So, it's Monday and today we have a few things to talk about, some of which we've already mentioned, and some of which barely matters...and then there's some Sean Penn crap because, well, he's Sean Penn and he's mostly full of crap.
Let's begin with him:
So, by now we've all heard about Sean Penn's secret interview with El Chapo. If you're like me, you were so blinded by all this awards stuff going on that you shrugged it off as "yet another reason to dislike Sean Penn" and forgot about it. Well, Sean Penn hasn't forgotten about it (because, why would Sean Penn forget about making us all hear about what he thinks is the best possible solution to any particular problem) and so he's been talking about it, most recently (or most recently that I've heard) to Charlie Rose. Now, I hear what Sean is saying, but personally I'm not even sure he's really saying much at all. He has no regrets about this meeting OTHER than the fact that apparently we aren't praising him for his Godly efforts to save lives. I'm not even sure where I stand on his dicision (or if I care enough to stand anywhere on it) but he's such a smug a-hole and so I see no reason to entertain the idea that he tried to do any good with this.
LOL, have you heard that Meryl Streep is holding an acting workshop in Germany? Oh, to be a fly on that wall. I have such a love/hate relationship with Meryl Streep. I appreciate her talent, but I find her legions of fans and appointed status as 'greatest actress of all time' to be so much overkill I can't help but kind of sneer everytime her name is brought up. The article linked above even opens with how everyone should want her career. I'll be honest, I don't think her career is that great. Sure, her Oscar success is great, but Oscar isn't the greatest barometer for 'great careers' and if I were an actress I'd rather emulate the career path of someone like Marion Cotillard who has actually worked with prime directors on interesting projects. And before you try and say that Cotillard is young and thus her roles are bound to be more interesting, I present to you Streep's early career, which outside of some sharp choices in the 80's is pretty much consistently mediocre (film-wise) and uninspired (director-wise).
But I'd still readily attend this workshop.
In case you're interested, here are the Razzie Award nominees. Out of curiosity, what was the worst movie you saw this year?
So, we all were saddened by the death of David Bowie last week, which was followed by the tragic loss of Alan Rickman (like so many already stated on Twitter, "f*ck cancer") but did you hear that there was actually a campaign started on change.org to have God reverse Bowie's death? Apparently this was started by someone in Rome who simply states to "God or whom it may concern"..."David Bowie cannot be dead!"
If only it worked this way.
Lastly, I know that I already said my peace on the matter (and, honestly, Nate over at The Film Experience said it better than I ever could over the weekend), but I wanted to link this article on why Creed's Best Picture Oscar snub is so critical because, while I don't agree entirely, it makes some very important points regarding how POC are portrayed in cinema today and the lengths that need to be taken to rectify this. I've made this comment many times here, even having a blogathon designed to recast roles and give them to POC, but the lack of diverse roles for POC is disgusting, not because they aren't there but because they aren't provided to these actors. Creed could have been a special moment had it been nominated for BP because, as the article points out, it isn't about the black struggle. This isn't a film that had black actors because they HAD TO BE black. These roles aren't tied to some kind of racial pain or stereotype. In other words, it isn't the typical black film Oscar gravitates towards, and so it could have sent a message. Sadly, by the time Oscar ballots were being filled out, critics bodies and precursors already pushed Creed out of that race, but the point remains. More films like this need to be made and promoted, heavily.
And now, let's talk about you:
Britt reviews Partisan
Jenna reviews In the Heart of the Sea
Myerla reviews The Hateful Eight
Erik talks the blatant category fraud we just witnessed
Steven reviews A Knights Tale
Birgit participates in a blogathon
Khalid reviews Anomalisa