The Golden Globe Awards have always been somewhat of a mystery. Handed out by the enigmatic Hollywood Foreign Press Association to reward accomplishments in both film and television, the Golden Globes' primary function has typically been as a reasonably accurate predictor of the Academy Award nominations and, eventually, the winners.
In the opening scene of George Armitage's The Big Bounce, Jack Ryan (Owen Wilson) quips, "For a long time, I've been walking down the road of life with my two best friends, bad luck and bad choices." Both of them have led Wilson and the star-studded cast down to Hawaii on a terrible remake of an already awful 1969 film based on a novel by Elmore Leonard (Get Shorty).
Ryan, the wild-haired surfer rebel and petty criminal, is fired from his construction job for smacking his British foreman with a baseball bat (take THAT, you cricket-lovin' fool!). Ryan is set loose in Hawaii, thanks to a pardon from the District Judge Walter Crewes (Morgan Freeman). He returns to breaking and entering and befriends the sinister -- yet scantily clad -- Nancy Hayes (Sara Foster). Nancy and Ryan collaborate to steal $200,000 from Nancy's lover and Ryan's former boss, Ray Ritchie (Gary Sinise). Ray's slimy personal assistant, Bob Rogers, Jr.
Yes folks, it's Ashton Kutcher, all grown up -- with a beard to prove it. The Butterfly Effect gets its title from the chaos theory premise wherein a butterfly flapping its wings in New York might cause a tsunami in Japan.
They say that at the moment a person dies, they lose exactly 21 grams. On a death bed questioning this very phenomenon, begins 21 Grams, the new film by Amores Perros writer Guillermo Arriaga and director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu.
Originally written in Spanish, but adapted for more exposure and notable English-speaking cast, the film shows the intense few months before and after a deathly accident forces three lives from very different backgrounds to intersect.
Caroline in the City (1995-1999)
? Caroline Duffy married Del and then tragically lost a limb in a freakish accident involving ink and a spatula.
? Richard Karinsky finally realized he was gay and broke the Duffster's heart for good.
? Del Cassidy was the first to create a "You lost a limb and I no longer love you" greeting card.
My So-Called Life (1994-1995)
? Angela Chase finally got a clue.
? Jordan Catalano cut his hair and stopped being hot.
2 of 5 stars
Directed by: Ron Howard
Starring: Tommy Lee Jones, Cate Blanchett
Breaking away from his built-for-an-Oscar work on A Beautiful Mind, Ron Howard presents a less commercial, less inspired offering in The Missing. Set in rural New Mexico in the late 19th century, the tedious and thin plot finds Maggie (Cate Blanchett) accepting the help of her estranged father (Tommy Lee Jones) in a heroic hunt for her teenage daughter Lily.
Earlier this week, Nathaniel Kahn sat down with Street to discuss his new movie, My Architect.
My Architect is an emotional and intelligent film dealing with Nathaniel Kahn's loss of his father, famed architect Louis Kahn, a Penn graduate and professor.
We all know her best as troubled youth Jen on Dawson's Creek, and fondly remember her for films such as Dick, Halloween H20, But I'm a Cheerleader and, of course, Lassie. Now Michelle Williams is taking her career to the next level, as she boldly abandons Hollywood (goodbye Lassie) and makes her mark on the independent film industry.
Directed by: Richard Curtis
Starring: Hugh Grant, Colin Firth, Keira Knightley, Emma Thompson
3 out of 5 stars
Love Actually not only has eight times the characters of a typical love story, but eight times the Christmas spirit!
Back in the day, John Holmes was the biggest -- and therefore the best -- in the biz. "Johnny Wadd" starred in more than 2000 adult productions and reportedly bedded more than 10,000 women over the course of his career -- including his wife.
Probably the only guy who might really have been hornier than Ron Jeremy, he was well-endowed.
Ann's life seems to fit the perfect formula for misery. She's 23, works a dead-end job, lives in a trailer with her two young daughters and husband, puts up with a tired and cynical mother and has a jail-bird for a dad.
So, when Ann (Sarah Polley) finds out that she has cancer and only has two or three months left to live, she realizes her life has to change.
After seeing the trailer for Radio, one might think that the film is some sort of amalgam of Remember the Titans and The Waterboy.
"This is actually the anti-Waterboy. We tried to get as far from that sort of film as possible," says director Michael Tollin.
Loosely inspired by a true story, Radio follows a mentally challenged black man who, thanks to the efforts of a high school football coach, becomes a beloved member of the community in a small town in South Carolina.
Anyone looking for a movie about Sylvia Plath, the poet, should skip this rendition. The working title for this movie (Ted and Sylvia), would have been much more appropriate, since it is basically a summary of the tumultuous relationship between Plath and fellow poet Ted Hughes.