Archive for January, 2009

Oscar Nominations 2009 (and my picks)

Posted in Entertainment, film, media with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 22, 2009 by law7355

So the Oscar nominations were announced today: some surprises (The Incredibly boring case of Benjamin Button as ‘Best Picture’?!!) and a lot of love for Slumdog Millionaire (a very good movie and probably the best of the nominations) but there were too many movies I enjoyed much more that were simply not nominated (or were, but in all the wrong categories): Wall-E, Defiance, Tokyo Gore Police, Iron Man, The Boy in the Striped Pajamas, Waltz with Bashir, Cloverfield, Gomorrah, In Bruges, The Wackness… I forget, but there were others. And Ok, I was kidding about Tokyo Gore Police – it’s stupid.  Anyway, the list:


BEST PICTURE
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Frost/Nixon
Milk
The Reader
Slumdog Millionaire

Simply because Milk had great acting, but wasn’t great, Button was boring, Frost/Nixon was tight and dramatic but too ‘Oscar-worthy’, I haven’t yet seen The Reader (but liked the book) and really enjoyed Slumdog, even if the narrative devices used are obvious and convenient.

ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE

Richard Jenkins – The Visitor
Frank Langella – Frost/Nixon
Sean Penn – Milk
Brad Pitt – The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Mickey Rourke – The Wrestler

Sean Penn is fan-fucking-tastic. Mickey Rourke was great [and the Wrestler was great] but he as a person/actor/plastecine model creeps me the fuck out – he’s like Ray Presto with botox! .

ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE
Josh Brolin – Milk
Robert Downey Jr. – Tropic Thunder
Philip Seymour Hoffman – Doubt
Heath Ledger – The Dark Knight
Michael Shannon – Revolutionary Road

ACTRESS IS A LEADING ROLE
Anne Hathaway – Rachel Getting Married
Angelina Jolie – Changeling
Melissa Leo – Frozen River
Meryl Streep – Doubt
Kate Winslet – The Reader

I thought her performance in ‘The Changeling’ was good, but mainly because I don’t want to see Kate Winslet give another acceptance speech.

ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE
Amy Adams – Doubt
Penelope Cruz – Vicky Cristina Barcelona
Viola Davis – Doubt
Taraji P. Henson – The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Marisa Tomei – The Wrestler

Because she was kind enough to show us her boobs (again)

ANIMATED FEATURE FILM
Bolt
Kung Fu Panda
WALL-E

Best frikkin’ movie of the year.

ART DIRECTION
Changeling
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
The Dark Knight
The Duchess
Revolutionary Road

Like an Oscar for making it look almost exactly like a Michael Mann movie

CINEMATOGRAPHY

Changeling
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
The Dark Knight
The Reader
Slumdog Millionaire


DIRECTING
David Fincher – The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Ron Howard – Frost/Nixon
Gus Van Sant – Milk
Stephen Daldry – The Reader
Danny Boyle – Slumdog Millionaire

Benjamin Button got more nominations than people I know who will admit to actually liking it.

DOCUMENTARY FEATURE

The Betrayal (Nerakhoon)
Encounters at the End of the World
The Garden
Man on Wire
Trouble the Water

FILM EDITING
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
The Dark Knight
Frost/Nixon
Milk
Slumdog Millionaire

FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM
The Baader Meinhof Complex
The Class
Departures
Revanche
Waltz with Bashir

My decision is based the fact that it is a touching and powerful movie, and that I haven’t seen any of the others


MAKEUP

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
The Dark Knight
Hellboy II: The Golden Army

VISUAL EFFECTS
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
The Dark Knight
Iron Man

WRITING (ADAPTED SCREENPLAY)
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Doubt
Frost/Nixon
The Reader
Slumdog Millionaire

I guess I should see the Reader, since it pops up so many times.

WRITING (ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY)
Frozen River
Hapy-Go-Lucky
In Bruges
Milk
WALL-E

Big Picture: California Wildfire Photo Essay

Posted in media, News with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 11, 2009 by law7355

Another week of great photographs over at Boston.com’s The Big Picture – this week’s photo essay being on the California wildfires of November 2008.
The original article with all the pictures is at http://www.boston.com/bigpicture/2008/11/california_wildfires_yet_again.html , below are simple the ones I like the most…

 

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London from above, at night

Posted in News, Photography, pictorial with tags , , , , , , , , , on January 3, 2009 by law7355

 

Boston.com’s ‘The Big Picture’ has some wonderful pics of London from above at night (link here) My favourites are below. Posterous messed up my origianl layout with explanations, so I’ve had to remove them all…

 

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