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bigred760 posted a BLOG item over 5 years ago

An Ode to Gary Oldman

Gary Oldman has always been an actor I've admired. I don't think I'd call him my favorite actor, but he's definitely an actor I've always enjoyed watching onscreen. I'd even go so far as to call him one of the most underrated actors of this generation, if not all time . . . until recently. The thing is that Gary Oldman had always been more recognizable for playing villains - having played several memorable ones in Bram Stoker's Dracula, True Romance, Leon, The Fifth Element, and Air Force One in a span of five years. Throw in Lost in Space and Hannibal and he was pretty much typecast as an actor who turned in great villainous performances.

I think by the end of the 90s, Oldman got tired of playing the bad guy. I don't remember where, but I remember hearing or reading that Oldman wanted to get away from the villainous roles and get into different characters that weren't the heavy. After reading that, I had a difficult time imagining Oldman doing something like a comedy or action movie as the good guy. I just couldn't picture Oldman doing anything else.

Looking at his filmography on, he wasn't kidding. His foray into "something else" wasn't even in a movie. He did a two episode arc on "Friends" - playing an actor co-starring in a movie with Joey. And he was great in those episodes, particularly the one where he shows up on the movie set drunk, holding up Joey.

He then took on the role that was perfect for him, considering what had been going on with his career. He was cast as the (evidently) misunderstood Sirius Black in the Harry Potter series. The character is at first thought to be a villain, but turned out he was framed for a crime he didn't commit. For the rest of the series, he's Harry Potter's godfather, friend, and mentor.

And then there's The Dark Knight trilogy. I said before that it was difficult for me to imagine Oldman playing any other role than a villainous one. Well, it's now hard to imagine anyone else playing the role of Jim Gordon (sorry Pat Hingle). The character of Jim Gordon went from Lieutenant to Commissioner over the course of the films (and Sargent too, I believe, in the first scene we see him in when he meets the young Bruce Wayne in Batman Begins), but we always see him as a true ally to Batman, as he truly understands what the hero is trying to accomplish. Gary Oldman plays the role perfectly in we see him in action sequences, emotional scenes, and was even able to add some humor to some scenes ("I gotta get me one of those.").

It's admirable that Oldman was able to change his career path from that of playing mostly villains to being a mentor or ally in two of the biggest movie franchises ever. It shouldn't come as a surprise since . . . if you think about it - none of the villainous roles he played were similar. Hell, I don't think any of them even had the same accent. And on top of being a big part of two huge franchises, he also got his first ever Academy Award nomination for playing . . . a good guy in Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy. Now audiences know who he is, now more than ever. He hasn't sworn off villains entirely - having played the heavy in recent films like Book of Eli. Gary Oldman can do anything as far as acting is concerned. Here's to an awesome actor who's finally getting the respect a talented actor such as he is deserves.

Mood: Chillin'

OldKingClancy at 12:33 PM Sep 20

It still shocks me that Tinker Tailor was his first Oscar Nomination. Dude should have about thirty of them.

JohnLocke2342 at 02:48 PM Sep 20

We bow to you, Gary Oldman

WalkAway at 05:16 PM Sep 20

bigred760 posted a BLOG item about 6 years ago

A ten year schmoe

Today marks the 10th anniversary of becoming the schmoe known as bigred760. I’m not much of a blogger, or writer of any kind for that matter, but I’m a sucker for milestones and I have to say for me to stick around something for that long is quite an accomplishment. Most of the credit goes to, its creator and the staff that runs it day in and day out because the site is just so damn fun to be a part of. When I joined ten years ago, was simply movie news, its sister site “Arrow in the Head,” and the discussion boards. I didn’t do much discussing on the boards to begin with, but over the next few months to a year, I participated more and more in the discussion boards. Today, the site is something of a movie internet empire: a social network site in (and that was originally, the Digital Dorm, the Poster Palace, Joblo videos, and of course, Movie Hotties. Naturally, the original website and Arrow in the Head are still around, though they’ve changed considerably in the last decade. I think I can remember four layouts since I’ve been a schmoe. My favorite “update” to the empire is definitely MovieFanCentral; with the status updates, pictures, friends and fanbox . . . hell there’s even a chat room – there’s little that a movie fan can’t enjoy (hence the name). There’s always something interesting going on there.

