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Sunday, September 11, 2011

academy awards update

Best Picture: 
A Dangerous Method 
Carnage 
Contagion 
Drive 
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo 
The Help 
The Ides of March 
Melancholia 
Midnight in Paris 
Rango 
Super 8 
The Tree of Life 
War Horse

Best Director: 
David Cronenberg - A Dangerous Method 
Roman Polanski - Carnage 
Steven Soderbergh - Contagion 
Nicolas Winding Refn - Drive 
David Fincher - The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo 
George Clooney - The Ides of March 
Woody Allen - Midnight in Paris 
J.J. Abrams - Super 8 
Terrence Malick - The Tree of Life 
Steven Spielberg - War Horse

Best Actor: 
Michael Fassbender - A Dangerous Method 
Jean Dujardin - The Artist 
John C. Reilly - Carnage 
Christoph Waltz - Carnage 
Adrien Brody - Detachment 
Ryan Gosling - Drive 
George Clooney - The Ides of March 
Owen Wilson - Midnight in Paris 
Michael Fassbender - Shame 
Michael Shannon - Take Shelter 
Gary Oldman - Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy 
Brad Pitt - The Tree of Life

Best Actress: 
Keira Knightley - A Dangerous Method 
Jodie Foster - Carnage 
Kate Winslet - Carnage 
Juliette Binoche - Copie conforme (Certified Copy)
Rooney Mara - The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo 
Viola Davis - The Help 
Meryl Streep - The Iron Lady 
Kirsten Dunst - Melancholia 
Michelle Williams - Meek's Cutoff 
Michelle Williams - My Week With Marilyn 
Carey Mulligan - Shame 
Tilda Swinton - We Have To Talk About Kevin

Best Supporting Actor: 
Viggo Mortensen - A Dangerous Method 
Christopher Plummer - Beginners 
Jude Law - Contagion 
Lawrence Fishburne - Contagion 
Matt Damon - Contagion 
Ryan Gosling - The Ides of March 
Philip Seymour Hoffman - The Ides of March 
Bruce Greenwood - Meek's Cutoff 
Corey Stoll - Midnight in Paris 
Kyle Chandler - Super 8 
Sean Penn - The Tree of Life 
Niels Arestrup - War Horse

Best Supporting Actress 
Kate Winslet - Contagion 
Jennifer Ehle - Contagion 
Marion Cotillard - Contagion 
Carey Mulligan - Drive 
Jessica Chastain - The Help 
Octavia Spencer - The Help 
Marisa Tomei - The Ides of March 
Alison Pill - Midnight in Paris 
Elle Fanning - Super 8 
Jessica Chastain - The Tree of Life

Best Animated Feature 
Kung Fu Panda 2 
Rango 
Rio

Best Adapted Screenplay: 
A Dangerous Method - Christopher Hampton
Carnage - Roman Polanski & Yasmina Reza 
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo - Steven Zaillian 
The Ides of March - George Clooney & Grant Heslov 
The Muppets - Jason Segel 
My Week With Marilyn - Adrian Hodges 
War Horse - Lee Hall & Richard Curtis

Best Original Screenplay: 
Contagion - Scott Z. Burns 
Midnight In Paris - Woody Allen 
Rango - John Logan, Gore Verbinski and James Ward Byrkit 
Shame - Steve McQueen, Abi Morgan 
Super 8 - J.J. Abrams 
The Tree of Life - Terrence Malick

Best Cinematography 
The Artist 
Contagion 
Jane Eyre 
Meek's Cutoff 
Super 8 
The Tree of Life 
War Horse

Best Editing 
Contagion 
The Tree of Life

Best Art Direction 
A Dangerous Method 
Jane Eyre 
The Help 
My Week With Marilyn 
The Tree of Life 
Midnight in Paris

Best Costume Design 
A Dangerous Method 
The Conspirator 
Jane Eyre 
The Help 
Meek's Cutoff 
Midnight in Paris 
My Week With Marilyn 
The Tree of Life

Best Makeup 
A Dangerous Method 
Jane Eyre 
My Week With Marilyn 
One Day

Best Original Score 
Contagion 
The Tree of Life

Best Visual Effects 
Cowboys and Aliens 
Super 8 
The Tree of Life

Sunday, June 5, 2011

the contenders

dearest readers,
sorry i haven't had the time to blog lately! i swear i will be back to blogging regularly soon. in the meanwhile, here are some of the possible contenders for next year's academy awards. so far i've only seen midnight in paris, which was FANTASTIC! if you're a fan of the 1920's, well-read, & enjoy woody allen films, you'll love it!


