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Into the Woods’ first reactions – Click here to discuss

KyleBailey: I loved it. I don’t care. I loved it. It was one of the most fun movies of the year filled with an awesome ensemble. Meryl Streep of course steals the show and “Last Midnight” is just a magnificent performance that could make her a serious threat for Oscar number 4. James Corden and Emily Blunt are fun as the leads and Anna Kendrick did a nice job for the task of playing a very hard part.

nkb325: Saw this movie tonight! It was very good. A very good movie, but something about it kept it from me thinking it was great. I can’t really put my finger on it. I think that maybe it was just because so much had to get covered that a lot of the stories felt just a little bit underdeveloped, so I couldn’t care quite as much about the characters. This is a movie I actually think could maybe have been well served by an extra like 15-20 minutes to further flesh out all the subplots.

Tye-Grr: Into the Woods‘ was decent. Anna Kendrick was best in show; she’s great. Emily Blunt, James Corden, and Meryl Streep are also good, and Chris Pine is pretty damn funny. His duet “Agony” actually earned the only applause for an individual musical number at our showing. I think the thing that I disliked the most about the film was it’s structure. It also just felt too long, and the last act changed tone and pace a bit too much. If you’re a musical fan, give it a shot, and if you’re not, it certainly won’t change your mind.

ibbster: Count me among the skeptics, sadly. It’s not terrible, it just felt so inconsequential. A lot of the bark of the original, but very little of the bite. And it’s very ugly, in the worst glossiest way possible — you can make sets look winkingly camp, but the production just looked cheap. The actors do capable work, but the end result was just really flat for me. Quite disappointing, really.

Milo Kunis: I felt like Meryl was doing the same deliver and wink line readings she has been doing for a decade now. Yes. The same shticky, I know you think I’m hliarious-line delivery she uses in interviews has bled into her comedic line readings. She’s a national treasure, but I firmly believe that she has not given a great performance, let alone a good one, in the last decade. I know that is a very unpopular opinion, but that’s how I feel. Her work has suffered since she became a “movie star.”

Jason Travis: Interesting- I can see where you’re coming from in terms of her going from “Thespian” to “Movie Star”. I was only LOLing because as a Streep fan myself, I sometimes know I go over the top for all her performances and have to be reminded that every actor isn’t perfect. About twenty years ago, there was a book I bought (forgot the name) that listed the best stars of the century in categories. Meryl Streep was listed in the Section called THE ARTISTS (along with the divine Jessica Lange); I wonder if that same book was released today, she would be placed instead in THE MOVIE STARS.

FilmGuy619: Just got back from seeing Into The Woods and I loved it. The actors were terrific, the set designs and visuals were beautiful,  the musical numbers were great and I loved Meryl Streep‘s “Stay With Me” number which almost brought a tear out of my eye, and I loved how the film had such a profound message or being careful what you wish for. I did think the third act was a bit slow, but other than that, I have no quarrels with the film. 

Why aren’t Christmas movies Oscar bait? – Click here to discuss

Macbeth: Why do you think Christmas movies are off Oscar’s radar? There have been some holiday classics released around this time, but yet, despite hundred of Christmas movies over the last century, only two have ever been nominated for Best Picture – Its A Wonderful Life and Miracle on 34th Street. Both are excellent Christmas films…but they were nominated in 1947 and 1948 respectively. That’s over six decades ago.

ETPhoneHome: You are forgetting about The Bishop’s Wife, which also lost to Gentleman’s Agreement with Miracle on 34th Street. It definitely feels like a Christmas movie to me. The problem is,most Christmas movies are comedies. I love A Christmas Story and Muppet Christmas Carol, but I can’t imagine either movie winning a bunch of awards.

TomHardys: Love Actually should’ve gotten a Best Picture nomination. Also Best Original Screenplay and perhaps a nomination for Bill Nighy and Emma Thompson, they were both outstanding. And they also should’ve won the SAG for their extraordinary ensemble. A truly outstanding film in all fronts.

Sasha: LOVE THEM! Throw any crappy Christmas movie at me during this time of year and I’ll eat it up. But truth be told some of them are actually pretty exquisite (thank you Anne Hathaway!). Love Actually, The Holiday, While You Were Sleeping, Gremlins or Elf are some of my favorites that I watch every freaking year. And they’re all better than some of the recent BP winners!

Grammy Awards race for Best Country Album
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m.A.A.d: Miranda Lambert should win here, but she has been so lucky here. Plus, Eric Church‘s album is also acclaimed and slightly more successful. I can see Lambert losing here, but picking up Performance, Song and Group.

Gucci: At first, I thought Miranda Lambert was a slam-dunk here. Now, I’m not so sure. NARAS isn’t that into her. She failed to get an AOTY nom. We all thought she would win this category two years ago. She lost. Brandy Clark scored a surprise Best New Artist nomination. Dierks Bentley has critical support. Eric Church scored multiple Country nominations. Lee Ann Womack doesn’t have a prayer.

Longoria: It’s a shame Lee Ann Womack won’t win, but I’m glad she was nominated. Her new album is outstanding! Definitely more “traditional” country than Miranda Lambert, who I just cannot stand. Bleh.

Tony KuKo: I’d still say that Miranda Lambert will win as she’s nominated in all the categories of the country field so it seems that NARAS like her. And her album is still country even though Brandy Clark‘s or Yearwood’s albums are more “traditional.”

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