Tag Archives: Ryan Gosling

Hanging with Mr. (Bradley) Cooper

14 Mar

Things I’m always up for:

  • Free things
  • Movies
  • Advanced screenings that make me feel “in the know”

So when I saw that the Boston Globe was hosting a free, advanced screening of “The Place Beyond the Pines” starring Bradley Cooper and Ryan Gosling, it seemed the stars had clearly aligned and I immediately roped by friend and frequent movie partner Kara in to see it.

photo (2)What made the screening extra cool was the scheduled post-movie Q&A with director and writer Derek Cianfrance!  But when it came time for the Q&A with Boston Globe movie editor Janice Page, the audience was in for a surprise when the film’s star and recent Oscar nominee Bradley Cooper joined him!

Cianfrance (who also directed Blue Valentine) was apparently having dinner with Bradley (yeah, that’s how tight we are now) nearby and asked him to tag along–which he did to the delight of the audience.

Derek and 2012’s sexiest man alive (who was dressed way down in a hoodie and baseball hat, but still managed to look super hot) answered questions about preparation for roles, project choices and lots of questions about the film: character development, where the inspiration for the plot came from, and what the name of the movie means (Schenectady, NY, where the film was filmed and set, is the Mohawk word meaning “beyond the pine plains”).

The Globe posted a bunch of way better pictures on Facebook; yes, I waited in that lo-o-o-ng line, but got in with the first group thanks to my spot (lucky 99!)


I’ll post my thoughts on the movie later, but first, an Oscartini tip: Always go to screenings. Sometimes one of the film’s stars will show up…and it will be awesome!


It’s Golden Globes Time!

15 Dec

Well, it’s that time of year again! The unofficial kick off to the awards season is THIS week, with the announcements of the Screen Actor’s Guild Award nominees and today’s announcement of the Golden Globe nominees!

Without further ado, here are the nominees!

The Descendants
The Help
The Ides of March
War Horse

The Artist
My Week With Marilyn
Midnight in Paris

Glenn Close, Albert Nobbs
Viola Davis, The Help
Rooney Mara, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo
Meryl Streep, The Iron Lady
Tilda Swinton, We Need to Talk About Kevin

George Clooney, The Descendants
Leonardo DiCaprio, J. Edgar
Michael Fassbender, Shame
Ryan Gosling, The Ides of March
Brad Pitt, Moneyball

Jodie Foster, Carnage
Charlize Theron, Young Adult
Kristen Wiig, Bridesmaids
Michelle Williams, My Week With Marilyn
Kate Winslet, Carnage

Jean Dujardin, The Artist
Brendan Gleeson, The Guard
Ryan Gosling, Crazy Stupid Love
Joseph Gordon-Levitt, 50/50
Owen Wilson, Midnight in Paris

Berenice Bejo, The Artist
Jessica Chastain, The Help
Janet McTeer, Albert Nobbs
Octavia Spencer, The Help
Shailene Woodley, The Descendants

Kenneth Branagh, My Week With Marilyn
Albert Brooks, Drive
Jonah Hill, Moneyball
Viggo Mortensen, A Dangerous Method
Christopher Plummer, Beginners

Woody Allen, Midnight in Paris
George Clooney, The Ides of March
Michel Hazanavicius, The Artist
Alexander Payne, The Descendants
Martin Scorsese, Hugo

Initial thoughts:

  • Score two nominations for Ryan Gosling! With Best Actor nominations in both the comedy/musical and drama categories,
  • The HFPA is digging Clooney, with a best actor and best director nod.
  • No love for Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, the upcoming film starring Tom Hanks. According to the film’s producer, via The Carpetbagger, “Those who love it, love it passionately and those who resist it find it too tough as an emotional experience,” Mr. Rudin said in a email on Thursday.
  • Stephen Speilberg doesn’t get a director nod for War Horse, which only scored 2 noms.
  • Awesome to see The Help and Bridesmaids getting some love the best picture drama and comedy/musical categories, respectively. Ditto for Kristin Wiig’s best actress nod and Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer’s nominations in the best actress and best supporting actress.

