Oscars were Sunday, and a lot of puking happened, so this had to wait until today, but I hope to be back on track with making these a Monday habit come, well, Monday. Anyways, there's a variety of stuff to talk about today, and I'm dying to know what you guys think about all of this, so let's dish!
For starters, it was only fitting that during Dolan Appreciation Week here on the blog last week, Xavier Dolan won the Cesar for Best Foreign Film! YES, Mommy!!! But, the real talk of Cesar was the history making win for Kristen Stewart, who took home the award for Best Supporting Actress for her critically acclaimed turn in Sils Maria. She becomes the first American actress to win the Cesar. Adrian Brody was the first (and so far only) American actor to win. This is a huge deal, and her emotional acceptance speech is everything.
I'm really happy for her. I have never been a fan, but that's mostly because I haven't really seen much of her work. She's not an actress I've cared much to follow, and the stigma of Twilight (a film I've never seen, and never will see) hangs over her in my mind, but she is working her ass off to rid herself of that stain, and this is a great step in that direction. She had a banner year last year, and I can't wait to see her many acclaimed performances, especially this one. Will Oscar follow suit? Probably not. Sils Maria opens wide in the US in May, but I don't think it'll strike a chord with The Academy. Still, I can't wait to see this!
Speaking of Oscar (we've been talking about that too much, haven't we?), let's dish about what a recent Oscar winner had to say about her life, post Oscar. Apparently, Mo'Nique has been blackballed by Hollywood! She made headlines for refusing to campaign for her Oscar back in 2009. She wanted the Oscar to be about the work and not about the politics. I applauded her, but it was also a dick move when you think about it. I mean, she probably wanted to keep herself free to start her late show (which, like, died pretty quick...right?), but when you are in a movie that is getting Oscar attention, the rest of your team is depending on you to make a good show of it. Her refusal to campaign was a reflection on the film, and it soured some peoples perception of her. Now, she wants to cry all 'victim' and say that Hollywood hates her and is refusing to give her work, and she's trying to make it all about this stance she took, claiming that Lee Daniels told her so, but Lee also said she was a PAIN IN THE ASS to work with, so there's that too. You can't bite the hand that feeds you, not when there are so many people out there desperate to play the game (cue Eddie Redmayne).
OMG, have you seen this?
— Daniel Switzer (@daniel_switzer) February 23, 2015
So, I didn't plan this, but a little over a week ago I watched all five Alien movies back to back to back (sort of), starting with Ridley Scott's masterpiece and ending with Prometheus. It became so clear to me that this is a franchise that is thriving on nostalgia and not merit because none of the sequels stand up over time. The original is still a fresh and exhilarating sci-fi masterpiece, but it's all downhill from there.
So, why are they going back for more? And, if we have to go back, why the hell are they getting Blomkamp to do it? Have you seen the Chappie trailer? I'm scared.
Speaking of the killer of dreams, did you know that Oliver Stone just cast Nicolas Cage in his Edward Snowden biopic? I'm not a huge Stone fan, but a lot of people were thinking this could be his big Oscar comeback. Weighty biopic, obvious relevance, huge cast, December release date, Sunday's Oscar win for CITIZENFOUR...and then this news! Cage is poison. I'm viewing this as a sign of the film's overall fate.
And lastly, did you see this trailer?
Now, I hated Only God Forgives, but this could be interesting. I mean, Refn makes more facial expressions in this two-minute trailer than Gosling did in that entire shit movie. It also explains a few things, you know, since Refn doesn't even know what this movie is about. But, did anyone else catch how narcissistic and misogynistic that all feels? I mean, his wife says in the trailer that she went with him to film his process...and yet, he's the director of this documentary? Refn is an interesting and divisive director...I'm curious how this is going to play out.
Here's What I'll Be Reading Today:
Mario reviews Scenic Route
Irene discusses Narcissistic Characters
Jenna & Allie review Whiplash
Wendell reminds us that The Razzies also happened over the weekend
John reviews Mercenaries
Andrew jumps right into a new batch of Oscar predictions
Shane reviews White God
Steven discusses Julie Taymor
And lastly, I read this one already, but in the barrage of hate-filled reviews for 50 Shades of Grey, Allie has decided to give us Not Another Fifty Shades of Grey post, and I loved this!