All The Money In The World – December 22nd
All The Money In The World has lived an interesting life even before it’s 12/22 release date. The film originally had Kevin Spacey the lead as J. Paul Getty, but after sexual assault allegations against the actor came to light, director Ridley Scott made the change to Christopher Plummer. I never saw any footage or trailer with Spacey in the lead role so I have nothing to compare this to, but Plummer looks like a natural fit for the role.
The film is based on the real life kidnapping of J. Paul Getty’s grandson John Paul III. It’s a pretty insane story, and seems like a perfect fit for the big screen. Mark Wahlberg and Michelle Williams also star, and Wahlberg can now add ex CIA agent to his long list of insane characters. Kudos to Ridley Scott for reshooting and editing this movie at the last minute so it could still meet it’s release date. The opposite of kudos to Kevin Spacey for being a world class piece of shit.
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“An action movie that is driven by music.” That’s how Edgar Wright introduced this flick to a packed house the the Paramount Theater in downtown Austin. While that is an accurate description, this movie is so much more than that. The cast is great, the soundtrack is amazing, it’s funny and the cinematography/choreography is stunning. The way music is linked to action reminds me of a great musical. A musical with LOTS of police chases (The best kind). Expect Ansel Elgort to blow the fuck up after this. Seriously, he was that good. When this movie comes out later this year, you should be first in line to get tickets. I would write more, but I would just end up gushing about this masterpiece, spoiling every bit of it along the way. ‘Baby Driver’ is one of those movies that reminded me why I love movies.
Now, please excuse me, i’m currently rearranging my top 10 movies of all time.
Have the Oscars ever had three hosts? The reason we’re asking is because we know of three best friends who just so happen to be available for the entire 2018 calendar year and would love to do it. Well, at least two of us are available. After Sunday’s show, everyone is focusing on the Best Picture mishap, but if that didn’t happen, the only thing on people’s minds and computer screens would be the performance of Jimmy Kimmel. While we both agree that Kimmel did a great job, the only thing everyone agrees on nowadays is that everyone has an opinion, and everyone’s opinion is different. I think it’s time to move past this year’s show and look into the future of the Oscars, more specifically who will be the host next year. Kevin Spacey is the favorite to host with the pair of Steve Carell and Kristen Wiig not far behind. Poor Seth Rogen and Jim Carrey are sitting comfortably in last. Here are our picks to host next year’s show!
My pick for next year’s show currently sits at 50/1 odds to host, and she’s arguably the most talented woman in comedy in today. Kate McKinnon is mostly known as the star of SNL, but recently she’s spread her wings and soared. She’s shined in Ghostbusters and Office Christmas Party and she’ll be the voice of Ms. Frizzle in the Magic School Bus reboot coming out later this year. Point being: Kate McKinnon is slowly showing up everywhere, and I think it’s time to put the spotlight solely on her. The main qualifications for an awards show host are 1. How they can handle being on live TV and 2. What type of monologue would they be able to pull off. Everyone knows McKinnon thrives on live TV thanks to her Emmy winning performance on SNL, and while she’s not a stand up comedian, skits like the ‘Kellyanne Conway’ one embedded above prove she can sing and dance with the best of them. She’s also hysterical, and has proven that she can handle a tune if she’s called upon to do so. Beyond the monologue, picking an SNL cast member to host would give the performer a chance to insert some of their more famous characters into the show. Instead of the host coming out segment after segment to introduce the presenters, why not have Olya Povlatsky or Mrs. Rafferty or Debette Goldry make an appearance? I dare you to look me in the eyes and tell me you wouldn’t want to see Debette Goldry show up at the Oscars and talk about making movies in the 1950s. McKinnon is a jack of all trades when it comes to live performance art, and I think she’d make one hell of a host for next year’s show.
Stage presence? Check. Cool as a cucumber? Check. Good under pressure? Check. Singing (and rhyming) ability? Double check. Funny and charming. Another double check. A national treasure who should be as equally loved as he is respected?? You know where this is going, so i’ll cut to the chase. Lin-Manuel Miranda (LMM) should be the host of the 2018 Oscars. Why? Well, because I like my Academy Awards host to have the ability to sneak in a few singing and dancing performances.
Back in 2013, Seth MacFarlane hosted the Oscars. He did a fine job, sprinkling in a few performances, but he was a bit crass for the Oscars. The flip side to Seth’s hosting duties came in 2015 when Neil Patrick Harris helmed the 87th Oscars. And he was delightful; He dazzled with great performances and funny banter without ruffling any feathers.
Which brings me back to LMM. I think LMM could do what NPH did two years ago. He’s super popular right now which makes him relevant, not only to the people watching at home, but to the packed house of celebrities in front of him. He’s clearly no stranger to the stage (Hamilton helped him with that) and knows how to work a crowd. Born in Washington Heights, he has that New York edge that makes him equal parts edgy and relatable. He was just shy of going full EGOT (Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, Tony) this year, but hosting duties at next year’s Oscars should help heal the wounds the Academy inflicted on him. One side note, he needs to wear his Alexander Hamilton costume. I will not waver on this.
Fresh Off His Golden Globe Win, Kevin Spacey Is Back As President Frank Underwood In The New ‘House of Cards’ Teaser
A lot of shows have utilized the filming style of having their actors look directly into the camera, but no one makes me more uncomfortable than Kevin Spacey when we lock eyes. The new teaser trailer for ‘House of Cards’ season 3 starts with Spacey, playing President Frank Underwood, slowly looking up into the camera from behind his desk, and from the moment his eyes zero in on the camera, you’re hooked. Few shows rely on the acting of their stars as much as ‘House of Cards’, but Spacey and Robin Wright knock every single scene out of the park. While the storylines may be a bit nutty from time to time, the acting is always top notch, and the suspense and freedom that Netflix allows its shows to have is riveting. If you haven’t already, clear you schedules for Friday, February 27th. Binge watching will be in full effect.
In 2006 I went through one of the worst heartaches I ever felt. That year Superman Returns hit the big screen. It was the first Superman movie to come out since I have been born into this world. The movie trailers flirted with me and I took the bait; Hook, line, and sinker. “Brandon Routh has the Superman look”, I convinced myself. “Kevin Spacey is going to be a badass Lex Luthor” I shouted from the rooftops. I was so excited to see this movie that my friends and I even broke curfew to see it. The opening credits rolled and the movie began…154 minutes later I woke up. Not sure what just happened, I looked to my friends. None of them had been able to bare what was just put in front of them either. Superman had raped us…raped us real good. I felt like the time I got invited to prom by a popular girl and got red paint dumped on my head…just completely embarrassed.
Superman had scared me so bad I wasn’t ready to love again… until now. Man of Steel is in theaters and I’m ready to open myself back up. But this seems all too familiar. Henry Cavill has the Superman look and Michael Shannon looks to be a very convincing and intense villain. I don’t like where this road is headed, but I will try to love again.
Tonight at 8pm, I have a date with Clark Kent.
P.S. I’m pretty sure I was roofied when I saw Superman Returns.