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13 Best Filipino Horror Movies of the Last 12 Years   6 comments

Halloween is right around the corner, and though the primary purpose of All Saints Day is to recognize those who are already there up with Him in the heavens, majority of those who await Halloween season are in for the horror stories that come during this period. Horror themed stories, shows, and movies seem to be a hit here in the Philippines, and with Asia being the region that produces the best horror films, the country has produced its fair share of horror themed films.

So for those who are looking for a Halloween themed movie playlist to marathon these next few days, here are thirteen titles that I  consider as the best of the best of the last twelve years and can recommend to you:

Director: Chito S. Roño
Stars: Maricel Soriano, Mika dela Cruz, Derek Ramsay
Story and Screenplay: Chito S. Roño, Aloy Adlawan, Chris Martinez
Release Date: April 11, 2009

While I’m no big fan of the over the top yet unpolished CGI effects in this one, I’m still pretty amused with the storytelling in the first two-thirds of the film. It focused on the different sayings, rituals, and legends from the Southern provinces of the country. I remember our helper telling me that she has experienced some of the scenes featured in the film like the group of black pigs that will suddenly block your way when traveling late at night which supposed to reincarantion of a group of aswangs. Doppelgangers were also present,  in the film, as well as the legends involving seeing a big submarine in a small creek or the simple sundo concept from the dead. If anything, this is the scary part of learning the rich culture of some parts in the country.

Director: Jose Javier Reyes
Stars: Rica Peralejo, Marvin Agustin, Dingdong Dantes
Story and Screenplay: Jose Javier Reyes
Release Date: December 25, 2003

This one is very reminiscent of that Keanu Reeves’s starrer The Gift about a woman’s psychic abilities. In here, Sara (Peralejo) has shown signs of possessing that gift of knowing if something bad will happen. The first sign of it will be a nose bleed which she has experienced way back when she was still a child. What I find creepy about this is that I experience nose bleed in a very frequent manner, so I somehow got paranoid after seeing this one. The film also benefits from having slick effects, cinematography, editing, and sound.


Director: Yam Laranas
Stars: Rhian Ramos, Marvian Agustin, Carmina Villaroel
Story and Screenplay: Yam Laranas, Aloy Adlawan
Release Date: November 30, 2011

The Road is one of those psychological thrillers more than your typical straight out horror film. With that said, it is very engaging and captivating enough to stay all through out the film. While there are particular loopholes within the storytelling of the film, its lavish technical effects make up for it. Also, watch out for Carmina Villaroel’s performance who was so good here and deserved some awards mention for her portrayal in the movie.

Director: Chito S. Roño
Stars: Vilma Santos, Janice de Belen, Pokwang
Story and Screenplay: Chito S. Roño
Release Date: July 25, 2012

The Healing certainly fits the bill of those Chito Roño horror film formula. However, with that said, this one goes deep into the Filipino habit of depending on healers for help. This one poses the man of science vs. man of faith concept that has been one of the age old questions that has every been asked. Also, among all of his past horror flicks, this one is the goriest and fits right up the crazy story that it presented in the movie.


Director: Richard Somes
Stars: Mark Anthony Fernandez, Tanya Garcia, Elizabeth Ororpesa
Story and Screenplay: Joven Tan
Release Date: December 25, 2005

After an eight year hiatus, in 2005, the Filipino film franchise Shake, Rattle, and Roll is back and has become the longest horror trilogy in Philippine cinema. While films in the series has been a hit or miss, there are still few solid gems in it like this one directed by Richard Somes. Lihim ng San Joaquin  is about a young newly-wed couple played by Mark Anthony Fernandez and Tanya Garcia who transfers into this rural town that is known to be inhabited by a manananggal and attracts all the men there and kills them one by one. This is a real breath of fresh air in terms of storytelling and production skills.


