Thursday, February 28, 2008

Hey Good Lookin'


To quote "Nina" in the comments at JustJared - "This man is a religious experience."

I'm (not really) sorry for being absent yesterday and the rest of the weekend, but I do have a life and responsibilities so who knows how much you'll be getting out of me. If nothing else, have a good weekend.

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

One-Year In Advance Oscar Predictions

--COMPLETED! I, for the record, changed out Kate Beckinsale for Sally Hawkins. I just feel that in a year of so many big stars (Streep, Kidman, Winslet plus Moore, Knightley and such) in contention, there is no way the media will not jump on some newcomer and Hawkins was the only one on my radar.--


Because I'm nothing if not a masochist. I'm shaking my own head at the ridiculousness of it all, trust me.

The Lovely Bones is officially 2009, The Road (which I think will give John Hillcoat a Best Director nod when it's released) will also be 2009, but not entirely sure. I don't think there's room for both Frost/Nixon and Doubt (I'm going with Doubt), Normally I would have gone with The Reader, but can Stephen Daldry (Billy Elliot and The Hours) get a third-straight best director nom (and it doesn't feel like a best pic/no best director film)?

I am certain I'll get 1/5 for each category MAX, but that's part of the fun, isn't it? Being proven so entirely wrong!

BEST PICTURE
Australia
Doubt
Milk
Miracle at St Anna
Revolutionary Road

BEST DIRECTOR
Spike Lee, Miracle at St Anna
Baz Luhrmann, Australia
Gus Van Sant, Milk
John Patrick Shanley, Doubt
Stephen Soderbergh, The Argentine

BEST ACTOR
Benicio Del Toro, The Argentine
Leonardo DiCaprio, Body of Lies
Jamie Foxx, The Soloist
Frank Langella, Frost/Nixon
Sean Penn, Milk

BEST ACTRESS
Anne Hathaway, Dancing with Shiva
Sally Hawkins, Happy-Go-Lucky
Nicole Kidman, Australia
Meryl Streep, Doubt
Kate Winslet, Revolutionary Road

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Jamie Bell, Defiance
Josh Brolin, Milk
James Gandolfini, Miracle at St Anna
Jeremy Irons, Appaloosa
Heath Ledger, The Dark Knight

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Patricia Clarkson, Elegy
Viola Davis, Doubt
Catherine Keener, The Soloist
Samantha Morton, Synecdoche, NY
Kate Winslet, The Reader

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
Woody Allen, Vicki Christina Barcelona
Dustin Lance Black, Milk
Charlie Kaufman, Synecdoche, NY
Mike Leigh, Happy-Go-Lucky
Jenny Lumet, Dancing with Shiva

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
James McBride, Miracle at St Anna
David Hare, The Reader
Justin Haythe, Revolutionary Road
Eric Roth, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
John Patrick Shanley, Doubt

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
Australia
Burn After Reading
Defiance
Milk
Revolutionary Road

BEST ART DIRECTION
Australia
Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull
Red Cliff
Synecdoche, NY
Valkryie

BEST COSTUME DESIGN
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Doubt
The Reader
Revolutionary Road
Valkryie

BEST EDITING
The Argentine
Australia
The Dark Knight
Doubt
Miracle at St Anna

BEST MAKE-UP
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
The Dark Knight
Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE
Australia
Defiance
Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull
The Soloist
Wall-E

BEST ORIGINAL SONG
I'm not bothering, because it's impossible.

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS
The Chronicals of Narnia: Prince Caspian
Iron Man
Speed Racer

BEST SOUND MIXING
The Dark Knight
Defiance
Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull
Valkyrie
Wall-E

BEST SOUND EDITING
Australia
Defiance
Miracle at St Anna
Speed Racer
Wall-E

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE
9
Ponyo on the Cliff
Wall-E

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM
Brazil
France
Italy
Japan
Romania

The Lovely Laura Linney Saves the Jolly Jennifer Garner

No, that doesn't work. But I love this clip from the E red carpet special of the Oscars yesterday (we didn't get to see it). I'd heard about and here it is. What the hell is going on there? Was Gary Busey a red carpet presenter or a guest at the awards?

