Happy Monday everyone! Hope everyone had a great weekend. It's time for A Fistful of Thoughts, which I'm shamefully throwing together this morning. This weekend has been BUSY, and no, it's not because of a certain football game that I didn't bother to watch.
I'm not really interested, to be honest. You know what I did last night...I watched Indiscreet, a little rom/com gem from the 50's starring two of my favorites, Ingrid Bergman and Cary Grant. I think I made out all right.
But that's not what we're here to talk about.
So, first up is the fact that Alejandro G. Iñárritu won DGA over the weekend and I couldn't be more thrilled! I've yet to see Spotlight (almost watched that instead of Indiscreet last night, but I'll be seeing it this evening instead) but of the four nominees I have seen, AGI was quite easily the best. I know that Miller has legions of fans, but I'm in camp AGI this year. When you think about it, AGI makes a lot of sense as a winner this year. Mad Max has gotten tons of exposure and has sustained itself all year as an Oscar contender, but at the end of the day it is not an Oscar film. The Revenant is a film that gives Oscar voters an out, almost. It could be their way of rewarding a film deemed edgy and progressive while still being...Oscary.
This year is truly all over the place, though. The Big Short takes PGA, Spotlight takes BFCA and SAG, The Revenant takes DGA and The Globe (and I predict BAFTA as well). I LOVE THIS! The fact that AGI took DGA is a big deal, considering that he is the first director to ever win back to back DGA awards. It has never happened before. He made history.
I think the Oscar is his, even if the film loses BP.
Moving from AGI to his buddy, Cuaron, let's talk Zorro. Ok, so LEGEND Alfonso isn't the Cuaron in question, but his son Jonas is, but whatever, let's still talk about this. Apparently, Jonas is writing and directing a futuristic Zorro film. Originally this was set to be some sort of post-apocalyptic version of Zorro, which sounds strange and yet intriguing...but now it's merely 'near future' which feels so, dull and uninspired. Still, it's a Cuaron, and if he's anything like his dear ol' dad, it'll be worth seeing.
Now can his dad finally make another movie!
Speaking of making another movie, we can all rejoice that the revelation known as Adèle Exarchopoulos is making another movie, this time with Matthias Schoenaerts. Talk about one hot pairing. Schoenaerts is a gangster, Exarchopoulos is a race car driver, they fall in love, I'm sure there's some sort of tragedy, I'm hoping there's some sort of sex.
So, I've stated a few times that I'm a fan of Danish director Susanne Bier. Apparently I'm in a minority of sorts because I'm always baffled to hear people talking negatively about her work. Granted, I haven't seen all of her stuff, but her work during the aughts was pretty stellar and it solidified her as someone I seek out. I haven't seen Serena. Apparently it's a mess and even she thinks so. Great news is that she recently wrapped up a television series based on a John Le Carré novel, and I'm all in for that! I've been ingesting a lot of television lately (thank you Netflix & Hulu for allowing the binge watching) and I can't wait to see how this all pans out for her.
Lastly, did you hear about the Italian actor who died during a theater hanging scene? This is so sad and so strange. Apparently it was a member in the audience, a medical graduate, who noticed that the actor was literally strangling to death on the stage.
So that's what I got...
What about you?
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