Director: Bobi Bonifacio
Stars: Maricel Soriano, Albert Martinez, Meryll Soriano
Story and Screenplay: Juan Miguel Sevilla, Bobi Bonifacio
Release Date: November 3, 2006

Numbalikdiwa has a richly interesting concept, probably one of the cleverest in recent years. The horror is not in your face; it’s more of something that will creep you out when you think about it. Here’s an interesting definition of what numbalikdiwa is as taken from the movie’s official blog site: An ancient, macabre ritual where the dead assumes the body of a living person. Like cannibalism, it involves the ingestion of the deceased’s ground meat andbones as part of the ritual. With the help of the Sasigloho, an ancient tribal deity, the dead assumes the identity of the living and continues to live his/her life accordingly, granting near immortality to the one who practices it. And yes, after seeing the film, I laid off eating any grilled street foods.

Director: Jerrold Tarog
Stars: Kathryn Bernardo, Louise delos Reyes, Sam Concepcion
Story and Screenplay: Maribel Ilag, Jerrold Tarog
Release Date: December 25, 2011

The 13th batch of the SR&R episode is one of its best. The first one, while bordering on fantasy territory, has good production values. The third one is relevant and also excellent. However, the best is the second one entitled Parola. Not only does it brag of a rich storytelling, it is also a perfect throwback to the early heydays of the said franchise. It represents the type of horror that Filipino moviegoers love, and it also contains exemplary production skills to boot. Definitely one of the best the whole series has ever produced.


Director: Chito S. Roño
Stars: Danilo Barrios, Vhong Navarro, Spencer Reyes
Story and Screenplay: Chito S. Roño, Roy Iglesias
Release Date: January 1, 2003

Probably one of the most prominent entries during its Metro Manila Film Festival batch, the follow up to the Spirit Warriors movie franchise is also the better movie between the two. I like how the movie has incorporated an interesting story to tackle referring to the “shortcut” that the spirits go to when they want to go to the world of the mortals. It also included a backstory at the start of the film that was shot perfectly in Vigan. I don’t see this in a lot of horror films list, but its inclusion is definitely merited here.

Director: Yam Laranas
Stars: Richard Gutierrez, Angel Locsin, Iza Calzado
Story and Screenplay: Roy Iglesias, Yam Laranas
Release Date: December 25, 2004

Sigaw is more popularly known as the horror flick that got an international version. But even with that distinction, I still prefer the original version about the bachelor who lives in an old building whose history seems to catch up with the present tenants. I feel that this is one of the underrated horror flicks of the past decade. People seem to catch on its appreciation with the film later on and not during its actual showing. And come on, a bloody Iza Calzado staring at your face? While Iza was every inch beautiful albeit the blood in her face, if that does not give you enough chills, then I don’t know what will.

Director: Richard Somes
Stars: Ronnie Lazaro, Tetchie Agbayani, Joel Torre
Story and Screenplay: Richard Somes, Dwight Gaston
Release Date: December 3, 2008

The Best Picture winner during the 2008 Cinema One Originals, Yanggaw definitely leans on its approach to manage the fight in you. With that said, the concept of a transforming aswang is something that is so popular and rich in this country’s culture, and that alone already deserves a slot in this list. The production design and cinematography, among all things, were also top notch. And lastly, the acting of the three actors (Ronnie Lazaro, Tetchie Agabayani, Joel Torre) is very convincing for that there’s no option left but to be swept along the whole ride.

Director: Jerrold Tarog
Stars: Carla Abellana, Sid Lucero, Nash Aguas
Story and Screenplay: Rona Lean Sales
Release Date: December 3, 2010

Another one from the Shake, Rattle, and Roll franchise, Punerarya follows the story of Diane (Carla Abellana) who home tutors two kids from the street’s funeral parlor. Unbeknownst to her, the family is hiding deep secrets that Diane unfortunately learned. The problem now is how she can escape unscathed from them. There are so many things that’s so commendable in this episode. Tarog’s approach in the direction is the primary reason for this episode to work, though. That, and Carla Abellana’s performance as the heroine  in the film. It definitely is deserving of the title as one of best Shake, Rattle, and Roll episodes of all time.

