diandrahollman: (movies)
I've been watching a lot of these lately, so I thought this was worth revisiting...

Below are all of the Best Picture winners. Bold those you've seen, underline your favorites, and strikeout the ones you don't like.

84 years and I question their sanity more with each new one I see... )
diandrahollman: (movies)
I had every intention of posting the next part of "Another Life" for Valentine's Day. I also had every intention of posting this earlier this week. Life, however, has been so insane that I have not been able to turn on my computer for the past week. My sleep patterns are so off that I'm starting to see things that aren't there. Ugh.

So...Oscar predicitons.

Best Picture:

"Beasts of the Southern Wild"

"Silver Linings Playbook"

"Zero Dark Thirty"

"Lincoln"

"Les Miserables"

"Life of Pi"

"Amour"

"Django Unchained"

"Argo"

Early on, I suspected this would be another 2009, where a late-released Katherine Bigelow movie would suddenly sweep all the awards because the Academy went overboard in hyping it. Then came the “controversies” (translation: people figured out the suggestion that Bin Laden was captured as a result of “enhanced interrogation” was a big fat, dangerous lie). “Les Miserables” would have a chance in any other year (especially if it had been produced by the guy who did “Chicago” and the fluff piece that undeservedly beat “Saving Private Ryan”), but it’s unlikely this year. “Lincoln” may have been the front runner up until the Academy made the gross error of not nominating Ben Affleck for best director. He’s won everything else so far, so it’s probably safe to bet on the Academy giving him this one as a half-ass apology (and I’m sure they’ll award him best director for something far inferior down the road because that’s just the way they seem to operate).

Best Supporting Actor:

Christoph Waltz, "Django Unchained"

Philip Seymour Hoffman, "The Master"

Robert De Niro, "Silver Linings Playbook"

Alan Arkin, "Argo"

Tommy Lee Jones, "Lincoln"

I would be flipping a coin on this one as it seems like one of the most toss-up categories this year if not for two things. One: “Silver Linings Playbook” is the first movie in years to be nominated in all four acting categories so it will probably win ONE of them and this one is most likely. And two: this is the first time DeNiro has been nominated in two decades and the Academy loves records like that. Beyond that, it’s easy to justify because Christoph just won, like, two years ago and supporting categories usually go to actors who steal the show from leads which…yeah…nobody steals Daniel Day Lewis’ thunder.

Best Supporting Actress:

Sally Field, "Lincoln"

Anne Hathaway, "Les Miserables"

Let’s forget there are any other nominees in this category because it really doesn’t matter. It will come down to these two. Period. Everyone seems pretty certain of Anne’s victory, but Sally is probably more deserving in this particular case. On the other hand, she already has two Oscars. On the OTHER hand, she was only nominated twice so she has a record of winning everything she’s nominated for. Might as well just flip a coin on this one (I tried this best two out of three and it came up “Sally” all three times).

Best Director:

David O. Russell, "Silver Linings Playbook"

Ang Lee, "Life of Pi"

Steven Spielberg, "Lincoln"

Michael Haneke, "Amour"

Benh Zeitlin, "Beasts of the Southern Wild"

This was the category that made the Best Picture category interesting this year. Best Director goes hand in hand with Best Picture 9 times out of 10. Obviously, since Ben wasn’t nominated, this will be that tenth time. Spielberg is the obvious choice of what is left, and he probably would have won picture too if it wasn’t for the sudden surge behind “Argo”.

Best Actor:

Daniel Day Lewis, "Lincoln"

Let’s not pretend we don’t all know this is going to happen. They could probably shave a little time off the telecast by giving it to him right now. And rightly so. He is an amazing actor who can deliver great performances in even the dullest of movies (not that he does very many of those since he’s so selective). I haven’t seen the movie, but I’m impressed just from what I’ve seen in snippets and trailers. Nobody else stood a chance. Although I am entertained by the knowledge that Will Tippin has an Oscar nomination now. Maybe he'll catch up with Jennifer at the post party?