I’ve been a movie geek for over ten years, but I think has only fueled my love for movies. It’s been a long time since I’ve gone to another movie news website other than I enjoy reading the movie news, the Ten Spot, the reviews (though I do wish Joblo himself would return to reviewing movies), the weekend box office updates, and participating in all the polls. There have been several other schmoes on the website that have made the discussion boards and MovieFanCentral fun as well. There are few people I know personally that are as interested in movies as I am, but in the discussion boards – there are plenty. I’ve had several discussions and debates on the boards over the last 10 years and they have been spirited, interesting, and thought-provoking.

In the last ten years, I have changed jobs (but not careers), moved to another state, become an uncle . . . twice, been to the desert in the Middle East, the Amazon jungle, and the Caribbean, and fell in love and got married. Movies have been a big part of the last ten years and has been a big part of my continuing to love movies. I know I'm not the oldest schmoe, but I'm glad to have been around to learn about upcoming movies, read and discuss others' thoughts on movies, and to basically have fun when it comes to movies. So here’s to, here’s to my fellow schmoes, and here’s to another 10 years of being a schmoe.

Mood: Surprised

WalkAway at 08:21 PM Dec 16


Derek237 at 10:54 PM Dec 16

Absolutely man! Great site and I'm also happy to have been a schmoe for so long. Congrats.

razgriz21 at 05:05 AM Dec 17

Quite the history lesson. Many congratulations.

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bigred760 posted a BLOG item about 8 years ago

bigred760's Top Movies of the 2000s

1. Memento (2000) - This movie still blows me away every time I see it. It is just so expertly made and crafted, excellently acted and directed, and is just a perfectly made movie.

2. Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring (2001)- While I refuse to lump the trilogy as one movie mainly because I think the first installment is the best of the three. The story, the direction, the special effects, the action, the characters . . . everything about it is fantasy perfection. The trilogy starts off with one hell of a bang.

3. The Last Samurai (2003) - This movie hit home mainly because I love samurai flicks. I enjoyed the story, the characters, LOVED the action, and I enjoyed a lot of the subthemes the movie offered.

4. The Dark Knight (2008) - Yes, this movie blew me away as well. From the darkness of the entire movie, to the symbolism, to the great direction and cinematography, and of course the great performances - lead by Heath Ledger's great turn as the Joker.

5. The Incredibles (2004) - This movie was just so much fun to sit through and watch . . . every second. The story was excellently crafted, the action great, the humor hilarious, and the CGI and action sequences were fantastic. One of Pixar's best.

6. King Kong (2005) - This fantasy flick had everything: a great story with great direction, great action and special effects, interesting characters, but the movie also had heart and I think that's what separates this from most others in the genre.

7. No Country for Old Men (2007) - Yet another movie that's filled with deep symbolism, great acting and directing, and hidden themes that take some thinking and discussing to get to and understand. Movie also delivers plenty of suspense and some great quotes.

8. Sin City - (2005) - The movie is just so visually stunning that it's hard not to admire it. The stories are engaging, the characters are worth following, and the movie's style makes the movie worth watching alone.

9. Kill Bill: Vol. I (2003) - Tarantino knows how to direct with style, and this movie has a lot of it. Its story is engaging, the action intense and stylistic, and leaves you wanting more with Vol. II.

10. City of God (2002) - This movie is defined by its story above anything else, and what a hell of a story: follows gangs in 1970s Rio de Janeiro. The movie also has great characters, breathtaking scenery and cinematography, and is simply entertaining as hell to watch.

Mood: Chillin'

BakeTheMooCow at 04:49 PM Dec 30

I'd love to see a list of your WORST films of the decade because I've never seen you actually bash a film.

bigred760 at 06:55 PM Dec 30

True. While there were a few movies I didn't like, I usually try to enjoy all the movies I watch (usually because I'm paying to see them, might as well try to get something out of it).

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Jack The Narrator at 09:17 PM Dec 31

With the exception of CITY OF GOD, I love your list.

bigred760 posted a BLOG item almost 9 years ago

Sometimes I just can't help myself

It's amazing. I have to stop getting my oil changes at Wal-Mart. Because when I go, instead of waiting in the waiting room, I look around the store - passes the time more easily. Of course, I head to the electronic section first. Browse the LCDs, the Blu-rays . . . since I'm planning on buying these soon for the pad. And of course, I browse the DVDs. Wally World has all sorts of bins: the $5 bin, the $7.50 bin, and probably because of the economy the now have a $4 bin; they also have stands with different priced DVDs. It is here that I see what I vowed I wouldn't buy: a DVD I wanted to buy. Thunderball . . . one of my favorite Bond movies and one that I didn't own at the moment. It was a two disc special edition, great cover, and $9. I scooped it up. I was doing so well too with not buying DVDs since I planned on picking up a blu-ray soon. But I just wanted it.

