Friday, January 09, 2009


The American Cinematheque is showing all five Golden Globe nominees for Best Foreign Language Film so I was able to catch the two I hadn't seen yet.

Wednesday night I went to see "The Baader-Meinhof Complex" from Germany. Completely, absolutely blown away! I've never seen a film that so bravely shows how terrorists become terrorists. This film tell the true story of home-grown terrorists in West Germany during the 60s and 70s. I just sat there with my mouth hanging open. So far this movie doesn't have distribution in the United States -- I sure hope that changes soon.

Tonight I went to see "Everlasting Moments" from Sweden. Set in the first half of the 20th Century, it follows a woman trapped in an awful marriage who turns to photography (which was in its infancy) to express herself. A really moving movie about dysfunctional families.

And finally, this week I rented "Pineapple Express." I didn't think it was all that funny but that didn't stop me from quoting my favorite lines from it all day today. Quotes like "the monkey is out of the bottle" and "Pandora only comes out of the box, she doesn't go back in."

And with that I've now seen every movie nominated for a Golden Globe and I'm ready to predict who I think is going to win on Sunday night. Again, these predictions are who I think the Golden Globe voters are going to choose, not necessarily who I think SHOULD win.

Best Motion Picture, Drama
Slumdog Millionaire

Best Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy
Vicky Christina Barcelona

Foreign Language Picture
Baader Meinhof Complex

Best Director
Ron Howard, "Frost/Nixon"

Best Dramatic Actor
Frank Langella, "Frost/Nixon"

Best Dramatic Actress
Meryl Streep, "Doubt"

Best Actor, Comedy or Musical
Dustin Hoffman, "Last Chance Harvey"

Best Actress, Comedy or Musical
Sally Hawkins, "Happy-Go-Lucky"

Supporting Actor
Heath Ledger, "The Dark Knight"

Supporting Actress
Viola Davis, "Doubt"

Animated Film

Peter Morgan, "Frost/Nixon"

Original Score
A.R. Rahman, "Slumdog Millionaire"

"Gran Torino" performed by Clint Eastwood

Play along with me on Sunday night.

By the way, "Piff...Paff...Puff" is apparently what you say when you're taking a picture in Sweden. It's the equivalent of ""
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1 comment:

rochelle fanali said...

The BART to downtown is one of many reasons to have bay-area-envy.
hey -- can you asterisk the golden globe predictions you think SHOULD get those awards? Would be interested to see!