best picture: 
contagion 
drive 
the girl with the dragon tattoo 
the ides of march 
melancholia 
midnight in paris 
rango 
super 8 
the tree of life 
war horse
best director: 
steven soderbergh - contagion 
nicholas winding refn - drive 
david fincher - the girl with the dragon tattoo 
george clooney - the ides of march 
woody allen - midnight in paris 
j.j. abrams - super 8 
terrence malick - the tree of life 
steven spielberg - war horse
best actor: 
jean dujardin - the artist 
matt damon - contagion 
ryan gosling - drive 
george clooney - the ides of march 
owen wilson - midnight in paris 
michael shannon - take shelter 
brad pitt - the tree of life
best actress: 
Marion Cotillard - Contagion 
Juliette Binoche - Copie conforme (Certified Copy) 
Rooney Mara - The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo 
Kirsten Dunst - Melancholia 
Michelle Williams - Meek's Cutoff 
Tilda Swinton - We Have To Talk About Kevin
best supporting actor: 
John Hawkes - Contagion
Jude Law - Contagion
Ryan Gosling - The Ides of March
Philip Seymour Hoffman - The Ides of March
Corey Stoll - Midnight in Paris
Sean Penn - The Tree of Life
Niels Arestrup - War Horse
best supporting actress
Kate Winslet - Contagion
Gwyneth Paltrow - Contagion
Marisa Tomei - The Ides of March
Alison Pill - Midnight in Paris
Michelle Williams - My Week With Marilyn
Elle Fanning - Super 8
Jessica Chastain - The Tree of Life
best animated feature
Rango
Rio
best adapted screenplay:
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo - Steven Zaillian
The Ides of March - George Clooney & Grant Heslov
The Muppets - Jason Segel
My Week With Marilyn - Adrian Hodges
War Horse - Lee Hall & Richard Curtis
best original screenplay:
The Tree of Life - Terrence Malick
Contagion - Scott Z. Burns
Midnight In Paris - Woody Allen
Rango - John Logan, Gore Verbinski and James Ward Byrkit
Super 8 - J.J. Abrams
best cinematography
The Artist
Jane Eyre
Meek's Cutoff
Super 8
The Tree of Life
War Horse
best editing
The Tree of Life
best art direction
Jane Eyre
My Week With Marilyn
The Tree of Life
Midnight in Paris

best costume design
The Conspirator
Jane Eyre
Meek's Cutoff
Midnight in Paris
My Week With Marilyn
The Tree of Life
best makeup
My Week With Marilyn
best original score
The Tree of Life
best visual effects
Cowboys and Aliens
Super 8
The Tree of Life

Thursday, May 26, 2011

blue valentine

you always hurt the one you love
the one you shouldn't hurt at all
you always take the sweetest rose
and crush it till the petals fall

you always break the kindest heart
with a hasty word you can't recall, so
if i broke your heart last night
it's because i love you most of all


blue valentine is a film about a day in the life of a couple whose marriage is failing. it goes back and forth between this day and flashbacks of their past. these flashbacks show bits and pieces of their courtship and vital choices they made that led them to the inevitable failure of their love. why make a romance film that doesn't have a happy ending, you ask? i think it sends an important message of the reality that life doesn't always turn out as you hope, and sometimes it's not even a situation where one specific person is at fault. some things just aren't meant to be.

this was beautifully filmed. ryan gosling and michelle williams were phenomenal, and the story was heartbreaking but at the same time very touching. you feel for both the characters. in most break-up stories there is usually one person that is mainly at fault so your first reaction would be to feel angry, but you can't feel that emotion at any point in this film. just sadness, heartbreak, & helplessness. other than feeling those emotions you also understand why it happened the way it did. you understand that reality isn't always the prettiest thing and that sometimes you really don't have any control over a situation. and i really liked that about this film. it's the kind of story that really leaves an impression on people because it's something we can all somehow relate to.

