Thursday, February 28, 2013

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

My favourite shot...Academy Awards 2013

Emmanuelle Riva as David O. Russell.

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Smile.

Monday, February 25, 2013

10 thoughts on...the Academy Awards 2013

  1. It will take someone extremely hideous to surpass the bile in the shape of a smug man that is Seth MacFarlane. He was extremely offensive, particularly to women (that boob song, the introduction to the majority of female presenters), and I hope he never sets foot on Oscar's stage again. Even Ricky Gervais had some likable qualities in his hugely cynical hosting of the Golden Globes...although I hope he never makes it onto Oscar's stage either.
  2. I loved Halle Berry's dress. My choice for outfit of the night.
  3. Quentin Tarantion's win for Original Screenplay will probably encourage all those bad habits he has picked up and, as such, it is hard to celebrate...
  4. ...but otherwise it's hard to fault the winners of the evening. This has been a very strong awards season and although I wouldn't have made all of the same choices I genuinely believe that the awards went to deserving recipients. Even Christoph Waltz who reprises his Inglorious Basterds role to less success but manages to be one of the few entertaining elements of Django Unchained.
  5. Barbra Streisand can perform whenever and whatever she likes in my book.
  6. I swear I thought I had fallen into a dream when Michelle Obama arrived to present Best Picture at around 5am UK time. I know I wished for a female presenter, but I had hoped that it would have been someone from the film industry!
  7. Daniel Day Lewis gave the best acceptance speech, he is such a charming and talented man.
  8. The producers really misjudged their celebration of the rebirth of the musical genre. That live performance by the cast of Les Miserables was horrible, glum and unglamorous (other than Samantha Barks who ironically was the most starry) and bringing back previous Best Supporting Actress winners just felt unnecessary, strange and paling in comparison to their cinematic performances.
  9. Ang Lee is a deserving Best Director winner.
  10. Will the ceremony ever get to a more simple affair? Rather than shortening acceptance speeches by drowning the winners out with the Jaws theme, allow the recipients more time and eliminate the performances (particularly of non-nominated songs!). This year was a mess of a ceremony which is sad for a year that celebrated so many outstanding films.

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Kiss.

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Smile.

Sunday, February 24, 2013

30 Day Disney Film Challenge: Day 7

Day 7: Your favourite friendship...Charlotte La Bouff and Princess Tiana in The Princess and the Frog
It is rare in mainstream cinema that a relationship between two female characters can be described as supportive and uncompetitive and The Princess and the Frog succeeds in creating such a relationship whilst avoiding the obvious pitfalls that this narrative almost begs the film to fall into, namely their interest in the same man and their contrasting positions in society.

Honourable mentions: Pinocchio and Jiminy Cricket in Pinocchio, the three fairies in Sleeping Beauty

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Subtitled wisdom.

Sunday, February 24, 2013

5 wishes for...the Academy Awards 2013

  1. That I'll enjoy Seth MacFarlane for the entire ceremony, his humour can often be grating when he hasn't got a cuddly character to hide behind.
  2. That there is an upset in the Best Supporting Actress category with Amy Adams winning.
  3. That all of the musical performances from Adele, Kristin Chenoweth, Jennifer Hudson, Catherine Zeta Jones, Barbra Streisand, Shirley Bassey and the cast of Les Miserables will be entertaining rather more than they are time consuming.
  4. That Benh Zeitlin wins Best Director.
  5. That a woman presents Best Picture. How about someone like Diane Keaton or Shirley MacClaine?

Sunday, February 24, 2013

10 thoughts on...Cloud Atlas

  1. I am going to spend a lot of time listening to the film's beautiful score.
  2. I love this film. Even more so than the novel.
  3. The casting is truly inspired, it is rare that I see a film and be pleasantly surprised at the casting choices...
  4. ...except for Tom Hanks as an Irish person. That accent is atrocious!
  5. It will feel wrong to celebrate the Oscar nominated films knowing that this film was snubbed unfairly in so many categories.
  6. Halle Berry is so good when she's given a decent character.
  7. Jim Sturgess being topless is a blessed thing. (He deserves to be a much bigger star than he is!)
  8. I hope that cinema and filmmakers continue to be as bold, brave and ambitious as Tom Tykwer and the Wachowski siblings were with this film.
  9. I hope this film continues to grow its fan base and receives the celebration that it deserves.
  10. I fucking love this film.

Saturday, February 23, 2013

Pause.

