Hopefully I will have some better shots to post later these were taken from my iPhone Well, that does it for another Academy Awards extravaganza. This year's show looked absolutely outstanding and had some of the best production values in recent memory. Hugh Jackman was an elegant and graceful host, the men were dressed in their finest tuxedos, and the women looked wonderful.
Since I'm rather caught up in the moment right now, I would like to offer 8 things I loved and 8 things I hated. Loved 1. Heath Ledger winning the Oscar for best Supporting Actor. His family's speech brought the entire house to tears. Beautiful stuff. Hugh Jackman as one of the best hosts in years. Danny Boyle's lovely speech and gracious behavior throughout the night.
Freida Pinto. The recognition for Slumdog Millionaire, a truly brilliant film. Nearly every aspect of the film was recognized, and I am overjoyed that it won Best Picture. With a total of 8 Oscars, I hope America is ready to see what all the fuss is about. It was a brilliant show. Most of the young actors from Slumdog Millionaire on stage at the end of the night.
It was a touching moment to see all those happy faces. Anne Hathaway's dress Hated 1. How much Kate Winslet loves herself.
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Simply unbelievable. This woman stole the award from Anne Hathaway who was far better in Rachel Getting Married and then congratulated herself like she was the best thing since sliced bread. Get over yourself. Meryl Streep's quote when graciously complimented on being nominated for 15 Oscars. She turned to the person next to her and said "it's still not enough. You just lost my respect forever. Way to pull a Kate Winslet. Will Smith wearing the cross of the Church of Scientology.
Good job, Will. Now I find you creepy and sad.
Sean Penn. Sean Penn's speech. This man is unquestionably the worst person in Hollywood since Michael Moore. He abuses his position of social prominence to talk about issues that he knows nothing about. No, people will not "be ashamed" of thinking differently than you. What an insufferable idiot.
Sean Penn winning the Oscar that Mickey Rourke should have won. This was an incredible miscalculation on the part of the Academy. Gus Van Sant. This guy looked snarky and bitter the entire night. Way not to be a gracious loser, loser. Well, there you have it. Congratulations to this year's fine films, especially Slumdog Millionaire.
Labels: movies. Tuesday, January 6, Best of It's been so long that I hardly have an excuse. What can I say, college is hard. At any rate, I felt compelled to at least summarize the wonderful year that was , and I'm even late at doing that.
I'm a die hard Death Cab fan and their new album is eclectic, thrilling, and beautifully done. The impeccable lyrics of front man Ben Gibbard have never been better. His smoky, raspy voice and clever lyrics are distinctive and worth listening to. I would classify him as a folk singer, but don't let that discourage you- his subdued and poignant songs are excellent indeed. Best Game Fallout 3 by Bethesda Softworks This game has not gotten nearly enough love on end of the year lists. The epic scope of The Wasteland, the tight gameplay, and the superb writing make Fallout 3 my choice for game of the year.
Over the course of the game, you will face real consequences and you will invest an amazing amount of emotion into the characters. Your choices have such and impact that it will make you pause and consider what you've done many times. No game has ever told a story this grand and this engrossing, period. This show is fantastically entertaining week in and week out, and the writing is sharp and witty.
The laughs keep on coming, and the dramatic impact achieved in just under 30 minutes is simply unmatched. The writing is consistently top notch and the characters are unique, deep, and wonderfully entertaining. Neil Patrick Harris steals the show almost every week as Barney Stinson, the loveable cad.
His character is only bested by Jeremy Piven's Ari Gold. I was almost certain that this show would be cancelled, but please, make it worth the gamble by CBS in keeping this show on the air, and tune in on Monday evening. Best 10 Films I know far more about film than any other medium, so my list is naturally quite a bit longer. I saw many, many films this year, and here are my ten favorites. I had a great time with this movie and I sincerely believe that this is the best work of Jack Black's career.
The voice acting is terrific and the animation is first rate.
