While there was some of the usual glass-clinking going on at the Golden Globe Awards last Sunday, the praise was mixed for sophomore host Ricky Gervais. Some applauded his wise-cracks with a hesitant clap while others criticized the comedian for his supposed “bad form,” begging the question: Should comedians hold back when celebs are the target? The negative responses to Gervais were largely based on the warped belief that we should be nice to celebrities. And there’s nothing more offensive than that. Continue reading
We went with “blunders”, but this list might as well be called “2010’s biggest money-grabs” – more than half the items on this list consist of the favouring of money over art, quantity over quality. But that’s not to downplay the serious mistakes of the other items.
Check out our list of money-grabs and plain old fuck-ups, after the jump:
Indie movies are a great thing. When it comes to the art of film you know there’s no truer testament than the Independent, for everyone involved has cast aside the confines of the mainstream and commercial for the realism of artistic passion. If you’re not in it for the money – and with the dry budget of many indie movies, you can be sure they aren’t – then you’ve got to be in it for the art. But for the indie fan, it sometimes just doesn’t work as well as you wish it would.
Sundance darling Winter’s Bone could be this Oscar season’s indie darling too. With many critics including it in their top 10s of the year, you can except to see Winter’s Bone on the Best Picture list at the end of the month when nominees are announced. But, while the film has a few tense moments and a lot of artsy shots of impoverished-looking things, it’s a big indie disappointment. Continue reading
For those of us who think that film is important, there is no better case in point than documentaries. Last year two films stood out in the pack of acclaimed docs in their importance. Burma VJ, about journalists smuggling footage of the 2007 uprisings in a corrupt Burma military state, and Oscar-winner The Cove, about the annual dolphin slaughters in a small Japanese coastal town. But if you’ve seen either of these docs you know they don’t just serve to document important events, they are also examples of riveting filmmaking.
2010 was another good year for documentaries. While everyone raved about The Social Network, the so-called “other Facebook movie” was forgotten, but Catfish was unmatched by other docs for suspense. Other docs tackled such diverse topics as marriage equality, graffiti, and flammable tap water. After the jump, see how 4 docs rank by filmic standards and in importance.