Best Actress:

Naomi Watts, "The Impossible"

Jessica Chastain, "Zero Dark Thirty"

Jennifer Lawrence, "Silver Linings Playbook"

Emmanuelle Riva, "Amour"

Quvenzhané Wallis, "Beasts of the Southern Wild"

This one could very well come down to a coin flip and whoever wins will probably have won by a margin of maybe three votes. Jessica was the front runner before the Academy started running away from anything having to do with TortureGate 2012. Naomi was briefly the front runner and Jennifer is apparently now considered the front runner which I find baffling. But since this is the Academy we’re talking about…it will likely come down to the other two: the oldest nominee ever and the youngest nominee ever. And from what I’ve heard of their performances, they are probably the most deserving anyway. Age before beauty: Emmanuelle will likely win. But if they decide to surprise me by not conforming to their usual formula (and that’s a big if), it will probably be Naomi.

Best Original Screenplay:

"Zero Dark Thirty"

"Django Unchained"

"Moonrise Kingdom"

"Amour"

"Flight"

Again, controversy will kill “Zero Dark Thirty’s” chances. What makes “Flight” good is Denzel Washington and some pretty spectacular aerial photography and crash sequences. And “Moonrise Kingdom”? I barely remember this movie coming out in theaters and it isn’t nominated anywhere else. Why is it even here if not to pad the category? The Academy seems to love Quentin, so “Django” is a possibility but “Amour” is probably more likely.

Best Adapted Screenplay:

"Lincoln"

"Silver Linings Playbook"

"Argo"

"Life of Pi"

"Beasts of the Southern Wild"

Erm…I would say “Lincoln” because I’m pretty sure “Team of Rivals” did not adapt to a screenplay very easily. But maybe “Silver Linings” because anything that produces Oscar nominated performances probably has a great script.

Best Animated Feature:

"Brave"

“Frankenweenie”

“ParaNorman”

“The Pirates! Band of Misfits”

“Wreck-It Ralph”

I really want this one to go to “Brave”. Is the story original? Not really. But it’s solid, the visuals are beautiful and Merida is the best princess that has ever fallen out of the Disney machine (a genuinely strong, admirable female). But nobody else seems sure it will win, so some of these others must be stronger contenders than I thought. I’m still pulling for “Brave”.

Best Foreign Feature:

"Amour"

"A Royal Affair"

"Kon-Tiki"

"No"

"War Witch"

If your foreign film has been nominated in other categories and has a chance of winning one of them, it’s a pretty safe bet you will win this category. “Amour”.

Best Visual Effects:

"Life of Pi"

"The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey"

"The Avengers"

"Prometheus"

"Snow White and the Huntsman"

“Lord of the Rings” won this category three times already. Which should probably give “The Hobbit” the advantage, but…none of those effects are original now. I haven’t seen anything of “Life of Pi” other than the previews, but even from that I can tell that it deserves this award, if nothing else. If for no other reason than one of the main characters is a (well generated) computer animated tiger.

Best Cinematography:

"Skyfall"

"Anna Karenina"

"Django Unchained"

"Life of Pi"

"Lincoln"

Okay, maybe it will win this one too.

Best Costume Design:

"Anna Karenina"

"Les Miserables"

"Lincoln"

"Mirror Mirror"

"Snow White and the Huntsman"

I love how this category always features awful movies just because they happen to have elaborate costumes. I’m going with “Anna Karenina” just because this would be the only category it would win (the two Snow White movies at least have a shot at some Razzies).

Best Documentary Feature:

"Searching for Sugar Man"

"How to Survive a Plague"

"The Gatekeepers"

"5 Broken Cameras"

"The Invisible War"

Hmm...soldier violence against women or AIDS? It's possible one of the other ones will win - I don't know much about them. But Invisible War has already forced a change in the way the military operates. Isn't the point of documentaries that they shine a light on things people normally don't know or care about and force a positive change? Wasn't this the category that had a movie about dolphins being butchered? Yeah, we'll go with "War".

Best Film Editing:

"Lincoln"

"Silver Linings Playbook"

"Life of Pi"

"Argo"

"Zero Dark Thirty"

Eine, mienie, "Argo".

Best Makeup and Hairstyling:

"Hitchcock"

"The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey"

"Les Miserables"

Orcs usually trump regular people, even if they are made up to look like real people from history. At least when those historical people are in movies that weren’t nominated for anything else and didn’t do very well in general.