The Oscar Red Carpet

Were you there? I was, and I got some mighty fascinating quotes from the stars! The bits in italics are what I said to them in return. I'm so nice like that.


"Sploopy doopy WOOPETYWOO!! I'm so silly lolz omigod ROCKOUT!!! Flimity floobity boop!"

You're an idiot.


"I'm amazing. Jon Stewart will totally be correct when he says I'm one of the funniest women he's even met. Cause I am. But he hasn't said that yet. That's in the future. Also, aren't you glad I toned down the lipstick? Just a smidge, but I'm sure you appreciate it. Don't you? Give me your approval!!!"

I do, Anne. If I was casting a movie of my life I'd totally want you as some wise-cracking best friend-type.


"Glenn's still not sure why he has a thing for me. I mean, I am kind of scuzzy, but during the telecast I can guarantee that I'll make him laugh and he'll find me yummy."

It's sad - and a little bit gross - but true.


"Glenn thought I'd be the best dressed and, well, I do look pretty don't I, but perhaps too safe."

Perhaps?


"So, we all know by now that it goes baby kittens and then ME, but those kittens better watch their backs!"

My baby kitten knocked over an expensive vase today so you're totally in the lead, Amy!


"God we're gorgeous!"

Uh-huh!


"Hi! I'm Diablo Cody! I'm Pebbles Flinstone's porn-star sister. My heroes include Liz Taylor in Cleopatra and Project Runway contestants."

You're weird, but I kinda like that you're a complete nutter!


"I like how Glenn still has a crush on me from the My Beautiful Laundrette and Age of Innocence days. I should make my next movie one where I get to look pretty again."

I agree that you should sweep me off my feet and love me for all time. I mean... I agree about what you said. Yeah. That's it.


"Where's Todd?"

I don't know.


"Here I am Cate! Glenn didn't see my movie because they distributed it poorly, but he loves me anyway so he's going to put a picture of me up. Did anybody even know I was here?"

Nope.


"Not me either, but that's swell. You get to watch another of your films go home empty handed."

Shut up, Cate! At least you look pretty, although I don't quite get the scarfy-strappy thing on your dress.


"I'm just so happy to be here!"

Riiight.


"BREEEEEAAASTS!!!! BRRRRREEEASTS!!"

Tell me 'bout it, honey! Those things should be given out as consolation prizes!


"Gosh I'm dreamy."

Can't...stop...drooling...


"Gosh I'm dreamy."

Can't...stop...drooling...


"My next role will be as a teacher at a run down community college in the poor part of town. My class will be 'How To Dress Appropriately if You Are 50 Years or Older'."

Hey, it beats Nic Cage sequels.


"Everybody wants to be me."

Shut up and kiss me.


"I'm so lovely, no? It's as if the Heavens are beaming down on me right now!"

Yes. All true.


"I look surprisingly good! Everybody else seems to be wearing black or navy and if they're not they're serving their tits up on a platter. Go me."

I don't like you, but you do look pretty.


"I made this myself!"

Poor love. I know you're going to lose, but that's no reason to wear those hideous gloves!


"My name is John Travolta and I knew I'd be in a photo with The Rock so I made my hair look exactly the same!"

Dude, that stuff came out of a can, I can tell!


"Wow, my posture is so poor! Maybe it's because I can't see what I look like in a mirror anymore that I've just given up completely. Seriously! WHY CAN'T I OPEN MY EYES?!"

Complete.Utter.Contempt.


"I look fabulous! Plus I have such a killer rack right now!"

I know!


"They look even bigger from this angle!"

Yowza!


"My dress better look during telecast, swear my life!" *giggle*

Sure.


"How come I can dress better than all of Hollywood? 'Cause I can. I look adorable and patriotic!"

You're so freakin' adorable!!!


