How it happens is, you're standing in line and hear buzz about something. Or you go to a movie you haven't heard much about, just on a hunch, and it turns out to be "Juno." Nicolas Cage in "Bad Lieutenant" I can't wait to dive in.Knowing something of my enthusiasms, faithful reader, let me tell you that TIFF 2009's opening night is a film about the life of Charles Darwin.I already saw more than ten of this year's entries at Cannes, including Lars on Trier's controversial "Antichrist," Jane Campion's "Bright Star," Gasper Noe's "Enter the Void," Almodovar's "Broken Embraces," Bong Joon-Ho's "Mother," Lee Daniels' "Precious," Mia Hansen-Løve's "The Father of My Children," and Resnais's "Wild Grass." A lot of good films there. Continue reading → In theory, if I correctly predicted every single Oscar race, nobody could outguess me, and by default, I would win the prize.Alas, that has never, ever happened, and it's unlikely again this year, because as usual I will allow my heart to outsmart my brain in one or two races, which is my annual downfall. UPDATED (below): There's Ellen Page on the cover of Entertainment Weekly next to the headline: "Juno: The Little Movie That Did." Subhead: "How a Teen Rebel Delivered Oscar's 100 Million Dollar Baby." This is when I feel a little sorry for people who didn't see the movie back when they could still at least feel like they were discovering it for themselves -- even if the "Little Movie That Could" was just a Fox Searchlight marketing ploy all along.
He's like a Continue reading → There is something about the Jewish way of humor and storytelling I've always found enormously appealing.There seemed to be deep convictions about human nature hidden in gags and one-liners; a sort of rueful shrug.And the stories weren't so much about where they ended as how they got there.(BTW, just above the "Juno" item, Surfer Girl offered this: "For the Blu-Ray release of 'There Will Be Blood,' Backbone Entertainment is working on 'an epic milkshake drinking adventure' that will feature the likeness of Daniel Day-Lewis, it will take up an estimated 5GB and feature at least twenty hours of slurping action, plus multiplayer.") "I drink your milkshake!
" is the golden ticket that will sell this thing with the people who are too lazy to read reviews and don't care that much about awards.
I memorized material by Henny Youngman and Myron Cohen at an age when, to the best of my knowledge, I had never met a Jew.