Andrea Riseborough, Nicolaj Coster-Waldau, Olga Kurylenko, Jack Harper, Tom Cruise, Morgan Freeman, Melissa Leo, Joseph Kosinski, Tron Legacy, Olbivion, movie, movie review, review,

Latest vs. Greatest Taking the Week Off

Andrea Riseborough, Nicolaj Coster-Waldau, Olga Kurylenko, Jack Harper, Tom Cruise, Morgan Freeman, Melissa Leo, Joseph Kosinski, Tron Legacy, Olbivion, movie, movie review, review,
I’ll see you next week!!! (Jumps up on Dave’s couch)

Inside baseball site news: Latest vs. Greatest is taking this week off for a few reasons: 1. It’s the hardest thing I write, the longest thing I write and requires the most critical analysis.  It’s like writing 20 movie reviews at once.

2. It’s the holidays!  Those three words followed by an exclamation point can get you out of anything up to (and including) capital murder.

3. I am going to watch a lot of films over the next five days to set up the next few profiles.  You have no idea the sheer tonage of horrible, horrible movies I’ve had to watch for these columns.  I watch an average of 80 movies a year.  If I don’t see something, it’s not because I didn’t get around to it.  I ducked it for a reason.  I haven’t come across a film yet in the writing of these columns that has pleasantly shocked me (unpleasantly, yes, pleasantly, no).

4.  We’ve been mainly doing actors and directors and I had originally intended to have a much broader scope of positions involved, but the Hollywood gender imbalance is real and it is depressing.  Women get crap roles.  If you’re over 40 in Hollywood and a man, your workload doesn’t change.  Hell, it may increase.  If you’re a woman, it drops off the face of the earth.  Even younger actresses don’t get parts in large movies, so there are scads of indie films featuring most popular actresses that I haven’t seen so that’s why we’re moving into month #3 without an actress having been examined.

5.  I’m setting up the next three columns and they’ll be Tom Cruise (depending if I can find enough hooch to get me through Rock of Ages), Angelina Joile and composer John Williams.  Film scores are a passion of mine and for their columns, the scoring will be a little different as the score solely will be judged as opposed to the movie.  There are plenty of wonderful movies with unremarkable scores; conversely some of the worst movies I’ve ever seen have some of the best scores I’ve ever heard.  Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End is one of Hans Zimmer’s best scores but if I was to score the movie instead of his work, you’d never know it.

So that’s the future of the Latest vs. Greatest column through most of December.  If you have ideas on how to make it or any of the features on the site better, tweet me @sleeplessdave or leave a comment.  Our new Netflix column on Saturday came about solely through reader requests, so I’m pliable, people, you just have to ask or I’ll keep writing angry screeds against French Guiana.

 

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