After seeing these nominations, it’s clear I have  A LOT of movies I need to see, especially since the Oscar for Best Picture will likely come out of the 11 best picture nominees here. As you may recall, The King’s Speech won the big prize at both the Globes and the Oscars. Some movies that immediately come to mind to see ASAP are: My Week with Marilyn, The Decendents, We Need to Talk About Kevin, The Artist and The Iron Lady.

Check out the full list of film nominees at MovieLine, and all the good stuff in the TV nominations at TVLine!

The 69th Annual Golden Globe Awards, hosted again by Ricky Gervais, air on NBC on January 15th 2012, which is in only 31 days!

WHat are your initial thoughts? Any thing you’re psyched or pissed about here? Leave a comment!

Coming Soon: Fall Preview

1 Sep

After seeing a couple of movies in theater recently (like The Help, Crazy, Stupid, Love. and Rise of the Planet of the Apes), I’m all kinds of excited for the fall movie season! Some of these are definite Oscar contenders, while some aren’t, but all are movies I’m looking forward to seeing over the next few months!

First up is Contagion (in theaters on September 9). With a star studded cast, including Matt Damon, Kate Winslet, Gwyneth Paltrow, Laurence Fishburne and Jude Law, this looks like a solid, suspenseful end of the world type movie, which I love, so this is a must-see for me!


I Don’t Know How She Does It (out on September 17) is likely not on the ol’ Oscar list here, but what can I say? I’m a sucker for Sarah Jessica Parker and Christina Hendricks. Greg Kinnear and the fact that it was mostly filmed in Boston doesn’t hurt it either.


I’m probably most excited about The Ides of March (in theaters October 7). Directed by and starring George Clooney, Ryan Gosling, Evan Rachel Wood, Paul Giamatti and Philip Seymour Hoffman, this movie is already on many critics’ likely best picture nominees lists.


What movies are you most excited about seeing this fall? Leave ’em in the comments!

In Theater: Crazy, Stupid, Love.

30 Aug

Yes, I know this movie came out roughly a month ago, but you know what? It’s still playing, and I’m still going to blog about it. So there.

Still reading? Awesome!You will be handsomely rewarded. So Crazy,Stupid, Love. ? Is great. Do I think it’s a best picture contender? Sadly, that’s a negative. However, it is a FUN movie. The characters seem real and are funny, despite dealing with some depressing subjects. The main story revolves around Cal (Steve Carell) and his wife Emily (Julianne Moose), who, following an affair with a co-worker ( a delightful supporting role played by Kevin Bacon), has decided she wants out of their marriage. Enter Jacob (the <– always super foxy Ryan Gosling), who decides to help Cal get his mojo back by giving him a wardrobe makeover and tutoring him on the fine arts of getting women in bars to go home with you.

Emma Stone is also present as Hannah the law student who meets Jacob at the one bar all the characters in the movie apparently live right near, and isn’t immediately woo’d, thought I can’t for the life of me think how she wasn’t. She’s mostly seen with her douchey boyfriend, who may or may not have a name in the movie, but who is definitely played by Josh Grobin and is actually pretty funny.

There is a completely unnecessary side plot involving Cal and Emily’s son, who at thirteen is “in love” with the 17 year old babysitter who has a slightly creepy crush on Cal. I could’ve done without this whole inappro love triangle shenanigan, thankyouverymuch.

The movie was very venn diagram-ish to me, with Cal as the main character and most of the movie revolving around his relationships with Emily, Jacob and the little-in-love son. Later, (spoiler alert, but not really if you’ve seen any of the previews), we get to see Jacob and Hannah in action. Sadly, there’s not enough of them for my liking.

Love them both!

Besides my wish for there to be more Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone in this movie, I thought the plot hummed along nicely and at a very satisfying pace. One plot point that potentially went over my head was the “oh look at this hot pickup artist who is miserable and too emotionally detached to foster a meaningful connection” was too subtle and frankly, a little unbelievable to me. It seemed like Jacob was really having a good time, until it turns out that…he wasn’t.

Crazy, Stupid Love. is still in theaters, but you probably want to get a move on seeing it if you haven’t already. It’s a good date movie (guys love Steve Carell, and there’s a nice bromance here) or girlfriend movie (hi, did you see the picture I so thoughtfully included. You’re welcome), and I found it to be a smart, funny summer flick. Whoever you see it with, get thee to a movie theater!

If you have seen it: what’d ya think? Worth the 10 clams?