Like I said, I have to stop going to Wal-Mart to get my oil change.

Mood: Neutral

bigred760 posted a BLOG item about 9 years ago

2008 BIGRED Awards

Best Movie Title

Worst Movie Title
Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull

Most Polite Movie Title
Get Smart

Rudest Movie Title
Forgetting Sarah Marshall
(it was kind of funny how many there were to choose from)

Best Hair
Anne Hathaway - Get Smart

Worst Hair
Will Smith - Seven Pounds

Best Foreign Accent
Daniel Craig - Defiance

Worst "Other" Accent
RockNRolla cast; most weren't that bad, but some were.

Best Sequel
The Dark Knight

Worst Sequel
Saw V

Best Sex Scene
Sam Rockwell's numerous excursions in Choke

Best Chase Scene
Batman chasing the Joker chasing Harvey Dent in The Dark Knight

Best Non-human Character

Best Overall 2008 Resume
Robert Downey, Jr. in Iron Man and Tropic Thunder

Mood: Neutral

bigred760 posted a BLOG item about 9 years ago

BIGRED760's Top 10 of 2008

Okay, here is my favorite flicks of 2008. I've yet to see a few flicks that could crack the list, like The Wrestler, but all in all, I think I've seen what I want to see out of the last year. Some honorable mentions to start off with: Defiance, Religulous, Get Smart, Milk.

10. Choke - Probably the most underrated movie of the year. Sam Rockwell delivers a great performance about a sex addicted con artist, who's dealing with several things other than his addiction . . . his mother's failing mental health most of all.

9. Gran Torino - Clint Eastwood is the freakin' man. No other way to put it. He does a great job directing the flick, but it's his onscreen presence that drives this movie and makes you continue to watch it.

8. The Bank Job - It's an underrated caper flick with plenty of suspense and intrigue to go around. Jason Statham leads the cast, but it's the true story of a bank heist that is more than the thieves bargained for that keeps the movie interesting.

7. Iron Man - The mixture of great special effects, Jon Favreau behind the camera, and Robert Downey, Jr. in front of it made this movie a blast to watch.

6. Quantum of Solace - No surprise here since I'm a huge Bond nut. Casino Royale was my favorite flick of 2006, and its sequel wasn't as good, but still a fun ride that continued Bond's rebirth.

5. Slumdog Millionaire - Storytelling at its finest, Danny Boyle brilliantly directs the movie about a "slumdog" winning on India's version of "Who Wants to Be a Millionare," using flashbacks and the streets of Mumbai excellently.

4. In Bruges - This dark comedy about two hitmen hiding out in Bruges kept interested from start to finish with it's humor, story, and especially its two leads: Colin Farrell and Brendan Gleeson.

3. The Curious Case of Benjamin Button - The engaging story of a man who ages backwards has so much going for it: great performances, a great story, deep symbolism, great directing and a lot more.

2. Wall-E - The simple story of a trash compacting robot following his love wherever she goes. The animation, simple story, and of course the lead character just drew in to the movie and I didn't want to stop watching until the end.

1. The Dark Knight - The comic book movie went dark with Chris Nolan's tale of Batman vs. the Joker. There were great performances by the entire cast, with Heath Ledger obviously stealing ever scene. Everthing is top notch from the action, story, characters, cinematography, and directing . . . with nothing, save for Ledger's performance, outdoing the other.

Mood: Neutral

bigred760 posted a BLOG item about 9 years ago

Here's hoping 2009 is better than 2008!

First of all, Happy New Year to everybody!! Hope everybody was partying while I was asleep because I had to work New Year's Day! :D

Even though I haven't caught all of 2008's movies that I want to, I doubt the movies I've yet to watch will help. 2008 was not a good year in movies. Yes, there was The Dark Knight and a few other really fun flicks to sit through, but it failed in comparison to 2007. There are a lot of 2009 movies I'm looking forward to, even though the The Watchmen legal trouble has me a bit worried. I'm not complaining too much about the year in movies that was 2008, it just wasn't nearly as good as the previous year.

So here's to a prosperous 2009!!

