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This Sunday’s broadcast of the 2011 Golden Globes has us pretty excited over here. Kudos to the Hollywood Foreign Press for bringing SML favorite Ricky Gervais back for a second year. Will he top last year’s hilarious Mel Gibson intro? (All the video of this is sadly gone, but you remember what he said: “I like a beer as much as the next man. Unless the next man is Mel Gibson.”) What will the dresses look like this year? Who will be drunk on stage? Who will get snubbed in the In Memoriam reel? It’s all very exciting. Let’s all meet back here next week to discuss the highs and lows, shall we?
PS: Be sure to tune into NBC’s always awful red carpet coverage 30 minutes before the show starts. Can’t wait to hear what hit song they’ve re-written to include movie and TV references this year! I’m going to guess something by the Black Eyed Peas.
CEMETERY JUNCTION (DVD/2010)
From: Brian McClelland
To: Kimberly Faulhaber
So, Kim. Did you know that the comic giants that created the original UK version of The Office, Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant (an actual semigiant at 6’7″!), co-wrote and co-directed a movie this year in their homeland called Cemetery Junction? Well, of course you do, because we are Let’s Talking About it, but until this DVD showed up in a red Netflix envelope last week, I had no idea it existed. So! What were we missing? Not a whole hell of a lot, really. I mean, it’s definitely a movie. It looks and sounds like a very competently made film, you bet. Unfortunately, the film’s content is mostly just a bland rehash of a zillion other coming-of-college-age period flicks with a few grains of Gervais & Merchant’s awkward, dark comedy sprinkled throughout. The biggest problem for me was the casting of some seriously blaaaaaaaaaaaand actors in the story’s romantic core–Christian Cooke as flippy-haired and way too handsome cad-with-a-heart Freddie Taylor and blank canvas Felicity Jones as, well, blank canvas Julie Kendrick. NO! Wait! Julie wants to be a NatGeo photographer. Sorry–these characters are so multidimensional that I’m almost overwhelmed in my understanding of them. Like, Freddie’s best pals Snork, who has an actually pretty hilarious crudely drawn front and back tattoo of a vampire lady and her vampire boobs luring himself (also in the tattoo) through a window, and Bruce, who is angry at the world, but mostly at his dad, who he blames for the departure of his mum way back when. Did you SEE ALL OF THOSE DIMENSIONS I WAS JUST NOW TALKING ABOUT?! Read more »