Thursday, February 26, 2009

Enough is enough.

Prepare to fall more deeply in love with cinema (and Donna Summer...unfortunately not even this can convert me into a Streisand fan). When a homemade video makes Bring It On look good you're onto a winner!

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Monday, February 23, 2009

10 thoughts on the 81st Academy Awards...

  1. Am I alone or did Oscar's attempt at attracting a younger demographic fall decidedly flat? Minus the terrific presentations of the acting awards, the show consistently struggled to find its feet and left many of the presenters embarrassed (here's looking at you Daniel Craig!).
  2. Hugh Jackman is the new Rob Lowe. He just had Anne Hathaway instead of Snow White.
  3. A surprising feeling of disappointment swept over me as Penelope Cruz was announced the supporting actress winner. It would have been lovely to see Viola Davis win. (Although all was forgetton when Cruz singled-out Pedro Almodovar for praise during her speech).
  4. I loved the presentations of the acting awards! Look here, here, here and here. An inspired idea that brought me close to tears on a handful of occassions.
  5. Baz Luhrmann got back at America and Oscar for snubbing his Australia with that awful musical number. I hope they learnt their lesson!
  6. Has Sarah Jessica Parker turned into Carrie Bradshaw?!?
  7. When will the Slumdog backlash begin?
  8. Do you think Kate Winslet feels the whole Oscar thing is a little anti-climatic? Maybe her Oscar hunger won't be satisfied just yet...
  9. Nicole Kidman looked amazing, she did Australia proud (unlike Jackman and Luhrmann). I'm back in love with her. I think its time for a return to form!
  10. Hopefully next year's show will retain the deserving winners but with less predictability and no MTV-esque shananigans.

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Meet the Inglourious Basterds.

QT strikes again (?).

Sunday, February 22, 2009

The 81st Academy Awards: The Predictions.

Here is my complete list of my predictions for the 81st Academy Awards.

They are neither controversial or fresh as the winners have been pre-ordained for some time now; Slumdog Millionaire will dominate, Kate Winslet will mercily end her desperate Oscar hunt and everyone will drool over this year's host, Hugh Jackman.

Here's hoping that Best Actor (AKA Rourke vs. Penn), Best Original Screenplay and Penelope Cruz's potentional win for Supporting Actress will make-up for the high predictability of the year. Still, it is nice to actually appreciate the eventual winners.


Best Picture
Win: Slumdog Millionaire
Upset: None.
Wish: Milk

Best Director
Win: Danny Boyle
Upset: None.
Wish: Danny Boyle

Best Actor in a Leading Role
Win: Mickey Rourke for The Wrestler
Upset: Sean Penn for Milk
Wish: Mickey Rourke or Sean Penn

Best Actress in a Leading Role
Win: Kate Winslet for The Reader
Upset: Meryl Streep for Doubt (is this possible?)
Wish: Anne Hathaway for Rachel Getting Married

Best Actor in a Supporting Role
Win: Heath Ledger for The Dark Knight
Upset: None.
Wish: Heath Ledger

Best Actress in a Supporting Role
Win: Penelope Cruz for Vicky Cristina Barcelona
Upset: Amy Adams for Doubt (Controversial)
Wish: Penelope Cruz

Best Adapted Screenplay
Win: Slumdog Millionaire
Upset: None.
Wish: Slumdog Millionaire

Best Original Screenplay
Win: Milk
Upset: Wall-E
Wish: In Bruges

Best Cinematography
Win: Slumdog Millionaire
Upset: The Reader
Wish: Slumdog Millionaire

Best Editing
Win: Slumdog Millionaire
Upset: The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Wish: Slumdog Millionaire

Best Costume Design
Win: The Duchess
Upset: The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Wish: The Duchess

Best Art Direction
Win: The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Upset: The Duchess
Wish: The Duchess

Best Make-Up
Win: The Dark Knight
Upset: The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Wish: Hellboy II: The Golden Army

Best Score
Win: Slumdog Millionaire
Upset: Wall-E
Wish: Milk

Best Original Song
Win: "Jai Ho" - Slumdog Millionaire
Upset: "Down To Earth" - Wall-E
Wish: "Jai Ho"

Best Sound
Win: The Dark Knight
Upset: Slumdog Millionaire
Wish: Wall-E

Best Sound Editing
Win: Wall-E
Upset: Iron Man
Wish: Wall-E

Best Visual Effects
Win: The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Upset: The Dark Knight
Wish: The Dark Knight

Best Animated Film
Win: Wall-E
Upset: None.
Wish: Wall-E

Best Foreign Language Film
Win: The Class
Upset: Waltz With Bashir
Wish: Waltz With Bashir

Documentary Feature
Win: Man On Wire
Upset: Trouble the Water
Wish: Man On Wire

Thursday, February 19, 2009


Thursday, February 19, 2009

Kylie: The beginning of the end?