Director: Enrico Santos
Stars: Jodi Sta. Maria, Barbie Sabino, Gianna Cutler
Story and Screenplay: Joel Mercado
Release Date: July 14, 2010

Paa is the second episode in the five-parter Cinco (Duh. LOL). This one tackles a revengeful ghost of a young kid who visits the mother of her classmate. It was then revealed in the end what the connection of the mother (played perfectly by Jodi Sta. Maria) was to the untamed ghost. I think that this episode in particular is very underrated. The direction and approach was top notch, and the short length time of the episode worked well in its favor. The editing was also sharp, and Jodi Sta. Maria was more than capable in the lead role. My favorite scene perhaps was the end part with the montage, where everything was revealed. This is one of the few films that gets better and stands the test of time.

Director: Chito S. Roño
Stars: Kris Aquino, Lotlot de Leon, Jay Manalo
Story and Screenplay: Chito S. Roño, Roy Iglesias
Release Date: September 15, 2004

But of course, what’s a horror film list without Feng Shui? Chito Roño’s flick that showed how the fate of people depend on the Chinese ornament called bagua, and how one’s luck and demise are affected by it. Whether your creeped out by the “May uwi si Nanay… si Nanay… sa bahay” chant, the connection of one’s horoscope to the cause of your death, the scene where Alice (de Leon) comes across an image of the Lotus Feet holding a bloody and dead version of herself, or just by Kris Aquino’s kunot noo approach to show that she’s scared, there are no other reasons why this won’t be the top horror film of the last 12 years. 

How about you? What are some of your favorite local horror films? Do you feel there’s something that’s missing on the list? Or do you think there’s an undeserving entry here? Pipe them in below the Comments section.

REVIEW: A Secret Affair   9 comments

Mistress themed movies are the new bread and butter to become a staple hit nowadays, so everyone wants to star in one. Whether it’s the society’s penchant for seeing two women fight, hear endless quotable lines, or simply the gossip mongers nature of the people in our country, they’ve become a tradition now to expose affairs in the big screen, at least. The latest to join the bandwagon is the triumvirate of Anne Curtis, Derek Ramsay, and Andi Eigenmann under the helm of TV director Nuel Naval in his first movie offering entitled  A Secret Affair.

Raffy (Anne Curtis) and Anton (Derek Ramsay) have been in a relationship for just three months, but he already popped the question to her. While she said yes, she gets cold feet the night before the actual wedding causing them to call the event off. Raffy went abroad to think about it, while Anton is left here devastated. Raffy’s sorority sister, Sam (Andi Eigennman), has the hots for him and tried her best to take her place, sexually at least. So when Raffy re-entered the picture, chaos ensues among the three.

To start things off, the storytelling seems straight out of the telenovela handbook. Characters leaving no room for logic at all and women snapping at each other. The friends of the other two women switch from one camp to the other, while Raffy switches from a petty bitch at one scene to a helpless crier on the next one. Sam’s too one note of a character that when she feels hurt, you can’t help but laugh at her. It seems as if there’s no big rationale behind their actions but just to play cat and mice with each other trying to have the last laugh.

As if that’s not enough, the dialogue was cringe-worthy. I admit there were those parts that worked with me dialogue wise, but it was an overkill. Normal people do not speak this way, and it occurs as if the writers are attempting to come up with a quotable line that will serve as a catch phrase in the long run, so they inserted all their entries in the film and relies on which one will work (For the record, my favorite is Raffy’s delivery of “Alam mo saan masarap mag-kape? Sa burol mo.“). The rest were just simply cheap pot shots that reflect how poorly the characters were written. The biggest laugh though comes in the end, when we’re treated to a “reflection” part of the three characters of what they’ve learned from it. Ahhhhh! Last shot to justify the relevance of the film.

