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Monday, February 27, 2012

The 84th Annual Academy Awards

Hosted by Billy Crystal

The most shocking - yet funny - moment was actually on the Red Carpet, when Sasha Baron Cohen, dressed as The Dictator, dropped the 'apparent' ashes of Kim Jong il all over Ryan Seacrest's suit. I must say the latter looked very annoyed.

Cinematography: Robert Richardson (Hugo)

Art Direction: Dante Ferretti and Francesca Lo Schiavo (Hugo)

Costume Design: Mark Bridges (The Artist)

Makeup: Mark Coulier and J. Roy Helland (The Iron Lady)
-> Very much deserved! The makeup was the best part of the film, something that made me think there should be an Oscar on the way.

Foreign Language Film: A Separation (Iran)

Actress in a Supporting Role: Octavia Spencer (The Help)

Film Editing: Angus Wall and Kirk Baxter (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo)

Sound Editing: Philip Stockton and Eugene Gearty (Hugo)
-> I loved the original speech.

Sound Mixing: Tom Fleischman and John Midgley (Hugo)

The show followed with a great performance by Le Cirque du Soleil - Movie Style!

Documentary Feature: Undefeated

Animated Feature Film: Rango

Visual Effects: Robert Legato, Joss Williams, Ben Grossmann and Alex Henning (Hugo)

Actor in a Supporting Role: Christopher Plummer (Beginners)

Original Score: Ludovic Bource (The Artist)

Original Song: Man or Muppet (The Muppets)
-> Another much deserved Oscar! I really love this song!

Adapted Screenplay: Alexander Payne, Nat Faxon and Jim Rash (The Descendants)
-> I was torn between this film and The Ides of March.

Original Screenplay: Woody Allen (Midnight in Paris)
-> I was happy about that. Great script!

Live Action Short Film: The Shore

Documentary Short Subject: Saving Face

Animated Short Film: The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore

Directing: Michel Hazanavicius (The Artist)

Actor in a Leading Role: Jean Dujardin (The Artist)

Actress in a Leading Role: Meryl Streep (The Iron Lady)
-> Yes! Well done! I was rooting for her! Meryl Streep really deserved this!

Best Motion Picture: The Artist

That's all folks!

Saturday, February 18, 2012

The Ugly Truth (Nicole Eastman, Karen McCullah Lutz and Kirsten Smith)

In this movie, directed by Robert Luketic, Abby is the successful producer of a morning show, who asks a lot of the opposite sex; However, Mike, the annoying star of the show, knows that men only want one thing.
Abby decides to follow Mike's advice on a promising relationship in order to prove that romance does not scare her... But the result surprises everyone.

Starring: Katherine Heigl, Gerard Butler, Bree Turner, Eric Winter, Nick Searcy, Cheryl Hines, John Michael Higgins, Yvette Nicole Brown

Why I loved this film: I must confess that I first watched this movie because of Gerard Butler (what can I say, the man is gorgeous and I am only human...), although I had only heard good things about "The Ugly Truth": It was nothing like other romantic comedies.
I must agree that this is not the typical mooshy romantic comedy that will get you a few laughs and that is it. I found myself laughing out loud throughout the entire movie... I could not help it... This was just hilarious from beginning to end!
The scene at the dining table with the orgasm was brilliant! Thumbs up to Katherine Heigl! As much as I have acted and had acting lessons, that must be a really hard scene to do, she really pulled through and I could not stop laughing... Totally hilarious!
Gerard Butler also proved that he is a great comedy actor as I always suspected from interviews. I actually prefer him in comedy, since the fight, epic movies that he makes are not my style.
However, I was disappointed by the ending... Just when I thought this was not a typical romantic comedy, the end proves otherwise. Right now in my postgraduate course we are writing a screenplay for a class and we were told not to write a happy ending because that is the easiest thing to do. I totally agree and I wish we could see something different in movies, instead of the same Happy Ever After.

Friday, February 17, 2012

J. Edgar (Dustin Lance Black)


As the face of law enforcement in America for almost 50 years, J. Edgar Hoover was feared, admired, criticised and worshipped at the same time. But behind closed doors, he held secrets that would have destroyed his image, his career and his life.
This movie was directed by Clint Eastwood.


Starring: Leonardo DiCaprio, Josh Hamilton, Gunner Wright, David A. Cooper, Ed Westwick, Naomi Watts, Judi Dench, Armie Hammer


My thoughts on this film: In terms of story, it took me quite a while to understand what was really going on, therefore making the first half a little boring. However, after I caught on I found the subject quite interesting, although not very original, but this is a true story, so not much could be done about that. I also must add that I was not aware of the story behind J. Edgar.
In terms of acting, this was near perfection, with a great cast, who were really well characterised. I was impressed!
It has been a blast to watch Leonardo DiCaprio grow as an actor, I have been a fan of his since the early days, mostly for the looks, but now I remain a fan for other reasons: Mr. DiCaprio has proven that he truly deserves this job.
Judi Dench was her great self, as always. Not much to add there.
I remember Armie Hammer from "The Social Network", where he played the twins. This was a very different role, which he fully grasped. Another great actor to watch out for!
It was also a breath of fresh air to see Ed Westwick in a different role from "Gossip Girl", although he only had a small part.
Naomi Watts was also very believable as Helen Gandy.
Overall, it was an ok movie.

Sunday, February 12, 2012

R.I.P. Whitney Houston

Whitney Houston has passed away at the age of 48. The "I will always love you" singer was recognised for her very successful pop career as well as acting in movies, such as "The Bodyguard", alongside Kevin Costner. However, her career has suffered enormously due to drug use.
The location and cause of death are still uncertain at this time.

Friday, February 10, 2012

The Iron Lady (Abi Morgan)



This movie, directed by Phyllida Lloyd, takes a look at the life of Margaret Thatcher, former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, with a focus on the price she had to pay for power.



Starring: Meryl Streep, Jim Broadbent, Iain Glen, Alexandra Roach, Olivia Colman, Harry Lloyd



Why I loved this film: My main reason for wanting to see this movie was that when I moved to England, Margaret Thatcher was still Prime Minister. Although I was very young at the time, I remember seeing her everywhere; I knew about the first female Prime Minister; However, not much was said about Mrs. Thatcher, the woman, wife and mother, except that her husband was Denis Thatcher and she had two kids.
This film focuses on her family life and what she gave up to achieve her goals; It makes you look back at those years with a different light and really see the softer side of this powerful woman.
On another note, Meryl Streep is just amazing! If it had not been for all the publicity and the Golden Globe, I would not have realised who was playing Margaret Thatcher; She really got into her character and made it totally believable!

Quote: "Watch your thoughts for they become words. Watch your words for they become actions. Watch your actions for they become habits. Watch your habits for they become your character. And watch your character for it becomes your destiny. What we think we become!"