"Why am I here?"

Beats me.


"Why am I here?"

I don't know...


"I will one day take over your puny planet and you will all worship THE TILDA!!!"

Whoa, settle down there Tilda.


"Our movies are totally realistic! The shlubs do get the hot chicks!"

Is it weird that I have a weird thing for you Seth? It is, right? I know it is. I think it was that police uniform and the handlebar moustache in Superbad. That was total Porn-central circa 1980. Maybe that was too much information?


"I'm so amazing. Did I mention I go by 'Academy Award-Nominee Sarah Polley' these days?"

And how!


And the BEST DRESSED of the night?

Saiorse Ronan!

"Me?"

Yes, you! Because that dress is amazing, the colour is fantastic, and you know how to dress yourself when women twice (three times, even!) your age can't seem to get anything right. Way to go Saiorse! I guess having you as best dressed helps make up for Keira not being there at all, which was sad.

"Keira's a British bitch, but I'm just so happy right now that I'll forget how much I loathe her."

Bless you, child.

{fin}

Monday, February 25, 2008

Sunday, February 24, 2008

2008 Academy Award Predictions

Like every other blog out there with even a remote passing interest in Hollywood Mecha, I too am providing my predictions for tomorrow's Academy Awards. Tres excited, aren't you? There are very good movies nominated with barely a stinker in the bunch, although I'm not quite as enamoured with certain titles as most others - predominantly There Will Be Blood and The Diving Bell and the Butterfly, minor quibble. I think they're great movies, but not quite great enough. Meh. MOVING ON! I totally predict (predictions about my predictions, *world implodes*) that I'm going to get many of these wrongs, which is a good thing because it means there's competition. yay for that.

Let's start with a few fun things though, shall we?

MOST OBVIOUS JOKE:

Either some sort of allegory between the movies and the American election. "Juno is like Hilary Clinton!" or some such. OR because Jon Stewart is hosting "Three Six Mafia - One. Martin Scorsese - ONE!!!" I almost expect it to be the first thing out of Stewart's mouth, actually.

BEST DRESSED

I have a feeling that Amy Ryan will wow. I tend to be really fond of people who aren't in the general consensus of who the best dressed is. People like Shohreh Aghdashloo, Marcia Gay Harden and Diane Lane have been my best dressed in the past and so I'm going with Ryan. Or Marion Cotillard as long as she doesn't replicate her Flying Nun creation of the BAFTAs. My favourite last year was Gwyneth Paltrow after years of bad fashion and before that was Keira Knightley, so maybe the "movie star" trend will continue. Maybe Nicole?

WORST DRESSED

People will say Tilda Swinton purely because she wears a goat on her face, but I'm sure whatever she attaches to her outfit she'll look stunning. So my choice for worst dressed is gonna be one of the nominated costume designers (as usual) or Marion Cotillard as long as she replicates her Flying Nun creation of the BAFTAs.

BEST SPEECH IN A CATEGORY "NOBODY CARES ABOUT"

If he wins then definitely Susan Lucci Kevin O'Connell.


Worst Speech

The visual effects people. They never make good speeches. And because there's so many of them they never get to finish and it's always awkward.

PERSON MOST LIKELY TO OFFEND A CELEBRITY OR AN ENTIRE MINORITY*

Excluding Jon Stewart, of course. I'm gonna say whoever wins Best Documentary. Or Julie Christie.

Now on to the good stuff!


BEST PICTURE
Atonement
Juno
Michael Clayton
No Country for Old Men
There Will Be Blood

Predicted Winner: No Country for Old Men
My Vote: No Country for Old Men

BEST DIRECTOR
Paul Thomas Anderson, There Will be Blood
Joel Coen and Ethan Coen, No Country for Old Men
Tony Gilroy, Michael Clayton
Jason Reitman, Juno
Julian Schnabel, The Diving Bell and the Butterfly

Predicted Winner: The Coen Bros
My Vote: The Coen Bros

BEST ACTOR
George Clooney, Michael Clayton
Daniel Day-Lewis, There Will Be Blood
Johnny Depp, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
Tommy Lee Jones, In the Valley of Elah
Viggo Mortensen, Eastern Promises

Predicted Winner: Daniel Day-Lewis
My Vote: Daniel Day-Lewis

I, unfortunately, have not seen Jones or Mortensen's work.

