0 Comments · Wednesday, February 19, 2014
One day soon, the narrative throughout
the media will coalesce around our first impressions of Elizabeth Olsen.
We will attempt to write about her, as if in hushed whispers, full of
awe. “Do you remember seeing her in Martha Marcy May Marlene?” we
will ask our readers, prodding them to recall that this was the moment
when we started the buzz about her.
0 Comments · Wednesday, February 12, 2014
In America, our notion of family has
always adhered to simplistic models. The ideal was nuclear — husband,
wife and two children, preferably a boy and a girl.
0 Comments · Wednesday, February 5, 2014
When the Mayerson JCC Jewish &
Israeli Film Festival kicks off Saturday at the Hebrew Union
College-Jewish Institute of Religion with a screening of The Yellow Ticket,
the event will signal an immersive merging of old and new...
0 Comments · Wednesday, February 5, 2014
“You have to make your reputation on being honest and unmerciful.” — Philip Seymour Hoffman as Lester Bangs in Almost Famous
0 Comments · Wednesday, January 29, 2014
Whip-smart dark comedy has been a
signature thus far in the career of writer-director Jason Reitman, who
kicked things off by skewering the marketing/promotional efforts of the
tobacco industry (and American society as a whole) in Thank You for Smoking.
0 Comments · Wednesday, January 22, 2014
Imagine, if you will, living in a
hellhole, deep, dank and dark. You’re a teen forced to turn tricks by
your mother to pay your own way, while also knowing that your earnings
are feeding her drug habit.
0 Comments · Wednesday, January 15, 2014
Games teach us life lessons, and so do
movies. But movies can strip away all of the metaphor and hidden
machinations, showing us the broad strokes of what happened, meaning we
get the highlights and the outcome — the shorthand version of the
by Jac Kern
Jac's roundup of pop culture news and Internet findings
The Golden Globe Awards are a true Hollywood party. Awards are given out
for television and film categories, so you get the playfulness of the Emmys and
the movie stars of the Oscars without as much seriousness. And it is a
widely-known fact that everybody gets their drank on throughout the ceremony.
Globes were awarded Sunday night; here are some highlights.
Hosts Amy Poehler and Tina Fey served as ringleaders for this celebrity
circus, supplying audiences at home and at the show with tons of laughs. Having a fine eye for detail (HA!), I appreciated that they swapped gown colors from last year’s show.
The duo threw hilarious digs at the nominees, calling Matt Damon a
“garbage person” in reference to the caliber of A-listers and introducing the
Wolf of Wall Street himself with, "And now, like a supermodel's vagina,
let's all give a warm welcome to Leonardo DiCaprio!" There were also super
funny cutaway shots, like Julia Louis-Dreyfus acting like she was too good for
this mess, puffing on an e-cig and refusing to take a selfie with Reese
Jennifer Lawrence accepted the first Golden Globe of the night — wearing
what appeared to be a bed sheet secured with seat belts — for her role as a
certified Real Housewife of New Jersey in American Hustle. She displayed
her usual candor, expressing true befuddlement and, for lack of a better word,
cute “awkwardness.” And America’s love affair with her continues.
Jacqueline Bisset was shocked — or intoxicated? —when she was announced
as Best Supporting Actress in a Series, Mini-Series or TV Movie for her role in
Dancing on the Edge. Eventually she got her words together, speaking
right over that "STFU" music and ended up defying the censor to get
an s-word in that bitch. Go Jackie!
Behind the Candelabra nabbed Best TV Movie or
Mini-Series, because the Hollywood Foreign Press Association doesn’t have a category for
“Best Use of Bejeweled Thongs.”
Mad Men was SNUBBED! This year, but Peggy (aka
Elizabeth Moss) got an award, at least, for Top of the Lake (Best
Actress in a Mini-Series or TV Movie). And, seriously, she seems like a total
Bryan Cranston won Best Actor in a TV Series, Drama for Breaking Bad’s
final season. The series also received the award (which was presented by Paula
Patton dressed in a blooming tampon-inspired number?) for Best TV Series,
Drama. Aaron Paul said it best: “Yeah, bitch!”
Best Original Score - Motion Picture went to Alexander Ebert for All
is Lost. When the camera cut to this fancy hobo, I realized that’s the lead
singer of Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros! Way to go, you crazy dude.