When an icon turns to self-parody to entertain the masses, you know they're in trouble. Just ask Al Pacino.

Kylie Minogue's performance at last night's Brit Awards was nothing less than shocking. Arriving onstage to the sound of Can't Get You Out Of My Head, Minogue was all posture and smiles as she joined James Corden and Matthew Horne (the duo behind television's Gavin & Stacey) in performing the song's signature dance routine. The trio got their laughs, but at the expense of Minogue. Quiet similar to her recent recording of ABBA's The Winner Takes It All with sister Dannii. Here's hoping the parody ends here.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Synecdoche New York.

The most refreshingly pessimistic view of life you will see this year. I'm in love.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Pride & Predator?

Or "When Jane Austen Met Desperation"? Read on here...

Sunday, February 15, 2009

A (belated) happy valentines day...

Crazy (Jack Nicholson) meets The Most Undeserving Lead Actress Oscar Winner (Helen Hunt) to winning effect. Enjoy...and I hope you had a happy Valentines Day.

Friday, February 13, 2009

"You have really nice teeth".

She had me at Catch Me If You Can and she has had my attention (and adoration) ever since. So enjoy some of my Amy Adams lusting.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

I hate cinema.

Awful. Awful. Awful.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009


Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Day dreaming...who would you want to present you with your Oscar?

Without a doubt mine would be Bette Davis. (Or failing that, James Franco so I can pull an Adrian Brody style attack).

Sunday, February 08, 2009

10 thoughts on the BAFTA ceremony 2009...

  1. I've Loved You So Long finally gets some major recognition with the Foreign Language BAFTA. About time too!
  2. Goldie Hawn, Sharon Stone and Kylie Minogue as presenters? With those Carry On references during Pinewood Studios' Honorary Award. Gay icon overload! (Although you would think Minogue's cinematic contribution - minus Moulin Rouge! - would automatically exempt her from such gatherings).
  3. Mickey Rourke gives another wonderful acceptance speech. Before BAFTA I was torn between Rourke and Sean Penn. Now I'm a fully fledged Rourke supporter. Give him the Oscar!
  4. Original Screenplay is the most enjoyable award this season, with Milk taking the WGA and In Bruges taking the BAFTA. I'll be happy whoever takes home the Oscar (my money's on Milk).
  5. Harvey Weinstein's ingenius plan to befriend Penelope Cruz and Kate Winslet continues. It is rather ugly for both of them. So much so that I would be happy to see either or both - and this kills me, as I adore both actresses - lose their Oscars.
  6. Jonathan Ross was more miss than hit this year, but his introductory speel for Thandie Newton was priceless. Praising her portrayal of Condoleezza Rice in W., while smirking uncontrollably. Terrific.
  7. Cuts to Amy Adams' reaction to her defeat for Supporting Actress was heartbreaking. I am not sure how anyone could vote against her after watching that.
  8. BAFTA looked cheap once again.
  9. I am avoiding thinking about Slumdog Millionaire for risk that its phenomenal winning streak may damage my appreciation of it even more.
  10. I can't wait for the Oscars.

Friday, February 06, 2009

Get Carried Away. Again.

Just when you thought it was safe to put your Manolo's back in their closet, it appears the Sex and the City sequel is official with the signing of its four leading ladies and the franchises' leading writer/director, Michael Patrick King.

The sequel to the movie I LOVE hate want to forget is likely to retread the already worn SATC ground of:
  1. I (Carrie) love Big.*
  2. I really love Big.*
  3. But I love me more.*
  4. Oh no, Big is running away.*
  5. I hate Big.*
  6. I miss Big.*
  7. Oh goodie, Big is back.*

*while Charlotte acts cute/Miranda barks cynicism/Samantha has or wants sex.

Expect more fashion, the same laughs and a sprinkling of menopausal jokes. Be prepared.

Wednesday, February 04, 2009

Broken Embraces anyone?

I need my Almodovar fix.

Wednesday, February 04, 2009

Give a dog a bone.

The President of the Motion Picture Academy, Sid Ganis, has kindly thrown a bone to us underwhelmed film buffs with his statement that this 81st Oscar ceremony will brave "many, many risks" so nominees should "be prepared".

That'll give you filmgoers something to think about until this promise becomes unfulfilled on February 22nd.

Wednesday, February 04, 2009

Something Just Clicked.

Annie Leibovitz knows how to shoot glamour, as this series of Vanity Fair shots unnecessarily show. Kudos for the Kidman/Luhrmann addition despite the fact they garned just one of the 10 dozen Oscar nominations awared to the series' 19 subjects (its about time Australia got some major loving). And here's hoping that Pedro Almodovar is not the jealous type as, his current muse, Penelope Cruz cosies up to Woody Allen. Check it out.

Monday, February 02, 2009

Sunday, February 01, 2009