Last time I did a live blog of something entertaining and mostly trivial like this, I realized well after the fact of the wildly successful live blog that the "live" part was perhaps strictly factual only in the sense that if time travel were possible, someone would pass back 3 hours in time to find me "live blogging" 3 hours late. I am here to anounce that the geomoo late live blogging tradition will continue. Anyone who knows me will tell you, lateness is my style. "Live" to me means as soon as possible while skipping commercials. Sorry, that's not going to change. But I'll be around sooner and later and, meanwhile, everyone, snipe away. This is a night for the clever dart. We're all above this stuff, right?
In the case of the First Live Blog, the someone who would have had to travel back in time would have been priceman, the only participant I remember other than me. Between us, we exchanged several confused remarks (priceman seemed not to notice the tardiness of the blog), mistaking the fashion each was wearing, and at one point nearing fisticuffs over a question of cleavage.
I'm nuts about Jennifer Lawrence. First, she's a great actor. I could see her becoming Meryl Streep. Then, the roles she chooses--wow, what a track record. See them all if you haven't. Then, when she won the Golden Globe, she had taken the time to be prepared, and, respectful of her audience, delivered a powerful and entertaining acceptance. She's an actress, I appreciate her for that perfect performance, and I don't feel it is fake that I was moved by it. Then last night, when she won the Independent Spirit award on Santa Monica beach, holy moly, how many of you saw her bounce up on stage in that stunning dress. Again, beautiful acceptance. I can't but believe that she was truly bowled over, impeccable actress that she is.
Some great great great great movies this year. I don't mind that Silver Lining Playbook follows emotionally the inevitable romantic arc. It is beautiful, thoughtul, lovingly acted by an all-star ensemble. I love the messge of the film. I saw it twice. It's better the second time. As I later saw the director or director say, it is not about genre when it is human--it can be funny and still dramatic etc.
My wife said, "Poor Bradley" as Jennifer keeps racking up the awards and he gets beaten out by the beautiful actor John Hawkes. Which brings us to The Sessions. I felt the film had a flaw near the core, but that didn't stick in my craw. Another beautiful film. When he accepted the Independent Spirit award for it, Hawkes said the man on whom the film is based said that he felt invisible to people. Hawkes wish is for the film to encourage people to see one another more fully. I believe Hawkes to be a humble, beautiful human being.
Beasts of the Southern Wild, another incredible film, deeply affecting, with vast narrative declarations and emotional acting. I have been impatient to hear more reaction from friends to this movie. Visually stunning. I saw this twice as well. The second time I became aware of the strong emotional manipulation, particularly in the sound track. A bit relentless the second time. I got a lot of enjoyment from the spoof of the "Beast It" scene on the Independent Spirit awards last night--they got at the over-the-top emotional manipulation, confusing dear little Quvenzhané Wallis, who had introduced the film and sat in the audience wondering why everyone was laughing at the spoof of her big scene. She won't win best actress, they tell me, because people wonder if she's really acting and anyway, she'll get her chance. Who knows. They say it has to do with the attitude of The Academy.
Much more going on. And more terrific films not mentioned. A lot of good foreign films. Maybe I'll stop by when it's going on Live in My Household. The red carpet starts soon. My wife and friends will be watching. If it doesn't bug them, I may sit there and report on the things they say. It's pretty funny sometimes, and it is interesting to look at the physically most beautiful, or at least most physically gifted in the use of their instrument, people on the planet. By "planet", I mean "Entranced Subset of America".
Oh. Amour. Have you heard about it? This is a must-see fillm. Some time in your lifetime, watch this film. It is about aging, it is about death, it is about sacrifice and connection, it is about acting to break your heart and directing to bring you home to yourself. What a film. If Emmanuelle Riva wins, who would not be thrilled for her, and proud that such an important performance will be memorialized. The actress is 77 years old. Please do see this film, preferably when feeling alert.
There are many other wonderful films and performances and director stories.
Have fun, and remember, when it comes to entertainment, YOUR OPINION MATTERS!