Best Music (Original Score):

"Anna Karenina"

"Argo"

"Life of Pi"

"Lincoln"

"Skyfall"

“Life of Pi” would probably be my second guess for Original Song, so I kind of want to go with it here. But John Williams is consistently good, so “Lincoln” is a possibility. Maybe. No, considering the last three winners “Pi” is more likely.

Best Music (Original Song):

"Before My Time" from "Chasing Ice"

"Everybody Needs A Best Friend" from "Ted"

"Pi's Lullaby" from "Life of Pi"

"Skyfall" from "Skyfall"

"Suddenly" from "Les Misérables"

For the first time in years, this category is actually competitive. And one of the songs has actually been getting regular radio play! Mainstream hits are usually favored here, so we’ll go with “Skyfall”. Though I am looking forward to seeing one of the Best Actor nominees and the awards host singing their songs. At least I hope they do. Please tell me Hugh will be singing. That may be the main reason I tune in.

Best Production Design:

"Anna Karenina"

"The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey"

"Les Misérables"

"Life of Pi"

"Lincoln"

Revolutionary France or Civil War America? Let's go with "Lincoln" just because it's on more of an epic scale.

Best Short Film, Animated:

"Adam and Dog"

"Fresh Guacamole"

"Head over Heels"

"Maggie Simpson in 'The Longest Daycare'"

"Paperman"

I've only seen one of these: the Simpsons one. Somehow I don't think the Academy is likely to get sentimental over a short produced by a team that's been working a regular television series for over two decades. Beyond that, I have no idea. So I'm applying the same strategy I did with the Supporting Actress category. The coin flip results are "Paperman": 2, "Adam and Dog": 1.

Best Sound Editing:

"Argo"

"Django Unchained"

"Life of Pi"

"Skyfall"

"Zero Dark Thirty"

This one usually goes to an action movie because they have to juggle things like explosions and punches and gunshots and whatever crazy bullshit is going on and make it sound clean. So "Skyfall" or "Django" is what I'm saying. Let's go with "Django" because it hasn't been winning anything else.

Best Sound Mixing:

"Argo"

"Les Misérables"

"Life of Pi"

"Lincoln"

"Skyfall"

Okay, well, that shoots my prediction on the last one. Don't the sound categories usually go to the same movie? So either both of these will go to Bond or "Life of Pi" or they will split this year and this one will go to "Les Mis" just because they threw in singing with all those explosions and gunshots.

diandrahollman: (movies)
I've been wary of coming back to the Oscars ever since they proved to me two years ago that they can NOT be trusted to recognize good movies. However, when I heard that Brad Pitt was one of the top contenders for best actor AND Billy Crystal was coming back as host I resigned myself to the idea of watching this year. I'm still wary and it's entirely possible I'll walk away disgusted and swear (again) that I'm never coming back. But for Brad and Billy, I'll give it a shot. So here are my predictions, although I've only seen a handful of these movies and I might be a little rusty since I haven't watched the Oscars since 2009.

Like I'll be looking at anything but Brad Pitt )

Fandom meme

Aug. 2nd, 2011 08:10 pm
diandrahollman: (books)

Stolen from janie_tangerine. Sounds kinda fun. :)

Leave me a fandom and I'll tell you:


The first character I fell in love with:
The character I never expected to love as much as I do now:
The character everyone else loves that I don't:
The character I love that everyone else hates:
The character I used to love but don't any longer:
The character I would shag anytime:
The character I'd want to be like:
The character I'd slap:
My five favorite characters:
My five least favorite characters:
My deep dark fandom secret:


Fandoms: Lost, X-Files, Alias, CSI:NY, NCIS, The Mentalist, Fringe, House, Heroes, Twilight (don't hurt me), Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, Pirates of the Caribbean, Troy

I'm sure there are others, but that's all I can think of right now...
diandrahollman: (movies)
So I was just watching this movie again and I thought I'd share this little mental image it left me with (among other things) before I work on my official review of the movie:

Patrick Jane gave Arvin Sloane a blowjob.

Granted it actually happened off screen, but Guy Pearce paints a very vivid image of it anyway.

