Saturday, March 6, 2010

2009

✭✭✭1/2


The Fantastic Mr. Fox
Goodbye Solo
Hunger
The Hurt Locker
Two Lovers
Up In The Air
A Serious Man
An Education
The Cove
District 9
Moon
Up

✭✭


Anvil
Broken Embraces
Public Enemies
Antichrist
Avatar
Bad Lieutenant
Drag Me To Hell
500 Days Of Summer
The Girlfriend Experience
Inglourious Basterds
Julie And Julia
The Lovely Bones
Observe And Report
The Headless Woman
Paranormal Activity
Taken
Trick R Treat
The Road
Ponyo
The Box
Duplicity

✭✭ 1/2


Crank: High Voltage
The Hangover
In The Loop
The Last House On The Left
Law Abiding Citizen
The Messenger

✭✭

Adventureland
The Blind Side
Bronson
Brothers
Capitalism: A Love Story
Crazy Heart
Food Inc.
Good Hair
The Informant
The Limits Of Control
I Love You Man
Invictus
The Proposal
Precious
The Princess And The Frog
A Single Man
The Soloist
Splice
Star Trek
State Of Play
The Taking Of Pelham 123
The White Ribbon
Zombieland



Away We Go
Bright Star
Funny People
Knowing
Love Happens
Paul Bart: Mall Cop
Terminator: Salvation
The Time Traveler's Wife
Watchmen
Where The Wild Things Are

Friday, March 5, 2010

Oscar preview (6 predictions)


Best Picture
Avatar (B+)
The Hurt Locker (B+)
Inglourious Basterds (B)
Precious (C)
Up In The Air (A-)
District 9 (B+)
An Education (B+)
A Serious Man (B+)
Up (B+)
The Blind Side (C)

Who Will Win-
The Avatar vs. Hurt Locker battle will go through the limit on Sunday & -to tell you the truth- it could go anyway but my gut feeling says the Academy is going for a special effects drive bonanza. Avatar will be crowned and Cameron will be king of the world all over again.

Who Should Win-
It's a toss up between The Hurt Locker and Up In The Air- both social studies of the hard times ahead in the States and both likely to -very sadly- stay relevant for the years to come.


Best Actor
Jeff Bridges (Crazy Heart)
George Clooney (Up In The Air)
Morgan Freeman (Invictus)
Jeremy Renner (The Hurt Locker)
Colin Firth (A Single Man)

Who Will Win-
Bridges. It's a no brainer and very well deserved for an underrated actor that is finally getting the recognition he deserves from his peers.

Who Should Win-
Bridges, as the titular character that finds one last gasp at the healing power of music. Although Clooney and Renner were incredible and could have won any other year.


Best Actress
Meryl Streep (Julie & Julia)
Gabourey Sidibe (Precious)
Helen Mirren (The Last Station)
Sandra Bullock (The Blind Side)
Carey Mulligan (An Education)

Who Will Win-
Bullock. Because she's America's sweetheart and because her performance is so unrelevatory the old geezers of the Academy will give it to her just cause she's Sandra. Bunch of Bullocks that is.

Who Should Win-
Streep. For a transformative performance as Julia Child that will likely be remembered more than Bullock's decent but unmemorable portrayal of a goody republican mom.


Best Supporting Actor
Christopher Waltz (Inglourious Basterds)
Christopher Plummer (The Last Station)
Woody Harrelson (The Messenger)
Stanley Tucci (The Lovely Bones)
Matt Damon (Invictus)

Who Will Win-
Waltz. Incredible charismatic and downright silly as lieutenant colonel Hans Landa. He's almost a shoo in but just watch out for veteran Plummer who can sneak in just like that.

Who Should Win-
Stanley Tucci in Lovely Bones by Peter Jackson. A Scary performance that is the clear standout of an average movie. He defied the odds by going past the cliches that were written for his characters.


Best Supporting Actress
Mo'Nique (Precious)
Anna Kendrick (Up In The Air)
Vera Farmiga (Up In The Air)
Penelope Cruz (Nine)
Maggie Gyllenhaal (Crazy Heart)

Who Will Win-
Mo'Nique.

Who Should Win-
A toss up between Mo'Nique's monstrous mother in Precious and Vera Farmiga in Up In The Air. I'll go with Farmiga just because Mo'Nique is probably winning it.


Best Director
Quentin Tarantino (Inglourious Basterds)
Jason Reitman (Up In The Air)
Kathryn Bigelow (The Hurt Locker)
James Cameron (Avatar)
Lee Daniels (Precious)

Who Will -& Should- Win-
The closest category with Best Picture. Another Avatar vs Hurt Locker confrontation. Ex Vs Ex. Go with the female, Bigelow will triumph and rightfully so. becoming the first female director to ever win the directorial prize.

Monday, March 1, 2010

War Is A Drug?



Now that Oscar season is upon us, so is the usual backlash that comes with being a front runner. It happens every year and encompasses a trivial matter into something bigger than it oughta to be- as it happens with the Hurt Locker though, this is soldiers talking.

Like every gossiped right wing job, Matt Drudge over @ Drudgereport.com has put in his time to include today a few articles from the Washington Post and the LA Times, constituting of interviews with American Soldiers whom are not too pleased the depiction of the titular characters' EOD background. Tough it out boys (and girls of course). To call Bigelow's masterwork a 'Huge slap in face to every soldier who's been on front line' is in fact an understandable thing but then again looking at their reasons why is proof that maybe they just didn't get the POV Bigelow drew out for her scarred and fearless character (s).

To say that Jeremy Renners' James is a "Rowdy, Reckless Cowboy" may be truthful and not without merit. However the critics of James' character traits are missing the point. The movie is not necessarily about the danger of war, it is also about the drug fueled high that comes with it for some rowdy, reckless cowboys. Have they even read the quotation the film opens with? - 'War Is A Drug' - it encompasses and explains why our main protagonist James goes into all the trouble and 'cowboyism' the movie lays out in front.

Maybe the soldiers criticizing Bigelow's film are far and few or maybe they just haven't experienced the energetic high James and -no doubting it- real life soldiers feel in the line of battle. I'm sticking by my prediction that The Hurt Locker wins on March 8th- controversy or not.

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