Tag Archives: Jessica Lange

Why Are The Golden Globes So Genre Blind?

Perhaps being a Sci-fi/fantasy fan I should be used to it by now, but I still get annoyed when my favourite genre shows continuously get ignored come award season. The Golden Globes 2015 have just announced their nominations and once again a number of sci-fi Tv shows and actors are snubbed.
It’s hard to believe that none of the excellent cast of Game of Thrones have been nominated for acting gongs. It has one of the best casts on television and yet no one has been recognised for their performances. Peter Dinklage is always great as Tyrion Lannister but it’s widely acknowledged that his performance in the fifth season was particularly outstanding. He should be the front-runner of the awards not cruelly snubbed.
Then there’s The Walking Dead, a consistently great show with a brilliant cast and ratings that keep getting better each year, but again no nominations for Best Drama series or for its cast. It is a clever, dark show with complicated characters, moral dilemmas and zombie gore-what more can you want from a show!
Actress Tatiana Maslany got a well deserved nomination last year for her role(s) in Orphan Black but this year -zilch. This is despite the fact she plays even more roles than before and still has the uncanny ability to make me forget that all these characters are being played by the same person. She’s amazing. But will she ever get the awards she deserves? It seems doubtful.
It seems the mainstream industry awards still see sci-fi/fantasy as something unworthy of accolades when in fact they bring us some of the best tv shows of recent years. Maybe perceptions are slowly changing. Game of Thrones is still nominated for Best Drama series and in the mini-series category American Horror Story: Freakshow got nominated alongside acting nods for Jessica Lange and Kathy Bates.
Tell me what you think. Should sci-fi/fantasy shows get more recognition from the main award shows or is it better they stay on the outside away from the ‘serious’ dramas and comedies? Should The Walking Dead join Game of Thrones in Best Drama series? Or should there be a best sci-fi/fantasy category to go alongside the ones for Drama and Comedy? Let me know what you think in the comments below.

10 Comments

Filed under My Kind Of Tv, Opinion

The Vow (2012)

When The Vow was released in 2012 it was the seventh highest grossing romantic drama of all time, but it takes more than that to impress me. So does The Vow have what it takes to draw me in?

Paige (Rachel McAdams) and Leo (Channing Tatum) are the perfect married couple, happily in love. Then they are in a car accident and Paige loses her memories for the past five years, including her whole relationship and marriage to Leo. Now Leo has to try to convince Paige that they were deeply in love and hopefully regain her memory.

First off I have to say if I woke up from an accident and the last five years of my life had been erased BUT on the other hand I was married to Channing Tatum, I wouldn’t be that upset. Or at least I could console myself in his lovely arms.

Anyway back to the film at hand. The beginning is very, very slushy, with flashbacks of Paige and Leo meeting, falling in love, and get married and blah, blah, blah. I was getting a bit bored. However the film picks up when Paige wakes up from her coma and thinks Leo is her doctor and not her husband (awkward!).

The film does well at showing Leo’s side of the story, how much he loves his wife and how heartbreaking it is that she doesn’t remember any of the moments they shared together. Perhaps too well as sometimes you feel like Paige is a massive bitch for rejecting poor Leo, even though realistically you couldn’t expect her to just fall straight back into a life she can’t recall.

The lead actors play their roles well. Tatum is sympathetic as the poor husband trying to get his wife to love him again, while McAdams handles the complex emotions her character goes through with aplomb. The rest of the cast is more underwritten. Sam Neill and Jessica Lange feel particularly underused as Paige’s rich parents who are – of course – not so keen on Leo. Although Lange does get a good emotionally charged scene with McAdams later in the film. It was also good to see Orphan Black‘s Tatina Maslany in a small role as Leo’s put upon employee and friend.

Slushy, romantic and although I did try to resist I fell for it’s charm in the end.

Rating 3.5/5 – A film for hardcore romantics only

6 Comments

Filed under Reviews