BEST ACTRESS
Cate Blanchett, Elizabeth: The Golden Age
Julie Christie, Away from Her
Marion Cotillard, La Vie en Rose
The Lovely Laura Linney, The Savages
Ellen Page, Juno

Predicted Winner: Julie Christie
My Vote: Julie Christie

I think Christie will eke this win out, but a Cotillard win wouldn't surprise me in the slightest (not that I would like it, at least her speech might be a nice consilation), although if there's an "upset" I hope it is Linney (whose film hasn't been released here yet) or Page.

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Casey Affleck, The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford
Javier Bardem, No Country for Old Men
Phillip Seymour Hoffman, Charlie Wilson's War
Hal Holbrook, Into the Wild
Tom Wilkinson, Michael Clayton

Predicted Winner: Javier Bardem
My Vote: Javier Bardem

Although I think Affleck gave the better performance, I think his placement here is completely wrong.

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Cate Blanchett, I'm Not There
Ruby Dee, American Gangster
Saiorse Ronan, Atonement
Amy Ryan, Gone Baby Gone
Tilda Swinton, Michael Clayton

Predicted Winner: Ruby Dee Tilda Swinton Cate Blanchett Saiorse Ronan Ruby Dee Amy Ryan Cate Blanchett Tilda Swinton Amy Ryan
My Vote: Tilda Swinton

And so we come to it. The most contentious major category in quite a while. There is a legitimate possibility that either of the five nominees could win. When was the last time that happened in one of the acting categories? I have put down every single of the nominees at my predicted winner at one time or another. I eventually decided on Amy Ryan because she fits the mold of supporting actress. She plays a mother-from-hell role, she's AMERICAN (only Ruby Dee can also claim that) and your movie doesn't need to necessarily be this across-the-board nominee yet you can still be an unknown/newcomer to win. I see Ryan as winning and being one of those winners that goes on to a stable career, but one which never really makes her a big star. I hope Swinton can pull it off though. But really it was a very eenie-meenie-miney-moe type situation.

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
Diablo Cody, Juno
Nancy Oliver, Lars and the Real Girl
Tony Gilroy, Michael Clayton
Brad Bird, Jan Pinkava, Jon Capobianco, Ratatouille
Tamara Jenkins, The Savages

Predicted Winner: Diablo Cody
My Vote: Brad, Jan and Jon

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
Christopher Hampton, Atonement
Sarah Polley, Away from Her
Ronald Harwood, The Diving Bell and the Butterfly
Joel Coen and Ethan Coen, No Country for Old Men
Paul Thomas Anderson, There Will Be Blood

Predicted Winner: The Coen Bros
My Vote: Sarah Polley


I can't help but think Anderson is going to surprise here, don't you? Okay, maybe you don't, but I do. Alas, I'm sticking with the Coens.

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
Roger Deakins, The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford
Seamus McGarvey, Atonement
Roger Deakins, No Country for Old Men
Janusz Kaminski, The Diving Bell and the Butterfly
Robert Elswit, There Will be Blood

Predicted Winner: Janusz Kaminski
My Vote: Roger Deakins (for No Country)

I'm just going out on a limb here. Like Supporting Actress this could go to any one. I have the unfortunately feeling that Deakins will split (he deserves to win for No Country and not Assassination, but that's just me I think) and I'm not sure There Will Be Blood includes enough obvious "hey, look at me!" moments. Hmmm. We'll see.

