Gurus o’ Gold Archive for November, 2009

November 25

For Thanksgiving, The Gurus offer the surprise nominees they would be thankful for, including Sharlto Copley, Michelle Pfeiffer, and Optimus Prime!

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November 18

Not much action on the Best Picture front, but in The Gurus’ first Best Director’s poll, it’s Jason Reitman by a (h)air ahead of Kathryn Bigelow.

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November 11

Precious leaps in front of Up In the Air and the Supporting Characters take the stage, with Mo’Nique and Inglourious Basterds’ Jew Hunter, Christopher Walz, dominating.

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November 4, The Season Begins

The first chart of the season is all about Up. Leading for Best Picture and Best Actor, Up In the Air. And Pixar’s Up is #6 in the BP race and #1 in Animation. Finally, Meryl Streep is up like a souffle for that Julie & Julia performance.

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“The thought is interrupted by an odd interlude. We are speaking in the side room of Casita, a swish and fairly busy Italian bistro in Aoyama – a district of Tokyo usually so replete with celebrities that they spark minimal fuss. Kojima’s fame, however, exceeds normal limits and adoring staff have worked out who their guest is. He stops mid-sentence and points up towards the speakers, delighted. The soft jazz that had been playing discreetly across the restaurant’s dark, hardwood interior has suddenly been replaced with the theme music from some of Kojima’s hit games. Harry Gregson-Williams’ music is sublime in its context but ‘Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots’ is not, Kojima acknowledges, terribly restauranty. He pauses, adjusting a pair of large, blue-framed glasses of his own design, and returns to the way in which games have not only influenced films, but have also changed the way in which people watch them. “There are stories being told [in cinema] that my generation may find surprising but which the gamer generation doesn’t find weird at all,” he says.
~ Hideo Kojima

“They’re still talking about the ‘cathedral of cinema,’ the ‘communal experience,’ blah blah. The experiences I’ve had recently in the theatre have not been good. There’s commercials, noise, cellphones. I was watching Colette at the Varsity, and halfway through red flashes came up at the bottom of the frame. A woman came out and said, ‘We’re going to have to reboot, so take fifteen minutes and come back.’ Then they rebooted it from the beginning, and she had to ask the audience to tell her how far to go. You tell me, is that a great experience? I generally don’t watch movies in a cinema at all. Netflix is the future. It’s the present. But the whole paradigm of a series, binge-watching, it’s quite different. My first reaction is that it’s more novelistic, because if you have an eight-hour season, you can get into complex, intricate things. You can let it breathe and the audience expectations are such that they will let you, where before they wouldn’t have the patience. I think only the surface has been touched with experimenting with that.”
~ David Cronenberg