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Monday, February 25, 2013

The Oscars



Hosted by: Seth Macfarlane

Actor in a supporting role: Christoph Waltz (Django Unchained)

Animated Short Film: Paperman

Animated Feature Film: Brave

Cinematography: Life of Pi

Visual Effects: Life of Pi

Costume Design: Anna Karenina

Makeup and Hairstyling: Les Misérables

-> James Bond tribute featuring Shirley Bassey

Live Action Short Film: Curfew

Documentary Short Subject: Inocente

Documentary Feature: Searching for Sugar Man

Foreign Language Film: Amour

-> Tribute to Musicals with Catherine Zeta Jones (Chicago); Jennifer Hudson (Dreamgirls); the cast of Les Misérables

Sound Mixing: Les Misérables

Sound Editing: Zero Dark Thirty; Skyfall (an unusual situation where there is a tie)

Actress in a supporting role: Anne Hathaway (Les Misérables)

Film Editing: Argo

-> Adele singing 'Skyfall'

Production Design: Lincoln

-> In memoriam: Tribute to those who left us with the final note by Barbara Streisand

Original Score: Life of Pi

-> Nora Jones singing 'Everybody needs a best friend' from Ted

Original Song: Skyfall

Adapted Screenplay: Argo

Original Screenplay: Django Unchained

Directing: Ang Lee (Life of Pi)

Actress in a leading role: Jennifer Lawrence

Actor in a leading role: Daniel Day Lewis (the first actor to win three 'Best Actor' category awards)

-> A surprise appearance by Michelle Obama

Best Picture: Argo

-> The End with a spectacular number 'To the Losers'!

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Hitchcock (John J. McLaughlin & Stephen Rebello)

Directed by Sacha Gervasi, this tells the story of Alfred Hitchcock and his wife, Alma, who are at the top of their creative game as film-makers amid disquieting insinuations about it being time to retire. To recapture his youth's artistic daring, Alfred decides his next film will adapt the lurid horror novel, Psycho, over everyone's misgivings. Unfortunately, as Alfred self-finances this film, Alma finally loses patience with his roving eye and controlling habits with the leading actresses. When an ambitious friend lures her to collaborate on a work of their own, the resulting marital tension haunts Hitchcock's dreams.

Starring: Anthony Hopkins, Helen Mirren, Scarlett Johansson, Danny Huston, Toni Collette, Jessica Biel, James D'Arcy, Kurtwood Smith, Ralph Macchio

Why I loved this film: Not being a Hitchcock fan because I did not know much about the film-maker to consider myself a fan, I have come to respect the 'man' and the 'genius'. I do not know how accurate this is, yet 'unrecognisable' Anthony Hopkins does a remarkable job. I love it when an actor makes you forget they are acting, and that is exactly what Anthony Hopkins and Helen Mirren do. There could be no better choices for these characters!
The movie itself is also really good with some pretty creepy aspects, but then this is the story of how 'Psycho' was made. Although it is not exactly a biography of Hitchcock, this is a movie not to be missed!

Friday, February 08, 2013

The Power Trip (Jackie Collins)


A Russian billionaire and his state-of-the-art yacht, a beautiful and sexy supermodel, and five dynamic, powerful, and famous couples are invited on the maiden voyage: a senator and his lovely but unhappy wife; a very attractive movie star and his needy ex-waitress girlfriend; a famous black footballer and his trophy wife; a male Latin singing sensation and his English boyfriend; and a maverick writer with his Asian journalist female friend.
Could this be the trip of a lifetime? Or a trip from hell?


Quote: "The deserted island was a magical place. A glorious oasis in the middle of the sea. Pristine white sands, crystal-clear blue water, pockets of unusual rock formations, lush greenery and groves of palm trees heading inland."

My thoughts on this book: I was a big Jackie Collins fan because I used to love the glamour of Hollywood combined with suspense that jumped out of her books. However, this one was a trip from hell for me.
A 517-page story which only becomes exciting on the 400th page, and yet not as extraordinary as I had hoped.
The only 'up' was the beautiful scenery described therein, otherwise I was just bored hoping to finish the book as soon as possible.

Sunday, February 03, 2013

The Sessions (Ben Lewin)

This is the true story of Mark O'Brien, a polio victim who decides at the age of 38 that he no longer wishes to be a virgin. We follow the fascinating relationship which evolves between Cheryl Cohen-Greene - a professional sex surrogate - and Mark as she takes him on his journey to manhood.


Starring: John Hawkes, Helen Hunt, William H. Macy, Moon Bloodgood, Annika Marks, Rhea Perlman, Robin Weigert, Rusty Schwimmer, Jarrod Bailey


Why I loved this film: This is a truly brave performance where John Hawkes and Helen Hunt take us on a journey of self-discovery, combining professionalism, playfulness, sensuality, and compassion in a series of sessions that require full nudity.
It is not just about the sex, but rather the human touch, finding oneself through others, with humour in the mix - that is where William H. Macy comes in.
A definite Oscar-worth movie in every way, bound to let your emotions run wild!