BEST EDITING
Christopher Rouse, The Bourne Ultimatum
Juliette Welfing, The Diving Bell and the Butterfly
Jay Cassidy, Into the Wild
"Roderick Jaynes", No Country for Old Men
Dylan Tichenor, There Will Be Blood

Predicted Winner: Dylan Tichenor
My Vote: "Roderick Jaynes"


Consider this just one consilation prize for There Will Be Blood (see below) and a respite from seeing the Coen Bros on stage one more time.

BEST ART DIRECTION
Arthur Max, Beth A Rubino, American Gangster
Sarah Greenwood, Katie Spencer, Atonement
Dennis Gassner, Anne Pinnock, The Golden Compass
Dante Ferretti, Francesca Lo Shiavo, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
Jack Fisk, Jim Erickson, There Will be Blood

Predicted Winner: Fisk and Erickson
My Vote: Greenwood and Spencer

BEST COSTUME DESIGN
Albert Wolsky, Across the Universe
Jacqueline Durran, Atonement
Alexandra Byrne, Elizabeth: The Golden Age
Marit Allen, La Vie en Rose
Colleen Atwood, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street

Predicted Winner: Jacqueline Durran
My Vote: Jacqueline Durran

BEST MAKE-UP
Didier Lavergne, Jan Archibald, La Vie en Rose
Some People, whatever
Ve Neill, Martin Samuel, Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End

Predicted Winner: Lavergne and Archibald
My Vote: Lavergne and Archibald

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE
Dario Marianelli, Atonement
Alberto Iglesias, The Kite Runner
James Newton Howard, Michael Clayton
Michael Giacchino, Ratatouille
Marco Beltrami, 3:10 to Yuma

Predicted Winner: Marianelli
My Vote: Marianelli or Giacchino...?

BEST ORIGINAL SONG
"Raise it Up", August Rush
"Happy Working Song", Enchanted
"So Close", Enchanted
"That's How You Know", Enchanted
"Falling Slowly", Once

Predicted Winner: "Falling Slowly"
My Vote: "Falling Slowly"

BEST SOUND MIXING
Scott Millan, David Parker, Kirk Francis, The Bourne Ultimatum
Skip Lievsay, Craig Berkey, Greg Orloff, Peter Kurland, No Country for Old Men
Randy Thom, Michael Semantick, Doc Kane, Ratatouille
Paul Massey, David Giammarco, Jim Stuebe, 3:10 to Yuma
Kevin O'Connor, Greg P Russell, Peter J Devlin, Transformers

Predicted Winner: the Transformers crew
My Vote: The No Country folk

BEST SOUND EDITING
Karen M Baker, Per Hallberg, The Bourne Ultimatum
Skip Lievsay, No Country for Old Men
Randy Thom, Michael Silvers, Ratatouille
Matthew Wood, There Will Be Blood
Mike Hopkins, Ethan van der Ryan, Transformers

Predicted Winner: Wood
My Vote: Not sure. Wood or Lievsay? Or the bombastics of Transformers?

Because I think There Will Be Blood is a great example of the art of sound editing and they like giving this category to best picture nominees here.

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS
Michael L Fink, Bill Westonhofer, Trevor Wood, The Golden Compass
John Knoll, Hal T Hickel, Charlie Gibson, John Frazier, Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End
Scott Farrar, Scott Benzar, Russell Earl, John Frazier, Transformers

Predicted Winner: The Transformers gang
My Vote: The Transformers gang

BEST ANIMATED FILM
Persepolis
Ratatouille
Surf's Up

Predicted Winner: Ratatouille
My Vote: Ratatouille

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM
The Counterfeiters (Austria)
Beauford (Israel)
Mongol (Kazakhstan)
Katyn (Poland)
12 (Russia)

Predicted Winner: Katyn
My Vote: n/a

BEST DOCUMENTARY
No End in Sight
Operation Homecoming: Writing the Wartime Experience
Sicko
Taxi to the Dark Side
War/Dance

