December 10th, 2005


This, that, and the Turkish delight

New Narnia Heroine Addict icons. As a Sagittarian, I'm a teensy bit obsessed with archers, so... sorry about that. But there are Lucy icons in there as well.

The official Narnia movie site has some fun 360-degree walkthroughs and games. You get to play Tumnus's flute and try to save Edmund and read excerpts from the book, all in the search for "tokens" (which will unlock bookmarks and wallpapers and blah blah I'm not sure all what, but pretty pictures whee!). Also, one of the tokens? Unlocked a recipe for Turkish Delight. I have to say, the movie succeeded in making it look less nasty than I've heard. If you are in the mood for something that looks like Turkish Delight but doesn't taste "like soap," you might try Fruit Jewels over at Swiss Colony, which basically sells gifty-basket food. I think it's the same principle as TD, only with fruit. This is an innovation whose time has come.

(Or... you can buy real Turkish Delight here.)

(Also, Skandar Keynes [Edmund] is apparently the great-great-great grandson of Charles Darwin. Both anne_jumps and I think this is hilarious.)

(Also, more on Tilda Swinton, who is... well, "rebel" doesn't quite cover it. If you want to look into more of her work, start with Orlando [omgsogood] and The Deep End. You've probably seen her in Constantine, Vanilla Sky, or possibly The Beach and not realized it.)

You know, I have to say, I think we've had a really great year for movies. I mean, even the summer movies were better than usual, or at least Batman Begins certainly was. Either last year or the year before I tried to make a top ten list, and realized that not only could I not come up with a top ten I'd seen, I couldn't even come up with an any ten I'd seen--I bottomed out at nine. This was mostly a function of my not getting out much; now that the Lovely Emily is back in town, we tore it up this year. Assuming I do go see King Kong next Wednesday and the earth isn't destroyed by the mighty hand of Xenu first, here's what I've seen this year:

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and then King Kong next week. That's right: twenty movies. *flexes* I'm not going to try to do any kind of recreational ranking until after Christmas, though.  

Speaking of Kong, reader Isaac emailed me the other night and said he and his wife were going to a preview, and would I like him to report back afterwards? I'm never one to turn down a movie report, so here's part of what he said: Collapse )

I didn't read the rest because, as he warned me, it was something of a blow-by-blow full-length spoiler, and I feel like I know so much about this one--it being a remake and all--that if there really are twists and surprises, I'd like to save them for the theater. I have, however, suggested that he send the spoiler on to The Movie Spoiler, which would either be glad to have it or will have one already, so those of you who are kicking me for not sharing it, you'll have access to one either way.

More linkspam:

RIP Richard Pryor.

Damon and Barroso Expecting -- And Married Too.

Photographer Hits Back at Aniston. AKA "Hello, I am an asshat."

'King Kong' sixth most expensive Hollywood film. (Note, if you will, that the top three most expensive involved large water sets. I maintain that water sets, particularly water battle sets, are the leading cause of runaway expenses in filmmaking.)

Katrina Deaths Lead to Real-Life 'CSI'.

Trailer for Sofia Coppola's Marie Antoinette with Kirsten Dunst. It's set to the music of... New Order. ("Age of Consent." I actually feel like there is nothing wrong with this trailer that could not have been fixed by using "Regret" instead. I'm kind of a famous queens buff, and after reading Antonia Fraser's MA bio, I feel like Dunst is actually pretty good casting. Jason Schwartzman doesn't seem... hapless enough, but I guess we'll see. Norma Shearer's Marie Antoinette is pure romantic fantasy-fluff [and yet... not entirely without basis], but that movie's Louis is really, really good, going by what I've read of him.)

Pictures from the set of Lost taken earlier this week.

Satirical blog comment picked up as news.

Barbra Streisand cancels newspaper subscription. Why is this news?

Pat the Bunny for the 21st century. I think the article's work-safe, but the concept certainly isn't.

barrelgoddess: "Ack, some disturbing news that relates to the Sony rootkit thing. Since you've been posting stuff about/following this, I thought I'd let you know. Apparently, they've been caught in another DRM snafu."

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Breaking awards news

I just got an email about the LA Film Critics awards--as far as I can tell, the first shot in the Oscar race:

From Anne Thompson's Risky Business blog:

Here are the LA Film Critics Winners:

Picture: Brokeback Mountain (over A History of Violence)

Director: Ang Lee (over David Cronenberg)

Actor: Philip Seymour Hoffman, Capote (over Heath Ledger, Brokeback Mountain)

Actress: Vera Farmiga, Down to the Bone (over Judi Dench, Mrs. Henderson Presents)

Supporting Actress: Catherine Keener, for four films (Capote, The 40-Year-Old Virgin, The Ballad of Jack and Rose, The Interpreter), over Amy Adams of Junebug

Supporting Actor: William Hurt, A History of Violence (over Frank Langella, Good Night, and Good Luck)

Screenplay: Dan Futterman, Capote (over Noah Baumbach, The Squid and the Whale)

Cinematography: Robert Elswit, Good Night, and Good Luck (over 2046)

Production Design: 2046 (over Good Night, and Good Luck)

Music: Joe Hisaishi, Howl's Moving Castle

New Generation Award: Terrence Howard, Hustle & Flow

Documentary: Werner Herzog's Grizzly Man (over Alex Gibney's Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room)

Animated Feature: Wallace + Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit

Foreign Film: Michael Haneke's Cachet (over 2046).

-- Sasha

Keep in mind that this is still very early, if you're not used to playing the awards season--remember how Sissy Spacek was all but a lock that year, and then the tide turned towards Halle Berry (I think that's who it was that year?). Part of the fun is watching how the race evolves, so don't take this as any declaration of This Is Who Will Win. But quality-wise? Yeah, I would say that Brokeback Mountain is the one to beat this year, and if it is beaten, cultural politics will likely play a very large part.

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