Saturday, February 23, 2013

30 Day Disney Film Favourite: Day 6

Day 6: Your favourite cast of characters...Beauty and the Beast
Disney is full of wonderful characters but I have a very special place in my heart for all of the characters in Beauty and the Beast, from villainous Gaston to motherly Mrs Pott and rather complicated leads in Belle and the Beast. Easy choice.

Honourable mention: Sleeping Beauty

Saturday, February 23, 2013

Top of the class. Oscar wins that make me very happy.

10. Mira Sorvino (Mighty Aphrodite) for Best Supporting Actress

9. Milena Canonero (Marie Antoinette) for Best Costume Design
 
8. Pedro Almodvor (Talk to Her) for Best Original Screenplay

7. Michael Giacchino (Up) for Best Original Score

6. Kathy Bates (Misery) for Best Actress

5. Bob Fosse (Cabaret) for Best Director

4. Midnight Cowboy for Best Picture

3. Dianne Wiest (Bullets Over Broadway and Hannah and her Sisters) for best Supporting Actress

2. Charlie Kaufman (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind) for Best Original Screenplay
 
1. Frances McDormand (Fargo) for Best Actress

Saturday, February 23, 2013

How do you describe a feeling?

Thursday, February 21, 2013

And the winners are...Academy Awards 2013

Picture
Win: Argo
Upset: Silver Linings Playbook
Wish: Beasts of the Southern Wild (but how good is this year's line-up? Other than Django Unchained I'd be happy to see any of these films win here)

Director
Win: Michael Haneke for Amour
Upset: Ang Lee for Life of Pi
Wish: Benh Zeitlin for Beasts of the Southern Wild (but, again, I'll be happy to see any of the nominees win) 

Actor
Win: Daniel Day-Lewis for Lincoln
Upset: Joaquin Pheonix for The Master
Wish: Joaquin Pheonix

Actress
Win: Emmanuelle Riva for Amour
Upset: Jennifer Lawrence for Silver Linings Playbook
Wish: Emmanuelle Riva

Supporting Actor
Win: Robert De Niro for Silver Linings Playbook
Upset: Christoph Waltz for Django Unchained
Wish: Tommy Lee Jones for Lincoln

Supporting Actress
Win: Anne Hathaway for Les Miserables
Upset: Amy Adams for The Master
Wish: Amy Adams

Original Song
Win: "Skyfall", Skyfall
Upset: "Pi's Lullaby", Life of Pi
Wish: "Skyfall", Skyfall

Animated Feature Film
Win: Brave
Upset: Wreck-It Ralph
Wish: Brave 

Foreign Language Film
Win: Amour
Upset: A Royal Affair
Wish: No

Original Screenplay
Win: Amour
Upset: Zero Dark Thirty
Wish: Moonrise Kingdom

Adapted Screenplay 
Win: Argo
Upset: Silver Linings Playbook 
Wish: Lincoln (I can't believe that this screenplay didn't become the default winner for this category, it'll be robbed if/when it loses!)

Cinematography
Win: Life of Pi
Upset: Lincoln
Wish: Lincoln or Skyfall

Costume Design
Win: Anna Karenina
Upset: Mirror Mirror
Wish: Anna Karenina

Production Design
Win: Les Miserables
Upset: Anna Karenina
Wish: Les Miserables

Documentary Feature
Win: Searching for Sugar Man
Upset: 5 Broken Cameras

Film Editing
Win: Argo
Upset: Life of Pi
Wish: Lincoln

Make-up and Hairstyling
Win: Les Miserables
Upset: The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
Wish: The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

Original Score
Win: Argo
Upset: Skyfall
Wish: Anna Karenina

Sound Editing
Win: Life of Pi
Upset: Skyfall
Wish: Skyfall

Sound Mixing
Win: Life of Pi
Upset: Les Miserables
Wish: Skyfall

Visual Effects
Win: Life of Pi
Upset: The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
Wish: Life of Pi

