Monday, December 20, 2010

The Monday Corner 12/20/2010

If you're still looking for a last minute gift idea, allow me to make a recommendation: A picture of a zebra. For you see, no matter how disappointed they are, they'll never point it out to you. No "oh, well it's not exactly what I wanted." or "oh yeah, thanks, goody." Instead you get a simple "oh, a photo of a zebra." Sure the tone in their voice may seem like disappointment, but there's no objective application of personal need. They're merely observing what the item is. Which I think is a win-win scenario!

For your Consideration:
Never give up on your dreams. If you can remember them.

Film Forager serves up a double dish of True Grit 1969 and 2010 reviews, with a side of eye patches. Mmmm, just like Christmas dinner.

The Film Experience Blog brings us an interesting piece on the Oscars. Michael C is ready to call out oscar voters who pander their film ratings in favor of TV rating, and potentially ignoring 'better' films.

Castor from Anomalous Material wants to know what movies made you cry. For me, it's always been Batman and Robin. To be honest, it's hard for me to stop laughing well beyond the point where my tear ducts cease to produce water.

This actually falls out of the scope I generally apply to these things, but I forgot to link to it last week. So I'm making amends. Bob Turnbull of Eternal Sunshine of the Logical Mind has been getting into the movie montage swing. His latest one - "Any Colour You Like" is absolutely beautiful. Check it out!

Film Intel introduced a new series this week: Fight Club. Where two films face off based on a series of fun, most likely arbitrary, issues. Round One: Santa's Slay vs. Rare Exports.

Poll Update:
Tron may not have brought in the release numbers they would have liked. However I got the voting numbers I can only dream of.

1. 10 votes: Better concept than film (here's where I fall in. Great idea, muddled plot)
2. 8 votes: A good time (I think there's a lot of overlap with one and two but that's the way it goes)
3. 6 votes: Haven't seen the original tron (planning on seeing it anytime soon?)
4. (tie) 3 votes: An all time great (glad you love it) & One of the worst I've seen (polar opposite day?)
6. 0 votes: A mediocre film at best (I suppose a lot of you fell into the #1 category)

NEW POLL: This week we finally see the Coen Brothers remake of True Grit (and something about Christmas coming is in there somewhere). What I want to know is simple: Eye Patch or no Eye Patch? Make your claim!

Odd One Out Poster Challenge:
Not nearly as many submissions this week. Is it lots of vacationing or perhaps disinterest? Comment and let me know here then. However, we had one real standout victor. When I saw Beiber mentioned I thought to myself "oh no! you never go Beiber!" But with a quick spin, he won my heart and this week's win.

Not only is it not in the sci-fi/horror/fantasy genre... And features a sub-par actor... But he's the only one striking a Justin Bieber pose. And anything resembling Bieber is just wrong!

It takes skills to pay the bills. Or so I've been told. However, I do know that if you go with a double negative in Beiber + Kutcher, you're going to win. If only he would have snuck in a mention of those dreadful camera commercials.

Score of the Week:
Nino Rota is awesome. His score for The Godfather is awesome. Listen and enjoy. Oh, and if it's not too much to ask for - sneak it in the next time you enter the dining room for Christmas dinner.

10 better thoughts:

Castor said...

The Justin Bieber association is genius! Thanks for the link love Uni.

Film Intel said...

You run the Odd One Out article on Saturdays I think don't you? I normally don't check my reader on Sat/Sun so always read it on Monday (too late to comment)! That might be a personal thing though, don't know if changing the day (perhaps leaving two days to enter?) would have any effect or not? Cheers for the Fight Club linkage, much appreciated!

Lesya Khyzhnyak said...

As for the Tron original, I voted for one of the worst movies I've ever seen. Still considering, whether I should see the sequel (with new technologies it might be better). Thanks for sharing Nino Rota's soundtrack. His music to Romeo and Juliet (1968) is also amazing.

Univarn said...

@Castor Anytime Castor

@FilmIntel Yeah, I prefer to do it on Saturday because it's the one day of the week where there aren't a lot of people doing intense reading. Or at least historically it's always been my lowest read+comment day.

@Leysa I had a tough time picking between his Romeo & Juliet or Godfather today. However, with it being Christmas and lots of family visits I went with Godfather :).

The Mad Hatter said...

Interesting...two of your Monday corner selections were Everybody's Talkin selections for me last Friday.

Phoning it in much?

Univarn said...

@Mad I used to spend lots of time making sure my list of links didn't match up with yours, finalcut, AM, etc. etc. - got to a point where it just took way too long. Now I just pick them based on what I think is linkworthy - irregardless of who else have linked to them. Oh and for the record I spent an hour last night compiling my list so, no - not phoning it in :P

The Mad Hatter said...

Soemtimes the reactions I get out of you make the teasing so very worth it.

PS - Loved your RESTREPO piece (couldn't think of an intelligent comment beyond "great post"), and we're just a few Matineecasts away from me starting the trend of return guests. Guess who's up first?

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Alex scores!! Awesome.
Sorry I missed the Tron Legacy poll. I'd vote it was a good time.

Univarn said...

@Mad I feel like an elusive flute that you've snatched up and played. Excuse me while I go and hang my head in shame :P

@AlexJ It was for the original tron, but I'm interested in seeing the newest one given your enthusiasm.

Simon said...

Damn, it's always one of the Alexes...

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