For what it’s worth, I appreciate Nuel Naval’s direction. There were some scenes that showed some potential. I’ve been a fan of his Maalaala Mo Kaya episodes, and I know that he can do better given a tighter and better material to work on. As for the acting, Anne Curtis has already amassed this likable persona that you would be rooting for her either way even if she’s the mistress (see: No Other Woman) or this time, the protagonist. But having a likable personality can only bring you so far especially if you’re given a poorly written character to play. The same can be said for Andi Eigenmann who definitely has made her presence felt but can’t escape from the one note character that she was given too. Derek Ramsay was thankless as usual, though I guess one puts too much effort given that body he shed off in the film. Jaclyn Jose was the only remarkable among the supporting players, but even she is a hit or miss.

The way I see it, the film’s biggest problem is its material. For a movie that tends to borrow all the tips from the telenovela handbook, it tried to push a “realistic” (re: moral) ending. I’m pretty sure that many people from this production can do better than this; it’s just that there’s no one who rose above the helpless material they were given.

Grade: 2/5

REVIEW: Argo   Leave a comment

Oscar season is right up the corner, and before it goes crazy with the non-stop campaigning and critics awards given left and right, it is rightful to start it with the current Oscar Best Picture frontrunner (see current Oscar predictions here) by Ben Affleck entitled Argo. This is Affleck’s third directorial job after 2007’s Gone Baby Gone and 2010’s The Townand if it’s any indication, he keeps getting better and is on his way to become one of the greats of his generation.

After the Iranian revolutionaries attacked the US Embassy in 1979, six workers luckily managed to escape the venue and seek refuge to a Canadian ambassador. Back in the US, the government through the help of CIA Tony Mendez (Ben Affleck) planned a device on how to rescue the six employees without the whole world identifying it. The only possible way is to come up with a plan so bad that it will be good. Mendez then contacted Oscar winning make up artist John Chambers (John Goodman) and a veteran has been producer Lester Siegel (Alan Arkin) enters the picture to finalize the plan of doing a fake Hollywood movie entitled “Argo” that will use the six employees as “members” of the film production who visited Iran, and in the process, escaping from Iran.

With a very interesting topic to tackle, director Affleck wasted not a single thing to come up with an extensive and tightly packed direction which is still the movie’s strongest aspect to boot. Seriously, Ben Affleck might not be the best actor in all of Hollywood, and Gigli jokes might never even disappear, but his directorial skills are top notch surpassing each of the previous films that he has done. In Argo, one of my main concerns is that it might get sucked up by the material that it tackles, but Affleck ensured that the the direction will highlight the story and not the other way around.

The screenplay is also strong, though I don’t think there’s a need to include Mendez’ personal struggles, as it is too minor to be included, but I tend to understand where the inclusion is coming from. The flow of the story can tend to go borderline procedural in the middle of the film and sappy in the last part, but the first part and especially the climax were too strong enough to elicit reaction from it viewers, and it succeeds in doing so. The other aspects of the film were strong as well. Costumes and production design were noticeable and cinematography, in particular, was excellent.

The reason why I think this is the frontrunner for the Oscars is that it’s the type of movie that has social relevance (especially with cultural misunderstandings), and shows that a business like Hollywood is not totally detached from the real world. If anything, the industry will eat it up, and I see wins for Picture, Director, Adapted Screenplay, and Editing among others.

Ben Affleck has vastly improved with his acting skills, usually letting the eyes and the emotions act for themselves without battling a word, and he was a charismatic and believable enough in the lead role. However, it’s the three supporting actors that stole the show: John Goodman as make up artist John Chambers who was every bit enjoyable and lights up the screen, Bryan Cranston as Edward’s supervisor Jack O’Donnell who was in charge with the dramatic acts especially in the climax part of the film. But it was veteran Alan Arkin who was the scene-stealer as the foul mouthed producer. Arkin’s role is the type that usually gets accolades, and I’m seeing another nomination for him next year.

It is safe to say that Argo is one of the best thrillers of the past few years, and it certainly deserves that distinction. If anything, this is a solid impressive film that benefits from a lot of good characteristics that mix together. That’s enough to be considered as one of the best pictures of the year.

