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 +1Posted on Apr 10th, 2013 | re: Buckwild Producer Makes Strong Case For Canceling MTV (55 comments)

If whatever paperwork MTV had this kid sign prevents a gargantuan lawsuit, I will be very disappointed in out legal system. As usual.

 +1Posted on Mar 31st, 2013 | re: The Videogum Movie Club: Spring Breakers (71 comments)

I went in with no expectations (regarding what a movie should and shouldn’t be), surrendered myself to the surreal, acid trip nature of the film, and had an amazing time. I found the whole experience exhilarating.

Great choice for the movie club. A movie that is so open for interpretation and gets such a wide range of responses and reactions is perfect for discussion.

 +3Posted on Jan 14th, 2013 | re: The 2013 Golden Globe Awards (61 comments)

If a movie is genuinely romantic and genuinely very funny, which I felt this movie was, then it doesn’t belong in the category “romantic comedy”, since calling something a “rom-com” implies failure at accomplishing either goal, and puts it in a much larger category where the characters are seldom well-drawn and the dialogue is almost never sharp.

I felt the main character were flawed enough to make it interesting, and I thought the lead performances were very good. Bradley Cooper actually reminded me of a couple people I’ve known, so his performance really resonated with me.

There were a couple awkward scenes (the fight at the football game, for one), and the ending was a little too “up”, but this movie really worked for me as a comedy and I thought Lawrence and Cooper’s chemistry was very exciting.

I like risk and experimentation in movies, but don’t believe that movies have involve risk and experimentation in order to be enjoyed. That being said, I didn’t think this movie conformed to the rules of the genre it most nearly fit into.

 +2Posted on Jan 10th, 2013 | re: The 2013 Academy Awards Nominees (66 comments)

Nominating 9 films instead of 10, when there are movies out there like The Master and Moonrise Kingdom, is ridiculous.

As for Les Mis –

http://www.newyorker.com/arts/critics/cinema/2013/01/07/130107crci_cinema_lane

http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/culture/2013/01/theres-still-hope-for-people-who-love-les-miserables.html

That movie was so bad that a second New Yorker reviewer had to write an article skewering it. I’m not sure I’ve ever seen a movie warrant 2 separate terrible reviews in the same publication. I’ve seen the movie, and both articles are spot on.

 0Posted on Jan 10th, 2013 | re: The 2013 Academy Awards Nominees (66 comments)

It is an excellent score. My favorite of the year.

 -7Posted on Apr 10th, 2012 | re: Your Tuesday Hunger Games Update: Katniss VS. PETA (31 comments)

Also, something something fucking PETA, I’m a complete fucking tool.

 -26Posted on Apr 10th, 2012 | re: Your Tuesday Hunger Games Update: Katniss VS. PETA (31 comments)

I don’t even have to read what you write anymore. I just downvote it automatically.

 0Posted on Apr 5th, 2012 | re: The Petting Zoo: The Week's Top 10 Animal Videos (16 comments)

This was a reply to the posts about Marshmellow. Not sure why it went here.

 0Posted on Apr 5th, 2012 | re: The Petting Zoo: The Week's Top 10 Animal Videos (16 comments)

Purebred kittens don’t need to be any higher on the list. In fact, I would actually argue that purebred animals don’t need to be on the list at all.

This is unrelated, but that kitten is closer to two weeks old than four. It would be much more mobile at four weeks.

 +1Posted on Mar 19th, 2012 | re: The One Where I Took The TMZ Tour Of Hollywood (121 comments)

This is so good. God what a nightmare.

Valid points. I personally didn’t think the Sammy Davis Jr impersonation was offensive or racist. Just dated.

 -3Posted on Feb 27th, 2012 | re: The 2012 Academy Awards (101 comments)

Yeah I actually had fun watching it. I’m finding the endless one-sided cynicism in these threads tiresome.

 +2Posted on Feb 27th, 2012 | re: The 2012 Academy Awards Videogum Video Pizza Party (392 comments)

The random-ass music balcony is cracking me up. It’s Sheila E, the Slumdog composer, and Pharrell right? And that electric violin…wow. What a clusterfuck.

