Pop Goes the Library

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by Sophie Brookover, Liz Burns, Melissa Rabey, Susan Quinn, John Klima, Carlie Webber, Karen Corday, and Eli Neiburger. We're librarians. We're pop culture mavens. We're Pop Culture Librarians.


Liz B's Golden Globe Review, Part 2

More on GG nominated movies and shows.

Medium. Patricia Arquette's been nominated for best performance by an actress in a TV series, drama. On the surface, this seems to be a show about a medium who uses her talents to help the DA's office solve crimes and convict criminals. But it's really about a extremely normal family as they juggle kids, careers, laundry and love. Patricia (yep, still pretending to be on a first name basis) brings a sense of believability to the unbelievable; and she also puts the role before her ego, with a wardrobe that is just like any other worn by a working mother of three, rather than the wardrobe that a working mother of three only knows about from fashion magazines. More info from my raves at my blog that is more about TV, movies and books.

24. Who doesn't love Kiefer Sutherland? Jack Bauer is always right and always willing to go that extra mile. Probably not a good boyfriend, but hey, who is perfect? The end scene of last years 24 does leave me wondering which other show is being referenced: David Banner and the Incredible Hulk, with "don't make me angry ... you won't like me when I'm angry" being a perfect tag line for hiding Jack? Or, is Jack more like Kwai Chang Caine from Kung Fu, exiled from his home, wandering the country, helping widows and orphans? Either way, I'm imagining a first episode that involves Jack, stupid townspeople, and violence. And then a voice saying "we've found him."

Desperate Housewives All four actresses have been nominated for best actress in a TV series, musical or comedy: Marcia Cross, Teri Hatcher, Felicity Huffman, and Eva Longoria. What's great about each of these actresses is that they start with a stereotype: the perfect person, the klutz, the overwhelmed mom, the sexy mama; and go beyond the stereotype. We laugh with them, and at them, and yet even as they each go overboard -- they remain sympathetic. But, to be honest, I wonder at voting strategy. You wouldn't want to limit nominations from shows, but isn't there a risk that DH votes will be split leaving none of them a winner?

Two and a Half Men. Yes, I've been known to watch sitcoms, especially when they star the charming, funny Charlie Sheen. Especially when its Charlie making fun of his own playboy image. What part is Charlie? What part is acting? Does it matter? Nope, I just enjoy it. It would make it a great year for Charlie, first (apparently) getting back together with his wife (maybe that's why he stopped returning my phone calls? KIDDING, I still don't know any of these people for real) and second, winning the GG for best actor in a TV series, musical or comedy.

Elvis. Being Elvis is, you know, ELVIS, and other shows have done his story and done it well (Hi, Kurt Russell! Follow Me, Boys is one of my favorite movies!), its a brave actor who takes on this role. Casting someone born in Dublin? Wow. But "wow" is the only response to Jonathan Rhys-Meyers' portrayal of the King, and the nomination for Best Performance is well deserved. Ditto for the nominations for Randy Quaid as Col. Tom Parker and Camryn Manheim as Elvis's mother.

The Girl in the Cafe. Kelly Macdonald and Bill Nighy were both nominated for their performances in this quiet film that seems to be about love, but is also about courage. And hope. And poverty. Bill Nighy plays a role different from the other ones I've seen him in (Love, Actually; I Capture the Castle); a lonely man who takes a chance with love after a seemingly random encounter with a girl in a cafe. Kelly Macdonald plays the soft spoken girl, who cannot stop from speaking up.


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