Grade: 4.5/5

REVIEW: Tiktik: The Aswang Chronicles   1 comment

 

2012 has given us a lot of horror films in the local scene that it’s hard to keep up with all that has been shown and those that are still next in line. With that said, one film that stood out early on is director Erik Matti’s Tiktik: The Aswang Chronicles. Most of the buzz surrounding it is because of the green-screen filmmaking that the director used as the approach while shooting the whole film. This definitely makes my list as one of the must-sees of the year.

Carefree and borderline arrogant Makoy (Dingdong Dantes) goes to the province to fetch pregnant girlfriend Sonia (Lovi Poe). However, Sonia’s mother Fely (Janice de Belen) is vocally against it. Makoy approached the father(joey Marquez) instead and helped him to provide a celebration for Makoy and Sonia’s forthcoming baby. Unbeknownst to them, this includes a trip to a barrio of aswangs and inform them that Sonia is pregnant and piqued interest from them.

For all the press release that mentioned the green screen approach, the effects certainly was polished and delivered. While there were some that were not totally polished, they’re pretty much forgivable as the whole work was engaging and passable enough to nitpick. It also worked in the context of the film, as it really introduced you to their own environment. So in that aspect, I must say that it definitely worked. It’s also really flattering to see that we’re improving on the CGI aspects of our films, though the movie can’t help but be more over the top with its effects; clearly, someone is enjoying their time in the editing room of the film.

The music was commendable as well, as it is compatible with the building of the atmosphere of a barrio far away and plays a large role especially in the different parts of the movie. Matti’s approach with the different boxes is also a good play especially for an over the top movie like this one. He seems particularly fond of the material and knows where the strengths lie and which parts need some cover up.

However, all the focus on the effects clearly can’t hide the lack of storytelling. While the movie only runs an hour and forty minutes (credits included), the movie already stretched out its very thin story that already has run its course after the first hour. The remaining minutes were overdone and overwrought already, and it’s up to the actors and the effects on how to sell the remaining hour to its audience.

Acting wise, the cast was definitely engaging, and the audience ate it up. Dingdong Dantes was more than serviceable in the lead role combining his good looks and machismo in a role that requires him to do so. I can’t imagine any other actor who can provide the same impact to the said role. Janice de Belen always hits a stride, and Lovi Poe wasn’t given much to do. Joey Marquez seems to be the crowd favorite, and he certainly is one of the strongest factors of the movie especially during the third act. I won’t be surprised if he gets notice from mainstream award giving bodies next year.

It’s easy to see why the movie banked on the green screen effect, as it clearly showed some laziness on the storytelling, but it is indeed every inch entertaining. I’m also kinder to films that introduce unique approaches, and Tiktik: Aswang Chronicles certainly fits the bill.

Grade: 3/5

85th Oscar Predictions: October Edition   3 comments

REVIEW: This Guy’s in Love with U Mare!   1 comment

 

The country’s phenomenal box office star, Vice Ganda, is now up for his third annual comedy film, and from the looks of it, this one is off to break box office records. While Wenn Deramas still helms the newest movie, we get Luis Manzano and Toni Gonzaga as his co-stars via This Guy’s in Love with U Mare!

Lester (Vice Ganda) is in a relationship with Mike (Luis Manzano). However, Mike breaks up with him to pursue a more foreseeable future with his girlfriend, Gemma (Toni Gonzaga). Learning upon this relationship, Lester puts up an act showing a machismo and masculine side to make Gemma fall for him, and in the process, ruin Gemma and Mike’s relationship.

It’s very easy to dismiss all of Wenn Deramas’ works. After all, it uses the same recyclable plots and treatments in his films which makes his body of work very unoriginal and predictable. With that said, this one tends to be a surprise as this one is less ridiculous than the usual, and providing some ( meaning a bit) layers within its storytelling. I must admit I was caught off guard when watching as it shows some breath of fresh air that it’s enough to give the movie a chance.