Anyone on my flist have a brainscrubber?
diandrahollman: (jackred)

I'm pretty sure I mentioned this somewhere on here a while back, but...I had this dream about a year or two ago about Matthew Fox. I was working with the FBI to catch a serial killer/assassin who was posing as a cop (Matthew), and I was the bait being used to trap him because I fit the profile of the women he'd killed. Yes, this is a fairly normal dream for me. I'm weird. Anyway...it looks like I wasn't far off:

http://www.digitalspy.com/movies/news/a309952/matthew-fox-signs-on-for-i-alex-cross.html

I am totally recapping this movie if/when it ever comes out.
 


diandrahollman: (movies)
ETA - Guess it's safe to reveal the answers on this one now...sorry. :)


Don't know who started this meme going again, but thank you. :) I'm sure I could come up with a lot more movies, but these were the first 15 I could think of.

Pick 15 of your favorite movies.
Go to IMDb and find a quote from each movie.
Post them here for everyone to guess.
Strike out when someone guesses correctly, and put who guessed it and the movie.
NO GOOGLING/using IMDb search functions.

1. "What was it we had for dinner tonight?"
"Well, we had a choice of steak or fish."
"Yes, yes, I remember, I had lasagna."
-- Airplane!, [livejournal.com profile] julis_dh 

2. Nino is late. Amelie can only see two explanations. 1 - he didn't get the photo. 2 - before he could assemble it, a gang of bank robbers took him hostage. The cops gave chase. They got away... but he caused a crash. When he came to, he'd lost his memory. An ex-con picked him up, mistook him for a fugitive, and shipped him to Istanbul. There he met some Afghan raiders who took him to steal some Russian warheads. But their truck hit a mine in Tajikistan. He survived, took to the hills, and became a Mujaheddin. Amelie refuses to get upset for a guy who'll eat borscht all his life in a hat like a tea cozy. -- Amelie

3. "Lloyd, let me just say one thing, since we've stopped. I've worked with a lotta directors. Some of them were geniuses, some of them were bastards. But I've never met one who was so totally and absolutely... I don't know."
"Thank you Gary, I'm very touched. Now will you get off the fucking stage?" -- Noises Off! (LOVE this movie!)

4. "Have you found Jesus yet, ________?" (Gump)
"I didn't know I was supposed to be looking for him, sir."
-- Forrest Gump, [livejournal.com profile] julis_dh 

5. I'll tell you a riddle. You're waiting for a train, a train that will take you far away. You know where you hope this train will take you, but you don't know for sure. But it doesn't matter. How can it not matter to you where that train will take you?  -- Inception, [livejournal.com profile] janie_tangerine 

6. "Oh, I'm sick of messages from the front. Don't we ever get a message from the side? - What is it?"
"General Smith reports a gas attack. He wants to know what to do."
"Tell him to take a teaspoonful of bicarbonate of soda and a half a glass of water." -- Duck Soup (gotta love Groucho Marx)

7. "Are you suggesting madam that there exists a law compelling a gentleman to lay hold of canine bowel movements?"
"I'm suggesting that you pick the poop up."
  -- Kate & Leopold, Sylvia Arnold

8. "God, not those finger paintings again. They certainly were a waste of money."
"The difference between Cal's taste in art and mine is that I have some. They're fascinating. It's like being inside a dream or something. There's truth but no logic."
"What's the artist's name?"
"Something Picasso."
"Something Picasso? He won't amount to a thing."
-- Titanic, [livejournal.com profile] janie_tangerine 

9. "I have discovered the Holy Grail of science. In two years, I can cure children's leukemia. How many people on Earth can say that?"
"I guess just you and God. But that's the answer you want, isn't it?" -- The Island

10. "This sash was a gift to me, from the Queen of America."
"There's no queen of America!"
"I beg to differ, infant. We're on quite intimate terms, unless you can prove otherwise." -- The Three Musketeers

11. Can't you understand? That if you take a law like evolution and you make it a crime to teach it in the public schools, tomorrow you can make it a crime to teach it in the private schools? And tomorrow you may make it a crime to read about it. And soon you may ban books and newspapers. And then you may turn Catholic against Protestant, and Protestant against Protestant, and try to foist your own religion upon the mind of man. If you can do one, you can do the other. Because fanaticism and ignorance is forever busy, and needs feeding. And soon, your Honor, with banners flying and with drums beating we'll be marching backward, BACKWARD, through the glorious ages of that Sixteenth Century when bigots burned the man who dared bring enlightenment and intelligence to the human mind! -- Inherit the Wind