Mood: Neutral

Tweek at 12:00 AM Jan 03

I'm going to have to agree. A bit on the weak side.


bigred760 posted a BLOG item about 9 years ago

It's amazing how Christmas movies never get old

I never get tired of Christmas movies. I've already watched Home Alone, The Santa Clause, A Christmas Story, and parts of some others and I already want to see them again. Maybe it's because I only see them this time of year, maybe it's because of nostalgic reasons, maybe it's because I'm a sucker for feel good Christmas movies. I don't care . . . I look forward to seeing those again, and others for the first time this season.

Happy Holidays everybody!!!

Mood: Neutral

bigred760 posted a BLOG item about 9 years ago

Such a movie geek

I've got some prescription pills that I'm carrying around in a prescription bottle. I have to take a few a day and when I take the bottle out, before I pop the top open and take out the pill, I shake the bottle next to my ear to hear the pills rattling around inside . . . just like Gary Oldman in The Professional.

I feel like I'm going to miss doing that when I run out. :D

Mood: Neutral

Tweek at 12:00 AM Nov 21

Yeah? Well, I'm a geek cliche, what with my asthma.

Your move, Sir.

bigred760 posted a BLOG item over 9 years ago

As a movie geek . . . I'm loving sequels

The recent trend in bringing back old franchises like Die Hard, Indiana Jones, Rocky and Rambo might annoy some people, but I'm loving it. It's given me the perfect excuse to go back and watch the movies that made the franchise famous to begin with. I'm not the biggest fan of Rocky or Rambo, so I don't have any of the DVDs in my collection or watched the originals (though I did watch the latest installments and enjoyed both). But I am a big fan of Die Hard and Indiana Jones and had a blast watching the Die Hards before Live Free or Die Hard, and am currently enjoying catching up on the Indiana Jones movies. For starters, I found out I still know a lot of them by heart. Some people may not like the idea of sequels, I myself am enjoying revisiting the originals. Can't wait for The Dark Knight, so I can have an excuse to watch Batman Begins.

Mood: Neutral

bigred760 posted a BLOG item almost 10 years ago

This year sucks so far . . . movie-wise

It's the middle of April . . . I've only seen one movie this month so far - that being Leatherheads (not bad - 7/10). There's just not that much out there that looks remotely good; nothing that instills in me a desire to go to the movies. I've seen a handful of flicks this year, but nothing mind-blowing. I am looking forward to this summer with Iron Man and Indy IV coming out next month, so there's still a lot to look forward too. But up until now . . . it's been slim pickings.

Mood: Neutral

klinteastwood at 01:00 AM Apr 14

i agree, i think the last movie i saw was cloverfield

Tweek at 01:00 AM May 07

Eh... The last movie I saw in the theater was Vantage Point. There's nothing I'm really anxious to see until summer gets into "full-swing".

bigred760 posted a BLOG item almost 10 years ago

The movie gene

Everyone in my family enjoys movies to some degree, but I think all of us can agree that I'm the only "movie geek" in the family. I own more DVDs, know more about movies than any of the rest of them.

Now, I am not married nor do I have any kids, but I'm thinking that my nephew might be movie geek #2, or he soon will be. I got off the phone with my sister not too long ago and she related that while on a family trip to Sam's Club (kind of like a Wal-Mart for those of you not-in-the-know) and The Incredibles was playing on several of the TVs. My nephew was MESMERIZED; he did not want to move from that spot. After several attempts to get him to leave the electronics area, my sister and her husband decided that it would be best for one of them to stay with him and watch the movie, while the other continued shopping.

My nephew's birthday is in two weeks; I already know what to give him. :D

Mood: Neutral

Tweek at 12:00 AM Mar 12

The Incredibles rules... Of course the kid was mesmerized! How old is the lad?

bigred760 posted a BLOG item almost 10 years ago

Go on with The Dark Knight marketing campaign

I've read that the sudden and tragic death of Heath Ledger has brought doubts and questions as to the (up til now) impressive marketing campaign of The Dark Knight. The marketing has mostly dealt with Ledger's character of the the Joker, the trailer being a perfect example where the villain is center stage. Now that the actor who will play the famous and infamous movie villain has passed, Warner Bros. might tweak or change their marketing for the sequel.

Please don't. I don't think that his death and his portrayal of the Joker have anything to do with each other. Ledger's performance as the Joker will make him a superstar, and I'm predicting will lead to an Oscar nomination (predicted it before his death). Unfortunately now, Ledger will not see the fruits of his labors, but that doesn't mean anything should change in the movie or the marketing leading up to it. The campaign has been brilliant thus far and should lead to a promising return for Warner Bros. and the Batman franchise. Heath Ledger will have a lot to do with that.