But of course, let’s not get ahead of ourselves. This still contains the usual Deramas fare which at times, work, and at times, miserably fail. There’s the big gang of extras, the copycat scenarios of pop culture references, and the montage of “funny” scenes. But one factor that works in its advantage is the chemistry of the three leads. Vice Ganda can overact in most of the scenes, but he contains this charisma that makes used jokes still acceptable. He’s willing to do anything that this role requires him to do, and it makes the portrayal more ridiculous, but at the same time, effective. I’ve always been a fan of Toni Gonzaga’s acting skills, and this one is another of her good showing both as a comedic and dramatic actress. She knows that it’s a Vice Ganda venue, but she knows how to show her skills without upstaging the lead character. Luis Manzano gets a vital, albeit thankless role, but he was also game with the material that it barely matters.

All in all, while this one contains what one must expect in Wenn Deramas productions, it also contains some fresh potential that I did not see coming at all. With that, I’d give this one more props than the usual and even recommend this.

Rating: 3 / 5

Early 70th Golden Globe Awards TV Predictions   4 comments

Just before the actual rest of the season starts, here’s an early prediction line up at the Golden Globes Awards for January next year. As you all know, the Globes love em TV stars, and the it new shows of the season. Here’s my first hunch on who will be nominated:

DRAMA SERIES:

Game of Thrones (HBO)
Homeland (Showtime)
Downton Abbey (PBS)
Mad Men (AMC)
The Newsroom (HBO)
6th nominee: Boardwalk Empire (HBO)

The Newsroom seems to be the cup of tea of HFPA especially since they’re “journalists” so this might strike a bone to them. Downton Abbey was already nominated last year (and even won), Mad Men takes a hiatus and is now back, Game of Thrones seems to be the “it” show they go gaga for a second year, and with Homeland already winning, I can see them having a second round at the podium.

DRAMA, ACTOR

Bryan Cranston, “Breaking Bad” (HBO)
Jeff Daniels, “The Newsroom” (HBO)
Kelsey Grammer, “Boss” (Starz)
Jon Hamm, “Mad Men” (AMC)
Damian Lewis, “Homeland” (Showtime)
6th nominee: Steve Buscemi, “Boardwalk Empire” (HBO)

Past winners Grammer and Hamm will definitely be back again, Damian Lewis plus the Homeland hard on will make him competitive for the win. Cranston is a three time Emmy winner who is still Globeless, and Daniels is a Globe nominee slash movie star in what seems to be their favorite new series for next year.

DRAMA ACTRESS

Glenn Close, “Damages” (DirecTV)
Claire Danes, “Homeland” (Showtime)
Michelle Dockery, “Downton Abbey” (PBS)
Julianna Margulies, “The Good Wife” (CBS)
Kerry Washington, “Scandal” (ABC)
6th: Connie Britton, “Nashville” (ABC)

Margulies and Danes seem to be the new category mainstays here. Gloves love them youngsters in this category and especially those who carry their show so that fits Downton Abbey’s Michelle Dockery and Scandal’s Kerry Washington respectively. For that last spot, it can either go to Mad Men’s Jessica Pare or Elisabeth Moss, Nashville’s Connie Britton, or if they’re staying safe, Damages’ Glenn Close.

COMEDY SERIES:

The Big Bang Theory (CBS)
Girls (HBO)
Go On (NBC)
Modern Family (ABC)
Veep (HBO)
6th: 30 Rock (NBC)

Modern Family is safe for another round (and even probably for the win), TBBT’s late surge of breakout will be enough for them to nominate it again. As for the remaining three slots, I see HBO’s breakout shows Girls and Veep, then NBC’s high rated Go On to complete the nominee list.

COMEDY ACTOR:

Alec Baldwin, “30 Rock” (NBC)
Don Cheadle, “House of Lies” (Showtime)
Matt LeBlanc, “Episodes” (Showtime)
Matthew Perry, “Go On” (NBC)
Jim Parsons, “The Big Bang Theory” (CBS)
6th: Louis CK, “Louie” (FX)

Globes love ’em Showtime as proven by past noms by David DUchovny and current winner Matt Leblanc, so Don Cheadle is in. Baldwin is their go to guy nominee, and Parsons is another past winner as well. I expect Perry to follow the suit of his co-Friend Matt Leblanc to win this year for headlining Go On.