Predicted Winner: No End in Sight
My Vote: I've only seen Sicko

BEST DOCUMENTARY SHORT
Freeheld
La Corona
Salim Baba
Sari's Mother

Predicted Winner: Freeheld
My Vote: n/a

BEST ANIMATION SHORT
Even Pidgeons Go To Heaven
I Met the Walrus
Madame Tutli-Putli
My Love
Peter and the Wolf

Predicted Winner: Peter and the Wolf
My Vote: n/a

BEST LIVE ACTION SHORT
At Night
The Mozart of Pickpockets
The Substitute
Tanghi Argentini
The Tonto Woman

Predicted Winner: The Substitute
My Vote: n/a

{fin}

The Official Soundtrack to the Academy Awards

Because I love making mix CDs. It's just something I love doing. I make one and I gotta make a second and then a third and a fourth and so on. So, to celebrate tomorrow's 80th Academy Awards here is my official Soundtrack to the Academy Awards. Featuring obvious songs like "Falling Slowly" and "That's How You Know" alongside more, um, er, obscure choices (Divine! Ono! Cher! Joe Dolce!) There's even a bonus track!

And if you want it's 80 minutes long so it's perfect length to burn onto a CD! I'm such a good friend, aren't I? (see track 19)

1:: Ethel Merman, "There's No Business Like Show Business [Disco Mix]"
Doesn't represent a movie, I just thought this song perfectly encapsulates the ceremony. I consider it the show's unofficial anthem. But only the disco mix, because the disco mix is so much more amazing (and awful). I wish Rob Lowe would do an interpretive dance to this song.

2:: Divine, "Walk Like a Man" - I'm Not There
I thought "Dylan or Divine?" and the choice was so obvious. Divine > Dylan. Fact.

3:: Yoko Ono with The Brothers Brothers, "Yes, I'm a Witch" - Michael Clayton
Aka "Theme Song for Karen Crowder". Plus, the song is awesome.

4:: Stephanie McIntosh, "So Do I Say Sorry First" - Atonement
I had picked out something else entirely to represent Atonement, but as I glanced over the lyrics to this song by failed Neighbours-to-pop-star Steph McIntosh there was quite a bit of symmetry (even if the song doesn't have the same plot at the movie). "And I swear that you won't change / I hope you learn to trust somebody" is total Briony.

5:: Sneaky Sound System, "UFO" - Transformers
One of the things that confused me most about Transformers (a movie I liked, remember?) was how on earth they were going to convince anyway that nothing happened? Those robots tore about Los Angeles! It's not like nobody saw! Yet at the end of the movie they made it out that we all lived happily ever after. Strange. "I saw a UFO and nobody believes me" I guess they couldn't have "I saw a car that turns into a robot and nobody believes me" because that could be too coincidental.

6:: Michael Jackson, "Thriller" - No Country for Old Men and There Will Be Blood
These two were the hardest to think of a song for, so I went with MJ's "Thriller". You can't stop what's coming the beast with the forty eyes.

7:: Motiv8, "Break the Chain" - Black Snake Moan
Look, I know this movie wasn't nominated for anything, but the symmetry was just too perfect to ignore. Plus the song is freakin' incredible and everyone should have it on their iPod.

8:: Sir Mixalot, "Baby Got Back" - Norbit
I have not seen Norbit, nor do I ever intend to, but I'm fairly certain this song appeared in that movie at some point. And if not... well, here it is anyway.

9:: Cher, "Just Like Jesse James" - The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford
Too literal? Perhaps. Too amazing? NEVER!

10:: Joe Dolce, "Shaddap You Face" - Sweeney Todd and La Vie en Rose
Sasha Baron Cohen has gone on record as saying he based his character of Signor Adolfo Pirelli on Joe Dolce's awful novelty record of the early 1980s "Shaddap You Face" and I didn't have time to go through the Sweeney Todd soundtrack to find a song I wanted to include. Plus - two-for-one! - this song can also represent Marion Cotillard's Quasi-Modo-as-Hobbit performance in La Vie en Rose. He does sing "Whatsa matter you / Gotta no respect" which works well alongside "Non, je ne regrette rien", does it not?!