12. Throughout human history, we have been dependent on machines to survive. Fate, it seems, is not without a sense of irony.  -- The Matrix, [livejournal.com profile] julis_dh 

13. I was a warrior who dreamed he could bring peace. Sooner or later though, you always have to wake up. -- Avatar

14. Now you listen to me, I'm an advertising man, not a red herring. I've got a job, a secretary, a mother, two ex-wives and several bartenders that depend upon me, and I don't intend to disappoint them all by getting myself "slightly" killed. -- North By Northwest (my favorite Hitchcock movie)

15. "Why'd you catch that?"
"Because it was going to fall."
"You're certain?"
"Yeah."
"But it didn't fall. You caught it. The fact that you prevented it from happening doesnt change the fact that it was *going* to happen." -- Minority Report
diandrahollman: (movies)
Comment with "ACTION!" and I will give you ten actors and ten actresses. Then post in your livejournal with your favorite films of theirs


From [livejournal.com profile] siluria ...


Men
Paul Newman - My knee jerk instinct is to say "The Sting", but I really liked "Road to Perdition".
Tom Cruise - "Valkyrie" was really good, but I have to go with "Minority Report".
Dustin Hoffman - I guess I have to go with "Rain Man" since that is one of the few good movies from the 80s that has withstood the test of time.
Leonardo DiCaprio - I haven't seen "Inception" yet, so while that might be my answer in a couple months when it comes out on video, right now I have to go with "Titanic". I always had an obsession with the Titanic and James Cameron totally exploited it in the most jaw-dropping of ways.
Tom Hanks - Yikes, that is way too many good choices to choose from! (Well, except I can easily throw "Joe VS the Volcano", "Ladykillers" and "Bonfire of the Vanities" out of the running). He did a lot of good movies that I would see again in a heartbeat, but "Forest Gump" keeps floating to the top of my mind as the "best" of all of them.
Robert Redford - I'm sure "Out of Africa" was a great movie, but I found it a little hard to focus on the plot whenever he was onscreen because MAN was he pretty. I remember thinking "wow, what a message" at the end of "Lions for Lambs", but I can't remember what that message was now. "Spy Game" was a surprisingly great thriller (and it had Brad Pitt! Bonus points!). And I loved his character in "An Unfinished Life". The banter between him and Morgan Freeman was priceless.
Bruce Willis - "Armageddon". Just kidding. *ducks rotten fruit* Ahem. I have to go with "Die Hard" for action movies and "The Sixth Sense" for everything else.
Matthew McConaughey - I think I'm one of those precious few people who really liked "Contact". But I'd still probably have to go with "Amistad". Or "A Time to Kill" if I could remember it.
Tobey Maguire - "Spiderman". The first one. As far as I'm concerned, the other two both sucked.
Vin Diesel - *searches IMDB filmography for something recognizable* He was in "Saving Private Ryan"? Okay, well, I'll have to go with that.

Ladies
Cameron Diaz - I know it's only her voice, but I have to go with "Shrek".
Marilyn Monroe - "Some Like it Hot". No contest. (Of course, I haven't seen "The Misfits" yet...)
Judy Dench - "Chocolat" or "Golden Eye" depending on my mood. I know she was in "Shakespere in Love" for, like, ten minutes, but I don't count that.
Nicole Kidman - There are a lot of her movies that I think I liked more than the general public seemed to ("The Others" and "Australia" come to mind), but "The Interpreter" was probably the best.
Julia Roberts - I liked a lot of her movies, but obviously "Erin Brokovich" floats to the top of the list for many reasons. Unless I want fluff. Then I have to go with "Ocean's Eleven".
Doris Day - "The Man Who Knew Too Much". Gotta love Hitchcock. And Jimmy Stewart.
Liv Tyler - The only one that's even a possibility here is "Lord of the Rings", even though I think her character was mostly useless.
Demi Moore - "A Few Good Men" was a good movie, but "G.I. Jane" made Demi my hero.
Rene Russo - "Ransom", even though I didn't like her character because she basically stood around wringing her hands and wailing the whole time and the one time she tried to be something other than the helpless female it bit her in the ass. (See: Liv Tyler above. Lather, rinse, repeat)
Michelle Rodriguez - "Avatar". Do I really need to explain this?

