You confuse me, Americans. You could at least scream the lyrics.
Also, kudos to the singer guy for attempting to sing over that.
Please. I'm so bored. Save me.
Ahhhhhhh, it's my favourite time of year again. Oscar Buzz time. Mmhmm.
The nominations for the Academy Awards were announced this morning (depending on your timezone), and KHV's resident film studies major (moi) is here to guide you through it whether you like it or not.
You can see the list of nominees here.
Now, I haven't seen as many films this year as I had hoped thanks to university, but I still keep up with my movie buzz. Disclaimer: most of my claims are subjective. I understand not everyone will agree with me. This is just my opinions on the matter. No soup for you if you don't like 'em.
Let's start off with Best Picture.
I'm just going to immediately say that I predict the winner is going to be The Artist; to my misfortune I have not seen it, but I haven't read a single negative review, and it just looks so stunning. I doubt The Help will have a huge chance simply because it is adapted from a book, albeit a fantastic movie and book. That's just how the Academy works, I'm afraid. I'd love to be proved wrong, though. Hugo miiiiiight be one of the first "children's" movies to win, it was simply really good; the fact that it is a "children's" movie, however, tends to deter voters, and the child actors were really good but not in anyway spectacular IMO. A lot of people were disappointed with Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, so I'm not entirely sure how it got a Best Picture nom; from what I've gathered, it was trying too hard to be an innocent side-story to 9/11 events and to choke out an emotional response from the audience. And it's not the most endearing subject. If The Tree of Life wins, you will see rage. I don't care what anyone says, Terrance Malick needs to learn how to make a coherent film.
Best Actor in a Leading Role
I haven't seen any of the movies here, so I'm afraid I can't really make an informed opinion. :<
Best Actress in a Leading Role
Methinks it'll be a tight race between Viola Davis and Meryl Streep. Just.... because. Wow I'm informative. Meryl Streep wins everything ever anyhow.
Best Actor in a Supporting Role
Christopher Plummer ftw. I really want to see Beginners, ugh it just looks awesome.
Best Actress in a Supporting Role
Methinks the one from The Artist or Octavia Spencer will get this one. But usually when I'm fairly sure about something, the Academy likes to give me whiplash.
Best Achievement in Directing
My prediction: Martin Scorsese. Alternatively anyone but Terrance Malick. In the great words of South Park: Terrance Malick "can suck mah balls".
Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen
Bridesmaids might get it's chance to shine here. Admittedly it had very clever writing. But will it get past The Artist?
Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material Previously Produced or Published
Best Animated Feature Film of the Year
There weren't a whole lot of animated films released this year. Which is why I am both surprised and relieved that The Adventures of Tin Tin wasn't nominated. Rango ftw.
Best Foreign Language Film of the Year
These movies; I haven't seen them.
Best Achievement in Cinematography
Tree of Life might get this. Cinematography was great.
Best Achievement in Editing
Normally I'd have an opinion about this, but I've only seen one of the nominees, soooo.... yeah.
Best Achievement in Art Direction
All of the nominees seem viable. I don't think any have an edge over the others.
Best Achievement in Costume Design
See above statement.
Best Achievement in Makeup
Harry Potter ftw.
Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures, Original Score
Sweet Lord, let it be War Horse.
Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures, Original Song
I hope y'all know who I'm rooting for here.
Sososososososo happy that Bret was nominated. X3 All the awa- *shot*
Best Achievement in Sound Mixing
Kinda hard to say without seeing all of them. Maybe Hugo with all the fantastic mechanical, steampunk sounds, maybe War Horse for guns and shells and etc etc.
Best Achievement in Sound Editing
Best Achievement in Visual Effects
Actually kinda hoping for Rise of the Planet of the Apes, mostly because Andy Serkis always needs more recognition for his fantastic motion capture work.
Best Documentary, Features
Best Documentary, Short Subjects
Best Short Film, Animated
Best Short Film, Live Action
Overall, I'm not sure if it's just me, or if this years Oscars seem to include more movies that not a whole lot of casual film-goers have seen. Anyhow, I think The Muppets got severely overlooked; a screenwriting nomination at least would have been nice. Also, I'm not entirely sure what the cut-off date for movies released to be included in this year's Oscars, but no Sherlock Holmes? At least for Costume Design or Sound Editing or Original Score? Probably past the cut-off date, I guess.
TL;DR: Academy Award noms. Your opinions and predictions?
"In Alaska, an oil drilling team struggle to survive after a plane crash strands them in the wild. Hunting the humans are a pack of wolves who see them as intruders."
Even though I can't see this being tremendously realistic (i.e. wolves being bloodthirsty, aggressive monsters lololol), it still looks like awesome, Liam-Neeson-approved badassery.
And filmmakers today use CGI to make things more "realistic and scary".
HA. HAHA. HAHAHA.
Now if you'll excuse me, I'm going to go curl up in a ball over there and be consumed by this intense, lingering feeling of dread.
