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Two Blondes Countdown to the Oscars: Best Supporting Actress

February 22, 2011

The Nominees:

Amy Adams The Fighter

Helena Bonham Carter The King’s Speech

Melissa Leo The Fighter

Hailee Steinfeld True Grit

Jacki Weaver Animal Kingdom


WHO WE THINK WILL WIN

Jessica:  Melissa Leo

Alison:  Amy Adams or Melissa Leo

WHO WE WANT TO WIN

Jessica:  I should stipulate that I have not seen Animal Kingdom, so I have no idea what Jacki Weaver’s performance was like.  Literally, the only thing I know about her is she is nominated in this category for a movie called Animal Kingdom.  I had never heard of her or the movie before the nominations came out and I’m someone who considers myself fairly up on pup culture things.  I look forward to adding Animal Kingdom to my blockbuster queue…and then probably not see the movie for another five years.  There are a lot of movies on my list already.  I just checked – there are 377 titles currently on my wait list.  Anyway, back to the matter at hand – who I want to win.  I’ll go with Amy Adams in The Fighter.  She was tough, but vulnerable.  I also like Melissa Leo’s performance, but I wasn’t crazy about the ads she took out in the trades on her own behalf.  That just seems…off.

Alison:  I’d be happy if Amy Adams, Melissa Leo or Helena Bonham Carter won.  I love all three actresses and think they all make interesting choices career wise.  Melissa Leo disappears into this role, as she also did in the film Frozen River and I love her lack of ego with portraying tough, sometimes broken women.  Helena Bonham Carter is a force to be reckoned with and usually takes over the screen in movies like Fight Club and the Harry Potter series, but in The King’s Speech, is able to play a quiet strength and let Colin Firth shine in his role.  She is perfect in this movie.  Amy Adams shows a different side of herself in The Fighter.  I loved this tough-girl side of her.  I just love her in general.  She’s cute and sweet.

Two Blondes Go to a Movie: Sunshine Cleaning

March 19, 2009

Two Blondes review a movie and mostly ramble about themselves:

JESSICA SAYS:

Are you starting to get a little depressed after suffering through an economic ‘downturn’ or ‘recession’ or ‘complete and total implosion’ or whatever you want to call it?  Sick of the malaise of winter (I know, I live in LA, but I remember what it’s like elsewhere) and ready for a little pick me up?  Well, have ‘the producers of Little Miss Sunshine’ got just the thing for you!  Sunshine Cleaning!  You know how Amazon will give you those, “If you like Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, then you’ll also like…The Hobbit?”  Well, the correlation between Sunshine Cleaning and Little Miss Sunshine is too great to ignore, so if you loved Little Miss Sunshine and you want to see the exact same movie again, then might I suggestSunshine Cleaning!

I’m not saying the fact that they are twins is necessarily bad.  I liked Little Miss Sunshine.  I was throughly entertained watching Sunshine Cleaning.  Alan Arkin plays exactly the same role in both films, but hey – it won him an Oscar the first time around, so why not give it another go?  I’m not sure there are two more charming actresses working these days than Amy Adams and Emily Blunt.  Plus, I adore Mary Lynn Rajskub.  She’s quirky, smart, and perfectly cast in her role here.  In someone else’s hands Rajskub’s character could have ended up a bit pathetic.  On a side note, I never really realized what a rockin’ little body Amy Adams has on her, but you see her in various stages of undress several times in this film and she manages to be even more adorable in a bra and panties than fully clothed.

In case you aren’t familiar with the plot, two down on their luck sisters decide to start a crime scene clean-up business.  However, they are a little short of the knowledge and required training certificates for such a job.  Chaos, hilarity, and emotional growth ensue.  I was impressed with what I felt was a pretty accurate portrayal of the remarkable relationship between sisters (and I have two of my own).  You love each other, you are annoyed by each other, but no one will ever understand you the same way that your sibling does.  It made me miss my sisters a little bit.

I recommend seeing Sunshine Cleaning in theaters.  I mean, we all need a little pick me up and if we all go out to the movies, it pumps cash back into the economy.  It’s a win-win!

ALISON SAYS:

I remember reading an article about people who ran a business cleaning up crime scenes and thinking that would make a good movie.  And it did.  Of course when you add Amy Adams, Emily Blunt and Alan Arkin, it’s hard not to make something that’s going to be entertaining.

I’m so glad someone like Amy Adams made it to the top of the heap of the many, many actors in the world.  She’s always a delight and eternally charming and really good as Rose Lorkowski.  Of course she had another wonderful actress, Emily Blunt, to play off of.  These are two women who gained big careers out of small roles in previous films, and I can’t think of anyone who deserves it more.

Can we also talk about Clifton Collins Jr?  I’ve never been the type of girl to crush on a guy who makes model helicopters and has a long greasy ponytail, but Collins is amazing as Winston.  There’s a sweetness and quiet strength that just draws you in, despite the character’s ponytail.

