2014 Oscars Recap

Last night’s Academy Awards ceremony was a big step up from last year’s.  Of course, everyone knew Ellen Degeneres would do a better job than Seth MacFarlane, but she really knocked it out of the park last night.  While I wouldn’t want her to host every year (because it would get stale), I would fully support bring her back every other year to host, until she doesn’t want to do it anymore.  As for the winners, the very deserving 12 Years A Slave won best picture, as the major categories went to the frontrunners.  As for my predictions, I only went 16/24 (the same as last year), as most of my predicted upsets never panned out.  I feel sorry for the person who was linked to my blog yesterday searching for “86th academy awards expert picks,” because they probably lost their Oscar pool if they used me as a guide.

Ellen started things off in her usual style, making some killer jokes while also keeping things light and fun.  Continue reading

86th Academy Awards Picks and Predictions (2014)

Once again, it’s time for Oscar predictions.  I did pretty well last year, getting 16 correct, but this year will be more of a challenge.  Not only is this year one of the most up in the air group of nominees in recent memory, but I’ve seen very few of the major nominees. (There are a variety of reasons for that.) So this year’s predictions might be way off.

Best Short Film, Live Action:
Prediction: Aquel no era yo (That Wasn’t Me)
My Pick: N/A

Best Short Film, Animated:
Prediction: Get a Horse!
My Pick: Get a Horse!
Get a Horse! may not have been the most beautiful or deep or meaningful or profound animated short in recent years, but it was fun, clever and creative, and being attached to Frozen probably doesn’t hurt.

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Analysis: The Deleted Songs of Frozen

At this point I’m just going to assume you’ve seen Frozen, or are at least familiar with it and its music.  The Oscar-nominated film (Best Animated Feature and Best Original Song for “Let It Go”) is approaching a billion dollars at the box office and its soundtrack was the number one album on the Billboard charts for four weeks and has been certified platinum.  It’s been everywhere lately, from its constant position among the box office top 10 to its successful sing-along version to the countless youtube videos of little girls belting out “Let It Go”.  There’s even talk of a stage adaptation of the film that’s in the works.  And as far as I’m concerned Frozen deserves all of its success.

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86th Academy Award Nominations (2014)

The Academy Award nominations for 2014 were announced this morning.  Read on for my thoughts and for the full list. Continue reading

What I want to see from tomorrow’s Oscar nominations

The Oscar nominations will be announced tomorrow morning, and while I try every year to predict the winners I won’t even attempt to try to guess the nominees.  However, I do have some things I would like to see when the nominations are announced tomorrow.  I’ve divided these into two categories: actual, genuine “Possibilities” and “Not a Chance”.  I may be hopeful, but I try to keep things at least moderately realistic.  I’ve left out some of the more obvious ones, like Gravity for Best Picture, Director, Actress and all of the technical categories, simply because I think that they’re foregone conclusions and I’m not really sweating them.  Come back later tomorrow after the nominations have been announced (and I’ve gotten home and can actually write about them) for some quick thoughts on who made the cut and who was left out.  In the meantime, read on for the names and films I would like to hear Chris Hemsworth read outtomorrow. Continue reading

My Top 10 (and Bottom 3) at the Movies in 2013

Now that 2014 is well under way it’s a good time to look back at the movies of 2013.  I went to the movies 40 times in 2013, a pretty low number for me, seeing 32 new films (the other 8 were either movies I saw more than once or classics I got the chance to see on the big screen).  Through a variety of reasons, I’ve managed to miss most of the big awards contenders including 12 Years a Slave, American Hustle, Her, Philomena and The Wolf of Wall Street, unlike last year when I had seen most of them.  Instead of simply ranking my favorite films from the past year, however, I prefer to highlight my top 10 (and bottom 3) movie-related things from 2013.  Some of these will be particular movies or performances, some will be scenes or aspects of production, and some are bits of news or interpretations.  I hope you enjoy it, and remember to let me know your favorite (or least favorite) film-related things from 2013! Continue reading

Quote of the Day

Trolls: Everyone’s a bit of a fixer upper
That’s what it’s all about!
Father! Sister! Brother!
We need each other
To raise us up and round us out!
Everyone’s a bit of a fixer upper
But when push comes to shove…
The only fixer upper fixer that can fix a fixer upper is…
True!
True!
True, true, true!
Love!

Frozen – “Fixer Upper”

Quote of the Day

Kristoff: Reindeers are better than people
Sven, don’t you think that’s true?
Kristoff (as Sven): “Yeah, people will beat you
And curse you and cheat you
Every one of ’em’s bad except you.”
Kristoff:Aww, thanks buddy
But people smell better than reindeers
Sven, don’t you think I’m right?
Kristoff (as Sven): “That’s once again true
For all except you.”
Kristoff: You got me. Let’s call it a night.
Kristoff (as Sven): “Good night.”
Kristoff: Don’t let the frostbite bite.

Frozen – “Reindeer(s) Are Better Than People”