Archive for January, 2013

2012: In Memoriam

I can’t believe I didn’t do this sooner.

The In Memorium tributes during the awards show telecasts are always the most bittersweet parts of those shows for me. It’s sad seeing all those people we loved who died over the year, but it’s also nice seeing them get their due one last time. So many people die over the course of the year, it’s nice to have that tearful reminder of, “Oh, I forgot they died. That’s sad. But man, they’re amazing.”

So that’s what this is gonna be. A refresher before Oscar night. And a nice tribute from my end about the people I loved who have passed over the course of the year. We’re only dealing with the people who died in the calendar year of 2012. All the people who died this past month are gonna be on next year’s tribute. They’ll get their due, don’t you worry.

I’m also gonna truncate the list, because I don’t have all day. I’m just gonna talk about the main people, either the ones that matter to me or just the main people. You know what I’m talking about. I’m gonna miss people. I know I am. But I’d rather spend more time on less people than casually mention people I don’t know anything about just because they died. Everyone who had anything to do with the movie business who died is going to be missed, but I only have so much love to give at once. (Also, I’m only gonna be dealing with almost strictly movie or really prominent TV people. For the most part. People who did acting and  Sorry, Dick Clark, Davy Jones (even though he was in Head) and Phyllis Diller. You’ll be missed too.)

Also, I’d be remiss if I didn’t also say happy trails to two acting legends who decided to retire in 2012, Peter O’Toole and Bob Hoskins. Hoskins was diagnosed with Parkinson’s and decided to retire to focus on that and O’Toole I think wanted to do the Connery thing and just enjoy life. Both of them will be sorely missed on the stage and on the screen.

So here is my tribute to (some of) the people involved in film and television who died in 2012: (more…)


Pic of the Day: “If anything in this life is certain, if history has taught us anything, it is that you can kill anyone.”

My Favorite Directorial Efforts of 2012

We’re almost done with these, I promise. Two more.

Today, I go over my favorite directorial efforts from 2012. These are somewhat difficult to figure out, since — it’s like Best Editing — what exactly is gonna be your criteria for a well-directed film? If the film is great, then the direction must therefore be great too. Are we only gonna single out flashy direction? So it gets a bit nebulous when you really get down to it.

But I can safely say — my choices here — they felt right. There were just some films that truly impressed me with their direction, and the rest were mostly great films that I felt were well-directed as well. It’ll all make sense.

So here are my favorite directorial efforts of 2012: (more…)


Pic of the Day: “Mrs. Robinson, you’re trying to seduce me… Aren’t you?”

My Favorite Female Supporting Performances of 2012

This was the toughest list I had to compile. It was rough. I thought lead female performances was bad… I had no idea.

I don’t really have all that much to say about these ones. It was hard enough trying to find them. There were a few truly standout ones, but for the most part, these are just ones I respected. Which — even so — respect is respect. And attention must be paid.

Here are my favorite female supporting performances of 2012: (more…)


Pic of the Day: “Hey, Stella!”

Oscars 2012 Update: Screen Actors Guild Awards

Last night was the Screen Actors Guild Awards.

It consistently remains one of the best Oscar precursors and one of the worst awards shows. God, it’s so boring. They speed through two hours and there’s no fun in it. It’s ridiculous. That’s the joy of these shows. Letting everybody get drunk and ramble and have fun.

But anyway, we’re not here for the show, we’re here for the results. This show really started cementing in the probable outcomes for the Oscars.

So let’s take a look at the winners of the 19th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards… (more…)