 0Posted on Feb 27th, 2012 | re: The 2012 Academy Awards Videogum Video Pizza Party (392 comments)

I could watch him give speeches all day.

 0Posted on Feb 26th, 2012 | re: The 2012 Academy Awards Videogum Video Pizza Party (392 comments)

And the Weinstein goes to…

 +1Posted on Feb 26th, 2012 | re: Enter The Videogum Oscar Pool! (120 comments)

You should create a few more accounts. Diversify your predictions some more.

 +2Posted on Feb 24th, 2012 | re: Enter The Videogum Oscar Pool! (120 comments)

Predictions

Picture: Descendants
Actor: DuJardins
Actress: Streep
Supporting Actor: Plummer
Supporting Actress: Spencer
Director: Hazanavicius
Original Screenplay: Midnight in Paris
Adapted Screenplay: Moneyball
Foreign Language Film: A Separation
Animated: Rango
Art Direction: Hugo
Cinematography: Tree of Life
Costume Design: Artist
Documentary: Undefeated
Documentary Short: Tsunami and the Cherry Blossom
Editing: Artist
Makeup: Iron Lady
Music: Artist
Song: Man or Muppet
Short Animated: A Morning Stroll
Short Live Action: Time Freak
Sound Editing: War Horse
Sound Mixing: War Horse
Visual Effects: Rise of the Planet of the Apes

 0Posted on Feb 23rd, 2012 | re: Is Everyone In The World Terrible? (99 comments)

We are all self absorbed assholes, yeah. Unless, of course, we want something or aren’t allowed to be assholes for some reason. These characters are us but with exaggerated traits, because that’s what they teach you to do in writing class.

Shit, I think I just made TMZ some money. Can you put something next to these links like “Warning: TMZ link”?

 +1Posted on Jan 25th, 2012 | re: The 2012 Academy Awards Nominees (128 comments)

Oh sorry, and I haven’t seen Incredibly Loud. Wait – is that really nominated?

 +1Posted on Jan 25th, 2012 | re: The 2012 Academy Awards Nominees (128 comments)

John C Reilly and I can both do without Lars Von Trier.

Also, Margin Call got a screenplay nod but deserved a lot more. Spacey and Irons should be duking it out for best supporting actor and it could easily replace 3/4 movies on the best picture list. And yes, I’ve seen them all minus the Help, which I refuse to see.

 0Posted on Jan 25th, 2012 | re: The 2012 Academy Awards Nominees (128 comments)

You mean that movie about the lovable wise-cracker who has a friend with cancer?

 +1Posted on Jan 25th, 2012 | re: Here Are Some Afternoon Links! (10 comments)

Is the honey badger guy a big enough celebrity to wear the “Mr Cool Guy” disguise?

I guess so.

 +1Posted on Jan 17th, 2012 | re: The 2012 Golden Globe Awards (35 comments)

I thought Ricky was good. Funnier and more down to earth than he has been. As was pointed out, the Madonna Like a Virgin joke was terrible but not as terrible as Madonna’s self congratulatory acceptance speech that followed.

On another note, there seems to be an unwritten rule that when women win awards at these things they need to appear surprised and overwhelmed. I’m sure they are both surprised and excited, to a degree, but they play it up and exaggerate it to the point that it looks fake. Nothing like the confidence of an acting award to make you think you can fool a room full of your peers. Meryl Streep, on the other hand, had to have known she was walking home with that award the other night (since she was incredible as usual and it’s that sort of role) and looked genuinely surprised and a little overwhelmed. Just another example of how brilliant of an actor she is.

 +20Posted on Jan 11th, 2012 | re: Duh Aficionado Magazine: Ricky Gervais Is An Asshole (97 comments)

I think you are all overlooking that the man lost 20 lbs, giving him the right to be a self indulgent diva who no longer has the ability to laugh at himself. Shirtless photos with careful tricep flexing, tight black shirts, and bad-ass rockstar behavior are only logical following a transformation of that magnitude. The Gervais/Cook 2012 comedy tour is going to be one sexy laugh fest.