11:: Amy Adams, "That's How You Know" - Enchanted
I can't justify how this song relates to Enchanted. I just think it does. Do you see it too?

12:: Ultra Orange & Emmanuelle, "Don't Kiss Me Goodbye" - The Diving Bell and the Butterfly
I looooved this song because the movie came out and then it was in the trailer and I thought "awesome!" Of course it helps that Emmanuelle (that'd be Emmanuelle Sagnier, Roman Polanski's... wife?) is one of the movie's stars. I'd recommend their other collaborations too, though. All very good.

13:: Spiderbait, "By the Time I get to Howlong" - 3:10 to Yuma
I had originally gone with the much more obvious "Time is Running Out" by Muse, but I like this song better and if you pay attention to the lyrics (some of which non-Australians won't understand because it's a lot of place names like "Wyalong", "Bright" and "Shepparton") it totally fits with the movie about a man with a past being sent back to the prison he has been to several times before.

14:: The Swell Season, "Falling Slowly" - Once
Again, WHERE IS THE CONNECTION? I'm just making this shit up as I go along.

15:: Fiona Apple, "Across the Universe" - Across the Universe
Probably my favourite cover of the Beatles' "Across the Universe" is this one by Fiona Apple. Isn't it everybody's favourite, though?

16:: Broken Social Scene, "Anthems for a Seventeen-Year-Old Girl" - Juno
This songs feels so much like it belongs in Juno, doesn't it?

17:: Mazzy Star, "Into Dust" - Away From Her
A beautiful song for a beautiful movie. The lyrics are so right for Sarah Polley's exquisite double Oscar nominee, aren't they?

18:: Eddie Veddar, "Hard Sun" - Into the Wild
My favourite of Eddie Veddar's songs from the Into the Wild soundtrack was this one, which I originally thought was an original, but turned out to be a cover version. Typical. This was the only Veddar song to make an impression on me during Into the Wild - naturally, I wasn't at all sad that he got snubbed in the original song category - and that's why I'm putting it on here instead of, like, "Guaranteed" or whatever the other songs I am apparently meant to think are classics. Pfft.

BONUS TRACK:: Golden Girls Theme - Elizabeth: The Golden Age
Cause for months I called it Elizabeth: The Golden Years like it was, and I paraphrase Adam here, Elizabeth in a nursing home. Although that would be entertaining. Abbie Cornish could be the Nurse Ratched of the movie and Geoffrey Rush could be the film's Mr Bloom. Plus, it's also the greatest tv theme song of all time and I like to think of it as a "thank you!" to all you lovely readers out there.

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There, now that was fun, wasn't it?

Friday, February 22, 2008

Gone with the Oscars

Whoa. Now this is old school. Below is Hattie McDaniel winning the 1940 Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role in Gone with the Wind (personally, not a performance I liked, but a historic win nonetheless). How crazy is this?! And at the end she just walks off crying. I love it!

Thursday, February 21, 2008

This Week on Australian Screens

Cinema Releases for the Week 21/02/08

August Rush - I love the print ads for this which just splash "NOMINATED FOR AN ACADEMY AWARD" onto the poster. There's no mention of it on the TV commercials though, which have been surprisingly frequent. If someone has seen this movie then can they explain why Freddie Highmore seems to be commanding the wind in a field of grass? It's very perplexing.

Bella - This film - very reminiscent of Before Sunrise/Sunset in an obvious way - was one of my favourites of MIFF last year, but my enthusiasm has resided somewhat.

The Bucket List - There is no way humanly possible that I am going to sit through this movie. No way. I'm glad it's finally being released though, because it means I will no longer have to sit through that torturous trailer anymore. I swear, they played that claptrap before every single movie I have seen over the last two months.

Margot at the Wedding - Nicole Kidman and Jennifer Jason Leigh = more than enough to get me into the cinema. So much so that I'm seeing it tomorrow!