(It's to be noted that I was one of the biggest doubters as to Ledger's casting. The 180 degree turnaround was completed with the release of the trailer.)

Mood: Neutral

bigred760 posted a BLOG item about 10 years ago

2007 Bigred Awards

Best Movie Title
Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford
-kinda says it all right there, doesn't it?

Worst Movie Title
-it's not bad, it's . . .

Most Polite Movie Title
Talk to Me

Rudest Movie Title
Shoot 'Em Up

Best Hair
Amy Adams - Enchanted/Charlie Wilson's War - I'm biased on this point

Worst Hair
Timothy Olyphant - Hitman - he doesn't have any

Best Foreign Accent
Viggo Mortensen - Eastern Promises

Worst "Other" Accent
Julia Roberts - Charlie Wilson's War, she just can't do Southern

Best Sequel
Bourne Ultimatum

Worst Sequel
Rush Hour 3

Best Sex Scene
Gerard Butler and Lena Heady - 300

Best Chase Scene
Bourne chasing assassin chasing Nicky - Bourne Ultimatum

Best Non-Human Character
Optimus Prime - Transformers

Best Overall 2007 Resume
Josh Brolin - Grindhouse, American Gangster, No Country for Old Men

Mood: Neutral

chasingbanky at 12:00 AM Jan 05

Amy Adams indeed sir.

bigred760 posted a BLOG item about 10 years ago

BIGRED's Top 10 of 2007

While I have yet to see There Will Be Blood, I have compiled my favorite movies of 2007. Before we get to the faves, here are some honorable mentions: Mr. Brooks, Sweeney Todd, Knocked Up, Sunshine, Juno, Charlie Wilson's War, and Ocean's Thirteen.

10. Transformers - A great popcorn movie that delivers in action, comedy, special effects, and most importantly fun. It's your usual over-the-top Michael Bay action flick, but it works with the material of transforming robots.

9. 3:10 to Yuma - A western that lives up to the old tradition that finds good guy farmer Christian Bales facing off against notorious gunslinger Russell Crowe, as he escorts the bad guy to a train depot to take him to jail. There are some great and shocking death scenes, exciting gunfights, and this movie is one that makes the genre proud.

8. Superbad - Judd Apatow delivers another hilarious comedy that follows three nerds trying to buy booze for a party so that they can impress some hot girls. The adventures these guys go through are hysterical, and dialogue and banter in the movie are some of the funniest you'll see in a teen comedy.

7. Grindhouse - Tarantino and Rodriguez deliver a movie geek's dream; two fun horribly bad b-movies that paid homage to their younger days of watching bad movies. It's a simple fun movie with the total grindhouse experience.

6. Hot Fuzz - A great spoof of action movies that has suspense, shocking moments, and plenty of gunfights. The movie stands taller than most other spoofs because most of the movie does not reference action movies specifically, but the overall idea of action movies. It is laugh out loud hilarious.

5. The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford - A movie that strays from the traditional western, but is a beautiful one nonetheless. Brad Pitt is great as the infamous gunslinger, and Casey Affleck portrays Ford as an idolizing creepy young man perfectly. The movie has some beautifully shot scenes that enhance the movie's grandeur.

4. The Bourne Ultimatum - the trilogy comes to a close with an awesome continuous blend of action, suspense, and character. Matt Damon continues to rock as Jason Bourne as he continues to give the CIA fits. The movie is a nonstop fun action ride.

3. American Gangster - three names: Denzel Washington, Russell Crowe, and Ridley Scott. Together the three superstars made a great cops vs. robbers crime saga. The performances are great, the movie is directed expertly, and it's just what you would expect from these three.

2. 300 - A highly stylized action epic that combines awesome fight sequences, cool ass cinematography, not to mention making a star out of Gerard Butler. Hell, I watch the trailer for this movie I want to hit somebody in the face.

1. No Country for Old Men - This movie has a perfect mixture of character, great performances, story, direction, cinematography, and just about everything. Tommy Lee Jones, Javier Bardem, and Josh Brolin carry a movie about a Texas man running from a psycho killer and a sheriff with stolen drug money, with Bardem stealing the show in every scene he's in. The movie has some great symbolism, suspense, and leaves you wanting to watch the again to catch whatever you might have missed.

Here's to a great 2008!!!

Mood: Neutral

chasingbanky at 12:00 AM Jan 05

That's an awesome top 10... Mine would be a little bit different but we both have No Country as number 1 which is the real point. Fucking love that movie.

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