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I love Edward Zwick and for a long time I had no idea he directed this movie until his name came up on the screen. His talent with actors is clear in this film which is in a way a historical picture. We’re used to his historical action films like The Last Samurai and Defiance. Here the film starts in 1996 and the movie feels like a 90’s picture. The music is perfect all the way through and even the way the films paced feels like a movie straight out of the late nineties. This film follows two very interesting young people. The first being Jame, played by Jake Gyllenhaal who is a medical school drop out, who now is a flirtatious salesman who lays pretty much every woman he talks to. His brother played by Josh Glad is a nerd who got rich young. Will return to Glad later who almost grounded this movie to a halt with his minor and pointless character. Anyway Jamie who can’t impress his parents changes jobs and becomes a pharmaceutical salesman. He uses his charm and good looks to sneak his way into hospitals and pitch his drugs to doctors. One of those doctors is Dr. Knight played by the amazing Hank Azaria. While trying to impress the man he meet Maggie(Anne Hathaway) and his advances on her fall flat from the get go. He doesn’t quit and continues to flirt her up. This leads to a romance that is strictly sexual at first. Zwick doesn’t hesitate to hit us over the head with this. Both leads are naked A LOT, sure both of them look amazing, and the nudity is the prove a point. An interesting twist they don’t show in the commercials is that Hathaway’s Maggie has Parkinson’s and as she tries to make sure her life isn’t directed by it, she can’t help but run into issues with it in her relationship with Jamie.

The movie does not exactly show the pharmaceutical business in a good light. Jamie is hound dog who basically uses his talent to sell a product. The people he work for don’t seem to care about consequences when pushing certain pills. It’s obviously clear that they cared much more about selling Zoloft then actually helping people. Jamie’s character avoids these complicated issues by simply making it a game. Everything is game until he meets Maggie, then suddenly his success matters nothing compared to just being around a woman he tried so hard not to love. The movie rely’s heavily on the performances of Hathaway and Gyllenhall, without them the movie would just not work. They are both charming and play off each other very well. There are other stand out performances by Oliver Platt and Azaria. The one performance which is so bad it almost ruins the film is the brother of Jamie played by Josh Gad. The character alone is just a fat, porn addicted, disgusting human being. They try to redeem him late in the movie where he claims he would hate to have empty sex with woman like his brother did, it did not save him. He’s so awful it distracts you from what is going on in the film. I understand he was brought in for comic relief but he is simply too disgusting and over the top. Still over all it is a minor issue as the leads power pst this poor performance and poorly written character.

Most our interest rests on the complex relationship between Jamie and Maggie as they go from wild sex partners, to friends, and then soul mates. Hathaway deserves any award she gets for this performance. She goes from sex symbol to a woman broken by her illness in a way that will simply melt your heart. Gyllenhaal transformers from a selfish womanizer to a selfless man in love and his performance as well should get attention. This is a memorable love story and one that resonates, along with getting a message across about Parkinsons, and America’s love affair with medical drugs.

Rating: 7.5/10

The Golden Globes are the drunk cousin to the Academy Awards but they are fun to watch. Usually the winners of the Globes go on to win the golden boy for the Academy. Big surprise though is the leader, The King’s Speech leads the pack with seven nominations over all. The nominations though leave me worried, The Social Network landed six… SIX nominations! I’m afraid voters will vote for this film for best picture(which it’s not) and other awards just to get “young people” interested in the awards. Problem is the Social Network is more interesting for the thirty and over types. Most “young people” seemed to find Social Network kind of boring and long winded. My problem with the Social Network is it’s very weak message. Sure the concept that he looses his friends while making a social networking site is interesting but his complete and utter lack and caring as he makes millions just bothers me. The country we live in now is trying to fight against the greed that destroyed the country, now we’re going to award a movie which it’s major theme was “just make money”? Shows Hollywood just isn’t on the level most Americans are on. Oh well I will predict that Social Network will have a huge night and they will proclaim it’s a new era in the awards… Which it won’t be. Remember when Lord of the Rings won all those Academy Awards and people thought the award show would never recover? Well no one really cared. Same will happen here when they give awards to the Social Network to try and get the social media crowd interested, in the end people will shrug it off because the movie just wasn’t that good. Other odd things to stand out was Love and Other Drugs being considered a comedy, it’s not a comedy. Maybe there was just not enough room in drama so they pushed it into comedy section. Anyway here are the nominations for drama and comedy or musical. You can see the rest of the nominations most likely at the Golden Globes web site.

BEST MOTION PICTURE: DRAMA

-Black Swan

-The Fighter

-Inception

-The King’s Speech

-The Social Network

BEST MOTION PICTURE: COMEDY OR MUSICAL

-Alice in Wonderland

-Burlesque

-The Kids Are All Right

-RED

-The Tourist

BEST ACTRESS IN A MOTION PICTURE: DRAMA

-Halle Berry in “Frankie and Alice”

-Nicole Kidman in “Rabbit Hole”

-Jennifer Lawrence in “Winter’s Bone”

-Natalie Portman in “Black Swan”

-Michelle Williams in “Blue Valentine”

BEST ACTOR IN A MOTION PICTURE: DRAMA

-Jesse Eisenberg in “The Social Network”

-Colin Firth in “The King’s Speech”

-James Franco in “127 Hours”

-Ryan Gosling in “Blue Valentine”

-Mark Wahlberg in “The Fighter”

BEST ACTRESS IN A MOTION PICTURE: COMEDY OR MUSICAL

-Annette Benning in “The Kids Are All Right”

-Anne Hathaway in “Love and Other Drugs”

-Angelina Jolie in “The Tourist”

-Julianne Moore in “The Kids Are All Right”

-Emma Stone in “Easy A”

BEST ACTOR IN A MOTION PICTURE: COMEDY OR MUSICAL

-Johnny Depp in “Alice in Wonderland”

-Johnny Depp in “The Tourist”

-Paul Giamatti in “Barney’s Version”

-Jake Gyllenhaal in “Love and Other Drugs”

-Kevin Spacey in “Casino Jack”

BEST DIRECTOR

-Darren Aronofsky for “Black Swan”

-David Fincher for “The Social Network”

-Tom Hooper for “The King’s Speech”

-Christopher Nolan for “Inception”

-David O. Russell for “The Fighter”

Weekend Box Office Nov. 26-28th

This week was a lot closer then I think many had expected. Sure Harry Potter was #1 again but Disney was not far off with Tangled doing way better than expected. Besides those two teams the rest of the box office was pretty much a let down for studios. Films with a lot of attention placed on them failed to pull people away from the two family films. Burlesque, Love and Other Drugs and Faster all kind of made “meh” amounts of money. To me this is actually a bad sign since the second and third spot went to two animated films that are backed up by 3D. One could say the 3D extra charge helped a lot of these movies up the amount of money they made. It will be interesting to see what will happen the next couple of weeks. The only movie coming out next week is the Warrior’s Way which I highly will dominate the box office. That means a lot of these other films have time to grow some legs. So will see how word of mouth might some of these movies at the bottom maybe make a push. The one thing that should also be noted is that Deathly Hallows Part 1 has made 220 million dollars so far, that is before the x-mas holiday… Holy @$%#.

1. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows part 1 $50.3 Million

2. Tangled $49.1 Million

3. Megamind $12.9 Million

4. Burlesque $11.8 Million

5. Unstoppable $11.7 Million

6. Love and Other Drugs $9.9 Million

7. Faster $8.7 Million

8. Due Date $7.3 Million

9. The Next Three Days $4.8 Million

10. Morning Glory $4 Million