Martial Child - I've never quite "gotten" John Cusack (I wholeheartedly "get" Joan Cusack, however) and then he goes and makes a movie like this and I feel totally justified.

Rambo - On the plus side, it's rated R18+ (hell yeah!), on the negative side... it's a freakin' Rambo movie! I like First Blood well enough, but geeeez, Sly is really desperate, isn't he? Why doesn't he try acting again? He did it (well!) in Cop Land ten years ago, yet he just seemed to forget all about that, didn't he?

Talk to Me - Don Chealde, Chiwetel Ejiofor and Taraji Henson star in this biopic of radio DJ Ralph Waldo Greene. Never heard of the man, but the movie is apparently very good. Probably more of a DVD movie for me though.

DVD Releases for the Week 21/02/08

Boynton Beach Club - Going under the much more lively name The Boynton Beach Bereavement Club overseas, this romantic comedy (psst, for the "oldies") is apparently very awful. Skip.

The Brave One - Jodie Foster goes kick-arse all over New York City, reaping vengeance where she may. There's also some political overtones of some variety. :p I totally meant to see this theatrically, but it just kind of slipped away. < < Jodie totally threatened to kill me if I didn't catch it on DVD right away!

December Boys - This Aussie flop (both here and overseas) stars Harry Potter Daniel Radcliffe as an orphan trying to be adopted by a nice sea-side residing family. Aww? It also features "Next Big Thing!" Teresa Palmer, Christian Byers, Jack Thompson and Victoria Hill.

Underdog - I... don't... know...

100 Greatest Movie Posters: #47 - Look at Me

#47
Look at Me (2005)
Directed by Agnès Jaoui
Poster Designed by Jeremy Saunders
Film Nationality - France
Poster Nationality - Australia



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Look, I can't count the amount of times I have said it during both this countdown and just in general discussion, but - damn - I wish poster designers would just try.harder. This Australian poster for Agnès Jaoui's Look at Me is a perfect example of why. Just look at it. And then look at the other designs!

W-E-A-K-!

Look, I'm not saying every poster needs to be some delightfully off-centre experiment of art or whathaveyou, but this poster is just so good and is such a great representation for the film (which is filled with arty intellectual types) that I literally wanna gush over it.

I've been meaning to do a dedicatory piece towards Jeremy Saunders, my favourite current poster designer, for a while now so I think I'm going to have to. His artwork is just too good.

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Preggers in Tokyo

I read this at JustJared and thought it was hilarious. Oh Nickers, I love you do!

"I have been to Tokyo quite a few times.” Nic told reporters at the press conference. “But this is the first time I have been to Tokyo pregnant. I am very glad to be here this way.”

LOVE!

Funny to the Power of 1000

Maybe 1000 is understading it?

I need to preface this by saying these are absolutely horrifically terrible. There's no Showgirls-is-actually-a-very-good-movie rationalising about them. They are terrible. No two ways about it. Never has the "Scary Stuff" tag been more apt than now. Yet... wow. Just W-O-W-! These are the funniest things I have seen in a good while (and I just rewatched Quick Change the other night, too!) I laughed so hard I cried. Tears were actually running down my face in hysteria. Everytime they appear in my vision I just break out into fits of laughter.

But, again, awful!


The latest batch of America's Next Top Models needn't feel threatened. Alba's expression is as dead as a no-eyed fish.


Why does her head look so tiny and her shoulders so big? I could get more enthusiasm out of a dead parrot.


The Birds is one of the scariest movies ever made. This brings a whole new dimension to it. Hopefully the producers of the remake don't get ever ironic ideas.


For starters, this was never even in Scream (trust me, I have that movie filed completely to memory) and for someone who has apparently been receiving threatening phone calls and seen her boyfriend get gutted on her porch she seems quite calm, non?


I... don't even know what this is, let alone being able to tell whether it's Alba or not.

Seriously, this is NO.LAUGHING.MATTER.

Except that it is and it is hilarious.

Via My New Plaid Pants, via Egotastic.