Sunday, May 22, 2011

garden state

andrew largeman is an actor in los angeles who goes back home because of the passing of his mother. during his stay he reconnects with old friends and his father with which he has had a complicated relationship with . while trying to deal with revisiting his past, he meets a quirky woman named sam and together they try to make sense of the world around them.
garden state is a settle, and yet beautiful film. sensitively written, smartly directed, & lovable characters. it's a light drama, but at the same time it really sticks with you after you watch it. the cinematography in this film is lovely. directed & written by zach braff.












cannes announces winners





Palme d’Or: (best picture) The Tree of Life, Terrence Malick
Grand Prix (tie): The Kid with the Bike, Luc and Jean Dardenne and Once Upon a Time in Anatolia, Nuri Bilge Ceylan
Jury Prize: Polisse, Maiween
Best Director: Nicholas Winding Refn, Drive
Best Actor: Jean Dujardin, The Artist
Best Actress: Kirsten Dunst, Melancholia
Best Screenplay: Joseph Cedar, Footnote
Best Short Film: Cross Country, Maryna Vroda
Camera d’Or: Las acacias, Pablo Giorgelli

Friday, May 20, 2011

midnight in paris

woody allen's midnight in paris is yet another film i'm dying to see. it's not playing in any theaters where i live yet, however i did manage to find some beautiful snapshots.











Tuesday, May 17, 2011

the tree of life

i am so excited to see this. when you watch a preview for an upcoming film you usually have the jist of what it's about, but i didn't really get that from watching the trailer for the tree of life for the first time. all i knew was that it intrigued me. i have now read a little more into it, but i'm still very much anticipating it. i'm also hearing a lot of oscar buzz, so hopefully there won't be any disappointments.

Monday, May 9, 2011

the hurt locker

the rush of battle is often a potent and lethal addiction, for war is a drug.

this statement at the beginning of the hurt locker isn't applicable to all combat troops. i would imagine most would want to just get it over with so they can go home. for staff sgt. william james, however, the above statement could not be more true. it's like an exhilarating game to him every time he defuses a bomb under enemy fire.

jeremy renner plays the reckless & yet controlled staff sgt. james, and he does a phenomenal job. his character is nothing fancy, not a man of eloquent or inspiring words. he's a man who knows what he's doing, a man who courageously puts himself in harms way as if he has nothing to lose.

to the rest of his team, he is the reckless wild man who isn't a team player. he may seem that way at first, but once you see him at work, you see another side to him. as he defuses one bomb after another, it's as if you are watching a surgeon at work. calm, collected, & 100% focused. even when he can see the actual terrorist off in the distance, waiting for the bomb to go off. he keeps his cool, his eyes on the prize.

kathryn bigelow directed this film, and i feel she did a fantastic job. i usually like films that have quick shots & fancy camera angles, but in this case it wasn't necessary. in this film, it was all about the slow build-up, the long shots where you just can't keep your eyes off the screen because you don't know what's going to happen. another important factor would be the character development. you know it's going to be a good film when you get to know all the characters intimately. what they're all about, why they are here, and what purpose they have.

all in all, i loved this film. i have no idea why it took me this long to watch it. a must-see.

Sunday, May 8, 2011

lost in translation


charlotte: i just don't know what i'm supposed to be.
bob: you'll figure that out. the more you know who you are, and what you want, the less you let things upset you.

Saturday, May 7, 2011

oh the places i'll go

oh! the places you'll go!
you'll be on your way up!
you'll be seeing great sights!
you'll join the high fliers
who soar to high heights.


every time i watch a film that was made in a place i've never been i add that to the places i want to travel to at some point in my life. needless to say i have a rapidly growing bucket list.


italy

a room with a view


germany

the ghost writer


england

atonement


morocco

hanna


austria

the sound of music


france

before sunset


spain

vicky cristina barcelona


japan

lost in translation


scotland

trainspotting


africa

the constant gardener


new zealand

lord of the rings trilogy


hungary

love & death


bulgaria

hitman


alaska

insomnia


boston

the departed

Thursday, May 5, 2011

the red shoes

LERMONTOV: the ballet of the red shoes is from a story by hans christian andersen. it is about a young girl who is devoured by an ambition to attend a dance in a pair of red shoes. she get’s the shoes and goes to the ball. for a time all goes well, and she is happy. but at the end of the evening she is tired and wants to go home. but the red shoes are not tired. the red shoes are never tired. they dance her out into the street, they dance her over the mountains and valleys, through fields and forests, through night and day. time rushes by, love rushes by, life rushes by, but the red shoes dance on.

CRASTER: what happens in the end?

LERMONTOV: oh, in the end she dies.

sound a little bit familiar? if you are a fan of old films, ballet, or aronofsky's black swan, you should consider watching this. great film.