I was super excited when I realized this film was written by a woman and directed by another woman.  Can I get a “what what” for girl power?  Okay, I realize I may lose both Jessica and a large percentage of my audience for that last sentence, but sometimes it’s okay to show enthusiasm in a nerdy, outdated manner, especially when it’s enthusiasm for female filmmakers.  As a whole, I enjoyed the film immensely.  I laughed a lot (along with the packed house at Arclight).  I even felt a tad choked up during one sad scene that I knew was coming (it was in the trailer), and was annoyed at myself for being so manipulated.

There were definitely some predictable plot points and character background that you could see coming from a mile away, but I was still glad I went to see it.

LA Viewers: Go check out a matinee at Arclight.

Translation for non-LA viewers: Yay for matinees and yay for movie theater popcorn!

Two Blondes Go to a Movie: Doubt

February 10, 2009

Two Blondes review a movie and ramble about themselves.


JESSICA SAYS:

I had my doubts about whether or not this film would live up to the hype.  Get it?  ’Doubts?’  It’s a pun!  But I digress.  My mom saw this movie before I did and every time we’ve talked since she tells me how good she thought this movie was.  Now, Mom doesn’t have bad taste in movies, per se, but her taste is not necessarily the same as mine.  For instance, she enjoys watching made-for-TV-movies on Lifetime Television for Women.  I do not.  I enjoy Pulp Fiction.  There is not a single scene in that movie Mom would enjoy (violence + swearing + sex + drug use = a film Mom would never sit through).

It turns out Mom and I pretty much agree on this one.  I’m not ready to say it’s the best movie I’ve seen in years, as Mom did, but it is definitely worth seeing.  The hesitation I had going in to this film was that the previews made it seem so dour and bleak.  You have to be in the right mood to want to sit down and watch a story about sexual abuse allegations.  I now realize that this film isn’t really about sexual abuse.  It does deal with that, but the story has more to do with gossip, standing up to authority figures, and trusting your instincts, than abuse.

The acting performances in the movie all around are as good as you have been hearing.  What can I say about how great Meryl Streep is that hasn’t already been said?  She really is a force to be reckoned with and Amy Adams, Philip Seymour Hoffman, and Viola Davis all more than met the challenge.  I want to give John Patrick Shanley a huge amount of credit because this story and the way he tells it are fascinating.  The characters are constantly making twists and turns and as the audience, you never are quite sure who to believe until the end.  That is not an easy feat to pull off.

I was raised Catholic, but I didn’t go to Catholic school, so I can’t really speak as to what that experience is like.  The nuns in my parish didn’t seem as draconian as Streep’s Sister Aloysius, but they were certainly not to be messed with.  I remember Sister Ruth Ann specifically who told us in CCD (the Catholic version of Sunday school) that it was healthy to have a glass of wine each night and in fact sometimes she just drank straight from the bottle, since it was only her and Sister Rose. I said I was raised Catholic, not I am Catholic because I’m still working out whether or not I really want to be Catholic.  All the issues raised in the film about the Church are issues I struggle with internally, being Catholic.  To say the Church is patriarchal is a bit of an understatement.  It is the oldest of old boys clubs.  Why does the mere fact that she is a woman determine that Sister Aloysius is a subordinate to Father Flynn?  That’s only the tip of the iceberg of questions you’re left with at the end of Doubt (sexism, sexual abuse, the effects of progressive reform, racism, etc.).  Let’s just say, like Sister Aloysius, I too have my doubts.

I recommend seeing this movie and it is worth a full-price ticket.  Maybe you should plan a dinner or drinks afterwards with whoever you see it because you will want to discuss.

ALISON SAYS:

I’ll be honest, I thought I’d find Doubt boring.  I knew I loved Meryl Streep, Philip Seymour Hoffman, and Amy Adams, but when I saw the trailers, it just looked like an overblown Oscar-baity drama with lots of boring outfits.  I was wrong, very wrong.  It’s great, truly great.  My grandmother, who NEVER goes to movies anymore, actually made her way to the theater to see this film and said it was really good.  My mom, who attended Catholic school with nuns as teachers, also saw the film and loved it.  It was interesting to me that two of the main women in my life both made the effort to go see a film where one of the main themes is that of womens’ powerlessness in the old days.

As always, Meryl Streep and Philip Seymour Hoffman blow you away with their skills as actors and remind you again why they’ve had enduring careers.  Amy Adams is also fantastic and charming, continuing her streak of being the best thing to ever come out of dinner theater.  And then there’s Viola Davis as the mother of Donald, Mrs. Miller.  Her screen time is minuscule compared to Streep, Hoffman and Adams, but her performance was one of the most memorable of the film and haunts you long after watching it.

I just looked up the director, John Patrick Shanley, on IMDb and noticed the last thing he directed was Joe Versus The Volcano and he wrote Moonstruck.  What a varied career.  It also goes to show the Midas touch Scott Rudin has as a film producer, whatever that guy touches turns to Oscar gold.  I talked to Rudin on the phone a few times at an old job, and just his voice alone can put the fear of God in you.   Maybe that level of fear is it what it takes to continually create amazing, Oscar worthy films.

LA Viewers: If you’ve ever wanted to see the epitome of superb acting, go see this film in the theaters.

Translation for non-LA natives: Same goes for you.