Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Rolling Stones and Golden Globes

That damned Peter Travers. I have such a hate/love opinion of him. I detest that he insists on recycling so much of the same language in his reviews ("...creeps up and floors you," "...unmissable and unforgettable," "...waves of ravishing romance"), I loathe how he's such a lapdog to anything Oscar bait-y, and I really can't stand his embarassing insistence on pretending he's not totally GAY. And yet, he's one of the few critics whose work I regularly read. The guy has some reliably good taste in movies, which I respect. And, wouldn't you know it, the Rolling Stone reviewer's recently announced Top Ten List of 2008 looks a lot like my soon-to-be-posted lineup. Here it is, with a big ol' gay movie right at the top:

1. "Milk"
2. "Slumdog Millionaire"
3. "The Dark Knight"
4. "Frost/Nixon"
5. "WALL-E"
6. "Revolutionary Road"
7. "The Visitor"
8. "Doubt"
9. "Rachel Getting Married"
10. "Man on Wire"

Also announced this week were the nominations for the Baby Oscars, a.k.a the 66th Annual Golden Globe Awards. CHEERS to the Hollywood Foreign Press (HFPA) for mixing the bag a little bit and giving much-deserved recognition to "In Bruges," Rebecca Hall in "Vicky Cristina Barcelona," and James Franco in "Pineapple Express." BOOS to the HFPA for snubbing "Milk" out of Best Drama, "Rachel Getting Married" scribe Jenny Lumet out of Best Screenplay, and for giving Angelina Jolie a boost she doesn't deserve -- regardless of what Mr. Travers says. Below are the Golden Globe-nominated flicks in Comedy and Drama, and a link to the other nominees.

BEST PICTURE, Musical/Comedy
"Burn After Reading"
"In Bruges" (yay!)
"Mamma Mia!" (bleh!)
"Vick Cristina Barcelona"

"The Curious Case of Benjamin Button"
"The Reader"
"Revolutionary Road"
"Slumdog Millionaire"

*For a complete list of nominees, CLICK HERE.

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