Lawdy, you guys, please tell me you've seen this. I've been watching the Muppets since before I can remember. I've been waiting for this movies since it was first announced. And it did not disappoint. The Jim Henson Company and the Muppets have transitioned so well into the 21st century, with their multimedia sketches and videos. It was only a matter of time before this happened.
Also, Bret McKenzie of Flight of the Conchords wrote the new songs for this movie, and as a result the soundtrack is fantastic.
Here is where you accept or deny the challenge.
Just note that if you deny, your manhood level goes down considerably.
Considering I put this together completely out of things that I already had and use more or less daily, this doesn't seem like much of a costume to me, except for the hair and the lack of make-up to make me look more guy-ish (I never use that much anyway, but... yeah).
Behold: me as the 10th Doctor.
I wasn't able to get my hands on a waistcoat, so I had to go with a plaid blouse.
And then I got scared about how guy-ish I looked and put eyeliner on. xD
My hair is still like that right now. I quite like it. c:
Also, attempt at Doctor pose fail, I know.
Any somewhat serious suggestions to solve this would be greatly welcomed, KHV.
I say "challenge" for lack of a better word.
Ok, so here's the deal. Earlier this year, one of our projects in Communications Tech was to totally recreate the audio from a movie trailer from scratch, using the full unedited songs and a ginormous freaking library of sound effects. I did 500 Days of Summer. We were also supposed to dub it, and I did that too, but because I had to do my dubbing at home, I had to do the male voices as well and it sounded totally stupid once I added the voices.
I DIGRESS. I kept a version of what I made without voices, and I'm quite happy with it despite some minor frustrations with cutting the songs, so I figured I'd give it to the dubbing community here and see what you guys can make of it. Again, the word "challenge" is used loosely; there is no prize for a winning dub or anything and there's no real set way of doing this. You can do all the voices by yourself or just do one character or collaborate with someone -- I don't really care.
And there's no set time to have this done by. At all. I'm just going to leave this here indefinitely and see what happens.
Here's the original trailer for reference: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PsD0NpFSADM
Here's the dub-ready trailer that I made: http://www.mediafire.com/?3rqaxa31x04f3
Please let me know if the download isn't working and I'll try to remedy it.
Here's the script of the trailer if you need it:
Summer: I love the Smiths.
Summer: I said I love the Smiths. - You... You have great taste in music.
Tom: You like the Smiths?
To die by your side is such a heavenly way to die...
I love â€˜em.
Narrator: This is the story of boy meets girl. The boy, Tom Hanson, grew up believing that heâ€™d never truly be happy until the day he met â€œThe Oneâ€. The girl, Summer Finn, did not share this belief. You should know up front; this is not a love story.
Summer: I think we should stop seeing each other.
Rachel: Just like that?
Tom: Just like that.
Rachel: Start from the beginning and tell us what happened.
McKenzie: I tried to talk to her in the copy room. Sheâ€™s totally not having it.
Tom: Maybe she was just in a hurry.
McKenzie: And maybe sheâ€™s an uppity, better than everyone super skank.
Tom: In college, they called me Perfectly Adequate Hanson.
Summer: They used to call me â€œAnal Girlâ€. - ...I was very... neat and organized.
McKenzie: So do you have a boyfriend?
Summer: No. Who needs it? Weâ€™re young. Might as well have fun while we can.
Tom: Wait. What happens if you fall in love?
Summer: You donâ€™t believe that, do you?
Tom: What? Itâ€™s love, itâ€™s not Santa Clause.
I think itâ€™s official. Iâ€™m in love with Summer. I love how she makes me feel.
Did you ever even have a boyfriend.
Summer: Well of course.
Tom: What happened? Why didnâ€™t they work out?
Summer: What always happens: life.
McKenzie: Get over her.
Tom: I donâ€™t wanna get over her. I wanna get her back.
Summer: Weâ€™ve been like Sid and Nancy for months now.
Tom: We have some disagreements, but I hardly think Iâ€™m Sid Vicious.
Summer. No. Iâ€™m Sid.
Tom: Oh, so Iâ€™m Nancy?
Go forth, my pretties. c:
i dont even
What should I do with this, KHV?
Why am I crying from laughter?
I'll be away for a couple of weeks while on vacation out East, Ã la Maritime provinces. I'll be on to check my email and facebook and stuff, but it'd be on my dad's computer and mostly just to check stuff for school. Sooooo I may or may not stop in for a little bit. Not quite sure.
I will see you lovelies on the flip side. c:
What are you Deviant Art now?
There really is a first for everything. My hope in humanity is now restored.
This looks like it could be really horrible, or completely hilarious. But with Peter Dinklage and Steve Zahn, I'm leaning towards hilarious.
At least Isaiah was pleasant to look at. All I think of when I see Fabio is a goose flying into his face.
Granted, the "Hair" one is pretty funny.