Ugh...

Aug. 19th, 2010 03:38 pm
diandrahollman: (Default)
Okay, so...I'm back, obviously. And I didn't write a word of fanfiction while I was gone so I'm still trying to get back into the habit and I'll try to post a new chapter of something soon. I also need to get the trip pictures and the journal I usually accompany them with in some semblance of order. But today was a crazy ass day at work and I'm exhausted, so...

Meme time!

Comment with "ACTION!" and I will give you ten actors and ten actresses. Then post in your livejournal with your favorite films of theirs.

[livejournal.com profile] elise_509  gave me these

Actors!

1. Bill Murray - "Groundhog Day". Otherwise known as the *only* Bill Murray I have watched *and* liked.
2. Ewan McGregor - I can only pick one? I liked "Angels & Demons", but that's mostly because I loved the book and Ewan's character was totally different. "The Island" was awesome. But when it comes to fluffy romantic comedies I have to say I loved him in "Down With Love".
3. Gael Garcia Bernal - I had to look this one up on IMDb. The *only* movie I have seen from his filmography is "Babel", but I really liked that movie so I'm sure I would have picked it anyway. :)
4. Rachel Weisz - "Runaway Jury". Probably also my favorite John Cusak movie. No, wait...that would be "Identity".
5. Ethan Hawke - Can I count his guest stint on "Alias"?
6. Kevin Kline - How fitting is it that one of my options here is "Sophie's Choice"? Let's call that my favorite drama. And let's say my favorite comedy is "Pink Panther".
7. Anthony Hopkins - All of them. Well, okay, maybe not *all* of his movies are good, but he's pretty damn amazing in all the ones I've seen.
8. Chiwetel Ejiofor - Drama: "Children of Men", Fluff: "Love, Actually". Though I don't actually remember him being in either one. The ones I *do* remember him being in weren't that good though.
9. Will Ferrell - "Stranger Than Fiction" may be the only one I've seen, but I was pleasantly surprised by it so I'll go with it.
10. Campbell Scott - "Dead Again". Oh, shut up! ;P

Actresses!
1. Kate Winslet - It's a toss up between "Titanic" and "The Reader".
2. Angelina Jolie - Well, I just saw "The Changeling" yesterday, but I think I may have to go with that. Unless I want fluffy fun with eye candy and then I have to go with "Mr. and Mrs. Smith" (christ, they are both so beautiful!).
3. Vanessa Redgrave - There are a lot of her movies that I've been meaning to see but haven't yet. Seriously, it's sort of embarrassing. :( Of the ones I've seen already...I vaguely remember "The Pledge" being really good, but I might have to go with the original "Mission Impossible".
4. Penelope Cruz - "Sahara", although when I run out of space in my movie collection that will probably be one of the first movies to go. I haven't seen "Nine" yet.
5. Reese Witherspoon - "Walk the Line". How she went from that dumb blonde lawyer movie to this I'll never know.
6. Deborah Kerr - Am I supposed to come up with something *other* than "An Affair to Remember"? ;) Maybe "The King and I"...nah, "Affair".
7. Diane Keaton - Well, I like her, but I've found I don't like Woody Allen movies, so that takes a few out of the running right there. I remember "Mrs. Soffel" being good, but I don't remember anything about it other than it had Mel Gibson. So I guess it comes down to "The Godfather" or "The Other Sister" depending on what I'm in the mood for.
8. Jennifer Garner - Now I really want to say "Alias". But if I had to limit the choice to *movies*...I love her in "13 Going on 30", but I loved "Catch Me If You Can" more in general.
9. Uma Thurman - "Les Miserables". Much better than the other movie she did in '98.
10. Christine Lahti - She does movies? Well, I'll have to go with her television work anyway and say "Jack and Bobby" (damn the WB for cancelling it...hmpf).

diandrahollman: (jacksawyer)

Comment with a fandom and I'll tell you my:

One True Pairing Ship
Canon Ship
"If this happens I'll stab my eyes out with a spork" Ship
"You are one sick bastard" Ship
"I dabble a little" Ship
"It's like a car crash" Ship
"Tickles my fancy but not sold just yet" Ship
"Makes no canon sense but why the Hell not" Ship
"Everyone else loves it but I just don't feel it" Ship
"When all is said and done" Ship


I *think* all of my fandoms are listed in my profile. Pretty much anything from the filmographies of the actors listed is fair game too. There might be others, but I can't think of any of them right now...

