71st Golden Globes

The 71st Golden Globes was on this past Sunday.  Here are some of my thoughts on the show…

1) I was a little shocked by all the awards “American Hustle” won.  Like I said in my review of the film, I didn’t dislike it, but I didn’t think it was great enough to win an award for Best Picture. I am a fan of Jennifer Lawrence, but I will admit, I was shocked when she won the award for Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture.

2) I am so happy Jared Leto won for Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture.  He more than deserved it.  His performance in “Dallas Buyers Club” was amazing.

3) I am so glad Bryan Cranston won for Best Actor in a TV Series, Drama.  Same goes for Breaking Bad‘s win for Best TV Series, Drama.  Bryan Cranston was incredible as Walter White, and Breaking Bad was a great series.

4) I couldn’t help but be shocked by both of Brooklyn Nine-Nine‘s wins.  By the reactions of the cast and crew, I think they shared the same sense of shock.  Good for the underdog, though.

5) Most Awkward Award Speech goes to Jacqueline Bisset, hands down.

6) My picks for Worst Dressed: Drew Barrymore, Julia Roberts, Jennifer Lawrence, Caitlin FitzGerald, Jacqueline Bisset, Paula Patton, Melissa McCarthy.

7) My picks for Best Dressed: Elisabeth Moss, Sandra Bullock, Amy Adams, Zooey Deschanel, Margot Robbie, Naomi Watts.

8) Bono needs to stop wearing sunglasses everywhere he goes.

9) Why were Usher and P. Diddy there?

10) Tina Fey and Amy Poehler did a great job hosting.  There is no need for 20-minute musical numbers during a 3-hour award show.  They had the right amount of jokes, I thought.

11) I’m glad “The Great Beauty” won for Best Foreign Language Film.  It was the only film I’ve seen from the category, but it’s definitely worth watching.  A little long, but a cool film.

What did you guys think about the Golden Globes this year?  Anyone you wanted to win who didn’t?  Any films you were surprised won?  Let me know your thoughts!

Have a great Tuesday.

-FJ

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Review: American Hustle

FJ Rating: Renter

Cast: Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, Jeremy Renner, Louis C.K.

Director: David O. Russell

R, 2 hr 9 min

American Hustle” tells the story of con man Irving Rosenfeld (Christian Bale), who finds himself caught between his unpredictable wife, Rosalyn (Jennifer Lawrence), and his mistress/charming partner Sydney Prosser (Amy Adams). After being caught by FBI agent Richie DiMaso (Bradley Cooper), the two are forced to work together with the FBI to help take down some of Jersey’s most powerful political figures, one being the mayor of Camden, New Jersey (Jeremy Renner).

I didn’t dislike “American Hustle,” but I didn’t leave the theatre ranting and raving about the film either.  If I’m being honest, I thought it was okay.  This may have been partly due to the fact that so many people have been putting it on such a high pedestal, that it just didn’t live up to the expectations I had for it.  The film felt slow to me at times, and I did catch myself wondering how much time was left towards the end.

As for the performances, I will start out by saying I am a big fan of Jennifer Lawrence.  So many people raved about Jennifer Lawrence’s performance in “American Hustle” and I guess I just didn’t get it.  I didn’t find anything exceptionally special about her performance in the film.  I thought she was great in “Winter’s Bone” and “Silver Linings Playbook,” and is perfect for her role as Katniss in “The Hunger Games” films, but I just wasn’t fully-satisfied this time around.  As for everyone else, I thought Christian Bale was great – the look and feel of his character was very convincing.  I thought Amy Adams was great as well – one of her more impressive roles to date.  Bradley Cooper’s performance was pretty good, and Jeremy Renner was so-so.  Overall, I thought the film was entertaining but a little too long.

Check Fandango to see where “American Hustle” is playing in your area.

Have a great weekend, FFLs!  Lots of posts to come in the next few days following my absence.

-FJ