This is comedy done right. Iron Man, United States This is a film everyone knows about. Robert Downey Jr. True to the comic and wonderfully paced by director Jon Favreau. Witty banter between Downey Jr. Sally Hawkins stars as Poppy, a primary school teacher who is an eternal optimist. There is a striking lack of scenes where Hawkins isn't smiling, making a joke, or being a bubbly bunch of fun. This is a slice-of-life comedy with some ups and downs and a few scenes of genuine sadness. If you don't walk out of this one with a smile on your face, well, perhaps you've lost your sense of humor.
This is a story about a girl who needs an abortion on the black market in Romania, circa Gabita, played by Laura Vasiliu, is essentially helpless, a scared little girl with a big problem to solve. Otilia, played by Anamaria Marinca, is the friend who helps her get help from a black market doctor named Bebe, who is played masterfully by Vlad Ivanov. Marinca experiences so many emotions and plays her part so convincingly that it is impossible not to cry, to feel fear, to smile, to be angry, and to hear your heart pounding at the thrilling climax of the film.
Incredibly gritty and not for the faint of heart, I highly recommend this powerful film. The Band's Visit , Israel A subtle tale of a band of men who travel from Egypt to play music at a museum opening in a major Israeli city. After taking the wrong bus, they end up in a small village in the middle of nowhere. The characters laugh, find love, cry, and one fights as hard as he can to stave off the pain of a troubled past. A film that is both delightfully funny and bitterly sad, I believe that there is something for everyone to enjoy in this quiet and beautiful story.
Christopher Nolan's magnum opus is easily one of the greatest films of the year. Christian Bale turns in an intricate performance as Batman while Heath Ledger gives the performance of a lifetime as the tormented and tragic Joker. Witty, sharp, brutal, grand, and impeccably paced, The Dark Knight transcends the genre of comic book films and takes its rightful place as one of the finest crime thrillers of the last decade. Tell No One , France I caught this at just the end of the year even though it was released in Q1 While Hollywood makes thrillers with big name stars, insane explosions and FX, and just enough realism to keep your interest, this film from France steals the show with its portrayal of characters that are all to real.
The chase scenes are brilliantly set up and the scene where Francois Cluzet tries to meet his wife in a park is one of the best of the year. A story of a man whose wife is murdered and 8 years later receives emails that can only be from her. He tries to figure out what is going on while being chased from the police and accused of several crimes that he did not commit. My heart was pounding for most of the film and I can assure you that this is a spellbinding thrillride.
Slumdog Millionaire , United Kingdom The latest project by Danny Boyle uses unknown actors to tell a story that is so grim and yet so heartwarming that you will leave the theater and immediately want to go see it again. After he is accused of cheating, he tells his life story of growing up in the slums to the inquisitive police detective assigned to his case.
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Meanwhile, freshman Sam Weir struggles to find the courage not only to confront his and his friends' bully Alan, but also to ask cheerleader Cindy Sanders to the homecoming dance. When the Weir parents go out of town for the weekend, Lindsay's new friends suggest she throw a party. Lindsay hesitantly agrees in the hopes of impressing Daniel, who has broken up with Kim. She asks Sam not to tell their parents and he agrees, though the thought of serving beer at a party worries him after going to a school assembly focusing on alcohol-related deaths.
When Sam discusses the matter with his friends Neal and Bill, Bill suggests that they switch the real beer with non-alcoholic beer. Despite the fake beer, the rowdy teenagers begin to think they are drunk and Lindsay soon finds herself having a terrible time when she sees that Daniel is back with Kim. Halloween approaches and Sam persuades his friends to go trick-or-treating with him. The neighborhood reacts awkwardly to the freshmen trick-or-treaters and matters become worse when Alan picks a fight with the gang.
Lindsay agrees to stay home and hand out candy with her mom on Halloween night. However, when she gets an invite to go cruise around town with Nick, Daniel, Ken and Kim, she ditches her mom to hang out with them. Lindsay enjoys her first taste of vandalism with the freak gang until she accidentally takes things too far. Lesli Linka Glatter. Mike White. Sam doesn't take to the label kindly and finds himself in an argument with Neal over who is geekier as Sam is assigned to write a word essay about vandalism in school. Kim invites Lindsay to dinner, explaining that she needs to introduce a nice friend to her parents so they will stop hassling her to sell her car.