Animated Short
Win: Paperman
Upset: Head over Heels
Wish: Head over Heels

Live Action Short
Win: Henry
Upset: Asad

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Monday, February 18, 2013

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Friday, February 15, 2013

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

10 thoughts on...the BAFTAs 2013

  1. I can't bear to hear anyone celebrate Quentin Tarantino or Django Unchained. I feel like everyone must have seen a very different movie to the mess that I saw...
  2. ...worse of all is the likelihood that Christoph Waltz will win a second Oscar for a performance and character that pales in comparison to his previous win for Inglorious Basterds.
  3. I am very happy that Emmanuelle Riva won Best Actress. I am a fan of Jennifer Lawrence's performance in Silver Linings Playbook but it's always nice to see award bodies divide their love.
  4. Unlike they are doing with Argo. I'm a huge fan of the film but - barring Django Unchained - all of the other nominees are deserving of celebration. Alas this is how award seasons roll in recent years.
  5. It makes me cringe how BAFTA attempts to rival the Oscars for glamour and entertainment. It never succeeds. And Stephen Fry is probably the wrong choice as his humour seemed to leave many guests confused.
  6. Was Paloma Faith wearing Kylie's dress from the Cannes premiere of Holy Motors?!
  7. Sarah Jessica Parker can turn up randomly and present awards whenever she wants. And how good did she look with her trouser suit?
  8. Tom Hiddleston and Saoirse Ronan make a very lovely pairing.
  9. I wish BAFTA celebrated more British films such as Berberian Sound Studio. It needs to be a bit more biased.
  10. Bring on the Oscars!

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

30 Day Disney Film Challenge: Day 4 and 5

Day 4: Your favourite heroine (that isn't an official princess)...Bianca in The Rescuers
I've just decided to implement a rule which means I cannot repeat my choice (although I'm sure I'll be tempted to break that rule in the future) which means I must forgo my obvious choice of Meg, who I named as my favourite Disney character. Instead I will go with Bianca, the sultry mouse from The Rescuers who teams up with Bernard to have a little girl Penny. She has an incredible voice (thanks to Eva Gabor) and it's hard not to be bedazzled by her like Bernard.
 
Day 5: Your favourite hero (that isn't an official prince)...Dumbo in Dumbo
A character and story like Dumbo is why I am such a fan of animation, the big eared elephant has quite a heartbreaking story (he's outcast by his fellow elephants, his mother is imprisoned for trying to defend him, he is humiliated in front of crowds of people) but all ends well as he is free to use his ears to fly and saves his mother. What's not to like?

Honourable mention: Pinocchio is a close second for this title, only beaten because his obstacles stem from his own decisions rather and that is much less endearing than what happens to Dumbo

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Subtitled wisdom.

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Smile.

Sunday, February 10, 2013

One reaction. Wreck-It Ralph

It is saddening that I'm about to write a post that will echo the concern and sadness felt with The Princess and the Frog in 2010. As with that Disney film Wreck-It Ralph is an entertaining film with a good heart (where The Princess and the Frog followed the story of how hard work is the key to success, Wreck-It Ralph is about being content with your lot even if your surrounded by people who state otherwise) with a villain that is effeminate, camp and vicious. One moment in particular, the focus of this article by Chris Bogia, sees the titular Ralph refer to villain King of Candy as "nelly wafer". This alone is unacceptable but alongside his residency in a pink palace, his programming of characters to act like Regina George and his lisp made this film unbearable to watch at times.

For someone who has grown up and adores Disney this is simply unacceptable. And alongside recent villains such as those in Skyfall, Hanna and Lawless I am disappointed with Hollywood.

Sunday, February 10, 2013

An irresistible statement.

"If I forget to tell you later, I had a really good time tonight."

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Kiss.

Saturday, February 09, 2013

My favourite shot...Head Over Heels

This is a lovely short film that is Disney's greatest competition for the Animation Short Oscar in a few weeks time. Watch it here.

Friday, February 08, 2013

Tuesday, February 05, 2013

Kiss.

Tuesday, February 05, 2013

Advice on hair colour for women...from Louise Latham

"Too blonde hair always looks like a woman is trying to attract a man."

Monday, February 04, 2013

30 Day Disney Challenge: Day 3

Day 3: Your Favourite Official Prince...Beast from Beauty and the Beast
Say what you will about women in Disney films, it is the men tend to be one dimensional creations without much personality outside of their beautifully drawn torsos and admirable strength (and they're usually found rather dashingly on horseback). The most obvious exception to this rule is the Beast/Prince Adam who is physically changed from the usual bland/narcissistic personality and put under a spell that will see him remain a beast (with beastly characteristics) until he finds true love. That is much more interesting than the majority of Disney princes such as Prince Charming, Prince Philip or Prince Eric.

Monday, February 04, 2013

Smile.

Monday, February 04, 2013

Subtitled wisdom.

Sunday, February 03, 2013

30 Day Disney Film Challenge: Day 2

Day 2: Your Favourite Official Princess...Ariel in The Little Mermaid
It's her eyes.

Honourable mentions: Belle in Beauty and the Beast, Rapzunel in Tangled, Tiana in The Princess and the Frog