental choice for a lot of people missing The Sopranos but Close was miraculous. She created a character that you loathed but couldn't quite hate, a character you who couldn't decide whether she was evil or misunderstood. Close's finest hour.
Best TV Series - Musical or Comedy: Pushing Daisies A quirky, completely new show, Daisies is a fabulous escape from the daily grind. Plus, as an avid Harry Potter book-tape fan, I love hearing Jim Dale's voice.
Best Supporting Actress - Drama: Rose Byrne Again, Damages was fantastic - Byrne's performance was nothing but understated elegance.
Best Supporting Actor - Drama: Ted Danson I've never seen Ted Danson so loathsome.