Guns and Golden Globes

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Since there were two shootings at movie theatres in the San Diego area this weekend, I thought that’s what I was going to be blogging about. Well, it turns out the one in San Marcos was just a gang related scuffle in the parking lot. When a gun was fired in the parking lot, the bullet broke the glass at the theatre.

It’s strange, because I’ve seen thousands of movies over the years, and I always remember every detail about the movies and the theatre I went to. The last time two times I saw movies at that San Marcos Edwards, it was a Saturday afternoon of Quentin Tarantino’s Grind House (which was okay), and a press screening of Cloverfield; it was okay, if you don’t mind the shaky-cam/found footage type of film.

The next day, this last Saturday, there was a shooting at the Reading Cinema on Carmel Mountain Road. I’ve been to that theatre many times, as I love how manager Jennifer Deering runs things at the Reading’s.

That shooting involved a domestic dispute across the street. A guy left a suicide note, and then approached his girlfriend, who was eating lunch in her car. As he attacked her, others jumped in to help. He pulled out a gun and eventually ran over to the theatre. He bought a ticket, hoping to go in and blend with the crowd. It worked, until the cops showed up in the parking lot, checking cars and asking around. Two women leaving a movie described the man that sat near them. The cops went in, and he raised his hands when told to do so. It wasn’t until he reached onto his lap, not for the popcorn but for the pistol. He was shot.

So as you can see, neither of these were copy-cat crimes. It’s safe to say, going to a movie is just as safe as any event that has a big crowd.

Now, on to the fun stuff.

The 70th Annual Golden Globes (no, I’m not referring to what Sofia Vergara looked like in her dress).

The nominees and winners are picked by 85 writers outside the U.S. And instead of doing a detailed list on who won and for what, I’m just going to stick to the movie categories (they also cover TV), and I’m going to just write whatever I remember from watching it four hours ago.

First, I was thrilled that Tina Fey and Amy Poehler were funny. They had a great line about Ricky Gervais ticking off people of Hollywood, yet they seemed to do about as much of it as he did. So did some of the presenters and winners.

When Jennifer Lawrence won for Silver Linings Playbook, she said “I beat Meryl!”

She then gave a sweet speech. I liked her line, thanking Harvey Weinstein for killing whoever he had to get her up there.

Tina and Amy said Streep couldn’t be there because she had the flu. They then joked, “And she was amazing in the flu.”

When Anne Hathaway won (she did sound amazing in Les Miserables, even if I didn’t like the rest of the film), she gave a wonderfully warm and moving mention of Sally Field (Lincoln). She mentioned the various movies she grew up watching her in.

Ben Affleck won his second directing award for Argo. It again makes us wonder why he was left off the ballot for the Oscars. It had to be a thrilling night for him, as Argo also grabbed the award for Best Drama.

Affleck played Tony Mendes in the movie, and we got to see the real Mendes on stage with John Goodman (who looked twice his size, and like he was about to eat him). It’s a shame Goodman didn’t move him closer to the microphone so we could hear him.

It also would’ve been nice with, all the mentions of this “American hero,” that we also hear about the Canadian ambassador that risked his life to house these guys (that would be Ken Taylor).

Quentin Tarantino won an award for Django Unchained. His speech was almost as long as that movie! You don’t dare turn the music up on him, though. You’ve seen what he does to mean people in his films.

I found out later he said the “n word” backstage, so he’ll probably get in trouble with Spike Lee again for that.

Christoph Waltz, who deserved to win for his character in Django, had a great speech thanking Tarantino. You may remember, his Nazi in Inglourious won him the Golden Globe AND Oscar that year. He took a line from the movie, where he’s telling rescued slaves which direction to go by pointing out the North Star. He pointed at Tarantino and said “There it is.”

I loved when Tina Fey said that “…Tarantino was the guy in my sex nightmares!” Ouch.

He was shown in the crowd laughing, which is more than you can say for Tommy Lee Jones.

When Will Ferrell and Kristen Wiig did a bit about how the media members suggested they watch the movies they were presenting, so they’d have a better appreciation for them – they did a bit where they talked about each actor/movie, making it obvious they didn’t see them and were making it up as they went. It was a funny bit for the first few movies (even if it’s a bit like a character Wiig used to do on SNL), but it got old quick.

When they mispronounced Meryl Streep’s name and the premise of Hope Springs, the camera was on Jones. Everyone was laughing at his table. He wasn’t.

