Random Thoughts: Golden Globes, Stephen Kings ’09 Flix Picks, NBC Chuck

A completely random post for a change as I don’t really have any new review nor time to finish some of my draft posts tonight.

  • Butler clean-shaven at 2009 Golden Globes

    Golden Globes Awards is coming to our telly in 2 weeks, January 17 to be exact (and I’ve checked with hubby that the Vikings game is on at noon so I get the TV at night. YAY!). I don’t have much gripes about the nominations this year, partly because I haven’t watched some of the flicks nominated, but some of the picks are kind of expected. Ok, I take that back, I did balk at Julia Roberts being nominated for Duplicity, I mean I don’t think her acting was any different from her other performances, plus it was a rather meh flick on top of it. I’m also disappointed that Sharlto Copley’s great performance in District 9 was snubbed. But I am glad to see Gordon-Levitt nominated for (500) Days, Robert Downey Jr. for Sherlock Holmes and Helen Mirren for The Last Station (haven’t seen the flick but she’s one fine actress!). Pleasantly surprised to see Avatar shortlisted for Best Picture, a harbinger for the biggest award show coming in March?
    In any case, it’s just announced today that Gerry Butler is going to be presenting, as well as the other two newly-added presenters, Mel Gibson & Sophia Loren. Hmmm, those three in a movie together would be kind of cool, bizarre but cool. I digress. The rest of the presenters include Jennifer Aniston, Halle Berry, Colin Farrell, Matthew Fox, Nicole Kidman, Julia Roberts, Mickey Rourke and Sam Worthington (yet another reason for me to watch this year’s telecast). Robert De Niro and Leonardo DiCaprio will present the Hollywood Foreign Press Association’s Cecil B. DeMille Award to Martin Scorsese for his “outstanding contribution to the entertainment field.” Hosted by crazy Brit Ricky Gervais, it should be a rambunctiously fun show.

  • I’ve been reading a lot of site/blog Top Movies of 2009 picks the last few days. Perhaps one of the most peculiar picks come from horror author/EW columnist Stephen King. He cited his reasons for each one on EW.com gallery, but if you just want to get a quick glance without having to click the arrow ten friggin’ times, see below:
    ……………. 10. 2012
    ……………. 9. Fantastic Mr. Fox
    ……………. 8. The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3
    ……………. 7. Law Abiding Citizen
    ……………. 6. District 9
    ……………. 5. The Reader
    ……………. 4. Disgrace
    ……………. 3. The Road
    ……………. 2. The Last House on the Left
    ……………. 1. The Hurt Locker
    I guess we shouldn’t be surprised coming from him? Still, 2012?? WOW! Interesting to see Law Abiding Citizen on this list (probably the only top ten list you’ll find this movie). King quipped, “… this version’s script is wound tight and clever enough to draw blood.” Hmmm, it probably won’t end up on my own ‘Best Of’ list, but still it was a pretty good movie that isn’t quite as bad as the critics made it out to be. The only one I agree with here is District 9, The Hurt Locker seems to be a critics’ fave I’m still curious to see, but his #2 and #4 picks I probably won’t bother with.
  • Now, I very recently caught a couple of episodes of Chuck. I find it surprisingly funny and entertaining, no wonder it’s been a critical and fan favorites the last couple of seasons. To those of you not familiar with the series, the main guy Chuck is an “average computer-whiz-next-door” who receives an encoded e-mail from an old college friend now working in the CIA; the message embeds the only remaining copy of the world’s greatest spy secrets into Chuck’s brain. The reluctant, bumbling super spy is played with endearing charm by Zachary Levi, who reminds me of Friends‘ Ross at times, but better looking. Since I haven’t watched any show at all since Three Rivers was canceled, I think I’ll catch the 2-hour season premiere of season 3 this Sunday 8pm/CT on NBC.
    Just check out the guest stars line up (from CinemaBlend): Angie Harmon (NBC’s Law & Order), who will play Sydney, an enemy operative; Brandon Routh (Superman Returns), who is set to play CIA Agent Daniel Shaw; Robert Patrick (Terminator 2: Judgment Day) will play Colonel Keller, a soldier and spy from Casey’s past; Kristin Kreuk (Smallville), who will portray Hannah — a potential love interest for Chuck; Armand Assante (Judge Dredd) as dictator Premier Goya, who is the target of an assassin; Steve Austin (WWE Smackdown!) will portray Hugo Panzer, who becomes entangled in Chuck’s first solo mission; and Vinnie Jones (Snatch) will play Carl Stromberg, an arms dealer. WOW, impressive lineup indeed. I quite like Brandon as Supes, interesting that Kristin who plays Lana in Smallville also guest stars. I’ll definitely be on the couch with popcorn come Sunday nite!
    Btw, all you James Bond geeks out there, does the CHUCK series dvd cover remind you of something? Take a peek if you’re so inclined.