COMEDY ACTRESS:

Zooey Deschanel, “New Girl” (Fox)
Lena Dunham, “Girls” (HBO)
Tina Fey, “30 Rock” (NBC)
Julia Louis Dreyfus, “Veep” (HBO)
Amy Poehler, “Parks and Recreation” (NBC)
6th: Mindy Kaling, “The Mindy Project” (NBC)

While Zooey Deschanel can be the new girl, Lena Dunham is the it girl and she’ll definitely get in for this year. The same can be said for current Emmy champ Julia Louis Dreyfus. To complete the round up is BFFs Tina Fey and Amy Poehler. Mindy Kaling can get in, but I’m not counting on it.

MOVIE/MINSERIES:

American Horror Story: Asylum (FX)
Game Change (HBO)
Hatfields & McCoys (History)
Hemingway & Gellhorn (HBO)
Sherlock (PBS)
6th: Political Animals (USA)

The same Emmy line up are eligible this year, though just replace American Horror Story with the new season entitled Asylum to replace its place. If the Globes want some new blood, expect the star-studded USA drama Political Animals to get in.

MOVIE/MINISERIES LEAD ACTOR:

Kevin Costner,”Hatfields & McCoys” (History)
Benedict Cumberbatch, “Sherlock” (PBS)
Woody Harrelson, “Game Change” (HBO)
Clive Owen, “Hemingway & Gellhorn” (HBO)
Bill Paxton, “Hatifleds & McCoys” (History)
6th: Dominic West, “The Hour” (BBC America)

Since Idris Elba is ineligible this year, I expect the five remaining Emmy nominees to fill up this line up.

MOVIE/MINISERIES ACTRESS:

Nicole Kidman, “Hemingway & Gellhorn” (HBO)
Jessica Lange, “American Horror Story: Asylum” (FX)
Lindsay Lohan, “Liz and Dick”
Julianne Moore, “Game Change” (HBO)
Sigourney Weaver, “Political Animals” (USA)
6th: Ashley Judd, “Missing” (ABC)

This line up seems more promising than usual. You have two past Oscar winners with Jessica Lange and Nicole Kidman, you have two past Oscar nominees Julianne Moore and Sigourney Weaver. Then you have Lindsay Lohan. I expected Lohan to get nommed just because it’s the Globes, and it’s not the Globes if it’s not  a trainwreck in the making.

SUPPORTING ACTOR:

Peter Dinklage, “Game of Thrones” (HBO)
Max Greenfield, “New Girl” (Fox)
Ed Harris,”Game Change” (HBO)
Mandy Patinkin, “Homeland” (Showtime)
Eric Stonestreet, “Modern Family” (ABC)
6th: Martin Freeman, “Sherlock: Scandal in Belgravia” (FX)

Stonestreet seems to be their favorite male character in modern Family, and between the second Emmy win, he’s in for a third nod. Greenfield is the breakout star and fits the Neil Patrick Harris and Jeremy Piven noms, so it seems that he’s in for a nod as well. Dinklage is the current champ and still the scene stealer in his show, Harris is the most buzzed male supporting actor performance in TV movies and miniseries this eligible year, and Mandy Patinkin.. HOLLA will be their hard on for Homeland.

SUPPORTING ACTRESS

Julie Bowen, “Modern Family” (ABC)
Ellen Burstyn, “Political Animals” (USA)
Christina Hendricks, “Mad Men” (AMC)
Maggie Smith, “Downton Abbey” (PBS)
Sofia Vergara, “Modern Family” (ABC)
6th: Sarah Paulson, “Game Change” (HBO)

Vergara and Smith are HFPA’s cup of tea so they’ll retain their noms. Bowen’s two Emmys wins will probably lead to the HFPA finally noticing her in here. Burstyn is a big name that they might find too hard to resist, and Hendricks rounds up the group as the pretty scene stealer in the show that reminds me of Katherine Heigl when she got nominated for Grey’s Anatomy.