I’d love to tell him that that expression was the same one I had on my face the entire time I was watching Hope Springs.

I was rooting for the score of The Life of Pi to win. It did. I usually don’t pay attention to scores, because it should blend in with the movie and not be noticable. I just remember really liking how it was done.

I was happy to see Amour win for best Foreign Film. It will win it in the Oscars, too. Mark your ballots now.

I’m not sure if Stallone and Arnold doing the same jokes about how hard it is to understand them was funny, but it was a great coincidence that the filmmaker of Amour is from Austria. He even mentioned in his speech how odd it was to win an American award, being handed to him by another Austrian.

So many of my colleagues at Fox 5 San Diego liked Les Miserables. I didn’t. After Jackman and Hathaway won, I figured Les Mis would win for Best Musical or Comedy Picture. Well, I did find the singing of Russell Crowe to be rather comical. And that was joked about by Sasha Baron Cohen (Borat). He said the singing lessons for Crowe didn’t pay off. He looked at Daniel Day-Lewis and said something about how “anybody can grow a beard.”

I’m guessing everyone was shocked to see Bill Clinton present the clip for Lincoln. That was a great score for the Globes.

I was thrilled Helen Hunt got a nomination for The Sessions, but I figured she wouldn’t win. At least her co-star John Hawkes got one for this, since he was snubbed by the Oscars. I was excited to see Jessica Chastain win. I had just read a story about how long it took her to make it in acting, and she’s done so many great performances over the last few years. She was nervous and thrilled, and it was great listening to her acceptance speech.

Tina Fey and Amy Poehler did a gag where they came out asking like they were tipsy. It would’ve been funnier if that joke hadn’t been done in years past; or if Aziz Ansari hadn’t done a better bit earlier where Jason Bateman carried him out. He claimed to be stoned off the marijuana laced biscuits the cast of Downton Abbey had backstage.

When they pointed to Glenn Close in the audience, and mentioned her being drunk – it was easily the worst acting performance of her career. She started shaking back and forth with a weird facial expression, to which Fey said “I don’t think she’s drunk. I think she needs a medic.”

One of the weirder moments came when Jodi Foster was awarded the Cecil B. DeMille Award. Robert Downey Jr. gave a funny introduction to a clip showing her long career. When she got up there, it was a rambling, bizarre speech. Some moments were interesting. Some sad (when she mentions her mom, who has dementia). Others things she said were just hard to figure out. She hinted to the fact that she’s a lesbian. A portion of what she said was edited out. She talked about how she’s single, and values her privacy…and went on a long rant about how she shouldn’t have to come out and it’s nobodies business. Foster also went on a bizarre little tirade that sounded like she was retiring from making movies (she later clarified backstage that wasn’t what she meant, and she will continue to act).

Perhaps the weirdest thing was that she had Mel Gibson at her table. She has been a big defender of Gibson, and I really can’t figure that out. I understand they made a few movies together (stay away from The Beaver; it was dreadful). It seems that once he’s been shown to be abusive to women and an anti-Semite – she would distance herself from him. Nope. There he was smiling and having a great time.

I wonder if he’d still be at her table if all those angry rants we’ve heard from him over the years were about gays and lesbians.

Something for her to think about.



Ben Affleck directing Argo. He’s winning awards everywhere but the Oscars.


  • Benjy

    Great comment about Jodie and Mel. Jodie Foster is a brave, wonderful talent and deserves her recognition at the Golden Globes tonight. Loved her in almost everything she's done. Mel Gibson, though, is an unforgiving anti-Semite and always will be. He's a horrible human being and it tarnished my positive thoughts about Jodie.

  • joshboardfox5

    Jodie is an amazing talent, Benjy. For her, at such a young age, to be amazing in Taxi Driver. And to have this amazing career, and decide to go (and graduate) from Yale. And even as a director, she may have had a misstep or two, but I loved Home for the Holidays. She's one very talented woman, but her and Whoopi Goldberg keep defending Gibson. Just because he is friends with them. Yet I'm sure Whoopi wouldn't have stayed friends with him if these were always rants using the n word. People have to learn how to dislike their friends, or at least pull them aside and say "You're a nutjob. Get help."

    Oh, another thing I learned while watching the Golden Globes — Sofia Veragara loves her Diet Pepsi.

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