Monday, September 1, 2008

Movie Quote of the Day...

"I was one of the insatiables. The ones you'd always find sitting closest to the screen. Why do we sit so close? Maybe it was because we wanted to receive the images first. When they were still new, still fresh. Before they cleared the hurdles of the rows behind us. Before they'd been relayed back from row to row, spectator to spectator; until worn out, secondhand, the size of a postage stamp, it returned to the projectionist's cabin. Maybe, too, the screen was really a screen. It screened us... from the world."

- The Dreamers

Favorite child performances: Part 1

There is something really special about a great performance by a child actor - here are my five favorite male performances. Female performances coming soon...

Honourable Mention:
Kelly Reno, "The Black Stallion"

5. Jean-Pierre Leaud, "The 400 Blows"

So I don't really like the classics much, but this gem of the French New Wave really affected me.

4. Freddie Highmore, "Finding Neverland"

All this kid has to do is speak and it makes me weep.

3. Haley Joel Osment, "The Sixth Sense"

They gave the Oscar to Michael Caine? This kid delivers a line that is now burned into the English lexicon.

2. Christian Bale, "Empire of the Sun"

Heartbreaking performance by one of the best actors ever.

1. Jamie Bell, "Billy Elliot"

There's a reason that he beat out Russell Crowe at the BAFTA's. Absolutely brilliant.

The Trailer Park

So I really love trailers, many times more than the actual movie. In no particular order, here are a few of my favorite trailers in recent memory.

"Billy Elliot"

The beginning sucks, but once Enya kicks in it really takes it somewhere special.

"Children of Men"

Astounding trailer for the best film of 2006. Again, goes somewhere special in the second half when Sigur Ros kicks in. So Beautiful.


Pure adult fantasy, and one of the best and most underappreciated films of 2007. "It's just you and me now..."

"The Namesake"

The movie somewhat underwhelmed, but the trailer is amazing.

"Elizabeth: The Golden Age"

Love the song. And the images are beautiful.

"Friday Night Lights"

I don't care what you thought about the movie, but if this trailer doesn't get you somewhere special then I truly feel sorry for you.

"Finding Neverland"

Worth it for the ending alone. Johnny Depp is amazing and deserved the Oscar.

"August Rush"

The movie kinda sucked, but the trailer is so amazing.