Re: Oscars

Mar. 7th, 2010 03:12 pm
diandrahollman: (movies)
I came to the conclusion last night that I am actually relieved that I have to work on a Sunday night as it makes my decision to not watch the Oscar telecast that much easier. I liked "The Hurt Locker" but I am baffled by the number of people crawling out of the woodwork suddenly and falling all over each other to declare it the best picture of the year. It wasn't. It was just another post-"Saving Private Ryan" war flick. I would happily cheer on Katherine Biglow in the best director category, but the idea of watching one of the two producers who basically strongarmed the Academy into voting for them gleefully accept an award they don't deserve repulses me. So, for the first time since Mel Gibson accepted a statue for "Braveheart", I will not be watching.

See you next year, Oscar. Maybe.
diandrahollman: (Default)

Has anyone seen my muse?

Alternatively, I should go outside and take a walk around the block, but I've got this weird pain in my leg that nixes that idea.

On the plus side, our dog is eating today. Except she will only eat tuna. And she threw a fit when I tried to give her something else and would only settle when I gave her more tuna. Dogs are a lot like children, no?

How much am I not looking forward to the Oscars this weekend? I mean, I liked "The Hurt Locker", but I really don't want to see it win best picture just because the Academy feels like making a statement this year.

Re: Lost this week. Um...what? I'm really liking the possibilities in this new sideways world (I *really* want to write some alt!verse Jawyer. Really.), but nonalt!reality is looking really cracked out. And a bit depressing. It's starting to give me bad flashbacks of "The Stand", but I'm hopeful it will ultimately turn out to be better than that.


diandrahollman: (scream)
Really? You're seriously thinking of rewarding this? 

http://oscars.movies.yahoo.com/news/522-hurt-locker-producer-barred-from-oscars-ap

I already saw "Hurt Locker" but all this shameless sucking up and *cheating* in a disgustingly desperate effort to win makes me wish I hadn't. I feel a sudden urge to throw my copy from a moving vehicle. And the more I hear about the possibility of this winning best picture, the more I think this might be the first time in over a decade that I don't watch the Oscars.
diandrahollman: (movies)
I seriously need a new movie avatar.

So, back in the late 90s there was a year or two where I had seen almost every movie nominated in almost every category of the Oscars. There were no big surprises and I was able to predict the winners fairly accurately (unless it was the year "Saving Private Ryan" lost to that fluff piece that shall not be named). The last couple years felt like every category was filled with a bunch of movies I didn't even realize had been made. This year, I actually know some of them. So therefore...

If I actually get all of these right, y'all are gonna owe me money. ;)
diandrahollman: (twilightmovie)

Instead, I'm cleaning out my e-mail and watching YouTube videos. I need a new movies avatar, no?


This is pretty cool. Why they chose to play the French national anthem at the end of a montage of American movies I'm not sure, but...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=594Oxq4c0XA

And I can't say this enough: I *heart* James Horner. And Avatar is pretty freaking awesome too.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3YDz-ftqr1g
diandrahollman: (movies)


I've been watching a lot of movies over the summer. A lot. (I'll probably do another post on that later). After a while, I just started going through various lists critics and AFI put together of movies that MUST be watched and checking off all the ones I've seen and looking for the ones I haven't. Thus, it's meme time!


Below is the Yahoo list of 100 movies to see before you die.
Bold the movies you have seen.
Italicize your favorites.
 

A little over half...not a bad start. )

Oscar meme

Feb. 23rd, 2009 11:25 pm
diandrahollman: (movies)
I'll take any excuse to avoid recapping the new "X-Files" movie, apparently... Below are all of the Best Picture winners. Bold those you've seen, underline your favorites, and strikeout the ones you don't like.

Whoops...guess I should put it under the cut... )

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