Also: new hair icon.
One of the more surprising awards of the night was Best Supporting Actor
in a Series, Mini-Series or TV Movie — that’s a wide-spanning category packed
with talent. The Globe went to Jon Voight for Ray Donovan, in which his
character advised his grandson, who was sick with a stomach ache, “Maybe you
need to faht!” in a heavy Boston accent (Read: This was one of the season’s
highlights). But Rob Lowe was fucking robbed of that award. I’ll never forget
that face (even if I could)!
Amy Adams(' side boob) received the award for Best Actress In A Motion
Picture, Musical or Comedy for American Hustle. She and her girls
accepted the award in a neckline ripped from the film. Adams is well on her way
to becoming a mega-star, but I still keep confusing her with Isla Fischer!
The Globes have this weird tradition of selecting a Mr. and Ms. Golden
Globe each year, which is basically a celebri-spawn that wears expensive
clothes to help usher award winners out the correct stage exit. This year’s
Miss was Kevin Bacon and Kyra Sedgwick’s daughter, Sosie Bacon. As for the
Mister, Tina introduced her little-known adult son from a previous relationship.
Robin Wright, female perfection incarnate, was awarded for her role on
Netflix series, House of Cards (Best Actress in a TV Series, Drama) The
princess attended the show with new fiancé, Ben Foster. Get it girl!
Presenter Jim Carrey proved he’s still got it (despite several bouts of
public cray over the past couple years)! I don’t know what made me laugh more:
his Shia LaBoeuf sting or the face that he was announced as the star of Dumb
and Dumber To.
Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture went to Jared Leto, who
portrayed a transgender AIDS patient in Dallas Buyers Club. He was
really workin’ them ombré highlights (not in the movie, he actually has female
envy-worthy hair for a guy). And despite making a period joke, I will always
love him because he will always be Jordan Catalano to me.
Spike Jonze received Best Screenplay - Motion Picture for his human-OS
love story, Her.
We all need to start watching Brooklyn Nine-Nine! Andy Samberg
nabbed Best Actor in a TV Series, Musical or Comedy for his new comedy. Seemed
genuinely shocked and pretty adorable. And ICYMI, he’s married to Joanna
Another award presenter fashion faux pas: Zoe Saldana's dress looks like
a prom rag from Charlotte Russe circa 1999. She'd look hawt in a burlap sack,
so her style cred will recover, but damn. I think I have an old purse from
Claire's that would match.
Next up was Michael Douglas (Best Actor in a Mini-Series or TV Movie) for his role as
Liberace in Behind the Candelabra.
Host Amy Poehler received her
first Golden Globe for Best Actress in a TV Series, Musical or Comedy as Leslie
Knope in Parks and Recreation. She
was massaged by/made out with Bono upon the exciting announcement.
Leonardo DiCaprio won his third Globe (Best Actor in a Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy) for The Wolf of Wall Street.
The actor, often overlooked at awards events (always the bridesmaid, never the
bride, that Leo), seemed extremely gracious.
Rounding out the night, American Hustle was named Best Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy; Cate Blanchett (which is pronounced Blanch-it as I recently learned on
NPR) nabbed Best Actress in a Motion Picture, Drama for Blue Jasmine; Her male counterpart: Matthew McConaughey (Best Actor
in a Motion Picture, Drama), for Dallas
Buyers Club — a role for which he lost 45 pounds. Or, as Tina Fey put it, “what actresses call 'being in
a movie.'" Matt wore a cool deep emerald velvet tux and gave his signature
catchphrase: “Alright, alright, alright!”
show closed with Best Motion Picture, Drama, which went to 12 Years a Slave. All in all, it was an entertaining night and the
awards were pretty well-distributed. Next up is the Oscars with Ellen DeGeneres
— only 46 days to go!
0 Comments · Wednesday, January 8, 2014
In an undefined future-scape, Theodore (Joaquin Phoenix)
drifts along, penning personal letters for those who have trouble
expressing emotions, dictating them into a computer and then printing
them out as “handwritten” hard copies to be forwarded to loved ones.
0 Comments · Tuesday, December 31, 2013
Fitting for a film about a musician, the songs in Inside Llewyn Davis,
the new release from the Coen Brothers, sneak inside your head past the
images and actions onscreen, which is surprising because those frames
have a haunting quality of their own.