The biggest mystery for me going into the end of True Detective was how it could possibly resolve itself in a way that would satisfy all of the enormous expectations I’d built up for it after watching and rewatching and rewatching the previous 7 episodes. Turns out it was a wonderful end to a terrific and unique program. I haven’t looked around much to see what the wider reaction to it was, but I have a suspicion a lot of people are going to be really pissed off by how much was left unresolved and how ultimately unimportant the show’s central mystery was. Read on for more, but be forewarned that there are spoilers.
If you caught the most excellent finale of True Detective, you’ll recognize this song at the end. T Bone Burnett did the music for the whole series, making it almost like a character in and of itself:
The blood is just about dried on this year’s Oscar race but throughout the web are predictions for next year’s race. Yes, already. Here’s the thing. It ain’t rocket science. Early Oscar predictions aren’t some kind of magic formula – so people who brag about those are just fooling themselves. The truth is, the Oscar race is an industry that supports another industry – the film industry. There is a pretty good chance the movies that head into the Oscar race are on the radar already before they’re even finished filming, perhaps even before getting financed, sometimes when the book rights are sold. You go by subject matter, director, stars, sometimes producer – almost always Oscar strategist. These films have a 90% chance of making it in. The only thing that stops them is if they are poorly received. Otherwise, their chances are pretty good they fly into the airport, land on the designated runway and glide easily into the gate. Lock and load.
Anton Corbijn’s new film, Life, starring Dane Dehaan and Robert Pattinson. Says Indiewire, “The film tells the story of the relationship between renowned Magnum photographer Dennis Stock (Pattinson) and Hollywood legend James Dean (DeHaan), chronicling a road trip the pair took which forever changed Stock’s life. And Corbijn is excited about the project, and collaborating with these actors: “When I see Rob I see an inner turmoil that is great for the role,” Corbijn told EW (print edition, not online). “And Dane is really interesting. He has a beautiful face, but it’s a face to grasp. It’s hard to see how Dane reads [onscreen] sometimes, and the same goes for James Dean.”
“The police do terrible things to people, with impunity.” These are the words from Rust (McConaughey) in episode two of the HBO series. That is probably the key to the whole thing.
If you have watched the show up to the last episode, coming Sunday, some of the things I’m about to write might make sense. Otherwise, they could be a spoiler depending on what it is you’re looking for. True Detective is not a typical television show where things happen that can get spoiled – unless you’re talking about episodes 4 and 5 where the filmmaking itself is so surprising knowing anything about it going in could be a spoiler. But I don’t think either of those episodes have much to do with how the story turns out.
All of the clues you need to figuring out the plot is is, according to writer/creator Nic Pizzolatto. After watching the episodes many times and going back to episode one there are a few things worth noting.
The Annie reboot starring Quvenzhané Wallis, Jamie Foxx and Cameron Diaz.
Here’s the trailer.
A friend of mine used to call life “a bucket of shit with the handles on the insides.” I’m going to appropriate that now to the internet, thanks in large part to the disease of accepted bullying that happens every second of every day here — our formerly dignified selves taking a backseat to the worst humanity has to offer. What Novak experienced the night of the Oscars is an example of a typical day online – it has become so accepted, in fact, that almost everything and everyone is fair game for ridicule – the best way to handle it is to ignore it and go on with your life. I’m sorry that we aren’t better people. I’m sorry that you had the courage to face the public, 40 million people, who may or may not had their own things to say in the privacy of their own home, but that they took to Twitter and various — USELESS — gossip sites to make fun of your face. Just remember, it isn’t you. They (we) are addicted to the taste of blood.
But more than even that, I’m sorry that we live in a culture – and that Hollywood has become an industry that encourages “getting work done” in order to have a career. There is a reason why so few actresses go under the knife in the UK and other countries because they are allowed to age there. Their worth is beyond someone saying “she looks great for her age.” We live in a world that praises someone like Jane Fonda who gets all of the work done “right.” There are other examples – Sofia Loren, Raquel Welch – former beauties who had a skilled surgeon nip a little here, tuck a little here and aren’t we still falling all over ourselves at how young they STILL look because god knows that is all that matters — that we stay looking young.
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Godzilla is fed up with all your crude ‘Pacific Rim Job’ jokes. He’s also here to show us how a biblical flood wouldn’t bother him a bit.
This might be a good place to begin listing our Most Anticipated Films of 2014. We’ll sort the lists into two stacks — Oscar potential and popcorn entertainment — and then put the titles in a poll to see what comes out on top. In past years these informal uurveys have been remarkably accurate in culling a top 20 cream-of-the-crop from which all the BP nominees will be drawn.
For the first time ever, we have ten winners in our Oscar contest. I have to say that these are probably collectively the highest scores in this contest in 15 years. It probably has to do with Gravity dominating many of the usually harder to guess awards. These readers missed only ONE category, listed below:
Vince Chan – missed only animated short.
Bob Tormey – missed only Best Picture.
Calvin Cousin – missed only animated short.
Juan Pablo Aragon – missed only documentary.
Corey Hart – missed only animated short.
Sefa Emekli – missed only animated short.
Abby Brown – missed only documentary.
Marco Santos – missed only doc short.
Robert Butler – missed only makeup.
Chris Schleicher – missed only animated short.
Winners of this (or any contest) contact email@example.com for prize info.
After the cut, those who only missed two!