The Playground of Hollywood

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Wednesday, April 20, 2011

RESTREPO director killed, among others...


Only a few months after the last Academy Awards ceremony, we find this information. Tim Hetherington, the director of Restrepo was killed while filming the ongoing conflict happening in Libya. Restrepo was nominated for Best Documentary Feature last year. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family, and the families of all the others killed as well. RIP.

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Sidney Lumet, 1924-2011

Sidney Lumet, one of the great directors of all time, passed away this morning at his home in Manhattan due to lymphoma. He was 86. One of the classic filmmakers, he was nominated four times for Best Director, and has also given an honorary Oscar back in 2005.

"While the goal of all movies is to entertain, the kind of film in which I believe goes one step further. It compels the spectator to examine one fact or another of his own conscience. It stimulates thought and sets the mental juices flowing." -- Sidney Lumet

Sidney's career began in television, before he made his way to film. In a career that spands over 50 years, he helmed such classic films as:

12 Angry Men (1957) (nomination)

The Pawnbroker (1964)

Serpico (1973)

Murder on the Orient Express (1974)

Dog Day Afternoon (1975) (nomination)

Network (1976) (nomination)

Equus (1977)

The Verdict (1982) (nomination)

Q & A (1990)

Before the Devil Knows Your Dead (2007)

That's quite the legacy to leave behind. When asked once why he chose to make movies, his response was simple... "It's a wonderful way to spend your life." RIP Sidney.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Black Swan...

Watching it for the 4th time in the last week, with my friend Tom. It's his first time seeing it. This should be fun.

Monday, April 4, 2011

FINALLY...I'm back online!!!!

After over two months of being without a computer a home, I finally have a new laptop, and all I can say is THANK GOD. It's been brutal without one! Now that I'm back, expect a lot more updates, including as many reviews as I can stand, top ten lists for years past, trivia, movie news, and all that jazz. LET THE MADNESS BEGIN!