best tv of 2014

best tv of 2014

Posted January 22, 2015

This is perhaps the longest into a new year I’ve waited to post my tv list. The problem was, is, whatever, that I’m not excited about it. Which is more about the tv shows than about the list itself (we all know I think lists are fun). I sorted through my hulu favorites, as I do each year, and couldn’t convince myself there were 10 shows that good in 2014. And I don’t know if this is a reflection of the state of tv shows or the fact that I’m watching fewer shows so, statistically it’s going to be more […]

Benedict Cumberbatch Amid Awards Season Crush

Benedict Cumberbatch Amid Awards Season Crush

Posted December 24, 2014

Benedict Cumberbatch is concerned that the world might be growing tired of him. Though the actor, who shot to fame as the titular character on the BBC series Sherlock, has long had a rabid and vocal fanbase, he is rapidly emerging as a leading man. His star turn in last year’s The Fifth Estate badly stumbled, but he more than compensated with wildly different roles in August: Osage County and 12 Years a Slave. And now he’s tipped for his first Oscar nomination, playing World War II codebreaker Alan Turing in the just-released drama The Imitation Game. Cumberbatch, making a […]

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

Posted December 20, 2014

I went into this film with an open mind. No, that’s a lie. I did go into it wanting to be proved wrong; hoping Peter Jackson would impress me with how he pulled it all off. Didn’t work out so well. The story ends before the title card! I’m sorry that’s kind of a spoiler, but really if it happens BEFORE THE TITLE CARD OF THE FILM can it really be considered a spoiler? If so, then I apologize. I was admittedly rolling my eyes a few times rather liberally after that start. Because my trust in this film was […]

Chris Hemsworth Sexiest Man Alive

Posted December 19, 2014

How did you react when you found out you were this year’s Sexiest Man Alive? “I found it pretty funny. My wife did too. I think you’ve bought me a couple of weeks of bragging rights around the house. I can just say to her, ‘Now, remember, this is what the people think, so I don’t need to do the dishes anymore-I’m above that. I’ve made it now.”‘ [Laughs] Your mother taught English, and your dad was a social services counselor in Melbourne who also worked on a station in the Australian outback. What were you like growing up there? […]

100 hot guys – 2014

100 hot guys – 2014

Posted December 10, 2014

So, I didn’t quite manage a wildly interesting post between the hottest movie guys and the hottest tv guys of the year. But, you’re not really complaining about a flood of hot guys, are you? Yeah, didn’t think so. Therefore, I present to you my annual adaptation of Buddy TV’s annual list of TVs 100 sexiest men. With commentary. And better pictures. And fewer advertisements. But also fewer men, so, you know, pick your poison. I do have to give them credit, though. They did a great job of mixing it up with some new faces from new tv shows. […]

Johnny Depp – The Anti-Leading Man

Posted December 3, 2014

Hollywood Mavericks – The Anti-Leading Man Johnny Depp, 51 At 51, the only thing Depp expects is to challenge convention and himself. The coming year will remind us all of his artistic range and the power of thinking outside the box office. “As Marlon once so beautifully f**ing said to me, life is a birdsong. That’s stuck with me.” Like his friend, mentor, and fellow outsider Brando, Johnny Depp is poetic about the listen-closely-or-you’ll-miss-it, crushingly beautiful, ephemeral nature of existence — and also a little punk. “For everybody, the clock’s ticking. The main thing is whether you sit there and […]

Angelina Jolie: Woman of the Year

Posted December 1, 2014

She’s a newlywed mother of six, a superstar with little trace of the diva, a woman who bears witness to the terrible things people do even as she continues to celebrate the human spirit. Whether advocating for refugees or directing the forthcoming World War II survival epic, Unbroken, Angelina Jolie lets Janine Di Giovanni accompany her around the globe, discussing kids, marriage, war, and the hero she just lost. Sydney, Australia – December 2013 On an early-summer day on Cock­atoo Island, a slender woman in a sun hat stands on a dusty film set. With one hand shielding her eyes, […]

Angelina Jolie on the Emotional Journey of Unbroken

Posted November 18, 2014

Angelina Jolie’s penetrating eyes are filling with tears. “I don’t want to cry, and I’m not going to cry in front of you,” she vows, quickly regaining her composure. The actress-filmmaker is choked up over the recent death of Louis Zamperini — a man who meant a great deal to her, and is the subject of her most significant directorial effort yet, Unbroken. Zamperini, a former Olympic runner, was on a World War II search-and-rescue mission when his plane went down in the Pacific. He was lost at sea for 47 days before being sent to a Japanese prison camp. […]

Interstellar

Interstellar

Posted November 9, 2014

Christopher Nolan… I don’t even know where to begin. Which is, I guess, a good thing. His movies are not simple. They’re never straight forward and easy to analyze. I like that about them. But it also means there is no clear cut – this was a good movie or I didn’t like that movie. They are certainly never an easy thing to review. There’s always all these layers in Nolan films of the things that worked and didn’t work and sometimes both liking something and not liking it at the same time. It’s all very complicated. In some places […]

Both Huntress and Prey

Posted November 1, 2014

As the third of the wildly popular Hunger Games movies hits theaters, Jennifer Lawrence has been dealing with the dark side of fame: a far more shocking invasion than the usual paparazzi onslaught. Talking for the first time about having her intimate private photos hacked—and splashed across the Web—the 24-year-old star tells Sam Kashner about her fear, her anger, and the call to her dad. You wait for movie stars, but if it’s Jennifer Lawrence you don’t mind. It’s like waiting for a comet to come hurtling into view. She was due to arrive by the pool on the roof […]