On Crazy and Stupid: Two Hit Comedies of 2011

So I thought I’d start off the New Year (even though we’re almost a month in) talking about some of the interesting films/ideas from films that came out in 2011. I’ll start with a pair of comedies: Bridesmaids and Horrible Bosses.

Bridesmaids, one of the sleeper hits of the year, was the second highest grossing non-franchise film of 2011 (The Help was number one). It was by all accounts a smash hit, a film most everyone raved about, and one that performed much better than expected.

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2012 Oscar Predictions

Hello everyone! It’s been a while since I last posted here (last week was tough), but today the Oscar Nominations were posted, so now’s a great opportunity for another blog post. Here are my thoughts and predictions:

Best Picture

  • The Artist
  • The Descendants
  • Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close
  • The Help
  • Hugo
  • Midnight in Paris
  • Moneyball
  • The Tree of Life
  • War Horse

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Favorite Movies: 2011

2011 is over and that means it’s time for my annual favorite movies list! If you’ve done this before, you know how it works: I list a quote, you idenfity the movie. Guessing is okay, but no google or imdb searches, that is cheating!

Before we begin, I should note that there are a couple 2011 films I am interested in but have yet to see, like Carnage and We Need To Talk About Kevin, and some I want to check out (but haven’t gotten around to yet) because of the positive word of mouth, like The Help and X-Men: First Class. But for the most part, I’ve seen what I was interested in, so I think this list is pretty complete.

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What Speaks to Me

As a warm up for tomorrow’s post (currently germinating in my head), I’ve been inspired to post on a topic I generally don’t post about: music.

Now don’t get me wrong; I love music. But not as much as the next person. I always say that I like movies the way most people like music and I like music the way most people like movies. Actually, that’s what I used to say back when I was studying to be an engineer. Me and movies are much worse now, ever since I plunged off the movie deep end. But I digress…

Most of the music I listen to comes from movies, whether it’s the scores of the great composers (John Williams, Ennio Morricone, Bernard Hermann, Hans Zimmer) or the classical music that is so often employed in cinema (most effectively in Platoon, The King’s Speech, and everything Stanley Kubrick did). I actually listen to classical music when I write; my iTunes is reaching something like 1,000 hours (far short of the magic 10,000 hour mark, but I’m working on it. If you combine writing, directing, and producing, I’m probably at five thousand hours). Even the modern music I enjoy generally comes from movies, whether it’s Paper Planes from Pineapple Express, the entire soundtrack of 500 Days of Summer, or everything Quentin Tarantino and PT Anderson do music-wise.

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Goals: 2012

Happy new year everyone!

With the new year comes a new set of goals. In 2010, I accomplished all but one of my goals (which was later accomplished in 2011), in 2011, I accomplished five of seven. Now that it is 2012, and now that I have a blog, I am officially posting my goals for everyone to see.

First, the two goals I was not able to accomplish in 2011:

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