Quo Vadimus

Friday, January 30, 2004


Fun Movie News. #058:

Scarlett cast in DePalma's The Black Dahlia.

posted by Linus | 7:41 AM


Episode III.

"Here we take over," said Sergei, who was now wearing an aviator's scarf. "Here we end this thing. Here we win."

posted by Linus | 7:31 AM

Wednesday, January 28, 2004


"I will try twice as hard, I really will."

From DVDfile.com:

Rounding out today's news is the arrival of the Golden Globe-collecting favorite The Office: The Complete Second Season. Warner Home Video will release the set on April 20th., which features a 1.78:1 anamorphic transfers and Dolby Digital 2.0 surround tracks, plus plenty of extras including a video diary, deleted scenes, outtakes and personnel files. Retail will be $24.95.

posted by Linus | 7:37 AM


Episode II.

The balloon battle heats up, and Bill Bennett enters the picture.

posted by Linus | 7:27 AM

Tuesday, January 27, 2004


Scribbling poetry with Russell Crowe.

MTV.com preview of America's Sweetheart.

posted by Linus | 6:20 PM


Fun Movie News. #057:

The lead dude is someone that Mark Borchardt can play.

posted by Linus | 2:49 PM



Here are the actual nominees.

My ballot is below (Subject to change - one benefit of not actually being a voting member of the Academy.)

Best Picture

21 Grams
Lost in Translation
School of Rock
Kill Bill, Vol. 1
All The Real Girls

Next 10: American Splendor, Bad Santa, Cabin Fever, Capturing the Freidmans, Intolerable Cruelty, Irreversible, May, The Secret Lives of Dentists, Spider, Stone Reader

Best Director

Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu - 21 Grams
Sofia Coppola - Lost in Translation
Richard Linklater - School of Rock
Quentin Tarantino - Kill Bill, Vol. 1
David Gordon Green - All The Real Girls

Next seven: Peter Jackson - The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, Joel and Ethan Coen - Intolerable Cruelty, Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini - American Splendor, Alan Rudolph - The Secret Lives of Dentists, David Cronenberg - Spider, Gaspar Noe - Irreversible

Best Actor

Sean Penn - 21 Grams
Billy Bob Thornton - Bad Santa
Bill Murray - Lost in Translation
Philip Seymour Hoffman - Owning Mahowny
Campbell Scott - The Secret Lives of Dentists

Next six: Jack Black - School of Rock, William H. Macy - The Cooler, Ben Kingsley - House of Sand and Fog, Paul Giamatti - American Splendor, David Strathairn - Blue Car, Ralph Fiennes - Spider, Nick Nolte - The Good Thief

Good 'ol movie fun: Johnny Depp - Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl and George Clooney - Intolerable Cruelty

Best Actress

Naomi Watts - 21 Grams
Zooey Deschanel - All The Real Girls
Monica Bellucci - Irreversible
Charlize Theron - Monster
Angela Bettis - May

Next six: Uma Thurman - Kill Bill, Vol. 1, Keisha Castle-Hughes - Whale Rider, Jennifer Connelly - House of Sand and Fog, Agnes Bruckner - Blue Car, Evan Rachel Wood - thirteen, Frances McDormand - Laurel Canyon

Best Supporting Actor

Matt Helms - Cabin Fever
Peter Sarsgaard - Shattered Glass
Billy Bob Thornton - Intolerable Cruelty
Benicio Del Toro - 21 Grams
Alec Baldwin - The Cooler

Next eight: Judah Freidlander and James Urbaniak - American Splendor, John Hurt - Owning Mahowny, Sid Haig - House of 1,000 Corpses, Eugene Levy and Fred Willard - A Mighty Wind, Robert Tsai - School of Rock, Harry Altman - Spellbound

Best Supporting Actress

Scarlet Johansson - Lost in Translation
Melissa Leo - 21 Grams
Hope Davis - American Splendor & The Secret Lives of Dentists
Catherine O'Hara - A Mighty Wind
Miranda Richardson - Spider

Next five: Jacqueline Kim - Charlotte Sometimes, Sheri Moon - House of 1,000 Corpses, Maria Bello - The Cooler, Shohreh Aghdashloo - House of Sand and Fog, Holly Hunter - thirteen

Notable line delivery: Jordan Ladd in Cabin Fever: "He asked for our help and we set him on fire."

Notable gesture: In 21 Grams, Clea DuVall, still in the pool, calls out to Naomi Watts. Watts turns, and Duvall displays her middle finger. Watts smiles.

Notable still shot: A streetwise, pre-New Main Street Singers Parker Posey in A Mighty Wind.

Notable dancing while wearing a clown costume to entertain the children's ward of a local hospital: Patricia Clarkson in All The Real Girls (with help from Paul Schneider).

Best Original Screenplay

Sofia Coppola - Lost in Translation
David Gordon Green - All The Real Girls
Quentin Tarantino - Kill Bill, Vol. 1
Craig Lucas - The Secret Lives of Dentists
Guillermo Arriaga - 21 Grams

Best Adapted Screenplay

Shari Springer Berman & Robert Pulcini - American Splendor
Patrick McGrath - Spider
Vadim Perelman and Shawn Lawrence Otto - House of Sand and Fog

Best Cinematography

Darius Khondji - Anything Else
Harris Savides - Gerry
Robert Richardson - Kill Bill, Vol. 1
Rodriego Prieto - 21 Grams
Andrew Lesnie - The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

Next three: Tim Orr - All The Real Girls, Roger Deakins - Intolerable Cruelty and House of Sand and Fog, Chris Menges - The Good Thief

Best Documentary

Capturing the Freidmans - Andrew Jarecki
Spellbound - Jeffrey Blitz
Stevie - Steve James
Stone Reader - Mark Moskowitz
Lost in La Mancha - Keith Pepe & Louis Fulton

Honorable mention: Mexican Vacation! - Esselle

posted by Linus | 7:17 AM

Monday, January 26, 2004


The Laughter of Hate.

Steve Carell.

posted by Linus | 1:21 PM


Episode I.

"The Unforbidden Is Compulsory Or, Optimism".

posted by Linus | 7:46 AM


They are not funny enough. But they’re too funny.

Chuck Klosterman on The Darkness. Chuck may be wrong about this, though: Permission To Land is currently #55 on the Billboard album chart.

posted by Linus | 7:24 AM



The Golden Globe winners.

Nice: The Office wins. Ricky Gervais wins. Bill Murray wins, and references The Life Aquatic in his acceptance speech: "a death ship still filming in Rome, Italy."

posted by Linus | 7:22 AM

Sunday, January 25, 2004


Fun Movie News. #056:

A roaring rampage of revenge: the teaser trailer for Kill Bill Vol. 2.

posted by Linus | 5:01 PM


Fun Movie News. #055:

"Can't wait to find out what's going on."

Mike D'Angelo reports from Rotterdam.

D'Angelo also points to a write-up of Sasaki Yusuke's Letter, the world's first "texting drama".

posted by Linus | 8:41 AM