Remember that movie, The Ides of March, with George Clooney and Ryan Gosling? Is that the last time Ryan Gosling made a decent film. (Note: I have not seen Blade Runner 2049.) Okay, I googled it and saw that he did The Big Short, so I will say that’s the last one. Anyway, let me get to the formal ramble, which is also about movies.
Ramble of the Day
I saw this tweet yesterday and figured it might make for a good ramble, so here I am rambling about it.
What is the best film from the year you were born?— Marc Uren (@uren_marc) March 13, 2018
This, of course, sent me straight to Google to look films that were released the year I was. Turns out, I have not seen a lot of the films from that very important year! I have seen a few of them, though, and now I will proceed to drop opinions.
A good thing to check in an exercise like this are which films were the awards darlings. Leaving Las Vegas, the film that Nicolas Cage won his Academy Award for, is eligible for my list, but I have not seen it. (I am an ironic Cage fan, as I imagine many others are. I watch National Treasure every time it is on television and I am not watching something else.)
Additionally, Braveheart won the Academy Award for Best Picture the year after I was born. I must admit that I really did not like Braveheart. I understand its significance, from a cultural standpoint, but I found it to be too long, and in general, Mel Gibson and I are hardly interested in the same things. (I have also realized that I have seen too many movies that have involved Mel Gibson, which is definitely not good news to me.)
Another movie I did not see was The Scarlet Letter with Demi Moore and Gary Oldman, which my tenth-grade English teacher refused to show us because she said it was that bad. She did show us Othello starring Laurence Fishburne, which also came out in the same year.
There are also several movies that I have seen, but hardly remember. A Goofy Movie was an entertaining film from what I remember, and I have less strong memories about Pocahontas, though I have some ice cream related memories (do not ask, because I can barely explain it myself). I was surprised to find out A Little Princess was directed by Alfonso Cuarón and I am suddenly interested to see it again, especially considering I barely remember it.
The Usual Suspects was a film I actually saw and enjoyed, but my vote has to go to Toy Story, which turned out to be an easy choice. What’s not to love about Toy Story?
Links of the Day
Andrés Iniesta has an offer on the table to head to China next season, though he must decide by the end of April.
Mindy Kaling may have convinced her A Wrinkle in Time co-star Oprah Winfrey to invest in Swansea.
A cat showed up at Vodafone Park as Beşiktas were hosting Bayern Munich in the Champions League yesterday.
Today’s longer read: Mark Lomas on Simon McMenemy, the title winning British coach plying his trade in Southeast Asia for the BBC