After Lindsay realizes what an abusive home Kim is living in, the two flee the scene in Kim's car. When Lindsay suggests that Kim lie low at the Weir house, the Weirs find themselves in for a long night. When Mr. Kowchevski threatens to force Daniel to repeat algebra for another year if he doesn't pass an upcoming test, Lindsay offers to help him study for it. Instead, Lindsay finds herself helping Daniel to cheat after Daniel manages to steal a test from the teacher's office and he asks Lindsay to help him fill in the answers. Kowchevski, suspicious of Daniel's surprisingly high grade, accuses the duo of cheating.
When Lindsay becomes unsure of what to do, Daniel tells her they should deny everything. Sam begins sex education class and Daniel tries to help Sam with questions he has by giving him a pornographic film. After viewing it, he is even more confused. Nick realizes if he doesn't make a career out of being a drummer, his father is going to make him join the army. Lindsay attempts to remedy this first by pressuring the band to practice more, which results in the band breaking up when Nick thinks he is better than they are.
Lindsay then gets Nick an audition for the band Dimension.
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Unfortunately, the audition goes miserably and Nick comes to terms with the fact that his drumming isn't going to save him from joining the army. Lindsay tries to comfort Nick. Meanwhile, when the physical education department at McKinley mandates that all students must shower after class, Sam avoids the shower at all costs, afraid to be naked in front of his peers.
When the popular crowd shows interest in her, the geeks take Maureen out on a night of all-you-can-eat dining in an attempt to keep from losing her. Lindsay and the freaks try to buy fake IDs to see the band Feedback perform at a local bar. However, after they go through the trouble of getting their IDs and going into the bar, the group is stunned to find out who the hot local band's lead singer is.
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Nick begins making more aggressive advances towards Lindsay, most of which end up making her feel more disturbed than love struck. Tension is created between Sam and Bill when Bill is paired with Sam's crush, Cindy, as a science partner. Sam becomes the McKinley basketball team's new mascot after the former mascot Shia LaBeouf breaks his arm. He hopes to become closer to Cindy. Instead of winning her heart, however, he increasingly becomes frustrated with her apparent desire to be nothing more than friends as well as her obsessive crush over the basketball team's star athlete, Todd Schellinger Riley Smith.
He eventually becomes so fed up that he allows Neal be the mascot during a basketball game, though Neal is much more interested in getting laughs than following orders from Vicki Joanna Garcia , the bossy head cheerleader. Lindsay tries to figure out the best way to break up with Nick. The freaks, meanwhile, have a sudden interest in sports and school spirit after they get beaten up by a gang of McKinley's rivals at Lincoln. Bill is tired of being confined to deep right field during PE baseball games and always being the last one picked.
He is constantly embarrassed by Coach Fredricks in front of his classmates and is convinced he could be a great athlete if he were simply given a chance. Instead of confronting Coach Fredricks with this dilemma directly, Bill makes two prank phone calls to him, one of which consists entirely of insults. Meanwhile, when Lindsay's parents fear that her new friends are having a negative effect on her, they forbid her from hanging out with Kim and Harold suggests that he and Jean read her diary. When they do, what they read sends their marriage into a crisis. After Lindsay crashes the Weir family car while trying to help drive Daniel and his friends around, her parents indefinitely ground her and forbid her from seeing the gang of freaks ever again.
Shaken up by the experience, Lindsay gladly abides and tries to reassociate herself with her old friends, including Millie. In the process, she rejoins the mathlete team and reveals her competitive side. The attire gives him nothing but negative attention. Schweiber hugging a strange woman. Fearing that Mr. Schweiber may be cheating on Mrs. Soon after, Neal finds an unfamiliar garage door remote control in his father's car. The three friends start hunting around the neighborhood on their bicycles, searching for the garage door the remote control belongs to.
Meanwhile, Ken reveals his first crush to be on a girl named Amy Jessica Campbell who plays the tuba in McKinley's marching band.